Birthday Parties

Make your child’s next birthday one they will never forget by throwing it at the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT). Your child and their friends will have the opportunity to experience a fun, educational program around one of our themes (listed below) and explore the Museum, including our newest permanent exhibition Coast to Cactus in Southern California.

How does it work?

We’ll set up the party room, provide a Museum educator to guide the group through fun activities, and surprise the birthday boy or girl with a special gift. You bring the refreshments and the guests and we’ll do the rest. After the party, you and your guests are invited to explore the Museum (at least one chaperone required for every eight children).

Each party includes a craft for your guests to make and take home. Crafts and activities are subject to change depending on availability and the age of party guests.

Open flames and helium balloons are not permitted in the Museum. A Museum staff member will be in contact with you during the week leading up to your party to assist with planning.

Want to know more? Download our Birthday Party FAQ (PDF).

Choose from these party themes:

Dinosaur Time Machine
Travel back in time through the Mesozoic Era in this dinosaur-themed party guaranteed to show guests a roaring good time! Kids will learn about various dinosaurs that lived during the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous time periods. Learn how paleontologists use layers of earth to age fossils, play a fun dinosaur game with your guests, and make a dino-themed craft to take home.

Reptile Round-Up
Reptiles rule! Become a herpetologist for the day and find out why reptiles are so successful. Guests will dress up like a reptile and have the opportunity to feel different kinds of scaly skin. Can your guests eat like a chameleon or slither like a snake? Enjoy a visit from one of our reptile ambassadors, and make a reptile-themed craft to take home.

Soar, flap, and buzz into the world of bugs! Guests will learn about the differences between insects, arachnids, gastropods, and more. Check out some super bugs and be amazed by the incredible number of bug species. Discover how various bugs use their wings and make a buggy craft to take home. Bug out with a visit from an insect or arachnid ambassador.

Some crafts and activities are subject to change depending on availability and the age of party guests.

How much does a birthday party cost?

Member Price Non-Member Price

A maximum of 20 children and 27 total guests for two hours. Museum policy requires one adult per every 8 children. The price includes general admission to the Museum. Admission to special exhibitions and 3D films will be an additional fee.

$500 $575
Deposit (due upon booking) $250 $275

Call 619.255.0210 or 877.946.7797 to book your birthday party or email us at

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