Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happens at the party?
A: After being greeted by the Host the party is taken through a drill session before they march down to our behind-the-scenes open storage hangar where they are given their behind the scenes tour - including jumping out of the Andover! After their behind-the-scenes guided tour the party visit the Pacific Simulator Room where the party experience a bombing raid complete with sound effects, lights and smoke! (For our younger parties we offer other activities such as Climbing into the Bristol Freighter). Then it's back to the cafe for their party food at their specially prepared table and receive their loot bag full of goodies. The meal is followed by cake and presents after which parents are free to pick up their children. We also suggest you schedule some time to allow the party to have a look around the Museum!
Q: How long is the party?
A: The party lasts two hours including your guided behind the scenes tour, party food, cake and presents.
The first hour is run by one of our visitor hosts and the second hour is in the cafe. Here parents are fully responsible for the party children and need to stay with them if they wish to look around the Museum.
Q:How much does it cost?
A:$23, which includes the party with a host for the first hour, yummy party food and dress up in Air Force flight suits. Optional extras are $5 invites or Birthday Cake $50.00
Q: You mention party invites for $5 a pack, what do they look like?
A: Our party invites have been designed in-house and are aviation themed. Click to enlarge the sample below. 10 invites per pack.
Q: You mention parties being suitable for 5-12 year olds, my daughter is turning 4, is this OK?
A: No, sorry the Museum tailors the level of the party to 5 to 12 year olds. If some 4 year olds attend a party for a 5 year old- this is ok. The Museum believes children 4 and under do not get as much enjoyment out of the party as 5-12 year olds.
Q: Do you have a maximum or minimum number of children?
A: Yes, our minimum is 8 children and our maximum is 15 children. If you wish to hold a party for more than 15 children- this can be arranged with the Museum. Extra charges may apply.
Q: I will also be bringing my toddler along to the party. Do I have to pay for him/her?
A: If the younger child will be joining in on the party activities and would like their own serving of food, and party bag, then you will need to pay for them. They also need to be included in your final party numbers. However, if the child is happy to tag along in a buggy or walking along with their parent then there is no extra cost for them.
Q: What are the menu options?
A: Please see our menu here:
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Q: What does the cake look like?
Q: Can I bring extra food to the party?
A: No extra food is needed at the party, the food provided will fill up the children! There are two exceptions to this rule. First, we can provide a Spitfire Birthday Cake for $50 or a Gluten Free Birthday Cake for $50, however you are also welcome to bring your own cake. Second, we bag up all the children's bits and pieces (kit-set glider, parachute man, colouring in, etc) into "loot bags" and if you would like to bring wrapped lollies to compliment these non-edible treats, you are more than welcome. The loot bags will be given to the children as they leave.