Birthday Parties

Birthday Party_thumbnailHosting your birthday party at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is an excellent way to celebrate your child’s special day in a safe, fun, learning environment in the company of Big Blue, our largest specimen on display at the museum. Birthday parties are suitable for children ages 5 – 12 years old.

When you book a birthday party at the Beaty, your child and their friends will dive into one of our fascinating programs and explore, discover, and even get hands-on with real museum specimens.

Whale of a Tale | Ages 5-12 | 75 Minutes

Do you have what it takes to survive as a blue whale? Dive into the world of whales to discover more about their amazing lives and the intricate interconnections of the ocean’s food web.

This program is designed for extra-curricular children’s groups. Concepts of biodiversity, arts, and/or social skills will be explored in a fun, welcoming, and positive environment. We appreciate group leaders, volunteers, and chaperones taking an active supporting role in this program.

This program may have an outdoor element. Please dress for the weather.


Feathered Friends | Ages 8-12 | 75 Minutes

Are you bonkers for birds? Learn the basics of bird watching by discovering how body shape, colouration, behaviour and sound can be used to find out more about the birds around us.

This program is designed for extra-curricular children’s groups. Concepts of biodiversity, arts, and/or social skills will be explored in a fun, welcoming, and positive environment. We appreciate group leaders, volunteers, and chaperones taking an active supporting role in this program.

This program may have an outdoor element. Please dress for the weather.


Biodiversity in Your Backyard Program | Ages 5-12 | 75 Minutes

How well do you know your biodiversity neighbours? Test your knowledge of common urban animals and use real entomology collecting techniques to search for incredible organisms that live in your backyard.

This program is designed for extra-curricular children’s groups. Concepts of biodiversity, arts, and/or social skills will be explored in a fun, welcoming, and positive environment. We appreciate group leaders, volunteers, and chaperones taking an active supporting role in this program.

This program may have an outdoor element. Please dress for the weather.

  • General admission and a program of your choice for up to 10 children (ages 0-18) and 2 adults (18+). At least 2 adults are required to stay with your group and assist with supervision. The birthday child and their siblings, as well as the invited guests, are included in this number.
    • Beaty Biodiversity Museum t-shirt for the birthday child.
    • Museum staff-led program and support (75 minutes).
    • Decorated party space (30 minutes).

  • The maximum number of participants for each party is up to 10 children and up to 6 adults.
    • The Birthday child and their siblings, as well as the invited guests, are included in this number.
  • Cost is $275.00 including tax
    • Ten (10) children included – no additional children
    • Two (2) adults included – $10.00 additional adults (maximum 4 additional adults)
  • 10% Discount for Members
  • A $60.00 deposit to secure the booking is required. The deposit will be applied to the total bill at the end of the party, however it may be forfeited for late departures or excessive cleaning. Standard cancellation policies apply
  • The $60.00 deposit per booking is required within ten (10) business days of receiving the Contract and Invoice. This can be paid by cheque, credit, cash or debit in person at the Museum, or credit over the phone. and JV for internal UBC departments
  • As birthday parties include a staff-led program and space rental, UBC faculty, staff and students are required to pay full price

  • To make birthday hosting easy, the museum offers optional pre-purchased gift bags from our gift shop. At a special discounted price of $7.99 + tax, each gift bag includes items like a postcard, button, stickers, and themed toys.
  • You may also choose to add on additional t-shirts to your gift bags at a reduced price. Additional child t-shirt for $13.50 + tax or additional adult shirts for  $18.50 + tax. Correct sizes can be chosen from available t-shirts at the museum.

Birthday parties are offered on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:15 am or 12:45 pm. Call us at 604-827-4955 or email bookings@beatymuseum.ubc.ca to discuss current availability.

  • Your party time begins as stated on your event contract. Please ask all children attending the party to arrive on time, as any time spent waiting for late arrivals may take away from your program time.
  • Parents dropping off children are asked to check in at the Admissions Desk and wait with their child until the party organizer (usually a parent) is present.
  • The Museum Interpreter will meet you at the Admission Desk at your designated start time.
  • Children may be picked up at the end of the event from the Admission Desk. Children who are late being picked up are the responsibility of the party organizer, not the museum.

  • Groups must leave the Birthday Party space at the end of their booking in order for museum staff to clean up the space and re-open the space to the public.
  • We will charge a late departure fee of $150 for groups that remain in the space once the booking is over.
  • Late fees may be paid on the day or an invoice will be sent to the party organizer

  • The museum expects to complete basic cleaning such as spot-wiping tables, chairs, floor, and throwing items into recycling/compost/garbage. There is no additional charge for this
  • A cleaning fee of $150 will be charged if cleaning goes beyond this. This may include:
    • A large quantity of cake and/or garbage left behind in the café that overfills our capacity for rubbish
    • Any mess that requires us to call custodial staff (besides a child getting sick or another accident)
    • Staining to floor/walls/other items caused by food/juice
    • Breakage of tables/chairs/other museum materials
    • Damage to or theft of birthday decorations or furniture

Appearance of confetti, balloons, or other decorative items that are prohibited. They will be confiscated, but if they are snuck in, you will be charged a cleaning fee.

  • For your cake, please bring a fun topper or electric candle rather than candles. Candles and other open flames are a fire hazard and are not permitted in the museum by UBC fire safety regulations.
  • Due to the sensitive nature of our specimens, additional birthday decorations such as candles, balloons, streamers, signs, confetti, sparklers, piñatas, etc. should be left at home. The space will be decorated, so there is no need to bring any extra decorations.
  • Food and drink can only be stored and consumed in the birthday party space. All food and drink items must be left in the party space before entering to the museum.
  • Please bring food serving materials with you (i.e. plates, knives, forks, cups, napkins, table cloths) as these items are not provided.
  • Museum staff will clean up the room after the party. Please be considerate and help staff by ensuring garbage, compost and recycling is placed in the appropriate bin, as well as supporting the clean-up of large messes (i.e., spills).
  • There are no kitchen facilities at the museum nor do we have a refrigerator. Please plan accordingly.
  • No outside entertainment/entertainers are permitted in the museum or birthday party room due to space limitations.

Book Your Birthday Party

To ensure we serve you to the best of our ability please complete the Beaty Biodiversity Museum Birthday Party request form, thoroughly and clearly.
  • Personal Information

  • (Note: The maximum number of children is 10)
  • (Note: Minimum 2 adults included; additional adults $10.00/each)
    See full descriptions above.
  • Please indicate the number of pre-ordered gift bags you would like to purchase for an additional cost of $7.99 + applicable taxes per bag.
  • Please indicate the number of pre-ordered BBM t-shirts you would like to purchase for an additional cost of $13.50 + applicable taxes per child size t-shirt or $18.50 + applicable taxes per adult size t-shirt. Note t-shirt sizing will be based upon size selected for the birthday child, and you will be able to switch t-shirt sizes upon arrival, depending on availability.
    Birthday Parties are only offered at the stated times, no exceptions. Please select one of the listed times.
    Birthday Parties are only offered at the stated times, no exceptions. Please select one of the listed times.
  • Members please provide your Membership number (e.g. #0123). Members receive a 10% discount.
  • Provide any additional details that site staff should be aware of.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum Admission Desk
Tel: 604-827-4955
Fax: 604-822-0686
Email: bookings@beatymuseum.ubc.ca