Birthday Parties

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Virtual Parties

Our birthday parties have gone virtual! Invite your friends to a Zoom party with one of our animal ambassadors!


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SEA-lebrate Their Birthday in Style!

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Choose from our two Birthday Party Packages:

Basic Package: $350

  • Admission for up to 15 kids (ages 2-17) and 5 adults
  • Animal Encounter
  • Animal Feeding
  • Nature Craft
  • Dedicated Party Coordinator (including setup and take down)
  • Private, decorated space
  • 2 hours of guided activities, which includes 30 minutes for cake and food
  • Kitchen and serving utensils available upon request

Deluxe Package: $500

  • Basic Package Items +
  • Backyard Games
  • Additional Animal Encounter
  • Additional 60 minutes in private space

Add-on Items

  • Additional people (10 max) : $18 / person
  • Themed goodie bags (25 max): $10 / person

Pick a Theme!

Feathered Fiesta:

Our feathered flock is sure to delight and entertain party guests this year. Party animals will get the chance to meet and feed some of our feathered friends. Guests will enjoy making a hummingbird feeder to attract native birds in their own backyard. 

Shark and Ray Shindig:

Experience the fascinating world of sharks and rays! Daring explorers will be able to feed and touch the sharks and rays earning a shark tooth necklace souvenir to take home!

Sea Turtle Celebration:

Bring your friends for a splashy celebration and meet our scaly marine friends! Sea turtle partiers will get to meet and feed the reptiles that call San Diego home and help their environment by decorating their own reusable tote-bag.

Questions or Problems Booking?

Call (619) 409-5908 or email Education@thelivingcoast.org

Birthday Party FAQs

1. How does the birthday party day go?

Host families are welcome to arrive no more than 30 minutes prior to birthday party start time to drop off food and cake. Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes ahead of birthday party start time in order to catch the shuttle into the Living Coast Discovery Center. The first 90 minutes will include a fun program of learning, exploring, at least 2 animal encounters, and a nature craft. Food is discouraged at this time – but a light snack may be provided to younger kids – please coordinate with your party coordinator. After the program, you and your guests will have 30 minutes (Basic Package) – 90 minutes (Deluxe Package) to celebrate and hang out in your assigned space. All guests are free to roam the Living Coast Discovery Center for the remainder of the day. Our hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2. What is my responsibility as host?

The Living Coast Discovery Center provides the space, entertainment, party coordinator, and a few decorations. Host families will bring in and take out their own food, snacks, drinks, cake, candles, and any additional decorations you wish to add. **Balloons are prohibited** Some kitchen utensils are available should anything be forgotten. Lastly, host families are responsible for sending out their invites to guests. Please make sure families understand there is a shuttle and to plan accordingly (recommendation is 15 minutes prior to party start time).

3. What is a zero waste birthday?

We try to encourage families to consider zero waste parties as much as possible. As part of our coordination, we provide a trash sorting station which includes recyclables and compost (food scraps). When planning for your Living Coast Birthday Party Celebration, consider nature-friendly products such as compostable utensils, paper straws, paper plates that do not have a waxy film, snacks that are in bulk and not individually wrapped, etc. Reminder: balloons are not allowed.

4. What is included in a Deluxe Birthday Party Package?

Basic birthday packages include specific animal encounters based on the theme. A deluxe birthday you will be able to choose one additional animal encounter of your choice (subject to animal availability). In addition, you will have the birthday party space for an additional 45-60 minutes to hang out with guests and spend more time opening presents or enjoying cake. We will also provide, set-up, and clean-up backyard games such as, bean bag toss, giant jenga, and ladder ball.

5. What is included in an add-on goodie bag?

Goodie bags are an additional fee per person. Make sure to add enough for the number of guests you expect to come. If you wish to change your order, it must be done at least 48 hours prior to the event. Goodie bags are age-appropriate (based on birthday child’s age) and include items found in our gift shop as souvenirs and memorabilia to an exciting birthday party at the Living Coast Discovery Center.

COVID restrictions

Updated June 23, 2021: At this time we are recommending all guests to follow County & CDC guidelines as follows: unvaccinated people, including children 2-12, to wear masks when indoors and unable to safely social distance. Vaccinated people to use their discretion in both indoor and outdoor settings. While our shuttle is equipped with an air filtration system and windows, for the safety of all guests and personnel at this time we are still requiring all guests (ages 2+) to wear a mask while riding the shuttle – regardless of vaccination status. Guests must remain in the designated area to eat and drink. Any changes or updates will be communicated prior to the birthday. For latest policies, visit TheLivingCoast.org/visit


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Uniquely located on San Diego Bay, we can book parties as small as 20 or as large as 400. With multiple indoor and outdoor options that include views of San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a quiet space,  and your own private animal encounters, we’ll make sure you and your guests have a memorable experience. 

Want to make your event more sustainable? Ask about our unique Zero Waste program which diverts waste from the landfill by optimizing recyclable and compostable waste.  

Reserve your space today!

Call (619) 409-5499 or email Elizabeth@thelivingcoast.org.

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We offer:

  • Educational “Trash Talkers”
  • Zero waste sorting station
  • Proper disposal of organic & compostable materials
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What is a Zero Waste Event?

A zero waste event follows sustainable practices to minimize or completely eliminate all waste sent to the landfill. We work with event partners and vendors to reach 90% diversion rates or higher.   The Living Coast provides guests with recycling and compost disposal options at our sorting stations. 

Why consider Zero Waste?

For events with over 50 guests, an average attendee produces about 2.5 pounds of waste which adds up to a lot of waste!  Often, limited disposal options are available to guests which means, most, if not all waste is sent to the landfill.   

Book your event today!

Call (619) 409-5499 or email Elizabeth@thelivingcoast.org.