Frequently Answered Questions
CuriOdyssey offers three options for birthday parties:
1. the Classroom Celebration for 24 or fewer people
2. the Stair Step Shindig for 25 to 49 people
3. the Redwood Hall Revelry for parties of 50 to 100 people and/or more than two hours of party time
4. Ask about our after-hours options!
All of our guest counts include the host family, guest of honor, and all adults and children.
We recommend you first determine how many people you will invite to your party, and narrow down your choices from there.
- For 24 people or fewer, you can choose the Classroom Celebration.
- For 25 or more people, you can choose between the Redwood Hall Revelry and the Stair Step Shindig.
- We recommend the Redwood Hall if you are unsure of your guest count, as this space is flexible for more people and more time.
- The Redwood Hall Revelry is $325 to $550 per hour, with a two hour minimum. Additional guests are welcome at $9.75 per person.
- The Stair Step Shindig is $550 for two hours.
- The Classroom Celebration is $300 for two hours.
- The Animal Ambassador add-on is $250 for a 30 minute program.
- The Adopt-an-Animal add-ons vary in price depending on which level you decide to adopt at. For more information, check out our Adopt-an-Animals.
Party hosts with a current CuriOdyssey membership receive a discount of 10% off.
Member discounts are not available for Adopt-an-Animals or Animal Ambassadors.
Parties are offered on Saturdays and Sundays only, during our open hours. Please see our birthday reservation form for specific time frames.
Animal Ambassador availability is based on the health, temper, and well being of our animals, and when staff is available. This program may not be available on all weekends. To learn if your date is available to include this program, please email birthdays(at)curiodyssey.org or call 650-340-7565.
We can gladly bring an animal ambassador to your party! Our Animal Ambassador's availability is based on the health, temper, and well being of our animals, and when staff is available. This program may not be available on all weekends. To learn if your date is available to include this program, please email birthdays(at)curiodyssey.org or call 650-340-7565.
We do not offer science educational add-ons or activities for birthday parties at this time.
Your party package includes:
- Two hours in a dedicated private party room
- 30 minutes for setup beforehand, and 15 minutes for cleanup afterward
- All your guests will receive free parking and all-day admission to CuriOdyssey.
- CuriOdyssey will provide and set up tables, chairs and bins for trash and recycling. Our tables are 8ft x 2.5ft and 6ft x 2.5ft.
- CuriOdyssey staff will not be available to help set up, facilitate or break down your party.
- CuriOdyssey does not provide linens or tableware. Choose linens that fit both 8ft and 6ft tables, as we may not know in advance what size tables we are able to provide.
Yes! You can bring in any decorations as long as there are no balloons, noisemakers, or piñatas. Please make sure these items are not in any goodie bags as well. You have 30 minutes to set up prior to the start of your party, and 15 minutes afterward to clean up, so plan your decorations accordingly.
If you know prior to the party that more guests will attend, let us know and we will help you choose the appropriate package. On the day of the party, if you are hosting a Redwood Hall Revelry, there is an additional fee of $8.50 per person. Your credit card on file may be charged this fee if you do not arrange for alternate payment. If you are hosting a Classroom Celebration, you cannot have more than 24 attendees. If you are hosting a Stair Step Shindig, you cannot have more than 49 attendees. These counts include the host family, guest of honor and children of all ages. Please plan your guest list accordingly, as CuriOdyssey staff will not allow more than your room’s count to enter your party. This is per order of the San Mateo County Fire Marshall, and there are no exceptions or negotiations.
No! As long as you are not also booking space in Coyote Point Recreation Area for your party, the vehicle entrance fee of $6/car is waived. Upon booking you will be emailed a parking permit to distribute to your guests before the party. Passes must be printed and in hand at the ranger station in order to be valid. Please instruct your guests to place the pass on their car’s dashboard.
Yes! You are welcome to bring in outside entertainment as long as they adhere to CuriOdyssey’s regulations. Make sure that any outside entertainment does not bring in any balloons, noisemakers, piñatas, or animals. Tell your entertainment to arrive and prepare during your designated setup time; if they come earlier they will not have access to the party space. We do not allow amplified music in our birthday parties because it disturbs our animals.
Yes! Our only restriction is no alcohol. Otherwise, you can bring your own food, host a potluck or have food delivered. Please instruct deliveries to occur during the party time. Please note that CuriOdyssey does not have a fridge or freezer. Consider bringing an ice chest for perishable food instead. Please note that you have 30 minutes for set up and 15 minutes for breakdown, so plan your food items accordingly.
No! Just tell your guests to mention the guest of honor’s name when they check in at the admissions window. They will be given a hand stamp for all-day CuriOdyssey access and checked in as your party guests. The host family and guest of honor should get a hand stamp, too!
Check availability from the Birthdays Calendar. Alternatively, please email birthdays(at)curiodyssey.org to check date availability. Please make sure to give us a range of dates to check, and let us know what package(s) you are interested in. We can place one three-day hold for you while you decide, but the hold will be released after three days if we have not received your completed reservation form and payment. Reservations can be submitted by email, fax to 650-342-7853, or mail to CuriOdyssey Birthdays, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401. Once your payment is processed you will receive an email confirmation of your party.