• 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. For more details, please view the Birthday Party Handbook.

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