• Birthday party guests examine a python held by an Academy of Sciences staff member
  • A girl has a staring contest with a sheepshead fish in the California Coast exhibit
  • 2 young birthday party guests enjoy a penguin demonstration in African Hall
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Complete this form and a Specialty Tours team member will follow up to get your party started.

Inspire your pint-sized scientist with an unforgettable birthday bash at the Academy!

Designed for children ages 2-10, your party will feature an action-packed array of events and activities at one of the most enchanting—and educational—settings in the Bay Area.

Each party package includes:

  • Admission for up to 16 guests; up to 30 guests welcome for an additional fee
  • 2 hour party room rental, including setup and cleanup
  • Express entry into the earthquake simulator and Osher Rainforest exhibit
  • Reserved seating in the Planetarium (minimum age of 5)
  • A special gift for the birthday boy or girl and party favors for all kids

Select from one of four party packages below:

Reptiles Rule

Yellow snake

You bring your little animals—and we'll bring ours! Mingle with a guest of the non-human variety in this party package, which includes:

  • Staff-guided reptile encounter
  • Dedicated party coordinator
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Cupcakes

For ages 6 and up. $729 members; $799 non-members

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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:

  • Staff-guided craft activity
  • Dedicated party coordinator
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Cupcakes

For ages 6 and up. $729 members; $799 non-members

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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
  • Dedicated party coordinator
  • Cupcakes

For ages 6 and up. $629 members; $699 non-members

 

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Small Fry Storytime

Clownfish

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

  • Storytime
  • Dedicated party coordinator
  • Cupcakes

For ages 5 and under. $629 members; $699 non-members

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The Fine Print

We require a 1:5 adult-to-child guest ratio.

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.

Party can be rescheduled once without penalty, no later than 60 days prior to the event date. All other reschedulings will be treated as a cancellation of the original date and another deposit must be paid to hold a new date.

For more information, view the Birthday Party Handbook.

Questions? Email or call us anytime: specialtytours@calacademy.org or (415) 379-5854.

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For More Information

View the handbook for FAQs about hosting a party at the Academy. Need to feed your party animals? Place an order from our crowd-pleasing birthday party menu.