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Children's Birthday Parties
Our parties are designed for children ages 1-9. Our goal is to provide an educational and fun experience for the birthday child and all participants. Each party includes:
  • Aquarium admission for up to 20 participants (this counts all children and adults)
  • Private classroom with Birch Aquarium Instructor
  • Live animal encounter
  • Animal feeding interactions
  • Children's craft project 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.

Birthday Parties
Regular Price: $400.00
Member Price: $360.00
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Prices: The initial pricing provides for 20 participants, referring to ALL children and adults. You may add up to 10 additional participants for an additional fee.

Public: $400 for up to 20 party participants. $20 for each additional child and $10 for each additional adult

Members: $360 for up to 20 party participants. $18 for each additional child. $8 for each additional adult

Party Themes: We recommend selecting a party theme that is age-appropriate for the majority of children in attendance.
-Splish Splash Bash (Ages 1-3)
-All About Sharks (Ages 4-9)
-Sea-Fari Adventure (Ages 4-9)

Outdoor Adventures
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Birch Aquarium at Scripps offers Outdoor Adventures--such as Tidepooling, Grunion Run, and Full Moon Pier Walks--with our naturalists. These programs vary by season and are determined by local weather patterns and conditions.

Please note that these activities have limited capacities and pre-registration is required to attend.

Full Moon Pier Walks
Regular Price: $35.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Walk along the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, normally closed to the public, on an exclusive moonlit tour. Participants will learn about the history of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and current research projects, while collecting plankton, performing experiments, and learning more about the life below the pier.

Advanced registration required. All participants are required to purchase a ticket. Children must be a minimum age of 9+ (minors must be accompanied by a paid adult).

Does not meet at Birch Aquarium.

Snorkel with the Leopard Sharks
Regular Price: $30.00
Member Price: $25.00
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Dive in with aquarium naturalists to explore the underwater world of leopard sharks, guitarfish, rays, and other creatures that call our local marine reserve home. Intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Participants must supply their own gear.

Advanced registration required. All participants are required to purchase a ticket. For ages 10+ (minors must be accompanied by a paid adult).