Birthday Parties

Celebrate birthdays and other occasions with a private, hands-on 50-minute workshop on any one of our terrific party themes. Play with slimy science, experiment with hair raising electricity, or investigate the universe, bringing your friends along for the fun. Plan ahead for your child’s birthday, as places fill up fast.

$250 ($230 for Hall members)

Please read party descriptions and details below, then place your request by clicking the form button.
You will be prompted to login to our new Education Store. Please select the “Members and General Public" option unless you have a UC account, then login or "Create an account.”

Our Registration team will contact you about availability based upon your request.

Types of Parties


All parties include:

  • Admission to the party and to all of our exhibits for a maximum of 15 children.
  • Admission for one adult per child participating in the workshop.
  • Your own section of our multipurpose room for refreshments after your workshop

Let us help with refreshments, invitations or favor grab-bags.

  • Have the The View Cafe cater after-workshop refreshments for you in a special reserved section of the cafe. Download and return via email the Birthday Party menu and order form. For questions about menus, prices, and services please call the cafe manager at 510 664-4957. Be sure to call at least one week in advance.
  • The Discovery Corner Toy & Book Store makes shopping for your party that much easier. Order invitations and favor grab-bags from the Discovery Corner Store at 510-642-1016.

Other Information

  • Please make reservations at least four weeks in advance. Submit an online request form to begin the reservation process. 
  • Parties require adult participation; we invite parents to learn alongside the children.
  • All children 3 years of age and older are counted towards the maximum participants.
  • Full payment is required at time of scheduling. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. There are no refunds for cancellations made within one month prior to the reserved party date.
  • Questions? Call Amanda 510-642-7619 for more information.

Planetarium Parties

Saturdays and Sundays
11:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m.

Constellations Tonight
Ages 8 –adult
Use a simple star map to find the constellations in the planetarium sky. Keep the map, and practice at home so you can impress your friends and family with your mastery of the night sky.

Sky Full of Stars
Ages 4-7
What's that in the sky? We use our Planetarium as a time machine to speed through a day, observing the sky from the Sun to the stars. Once night falls, stargaze at the Big Dipper, and imagine pictures in the stars. Then we can planet-hop within our Solar System to visit planets up close. What can you see in a sky full of stars?

Biology Parties

Saturdays and Sundays
10:00–10:50 a.m. or
11:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m.

Dino Defenses
Ages 4–8
Spikes, shields, horns, claws, sharp teeth, and whipping tails—dinosaurs had a fascinating assortment of defenses to protect themselves from the hungry jaws of predators. Students watch a drama of a defenseless dinosaur being pursued by a Tyrannosaurus rex. Each student gets to add imaginative features to a precut, paper, defenseless dinosaur to protect it from T. rex. Children observe and touch animals from the Animal Discovery Room and see that they have some physical defenses similar to those of the dinosaurs.

Party Animals
Ages 4–12
Our gentle rabbits, rats, snakes, guinea pigs, lizards, and turtles are featured in a variety of exciting hands-on activities that you and your friends are sure to enjoy. Bring the whole gang for some fun or for a unique birthday celebration!

Chemistry Parties

Saturdays and Sundays
1:15–2:05 p.m. or
2:30–3:20 p.m.

Fizz, Pop, Wow!
Ages 4–7
Mix up some cool concoctions in our Chemistry Lab, and see which ones fizz. Where do the bubbles come from, and what’s inside them? Which ingredients make the bubbliest solutions? Figure out how to use these substances to inflate balloons and experience the fizzy, foamy action of a chemical reaction.

Ages 6–10
Is it a solid or a liquid? Measure, mix, and observe as you dissolve solids in liquids to make slippery, bouncy, and see-through concoctions. Take home the results of these experiments, and watch for changes.

Physics Parties

Saturdays and Sundays
1:15–2:05 p.m. or
2:30–3:20 p.m.

Electrical Connections
Ages 4–7
Find out what materials make the best paths for electricity, by using batteries and light bulbs to complete simple circuits. An electrifying, truly hair-raising experience awaits you and your guests.

Marble Machines
Ages 5–10
Create a winding path of tubes and funnels, tracks and bumpers, and send your marble for a ride. Experiment by making the track higher, the turns steeper, and even add a loop-the-loop. All ages will delight in making marble machines, from simple to complex, and will be inspired to invent and play.

Electric Circuitry
Ages 8–adult
An exhilarating, hair-raising experience is in store with this electricity party. Kids experiment together to wire a variety of circuits with a collection of batteries and bulbs, and work together solve the puzzle of how different circuits affect the flow of electric current. The party ends with exciting high voltage demonstrations.