Birthday Parties

Have your next birthday party at CuriOdyssey!

Choose from one of our birthday packages to create the perfect party for your child.
 

Classroom Celebration- $275

  • Rental of a private party space in our Classroom with adjacent outdoor patio.
  • 2 hours of party time, plus 30 minutes prior and 15 minutes after for setup and breakdown.
  • Room capacity is 24 people total, including the host family, birthday child, and adults and kids of all ages.
  • Admission to CuriOdyssey and all its hands-on, interactive exhibits for 24 people. (Note: CuriOdyssey membership does NOT include free admission to private parties, including birthdays held at CuriOdyssey. Therefore, members will be included in the total guest count.)
  • Trash and recycling bins and bags.  Please make sure that all refuse is put in the proper bin at the end of your party.
  • 4 tables and 24 chairs for dining, and space for food and drink setup.
  • Free entrance for you and all of your guests to Coyote Point Recreation Area.
  • You are encouraged to bring in food or activities to fit your chosen party theme.  Please, no alcohol, noisemakers, piñatas, or balloons.  To protect our animals, any balloons brought in will be confiscated by CuriOdyssey staff. 

Availability:

  • Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-1pm or 2pm-4pm, plus setup and breakdown time.
  • Birthday parties are not offered on weekdays or after hours.
  • To learn if your date is available, please email Birthdays(at)CuriOdyssey.org or call 650-342-7755.

Redwood Hall Revelry- $350

  • Two hours in the top level of the Redwood Hall with adjacent indoor Bayview Terrace (plus 30 minutes to set up and 15 minutes to clean up).
  • Tables and chairs set up for dining and food and drink setup.
  • All day admission to the museum for up to 50 people total (including the guest of honor).  Additional guests are $5 per person, to be counted the day of the party.
  • Free parking for all guests in Coyote Point Recreation Area.

Availability:

  • Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am-12:30pm or 1:30-3:30pm, plus setup and breakdown time.
  • Birthday parties are not offered on weekdays or after hours.
  • To learn if your date is available, please email Birthdays(at)CuriOdyssey.org or call 650-342-7755.

Exploration Celebration- $450

  • Rental of a private party space in our Classroom with adjacent outdoor patio.
  • 2 hours of party time, plus 30 minutes prior and 15 minutes after for setup and breakdown.
  • Room capacity is 24 people total, including the host family, birthday child, and adults and kids of all ages.
  • Admission to CuriOdyssey and all its hands-on, interactive exhibits for 24 people. (Note: CuriOdyssey membership does NOT include free admission to private parties, including birthdays held at CuriOdyssey. Therefore, members will be included in the total guest count.)
  • Trash and recycling bins and bags.  Please make sure that all refuse is put in the proper bin at the end of your party.
  • 4 tables and 24 chairs for dining, and space for food and drink setup.
  • Free entrance for you and all of your guests to Coyote Point Recreation Area.
  • You are encouraged to bring in food or activities to fit your chosen party theme.  Please, no alcohol, noisemakers, piñatas, or balloons.  To protect our animals, any balloons brought in will be confiscated by CuriOdyssey staff. 
  • One educational program (30-45 minutes long) lead by a CuriOdyssey science educator.  Choose from one of the following:
  • Wild Survival Animal Presentation: Get up close to some of CuriOdyssey’s Animal Ambassadors with a private, personalized live animal presentation. Three animals will make an appearance for your birthday celebration, and guests will be able to observe, touch, and learn about adaptations that help these creatures survive in the wild. Feathers, shed, skulls, and other biofacts will also be available to touch, examine, and observe. Appropriate for ages 3 years and up.

  • Marvelous Marble Roller Coasters: Using flexible foam track, tape, and marbles, kids can build a roller coaster worthy of any theme park. Incorporate loop-do-loops, corkscrews, and vertical drops to send the marble on its way. This is a great activity on the physics of energy where kids can work individually or in groups. Add this science activity to your party and let gravity take over as the marbles go careening into curves, twists, and turns. Marvelous Marble Roller Coasters has the “potential energy” to keep the kids engaged the whole time. Appropriate for ages 5 years and up.

  • Build It Up Birthday: Does your child like to construct things? We have the perfect activity for you to add to your birthday. Choose to build a sturdy structure, wind-powered car, or air glider in this design-and-build challenge workshop. Led by a CuriOdyssey science educator, these activities can be tailored to be more challenging for an advanced group. Parents and adult guests can even take part! Perfect for the kid who is always “tinkering.” Appropriate for ages 7 years and up.

Availability:

  • October through May only; may not be available on all weekends. 
  • Saturdays from 11am-1pm or 2pm-4pm, plus setup and breakdown time.
  • Birthday parties are not offered on weekdays or after hours.
  • To learn if your date is available, please email Birthdays(at)CuriOdyssey.org or call 650-342-7755.

Build-A-Birthday- price varies

  • Rental of a private party space in our Redwood Hall with adjacent indoor bayview deck.
  • Admission to CuriOdyssey and all its hands-on, interactive exhibits for all guests. (Note: CuriOdyssey membership does NOT include free admission to private parties, including birthdays held at CuriOdyssey. Therefore, members will be included in the total guest count.)
  • Trash and recycling bins and bags.  Please make sure that all refuse is put in the proper bin at the end of your party.
  • 8 tables and up to 120 chairs for dining, and tables for food and drink setup.
  • Free entrance for you and all of your guests to Coyote Point Recreation Area.
  • You are encouraged to bring in food or activities to fit your chosen party theme.  Please, no alcohol, noisemakers, piñatas, or balloons.  To protect our animals, any balloons brought in will be confiscated by CuriOdyssey staff. 
  • Build-A-Birthday party pricing is hourly, and depends on how many people are expected at your party.  Remember to include time for setup and breakdown!  At least 30 minutes for setup and 15 minutes for breakdown are recommended.
    • 50 or fewer guests: $175/hour
    • 51-75 guests: $215/hour
    • 76-100 guests: $250/hour
    • 100-120 guests: $285/hour

Availability:

  • Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am-4:45pm, plus setup and breakdown time.
  • Birthday parties are not offered on weekdays or after hours.
  • To learn if your date is available, please email Birthdays(at)CuriOdyssey.org or call 650-342-7755.

What you need to know before booking a party:

  • CuriOdyssey does not allow balloons, noisemakers, or piñatas.  Please make sure that goody bags do not contain these items.
  • All Classroom Celebration and Exploration Celebration packages have a strict capacity limit of 24 people, including adults and children of all ages.  This is per the order of the San Mateo Fire Marshall, and cannot be negotiated.
  • Please, no running or jumping in the Redwood Hall.  There are animals housed directly below the Hall, and the noise is very frightening to them.  Please plan your activities accordingly.
  • To ensure space availability, we recommend that reservations be made at least 4 weeks in advance.  Exploration Celebration packages may book up quickly, so more advance notice is recommended.  Please email Birthdays@CuriOdyssey.org for availability before sending the reservation form.
  • Birthday parties must be paid in full at the time of reservation.  You may cancel up to 2 weeks before your party date with a full refund.  There will be no refunds or rescheduling for cancellations made within 2 weeks of your party. 

Are you a member of CuriOdyssey?

CuriOdyssey members receive a discount on all birthday packages!  Make sure to note on your reservation form that you are a current member and receive 10% off for Family Members, 15% off for Premium or Supporter Members, or 20% off for Contributing, Advocate, or Innovators Circle Members!

Not a member yet?  Visit our membership page to learn more or become a member today.  You can start using your benefits, including birthday party discounts, immediately.

How to book:

  • Please email Birthdays(at)CuriOdyssey.org to check availability or to set up an appointment to view the birthday rooms.  Unscheduled walk-ins will not be accommodated.
  • Download the Birthday Party Reservation Form, fill out completely, and return to CuriOdyssey:
    • E-mail to Birthdays(at)CuriOdyssey.org
    • Fax to (650) 342-7853
    • Drop off in person during open hours
    • Mail to:
      CuriOdyssey
      Attn: Birthday Parties
      1651 Coyote Point Drive
      San Mateo, CA 94401
  • Once the reservation form is received and payment processed, a confirmation will be sent to you by email.
  • For more information, please email Birthdays(at)CuriOdyssey.org or call (650) 340-7565.