Birthday Parties Program Policy & FAQ
You must purchase online at least 14 days prior to the date of a scheduled program. Availability is on a first come, first served basis, and some dates may not be available at Science Central's discretion. Email confirmations are sent after purchasing a package.
While we prefer online purchases, you may also schedule an appointment to meet with the Registrar at 260-424-2400 ext. 451 to purchase a Birthday Party Package. Birthday Parties can not be scheduled over the phone. Note: Online purchasers will receive preferrential treatment over in-person purchasers.
The deadline to make changes to your package size, activity, or theme is 14 days prior to the event. No additions, subtractions or refunds can be made after that date. A full refund will be issued if the party is cancelled at least 14 days prior to the event. To make changes or cancel your party, contact the Registrar at 260-424-2400 ext. 451. For programming questions, contact the Special Programs Manager at 260-424-2400 ext. 427.
If there is room, Science Central will attempt to accommodate additional unexpected guests on the day of a birthday party. Full, regular price admission for these guests will need to be covered by either the guest or by the person who booked the party. The unexpected guests will not receive food or drinks. Please note that we will do our best to accommodate unexpected children by allowing them to participate with activities although this may not always be possible.
Party guests will need to check-in at Admissions. They will receive a wristband to identify your guests to Science Central's staff. Depending on the party size, this could take several minutes if all the guests arrive at once. We recommend arriving early to check-in. Parties are exactly one hour in length, so if you do not arrive early and your party starts late, we cannot reschedule or extend your time in the party room.
Science Central is not able to accommodate food allergies or special dietary needs. If you have concerns about the potential for complications during an event, please plan to accommodate your own needs.
Science Central Deluxe Members get a discount on birthday party packages.
Science Central and the media frequently take photos/videos of visitors which may be used for future Science Central promotions or publicity. These photos may be used without your consent and without compensation. If you do not want your image used, please avoid photographers and inform them of your desire. As a visitor, you are welcome to take photos for non-commercial use at Science Central.
All programs are subject to change at Science Central's discretion.
Please note that Science4U Birthday Parties are not purchased in the same way as an on-site Birthday Party Package. You can request a Science4U Birthday Party here.
Birthday Party Package sizes acommodate up to either 15, 20, or 30 total participants (adults & children).
The deadline to make changes to your package size, activity, or theme is 14 days prior to the event. No additions, subtractions or refunds can be made after that date. You may call the Registrar at 260-424-2400 ext. 451 to update your package or reduce the number of guests until 14 days before the party date. It is better to err on the side of extra guests. Otherwise, see Additional Unexpected Guests.
No, please do not bring your own products and decorations. Science Central will provide Happy Birthday plates, napkins, and cups for non-theme parties, and themed paper products for parties with a theme.
No, pinatas and party poppers will not be allowed.
Yes, feel free to bring food for your party guests to eat in the public eating area either before or after your party. You will not have time to eat it during your scheduled party, but since the eating area is a public space you can enjoy it there. It is on a first come, first served basis.
Yes, feel free to bring presents for your birthday child You will not have time to open presents during your scheduled party, but since the eating area is a public space you can open them there. The party slots are one-hour in length, and we will use that entire hour for the party.