TOP SECRET BIRTHDAY PARTIES FAQ

PARTY OVERVIEW

Where do Top Secret Birthday parties take place?

All birthdays take place in party HQ aka 2nd Floor Learning Center. All guests should enter through the Museum’s main entrance at 700 L’Enfant Plaza, SW. 

Please, encourage guests to allow ample time to arrive at the Museum. For details about directions and parking please visit our Getting Here page.

Is there a maximum number of children I can invite?

A maximum of 30 children aka recruits are allowed for AGENTS IN ACTION or SECRET CIPHERS. A maximum of 20 recruits are allowed for DEAD DROP DECEPTION.

What if I want to schedule a birthday party outside the designated time slots?

While we make every effort to stick with our scheduled timeslots, please contact us if you are interested in other party times.

PARTY RESERVATIONS

How do I book a Top Secret Birthday?

Please fill out and submit the Top Secret Birthday Request Form and a Museum Educator will be in touch within 48 business hours. Parties are subject to availability and are on a first come/first serve basis.

In order to reserve your party date/time, we require the base payment at time of booking ($430 for Members of the Inner Circle | $475 for non-members). Any additional fees (ex. party add-ons, additional guests) must be paid 2-weeks prior to the party date. 

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my Top Secret Birthday?

If you need to cancel your Top Secret Birthday for any reason, the Museum will refund you 50% of your initial payment up to one month before your party date. After that date, we are unable to issue any refunds. All cancelation requests must be emailed to birthdays@spymuseum.org with a confirmed receipt of response. 

If a party is cancelled due to the Museum being closed due to inclement weather or a state of emergency, the Museum will reschedule the party or provide a full refund.

If you need to reschedule your Top Secret Birthday, the party must be rebooked within one month and be held within six months of the original party date.

DAY OF THE PARTY

When can I arrive before my party?

The birthday family may arrive 20 minutes before the party start time. The Museum Educator facilitating your party will greet you in the lobby and escort you to our decorated party HQ.

When can my guests arrive to the Top Secret Birthday?

Party guests may arrive 15 minutes before party start time. Guests should meet by the Top Secret Birthday sign located in the lobby.  Please encourage guests to allow ample time to arrive at the Museum. For details about directions and parking please visit our Getting Here page.

Can parents of recruits stay and attend the Top Secret Birthday?

 

Yes! Parents of recruits attending the birthday party are welcome to stay and watch the party or choose to sit in our waiting room. If a parent chooses to stay for the party, we ask that they stay for its entirety and not leave in the middle of the party. Parents that do not stay for the party, their recruit(s) can be picked up at the end of the party back in the lobby (by the meeting location/Top Secret Birthday sign).

Can you validate parking?

SPY can only validate “pay upon arrival” parking tickets for the L’Enfant Plaza Garage (20% off weekdays and 50% off weekends). Present your same-day parking ticket at the Lobby ticketing counter or SPY Store cash wrap to have your parking ticket validated. Discounts are not available for online parking reservations. 

What is the party schedule?

Top Secret Birthday party missions will last 2 hours and include*:

  • 90-minute party mission
  • 30-minute birthday celebration- led by Birthday family
    • Museum Educator will facilitate food and beverage distribution

* Top Secret Birthday host family can arrive up to 20 minutes prior to party start time. 

Can I take photos?

Of course! You are welcome to take photos at birthday party HQ and in the Museum galleries (just no flash in the galleries).

Where can I store gifts prior to/after my party if we choose to visit the Museum?

Unfortunately, we are unable to store gifts at party HQ outside of your designated party time. 

However, a limited number of free, lockable storage lockers are available in the Lobby coat room on a first come, first served basis. 

FOOD

What flavors are the Top Secret Birthday cupcakes?

Cupcakes flavors are:

  • chocolate cake with chocolate OR vanilla icing
  • vanilla cake with chocolate OR vanilla icing 

When you book your Top Secret Birthday you will select what flavor cupcakes you would like to order. We can do a mixture of different flavors or all the same. 

What if my recruit or a guest has a food allergy?

Georgetown Cupcake is NOT an allergy-free bakery. A gluten-free cupcake option is available. Flavors can vary depending on the season. Please contact us if your recruit or a guest has a food allergy.

What is included with the pizza party add-on?

Make it a pizza party and each recruit will get 2 slices of pizza and a juice box or soda. You can choose cheese and/or pepperoni pizza.

Can I bring additional food or beverages?

Outside food is NOT allowed and we do not provide refrigeration. Please contact us if your recruit or guest has a food allergy and we will work with you to find an alternate solution.

GOODIE BAGS

What is included in the Top Secret Birthday goodie bag?

Each goodie bag includes 6 of our best-selling favors: Invisible Ink, Right Angle Viewer, Spy Sticker, Decoder Spy Pen, Rearview Glasses and a Top Secret Nylon drawstring backpack to carry it all home! Substitutions are NOT available. 

MUSEUM ADMISSION

When can I redeem the 4 Museum admission tickets that I receive as part of the party package?

Museum tickets are good for up to 6 months after the party and can be used day-of the party as well. 

Do my guests have free Museum admission?

Museum admission is NOT included with your Top Secret Birthday. DEAD DROP DECEPTION recruits will enter the Museum for party activities but NOT for self-guided exploration. 

Can I add Museum admission to my birthday party?

Museum admission can be purchased by contacting the Group Reservations Department at 202.654.0943 or by email at groupvisit@spymuseum.org. Please mention your Top Secret Birthday so it can be added to your contract. 

Jessica Harvey

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