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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 a private animal presentation by one of the Museum’s professional educators. Enjoy a self-guided tour of our exhibits that showcase some of Virginia’s amazing native wildlife. Connect with nature and view 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 or 1:30pm
Prices: See packages below

All Birthday Parties include:

  • Free admission to all indoor and outdoor natural history exhibits (up to 20 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 $15 per person. (up to 8 family units in the room due to Covid) 
  • A party room for 2.5 hours – 30 minutes to set up, 1.5 hours party time, 30 minutes to clean up
  • Eight tables (approx. 6’x 2½‘) and twenty chairs

You will provide:

  • All food, ice, beverages, candles, and matches.
  • Paper products and utensils.
  • VLM Wild Side Café can offer packages too – contact cafe@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, balloons are NOT allowed inside the Museum.

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Choose the one of the following party packages:

Indoor Package 

Pricing: Member Rate: $265.00 

Non-Member Rate: $300.00 

Extra Guests (Non-member, Ages 3 and up): $15.00 

Includes

  • Printable invitation 
  • All day admission to the Virginia Living Museum for all guests
  • Gift for birthday child 
  • 8 tables in party room 
  • 20 guests (all individuals attending the party who are 3+) 
  • 2 animal ambassadors 

Animals will be presented by a professional educator 30 minutes into party time (10:30 am or 2 pm) 

Our wide array of animal ambassadors are available throughout the year for conservation education programs. Due to the needs of our animals, we do not guarantee specific species or individual animals. 

The two animals will come from the following list and be presented by a professional educator. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests will be able to enjoy the animals, but will be unable to touch at this time.

  • Box turtle 
  • Pond turtle 
  • Lizard 
  • Snake 
  • Insect/arachnid 
  • Frog 
  • Salamander 
  • Aquatic invertebrate 
  • Rabbit 
  • Small bird 

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Outdoor Dino Package

Pricing: Member Rate: $470.00 

Non-Member Rate: $520.00 

Extra Guests (Non-member, Ages 3 and up): $15.00 

Includes

  • 20 guests (all individuals attending the party who are 3+)
  • Printable invitation 
  • All day admission to the Virginia Living Museum for all guests
  • Gift for birthday child 
  • Speegle Event Tent on the Dinosaur Discovery Trail 
  • Picnic tables 
  • 15 foot walking/roaring T. rex 
  • 14 dino-themed gift bags 

Inclement Weather?

You May:

  • Reschedule the party within 30 days
  • May use indoor classroom as a substitute
  • Inflatable costumed dinosaur will replace 15’ dinosaur with a $75 refund
  • Live animal show will be added

Animals will be presented by a professional educator. Our wide array of animal ambassadors are available throughout the year for conservation education programs. Due to the needs of our animals, we do not guarantee specific species or individual animals.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests will be able to enjoy the animals, but will be unable to touch at this time.

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Virtual Package – Base 

Pricing: Member Rate: $65.00 

Non-Member Rate: $75.00 

After 5:00 PM: $50.00 

Includes

  • 20 minute virtual animal presentation with time for Q&A 
  • 2 animal ambassadors 

Our wide array of animal ambassadors are available throughout the year for conservation education programs. Due to the needs of our animals, we do not guarantee specific species or individual animals. The two animals will come from the following list and be presented by a professional educator. 

  • Box turtle 
  • Pond turtle 
  • Lizard 
  • Snake 
  • Insect/arachnid 
  • Frog 
  • Salamander 
  • Aquatic invertebrate 
  • Rabbit 
  • Small bird 

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Virtual Package – Fantasy 

Pricing: Member Rate: $130.00 

Non-Member Rate: $150.00 

After 5:00 PM: $50.00 

Includes

  • 30 minute virtual animal presentation by a costumed educator with time for Q&A. 
  • Choose a pirate, mermaid, or fairy 
  • 2 animal ambassadors 

Our wide array of animal ambassadors are available throughout the year for conservation education programs. Due to the needs of our animals, we do not guarantee specific species or individual animals. The two animals will come from the following list and be presented by a professional educator. 

  • Box turtle 
  • Pond turtle 
  • Lizard 
  • Snake 
  • Insect/arachnid 
  • Frog 
  • Salamander 
  • Aquatic invertebrate 
  • Rabbit 
  • Small bird 

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Birthday Party Add-ons 

  • Gift bags for party guests –$2 
  • Additional guests – $15 (up to 8 family units in the room due to Covid)
  • Private planetarium show with a special birthday shout-out, please request descriptions (cannot start later than 4 pm) – $75 
  • Specialty animal – $50 (Only available for indoor parties) 

Our wide array of animal ambassadors are available throughout the year for conservation education programs. Due to the needs of our animals, we do not guarantee specific species or individual animals. The specialty animal will come from the following list and will be presented by a professional educator along with one animal from the list above. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests will be able to enjoy the animals, but will be unable to touch at this time. 

  • Alligator 
  • Large bird 
  • Baby sharks 
  • Skunk 

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Policies 

Cancellation 

As of 10/15/2020 a $50 cancellation fee will apply if your event is cancelled before a week of the scheduled party date. A fee of 50% of the total party cost will be applied if cancelled within a week of the scheduled party date. 

Reschedule 

You may reschedule your party date at any time without penalty. To reschedule please call the Reservations Office at 757-595-9135 or email at Reservations@thevlm.org 

COVID-19 

All guests ages 10 and up are required to wear a mask or face shield while in the party room and touring indoor galleries of the museum. The only exception for this is when guests are eating and drinking in the party room. 

When a VLM Educator is presenting the animals, guests ages 10 and up are required to wear a mask or face shield and all guests must practice social distancing, providing a 6 foot space between them and the Educator.

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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.