• 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

Complete this form and a Specialty Tours team member will follow up to get your party started.

Please note: Parties must be booked at least 30 days in advance. 

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 town.

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 Shake House 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:

Snake (Ages 6+)

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 animal encounter
  • Dedicated party coordinator
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Cupcakes

$729 members; $799 non-members

Butterfly (Ages 6+)

Blue Morpho butterfly

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

$729 members; $799 non-members



Penguin (Ages 6+)

African penguin

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

  • Scavenger hunt
  • Dedicated party coordinator
  • Cupcakes

$629 members; $699 non-members

Clownfish (Ages 5 & under)


This small-fry-friendly party will engage your youngest guests with a captivating, science-themed storytime. This package includes:

  • Storytime
  • Dedicated party coordinator
  • Cupcakes

​$629 members; $699 non-members

The Fine Print

Parties must be booked at least 30 days in advance.

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.

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

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