Gillespie Annex Birthday Party Package

Launch your child's birthday at the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Gillespie Field Annex! Parties are designed for children ages 3-12.

Birthday Package Includes:
The Museum offers two party areas at its Gillespie location for a maximum of 2.5 hours. The two areas include a private classroom with a kitchenette and A/V system or an outdoor space on the taxiway next to the hangars. All tables and chairs will be provided. Prices vary depending on your chosen event space and include admission costs for up to 30 people. There is an additional fee for parties over 30 people: $3 per child or $7 per adult (discounted from $5 per child and $10 per adult) for up to 10 additional attendees. Parties with more than 50 people will need prior approval and will require additional fees to accommodate a larger event. 

The Birthday Party Package includes a gift for the birthday child (valued at $20). An additional fee will be charged for more than one gift.

The parent will be responsible for their paper goods and any food, drinks, and cake.

Additional information:

  • You will have access to the space 15 min before the party to set up.
  • You are free to bring in your food or have food delivered 


  • Balloons (including Helium)/ decorations that attach to walls/ or piñatas.
  • Alcoholic beverages/ Smoking in the museum/ Vape pens.
  • Any flames other than birthday candles.

Adult Expectations

  • Be present with the children and supervise them during party activities, tours, and throughout the experience.
  • Be respectful to other museum guests.
  • Keep food and drink in the party area. Food and drink are not allowed to leave the designated party space or enter any other museum space. 

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled 1 week or more in advance 90% refund.
  • Cancelled less than a week $0 refund.

Added Option: 

Activity with Facilitator ($100, Plus Additional Fees for Parties Over Cap Limits)

We offer an option to add an activity led by a museum facilitator. Each activity takes about 1 hour. There are several activities to choose from based on age. There is a cap on the number of children a facilitator can instruct. If the count goes over the cap limit, another facilitator will be required at an additional cost.

Below are size restrictions based on age.

  • 15 children max for ages 3 to 4
  • 20 children max for ages 5 to 9
  • 25 children max for ages 10 to 12

Dedicated birthday party facilitator with choice of 1 hands-on activity or guided tour:

Ages 3 and up

  • Mars Rover
  • Foam and Balsa Gliders

Ages 5 and up

  • Alka Seltzer rocket and launching

Ages 8-10

  • Penny gliders 
  • Flying cars
  • Safe landing challenge

Ages 10-12

  • Special guided tour of the Museum and restoration area

Pricing & Capacity:
The Museum has two locations to choose from for a birthday event: a classroom with a kitchenette and A/V setup and outdoor space on the taxiway outside of the Museum hangars. The outdoor space will be delineated from other museum guests and will include table and chair setup.

Indoor/Outdoor Spaces:


  • Museum members: $250 
  • Non-members: $300


  • Museum members: $150
  • Non-members: $200

Additional Costs (admission over 30 people)

  • Extra Adult Guest: $7
  • Extra Child Guest: $3
  • Activity w/ Facilitator: $100
  • Additional Facilitator: $100 (for activities over cap limits)

Party packages allow up to 30 guests, counting all children and adults. Up to 10 additional guests are allowed, for an additional fee (max of 40 guests). Please note that there is a cap on the amount of children based on age for add-on activities with a museum facilitator. 15 children 3-4 years, 20 children 5-9 years, and 30 children 10-12 years old. Larger parties will need approval and an additional facilitator fee will apply for staffing.

Birthday parties will need to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance. 

Payment must be received within 72 hours of invoice or your reservation will be cancelled.


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