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Birthday Parties

Frequently Asked Questions

Why have a Birthday Party at the Ontario Science Centre?
Birthday Parties at the Ontario Science Centre provide a unique opportunity to engage children in entertaining, hands-on, interactive science activities. Ontario Science Centre staff deliver an exciting, educational two-hour Birthday Party in a private party room, full of concocting, examining and experimenting! Choose the theme, then relax and leave the rest to our Party Staff.

What’s included in my Birthday Party package?
Your Birthday Party package includes a private party room, dedicated Ontario Science Centre Party Staff, hands-on interactive science activities, free admission and discounted parking for you and your guests, pizza lunch with juice for children, coffee and tea for adults, disposable partyware napkins, plates and utensils, special T-shirt for the Birthday Child, and a downloadable Birthday Party invitation.

When can I hold my Birthday Party?
Birthday Parties are available on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for 10-12 year old parties).

What ages are suitable for Birthday Parties?
Our Birthday Parties are designed for children in three age ranges: 4 to 7, 5 to 9 and 10 to 12 year olds. Children under 4 or over 12 years of age are not permitted.

What food is included in the Birthday Party package?
The Birthday Party package includes 2 slices of pizza and an individual juice beverage (Tetra Pak) per child, plus coffee and tea for adults. Add-on pizza (2 large pizzas) can be purchased in advance for an additional charge of $40.

Although we recognize that some guests may have food restrictions, we cannot guarantee that food items will be free of specific allergens. However, we can provide refrigeration for special food brought from home for those with allergies.

Can I bring my own food or Birthday cake?

Yes. You can bring snacks and cold "finger" foods with you to your party. You can also bring your own personalized birthday cake and candles. A standard-sized fridge or freezer is available to store regular or ice cream cakes. Upon arrival, a Party Staff member will store your cake for you until serving time. 

Are sparklers or trick candles permitted?Table Setting
Please do not bring sparklers or trick candles, as these may cause the fire alarm to activate.

Do I need to bring party decorations?
No – the party room is bright and cheerful and includes Birthday Party themed table decor items as well as colour-coordinated partyware (plates and napkins). Tied or weighted balloon trees may be brought to your party (they must be inflated in advance). For safety reasons, piñatas are not permitted at the Ontario Science Centre. We are not able to provide early access to the party rooms for decor or other personalized set-up.

Do you provide loot bags?
We do not provide loot bags. You are welcome to bring your own.

How will our guests know where to find the Birthday Party?
Use our invitation which includes a map to the Ontario Science Centre. Download it here.

What time should I arrive for my party and where do I meet the Party Staff?
Please have your group assemble at the Birthday Party Welcome Centre, indicated by the large "Birthday Check-in" sign, located near the Group Check-in Desk in the lobby. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled party time. Your Party Staff will be awaiting your arrival. Please note: all parties start and end on time. We are not able to provide early access to the party rooms for decor or other personalized set-up.

Who will greet late guests?
Guests arriving late must check-in at the Membership Desk inside the main entrance and provide the Birthday Child's name to the Desk Attendant. A Party Staff member will be called to escort them to your party.

What are the Birthday Party activities?
All activities are age-appropriate and geared to your selected Birthday Party theme. 

Illustration of blue foam construction blocks  Imagination Playground (4-7 year olds )
Party Staff direct free play with a specialty large-scale block system that stimulates
               creativity and fosters cooperation. 

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.Activity
9:40 Meet and Greet at Party Welcome Centre
10:00 Move to Birthday Party Room
10:10 Introductory Game
10:15 Imagination Playground Program
11:00 Pizza Lunch
11:15 Cake
11:30 Open Presents (optional) and / or Imagination Playground Program
12:00 Party Ends

Biology, Space, Chemistry or Magic (5-9 year olds)
Party Staff deliver fun science demonstrations and facilitate hands-on activities based on your choice of four themes:

Illustration of an atom in green on a white background   Biology
How our bodies function
                Hands-on Activity: Make fake poop!

Illustration of a rocket in blue     Space
How rockets are launched
                Hands-on Activity: Work together in small groups to build and test a lander with an                       egg on board.

Illustration of a test tube in red on a white background         Chemistry
Cool chemical reactions
                Hands-on Activity: 
Make Oobleck and slime.

Illustration of a puff of smoke in purple   Magic
The chemistry and physics behind magic tricks.

                Hands-on Activity: 
Make a balancing stick.

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.Activity
9:40 Meet and Greet at Party Welcome Centre
10:00 Move to Birthday Party Room
10:10 Introductory Game
10:15 Hands-on Science Program
11:00 Pizza Lunch
11:15 Cake
11:30 Open Presents (optional) and / or Play Games
12:00 Party Ends

 Illustration of a cog in grey     Engineering (10-12 year olds)
                 Party Staff facilitate two challenging hands-on activities:
                 Hands-on Activity #1:
Work in teams to create the best mechanically-engineered                          solution to a real-life problem.
                 Hands-on Activity #2: Build and test your own scribbling robot to take home!

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Activity
9:40 Meet and Greet at Party Welcome Centre
10:00 Move to Birthday Party Room
10:10 Introductory Game
10:15 Hands-on Science (Activity #1)
11:00 Pizza Lunch
11:15 Cake
11:30 Hands-on Science (Activity #2)
12:30 Party Ends

What if the Birthday Party package doesn’t meet my needs?
Birthday Party packages are carefully created and cannot be altered or customized. Please contact our Facility Rentals department at 416-696-3146 to discuss room rental opportunities and personalized catering to create a custom party event.

Is admission to the Science Centre included?
Yes, admission to the Science Centre is included with all Birthday Parties.

Is parking included with the Birthday Party package? 
Discounted parking of $5 (50% off) is available for all Birthday Party guests. Be sure to inform the parking lot attendant of your Birthday Party by name to receive the discounted rate. Vehicles may pull into the drop-off loop to drop off party guests before parking. 

Is admission to the Shoppers Drug Mart® OMNIMAX® Theatre included?
Admission to the OMNIMAX® Theatre is not included with your party. If you wish to purchase tickets for a film, you can do so in person the day of the party or you can purchase tickets in advance on our website or by calling 416-696-1000. Remember not to schedule your IMAX® film before 1 p.m.

What else can we do at the Ontario Science Centre on the day of the party?
Visit the “Calendar” section of our website for more details on demonstrations, special exhibitions, and more to make the most of your special day.

Are guided tours available?
Exploration of our exhibit halls is self-guided; therefore, we do not offer guided tours. When visiting the Science Centre, please ensure adequate supervision for the children in your group. 

Illustration of 3 Erlenmeyer flasks emitting bubbles in red, blue and greenCan we store our belongings in the party room while we explore the exhibit halls? 
All personal belongings must be removed from the party room at the end of your Birthday Party. There are lockers available for $1 each at the main entrance which can be used to store your belongings. We do not recommend storing valuables in the lockers.

How many adults are required at the party?
A minimum of one adult is required per party, but up to 11 adults are welcome to attend. Please consider the group size and age of the children when determining how many adults should attend to safely manage your group.

Can I add extra guests to my Birthday Party booking?
Yes. All Birthday Party packages allow additional adult and child guests. Up to nine additional children and three additional adults may be added to the Birthday Party package (up to nine additional adults for Imagination Playground parties) at a cost of $25/person.

Any extra adults over the party maximum are welcome to purchase a general admission ticket and explore the Science Centre until the Birthday Party is over.

Are substitutions or discounts permitted?
Substitutions of children for adults or vice versa are not permitted.

No additional coupons, passes, membership cards/benefits, discounts or vouchers can be applied in lieu of payment for extra children or adults attending the party.

How do I add extra guests?
Please call 416-696-3256 to add children and/or adults to your booking. Please confirm your final numbers for attendance and food orders by 4 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to your Birthday Party.

What if extra children show up at the last minute that I didn’t include in my Birthday Party numbers?
Party resources and activities are prepared based on the confirmed number of expected party guests, so it’s important that you provide an accurate count. However, in the unexpected event that extra children show up, we will do our best to accommodate them provided the group size does not exceed the maximum of 20 children. The credit card used to book your party will be charged the applicable amount.

If my child is sick and I have to cancel my party, is my payment refundable?
If your child is sick and you have to cancel the party, you may reschedule it on an alternate date at no additional cost based on availability. Cancellations received 14 days or more prior to the Birthday Party date are fully refundable, less a $60 administration free. For last-minute cancellations, please inform Party Staff at 416-696-3256.

Do I need to clean-up the Birthday Party room?
Leave the party preparations and clean-up to us!  Relax and enjoy the party with your child and guests.

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