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Bring your private event to life! The Virginia Aquarium is the perfect place for a unique and memorable private event. Call Cecelia Campbell, Private Events Coordinator, at (757) 385-0306 or email her at CSCampbe@virginiaaquarium.com for more information. Site visits are by appointment only.


Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child's birthday with fun activities and a chance to meet our animal ambassadors. Birthday parties are available on Saturdays and Sundays, led by an experienced Aquarium educator, and include two live animals for children to see and touch. Choose from one of the themed parties below, and bring yo​ur birthday to life!

Under the Sea (for age 3 to 12)

Play ocean themed games and get up close with some of the ocean's most amazing creatures. See the sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays as you tour the Bay & Ocean Pavilion.

Location: Classroom in the Bay & Ocean Pavilion
Days: Saturdays and Sundays
Times: June through August from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

​NEW! ​Beginning September 2018:​
Birthday Party (for age 3 to 12) 

Spend your special day with sharks, rays, and sea turtles. Play ocean-themed games and get up close to touch some of the ocean's most amazing creatures.

Location: Classroom in the Bay & Ocean Pavilion
Days: Saturdays and Sundays
Times: 9 to 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2:30 to 4 p.m.


Party Costs

$175 for Aquarium members
$225 for non-members

Cost includes materials and activities for up to 25 attendees. This includes the birthday child, family members, and parents of the party guests.

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

Let the Aquarium Café take care of your refreshment needs, including pizza and other fun foods for your party! Order here.

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.​