Birthday Parties

Wide view of Discovery Center room filled with tables with whimsical fish-print tablecloths set up for a birthday party with "Happy Birthday" sign hanging on window

Birthday Packages Include:

  • A two-hour reservation for a private, decorated party room.
    • Party times are 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Aquarium gift for the birthday child
  • Seating and tablecloths for up to 28 guests
    • Due to the size of the room and number of exits, birthday parties are limited to 28 guests.
  • Admission to the Aquarium for all guests included in the cost of the party
  • Option of attending floor program offerings during the party
  • Aquarium BINGO provided with pencils

Birthday Party Parking

The parking lot at Great Lakes Aquarium is managed by Interstate Parking.

Parking Rates
Up to 5 hours $10.00
Up to 8 hours $15.00
Up to 24 hours $20.00

Parking for Great Lakes Aquarium members is always free!

Please contact Interstate Parking directly at or call (218) 727-7275 for questions, overnight parking and refunds.

COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Effective March 10, 2022, facemasks are optional for guests visiting the Aquarium.
  • Guests are encouraged to sanitize their hands prior to entering the event space, wash hands frequently throughout the day and to sanitize again before leaving the event space.
    • Sanitizing stations will be provided by aquarium staff and placed at the entrance/exit of event space.
  • All tools, tables and workstations will be cleaned by aquarium staff at the beginning and end of each event.
  • Guests should not attend if they or someone in their household are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.


  • $200 ($180 for Aquarium members)
  • $50 Optional animal encounter add-on: meet a skunk, snake, turtle, or invertebrates such as walking sticks, hissing cockroaches, or giant African millipedes!
    • NOTE: As of April 2023 – Animal Encounters have been temporarily postponed due to limited staffing. We apologize for the inconvenience.