Children's Birthday Parties

Celebrate with a Splash!

Host your birthday party under the sea at Birch Aquarium! Parties are designed for ages 1-9. Our goal is to provide an educational and fun experience for attendees of all ages.

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Birthday Parties are available year-round and must be booked in advance.

Party times are Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-noon or 1:30-3:30 p.m.

All Parties Include

  • Aquarium admission for participants (children and adults)
  • Private party room with Birch Aquarium Instructor
  • Live animal encounter 
  • Animal feeding interactions 
  • Instructor-led Aquarium tour related to party theme
  • 30-minute patio party for cake and snacks (we do not provide)
  • Art project for children relating to party theme
  • Birch Aquarium coloring book
  • Three hours of free parking
  • Decorations (table cloths, birthday banners, streamers, etc.)

Party Themes

Splish Splash Bash (Ages 1-3)

We’ll be splishing and splashing as we touch bumpy, prickly, and slippery ocean animals. Partygoers will use all their senses to explore the ocean’s seashore environment and make new discoveries as they take an imaginary trip to the beach. A visit to aquarium exhibits will surely be a hit for both parents and children. Join us and celebrate with a SPLASH!

All About Sharks (Ages 4-9)

These jaws deserve applause! Kids will get up close and personal with real live sharks, learn about what makes them the top ocean predators, and handle real shark jaws (teeth included!). Celebrate your next birthday with the sharks.

Reef Luau (Ages 4-9)

Hau’oli la hanau…is Hawaiian for "happy birthday to you." The Hawaiian Islands are surrounded by an amazing ecosystem of colorful coral reefs. This area is home to many animals including sharks, coral, and brightly colored reef fish. From building a coral reef to touching live animals, learn all about this amazing habitat and the marine life found within. Partygoers hula the whole way home after their special birthday luau experience!

Seashore Celebration (Ages 4-9)

Calling all beach lovers!  Celebrate your next birthday with the “party animals” found along the ocean’s shore. Partygoers will learn the ins and outs of coastal habitats and touch the live creatures that live there, such as sea stars and hermit crabs. Cheer on the birthday child as he/she feeds animals in our outdoor tide pool!

Sea-Fari Adventure (Ages 4-9)

Ready…set…explore!  Your birthday adventure begins with an interactive scavenger hunt and aquarium tour showcasing habitats such as kelp forests, tide pools, and coral reefs. At each stop follow clues and riddles to discover mystical seadragons, majestic sharks, and swirling fish.  A special live animal encounter will be revealed when the final clue is solved.


Birthday party guests include adults and children. You are allowed to have a maximum of 30 guests at your party. One adult is required for every 5 children at the party. 

Public: $400 for up to 20 guests, $20 for each additional child, $10 for each additional adult; up to 10 additional people total

Members: $360 for up to 20 guests, $18 for each additional child, $8 for each additional adult; up to 10 additional people total


  • Parties may be booked no more than three months in advance and a minimum of two weeks advance booking is required. 
  • Parties must be paid in full at the time of booking. If you have additional guests not paid for in advance, you may pay for them upon check-in. Please keep in mind that we allow a maximum of 30 guests, which includes children & adults.
  • At least two weeks notice is required to change your date.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your birthday party, you must notify us at least two weeks in advance and a full refund will be issued minus a $50 deposit. If you would like to change or cancel your party, please call 858-534-7336 or email us.


You can choose the color version or black and white version of each invitation. The black and white doubles as a coloring page for the child recipient. 

Invitations are designed for 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Once printed, fold your paper in half and then fold in half again until the Birch Aquarium logo appears on the back.

Download Shark Invitation
Black and White Shark   Color Shark 

Download Fish Invitation

Black and White Fish   Color Fish

Download Pirate Octopus Invitation

Black and White Octopus   Color Octopus

If the day or time you would like to book is not available or if you would like to hear about other ways to celebrate your child's birthday at the aquarium, please call 858-534-7336 or email us.