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Birthday Parties

Reserve Now!

Please call our Reservations Department at 757-595-9135, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm or email us.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate a special day with a celebration at the Virginia Living Museum. Enjoy a self-guided tour of our indoor exhibits (62,000 sq. foot) that showcase a variety of live native animals from the different geographic regions of Virginia, including a Chesapeake Bay Touch Tank and four hands-on Discovery Centers. Our ¾ mile Outdoor Trail showcases the Virginia Garden, Goodson Living Green house, Conservation Garden and our larger animals, including otters, raccoons, bobcats, deer and more!

Parties are held on Saturday and Sunday only, so book early!

Party Times

Saturday: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm
Sunday: 10am, 11am,  1pm, 2pm

All Birthday Parties include:

  • Free admission to all indoor and outdoor natural history exhibits (up to 30 people including yourselves, children age 2 and under are free to the Museum and are not included in your count). This includes members and non-members. Additional people will be charged $12 per person.
  • A party room for 1 ½ hours
  • Six tables (approx. 6’x2 ½‘) and thirty chairs
  • We also allow 20 minutes before and after the party for any additional set-up and getting your things out of the room.

Choose the one of the following party packages:


The Otter – Ultimate Themed Party

Price: $295 VLM member, $345 non-member

  • Select your theme: Butterflies and Owls (girl), Dinosaurs, Princess, Shark, Woodland or Generic Happy Birthday Balloons.
  • 6 Themed table cloths
  • Themed plates, cups, utensils and napkins (for 30 people)
  • 3 themed centerpieces and a photo op wall banner with a coordinating theme
  • $5 Gift card to VLM Store for one birthday child
  • VLM Store party bag gift for 14 children
  • Live Animal Show (15 minutes with 2 animals – choose on the day of the party): small mammal, bird or reptile
  • Lightly decorated with a Happy Birthday banner
  • Personalized Take Home Name Sign with your child’s name on it (8 ½ x 11 keepsake).

The Eagle – Deluxe Themed Party

Price: $245 VLM member, $295 non-member

  • Select your theme: Butterflies and Owls (girl), Dinosaurs, Princess, Shark, Woodland or Generic Happy Birthday Balloons.
  • 6 colored table cloths (choose from red, blue, yellow or green)
  • Themed napkins (for 30 people)
  • 1 centerpiece
  • Live Animal Show (15 minutes with 2 animals – choose on the day of the party): small mammal, bird or reptile
  • Lightly decorated with a Happy Birthday banner and your child’s name spelled out with letters (stays with the party room).

The Puffer- Basic Birthday Party

Price: $215 VLM member, $265 non-member

  • Live Animal Show (15 minutes with 2 animals – choose on the day of the party): small mammal, bird or reptile
  • Lightly decorated with a Happy Birthday banner and your child’s name spelled out with letters (stays with the party room).

Bear Necessities Birthday Party

Price: $195 VLM member, $245 non-member

  • Room with 6 tables and 30 chairs
  • No decorations, no animal show

You will provide:

  • All food, ice, beverages, candles, matches, and all paper products (tablecloths, cups, napkins, plates and utensils). Ultimate and Deluxe parties have some of these items.
  • VLM Wild Side Café can offer packages too – contact café@thevlm.org.

Restrictions

  • Sorry, no refrigeration or freezer facilities are available.
  • Please do NOT bring any pinatas, glitter, confetti, silly string, poppers, stickers, stick on vinyls, etc.
  • For the health and safety of our animals, we do not provide balloons. Balloons can be brought in to the room, but must be taken out after the party. No balloons are allowed in the exhibit areas or outdoor trail.

Reserve Now!

  • Complete our online form.
  • Call our Reservations Department at 757-595-9135, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm or email us.
  • Payment must be made at the time of the reservation. We accept American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa over the phone.
  • You may cancel or change a reservation up to seven days before the party; after that, no refunds can be made. All changes and cancellations incur a $10 service charge.

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Bubbles the Otter

Price: $30

The VLM costumed mascot, “Bubbles” will make a special appearance at your child’s party, present the birthday child with a birthday card and stay for a 10 minute photo opportunity. (must be reserved at least 1 week prior to the party)

 


Temporary Tattoos

Price: $20

We’ll provide animal themed temporary tattoos – and a volunteer to apply them! Fun for kids of all ages. (must be reserved at least 1 week prior to the party)


Scene Setter Photo Op

Price: $10

Add a 6’ x 5’ fun colorful back drop for photos – select one from these themes: Butterflies and Owls, Cupcakes, Dinosaurs, Planes and Tanks, Pirates, Princesses or traditional Happy Birthday. (stays in party room – not to take home)


Extra Time

Must be reserved at least 1 week prior to the party and is limited to specific party times

  • $50 for extra 30 minutes (10 am or 11 am)
  • $75 for extra hour (1 pm or 2 pm)

Personalized Take Home Sign with your child’s name

Upgrade to a personalized name sign in the party room that you can take home with you! Limited to the Birthday Child.

  • $10 for 8 ½ x 11 inch sign
  • $15 for 11 x 17 inch sign

Planetarium Show

Price: $50

Your group may attend one of our regularly scheduled planetarium programs on the day of your visit. Please be aware that not all shows are appropriate for all ages. (Must choose your program at least 1 week prior to the party).


Planetarium Birthday Shout-out

Price:  $15:

Your child’s picture and a personal greeting will appear on the dome during the walk-in of your planetarium show. (Must be reserved at least 1 week prior to the party).


Party Bags

The Wild Things Museum Store offers an optional Party Bag Program for hosts who wish to purchase Museum-related party favors for guests. Download information and order form.


Reserve Now!

  • Complete our online form.
  • Call our Reservations Department at 757-595-9135, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm or email us.
  • Payment must be made at the time of the reservation. We accept American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa over the phone.
  • You may cancel or change a reservation up to seven days before the party; after that, no refunds can be made. All changes and cancellations incur a $10 service charge.

 


Party Invitation

Download a printable invitation to your Birthday Party at the Museum.