19 June 2013
Posted in Birthday Parties
Frequently Asked Questions
Every party package allows you and your guests to explore the Orlando Science Center before and after your party – that’s all of Orlando Science Center, all day!
The Orlando Science Center provides maximum celebration with minimum hassle. Our parties are appropriate for ages 5-12.
What does the Party Host do?
Your birthday celebration begins with a Party Host that will greet your guests in a private room. The Party Host will provide age-appropriate educational activities related to the party theme. The Host will lead the singing when the Publix cake comes out.
All the paper products are provided and the Party Host will cut the cake and serve ice cream to all the guests. When it is time to open gifts, the Party Host will be taking notes for you of who gave each present. You will be able to enjoy the moment and take photos of this special time while leaving the clean-up to us.
What times can I have my child’s birthday party at the Orlando Science Center?
Saturday & Sunday Party Times:
- 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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 time availability. We require reservations be made within at least 2 weeks in advance. A $75 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your party. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, check or cash.
To book a party, contact our Reservation Office at 407.514.2112.
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 Publix cake
- ice cream
- paper products
- Educational theme
- 90 minutes in one of our birthday party rooms
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 party guests park?
The Orlando Science Center has a covered parking garage that is attached by a 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 the Orlando Science Center?
When you arrive in the Lobby on Level 2, walk down the stairs to Level 1 where our birthday rooms are located. Since several parties are booked in a single day, please arrive to your designated birthday room no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your party. Birthday party attendants are available in this area to direct you and your guests to your party room. If you have any problems finding your designated room, 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. It includes a map to the Orlando Science Center on it for your guests.
What if I want to invite my guests prior to my designated party room time?
Not a problem! Your party rate fee includes all-day admission at Orlando Science Center for your guests. Once you arrive, follow the directional signs to your party location and check-in with the Birthday Coordinator. You and your guests may enjoy the 4 levels of exhibits while you wait for your party room to be available. Special engagement exhibits are not included (ask about a group rate).
What kind of cake comes with the birthday package?
Every party comes with a themed Publix cake. The cakes are ½ sheet, single layer cake with buttercreme 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 party paper goods?
Delivering a terrific birthday celebration for your child, hassle-free for you is our top priority. 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 in 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 my own food and cake?
The Orlando Science Center’s party packages are all inclusive. If you would like to add additional food or beverage selections these may be purchased through Orlando Science Center. Please contact the Birthday Coordinator to add any additional items. We order our birthday cakes through Publix only.
What film will we see?
Our Super Science Birthday Party incude tickets for the entire party to one giant-screen film in the Dr. Phillips CineDome or 3D digital film in the Digital Adventure Theater. Our Birthday Coordinator will help you select a film and time for everyone in your group to attend.
PLEASE NOTE: Film tickets must be booked one week in advance of the party date.
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 bill?
The bill will be settled immediately following your party time by your Party Host. Your host will go through the invoice and provide you with a copy. The $75 deposit placed to reserve the party time and room will be deducted from the amount owed for the party.
What if I still have questions?