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  • Best Kids Parties for Fresh Air Fun Bethesda Magazine


    Host your child's next birthday party at Glen Echo Park! We offer flexible options to make party planning easy: Create your own party or sign up for a party package offered by Glen Echo Park Aquarium, Adventure Theatre, or the Puppet Co!

    Create Your Own Party!

    Looking for a flexible and affordable – yet unforgettable – birthday party for your child? Bring them and their friends to Glen Echo Park, a 20th-century amusement park-turned-arts center with delights around every corner.

    If you’d like a private space reserved for your group, rent one of our classrooms! Starting at $150 for a four-hour time slot, you can decorate the space as you wish, and either bring your own food or arrange catering with on-site Praline Café.

    If a private space isn’t a priority, our picnic grove is available for groups of 30 or less on a free, first-come, first-served basis.

    Busy picnic tables
    During your party, treat your guests to a ride on our 103-year-old Dentzel Carousel! Tickets are $2 per ride or $5 for an all-day pass. Right behind the carousel, our playground is suitable for children ages 5-12.

    carousel with riders
    Our children’s theaters, the Puppet Co. and Adventure Theatre MTC, present professional, award-winning shows throughout the week and weekend. Group ticket discounts are available; more information is available on the presenters’ websites.

    puppets in Cinderella   actors on dark stage with fairy lights

    Glen Echo Park Aquarium welcomes visitors on a timed-entry basis from 9am - 5pm seven days a week, with a maximum of 22 guests in the space at one time unless a formal birthday party is arranged with the Aquarium. Tickets are $8/person.

    Outside of Aquarium with lighthouse, pirate ship, and wooden seahorse

    We’d love to chat further about your party idea and help you brainstorm ways to make the day delightful for your child and guests. To book a classroom or go over any questions you may have, email us at


    Aquarium PartiesGlen Echo Park Aquarium Logo

    Make your child’s next birthday party all about aquatic exploration and the Chesapeake Bay!

    Glen Echo Park Aquarium hosts birthday parties for children ages 2 and up any day of the week beginning as early as 9am or as late as 5pm. The entire Aquarium space will be reserved for your group of up to 30 guests, including a covered patio perfect for presents and cake. Decorations are welcome, and optional add-ons include an extra visit by a rare animal and themed crafts.

    Visit the Aquarium’s website to review current availability, pricing, and to schedule your party.


    Theater Partiesadventure theatre green and black logo

    Adventure Theatre MTC offers birthday party packages which include tickets and reserved seating to a show, a special birthday announcement before the show begins, a party room, and a rental host from the ATMTC staff.

    More details, add-ons, policies, pricing, and the booking form are available on the ATMTC website.

    A birthday party at the Puppet Co. can include a party room plus a show, a party room plus a workshop, or a party room plus both! puppet co black and white logo

    Look over pricing and party options on the Puppet Co.’s website, and contact them to reserve your party here.

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