TOP SECRET BIRTHDAY PARTIES FAQ

PARTY OVERVIEW

Where do Top Secret Birthday parties take place?

All birthdays take place in Party HQ on the 2nd Floor as well as in the Museum’s exhibits. 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 who can attend the party?

A maximum of 25 recruits aka party guests are allowed for each party mission.

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 on a first come/first served basis.

What is the cost of a Top Secret Birthday?

The base price for all party missions is $700 for Members of the Inner Circle | $750 for non-members. In order to reserve your party date/time, we require a deposit of $500 at time of booking. The remaining balance and any additional fees must be paid at least 1-week 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 provide a refund of 50% 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 the Museum closes due to inclement weather or a state of emergency, we will reschedule the party or provide a full refund. 

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

 

DAY OF THE PARTY

How early 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 who do not stay for the party can pick up their recruit(s) 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. 

*Discount subject to change. 

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 "surveillance" 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 (from Georgetown 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. 

Can I buy additional cupcakes or pizza for my party guests 

Yes, when you book your Top Secret Birthday you will have the option to add more pizza or cupcakes for your guests to enjoy.

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 a guest has a food allergy and we will work with you to find an alternative solution. 

PARTY FAVORS

What party favor options are included in the party package?

You can choose to give each recruit a Top Secret Birthday goodie bag or a reusable DENY EVERYTHING water bottle.

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

Do my guests receive free Museum admission?

Each guest will receive 1 Museum admission ticket that can be used on a future date of their choice or if they want to visit the day of the party with an adult – additional ticket(s) can be purchased (subject to availability) for a visit that day. Guests visiting the Museum after a birthday party do not receive priority admission and must wait in the line to enter the Museum.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

Please contact Jessica Harvey at 202.654.0932 or by emailing birthdays@spymuseum.org.

 

Jessica Harvey

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? CONTACT