Maritime Aquarium Birthday Parties

Shellabrate your child's special day with an undersea adventure with The Maritime Aquarium!

To book either in-person or virtual parties, please call our Reservations Department at (203) 852-0700, extension 2206.

In-Person Birthday Parties

Parties utilize a large multi-purpose space so your guests can social distance with ease. Hosts can bring decorations, activities, games, and cake (please no balloons) and the Aquarium staff will bring the live animals! Finish your party with a self-guided exploration of the seals, otters, sharks, meerkats, and other amazing animals. 

Party Details
  • Pricing: $400 ($350 for Aquarium Members)
  • Length: 1.5 Hours
  • Availability: Saturdays and Sundays (11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.)
  • Number of Guests: 25 total people (including the birthday family.) Please note: this is the maximum group size allowed by current state health guidelines. All guests above the age of 2 are required to wear a mask while inside of the Aquarium and party room. 
  • Refreshments: Party families can bring cake or cupcakes. Food and beverage packages are available through Culinart Catering. The Aquarium will provide eco-friendly plates, cups, utensils, and napkins.
  • Souvenir: The birthday party child will receive a complimentary Aquarium t-shirt!
Live Animal Activities
  • House for Hermit Crab, ages 3-4: We'll read Eric Carle's classic story about a hermit crab that decorates his new shell then party guests can meet and touch live hermit crabs and other touch tank friends. Then party guests can decorate their hermit crabs shell during a fun take-home craft activity. (45 minutes)
  • Life Between The Tides, ages 5-7: This is a favorite of beach lovers! An Aquarium staff member will facilitate a private touch tank experience in your party room. You'll have an opportunity to learn about, ask questions, and touch a variety of crabs, snails, shellfish, and horseshoe crabs. (45 minutes)
  • Shark Safari, ages 8 and up: Touching a live shark is a memorable experience! But it is just one part of this exciting experience. Party guests will have an opportunity to touch shark jaws to get a closer look at the different types of shark teeth and then try matching them to food items. (45 minutes)

Virtual Birthday Parties


Cost: $225 ($200 for members)

Capacity: 30 kids  

Souvenir: Complimentary Aquarium t-shirts are available and can be mailed to the birthday child!

Party Themes

Fishtales | Ages 3-5
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • During this interactive birthday party, an educator will introduce an Aquarium animal and lead young children through songs, rhymes, dances, and storybook readings.
  • Pick from these two themes: Sharks & Stingrays or the Ocean
Meet the Animals | Ages 5 -7
  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Nothing sparks an interest in nature and science like an up-close meeting with live animals. We’ll bring some of the aquarium’s most interesting and exciting animals to your birthday guests. Children will use their powers of observation and other early childhood science skills. Programs will be scaled according to the age of your students and may be booked individually or as a series. 
  • Pick from our list of featured animals: Seals, Turtles, Sharks, Mollusks, Crabs & Lobsters or Jellies 
Aquarium Stars | Ages 8 & up
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • The Aquarium’s living collection provides endless opportunities for exploring animal adaptations, behavior, feeding relationships and biodiversity. We’ll use some of the Aquarium's most charismatic animals to explore these topics with your birthday guests!
  • Pick from our list of featured animals: Seals, Turtles, Sharks, Jellies/Corals, Crabs & Lobsters 


Please note: we ask for at least 2 weeks notice when booking virtual birthday parties.

Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

Contact Us

Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Members-Only Hours: Mondays from 10 - 11 a.m.

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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