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*NEW* Outdoor Dino Parties

Book your next Outdoor Dino Party! Perfect for birthdays and other celebrations!

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Birthday Parties

Celebrate your special day with a one of a kind experience at the Virginia Living Museum. Meet our animal ambassadors up close during your own personalized animal show, where you pick the animals. Enjoy a self-guided tour of our exhibits that showcase some of Virginia’s amazing native wildlife. Connect with nature and touch the Chesapeake Bay’s most interesting animals, explore the World of Darkness and our Virginia caves, and experience prehistoric times at our Dinosaur Discovery Trail.

Days: Saturdays and Sundays
Times: 10am, 11am, 1pm or 2pm
Prices: see packages below

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 the party for any set-up.

You will provide:

  • All food, ice, beverages, candles, and matches.
  • Paper products and utensils for “The Puffer” party package.
  • VLM Wild Side Café can offer packages too – contact


  • 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, balloons are NOT allowed inside the Museum.

Choose the one of the following party packages:

The Otter – Ultimate Themed Party

Price: $365 VLM member, $415 non-member

  • Select your theme: You’re a Hoot, Dinosaurs, Shark, and Space.
  • 6 Themed table cloths
  • Themed plates, cups, utensils and napkins (for 30 people)
  • $5 Gift Certificate 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 room with a Happy Birthday banner

The Puffer – Basic Birthday Party

Price: $265 VLM member, $315 non-member

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

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Bubbles the Otter – $40: 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.  Additional option here could be an inflatable dinosaur instead.  (must be reserved at least 1 week prior to the party)

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)

Planetarium Show – $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 – $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.

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

Wild Side Cafe: The Wild Side Cafe offers optional catering options for hosts.

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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.