Share your birthday with us! The Aquarium offers some exciting birthday party options, including IMAX birthday parties, a self-guided group visit to the Aquarium and On-the-Road birthday parties, which come to you. Birthday parties are designed for kids ages 3 and up—the birthday child must be turning 3 regardless of the age of other participants.

NOTE: Our on-site education-themed birthday party program has been discontinued. If you are looking for an education-themed party, please refer to On-the-Road parties. The options above are intended to be on-your-own, self-guided Aquarium experiences.


Payment Policy: A credit card is required to make birthday party reservations. To hold your space, 50% of your balance is due upon booking. Party reservations must be made at least two weeks before the event date.

Aquarium Birthday Parties

Ages 3 and up
Celebrate your special day with a trip to the Aquarium. Explore our exhibits, view our daily presentations and have lunch at the Aquarium’s Harbor View Café (no private space available). Optional add-ons include: an IMAX film, behind-the-scenes tour (special restrictions apply) and movie snack packages.

Fee: $22.95 per child, $29.95 per adult (plus tax, includes lunch; members receive free admission based on membership level).

One chaperone per every 10 children receives complimentary Aquarium admission. Note additional cost for IMAX, behind-the-scenes tour and movie snack packages. Please call Victoria Smith, 617-226-2212.

IMAX Birthday Parties

Ages 5 and up

Combine a thrilling film at our Simons IMAX Theatre with lunch or dinner at a delicious Faneuil Hall restaurant to create a fun-filled birthday bash! The party includes a digital photo of the birthday child displayed on our giant screen and a special birthday greeting. Additional party add-ons are available, including reduced Aquarium admission, behind-the-scenes program (for children 7 and older only) and movie snack packages. Minimum two weeks’ advance registration required.

Fee: $17 – $32 per person, depending on the restaurant (includes IMAX film).

For questions or to make a reservation, please call Victoria Smith, 617-226-2212.

On-the-Road Parties

Ages 3 to 12

We’ll come to you to throw a party your kids will never forget! The Aquarium van will arrive at your home or local community center with live tidepool animals (seastars, mussels, urchins, crabs, scallops, clams, etc.) for a fun and engaging learning experience. Program lasts 1 hour and can be scheduled on weekdays or weekends.


Group Size: 25 children maximum

Space: The animals will be in 4 trays that are 1’x2’. We can set up on the floor or on tables.

Fee: $350 for members, $410 for non-members, plus $1 per mile each way from the Aquarium to the party location. A $5 service fee is added per program.

Please contact Family Programs at 617-226-2123 or for reservations or more information about On-the-Road Parties.