Daily Activities at the Aquarium:

03:00 PM Stingray Feed

Birthday Parties

Aquarium Birthday Party Options:

Make a BIG splash at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium with your next party! Our top-of-the-line parties are perfect for kids’ birthdays, get togethers & more.
Available Saturday and Sundays 10:00AM – 11:30AM

When:

*Birthday parties are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am – 11:30am (followed by unlimited time in the aquarium).
*Birthday party guests may begin entering the party room 15 minutes prior to the party room time.
*All birthday party guests and their belongings must be clear from the party room within 15 minutes of the conclusion of the party room time.

Where:

All birthday parties are held in the Exploration Station on the 2nd floor.

Who:

Birthday parties are designed for children 2 to 12 years of age. Parties are designed for groups of at least 10 individuals with a maximum number of 30. There is a minimum of 1 adult for every 9 children attending.

Themes:

Birthday parties have four different themes to choose from:

Geared for younger children:

  • Shark Party
  • Mermaid Party

Geared for older children:

  • Pirate Party
  • Luau Party

Basic Birthday Party Package:

Includes:

  • Private party room  for 1 ½ hours
  • GCA party host during your time in the private party room
  • Unlimited time in the aquarium following your party room time
  • Simple themed decorations in the private party room
  • Balloons for the birthday child
  • Themed treat bags for each child
  • Themed flatware (plates, cups, forks, etc.) for all party guests

Cost:
$19.95 per child
$19.95 per adult (1 adult is required for every 9 children)

Greater Cleveland Aquarium Pass-holders receive $2 off per tickets – both child and adult tickets.

Deluxe Birthday Party Package:

The deluxe package includes everything in the basic birthday party package along with:

  • Animal encounter
  • Choice between a face painter or 2 craft activities for each child
  • Craft activity choices are either a:
    • Stingray hand puppet
    • Paper bowl turtle
    • CD fish
    • Tissue paper fish
    • Treasure chest (pirate party them only)

Cost:
$24.95 per child
$19.95 per adult

Greater Cleveland Aquarium Pass-holders receive $2 off per tickets – both child and adult tickets.

Ultimate Birthday Party Package:

The ultimate package includes everything in the basic birthday party package along with:

  • Animal encounter
  • Choice a face painter or 2 craft activities for each child
  • Craft activity choices are either a:
    • Stingray hand puppet
    • Paper bowl turtle
    • CD fish
    • Tissue paper fish
    • Treasure chest (pirate party them only)
  • Game fish feed junior aquarist experience

Cost:
$29.95 per child
$19.95 per adult

Greater Cleveland Aquarium Pass-holders receive $2 off per tickets – both child and adult tickets.

Activity Descriptions:

Animal encounter: a 15 minute experience that occurs during the party room time from 10:30am-10:45am. One of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s education animals is brought into the birthday party room for an up-close visit. Guests may touch the animal (if so, guests must wash their hands immediately following). NOTE: The Greater Cleveland Aquarium education animals include a freshwater turtle, lizard and juvenile alligator. Specific animals may NOT be requested. If there is a fear of a certain animal, please let the GCA staff know at the time of the birthday party booking.

Face painting: a 30 minute experience that occurs during the party room time from 10:00am-10:30am. A face painter comes into the birthday party room and paints as many faces as possible in that designated time frame. NOTE: With larger parties, there is a chance that not all children will get their face painted in the allotted time frame. The face painter will do their best to get to every child at the party.

 Craft activities: a 30 minute experience that occurs during the party room time from 10:00am-10:30am. Your party host will lead all the birthday party children in 2 pre-chosen craft activities.

Game fish feed junior aquarist experience: a 15 minute experience that occurs immediately following the party room time from 11:30am-11:45am. One of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium animal care team staff members meets the group and gives a brief talk on the game fish exhibit in the Freshwater gallery. All children in the group receive a small cup of food and are allowed to feed the game fish exhibit.

Food Options:

We offer pizza or hot dogs as lunch options during birthday parties. These items will always be delivered one half hour before the time in the party room ends. The only outside food/beverage that can be brought into the party room is bottled water and/or cake/cupcakes (candles are NOT provided by the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, but guests may bring in their own). No food/beverage is allowed inside the actual aquarium. Costs are as follows:

Cheese pizza: $20
Pepperoni pizza: $22
Individual hot dog: $2
Pitcher of drink: $7
Treat box: $6

*There is a $5 flat rate service fee anytime pizza is ordered.*

Drink pitcher options: Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Fruit Punch, Root Beer or Lemonade.

Treat boxes include: juice box, apple, bag of Goldfish crackers and a Swedish Fish

NOTE: We will do our best to accommodate any food allergies and/or special dietary restrictions (i.e. vegan, kosher, etc.). There may be an additional cost.  If there are any allergies and/or dietary restrictions, these should be noted at the time of the reservation.

BOOKING POLICIES:

 We require a $125 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit on all birthday party reservations. This deposit must be paid by credit card.

 Final payment is due IN FULL the Monday prior to the birthday party.

 If FULL payment is not received by the Monday prior to the birthday party – the birthday party will be canceled.

 Upon payment of a birthday party deposit, a contract will be emailed out. This contract must be signed and returned to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium by the Monday prior to the birthday party. Without a returned signed contract by the Monday prior to the birthday party date, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium has the right to cancel the birthday party.

Itinerary:

9:50a                                      Guests may begin to enter the party room

11:00a                                    Basic Birthday Party Package booking:
*Guests will be responsible for filling this entire time frame

Deluxe Birthday Party Package booking:
*The animal encounter will occur from 10:30am-10:45am
* The face painting or craft activities will occur from 10:00am-10:30 (depending on which option was chosen)

Ultimate Birthday Party Package booking:
*The animal encounter will occur from 10:30am-10:45am
*The face painting or craft activities will occur from 10:00am-10:30am (depending on which option was chosen)

11:00a                                    Food delivered from café (if ordered)

11:00a-11:30a                      Lunch and/or cake

11:30a                                    Guests and all their belongings must leave the party room
*We suggest that guests place their belongings in their cars at this time – there is no place to store belongings in the aquarium or party room*

Basic Birthday Party Package and Deluxe Birthday Party Package bookings:
*Guests will enter the aquarium as one group for unlimited time in the aquarium

Ultimate Birthday Party Package booking:
*Guests will participate in the game fish feed experience immediately upon entering the aquarium (11:30am-11:45am)

*The only outside food/beverage that are allowed in the party room/aquarium is bottled water and/or cake*
*We will do our best to accommodate any food allergies and/or special dietary restrictions. Any such requests must be mentioned at the time of the reservation.*
For more information please email Amber Walden at awalden@greaterclevelandaquarium.com or call 216.862.8803.