I coordinated with Marissa and she was wonderful about quickly answering any questions by e-mail, which was a great help when I was planning from long distance. We rented the New Wing, and had a cocktail hour downstairs in the star-spangled center and dinner and dancing on the main floor. We ended up with 125 guests with 14 round tables and we had plenty of room. We also had lots of kids at our wedding (around 20 I believe) and they loved being able to play in the Magic House (many of the adults did too!). When I first told people we were having our wedding reception at a children's museum they thought I was crazy, but after seeing it all come together we got so many compliments on picking such a unique location. The only drawback about this venue is that the museum does not close to the public until 5:30pm so there is a very quick turn around time for set up and the very earliest guests can arrive is 6pm. However, everything went very smoothly and was on time. There is also no smoking even outside on the porch. This ended up being an non-issue for us as the only smokers in our families ended up not being able to make it. A previous reviewer also mentioned the fact that the lights are either off or on. We didn't think about this in advance but fortunately our DJ package came with lighting so we ended up with the lights over the dance floor being off and with the DJ lighting it was perfect. So this may be something to think about. Also despite there being lots to do and see at the Magic House there were still guests on the dance floor all night. I had a blast and I think all our guests did too, and I would definitely recommend the Magic House to other brides especially if they have a family with a lot of kids!
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