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Birthdays and Overnights

Birthday Parties & Overnights

Birthday Parties

Party Like an Animal! Make your next birthday party a journey of exploration and party like an animal. Choose from the following themes:

  • Riverboat Adventure - Everything boats! Tour and learn about the boats around campus, including the William M. Black. Get hands-on with some boat-building activities!
  • Mississippi Animals - All things furry, feathered, or finned! Get involved with activities and learn about critters at the Museum & Aquarium through an Animal Program.
  • Eco-Explorers - Micro-organisms are mega-fun! Get outdoors to learn what is in our water. Discover the world of micro-organisms. Program varies with weather.
  • Time Travelers - Go back in time and get an up close look at what the pioneers did! We tour the log cabin and do various activities based on frontier life.

The party continues in our Depot where groups are welcome to bring cake, treats, decorations (no balloons please), and birthday gifts! Add-ons, such as combo meals from our cafe, 3D/4D movie tickets, or sting-ray feeding tickets (limit of 10 per day) can be purchased for an additional charge.

Contact Melissa Wersinger at 563-557-9545 x213 or for details and reservations!

Overnight Adventures

Friends, family or scout groups - oh my! You've never had an overnight like this one! Choose from the following themes:

  • William M. Black Boat & Breakfast (Seasonal: April-October*)
    For groups 15-55, ages 6+.

    Spend a night "roughing it" in the state rooms or crew's quarters on the William M. Black dredge boat, built in 1934. Enjoy a night away from the ordinary and join us as we explore the Mississippi River. The William M. Black has heating, air conditioning and plumbing. As a metal boat, climate control is not as easily maintained as a standard building, and in the event of weather extremes, the group will be moved indoors.

    *This overnight option may not be available during the 2018 season.

  • Mighty Mississippi Adventure
    For families or groups, ages 6+. One adult per group is required.

    Grab your flashlight and sleeping bag for an evening of exploration at the Museum & Aquarium! Do crafts and games that are fun for the whole family before meeting some of the animal residents that spend every night at the Museum! Top off the night with a movie in our Journey Theater before tucking in for bed in front of one of our exhibits.

Reservations include programming for the evening, admission to the Museum & Aquarium either the day prior to or the day following the overnight, and a morning breakfast in our River's Edge Cafe. An evening meal is not included; however, groups are welcome to bring a sack dinner or order pizza upon check-in before programming begins. Drinks and snacks are welcome (no alcohol is allowed).

Contact Melissa Wersinger at 563-557-9545 x213 or for details and reservations!