• Birthday party guests in party hats in the rainforest
  • Academy staffer reading a book to kids during a birthday party
  • Birthday party setup at the Academy
  • Birthday party guests in party hats gaze into the rainforest
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Inspire your pint-sized scientist with an unforgettable Academy birthday bash!

Designed for children ages 1-12, your party will feature an action-packed array of science-themed events and activities at one of the most enchanting—and educational—settings in the Bay Area.

Please note: Due to health and safety regulations, birthday parties are not currently available on-site—but our new Virtual Party package brings the Academy to you! Email us at specialtyprograms@calacademy.org to book your Virtual Party.

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New! Virtual Party

Illustration of Claude the albino alligator wearing a party hat

Complete with convenient, contactless curbside supply pick-up, our Virtual Party package includes:

  • Academy-themed Zoom room (45 minutes)
  • Party favors
  • Gift for birthday child
  • Guided craft activity
  • Animal-themed activities
  • Sweet treats
  • Birthday sign
  • Party host

For ages 5 and up. Base package starts at $400 for 10 children (11 for members); additional guests welcome for $40/child.

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The following on-site party packages are not currently available, but we encourage you to submit your request and we’ll let you know when we’re ready to host your bash!

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Creature Crafts

African penguin

In addition to a menagerie of memories, party guests will return home with a handcrafted keepsake. This package includes:

  • Guided animal-themed craft
  • Private 2-hour decorated party space
  • Party coordinator
  • Cupcakes and juice or milk
  • Gift for birthday child
  • Party favors
  • All-day admission to the Academy

For ages 5 and up. $729 members, $799 public. Admission for up to 16 guests (including birthday child and family); additional guests welcome for $40/person.

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Canopy Quest

Blue Morpho butterfly

Young explorers will embark on an exciting safari inside the rainforest to find and identify a variety of animal species. This package includes:

  • Scavenger hunt
  • Private 2-hour decorated party space
  • Party coordinator
  • Cupcakes and juice or milk
  • Gift for birthday child
  • Party favors
  • All-day admission to the Academy

 

​For ages 5 and up. $629 members, $699 public. Admission for up to 16 guests (including birthday child and family); additional guests welcome for $40/person.

 

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Small Fry Storytime

Clownfish

This party will engage your littlest minnows with a captivating, science-themed storytime. This package includes:

  • Animal-themed storytime
  • Private 2-hour decorated party space
  • Party coordinator
  • Cupcakes and juice or milk
  • Gift for birthday child
  • Party favors
  • All-day admission to the Academy

 

For ages 5 and under. $629 members, $699 public. Admission for up to 16 guests (including birthday child and family); additional guests welcome for $40/person.

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Please note: Anyone over the age of 1 is considered a guest, regardless of membership status. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required at time of reservation and the balance is due 30 days prior to your event date. No refunds given for cancellations within 30 days of event.

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