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Birthday Parties

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General Information

Details and Availability

Birthday parties are available Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 10AM and 5PM. On the day of your party, attendees may arrive beginning at 10AM to experience all of the Science Center’s exhibits.To reserve a party date, you must complete the online request form, and submit a $100 non-refundable deposit. The remaining balance and food order will be due within 5 business days of your birthday party.

Special offer!

FREE Birthday Party activities in September!
Book a September Birthday Party and receive a free activity add-on. Choose from our wide range of hands-on FUN activities, including Get Slimed!, Glow in the Dark and more. Please note: free activity add-on is not applicable to Splish Splash, Rocket Power, Big Screen Gaming, or Super Nova Planetarium Show parties. To book your party or for more information, contact us via email or call 860-520-2140.

Birthday Party Package Includes:

Stellar Party Package

$175.00 for Non-members (Additional Guests: $14 per person)
$158.20 for Members (Additional Guests: $12.60 per person)Birthday Party Package Includes:

  • 12 guests and 2 free chaperones
  • General Admission to all exhibit galleries
  •  Decorated party room for 2 hours
  •  Science Center birthday party host
  •  Coupon for each child to return for free
  •  Paper plates, napkins, and plastic ware
  • Printable invitations

Guests

Parties include General Admission to the Connecticut Science Center for the day, PLUS a special guided tour with a birthday party host for 12 guests and 2 complimentary chaperones. Additional guests who wish to join the party and enjoy our galleries are charged on a per-person basis at the birthday rate. Additional birthday guests are charged $14; members of the Connecticut Science Center receive the discounted rate of $12.60 for birthday party admission.

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For questions or additional information:
Call (860) 520-2140 or email birthdays@CTScienceCenter.org
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm.

Customize Your Party

Customize Your Party

  • Big Screen Gaming in the theater (See Below)
  • Hair raising fun with the Van de Graaff generator
  • Exciting Science Activities (See Below)
  • Jaw dropping 3D films
  • Science goody bags
  • Cool T-shirts from our Gift Shop
  • Food from SUBWAY®

Birthday Programs

Programs are available as an add-on to your party. Include one in your party’s “formula” to create a memorable scientific experience!

Splish Splash Party (60 min, $75) **NEW**

Cool off at your Science Center birthday party! Splash around in KidSpace, filled with water tables, a kid-sized Tiny Town and more! Plus, the birthday child will receive a free t-shirt. Children may wear their bathing suits but must wear water-friendly shoes. Splish Splash Parties begin at 9AM. Great for ages 6 and under only.

Rocket Power (30 min, $75) **NEW**

Blast off this summer with a Rocket Power party! Create your own rocket and take it for a test run on our plaza. You can even take your rocket home! Limit 15 children per party. Great for ages 8 and up.

In case of rain, Rocket Power parties may be rescheduled, or the activity may be exchanged for any other birthday activity with the exception of our Super Nova Planetarium Show and Big Screen Gaming.

Get Slimed! (30 min, $50)

Find out what polymers are and how we use them in everyday life. Create your own snow, and make slime to take home!
Great for ages 7 and up.

Glow in the Dark (30 min, $50)

Experiment with the wonder of black light. Discover the “glow” in simple household items, and feel like a real scientist by learning about and creating chemical reactions. Great for ages 7 and up.

Wild and Crazy Animals (30 min, $50)

Observe and interact with some of the science center’s favorite scaly friends! Learn more about these creatures by getting a closer look with one of our staff members. Great for ages 7 and up.

Van de Graaff Generator (30 min, $50)

Have a “hair-raising” experience, where you’ll get to touch, see, hear and even feel electric fields. Great for all ages.

Super Nova Planetarium Show (30 min, $75)

Take your birthday party out of this world! Fly through our solar system and get an in depth look at our planets and some of our favorite constellations! Great for ages 8 and up, limit of 15 children per show.

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For questions or additional information:
Call (860) 520-2140 or email birthdays@CTScienceCenter.org
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9AM–4PM.

Big Screen Gaming

Video Game PartiesAdd excitement to your party… play your favorite video games on our 30×40 foot theater screen! Choose from several different games, and invite your 12 closest friends!
For ages 9+Gaming is a $150 add-on to our birthday package. You and your guests will have the entire theater for yourselves for one full hour. We will provide a choice of these Wii games:

  • Mario Kart
  • Rock Band
  • Wii SporWii Sports
  • Just Dance
  • Warioware
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For questions or additional information:
Call (860) 520-2140 or email birthdays@CTScienceCenter.org
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9AM–4PM.

Frequently Asked Questions

Party Planning

How do I book my party?
Please read and complete the Online Birthday Party Request form. You will be contacted regarding your request within 48 business hours. A non-refundable $100.00 deposit is required to hold a date. This deposit will be applied to the final balance of your party. Party time slots are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Can I bring my own decorations?
You may bring decorations as long as they do not hang from the ceiling or walls. Please note that we do not allow balloons or candles in the Science Center.
Can I bring my own food and cake?
SUBWAY® is the exclusive birthday caterer at the Connecticut Science Center. Outside food or beverages are not permitted by the CSC, with the exception of a (non- ice cream) birthday cake. However, if you have specific allergy/dietary needs, please speak to the CSC Birthday Party Coordinator.
Do I have to provide my own party goods?
The Science Center will provide all of the tableware needed for your birthday party. You are also welcome to bring in your own themed goods in addition to the supplies we offer.
How long before the party can I make changes?
Final attendance is required one week (5 business days) before the date of the party. Any changes made within one week of the party may not be accommodated. Any reductions in numbers within one week of the party will not be refunded.
If I cancel my party, will I get a refund?
If you choose to cancel your party, you will forfeit your $100 non-refundable deposit. If you need to reschedule, you must let the Birthday Coordinator know within 2 weeks of your party, otherwise you will be charged a $75 rescheduling fee. You will have 3 months to reschedule.
When is my final payment due?
The remaining balance is due on the Monday before your party. This will include your food order, final head count, and any add-on costs.

Guests & Attendance

How much do additional guests cost?
Any guest over the 14 included with the party is $14 per person (adults and children). Children under 3 are free of charge, and will not count towards your paid attendance number. Guests that are members of the Connecticut Science Center will receive a discounted rate.
*Each adult and child must have a birthday wristband in order to enter the exhibits.
Can parents attend my child’s party?
If parents would like to join their child for a birthday party, it will be $14 for each person. If the parents do not want to go through the galleries, they are welcome to stay in the birthday party room free of charge.
Can I use my membership to get into a birthday party for free?
If you are a member of the Connecticut Science Center, you will receive discounted rates for birthday admission, but it will not be free.
Birthday Parties are private events; Membership does not include free admission into private events. This policy is stated on the back of every Membership card.

Food & Beverage

Can I bring my own Food and Cake?
SUBWAY® is the exclusive birthday caterer at the Connecticut Science Center. Outside food or beverages are not permitted by the CSC, with the exception of a (non- ice cream) birthday cake. However, if you have specific allergy/dietary needs, please speak to the CSC Birthday Party Coordinator.
How long before the party can I change/update our food order?
We must know the party’s final food order one week (5 business days) before the date of your party.

Arrival Information

Where can my guests drop their children off?
Parents and guardians dropping off their child for a birthday party may park in our bus drop off area for no more than 10 minutes. All visitors staying for the duration of the party can park in our garage, explained below. Parents/guardians picking up their child after a birthday party should go to the Ticketing Counter in the Lobby Area, or the Birthday Desk on Level G1, and let an employee know which party their child is attending. A chaperone from the party will then escort the child to meet their parents.
Where can I park?
Convenient parking at the Science Center/Riverfront Garage is located at the corner of Grove St. and Columbus Boulevard, underneath the Science Center building. It is a public garage. Please know that the CT Science Center neither owns nor operates the Science Center/Riverfront garage. The fee is $3 for the 1st hour and $2 for every additional hour.

Birthday Bakery Options

The Cupcake Brake (Hartford, CT)


The Cupcake Brake is a mobile cupcake truck that you can have at your birthday party! Their fresh-baked cupcakes use only the best local ingredients. Customize your cupcakes with a variety of frostings and fillings.Add the Cupcake Brake to your Connecticut Science Center birthday party for $50 for use of the truck for one half hour, which includes up to 12 cupcakes for you and your party guests. Additional cupcakes are $2 each; additional filled cupcakes are $2.50 each. The truck can deliver your cupcakes or stay and become part of the birthday fun!

For more information and to place your cupcake order:
Website: www.thecupcakebrake.com
Email: info@thecupcakebrake.com

Dee’s One Smart Cookie (Glastonbury, CT)


Allergies? No problem! Dee’s One Smart Cookie will prepare an allergen-free cake just for your birthday party. These special cakes accommodate those who are peanut & tree nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, corn-free, and/or egg-free (upon request) and are always Non-GMO. Cakes are prepared locally in a dedicated allergen-free facility.
As a gift from Dee’s, your cake will be delivered to the Connecticut Science Center free of charge and will be decorated to suit the theme of your party (valued up to $10.00).

For more information and to place your cake order:

Website: http://www.deesonesmartcookie.com
Email: deesonesmartcookie@sbcglobal.net

Sugarbelle (Glastonbury, CT & South Windsor, CT)


Your cake should make your birthday dreams come true! Sugarbelle creates beautifully decorated custom cakes and cupcakes as well as decorated cookies that can be individually wrapped as party favors. You’ll receive free delivery service to the Science Center when you book your party with us!

For more information and to place your cake order:

Website: http://www.sugarbellecakes.com
Email: info@sugarbellecakes.com

Pastry Bag Cake Co. (Vernon, CT)


Pastry Bag Cake Co. will make your birthday party unforgettable with a custom gourmet cake to match your party’s theme. Book your party with us to receive free cake delivery; if you order cupcakes, you’ll receive the first dozen themed cupcake tags at no extra charge!

For more information and to place your cake order:

Website: http://www.pastrybagcakeco.com
Email: pastrybagcakeco@gmail.com.