Q: What do kids do at a Mad Science birthday party?
A: During the first 40-45 minutes, the Mad Scientist will engage children with amazing science demonstrations that are conducted with the help of your birthday child and guests. Some examples of experiments that may be included are: fitting a hardboiled egg into an impossibly small space, seeing flash paper disappear and creating a small explosion in a film canister. During the final 10-15 minutes of the party, the kids will make slime to take home. Adding on an upgrade (rocket launch, dry ice, cotton candy etc...) will add approximately 10-15 minutes to the length of your party.
Q: How far in advance do I need to book my party?
A: Our party schedule fills up quickly. We suggest you book well in advance to get the date and time you want. Generally, at least 3 to 6 weeks in advance is recommended.
Q: What do I need to do to make a reservation?
A: You can fill out an online request form by clicking on the “Book now” button. We will respond to your request in one business day. You can also call us at (314) 991-8000, and we’ll be happy to schedule your party over the phone. We require a $75 non-refundable deposit to book your party and accept Visa, Discover and MasterCard. If you cancel you Mad Science party at least one business day prior to the party date and you reschedule your party within 12 months of the original scheduled date, the original deposit will be applied to the new event date.
Q: Where do you hold your parties?
A: We come to your location. Most people do the party at their home; others will rent a space at a community center or YMCA.
Q: What time can I have my party?
A: On Saturdays and Sundays we have party times of 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. or later. Parties can also be scheduled Monday-Friday at any time. All dates and times are subject to availability.
Q: Do I need to know the exact number of kids attending my party to book it?
A: No. All we need is an estimate of the number of children you expect to attend. We ask that you plan for the largest number of children expected. On the day of the party, you will be charged only for the number of kids that actually attend with the exception of parties with 26 or more children, where you will be charged the original amount.
Q: Do you have any themed parties?
A: All our themes revolve around science. If you have another party theme, we can notify the Mad Scientist, and he/she will do his/her best to incorporate your theme into the experiments and language that is used.
Q: When will the Mad Scientist arrive?
A: The Mad Scientist will arrive at least 15 minutes early to set up. He/she will be ready to start the show at the time you booked. It is best to start your party at least 15 minutes before your Mad Science show is scheduled to start, to ensure the Mad Scientist is able to start on time.
Q: What kind of space is needed?
A: We ask that you have enough space for the Mad Scientist and for your guests to be comfortable as well. The kids can be seated on the floor or on chairs, several feet back from the table. Also, depending on the party that you choose, you may need a room that can darken.
Q: How much space is needed for the rocket launch?
A: The Mad Scientist will need a medium to large sized open space or back yard to launch the rocket. If you are not sure whether you have sufficient space, you can always add the rocket launch and then the Mad Scientist will assess whether or not it is safe to launch the rocket on the day of the party. You will not be charged for the upgrade if the rocket cannot be launched safely.
Q: Will I have to provide the Mad Scientist with anything?
A: Yes. We will need a table to set the experiments on, access to water (before and after the presentation) and an electrical outlet during the show. Some parties also require a room that can darken. Please let us know if your party location cannot accommodate any of these items.
Q: Once I have scheduled my party, can I make changes to it later?
A: Any changes to your party must be scheduled at least five business days before your party.
Q: Is it okay to have other activities going on while the Mad Scientist is performing?
A: The Mad Scientist will begin at the scheduled start time and continue until our portion of the entertainment is finished. We will not be able to stop for any other activities (ex. food or cake). Please plan accordingly.
Q: What if it snows the day of my party?
A: Although extremely rare, Mad Science does reserve the right to re-schedule programs due to inclement weather to preserve the safety of our staff & participants. We will contact you the day before your party if conditions are such that we cannot safely support your party. Should weather conditions deteriorate during the day of your party, your Mad Scientist will determine if we can support your party and will contact you directly. We do everything in our power to ensure we do not disappoint a child on his/her birthday. Should your party be canceled, we will make every effort to reschedule as quickly as possible.
Q: Can I have the phone number of my Mad Scientist?
A: We do not provide the Mad Scientist’s personal contact information. If you would like the Mad Scientist to call you on the day of your party, we can make a note for him/her to do so.
Q: For what ages are your parties appropriate?
A: Our parties are appropriate for children between 4 to 12 years of age. Younger siblings generally watch, but do not actively participate in the party and should not make a take home project. We determine the number of attendees based on the number of children between the ages of 4 and 12.
Q: When do I pay?
A: We require a $75 deposit to book your party. At the end of your party, you will pay the Mad Scientist the remaining balance. You can pay with cash, check, Visa, Discover or Master Card.
Q: What is your policy on tipping?
A: Often customers inquire about a gratuity for the instructor. At your discretion, the typical service percentage (15% - 20%) is customary. Please pay your Mad Scientist directly.
If you have any other questions, please call us at 314-991-8000.