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Q: What do kids do at a Mad Science birthday party?
A: For the first 45 minutes of your one hour party, the kids are treated to a spectacular science show.  Everyone gets to see, touch, and even help out with the experiments.  Guests might see chemical reactions where things change color or glow in the dark.  We may call up volunteers to play a game with our vortex generators, or even see indoor fireworks!  For the last 15 minutes everyone will get to make something to take home (school-age parties only). Adding upgrades may extend the time of your party.
Q: How far in advance do I need to book my party?
A: Our party schedule fills up quickly. We suggest you book well in advance to get the date and time you want. Generally, booking at least 3 weeks in advance is recommended. There is an additional last minute booking fee for any party booked less than 7 days in advance.
Q: What do I need to do to make a reservation?
A: You can fill out an online request form by clicking on the “Book now” button. We will respond to your request one business day. You can also call us at (301) 593-4777 and we’ll be happy to schedule your party over the phone. We require a $75 deposit to book your party and accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Your deposit is fully refundable up to 15 days before your party.  After that you can reschedule for no additional fee up to the morning of your party.
Q: What time can I have my party?
A: In general we do parties at 11:30 or earlier, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, or 5:00 or later on Saturdays.  11:00 or earlier, 1:00, 1:15, 1:30, and 4:00 or later on Sundays.  We often have additional times available, please give us a call for specific availability. 
Q: Do I need to know the exact number of kids attending my party to book it?
A: No. All we need is an estimate of the number of children you expect to attend. We ask that you plan for the largest number of children expected. On the day of the party, you will be charged only for the number of kids that actually attend and participate.
Q: Do you have any themed parties?
A: All our themes revolve around science. If you have another party theme, let us know and we can try to work something into the party for you.
Q: When will the Mad Scientist arrive?
A: The Mad Scientist will arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time you booked. He/she will be ready to start the show at the time you booked. It is best to start your party at least 30 minutes before your Mad Science show is scheduled to start so that all the kids have a chance to arrive and greet each other.
Q: What kind of space is needed?
A: The only things we need from you is a table to get set up on and room for the kids to be sitting on the floor audience style.  A card table or coffee table is perfect.  Some experiments may look cooler if the room can be darkened, but it is not necessary.  Please talk to us so we can bring appropriate experiments. 
Q: Will I have to provide the Mad Scientist with anything?
A: We will need access to water for set-up and clean-up and access to electricity. Please let us know if your party location cannot have either of these so we can bring appropriate experiments.
Q: Once I have scheduled my party, can I make changes to it later?
A: Absolutely!  You can make changes up until the Wednesday before your party at noon.  After that we will try to acommodate any changes, but cannot guarantee it..
Q: Is it okay to have other activities going on while the Mad Scientist is performing?
A: We recommend against it.  Other activities (moon bounces, face painters, etc.) will negatively impact our show.  In addition we ask that children not eat during our show as some of the experiments will involve chemicals.
Q: What if it rains the day of my party?
A: If you are planning an outdoor party and it rains, we can always bring the science inside.  If you need to reschedule in the event of rain, please touch base with us the week prior to your party.
Q: Can I have the phone number of my Mad Scientist?
A: Unfortunately, we are unable to provide the personal phone numbers of our Mad Scientists.  If you have an emergency you can call our office and there will be an emergency contact number on the voice mail.
Q: For what ages are your parties appropriate?
A: Preschool parties are appropriate for ages 3-6. School-aged parties are best for ages 6-12. If you have a mixed age range just give us a call and we can help you pick the best party for your group.
Q: When do I pay?
A: We require a $75 deposit to book your party. On the day of your party the Mad Scientist will adjust your invoice to reflect the number of kids in attendance, and any goody bags you return.  You can write a check for the balance or put it on the credit card you used for your deposit.  We ask for no cash for the safety of our performers. 
Q: What is your policy on tipping?
A. If you think your Mad Scientist did a great job, a tip is very much appreciated, but by no means required.
If you have any other questions, please call us at 301-593-4777 or 703-536-9897.

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