Birthday Parties

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Throw a marine-themed birthday party with the Greater Farallones on our historic Pier House! You can book a birthday for your budding marine biologist on a Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 4pm.  Choose up to two interactive 45-minute programs. You can complement the marine-science lessons with cake in the Pier House and playing on Crissy Field Beach.

Choose two marine lessons for your kid and their friends to experience!

  • Sharks. Includes building a life-sized Great White Shark, and watching some shark video footage as well as examining shark artifacts.
  • Marine Mammals. We have some excellent marine mammal artifacts (whale baleen/skulls and seal pelts), listening to marine mammal sounds, and wrap up with a lifesized chutes and ladders marine mammal board game.
  • Crabs. Crab dress-up & anatomy, holding/exploring crabs, and crab-fishing.
  • Plankton. Tow for plankton using plankton nets and then look at our catch under microscopes.
  • Squid Dissection. Use blunt-nosed scissors to learn about squid anatomy, and after the dissection feed the animals in our visitor center tanks.
  • Salmon Dissection. Learn about the salmon life cycle and then dissect a salmon.
  • Beach exploration. If you’re open to doing a little beach exploration and you don’t mind sandy (potentially wet) feet. We can hunt for beach hoppers, sand crabs, and shore crabs.
  • ROV’s (remotely operated vehicles). Kids will be introduced to deep ocean exploration followed by building their own ROV’s using colorful PVC pipes, propellers, and a remote control! They can then be tested and driven in the water off the pier. *This program requires the full 90 minutes and is recommended for OLDER kids*
Birthday parties are $350 for two hours plus a half hour before and after for set-up and clean-up. Parties are welcome to stay longer than three hours at $50 per additional half hour. The Pier House holds a maximum of 40 guests, but we recommend a party size of 30 (adults and kids). Tables and chairs are available for use. Balloons, confetti, glitter, styrofoam, and birdseeds are highly discouraged, but we welcome eco-friendly substitutes for decor.

Booking requests are not guaranteed if requested with less than one month’s notice.

“Thank you for a spectacular day. Everyone had a blast and they’re all still talking about how awesome everything was! Thank you for being so efficient, responsive, professional, cool, and flexible. The kids were so happy and being able to play on the beach with friends afterwards was a major bonus.”
– Susan M., Birthday Party Spring 2018

For more information or to book a party, email Jean Alupay at