​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Bring your private event to life!

The Virginia Aquarium is the perfect place ​​for a unique and memorable private event.

Currently, we are booking children's birthday parties. Please call our Private Events Coordinator for information about hosting other private events at the Aquarium.


Birthday Parties

Host your child's next birthday with us at the Virginia Aquarium! One of our engaging educators will fascinate your guests with live animal encounters, a special guided tour, and fun ocean-themed activities. You will have access to a private space that can accommodate up to 15 attendees (inclusive of the birthday child, family members, and parents of the guests). Let us help you create a birthday party to remember!

Ages: 3 – 12
Location: Classroom (in Main Building)
Days: Saturdays and Sundays
Times: 10am - Noon or 2 - 4pm

  • Members | $249
  • Non-members | $299
  • Non-member Guests | $5/car for parking
  • Aquarium Goodie Bags* | Only $1 each!

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 our Private Events Coordinator at the information below.

Private Events Coordinator

Cecelia Campbell
(757) 385-0306 (Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm)

*Contact the Aquarium Store at (757) 385-0321 for more information on adding Goodie Bags to your reservation.


Facility Rentals for Private Events & Weddings

Please call our Private Events Coordinator for information about hosting private events at the Aquarium.

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​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.