At this time we are offering the following time slots for private parties in the Spring of 2021: Saturdays 10am-11:30am Saturdays 2pm-3:30 (TBA Saturdays at 5pm or later) - since food is currently restricted, this may not make sense for most
Sundays 10am-11:30am Sundays 2pm-3:30 (TBA Saturdays at 5pm or later) - since food is currently restricted, this may not make sense for most
We may be able to adjust times slightly or work in a 3rd spot on each day (especially in the afternoons/evenings). So if you prefer early evening or to start your afternoon party a little later, please either make a note in your reservation or email us to discuss.
Party Basics - Base Price ($285):
Private use of our open play area for a full 90 minutes
Access 30 minutes early to setup/decorate
Up to 30 minutes post-event to pack up personal items
Some timeslots may be eligible for +30 minutes for $30 (please note below if you are interested in that option)
Staff person onsite to assist with setup and post-party cleanup
Equipment Available for Use:
4 Blue Child Height Tables (2’x4’ & 22” high)
20 Blue Children’s chairs
4 Folding Tables (4ft long x 2ft wide adjustable heights)
1 Folding Table( 5ft long x 28in wide)
18 black folding chairs (adult size)
5 White café tables (29.5”x29.5”)
10 White café chairs (adult size)
Coffee maker (2L air-pot with a pump, 1.5L & 24oz insulated carafes) if you want to bring coffee to brew for your guests, etc. (the staff person can help operate it)
Small microwave and a small toaster oven
Full size freezer and fridge space for ice, cake, ice cream, etc.
A few standard dishes/bowls, silverware, etc. if you forget something, but can’t guarantee what will be available on that day.
COVID-19 Specific Party Policies:
**Info below is as of 2/19/2021 and subject to change based on state and local restrictions**
Capacity is currentlyrestricted to a total of 20 people (adults and children over 6 months old)
We require at least 1 responsible adult per child/family is required to be onsite at all time (at this time we can't allow "drop-off parties" or provide additional supervision)
Masks are required for all guests and children 4yrs old and older (recommended for children 2-4 if they can safely wear them and not recommended for babies under 2yrs old)
Guests should expect to maintain a safe social distance of at least 6ft or more from our staff person and any other individuals not in their immediate family or household
For the safety of staff and guests, we also ask that NO food and refreshments be consumed on-site (baby bottles/food, water bottles and straw cups are allowed for hydration purposes only)
You may bring individually wrapped treats or party favors to send home with guests
We'll be allowing a minimum of 1hr between each party for a staff member to completely clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces, rotate toys, etc.
Our staff member will be instructed to assist at a safe social distance with setup, clean up, and any questions/issues that come up. While your event is happening we expect them to give you and your guests space and even recommend they stay in another room with the door closed. If you need their assistance, please do not hesitate to knock.
Please stay abreast of state and local guidelines so you can plan your party accordingly.
See our full Health & Cleaning Policies and COVID Restrictions, and GuidelinesHERE(subject to change based on the State and Local Guidelines)
NOTE: Once Confirmed, Party Deposits are NOT REFUNDABLE, however, if your party needs to be canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-related reasons/restrictions, we will issue a credit that can be used towards future services.
What is the Host is Responsible for?
Unless otherwise arranged/confirmed in advance, the host is responsible for all supplies, entertainment, activities, equipment NOT listed above.
Currently NOT ALLOWED: Food, beverages, cake, candles, snacks, ice, condiments (Please note: we are a NUT FREE facility)
Beverage / ice bins
Entertainment & supervision of kids/guests, etc.
Please also note:
As the host of a private party you assume responsibility for your guests, their safety and actions within the space and all of the items you or your guests bring in to the space for the event.
We are a shoes off (for everyone) and socks required (for adults) space, so please let your guests know. If someone needs them, we have socks available for $2 to purchase, let us know if you would like us to bill your guests directly or added to your bill.
We are a nut-free facility, please make sure the food and beverages you and your guests bring in the space are free of peanuts and other tree nuts (including almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, etc... coconut is OK)
To protect everyone's health, we ask all guests (adults and children) to wash or sanitize their hands before they enter the space and if anyone has had signs of illness, fever or vomiting within 24hrs to please stay home.
By hosting, attending, or participating in an event or activity at Marblehead Parenting, the host and guests agree to the terms, conditions and general liability waiver posted here on our website and printed/available for review at our front desk.
Info to Share with Guests
As the host, please share the following important information with your group prior to their arrival so they all know what to expect:
Party Location & Information: 40 Tioga Way, Suite 350, Marblehead, MA 01945
There is a parking lot in front and to the side of the building.
Please take the elevator to the 3rd floor and follow the signs.
Prior to arrival, we ask that one adult from each family/household attending your event to complete the information requested in ouronline Self Check-In form (includes self-health assessment & contact tracing info as required by the State).
Ideally, we’d like them to complete this form ON THE DAY OF YOUR EVENT from THEIR OWN computer or mobile device before they enter the space.
Capacity Limits: At this time private group sizes are limited to 20 total people (including adults and children over 6 months old). We expect at least one adult from each family/household (or an assigned representative) to remain onsite throughout the event. At this time we cannot allow or provide additional staff for “drop-off” parties.
Masks: Adults and children 4yrs and older must wear a mask to enter the building and at all times while in our space. Children 2-3yrs old are strongly encouraged to wear a mask if they can safely do so. Masks are NOT recommended for babies under 2yrs old. While we understand this is a private group/pod, we still require everyone to follow these guidelines for the safety of our staff. If you or your child needs a mask break, you are always welcome to move outside for a bit and return when you are ready.
Social Distancing: Per State and local guidelines we ask everyone to maintain a minimum of 6’ social distance from our staff and other individuals not within your family/household. We prefer that each “play area” within our space be occupied by one family at a time (unless otherwise noted in that area) and ask you to wait until the other family has exited before you enter a play area. (However, we understand this is a private group and leave the enforcement of social distancing up to the discretion of the host and their guests).
Hand Washing/Sanitizing & Health Practices: Everyone must wash (in the bathroom) or sanitize their hands upon entering the space. Please also use the hand sanitizing stations around the space when moving from one play area to another.
Remove Shoes & Wear Socks: socks are required for adults but not for children. If an adult forgets to bring socks, we can provide a pair for $2 cash or we can start a tab and invoice the host at the end of the session.
Child Supervision & Health Safety: Please stay near enough to your child to help cover sneezes and coughs. If your child has tasted a toy please put them in the provided “used toys” collection bins and wipe any surfaces (with provided wipes) that are dribbled and drooled on. Please also make sure older siblings/guests are mindful of the little ones and careful with equipment that is meant for the smaller/younger children.
Food, Snacks, & Beverages: As a general rule we are not currently allowing food and beverages to be consumed onsite. We do allow baby bottles, water bottles and prefer them to be straw bottles or cups to allow easy access for a mask without removing it all the way.
** If you’d like to have a traditional cake or cupcake for the purpose of singing and candles only (not to be served and eaten onsite), we recommend you schedule it for right before departure and provide individually wrapped treats/cupcakes/cake-pops for guests to take home with them.
Staff: We will typically only have one staff member present at a time. For their safety and yours, we ask them to greet you from a distance, make sure questions are answered, help with setup, and then we suggest they give your guests space and spend most of their time in the staff office or in other rooms as much as they can during your party. But, PLEASE don’t hesitate to knock on the door if you have an issue or questions.
End of Your Visit: We know some kids (and guests) have a hard time transitioning when they are having fun! So we ask you to start wrapping up your party 15-20 minutes before your time is up. Please help your guests exit promptly at the scheduled end time of your party, so our staff member can safely do a thorough cleaning before the next scheduled group.
For more information on our general policies & liability waiver, and COVID health & cleaning policies see visit these links:
$10 per pot - Brewed Coffee (with sweeter, milk, cups & lids) -Not Currently Available
$10 Bubble Machine
$10 Disco Light Machine
$15 Projector & Screen Set up (host to provide content)
$15 Small Bounce House** – set up in the large classroom (needs to be supervised by the host and restricted to 1 child at a time)
$15 Ride-on train** (needs to be supervised by the host and restricted to 1 child at a time)
$30 extra 30 min*
$20-30 per hour – extra staff helper/or paid supervision in the play space* -Not Currently Available
$30 Sara’s homemade play dough (as an activity with take-home containers for guests)*
$75 – 150 Programming/music/class/activity* -Not Currently Available
$75 – 150 Themed Activity* -Not Currently Available
$TBD Character visit* (would need to be booked directly, we can provide contact info & recommendations)
* Pending availability and must be requested, arranged, and confirmed in advance. ** Bounce house and train are best for children 4yrs and under, and need to be supervised by the host/appointed person to ensure safety, social distancing, and use by only 1 child at a time.
Other FAQs & Tips
What's the difference between Private Group Play and Private Parties?
Private parties include extra time and a staff person to assist with setting up for your party. We also allot extra time at the end for your family to collect your personal items, take down decorations, and for our staff member to do some extra cleaning as necessary. We also configure the space differently for large gatherings and provide additional equipment, tables, chairs, supplies, as needed.
We are able to charge less for private group play sessions because we can accommodate more of them in a single day and they are usually scheduled for several recurring dates at a time.
What's the Basic Setup?
Below is our typical set up, but as the host you are welcome to arrange tables as you see fit!
** Until Further Notice: Please omit all plans for food and beverages and adjust your plans accordingly**
2 - regular white cafe tables and/or 1 - folding table (raised high) for any beverages and/or snacks, etc. you'd like to have available before cake time
1 - folding table or the counter top for party favors/gifts
In the party room **Due to State Guidelines & Capacity Restrictions all party activities will happen out in the open play and check-in area**
1 or 2 – 2x4ft Folding table in the party room (can be high/med/low, your call!!)
4 - low blue kids tables + 20 chairs (usually set up in a single long row)
2 - high chairs we can have in there for the wee ones
4-5 - extra wooden kids chairs if needed for extra seating
Just outside the party room (we move the reading nook and bump the gate/wall out for additional seating/food area)
1 - folding table for snacks/bevs you'd like to have available before cake time
2-3 - white cafe tables w/ 2-3 chairs each for extra seating
The Play Area
Shoes are not allowed in the play area, we require socks for adults (socks are optional for children)*
Food is not allowed in the play area and must remain in the check-in area or the designated party room
Beverages with lids (or non-staining/water) are OK in the play area
For parties we typically move the reading nook across to the other side of the play room so we can bump out the gates in front of the party room, otherwise the layout is similar to the way it is during open play
Please ask guests to supervise their children at all times and to be respectful of the equipment and help encourage children to walk (especially the bigger kiddos)
Our staff member will notify the host if they see unsafe activities, but should not be relied upon to supervise the children
The host may be charged for damage to property and equipment that goes beyond basic or appropriate use
If you choose to add the bounce house (usually set up in the largest classroom) please ensure parents are supervising their children or designate someone to keep an eye on it for safety
If you have a special activity or craft that requires a designated area within the space, please make sure to discuss that with us so we can help recommend an appropriate location
The room in the far, back, right corner has a gate in front of it and has activities for slightly older children that may be choking hazards to babies (like small legos)
We'll keep adding to this list so let us know if you try something we have listed and/or a good experience with another local resource and we'll add it to the list!!
Filled Balloons and/or will fill yours for a fee
CVS (might be only for the Mylar ones you buy there)