Private Parties

reserve all of SkillZone exclusively for you and your guests for the event of the year!

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$595 (member discounts* up to 20%)

navigate to a Saturday or Sunday to see what’s available!
note: if there is no option to “BOOK” that means it’s already taken

*Member discounts vary based on membership level; 2-month minimum commitment required to receive discount

Scheduling - You have exclusive use of the entire SkillZone space for the 1.5 hours of your party. You can also arrive 30 minutes early to set up, and you have 30 minutes after the party ends - while we are cleaning the space - to pack up and remove any items you want to take home with you. Evening parties (5:00-6:30pm) can be extended for an additional $65 for each additional 30 minutes.

Capacity - We allow a maximum of 20 children because our total comfortable capacity is 60. You book the entire space - so an exact count is not necessary in advance.

Beer & Wine - We offer several varieties of beer, wine and sparkling wine (for mimosas?) to help the adults relax and socialize.  You can choose a cash bar or to host drink service. If you want to bring your own alcohol a flat-rate $75 corkage fee applies.

Registration & Check In - Everyone will need to check in at the front desk upon arrival. Every family is required to execute a liability waiver before entering. The waiver stresses that the parent or caregiver is responsible for watching the children throughout a visit. If your guests have not been able to read and e-sign the waiver prior, we have a process to do so when they arrive.

Safety and Socks - We strive to keep SkillZone sparkling clean and to keep the kiddos safe.  Everyone is required to take off their shoes and to wear socks (kids and adults alike), so please remind guests to wear socks. We stress non-slip socks for the kids safety and offer them for sale if you forget. 

Parking - Pay parking (via Parkmobile App or machines on the sidewalks) is available on all of 8th Street.  Free 2-hour parking is available on all side streets.  We recommend looking on G Street or 7th Street for free parking within 2-3 minutes' walk to our front door.

Metro - The Eastern Market Metro stop is 3 blocks away (just head straight South on 8th Street from the station to find us).

Older children - children over 6 are not allowed to play.  Generally, older children are too large and easily bored with our equipment and space that is designed for the young ones. They are allowed to attend, however, and may enjoy helping watch the younger children.  It's a chance for them to practice caregiving and teaching younger siblings or friends.

Slideshow - Our system is designed to for seamlessly "air-playing" Apple products. If you don't have an Apple computer or phone, you can send us a file or store it in the cloud for us to play from our device. We recommend testing this in advance, if possible. 

Custom music - we provide various play lists via our cloud music service, or can let you play your own via Bluetooth.  Most parties play music for the adults, as the kids don't typically notice but the adults appreciate some good tunes. Throwback music seems to be the most popular - something like 70's, 80's, 90's music channels or playlists.

Customized lighting - We can customize a few different lighting systems for you if you have preferred colors for your theme.

Timing - We recommend doing the cake ceremony around the 1-hour mark of the party.

Food - You're welcome to bring snacks / cake / drinks / etc.  We are a nut-free facility so please nothing containing nuts.  Please keep all food on the dark surface between the Focus Zone and Open Zone.  We can provide coffee, tea, water, (with requisite cups and accessories) and a refrigerator for small items.

Tables and Chairs - We have child-sized tables and chairs (seating for 20 children) as well as buffet tables for refreshments you want to keep out of the kids' reach.  We provide plastic tablecloths, but if you'd like something more festive you're welcome to bring it.

Smaller Toys - Please help us keep all of the smaller toys in their designated areas.  These small toys can cause someone to get hurt if they are brought out into the open areas and end up underfoot.

Decorations - Nothing can be attached to a painted wall surface, but freestanding decorations or those that can attach to our glass walls are welcome.  We also allow hanging decorations, but they must be light and can attach to paper clips that we can hang from the drop ceiling.

Extra items to remember - People most frequently forget a cake knife, bottle opener, and candles.

SkillZone is in high demand for private parties and often books up months in advance. Accordingly, to be as fair as possible to all our families, Private Party reservations can only be refunded with more than 4-weeks’ notice and can only be refunded at 80% of the fee. Private Party reservations can be rescheduled, subject to availability, up to 2 weeks in advance of the party date. No changes or refunds can be made to any party reservations within 2 weeks of the scheduled party date.  Active membership required for 2 months to receive member discount on parties.