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2023 Birthday Parties at Mystic Aquarium

2024 Birthday Party Dates Coming Soon!

Enjoy 1½ hours in a private learning lab with a party host where you and your guests will enjoy:

  • An age-appropriate, educational and entertaining themed program.
  • A private touch tank of live sea creatures for your guests to experience.
  • A personalized ocean-themed birthday cake, decorative tableware and utensils.
  • A fun party favor for each child.

Aquarium Members:

  • $325 for up to 25 people*
  • $400 for up to 30 people*


  • $350 for up to 25 people*
  • $425 for up to 30 people*

Book Your Birthday Party

*Aquarium admission tickets are not included with the birthday party package.  Discounted tickets ($20/child, $25/adult) can be purchased up to 72 hours before the birthday party.

A minimum of three weeks advance notice and payment in full is required at the time of the reservation.

Parties are offered at two times -- 10:00am-11:30am or 1:00pm-2:30pm

For additional information or questions, please call 860.572.5955 x431 or email EducationInfo@MysticAquarium.org

Birthday Party Themes

Birds of a Feather

Why can’t a penguin fly? How do we tell our penguins apart? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we explore the world of our feathered friends. Through activities and games, your party will love discovering how these adorable birds survive so well without flying. This party includes a private Touch and Learn with live invertebrates.


Join in on the fun as we prove or disprove many of the myths associated with sharks. We will learn what a shark is, why it looks the way it does, how they keep the ocean food chain going and the many difficulties they face today. Through fun, interactive games, we will find out exactly what you know and what you think you know! Who will be named the ultimate shark expert? This party includes a private Touch and Learn with live invertebrates.

Canaries of the Sea

Together, we will discover the incredible physical and behavioral adaptations the charismatic beluga whales have for survival in their ocean habitat. We’ll learn why they are nicknamed the “Canaries of the Sea,” how they communicate with each other, how they have their own form of “radar” and much more! This party includes a private Touch and Learn with live invertebrates.

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation made with at least two weeks’ notice prior to the scheduled party time will be eligible for a full refund. A cancellation request made within less than two weeks’ notice will not receive a refund.