Birthday Parties at Aberdeen Science Centre



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With so much to explore at the newly transformed centre, Aberdeen Science Centre is the ideal spot to host a birthday party.

Catering for 4-12 year olds, birthday party groups will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition floor, take part in a hands on workshop of your choice and enjoy some delicious party food from our onsite cafe, Grub. 

One of our children’s birthday party hosts will greet you at reception on arrival, deliver your chosen party theme and make sure everything runs smoothly.

Your Birthday Party Package

A variety of time slots are available every weekend (subject to availability at the time of booking). Each party lasts two hours, at the cost of £12.95 per child with a minimum of 10 children. Currently, parties are limited to a maximum of 15 children.

    All birthday party packages include:

    • A welcome by your party host
    • Time on the exhibition floor
    • A 30 minute show/workshop of your choice
    • Pre-made party bag
    • Choice of party food
    • Adults attend free of charge (T&Cs apply)
    Space Craft

    Have an out-of-this world birthday with our new Space Craft party theme. Take part in space science demonstrations and complete a space themed craft activity to take home.

    Max. 15 children, ages 4+

    Erupting Volcanoes

    During this workshop we will look into the shape and formation of volcanoes, find out the difference between magma and lava, and build and erupt our own model volcanoes.

    Max. 15 children, ages 4+

    Colour Chemistry

    Become a budding scientist for the day and get involved in our lab full of colourful science experiments for lots of hands on fun!

    Max. 15 children, ages 5+

    Digital Explorers

    Take part in activities to explore how computers ‘think,’ explore brand new exhibits on our Exhibition Floor and join in games and challenges using our Dash Robots.

    Max. 15 children, ages 5+

    CSI Aberdeen *New*

    There’s been a crime! Become a science detective for the day and carry out an investigation by examining evidence from the scene in our crime lab.

    Max. 15 children, age 7+


    Included in your birthday party menu:

    • a variety of sandwich/rolls with various fillings
    • fruit platter
    • crisps
    • diluting juice

    Further items can be pre-ordered for your party at an additional cost.

    Booking your Birthday party

    To make a booking or to contact our booking team please complete the form below and a member of staff will get back to you. Alternatively, you can call the centre on 01224640340.

    Please note that due to capacity and demand we recommend booking at least 2 months in advance.

    12 + 11 =

    Downloads & FAQs

    What age group do you cater for?

    Our birthday parties are suitable for children aged 4-12. Each show / workshop will be tailored towards the appropriate age group. If you are looking for an adult party please see our venue hire page.

    Can I hold my party at any time?

    No, each party experience lasts 2 hours. Party slots are Saturdays and Sundays 10.30-12.30 and 1.30-3.30. Party slots are also available during holidays and early evenings. When you get in touch to book your party, a member of staff will confirm the booking slot availability.

    Do adults need to attend the party?

    Yes, the supervision of all party children is your responsibility. At least 2 adults must attend every party. Please make sure you have sufficient adult helpers for the duration of your party.

    You can have up to 10 adults attend the party free of charge, if you have any additional adults in attendance this will be at a cost of £5 per additional adult.

    What is the party menu?

    The party food includes a variety of sandwiches/rolls, fruit platters, crisps and diluting juice.

    Additional food for children and adults can be purchased and pre-ordered before your party.

    How do I pay?

    A £50 deposit is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due on the day of your party. Deposits can be through online transfer, over the phone or in person at Aberdeen Science Centre. Once your party slot is confirmed, an e-mail will be sent with details regarding payment options.

    Is food and drink provided for adults?

    Food and drink are not provided for adults unless you have pre-ordered in advance. The adult menu can be found here.

    Can I bring my own food?

    You can bring your own food for severe dietary requirements only, with the exception of the birthday cake.

    Can I bring a birthday cake?

    Yes – you can bring a birthday cake. Birthday cake is unfortunately not included in the price of your party and we do not provide a cake. We will provide a knife and foil for wrapping your cake.

    Due to very sensitive smoke alarms, sparklers cannot be used on your birthday cake. 

    Usually, after singing, birthday cakes are cut and pieces are put in the birthday party bags, if you want to eat yours with your food please inform your party host.

    How soon do I need to confirm my requirements?

    All birthday party requirements must be confirmed two weeks before your party. This includes the number of children attending, birthday party theme, pre-ordering any extra food from the cafe and letting us know about any special dietary requirements. 

    How do I get my invitations?

    Invitations can be downloaded here.

    How far in advance should I arrive before our party?

    We recommend the party host family arrive 15-20 minutes before the start of your party and that guests arrive 5 to 10 minutes before your time slot. 

    What decorations are provided?

    The area where you have your party food will have minimal decorations. There is not time during your party slot to set-up additional party decorations. 

    What is included in the party bags?

    Party bags will contain four items linked with the party theme.

    You are welcome to bring additional items to add to the bags. Please give these to staff upon arrival.

    Am I allowed to take photos?

    You can take photos of your birthday group as long as you have prior permission from parents/guardians.

    You cannot take photos of other visitors at Aberdeen Science Centre.

    Is there somewhere I can leave my jackets and presents?

    Yes, your party host will direct you to a trolley for your personal items. Aberdeen Science Centre cannot take responsibility for any items that go missing during your visit so please do not bring anything of value with you. There are lockers available if you need to use these.

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