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Children's Birthday Parties
Our parties are designed for children ages 1-9. Our goal is to provide an educational and fun experience for the birthday child and all participants. Each party includes:
  • Aquarium admission for up to 20 participants (this counts all children and adults)
  • Private classroom with Birch Aquarium Instructor
  • Live animal encounter
  • Animal feeding interactions
  • Children's craft project relating to party theme
  • Birch Aquarium coloring book
  • 30-minute patio party* for cake and snacks (we do not provide food or drinks)
  • Three hours of free parking
  • Decorations**: tablecloths, birthday banners, streamers, etc.

*All food and beverages must be served on the Party Patio. These items cannot be served in the classroom.
**Please note that balloons are not allowed at Birch Aquarium as they are hazardous to marine environments.


Birthday Parties
Regular Price: $400.00
Member Price: $360.00
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Prices: The initial pricing provides for 20 participants, referring to ALL children and adults. You may add up to 10 additional participants for an additional fee.

Public: $400 for up to 20 party participants. $20 for each additional child and $10 for each additional adult

Members: $360 for up to 20 party participants. $18 for each additional child. $8 for each additional adult

Party Themes: We recommend selecting a party theme that is age-appropriate for the majority of children in attendance.
-Splish Splash Bash (Ages 1-3)
-All About Sharks (Ages 4-9)
-Sea-Fari Adventure (Ages 4-9)

 
Outdoor Adventures
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Birch Aquarium at Scripps offers Outdoor Adventures--such as Tidepooling, Grunion Run, and Full Moon Pier Walks--with our naturalists. These programs vary by season and are determined by local weather patterns and conditions.

Please note that these activities have limited capacities and pre-registration is required to attend.

Grunion Run
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $18.00
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Get ready for a true Southern California experience! Observe hundreds of small silver fish called grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. Before hitting the beach, see grunion hatch before your eyes and watch a short film about this mysterious fish. Prepare for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight.

Advanced registration is required. All participants are required to purchase a ticket. For ages 6+ (Minors must be accompanied by a paid adult).

Does not meet at Birch Aquarium.

 
Exploring Ocean STEM Career Night
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Interested in Science? Love the ocean? Come explore exciting careers in oceanographic science! They're more diverse than you might think!

Meet scientists and professionals from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium who are involved in a diverse array of careers. Gain valuable resources while learning more about ocean-related STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) professions. Open to students in grades 6-12. Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Pre-registration is recommended.

Date: April 30, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Price
Public:
$12
Members: $10

Adult Career Night Ticket
Regular Price: $12.00
Member Price: $10.00
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Exploring Ocean STEM Career Night:
Adult Admission

A paid adult must accompany Youth ages 11 - 15.
Pre-registration is highly recommended for this popular event.
Session 2019 Career Night: Tue, Apr 30, 2019 6:00PM - 8:30PM   AVAILABLE

Youth Ages 11 - 15
Regular Price: $12.00
Member Price: $10.00
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Exploring Ocean STEM Career Night:
Youth Admission (Ages 11-15)

Youth ages 11 - 15 must be accompanied by a paid adult.
Pre-registration is highly recommended for this popular event.
Session 2019 Career Night: Tue, Apr 30, 2019 6:00PM - 8:30PM   AVAILABLE

Youth Ages 16 - 18
Regular Price: $12.00
Member Price: $10.00
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Exploring Ocean STEM Career Night:
Youth Admission (Ages 16-18)

Youth ages 16 - 18 do not require an accompanying paid adult.
Pre-registration is highly recommended for this popular event.
Session 2019 Career Night: Tue, Apr 30, 2019 6:00PM - 8:30PM   AVAILABLE