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Fresh ideas for parties

No one wants sloppy seconds on birthday party venues. Here are three cool ideas that will probably be new to your crew.

Through January 5, 2014, the Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 817.255.9300) will host parties for tots as young as 3. Partygoers do science-y activities like build pinwheels to understand wind power; or move a large statue of George using a wheel-and-pulley system. Packages start at $300 for non-members ($270 for members), and include 90 minutes of interactive play for 20 guests, an appearance by Curious George, bananas, juice, and activity books for each child. You can bring your own cake, but no other outside food is allowed—so be sure to order through their food services.

At local art studio space Oil & Cotton (837 West 7th St., 214.942.0474), organizers design party themes based on the birthday child's age and interests. Past parties for little ones have been built around concepts such as watercolor and nature (where guests created a scenic painting) or re-imagining Eric Carle illustrations through collage, drawing, and other craft projects. Ninety-minute parties cost $150, plus a $10 to $20 project fee per child. Bring your own food and décor.

The Farmer Duck Party for children under 3 at the Heritage Farmstand Museum (1900 West 15th St., Plano, 972.881.0140) is as hands-on as it gets: little ones feed chickens, gather apples, and play age-appropriate games. Parties start at $240 for up to 15 kids; add on tractor wagon rides for an extra $50 per half hour. Bring your own food and cake (they provide picnic tables) and decorations (balloons aren’t allowed inside the farm).