Kids watching a lesson from an Aquarium educator wearing a face covering _ Plan An Event | Birthday Party

Celebrate With Us!

Celebrate your child's birthday with memorable ocean fun, and a chance to experience the Aquarium in a new way! Enjoy an ocean-themed program and the opportunity to get up close with some amazing creatures with an experienced Aquarium educator.

What's Included?

During the first hour of your party an Aquarium educator will guide your birthday child and party guests through fun ocean-themed activities such as games, crafts, biofacts, and getting up close and personal with one of our animal ambassadors.* For the second half of your party, we’ll let you celebrate your guest of honor and optionally enjoy refreshments from our catering service. You will have access to a private space that can accommodate up to 25 attendees (including the birthday child, family members, and parents of the guests) and admission to the aquarium for your entire party.


Our birthday party slots are fully booked for January and February 2023.

Pricing and Details

Pricing: $299 (Members $249)

Age: 2 – 10

Days: Saturdays and Sundays

Times: 10:00am to 12:00pm or 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Ocean in Motion

Crawl like a crab, wiggle like an eel, and glide like a ray! We’ll celebrate your little one’s big day as we get on our feet and learn more about the amazing animals found in the ocean and how they move. Oh, and we’ll have a lot of fun, too!

Fintastic Sharks

Let’s dive into the world of sharks together! We’ll explore all things sharks through games, activities and investigating biofacts- including real shark teeth! This is the perfect birthday party theme for shark lovers, future-scientists, and fans of the ocean!

Sea Turtle Shell-a-bration

Come learn what it’s like being a Sea Turtle! In this birthday party theme, we’ll explore the life of a Sea Turtle from being a tiny baby hatchling to migrating far and wide and even returning to the beach to lay their own eggs. We’ll learn through fun interactive activities and games as well as checking out awesome bio facts.

Scales, Tails, and Slime

This birthday party theme is all about animals with scales, tails and slime! Tomistomas, Komodos, Salamanders, and Snakes, oh my! During this short program we’ll learn a little more about our scaly and slimy friends with fun facts, bio-facts, activities and games that get us moving like a reptile.

Sea Turtle Behind the Scenes

Do you love sea turtles and want to learn more about what it’s like taking care of them here at the Virginia Aquarium? If so, this is the perfect birthday party for you! We’ll head behind the scenes for the first portion of your party to see how our aquarium runs and how our Sea Turtles are taken care of.

Sharks Behind the Scenes

Experience our sharks like never before with this awesome birthday party experience! We’ll head behind the scenes and go above our shark exhibit where you’ll be able to enjoy our sharks from a new perspective and learn more about how we care for them!

Participants must be able to navigate stairs for Sharks Behind the Scenes.

*While we cannot guarantee the ability to meet specific Animal Ambassadors, we can make a note of your preferences!

Food For Your Party

You are encouraged to bring a special cake for your guest of honor. All other food items must be purchased through our onsite caterer. To book a birthday party, or for more information, contact Guest Services.