Birthday Parties

Birthday Specials

  • Beat the heat this Summer and customize your party with one of our COOL new science activities: Wizarding 101, Jedi Training, or Game On!
  • For even more fun, check out our NEW party packages: the all-inclusive Quiz’s Ultimate Party Package or get creative with our Paint Party Package!
  • To book these Birthday Specials, please contact us.

General Information

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We Have The Formula For A FUN Party

The Connecticut Science Center offers fun, interactive, hassle-free birthday parties for all ages. Splash in our Kidspace with your little ones, or explore your senses and dig into fun, ooey-gooey materials. Explore outer space or take a group photo in our 360 degree photobooth to celebrate your birthday! Your friends and family can experience over 165 hands-on exhibits at the Connecticut Science Center. We will help you customize your celebration for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Party 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.

The following dates are sold out:
September 8
September 22
September 29
September 30

Book fast to secure your party date. For extra special days, look for availability on one of our special themed event days.

Party Packages

Stellar Party Package

  • Pricing: $350 for Non-members | $315 for Members
  • 22 guests (children and/or adults) and 2 free chaperones
  • General Admission to all exhibit galleries
  • Decorated Party Room for 2 hours
  • Dedicated Science Center Birthday Party Host
  • Coupon for each child to return for free
  • Paper plates, napkins, and plastic ware
  • Printable invitations

Quiz’s Ultimate Party Package

  • Pricing: $750 for Non-members | $675 for Members
  • EVERYTHING you love about the Stellar Package plus pizza, juice, cupcakes, goody bags, parking passes, and super science activity of your choice.
  • 22 guests (children and/or adults) and 2 free chaperones
  • General Admission to all exhibit galleries
  • Decorated Party Room for 2 hours
  • Dedicated Science Center Birthday Party Host
  • Super Science Activity of your choice
  • Cheese Pizzas and Juice
  • Themed Cupcakes for 24 people
  • Parking Passes
  • Goody Bags AND a Coupon for each child to return for free
  • Paper plates, napkins, and plastic ware
  • Printable Invitations

Paint Party Package

  • Pricing: $450 for Non-members | $405 for Members
  • Love to paint? Love science? Get the best of both worlds with this package. Enjoy a fun, guided painting experience and take home your canvas creation to hang on your wall! Recommended for ages 7 and up. *Paint Party Package is subject to limited availability; contact a birthday coordinator for more info.
  • 18 guests (children and/or adults) and 2 free chaperones
  • General Admission to all exhibit galleries
  • Decorated Party Room for 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Paint Supplies and Canvas for 10 painters (ages 7 and up)
  • Guided experience from a Hartford Paint Parties Instructor
  • Dedicated Science Center Birthday Party Host
  • Coupon for each child to return for free
  • Paper plates, napkins, and plastic ware
  • Printable Invitations

Party Bugs Package

  • Pricing: $360 for Non-members | $330.50 for Members
  • Enjoy a visit to a tropical escape and learn about the lifecycle of the beautiful creatures that flutter around the encounter.
  • 18 guests (children and/or adults) and 2 free chaperones
  • General Admission to all exhibit galleries
  • Decorated Party Room for 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Dedicated Science Center Birthday Party Host
  • Group Admission and Private visit to the Butterfly Encounter
  • Butterfly Lifecycle Arts and Crafts
  • Coupon for each child to return for free
  • Paper plates, napkins, and plastic ware
  • Printable Invitations

Garden Party Package

  • Pricing: $360 for Non-members | $330.50 for Members
  • Our winged friends are not the only beauties that inhabit this tropical enclosure. See our live plants that create such a happy bug environment, and plant some seeds of your own to take home and watch grow.
  • 18 guests (children and/or adults) and 2 free chaperones
  • General Admission to all exhibit galleries
  • Decorated Party Room for 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Dedicated Science Center Birthday Party Host
  • Group Admission and Private visit to the Butterfly Encounter
  • Seed planting activity
  • 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 exhibit experience with a birthday party host. Guests additional to the amount included with your chosen party package are charged on a per-person basis at the birthday rate. Birthday rates are differ based on your party package. Children 2 years old and younger are free of charge, and will not count towards the party attendance count.


Customize Your Party


NEW! Curious George Meet and Greet
$75, Subject to availability, only available for 10AM parties

Curious George is monkeying around at the Science Center this summer and he’d love an invite to your child’s birthday! Your child will go bananas when George pops in for group photos and a dance party! Plus, George doesn’t come to a party unprepared – he will be equipped with a special birthday gift for the birthday child.


Birthday Party Options

  • The following options are available for your party.
  • Exciting Science Activities (See Below)
  • Jaw dropping 3D films
  • Science goody bags
  • Cool T-shirts from our Gift Shop
  • Food and drink options from SUBWAY® and FroyoWorld

Super Science Add-ons

  • The following add-ons are available for your party. Include one in your party’s “formula” to create a memorable fun-tastic experience!
  • NEW Game On! - $65 (30 min, ages 6 and up)
    Bring your game face as you try your hand at our version of competitive games. Let the Science begin! (Outdoor options available weather permitting)
  • NEW Jedi Training - $65 (30 min, ages 7 and up)
    Test your senses by channeling “The Force” within you. Young Jedi’s will work together in challenges to complete Jedi Training.
  • NEW Wizarding 101 - $65 (30 min, ages 7 and up)
    Welcome to the Connecticut Science Center world of party wizardry. Discover your wizarding house and create potions with your friends.
  • NEW Build-A-Bot - $65 (25 min, ages 8 and up)
    Join us to build a scribbling machine to create some spiraling art pieces. Tinker with motors, battery packs, and more to create your own contraption that you can take home and create endless masterpieces.
  • Get Slimed! (ages 6 and up, 30 min, $65)
    Find out what polymers are and how we use them in everyday life. Create your own snow and make slime to take home!
  • Little Builders (ages 5 and under, 30 min, $65)
    Help us build a new city. Young party-goers will take on the role of city planners and engineers in this fun party program. Work together to construct buildings, clear the way for roads, lay roads, erect stoplights, and place traffic signs.
  • Story Tails (ages 5 and under, 25 min, $50)
    Join us for a story about one of our favorite animals and then get a chance to meet two additional animal friends - LIVE in person. Learn about their unique characteristics and enjoy exploring our animal sensory table.

Food & Drinks Options

SUBWAY® and FroyoWorld are the exclusive birthday caterers at the Connecticut Science Center. Outside food or beverages are not permitted by the Connecticut Science Center, with the exception of a (non-ice cream) birthday cake. However, if you have specific allergy/dietary needs, please speak to the Connecticut Science Center Birthday Party Coordinator.

  • SUBWAY® Party Packages

    You and your whole birthday crew can “eat fresh” during your party! Choose from pizza packages, boxed lunches, or sandwich platters.

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  • FroyoWorld

    Enjoy your very own frozen yogurt bar! Party guests will select 3 toppings to create their own Froyo masterpieces. The Birthday Child will receive a FREE frozen yogurt.

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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 $2.50 each; additional filled cupcakes are $3.00 each. The truck can deliver your cupcakes or stay and become part of the birthday fun!
    Website: http://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).
    Website: http://www.deesonesmartcookie.com/
    Email: deesonesmartcookie@sbcglobal.net
  • 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!
    Website: http://www.pastrybagcakeco.com/
    Email: pastrybagcakeco@gmail.com
  • Sweet Art By Nikki (Hartford, CT)
    Whether you are celebrating a birthday, graduation, baby shower, wedding or bridal shower, we can create a custom cake and/or cupcakes for any occasion! Local delivery available. All theme ideas are welcome!
    Website: http://www.facebook.com/sweetartbynikki/
    Email: sweetartbynikki@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions


Planning Your Party

  • 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® and FroyoWorld are the exclusive birthday caterers at the Connecticut Science Center (see menu). Outside food or beverages are not permitted by the Connecticut Science Center, with the exception of a (non- ice cream) birthday cake. However, if you have specific allergy/dietary needs, please speak to the Connecticut Science Center 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 5 business days before the date of the party. Any changes made within 5 business days of the party may not be accommodated. Any reductions in numbers within 5 business days 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?
  • Additional guests over the amount included with your chosen party package will need admission at the birthday rate. Children 2 years old and younger are free of charge, and will not count towards your guest count.

    Stellar Party Package $12 non-member, $10 member
    Quiz’s Ultimate Party Package $18 non-member, $15 member
    Paint Party Package $15 non-member, $12 member
    Garden Party Package $12 non-member, $10 member
    Party Bugs Package $12 non-member, $10 member
  • Can parents attend my child’s party?
  • Parents may join for the full experience at the birthday party rate. If parents do not want to visit our exhibit 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?
  • Connecticut Science Center members receive discounted rates for birthday parties and party admission. Birthday Parties are private events; Membership does not include admission to private events.

Food & Beverage

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

Arrival Information

  • Where can my guests drop off their children?
  • Parents and guardians dropping off children for a birthday party may park in our bus drop-off area for no more than 10 minutes. Visitors staying for the duration of the party may park in our garage; please see below for more information. Parents and guardians picking up their children after a birthday party should visit the Ticketing Counter in our lobby or the Birthday Desk on Level G1 and let an employee know which party their child is attending. A chaperone from the party will escort the child to meet his or her parent(s).
  • 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 note: The Connecticut that the Connecticut 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.


Testimonials


April 14, 2018

"Our hosts were EXCELLENT! They handled a room a full of children with ease. They were knowledgeable and fun! Every person involved was spot on. I work pretty intense hours and due to my meeting schedules it’s hard to get time to handle things during the day. I was able to get the final details settled with a few voice mail and emails at my convenience. PRICELESS."

February 3, 2018

"First time I’ve been able to relax and enjoy my kid’s party because you guys took care of everything."

March 4, 2017

"This was a great party experience. We love the CT Science Center so it was a no brainer to have the party here. Everything was awesome from start to finish. As parents we were able to enjoy ourselves as much as the kids did."

October 1, 2016

"My experience from scheduling to the actual birthday party event was exceptional. It exceeded my expectation. The party room was actually clean (I've had to clean party rooms in the past), beautifully and appropriately decorated. My son and our guests had a great, great time."

November 19, 2016

"The day was easy and stress free as a parent. Staff were professional, courteous, and always willing to help. I overhead quite a few of the kids attending mentioning that it was the best birthday party ever."

July 31, 2016

"My son and all of his friends absolutely loved the party and experience. It was great for me as a parent to sit back and just watch them enjoy everything. The Science Center really took care of everything and we just enjoyed the party."

June 24, 2017

"Absolutely hassle free. Great experience, awesome staff! Got a ton of compliments from both kids and parents about how much fun they had. Staff was super helpful, responsive and provided info I requested along the way. Day of was stress free and the staff was amazing with the kids making sure they were entertained."

August 27, 2017

"The staff was very friendly and good with the kids. The party room and items supplied were done nicely. All in all, the party at the science museum was a great experience."



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