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Q: What do kids do at a standard Mad Science birthday party?
A: During the first 45-50 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 hard-boiled egg into an impossibly small space, seeing flash paper disappear and indoor "fireworks". During the final 10-15 minutes of the party, the kids will make Mad Science slime, putty or a superball to take home. Adding on a rocket launch, dry ice show, cotton candy, or any party upgrade will add 10-20 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 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 below. We will usually respond to your request within one business day. You can also call us at (413)-584-7243 or 1-800-338-5711, email us at We require a $50 non-refundable deposit to confirm your party and accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or checks. Should your party not happen, the deposit is then applicable for credit against another Mad Science event or class. 
Q: What time can I have my party?
A: On Saturdays and Sundays we have set party times of 11:00 AM, 1:45 PM a.m. and 4:45 PM. Parties can also be scheduled at other times on request and on Monday-Friday. 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 at booking of the number of children you expect to attend. We ask that you plan for the largest number of children expected, then give us a final estimate a few days before. There will only be an additional charge if you go over the estimate.
Q: What does a Mad Science party usually cost?

A: We know you have a lot of options and we want to make sure Mad Science provides a great value. Among the many great entertainment choices, we are totally unique in that we provide both a learning AND entertainment experience. Plus SCIENCE IS COOL and very relevant to raising informed, engaged citizens in our technology-focused, environmentally fragile world. Yet, our prices remain VERY COMPETITIVE with other choices and can be designed to fit most any budget. Parties include the show and take-home component (about 60 minutes), as well as a 6-toy/activity science-themed goody bag or Mad Science child's lab coat, giant Mad Science signing poster and science stickers for the birthday party child, and invitations. Party upgrades, additional goody bags and all- inclusive party packages are also available for those very special birthday events.

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. We do have some specially themed parties such as Superhero Science, Ooey Gooey Slime, Spy Science, Young Wizards, Space Adventure, outdoor Rocket, or holiday/Halloween parties. We even have oyster/pearl opening and geode breaking parties! We can also do just about any of the Mad Science workshop or after-school program themes as a birthday party. Just let us know what you are interested in!  

Q: When will the Mad Scientist arrive?
A: The Mad Scientist will arrive at least 20-30 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 30 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: The Mad Scientist will need something like a 4 ft. sq. or 6-8ft by 2 ft table. 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. If indoors, it is best for our parties to be in a room that may be darkened. Please tell us IN ADVANCE if the party is scheduled to be outdoors so we can schedule the appropriate activities!
Q: How much space is needed for the rocket launch?
A: The Mad Scientist will need a medium to large sized flat back yard or open space 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, or there is a weather issue.
Q: Will I have to provide the Mad Scientist with anything?
A: We will need access to water for set-up and clean-up and access to electricity. Please let us know if your party location cannot have either of these.
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 three 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 rains the day of my party?
A: If it rains on the day of your party and it is outside, the Mad Scientist will call to see if there is an alternate indoor location to conduct the party.
Q: Can I have the phone number of my Mad Scientist?
A: The Mad Scientist will call you the day before your party, and you may leave a message at any time at our office 413-584-7243. There will also be emergency contact numbers for our event planners on your confirmation form. 
Q: For what ages are your parties appropriate?
A: Our parties are appropriate for children between 5 to 11 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 5 and 11. Preschool parties ARE available! Ask us! 
Q: When do I pay?
A: We require a $50 deposit to confirm your party. A few days in advance, our event planners will call you for the balance of payment. Note, it is customary to provide a gratuity to the Mad Scientist if you enjoyed the event, typically between 15-20% of the party price.   

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