Birthday Party

When you celebrate your birthday at the Hall, you get nonstop, hands-on fun! Explore our exhibits, discover something new in our Learning Labs, and enjoy your refreshments at a reserved space. We have two party packages that will be sure to fit what you’re looking for. Spots fill up fast, book in advance.

Exhibit Explorer Party

You set the pace for this birthday experience. Spend all day at the Hall, exploring and engaging with our hands-on exhibits and Learning Labs, then come celebrate at reserved party tables. Exhibit Explorer Parties are great for all ages!

To enhance your party, add on a science movie in our National Geographic 3D Theater. From animal films to space stories, the films are the perfect way to keep the party going. A film can be added to your purchase online for $60 per party.

You can also add party bags for the finishing touch. Order ahead and the bags will be delivered to your refreshment room on the day of your party. All you have to do is show up! Party bags can be added to your purchase online for $4 per bag.

  • Hall admission for up to 30 people (ages 3 and up; 1 adult for every 7 children required)
  • Unlimited time in our exhibits and Learning Labs
  • Reserved tables for cake and refreshments (60 minutes, with 30 minutes available for setup/cleanup)
  • “It’s My Birthday” button for the Birthday child

$265 Members; $300 non-Members
Add a 3D film or Planetarium show for $60 more
Add Party Bags for $4 per bag

  • Book your party up to 1 week in advance—but don’t be the last one to the party, because spots fill up fast!
  • Refreshment area times (choose one): 10:00–11:30 a.m., 12:00 noon–1:30 p.m., 2:00–3:30 p.m. (includes 30 minutes for setup/cleanup and one hour for party time)
  • Sorry, no refunds for cancellations made within one month of the party date. If an emergency occurs within one month of your party date and if a mutually agreeable time and date can be found to reschedule, a $30 rescheduling fee will be charged.
  • Kids age 3 and older count toward the admission maximum.
  • Get involved! Parties require adult participation; we invite parents to learn at our activities, alongside their children. One adult chaperone is required for each 7 children.
  • Ready to book? Full payment for your party is required at time of purchase. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
  • Questions? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or email our sales team at hall_birthdays@berkeley.edu.

Exhibit Explorer Plus Workshop Party

The Exhibit Explorer Plus Workshop Party increases the fun by adding an hour-long program with our expert education staff. Whether meeting animal friends, designing electric toys, or exploring mesmerizing chemical reactions, your party will have a blast doing science.

To enhance your party, add on a science movie in our National Geographic 3D Theater. From animal films to space stories, the films are the perfect way to keep the party going. A film can be added to your purchase online for $60 per party.

You can also add party bags for the finishing touch. Order ahead and the bags will be delivered to your refreshment room on the day of your party. All you have to do is show up! Party bags can be added to your purchase online for $4 per bag.

  • Private 1-hour workshop for a maximum of 20 children (15 maximum in Animal Discovery parties)
  • A private, reserved room for cake and refreshments after your workshop (60 minutes, with 30 minutes available prior for setup)
  • Hall admission for your party guests (ages 2 and under free), and for one adult per child (40 people maximum)
  • “It’s My Birthday” button for the Birthday child
  • Questions? Please email our sales team at hall_birthdays@berkeley.edu.

$400 Members; $435 non-Members
Add a 3D film or Planetarium show for $60 more
Add Party Bags for $4 per bag

  • Book your party up to 3 months in advance—but don’t be the last one to the party! Reservations close 4 weeks in advance of the party date. When ready to book, please have your topic, date, and time ready.
  • Sorry, no refunds for cancellations made within one month of the party date. If an emergency occurs within one month of your party date and if a mutually agreeable time and date can be found to reschedule, a $30 rescheduling fee will be charged.
  • Get involved! Parties require adult participation; we invite parents to learn at our activities, alongside their children. One adult chaperone is required for each 7 children.
  • Ready to book? Full payment for your party is required at time of purchase. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
  • Questions? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or email our sales team at hall_birthdays@berkeley.edu.

Choose a Party Workshop


Animal Discovery

Times:

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 10:00–11:00 a.m. (refreshment room setup 10:30–11:00 a.m., refreshments 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon)
  • 12:00 noon–1:00 p.m. (refreshment room setup 12:30–1:00 p.m., refreshments 1:00–2:00 p.m.)

Number of kids: 15 maximum
Cost: $400 Members, $435 non-Members
Logistics: Parent involvement required—at least 3 parents needed to participate in workshop activities. Offered for birthday kids turning 4+. Activities will be scaled for age appropriateness.

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Invite our party animals to your birthday! In Animal Discovery, guests see and touch a variety of live animals, from scaly-skinned creatures to fuzzy and furry ones. Younger kids dress up and act like their favorite animals while older kids use recycled materials to create animal playgrounds and observe how our animals play with their new toys.


Fizz, Foam, Pop!

Times:

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 12:00 noon–1:00 p.m. (refreshment room setup 12:30–1:00 p.m., refreshments 1:00–2:00 p.m.)
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. (refreshment room setup 2:30–3:00 p.m., refreshments 3:00–4:00 p.m.)

Number of kids: 20 maximum
Cost: $400 Members, $435 non-Members
Logistics: Parent/adult involvement required—at least 3 parents needed to participate in workshop activities. Offered for birthday kids turning 4+. Activities will be scaled for age appropriateness.

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Get great reactions from your party guests by letting them experiment with safe chemicals that fizz, ooze, and change colors. In our Fizz, Foam, and Pop! activity, kids investigate which combination of safe chemicals bubbles the most, and which makes the biggest pop. They delight their inner scientists by mixing overflowing concoctions to create surprisingly colorful effects.


Design It

Times:

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. (refreshment room setup 2:30–3:00 p.m., refreshments 3:00–4:00 p.m.)

Number of kids: 20 maximum
Cost: $400 Members, $435 non-Members
Logistics: Parent/adult involvement required—at least 3 parents needed to participate in workshop activities. Offered for birthday kids turning 4+. Activities will be scaled for age appropriateness.

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Light up your birthday with Design It! Party guests get to make cool inventions by designing, building, and testing with electricity, motors, wires, and other fun materials in this tinkering workshop. Through exciting hands-on experiments, kids (and parents, too) explore which materials conduct electricity and how they can be used to make things light up, spin, and jiggle.


Mission Solar System

Times:

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • 10:00–11:00 a.m. (refreshment room setup 10:30–11:00 a.m., refreshments 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon)

Number of kids: 20 maximum
Cost: $400 Members, $435 non-Members
Logistics: Parent/adult involvement required—at least 3 parents needed to participate in workshop activities. Offered for birthday kids turning 4+. Activities will be scaled for age appropriateness.

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What better way to celebrate another trip around the Sun—another year, another birthday—than a mission to another planet in the Solar System? Figure out some fun facts about our Solar System and what makes each planet unique. Then, use model spacecraft to help tour some of your favorite sites, or to discover a new one! Older kids can even fly beyond the Solar System to explore the mysteries and wonders of our celestial neighborhood.


Children with toys from the store

Party Bags

Party bags from our Discovery Corner Toy & Book Store are the perfect way to delight your guests. Bags contain an assortment of pocket-sized fun toys, such as rubber poppers, Spirograph drawing kits, bouncy balls, 3D dinosaur puzzles, bug boxes, and more. Add party bags to your order and let us handle it! Bags can be picked up in the Discovery Corner Store on the day of the party.

Also, it’s easy to get fun and distinctive birthday gifts for the birthday kid. Create your wish list and send suggestions to your guests.