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Welcome to KidSenses

 

Since opening in 2004, KidSenses has welcomed over 500,000 visitors to our 11,000 square-foot space, which features 14 different interactive exhibit areas, curriculum-based workshops for field trip groups, a 7,500 square foot Children’s Garden (open seasonally), and unique opportunities to stimulate the imagination and educate the mind.

 

Our exhibits are aimed at kids ages Infancy-10 and we are currently expanding our museum to include a new maker space workshop called The Factory that appeals to tweens and teens ages 11 and up.  You can learn more about The Factory here.


Outreach

Bring our exciting STEM programs 

to your organization!

PARTIES

Create a birthday experience your

child will never forget!

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Plan Your Visit
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Museum Admission

 

Adults: $8.00 +tax

Children Age 1+: $8.00 +tax

Seniors 62 and up: $6.00 +tax

Active Military: $6.00 +tax

Members: FREE

Admission Policy

 

All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult-guardian. Required ratio is 1 adult per 5 children.

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SUMMER Hours of Operation

***JULY 4th CLOSED***

Monday – Saturday 9am–5pm

First Friday of Each Month

Fantastic Friday - 9am-8pm

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Location

 

172 N. Main Street
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
828-286-2120

UPCOMING EVENTS

THROW A PARTY

Make KidSenses yours for the evening! Are you looking for a location to hold a memorable event? KidSenses is a 10,000 square foot facility that can accommodate birthday parties, holiday parties, receptions, and so much more! Work with the Museum staff to bring excitement, color, and play to your next event. You and your guests will always remember your special evening at KidSenses Children’s INTERACTIVE Museum.

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Entertainment Options

The Museum has several locations that can accommodate a variety of performers. Schedule a DJ, hire a band, bring a juggler or face painter to add to your special evening.  

Catering Options

KidSenses can assist with your catering needs. KidSenses has locations in the Museum where food and beverage service may occur. KidSenses has a limited kitchen area to assist with food preparation. Please note, alcohol is permitted ONLY if there are no children / minors present.

Private Parties

 2- hours (6pm - 8pm)$250 +tax Each additional hour $100 +tax Special presentations / programs Additional fees will apply Catering / Planning

Additional fees will apply

BIRTHDAY & CHARACTER PARTY

How do you create a birthday experience your child will never forget? Celebrate with a party at KidSenses!

The friendly staff, fun themes, and interactive exhibits provide hands-on fun that will delight children of all ages!

Basic Birthday Package

$135 + tax - members
$150 + tax - non-members

KidSenses aims to make our birthday parties both Kid-Friendly and Parent-Friendly by offering a number of services and benefits with our birthday party packages. The base package, which costs $135 +tax for members and $150 +tax for non-members, includes the items listed below. If more than 20 children attend, the cost is $8 per each additional child (maximum number of children is 25). Also a $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your party date, with the balance due prior to the party. Please select individual packages below to see additional items and pricing.

Here’s what we provide:

  • Admission to KidSenses for 20 child guests and parents

  • Birthday Party room for one full hour

  • Unlimited playtime in the Museum until close on the day of your party

  • 20 ready-to-mail, postcard-style party invitations

  • Birthday child featured on our glow board

  • Balloon bouquet and crown for the birthday child

  • Fun polaroid style commemorative photo

Character Birthday Package

$250 + tax - members
$265 + tax - non-members

KidSenses aims to make birthday parties both Kid-Friendly and Parent-Friendly by offering a number of services and benefits with our birthday party packages. The character package, which costs $210 +tax for members and $230 non-members includes the items listed below. If more than 20 children attend, the cost is $8 per each additional child (maximum number of children is 25). Also a $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your party date, with the balance due prior to the party. Please select individual packages below to see additional items and pricing. TWO WEEK NOTICE REQUIRED. DEPENDANT UPON STAFF AVAILABILITY.

Here’s what we provide:

  • Admission to KidSenses for 20 child guests and parents

  • Birthday Party room for one full hour
  • Birthday Party Character Appearance

  • Character Themed Party Goods (utensils, plates, tablecloths, cups and napkins)

  • Unlimited playtime in the Museum until close on the day of your party

  • 20 ready-to-mail, postcard-style party invitations (postage not included)

  • Balloon bouquet and crown for the birthday child

  • Fun polaroid style commemorative photo

Character Visit Only

$205 + tax - members
$220 + tax - non-members

Blue Princess

Bat Hero

Ivory Princess

Mermaid
Princess

Ice Princess

Private Party

Want the museum all to yourself? Reserve the museum privately from 6pm -8pm. TWO WEEK NOTICE REQUIRED. DEPENDANT UPON STAFF AVAILABILITY.
 

Here’s what we provide:

  • Admission to KidSenses for 20 child guests and parents

  • Birthday Party room for one full hour

  • Unlimited playtime in the Museum until close on the day of your party

  • 20 ready-to-mail, postcard-style party invitations

  • Birthday child will be featured on the glow board

  • Balloon bouquet and crown for the birthday child

  • Fun polaroid style commemorative photo

Paper Products

Don’t have time to shop for all the basic party necessities? We can provide these, too! We have a variety of themed paper and plastic utensils to choose from. Prices and availability for character-themed utensils is listed with that character’s party information. 

$230 + tax - members
$250 + tax - non-members

Discovery Bags/Party Favors

KidSenses Discovery Bags are convenient, fun, party favors for your guest. Filled with fun, and ready to go for your party! For detailed information, call (828) 286-2120

 $5.00 ea.

Call 828-286-2120 to book your child’s party today!

Membership

KidSenses Annual Museum Memberships

Save on your first visit plus any future visits with an annual membership pass. Enjoy all the benefits of membership and help support the museum in our continuing efforts to offer unique, interactive exhibits and educational programs. Click on a membership option below to purchase online. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: A membership must be purchased for every member of the family individually. All memberships are registered by name, are non-transferrable to other individuals, and only apply to the named individuals on the membership at time purchase. 

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EXPLORE OUR GIFT SHOP

Continue your exploration at home with many take home projects, souvenirs and more in our gift shop.

Meet the Team
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J. Willard Whitson

Executive Director
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828-286-2120 ext.221

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Mandi Williams

Deputy Director
e-mail me
828-286-2120 ext.224

MEET THE TEAM

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Patrick Morehouse

Director of Education

e-mail me
828-286-2120 ext.100

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Jessica Watson

Manager of Museum Operations

e-mail me
828-286-2120 ext.100

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Michael Swafford

Exhibit Maintenance

828-286-2120

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