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.
Birthday Parties are available year-round and must be scheduled in advance.
Party times are most Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-noon or 1:30-3:30 p.m.
All Parties Include
- Aquarium admission for up to 20 participants (this includes all children and adults)
- Private classroom with Birch Aquarium Instructor
- Live animal encounter
- Animal feeding interactions
- Instructor-led Aquarium tour related to party theme
- Art project for children relating to party theme
- Birch Aquarium coloring book
- 30-minute patio party* for cake and snacks (we do not provide food or drinks)
- Three hours of free parking
- Decorations**: tablecloths, birthday banners, streamers, etc.
*All food and beverages must be served on the Party Patio. These items cannot be served in the classroom.
**Please note that balloons are not allowed at Birch Aquarium as they are hazardous to marine environments.
We recommend selecting a party theme that is age-appropriate for the majority of children in attendance.
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 participants include all adults and children. The initial pricing provides for 20 participants with the option to include up to 10 more people for an additional fee.
- You are allowed to have a maximum of 30 participants at your party.
- One adult is required for every 5 children at the party.
Public: $400 for up to 20 party participants
- $20 for each additional child
- $10 for each additional adult
- Up to 10 additional party participants total
Members: $360 for up to 20 party participants
- $18 for each additional child
- $8 for each additional adult
- Up to 10 additional party participants total
- Parties must be booked a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of the desired date.
- 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 participants, which counts ALL children and adults.
- At least 4 weeks notice is required to change your date.
Book your child's birthday party and view current availability here.
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel, modify, or reschedule your birthday party, you must notify us at least 4 weeks in advance and a full refund will be issued minus a $50 deposit. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within the 4-week period. 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.