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 and seeing flash paper disappear. During the final 10-15 minutes of the party, the kids will make slime, silly putty or a superball to take home. Adding on a rocket launch, dry ice demo or cotton candy will add 10-15 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 call us at (773) 227-3345 and we’ll be happy to schedule your party over the phone. We require a $85 deposit to book your party at the Mad Science Laboratory and accept check, Visa & MasterCard. Your deposit is fully refundable up to 3 business days before your party.
Q: What time can I have my party?
A: The Mad Science Laboratory offers parties on the weekends at 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 4:00p. On Saturdays and Sundays, party start times at your space are available between 9:00am and 5:00pm. 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 of the number of children you expect to attend. We ask that you plan for the largest number of children expected. We will call to confirm you event 2-3 days prior and will finalize the number of children at that time.
Q: Do you have any themed parties?
A: All our themes revolve around science. If you have another party theme, discuss this during booking and we will do our 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 15 minutes before your Mad Science show is scheduled to start, to ensure all of the guests can enjoy the entire show.
Q: What kind of space is needed?
A: 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 Mad Scientist.
Q: How much space is needed for the rocket launch?
A: The Mad Scientist will need a medium to large sized 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.
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 for some of the programs. Please let us know if your party location cannot have either of these. A table will make for a better presentation, if you do not have one, we may be able to provide a small one.
Q: Once I have scheduled my party, can I make changes to it later?
A: Mad Science will call to confirm you party 2-3 days in advance, any changes to your party can be made at that time. Parties cancelled within 3 business days from scheduled event will be subject to a 25% cancellation charge.
Q: Is it okay to have other activities going on while the Mad Scientist is performing?
A: No. 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: Can my party be held outdoors?
A: With advance notice, it is possible to schedule an outdoor party. Please call 773-227-3345 to see. In the event the weather does not cooperate, please make sure there is an alternate indoor location to conduct the party.
Q: Can I have the phone number of my Mad Scientist?
A: We do not provide the Mad Scientist’s personal contact information. The Mad Scientist will call you on the morning of your party, so you will have their contact information at that time. Our main number, 773-227-3345 is always available on days when parties are scheduled, in case you need to contact someone.
Q: For what ages are your parties appropriate?
A: Our parties are appropriate for children between 5 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 that make the take home project.
Q: When do I pay?
A: We require an $85 deposit to book your party. At the end of your party, you will pay the Mad Scientist the remaining balance, plus for the amount of goody bags you purchase. You can pay with cash or check.
Q: What is your policy on tipping?
A. If you think your Mad Scientist did a great job, a tip is very much appreciated. We do ask that you tip them separately from the party payment so that they may enjoy their tip immediately.
If you have any other questions, please call us at 773-227-3345.