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Birthday Parties at the National Aquarium

Here at the Aquarium, we believe that all living species should be cherished and celebrated, people included! Plan your child's upcoming birthday party at the National Aquarium and leave everything to us, from fun to food to fascinating fishes! Choose from shark, turtle or jelly-themed party packages, each of which includes Aquarium admission, unlimited access to our award-winning exhibits, a designated party space in Harbor Market Café, food, decorations, favors and a personalized cake!

Peruse our offerings, make your selections and relax! Our sales and catering teams will make sure everything else is just right. Contact us at birthdays@aqua.org or 410-576-1067 to reserve your date and personalize your party experience. There's no better place to blow out your candles and make a wish for a magical birthday!

Reserve a Date

Harbor Party Package

Option Includes:
  • Self-Guided Tour of the National Aquarium
  • Themed Decorations
  • Choice of Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza
  • Pepsi Products
  • Cake
  • Themed Pins
  • Coloring Books & Crayons
Price:

Up to 15 people: $735.00
Additional people: $49.00 each

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Bay Party Package

Option Includes:
  • Self-Guided Tour of the National Aquarium
  • Themed Decorations
  • Choice of Hot Dog or Chicken Fingers
  • Fries
  • Choice of Garden Salad or Caesar Salad
  • Pepsi Products
  • Cake
  • Themed Pins
  • Coloring Books & Crayons
Price:

Up to 15 people: $815.00
Additional people: $55.00 each

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Ocean Party Package

Option Includes:
  • Self-Guided Tour of the National Aquarium
  • Themed Decorations
  • Choice of Veggie Crudité or Cheese & Crackers
  • Choice of Garden Salad or Caesar Salad
  • Choice of Herb Roasted Chicken or Penne ala Vodka
  • Veggie Medley
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Chicken Fingers
  • Pepsi Products
  • Cake
  • Themed Pins
  • Coloring Books & Crayons
  • Group Photo
Price:

Up to 15 people: $955.00
Additional people: $65.00 each

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Theme Options

Sharks Theme

Sharks Theme

Turtles Theme

Turtles Theme

Jellies Theme

Jellies Theme

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to buy a 'Birthday Package' to celebrate a birthday at the Aquarium?

No, the National Aquarium offers multiple options to celebrate your child's special day. We believe every visit to the Aquarium is special and worthy of a birthday celebration. If you are planning to bring 15 or more guests and are not interested in eating on site, you can contact our Central Reservations team at reserve@aqua.org to secure tickets at a reduced group rate. Smaller groups may enjoy our regularly scheduled Immersion Tours for a unique and fun celebration experience! If you would like to have a private catered event at the Aquarium, please contact cateredevents@aqua.org

How do I check availability and/or reserve a birthday party at the National Aquarium?

To start planning your birthday party at the National Aquarium, please email birthdays@aqua.org. Due to the volume of inquiries, please allow up to 3-5 business days for response.

What if I have fewer than 15 people? More than 15 people?

The package is designed for up to 15 people, so you are welcome to bring as many guests as you like up to 15. Any additional people over the 15 will be charged the additional per-person price based on the package you choose.

Can I have my birthday party any day of the week?

Birthday parties are available any day of the week on a first-come-first-served basis, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and several community access days throughout the year when the Aquarium operates at full operational capacity, including our Dollar Days and Free Fall Baltimore promotions. As these dates change every year, please email birthdays@aqua.org with your date request and we will let you know if there is a conflict. Availability may be subject to change.

How much does it cost to "hold" a date for a birthday at the National Aquarium?

Once you select a date and confirm availability with our sales team, we will hold your date with a non-refundable $75 deposit which guarantees your date, time and rates. Payment in full is required two weeks before the date of the party.

Do you provide any special rates for active members of the Aquarium?

Yes! We love our members and, as a thank you for supporting our mission through the year, we are happy to offer a 25% discount on any birthday party package.

Where do we meet our guests/party?

For your convenience and to make the most of your group's time at the Aquarium, we suggest that your group travel to and arrive at the Aquarium as a group. Once here, we ask that birthday parties gather at the Member Services Desk inside our Member Entrance to receive their tickets and enter as a group.

What do we do if a guest is running late?

We ask that you wait for your entire group to arrive before checking in at our Member Services desk. However, if a guest is running late, the host/organizer will be given their ticket. The rest of the group may then enter the building but, when the late guest(s) arrives, someone from your party will be responsible for bringing their ticket to them at the Aquarium entrance.

Is there parking available for my guests attending a National Aquarium Birthday Party?

The National Aquarium partners with the Lockwood Garage and LAZ Parking and will validate your guests' parking at these garages for a discounted rate.

Is there somewhere that parents can drop off their children who are attending the party?

We suggest that the host and guests meet off-site to carpool to the Aquarium, limiting parking costs and simplifying the check-in process for your group. If any guest is unable to meet up with your party prior to arrival, the National Aquarium has limited space available in our drop-off circle in front of the building on Pratt Street, but an adult from your group must meet and receive this guest with their entrance ticket. Unattended children will not be permitted to enter without an adult, and any adult entering the building must have a ticket.

Where will my birthday party be held?

You and your guests will enjoy unlimited access to the National Aquarium's award-winning habitats and exhibits throughout your visit. The catered food and cake portion of your party will take place in a reserved space in Harbor Market Café in our Pier 4 atrium space which will be ready for your group at a previously agreed upon time. While the space will not be private, there will be a pre-set decorated table set aside for your group to celebrate. If you require a private event space, please contact us at cateredevents@aqua.org.

Can the National Aquarium accommodate early drop-offs or deliveries the day of my party?

Because the Aquarium is open to the public, we are not able to accept early deliveries. All children visiting as part of your birthday party group must be accompanied by an adult until they are united with your group and appropriate chaperones. We are not able to print or distribute separate party guest tickets to individual members of your group or allow early entry to individuals arriving early for your event. Guests should meet the event host at the Member Services Desk. Only the host/organizer may receive and distribute tickets to your group and is responsible for distributing tickets within your group.

Can I have candles on my cake at the National Aquarium?

Yes, candles will be provided for the cake and are allowed in the café only.

May I bring other foods or beverages into the Aquarium aside from those purchased as part of my party package?

No. Only the food and beverages selected as part of your chosen party package are permitted in the Aquarium or café. If you have guests requiring special dietary accommodations, please contact us prior to your event during normal weekday business hours.

Do you have any special add-ons or extras available for birthday parties?

Added value amenities and experiences such as party favors, behind-the-scenes group tours and 4D Immersion Theater tickets may be available but are contingent upon availability, the size of your group and ages of your party guests. Additional fees will apply. Please contact us prior to your event during normal weekday business hours to inquire.

Can I add the 4D movie to my birthday party package?

You sure can! We recommend that you purchase your tickets to the 4D Immersion Theater once you are onsite at one of our kiosks. This will give you the opportunity to pick the showtime and film best suited to your group and the flow of your day. Tickets are $5 per person.

We are visiting with some very small guests. Can infants attend the birthday party?

Of course! Children under 3 who will not be participating in the meal portion of the party are not charged or counted towards your 15-person package. Some things to note:

Stroller Policy: Because of the escalators and moving walkways at the Aquarium, strollers are not permitted throughout the exhibits. If you do bring a stroller, Aquarium staff will store it for you and provide a back or front child carrier free of charge. The higher vantage point will also provide your children with a better view of many exhibits.

Changing Tables: All bathrooms have changing tables, and there is a family restroom on the ground floor of our Blue Wonders gallery near the stroller check.

Guest Relations Room: A private space is available for all guests who need a quiet moment away from the crowds. This room offers privacy screens to nurse or care for your child, a wash area, a microwave and an activity corner where older children can sit and play. This space is located on Level 1 of Blue Wonders behind the bubble tubes.

Is there a cost or charge for adults/parents?

Yes, adults and parents that will be entering the Aquarium with the birthday party will be counted towards the 15-person package. Two adult chaperones are required to escort the group through the celebration and building.

Are we allowed to bring cake/cupcakes?

We do not allow offsite food or beverage at the National Aquarium. If you do not want the entire birthday party package but would be interested in getting more information about cakes or cupcakes to celebrate, please contact us at birthdays@aqua.org.

What if someone in my group has allergies?

We can accommodate for allergies and food sensitivities! Please contact us at birthdays@aqua.org with any requests.

Are we allowed to bring goody bags/party favors?

Our birthday party packages include a souvenir pin, coloring book and crayons for all attendees. If you wish to provide your guests with additional favors, we ask that they are given out only as your guests are leaving the Aquarium so they may enjoy the contents after their visit. You may also work with our gift shop to arrange for favors for your group.

Can we open gifts during our party?

We suggest that you make arrangements to accommodate any gift exchange off site. Storage lockers are available near the Aquarium stroller check for a nominal fee but are intended for small personal items and are not large enough to store bulky items. No other secure space is available for gift storage on site.

Do you have birthday invitations available?

Yes, themed .jpg files suitable for adding to your digital invites are included in your party package and will be distributed to you with your confirmation email.