Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How does a custom Science Fun Build A Birthday party work?
We encourage the birthday boy or girl to be involved in the planning of their birthday party. The child will begin by exploring and choosing a birthday party theme. Next, the birthday boy or girl can pick the three experiments they would like to perform with their guests along with a slime experiment and a grand finale.
2. Where can you have a Science Fun Birthday?
The majority of the experiments can be performed indoors. A large table, clear of clutter and able to seat eight children is a perfect area. Parties are commonly held at home but many parents have performed the parties in the child's classroom, churches, and other areas where birthday parties are typically held.
3. How do I celebrate a Science Fun Birthday party in my child's class at school?
While each school is different, the typical process is to reach out directly to the teacher. The teacher can then contact the administration for any necessary approvals. Teachers have been very receptive to Science Fun Birthday parties as each activity leverages a hands on experiment to teach a science concept. The kids love the fun and experimentation as much as the teachers!
4. How far in advance should I order my custom Science Fun Birthday kit?
Each Build A Birthday kit is custom built and packed by hand at the Science Fun For Everyone laboratories in Cary, North Carolina. We encourage parents to allow five business days for the custom party to be built. We then encourage an additional week for shipping. While most Science Fun Birthdays are built, shipped, and arrive way in advance of this two week window, we discourage parents from ordering a Build A Birthday kit if their child's birthday is less than two week away. All other (non-custom) Science Fun Birthday kits ship within one business day of order receipt.
5. How do the participants and hosts know how to perform the experiments?
Each experiment is individually packed and contains a clear and concise instruction card. Each instruction card can be read by a parent or teacher, and often an older birthday boy or girl will host their own party and lead the instruction.
6. What do I need to provide for the party?
Each activity is designed to have all the safety gear, materials, supplies, and instructions required to perform the experiment. You will need access to water for most experiments and for clean up. Paper towels, cleaning products, and trash bags are also important as science can be quite messy!
7. What about the decorations?
Science Fun Birthday parties are designed to provide activities and themes for your boy or girl's birthday party. At this time we do not offer items such as themed place settings, balloons, and decorations.
8. Can Science Fun Birthdays be used for other events?
Yes! Science Fun Birthdays have been used by our customers for a variety of events such as slumber parties, holiday gatherings, church functions, and pretty much any gathering of eager minds that you can imagine!
9. How many guests can a Science Fun Birthday support?
Each Science Fun Birthday is designed for eight guests to enjoy each experiment and activity individually. Additional Science Fun Birthday kits can be purchased to incrementally support eight additional guests, or guests can share. We have had up to 32 participants enjoy one Science Fun Birthday designed for eight guests. The participants simply split into groups of four and worked together. Goody bag and take home items will need to be equitably distributed by the host/hostess during shared experiences.
10. My child did not see a theme they wanted for their birthday party.
We are constantly designing new themes and experiments while also improving existing themes and experiments. Check back often for exciting new offerings!
11. How safe are the experiments?
The experiments and materials offered in Science Fun Birthdays are considered generally safe. Safety equipment is provided and should be used as directed in the instruction cards. The available experiments have been used and perfected through years of Science Fun For Everyone in-school field trips, birthday parties, and science camps.
12. How do you host a Science Fun Birthday party?
Each kit comes with blank goody bags and crayons. As the guests arrive, provide them with a bag and crayons on which they can write their name and decorate. Once your guests have arrived, you can begin experiments. Each experiment and activity is designed to last approximately 15 minutes. Each experiment and activity is also designed to stand alone, so if you are running short on time you can leave out an experiment without compromising the overall experience of the party.
13. How can I teach science as I am not a teacher?
Each experiment is designed to be entertaining and exciting for the birthday party guests. The instruction card will have dialogue that the host can share with the participants while the experiments are being performed.
14. How messy is a Science Fun Birthday?
Science Fun Birthdays can be quite messy! Almost every kit contains some type of excavation which generates debris and dust. The host should also expect slimes, spills, and other messiness and be prepared with paper towels, cleaners, and trash bags. Please insure the party is performed in an area that can be easily cleaned and make sure tables and chairs can endure spills and grime without causing permanent damage.
15. What do you do with Science Fun Birthdays remaining materials?
Science Fun Birthdays materials can be disposed of in the garbage and liquids can be poured safely down sinks. Check the Science Fun Birthdays blog for ideas on crafts and other reuse activities to do with kit materials.
16. Is everything included in a Science Fun Birthday kit?
We pack everything we can into the Science Fun Birthday kits, but you will need to make sure to have a few additional things on hand. Every birthday party host is encouraged to open the Science Fun Birthday kit the evening before the party and review the instruction card for each experiment. Almost every experiment will require access to water and on occasion the need for a hammer, scissors, or other household item may arise. The PREPARATION section of each instruction card will clearly identify any extra materials that may be required. It is also always important to have paper towels and other cleanup materials readily available. As mentioned earlier, science is messy!