“Fabulous birthday party! Great staff, perfect venue for kids and we loved the sciency magic show. The kids are still yelling ‘It’s not magic, it’s science in disguise’!”

Review on TripAdvisor

“This is the best party I that I have ever gone to!”

Via letter from Parent

“They really enjoyed the day and have already asked for me to take them back.”

Via a Parent’s letter of thanks.  Jan 2020

Hire our space

A Cambridge venue with a difference

Ever wish to host an event that is offers something a bit different? Or dreamed of having a museum to yourself for a few hours? If so, we’ve got all the ingredients for a perfect event here at our city centre venue, Clifton Road in Cambridge! Suitable for children’s parties and cool corporate events.

Children’s birthday parties

Go on a voyage of discovery and celebrate your birthday in style at Cambridge Science Centre! We’ll give you and your guests free run of our exhibition space so they can experience science with their own hands – and we’ll put on an awesome science show for you and your party guests too.

Suitable for children aged 7-11.

Could it be Magic? – Our Birthday Show

Marvel at how we can use science to explain some exciting ‘magic’ tricks based around fire and water! Could it be magic? No, it’s science!

What you get

Exclusive show for your group

Access to our exhibit space and activity session

Use of our FoodZone

Plenty of room for up to 30 children

Party invitations for you to print out for your guests

You can bring your own birthday cake and party food

We have some great party bags full of goodies from £2.70 per bag

Look inside our gallery space! Click here.

Days and times

The Centre is available for parties on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday from 4.00pm onwards.

Book your party from 4pm – 6pm, 4.30pm – 6.30pm or 5pm – 7pm.  If these times do not work for you, talk to us on 01223 967 965.

At weekends, the Centre is available for parties from 3.30pm – 5.30pm.  Please note that from 3.30 – 5.00pm the Centre is open to the public alongside your party.  Your guests have access to the exhibit space, can join the public activity and will have exclusive access to the FoodZone.

What it costs

£175 for up to 20 children and four adults.

Any additional child (up to a max of 30) is an additional £3.50 per person, additional adults are £5.00 per person.

Download our special Birthday Invitations

Cambridge Science Centre – Birthday Invitations – white background

Cambridge Science Centre – Birthday Invitations – purple background

Party Bags - click to see details

We offer party bags for £2.70 per bag.

Each bag contains a maze pen, pencil, Cambridge Science Centre sticker, and a mini experiment guide to do at home.

You are welcome to add additional items to your party bags. These can be:
– additional branded items from our shop (receiving a 10% discount per item)
AND/OR
– your own items to add on the day (e.g. birthday cake)

Bags will be prepared when you arrive and will be handed out as the children leave at 5:30 pm

Additional items available from our shop are:

  • Pencil sharpener and rubber (+ £2.25 per bag)
  • Groan tube (“Wheezing rain stick” toy, + £2.70 per bag)
  • Notebook (+ £4.50 per bag)
  • Water bottle with flip lid and straw (+ £4.50 per bag)
  • Wind-up torch (+ £4.50 per bag)

You will have the option to select party bags and additional items, if any, you would like on our booking form.

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Full Details

Age

Parties are suitable for children celebrating their seventh (7th) up to their eleventh (11th) birthday. Guests should be aged six (6) years and up. Younger siblings may attend the party, although they may not follow some of the explanations in the party show.

Timings

  1. Weekday parties can start at 4:00 pm, 4:30 pm, or 5:00 pm. Weekend parties start at 3:30 pm and finish at 5:30 pm.
  2. Parties last for 2 hours (please note some of this time will be alongside public opening hours).
  3. You will have access to the exhibit space, a public activity, and exclusive access to the FoodZone.
  4. A science/magic party show just for your guests (once the centre has closed to the public).

FoodZone

The FoodZone is an optional, separate space with tables and chairs where you can have party food (you must provide your own food, drink, and tableware; you can also bring decorations and standard birthday candles).

Any other questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact us via email. Click here.
Please note: only dates specified in a complete booking form will be used to reserve a date for a party.

Events and Private Hire

Planning a special event and looking for an unusual Cambridge venue? We’ve got the perfect quirky space that can be tailored for up to 100 guests. We have previously hosted wedding receptions, product launches, parties, and networking events at our Cambridge Centre.

Break the ice: we can provide one of our entertaining science shows to help break the ice and get everyone feeling creative.

Hands-on science for your guests: we offer a set of fascinating interactive science exhibits for guests to explore during their visit.

Equipment: we can provide audiovisual equipment, as well as tables, benches and chairs.

Food and drink: we cannot provide in house catering, but we are happy for you to bring your own food, or to help you arrange this with our recommended suppliers.

Amenities: we have toilets, baby changing facilities and are wheelchair accessible.

What it Costs

Prices start from £150 per hour, with discounts available to charities and regular hirers.

HOW TO BOOK

We’re happy to discuss your event idea and for you to arrange a site visit to meet us in person and to see the space. Click below to email our events team with your event idea.