Birthday Parties at the Academy

Birthday Party

With a T. rex that has celebrated millions of birthdays, the Academy really knows how to throw a party!

Celebrate your child’s special day in a one-of-a-kind way! We offer theme parties for kids who love dinosaurs, butterflies, bugs, and animals. Basic parties and add-on encounters with fossils, live animals, or bugs are available.

All Birthday Parties:

  • Are for children ages 3 and up
  • Are two hours long
  • Are available at 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Include a private party room and expert Academy Birthday Host
  • Feature all-day museum access and private party tour
  • Offer printable party invitations

Book your party today! Call 215-299-1060 or email reservations@ansp.org

Theme Birthday Party

Throw your child the perfect theme party and let us take care of all the details. A theme birthday party at the Academy includes a private party room, a birthday party host to guide you on a tour of our hands-on exhibits, and experiences the party guests will talk about all year long.

Choose from the following themes:

  • Dinosaur
  • Butterfly
  • Animal
  • Bug

New! Theme party items were designed exclusively for the Academy.

  • Personalized themed birthday cake
  • Unique science-themed paper goods
  • Brightly colored table covers and table decorations
  • Color changing mood cup for each child guest with matching party theme design
  • A special birthday gift for the honoree

Pricing for a theme birthday party, not including add-on encounters, is:

  • $440 for members (fee is based on a group of up to 20 guests, including adults and children. The birthday child and their parents are free!)
  • $470 for nonmembers

For parties larger than 20 people, an additional fee of $12 per additional guest will be added.

Basic Birthday Party

Want to keep it simple but still celebrate in the midst of Philadelphia's famous dinosaurs? Enjoy a private party room and a birthday party host who will guide you on a tour of our hands-on exhibits.

Pricing for a basic birthday party, not including add-on encounters, is:

  • $335 for members (fee is based on a group of up to 20 guests, including adults and children. The birthday child and their parents are free!)
  • $375 for nonmembers

For parties larger than 20 people, an additional fee of $10 per additional guest will be added.

Dinosaurs Unearthed Deluxe Party (Available June 25, 2016 – January 16, 2017)

Dinosaurs Unearthed

Dinosaurs Unearthed

Spend your big day with roaring, moving, life-size dinosaurs! Dinosaurs Unearthed is back, and now you can have your own dino-size birthday party. The Dinosaurs Unearthed Deluxe Party Package has everything you love about our birthday parties, including a private party room, personal birthday host, and our visitor-favorite exhibits tour. It also includes these dino-mite touches:

  • Admission to Dinosaurs Unearthed for all guests
  • Personalized deluxe T. rex birthday cake
  • Color changing dinosaur mood cup, dinosaur pin, and temporary tattoo for each child guest
  • A special birthday gift for the honoree
  • Unique dinosaur paper goods
  • Personalized dinosaur table decorations

Prices:

$565 for members
(Fee is based on a group of up to 20 guests, including adults and children. The birthday child and their parents are free!)

$595 for nonmembers
(Fee is based on a group of up to 20 guests, including adults and children. The birthday child and their parents are free!)

For parties larger than 20 people, an additional fee of $16 per additional guest will be added.

Academy Encounters

All Academy Encounters are $50 each and can be added to basic or theme parties.  
Fossil Encounter  Handle REAL fossils and museum-quality fossil casts just like a paleontologist. Discover why T.rex’s teeth weren’t that great for eating birthday cake during this private fossil encounter. Have the chance to handle (and take once-in-a-lifetime photos with) REAL fossils.  
Animal Encounter  Meet a live animal from the Academy’s Live Animal Center! Have the chance to catch up with an Academy teacher naturalist and get an up-close look at a furry, scaly, or feathered member of our Academy team!
Bug Encounter  Encounter some REAL LIVE Academy creepy crawlies and discover what makes bugs so super cool! Meet a live “bug” (insect or arachnid) you and your guests will never forget, during this private bug encounter.  

Food Packages

Choose a delicious food package from 12th Street Catering, and we’ll take care of everything.

All prices are per person so you can mix and match from the menu.

Birthday Party Food Packages 
Hot Dog Package  Includes all beef hot dog, chips, and choice of juice boxes, milk, chocolate milk, or small bottle of water

$7.25 per person
 
Pizza Party Package  Includes plain cheese or pepperoni personal pizza with choice of juice box, milk, chocolate milk, or small bottle of water  
 

$8.95 per person

Large pies available for $14.95 per pie

*Large pies do not include drinks

Chicken Tenders and French Fries Package  Includes chicken tenders, fries, choice of juice box, milk, chocolate milk, or small bottle of water   $9.75 per person 
Sandwich Platter   Includes chips, sliced deli pickles, condiments, assorted sandwiches including turkey, ham, roast beef, grilled vegetable, chicken salad, or tuna salad on your choice of whole grain, pumpernickel, or white roll  $12.95 per person  
Wrap Sandwich Platter  Includes chips, sliced deli pickles, condiments, assorted wraps including turkey, ham, roast beef, grilled vegetable, chicken salad, or tuna salad on your choice of flour, wheat, or spinach wraps.  $13.95 per person  
Additional Beverages  

Additional drinks beyond those included in the packages

Coffee and Tea - $2.25 per person
Ice Tea & Lemonade - $1.95 per person
Soda and Water - $2.50 per person
Bottled Water - $1.50 per person


 
Additional Items  

Cookies and Brownie Tray - $2.95 per person

Ice Cream Cups (vanilla or chocolate) - $1.25 per person 


Additional Snacks

Soft Pretzel with Mustard and Cheese for dipping- $1.25 per person

Individual Bags of Chips - $1.25 per person 

 
Additional Salads 

Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, or Garden Salad - $3.95 per person

Fresh Fruit Salad - $3.50 per person


Gift Bags

Send every guest home with a one-of-a-kind gift. Select a package with goodies from the Academy Gift Shop.

Grab Bags (Must be ordered at least five days prior to scheduled party and can be ordered at a per child basis)  
$3  Includes:
Academy Logo Mood Pencil, Eraser, and a collectable Silver Dinosaur Coin
 
$7 Includes:
Academy Logo Mood Pencil, Eraser, Collectable Silver Dinosaur Coin, and an Academy Logo popper toy 
$10  Includes:
Academy Logo Drawstring Backpack and collectible silver dinosaur coin 

Digital Invitations

Download and print special invitations for your child's birthday!

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Call 215-299-1060 or email reservations@ansp.org to talk to our Reservations Office to set up your birthday party.

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