• Birthday party guests in party hats in the rainforest
  • Birthday party guests in party hats gaze into the rainforest
  • Claude birthday party cupcake
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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.

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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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Virtual Party

Illustration of Claude the alligator with albinism in headphones

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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FAQ

Got birthday party questions? We've got answers!

How many people can attend my party?

All party packages include up to 16 guests (adults and children over the age of 1). You are welcome to add additional guests onto your package at $40 per person, for a maximum of 40 guests total. Your total guest count includes the birthday child and family.

Can I bring food or drinks to my party?

Sorry, we do not allow outside food or drinks at our birthday parties. Each party package includes an assortment of cupcakes and a choice of juice or milk for all guests. If you would like to order additional food for your party, there is a selection of choices that can be ordered from the Academy Café for additional cost.

Can I bring decorations to my party?

Your party host will decorate your party space for you—no need to bring anything but yourselves! We ask guests to refrain from bringing additional decor to their party.

Can I explore the museum during or after my party?  

Yes! Your party space is booked for your group for two hours, but if your guests want to come and go into the museum, they are welcome to. Your party package includes museum admission for all guests, so guests may arrive earlier than the party or stay later to explore the museum as well.

What kind of party favors are included in the party packages?

All children who attend a birthday party get to take home an Academy goodie bag. The surprises inside vary, but are sure to include toys or similar items that are age-appropriate for the age range of your guests. The birthday child will receive a special gift in addition to a goodie bag!