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Birthday Parties

IMPORTANT UPDATE:
(as of 5/4/24)

The Science Center is taking a break hosting birthday parties this summer
so we can focus on our busy summer camp schedule.
We look forward to celebrating birthday parties with you again later this year.
Thanks for your understanding!

Note: parties currently reserved with a deposit will proceed as scheduled)




Make your child's birthday a special celebration at the Rockville Science Center!

The Rockville Science Center offers a variety of exciting hands-on
science projects for birthday parties. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
 

Here's what you need to know!

Ages: 5-12 years old (choice of projects will vary based on age of participants)

Scheduling: Most parties take place on Saturdays 

  • 10:00 AM - Noon

  • 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Other times may be available upon request (email us at party@rockvillesciencecenter.org to inquire)

 

Cost: The base rate for a 2-hour party for up to 6 children is $200. Additional guests are $25 each (maximum of 25 children). Adults don’t count towards the total.

What's Included: Your 2 hour party will include a 90-100 minute science project of your choice led by one of our instructors. After the project is completed, you'll have 20-30 minutes for any refreshments that you'd like to bring in for your guests. Rockville Science Center provides the following supplies - project materials, paper plates, napkins, cups, forks, spoons, and tablecloth for refreshment table. Feel free to bring decorations, birthday cake, pizza, or other snacks.


Party Projects: Please select a project from the list below. Be sure to consider the age of the birthday child and the majority of their guests as you make your selection. We welcome guests under the recommended age to participate in the chosen project, but ask that a parent or other adult be available to assist them. A Lego corner will be available for younger guests who prefer to enjoy free play. 

 

Party Projects

Ages 5 & older

  • The Art of Science: Learn about surface tension and make your own creative designs using milk and food colorants

  • Make Your Own Oobleck & Slime:  Make some magic, ooey, gooey Oobleck and slime. Are these materials liquid or are they solid? Make your own and find out!

  • Make a Lava Lamp: Make a lava lamp that is activated by a chemical reaction with food colorant 

  • Lego Race Car: Make a Lego car and use balloon air propulsion to race it

Ages 6 & older...all projects listed above, plus:

  • Bath Bombs: Learn the chemistry behind the bubbly bath bomb and create your own to take home

  • Fruit DNA extraction:  Extract DNA from fruit, learn about genotypes and phenotypes using our “monster DNA sequencer

  • Fruit Batteries: Learn how to build a battery with fruits and vegetables and discover which one generates the most power

  • Clay Brains - How the Human Brain Works: Make and color clay brains of insects, reptiles, fish, birds, mice, cats, and humans and learn how the human brain evolved.  

Ages 7 & older...all projects listed above, plus:

  • Lego WeDo Robotics:  Build two projects that include the use of sensors to make realistic sounds 

  • Catapult Challenge:  Build a catapult and compete to accurately hurl a projectile into a target.

  • 3D Design & Print: Learn how to 3D design basic shapes/objects and how to convert any picture into lithophane. 

Ages 8 – 12...all projects listed above, plus:

  • Lego Robotics Challenge: Build, program, and battle robots 

  • All About Earthquakes: Learn about earthquakes, create LEGO buildings and use a shake table to explore survivable solutions 

  • Arduino Projects & Electronic Circuits: Learn how to program an Arduino to control basic electronic circuits 

  • Laser Cutting & Engraving: Create a design using Inkscape and engrave and cut your design on the material of your choice. The Science Center can provide 5"x6" wood board or 6"x6" leather hide. You can bring a wood board (max size: 8"x11"). Please check with us first to ensure that the item you’d like to use is suitable, no compacted wood that contains glue.

 

Reserve your date: You can reserve your party date by selecting your desired time below. You will be directed to complete an information form, noting your chosen project type and expected number of guests. We also require a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold the date. The remaining balance will be due on the day of the party. If you'd like to schedule a party on an alternate day not posted, you can email us to check availability.

Still have questions? Contact us at party@rockvillesciencecenter.org.

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