Share your birthday with us!

While the Aquarium does not have a dedicated space for your child’s birthday celebration, we do have some exciting birthday party options, including IMAX birthday parties, a self-guided group visit to the Aquarium, and On-the-Road birthday parties, which come to you.

Most birthday parties are designed for kids age 5 and older— at a minimum, the birthday child must be turning 3 regardless of the age of other participants.

IMAX parties are our most popular option:

The Simons IMAX® Theatre at the New England Aquarium can make your next birthday party larger than life! Join us for an exciting IMAX presentation!

  • Feature a thrilling IMAX film on New England’s largest screen
  • Are for children age 5 and older
  • Can include a digital photo of the birthday child displayed on our giant screen for a $5 fee (photo must be provided three days before the event)
  • Includes a special birthday greeting before the film for the birthday child
  • Costs $6.95 – $8.95 per person, plus the cost of the digital photo if requested 
  • Must be booked in advance by contacting Angela Aronoff at 617-226-2625 or

Additional Add-Ons for IMAX Parties
Aquarium admission for an additional $13.00 per child and $16.00 per adult 

Behind-the-Scenes Tours for up to 10 people age 7 and older for an additional $20 per person (plus the cost of Aquarium admission, which is required)

Reservation and payment policies
A 50% non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Final balance and headcount are due three days prior to the scheduled event. Contact Angela Aronoff at 617-226-2625 or to book your party. Advance notice is required.

Date and time restrictions may apply. Inquire for more details.

See below for additional birthday party options:

  1. At the Aquarium

    Additional Options Include:

    Ages 3 and older
    Explore our exhibits and view our daily presentations. Optional add-ons include an IMAX film and a Behind-the-Scenes Tour (special restrictions apply).

    Fee: $15.95 per child, $20.95 per adult (members receive free admission based on membership level). 

    One chaperone per every 10 children receives complimentary Aquarium admission. Note additional cost for IMAX and the Behind-the-Scenes Tour. Please call Angela Aronoff, 617-226-2625 or email

  2. Have the Aquarium come to you!

    On-the-Road Parties
    Ages 3 to 12

    We’ll come to you to throw a party your kids will never forget! The Aquarium van will arrive at your home or local community center with live tide pool animals (sea stars, mussels, urchins, crabs, scallops, clams, etc.) for a fun and engaging learning experience. Program lasts one hour and must be scheduled for weekends.

    • Price: $400 for members, $460 for nonmembers, plus $1 per mile each way from the Aquarium to the party location. A $5 service fee is added per program.
    • Group Size: 25 children maximum
    • Space: The animals will be in four trays that are 1 by 2 feet. We can set up on the floor or on tables.

    Please contact Student Programs at 617-226-2123 for reservations or for more information about On-the-Road Parties.