Member Events and Deals

Aquarium members enjoy special events and deals all year long.
If you do not currently receive member e-mails, please contact the office at or 858-534-5771 to have your e-mail address added to our membership record.

New for Members

Members' Mornings
September 7, October 5, November 2: 8
9 a.m.
The aquarium is now open early every month on the first Wednesday of the month just for aquarium members!
*Join us for Members' Morning on October 5, where each child gets a free souvenir lunch box and a free snack. (while supplies last)

Experience America's Newest Research Vessel
Birch Aquarium members are invited to two special events
–join us on Thursday, Saturday, or both!–to celebrate the arrival of R/V Sally Ride, the newest Vessel in Scripps Institution of Oceanography's research fleet. Reservations will be made available mid-September and announced to members via e-mail.

R/V Sally Ride
Gallery Member Preview Night
Thursday, October 27: 6
–8 p.m.
Get a preview of the new Expeditions at Sea Gallery featuring R/V Sally Ride at Birch Aquarium, opening to the public October 28. Meet Scripps scientists, enjoy hands-on activities and crafts, and explore the aquarium's exhibits after hours. Reservations will be made available mid-September and announced to members via e-mail.

Member Day Aboard
R/V Sally Ride
Saturday, October 29: 9
–11:30 a.m.
Aquarium members will have an unprecedented opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art ship and meet Scripps crew that operates and maintains the technologically advanced vessel. This is a must-do for anyone who loves science, ships, oceanography, or cutting-edge technology.
Note: this event takes place at San Diego's Embarcadero. Further instructions will be emailed to members that RSVP for the event.
Children must be at least eight years old to tour the research vessel. For families with younger children, we recommend attending the gallery exhibit opening instead. Both events are free for aquarium members, but space is limited.
Reservations will be made available mid-September and announced to members via e-mail.

Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series

Time: 7–8 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30; lecture begins at 7 p.m.

Free for members
The  Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series features engaging presentations on research conducted worldwide by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Scripps scientists are exploring Earth’s mysteries in hundreds of research projects under way on every continent. Learn about science at Scripps and join researchers on their paths to discovery. Services available for the deaf or hard of hearing.
Click here for the list of upcoming lectures

Baja California Whale Adventures with Andiamo Tours
Friday, February 24–Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Thursday, March 23–Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Join Birch Aquarium at Scripps and Andiamo Tours Mexico for naturalist-guided, extended adventures to the lagoons of Baja California. Witness gray whales play, rest and investigate their curious visitors before heading north to their Arctic feeding grounds. Learn more at the Birch Aquarium Whale Watching page.


Free Admission to Wave Waterpark
June 25–July 24

Birch Aquarium members receive free admission to Wave Waterpark in Vista from June 25 through July 24. Show your aquarium membership card at the waterpark ticket booth to receive the offer (family memberships allow admission for two children).

Fireworks for Friends
July 4: 6:30–9:30 p.m.

For members only: Celebrate the (sea) stars and stripes and enjoy Fourth of July at Birch Aquarium. Enjoy panoramic views of fireworks over La Jolla Cove from the Tide-Pool Plaza. Splash Cafe will be grilling up a special menu along with adult beverages for purchase or you may bring a picnic (but no outside alcohol) and comfortable seating. Introduce your friends to Birch Aquarium at Scripps during this special membership event.
RSVP: 858-534-5771 or at the link below
Members: Free    
Guests: Admitted with guest passes