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Hosting A Vancouver Aquarium Birthday Party

January 24, 2019 // Vancouver

Recently we hosted a Vancouver Aquarium Birthday party for our middle girl. A few months back she decided she wanted to celebrate her seventh birthday at the Vancouver Aquarium. Which was doable as living in the city makes it easy to plan awesome birthday parties at some of Vancouver’s prime locations.

What Happens At A Vancouver Aquarium Birthday Party

As a parent the best part about having a Vancouver Aquarium birthday party is that you literally just have to show up. The party entrance is not overly obviously but the main aquarium staff are helpful in directing guests to the Aquaquest Reception, which is where party guests can be dropped off and picked up from.

The aquarium provides everything you need for the party. Including a personalised birthday cake, drinks, party decor and all of the aquarium fun. There was fresh hot coffee from local roaster Saltspring Coffee for parents. We put together our own party bags to hand out but there’s also the option to buy them through the aquarium gift shop.

The birthday girl gets to go and feed the fish in a very large aquarium. Safety first with a life jacket.
Young birthday girl smiling while wearing a life jacket.
Watching the sea lions sing their nightly song.
The party is best for kids age four and over. However, this 3.5 year old little sister kept up with the big kids.

The first step to having your own Vancouver Aquarium birthday party is booking on line. Which makes organising things very easy for the parent. A bonus is our annual Vancouver Aquarium membership gave us a discount on the price of the party. Each party can accommodate up to 16 children and 4 adults, which made this an easy drop off party.

Two hosts guided the party from start to finish and both were full of knowledge and peppy energy that helped keep the kids engaged. Each party is two hours long and the time is well spent. There is a range of hands on activities and behind the scenes tours to keep all party guests engaged.

Top Party Moments

The biggest highlight of the Vancouver Aquarium birthday party was feeding the fish. Donned in a life jacket and disposable gloves, the birthday girl carried a container of fresh food to a private area of the aquarium tank. There she was able to feed an array of beautiful coloured fish. All while her guests cheered her on from across the tank. To be honest, as a parent this was also one of my highlights and made the party feel extra special.

Feeding the fish their fresh dinner.

With so much to see at the aquarium there was always something for us to do in the span of the two hours. We checked out the sharks and the sea lions and spent hands on time in the wet lab with our aquarium leaders.

The final moments of the birthday party were spent back in the nicely decorated party room. The party leaders served up birthday cake and aquarium punch and before we knew it the party was over.

For more Vancouver birthday party ideas check out some of our other posts.

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Hi! I'm Andrea, a 30 something girl who loves living the downtown lifestyle and didn't want to give it up once I started a family. Mama in the City since 2008 and blogging since 2009!