Birthday Parties FAQ

What staff members will be available for my party?

Your party will include a host and assistant (Premium Science Parties will include two assistants!)

Your birthday celebration begins with a Party Host that will greet your guests in a private room. The Party Host will also lead the group through three activities or experiments based on the theme of the party. Meanwhile, the Party Assistants will engage with the children and adults, serving drinks and/or food to party families and friends. Both the Party Assistant and Party Host will lead the group through singing the “Happy Birthday” song as candles are blown out and cake is distributed to the families. If the family chooses to open gifts in the room, the Party Host or Party Assistant will be taking notes for you, to keep a record of the gifts given. This allows for you to enjoy the moment and take photos of this special time while leaving the clean up to us!

The Birthday Party Coordinator will also greet you upon your arrival and is available to assist in any way possible!

What times are available for my child’s birthday party?

Saturday and Sunday Party Times:

  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please contact the Birthday Party Coordinator to see which time slots are available on your preferred party date! The Birthday Party Coordinator is available at 407-514-2059.

What do the birthday party levels include?

Orlando Science Center Birthday Parties offer three unique levels specially designed to fit your needs!

All parties include what is offered in the Science Party package listed below and grows from there! For a full list of what party packages include, view our Birthday Parties page here.

Science Party Packages include:

  • All-day admission and free parking at Orlando Science Center for 22 guests (number of guests varies by level – add-ons available for $12.50 per person)
  • Access to giant-screen and 3D educational films, located in the Digital Adventure Theater and Dr. Phillips CineDome
    90 minutes in a reserved room
  • Choice of themed Party Experience – Party Animals, Exploration Space, Weird Science or Fantastic Jurassic
  • A Party Host and Assistant, just for you!
  • Themed sheet cake, ice cream, lemonade and water all included (other food options available for purchase from our menu)
  • Serving utensils and paper products
  • Printable invitations
  • A 30-minute guided exhibit tour led by the Party Host (times vary by package level)
  • Post-party storage for food and gifts
How do I reserve a date for my child’s birthday party?

The Orlando Science Center offers private party rooms for children’s celebrations. Reservations can be made by phone or in person and are based on space and the time availability. We require reservations be made within at least 2 weeks in advance. A $75 non-refundable deposit is necessary to reserve your party’s date and time. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, check or cash.

To book a party, contact our Reservation Office at 407.514.2112.
After your reservation is booked, you will receive a confirmation email. All additional questions can be answered by Orlando Science Center’s Birthday Coordinator at 407.514.2059 or by email to classes@osc.org.

What happens at an Orlando Science Center Birthday Party?

At the Orlando Science Center, we have birthday parties down to a science! Our all-inclusive party package is designed to take the hassle out of party planning so you can relax and celebrate with your child.

The experience will begin with parking in our covered garage and walking across Orlando Science Center’s sky bridge to the lobby. You and your guests will enjoy celebrating in one of our private birthday rooms for 90 minutes. This will include themed activities, the cake and ice cream and the opening of presents. Everything is provided for this celebration, even the candles! Your guests will receive a wristband that will allow them admission to Orlando Science Center for the whole day.

Each party will include:

  • A themed Publix sheet cake (Publix Signature Cake for Premium Science Party)
  • Ice cream
  • Lemonade and water
  • Paper products
  • Educational theme
  • Themed activities and science experiments
  • 90 minutes in one of our private birthday party rooms*
  • A guided tour in one of our exhibit spaces.

*PLEASE NOTE: Parties with 30 or more guests will be using our classrooms. These rooms are not decorated for birthday parties. A minimum of 2 weeks’ notice is required for parties of 30 or more.

Where do the guests park?

The Orlando Science Center has a covered parking garage attached by the Sky Bridge for your convenience. Parking for all of your guests is included in the party package. The parking attendant will have a list of birthday parties that are being celebrated that day. Please have guests let the attendant know that they are here for a birthday party to receive complimentary parking. Otherwise, parking is $5 per car.

What do I do when I arrive at Orlando Science Center?

When you arrive in the Lobby on Level 2, follow the Birthday Party signs down the stairs to Level 1 where our birthday rooms are located. If your party is taking place in an alternative location, signs will direct you and your guests to the proper area. The Birthday Party Coordinator will be available in the Clubhouse to assist in guiding guests. Several parties are booked in a single day so please arrive to your designated birthday room no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your party.

Birthday party attendants are available in the Clubhouse (located on Level 1 across from the Dr. Phillips CineDome) to direct you and your guests to your party room. If you have any problems finding your designated room, please ask an Orlando Science Center Staff Member for assistance. Please ensure your guests to arrive at your designated party time. The Party Host will start your party no later than 15 minutes after the designated time.

Is there an invitation for me to hand out to my guests?

For your convenience, a printable birthday invitation is available. The invitations includes a map to the Orlando Science Center on the back.

What kind of cake is provided?

Every party comes with a themed Publix cake. The cakes are ½ sheet, single layer cake with buttercream frosting that serves 30-40. You can select from chocolate, vanilla or marble as the cake flavor. Please inform the Birthday Coordinator of any food allergies. We will try to accommodate any special requests or dietary needs. If it requires any additional cost, you will be charged prior to the day of the party. Remember, no birthday cakes can be brought in from the outside.

Can I bring my own decorations?

Delivering a terrific birthday celebration for your child, hassle-free for you is our top priority. Basic paper goods are provided through the Orlando Science Center. Our special party rooms are designed for your celebration. You are welcome to bring your own birthday hats and tablecloths, which are not provided by the Orlando Science Center. You are welcome to bring your own special themed plates, napkins or cups. If you are planning to bring added decorations, please inform the Birthday Coordinator in advance so we can plan your party accordingly. You may also bring goody bags for your party guests.

For safety reasons, NO HELIUM or MYLAR BALLOONS, CONFETTI, SILLY STRING or STREAMERS are allowed.

Can I bring I bring my own food or drink?

The Orlando Science Center’s party packages are all-inclusive. If you would like to add additional food or beverage selections they must be purchased through Orlando Science Center and may not be brought from home. Please contact the Birthday Coordinator to add any additional items.

What if I need to cancel my party?

There is a $75.00 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your preferred party date. The balance is payable the day of your party. Should you have a change of plans and need to reschedule your party, you may contact Reservations at 407.514.2112. Orlando Science Center can transfer the $75.00 deposit to another date if one is available, up to 2 times.

Late party arrivals risk a compromised time schedule. No refunds are available for late arrivals. A party will be considered cancelled if the Birthday family doesn’t arrive within 25 minutes of the designated party time.

What if I have children/siblings coming that are under the age of 3?

Children under the age of three are free and not included in the head count unless they are participating with the birthday child as a guest. Adults attending with children under the age of 3, however, are included as a participant.

Birthday “participants” include both children and adults for safety reasons. Anyone over the age of 3 is counted as a participant. Please inform us if large numbers of children under 3 are attending (occupancy and staffing concerns).

When will I settle my invoice?

The invoice will be settled immediately following your party time with the Birthday Party Coordinator. The Birthday Party Coordinator will provide you with an evaluation for our Birthday Party program as the payment is being processed.

What if I still have questions?

The Birthday Coordinator will confirm your party details with you by phone in advance. Your final head count and any upgrades must be determined at this time. For additional questions, please call the Birthday Coordinator at 407.514.2059 or contact the Reservations Office at 407.514.2112 or by email to classes@osc.org . We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

For more information on Reservations Office, please call our 407.514.2112 or email classes@osc.org.
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