Birthday Parties at Aberdeen Science Centre



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birthday parties

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. 

An ASC team member 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 £13.95 per child with a minimum of 10 children.

Currently, parties are limited to a maximum of 15 children. Additional adults come at the cost of £8.50 per adult.

    All birthday party packages include:

    • A welcome by a member of the ASC team
    • Time to explore our exhibition floor
    • A 30 minute workshop of your choice
    • Party food provided by Grub
    • Two 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.

    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.

    Ages 4+

    Colour Chemistry

    Become a budding scientist for the day and get involved with colourful science experiments and lots of hands on fun!

    Ages 5+

    Digital Explorers

    Take part in activities to explore how computers ‘think,’ and join in games and challenges using our Dash Robots.

    Ages 5+

    CSI Aberdeen

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

    Ages 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.

    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. Additional week-day slots may be available during school holidays. When you get in touch to book your party, a member of staff will confirm the  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 to meet our required ratios on the Terms and Conditions.

    If  you have any additional adults in attendance this will be at a cost of £8.50 per additional adult.

    How do I pay?

    A non-refundable £50 deposit is required at the time of booking and must be paid within 30 days of initial enquiry. The remaining balance will be confirmed 2 weeks prior to your party and will be due on the day of your party. Deposits can be through online transfer or in person at Aberdeen Science Centre. Once your party slot is confirmed, an e-mail will be sent confirming with details.

    Is food and drink provided for adults?

    Food and drink are not provided for adults.

    Can I bring my own food?

    No. You can only 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. 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 for you to hand out to the children as they leave. If you want to eat yours with your food please inform an ASC team member.

    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 far in advance should I arrive before our party?

    We recommend the party host family arrive 15 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 however cutlery and plates for the food are provided. There is not time during your party slot to set-up additional party decorations.

    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, a trolley will be available 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.

    Booking your Birthday party

    To make a booking or to make a change to an existing booking please complete the form below and a member of staff will get back to you.

    Please note, to avoid disappointment we recommend booking your party at least one month in advance.

    We are unable to take bookings or changes to exisiting bookings over the phone.

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