​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​*Currently we are not accepting private event bookings. Please check back later for more details, availability and options for your special event.*


Facility Rentals for Private Events & Weddings

Bring your private event to life! The Virginia Aquarium is the perfect place ​​for a unique and memorable private event.

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Birthday Parties

**Birthday parties are not currently being scheduled. Please watch for updates.**

Host your child's next birthday party at the Virginia Aquarium! Choose one of the two themes offered during the summer months (June-August) or Under the Sea, offered year round!

Under the Sea

Celebrate your child's birthday with fun experiences and a chance to meet our animal ambassadors! Enjoy ocean-themed activities and get up close to touch some amazing creatures. Birthday parties are led by an experienced Aquarium educator and include a live animal for children to see and touch.

A​ge: 3-12
Classroom in the Main Building
Days:        Saturdays and Sundays
Times:     September through May:       9:30 to 11:00 a.m.      12:30 to 2:00 p.m.          3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Marsh Adventures

Give your child the gift of outdoor adventure for his or her birthday! Hike the trail with an Aquarium educator in search of birds, bugs, reptiles and amphibians. Explore the water’s edge for fish and crabs and sing Happy Birthday to a periwinkle snail. After your adventure, celebrate your child’s party on your own private deck space. A special visit from one of the Aquarium’s Fairies is also available as an add-on; call for more information! 

A​ge: 5-12
Wildflower Deck

*Not currently available

Party Details

$199 for Aquarium members
$249 for non-members

Parties can accommodate up to 25 attendees, which includes the birthday child, family members, and parents of the guests.

To reserve a date for a birthday party, or to receive additional information, contact the Youth Programs Team at (757) 385-0278 between 9 a.m. and ​5 p.m. Monday through Friday​.

Add an Aquarium goodie bag for your birthday child and guests for only $1 each! Call the Aquarium Store at (757) 385-0321 for more information.​


​Photography Policy at the Aquarium

Paying guests are welcome to take pictures of their visit to the Virginia Aquarium. We are currently not offering private photography or videography shoots.

More details to come regarding commercial or broadcast photography, videography, and recording,  and scheduling a private photography/videography session at the Aquarium.