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Birthday Party FAQ


Q:  How much is a Mad Science birthday party held at my location?
            A: Parties held at your location start at $275 for up to 15 children. Additional children are $15 each. 
Q:  How much is a Mad Science birthday party held at the Mad Science Lab?  
            A:  Parties held at our event space start at $275 for up to 10 children. Additional children are $15 each.
Q: What do I need to do to make a reservation?
A: You can email Janet at or click here to submit a request online. You can also call us at (412) 419-1779 and we’ll be happy to schedule your party over the phone. We require a $75 deposit to book your party which can be paid by credit card over the phone, or check, mailed to Mad Science of Pittsburgh, 945 Old Mill Road, Cheswick, PA 15024. Your deposit is fully refundable up to 3 business days before your party.
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 bubbling potions with dry ice. During the final 10-15 minutes of the party, the kids will make slime, silly putty or a superball to take home. Parties at our lab also include time for pizza, cake, and exploring the many hands-on exhibits at our lab, for a total of 2 hours.
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 6 weeks in advance is recommended.  
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.
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 30 minutes before your Mad Science show is scheduled to start, to ensure the Mad Scientist is able to start on time. For parties at our lab, we're ready when you are! 
Q: What kind of space is needed?  
A: The Mad Scientist will need a table or flat surface. 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. You can also choose to have your party at our event space.
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. We can also host your party at our space in Etna, PA
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 you plan to hold your party outdoors, please ensure that there is a rain location.  If the address for your party changes, please give us a call as soon as possible.  Our event space is indoors and has a terrace for outdoor activities
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 3 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 3 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, or credit card.
Q: What is included in the Goody Bags?
            A: The Goody Bags include: Launching Spin Disk, Flip Top spinner, Helix Flyer helicopter, Temporary Tattoos, Stickers, and Polymer Putty!
Q: How much are the Goody Bags? 
            A: The Goody Bags are $5 each, when purchased the Birthday Child's Goody Bag is free! 
Q: What is your policy on tipping?  
A: If you think your Mad Scientist did a great job, a tip is very much appreciated.
Q: Do you have invitations?  
A: We have printable invitations available.  Additionally, we have partnered with Punchbowl, where you can customize email and text invitations and trach rsvp's electronically- this service is no additional cost! 

If you have any other questions, please email Janet at or call our "Birthday Hotline" at (412) 419-1779. 




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