901 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223

 Birthday Party FAQ's

Q. How do I reserve a birthday party?
A. You may email
birthdayparty@borail.org or call 410-752-2462 ext 212 with your preferred date and time. A non-refundable payment of $50.00 and a signed contract are required to secure the date. The balance is due 3 weeks prior to your party.  Purchase a Family or Family & Friends Membership to receive a $50 discount on the party price.

Q. How many hours do I have when I rent one of the party rooms for my party?
A. One and a half (1 ½) hours in the party room plus 30 minutes of set up time, prior to the party.  You and your guest may enjoy the Museum for the remainder of the day.

Q. Are there train rides available during my party time?
A. Train rides are available for the use of Birthday Parties, April throughJanuary.  Train rides times are as follows: Saturday, 11:30 & 2:00 and Sunday 1:00. (Train ride times may vary, especially during the holidays.)  You must clean up and vacate the room by your scheduled train ride time so another group may set up. You and your guests are welcome to enjoy the Museum campus until closing time. The group may not be in the same train car; however, we will do our best to accommodate the group on one timed ride. Train rides are not guaranteed in the event of inclement weather or equipment malfunctions.

Q. How many guests may I have attending the party?
A. The price includes up to 30 guests. The cost is $5.00 per person over 30, maximum number of guests is 80 for the Education Station, 40 for the Buxton Rail Car.  This includes ALL children and adults. Children under 2 are free. If additional guests arrive the day of your party, the fee may be paid with cash or credit card to party coordinator.

Q. May I bring my own food and drink?
A. Yes, you may bring your own food, beverages, cake, paper products, and decorations. No ice cream, balloons, or alcohol are permitted. The B&O will supply tables for your food and gift set up and tables and chairs for guest seating.   You are welcome to bring your own table cloths for table set up.
If you would like to order pizza, we can share a list of pizza parlors that will deliver to the museum.  If you would prefer to have your party catered, please contact one of our on-site exclusive caterers: American Food Services, Inc. 443-250-9203, Atlantic Caterers 410-254-6662, www.atlanticcaterers.com or The Classic Catering People 410-356-1666,www.classiccatering.com.

Q. What about a birthday cake and decorations?
A. You may bring your own birthday cake and decorations. NO ice cream cakes, helium balloons, or confetti of any kind.  Should you prepare goody bags, we kindly ask that you give goody bags out at the end of your party. We do not allow any food or beverages in any other areas of the Museum.  Paper products and goody bags are also available through the
Museum Store.

Q. Where do I come to set up my party?
 A party coordinator will meet you at a pre-designated time at the main museum entrance and show you where to park and unload.   We have several trash cans located throughout the room for your clean up convenience. We will charge a clean up and damage fee of $75.00 should the room be left in an unacceptable manner.

Q. Where do the guests arrive?
A. Your guests should arrive at the front admission area located at 901 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223. Your guests will be greeted by the party coordinator and escorted to the party room.

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