Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Children, Family, and College Programs

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Welcome to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps eTicket Store!

Select a store below to purchase admission tickets or register for a Birch Aquarium program.

If you would like to view our latest OnBoard, which lists all of our upcoming programs, click here.

Questions? Please call 858-534-7336 or email us at

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Outdoor AdventuresHaunted AquariumTeacher Development

If you are a college student looking to purchase a single admission ticket to visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps for a class assignment, you have come to the right place!

Online Pricing is as follows:
September- February: $7.00 per student
March- August: $8.00 per student
Year-round walk-ups: $12.00 per student

Please purchase your tickets online in advance.


There will be a $0.50 Fee if you want to have your ticket printed at the office. All proceeds go towards Seahorse Conservation.

You can purchase additional non-college student tickets at the Ticket Booth or Click here to purchase non-college student tickets (choose Birch Aquarium Special Events). There is a $1 per ticket fee to purchase non-college student tickets online. There is no fee if tickets are purchased at the Ticket Booth.

Sunday - Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

College Student (September - February)
   Price: $7.00 Qty
If you are a college student looking to purchase a single admission ticket to visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps for a class assignment, you have come to the right place!

You must purchase your ticket online in order to receive this discounted rate.

Ticket holder MUST show current college student ID or class schedule at the time of ticket redemption.

College student admission at the gate: $12.00
  Valid:  Tue, Sep 1, 2015 - Mon, Feb 29, 2016   AVAILABLE

Tickets available for volunteer purchase only.

Volunteer Party - Volunteer Ticket  
Time to get a babysitter and enjoy an evening without the kids! The Annual Birch Aquarium Volunteer Party. You are a guest of the aquarium and your ticket is FREE. Additional guests are $20.00 (limit 4 per volunteer). Please register for your FREE ticket now by adding this to your 'Cart' and completing the registration process. Guest tickets are below.
Volunteer Party Guest Ticket  
   Price: $20.00 Qty
Please purchase tickets for your adult guests here (guests must be 16+). You may purchase up to 4 tickets at $20.00 each. You will receive individual tickets that you can email to your guests. A map will also be included with these tickets.

Birthday Parties
   Regular Price: $400.00 Member Price: $360.00

Our parties are designed for ages 1-9. Our goal is to provide an educational and fun experience for the birthday child and guests. Each party includes: Aquarium admission for paid participants (include children AND adults in your participant total), a private party room with Birch Aquarium Instructor, live animal encounter, aquarium tour with Instructor relating to party theme, a take-home craft and a small gift for each child. Three hours of free parking and decorations (table cloths, birthday banners) are also included. Please provide your own cake, snacks, beverages and paper products.

Price is for a maximum of 20 guests, including adults and children. You may add up to 10 additional guests at a rate of $20 per child and $10 per adult (the member rate is $18 per child and $8 per adult).

Cancellation policy: If you need to cancel your birthday party, a full refund will be issued minus a $50.00 deposit.
If the day or time you would like to book your party is not available, or if you would like to hear about other ways to celebrate your child's birthday here at the aquarium, please call us at 858-534-7336.


Outdoor Adventures

Full Moon Pier Walks
   Regular Price: $25.00 Member Price: $22.00 Qty

Walk along the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, normally closed to the public, on an exclusive moonlit tour. Participants will learn about the history of Scripps Oceanography and current research projects, while collecting plankton, performing experiments, and learning more about the life below the pier. Ages 9-13 must also be accompanied by a paid adult.

Advanced registration required.


Haunted Aquarium

Haunted Aquarium
   Regular Price: $17.00 Member Price: $12.00 Qty

Discover what lurks beneath the surface at Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked! Enjoy close encounters of the fishy kind, BOO-gie down with live music, and explore our wreckage for sunken treasures. Wander the aquarium's galleys for tricky treats and discover a sea of glowing creatures- all while having a monstrous good time. Dress to impress!

Members: $12
Non-members: $17 pre-paid; $19 walk-up
Children ages 2 and under: FREE

After 5 PM, tickets may only be purchased at the door.


Teacher Development

NOAA Ocean Explorer: How Do We Explore?  
Join a NOAA OER Facilitator, as you are introduced to Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: Why Do We Explore? Participants will learn how to use standards- based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom inquiries into important reasons for ocean exploration including Climate Change, Energy, Ocean Health and Human Health. This is Part One of a two-part professional development series. Part Two will be offered at a later date.

Teacher Appreciation Night  
You are invited to join us for a night of fun to explore the world beneath the sea and discover all of the resources available to you through the Birch Aquarium at Scripps:

-Enjoy tabletop presentations of the aquarium's different school programs
-Explore our newest exhibit, Mexican Seas
-Learn how to easily book your school programs either online or over the phone
-Tour all of our exhibits and get helpful tips from education specialists on how to plan the most effective and exciting field trip to the Birch Aquarium