Do you have a pint sized Neil Degrasse Tyson or Sid the Science Kid in residence? If so, you may want to experiment with a spooky science theme for their next birthday party. Kids will have so much fun, they won’t notice they’re learning. Here are five venues in Des Moines that host science or STEM related birthday parties for little scientists.
Bricks 4 Kidz
If you have a tinkerer on your hands, book your party with Bricks 4 Kidz. The birthday party comes to you or a location of your choice. The birthday “master builder” gets to choose the models they will get to construct during the party, with all activities geared to their age and interests. Party guests will participate in fun games, challenges and interactive motorized model building, including zip line races and the RACECAR factory and ramp by request.
Serves Ankeny, Clive, Grimes, Johnston, Urbandale, and West Des Moines • (515) 783-4476
Details: The party package includes: birthday invitations and thank you cards; party activities; primary Lego colored cake plates, napkins and forks; Bricks 4 Kidz t-shirt for birthday child; mini-figure for guests and birthday child to pick out, build, and take home. Call (515) 783-4476 to book a party.
Cost: Two hour Party: $200.00 – Ages 7 and up (for up to 10 kids) and 1 1/2 hour Party: $150.00 – Ages 6 and up (for up to 10 children). $10.00 each additional guest over the 10 kids and additional party time (30 minutes $50.00).
Serves Des Moines, Ames, Altoona, Pleasant Hill, Bondurant, Polk City, Indianola and Waukee • (515) 259-1B4K (1245)
Details: The party package includes: Bricks 4 Kidz balloon and tattoo for each guest; Bricks 4 Kidz invitations plus envelope for 10 guests or editable invites that you print yourself; birthday child receives a Bricks 4 Kidz® t-shirt (signed by guests); birthday child receives a favor bag plus the mini-figure factory where the birthday child and each of his/her friends gets to “customize” their own mini-figure to take home. Call (515) 259-1B4K (1245) to book a party.
Cost: Two hour Party: $199 – Ages 6 to 12 (for up to 10 kids) and 1 ½ hour Party: $149 – Ages 5 and 6 (up to 10 children). Additional party time (30 minutes $50.00).
932 Main Street • Pella, Iowa 50219 • (515) 865-1766
Mad Science of Central Iowa has a laboratory full of interactive demonstrations and activities, perfect for your budding chemist. The Mad Scientist will come to your location and demonstrate the mysteries of science through a pre-picked theme such as “Mad About Blue” and “Reactions in Action”. Some examples of experiments that may be included are: fitting a hardboiled egg into an impossibly small space, seeing flash paper disappear by a Tesla Coil, and setting money on fire without burning it. Kids will also make a fun, hands-on item to take home. Options include slippery slime or a super bouncy ball.
Details: The party includes set-up and clean-up of the “show” by the Mad Scientist “entertainer”. You will also need to provide a work space for them to set their equipment on. The kids are best seated on the floor, several feet back from the table, or in chairs at their own table(s). It’s also useful to be able to darken the room for the full effect of some of the experiments.
Cost: 4 and 5 Year Olds: $145 + $20 travel (in greater Des Moines area) for 40 to 50 minutes and 6 to 11 year olds: $185 + $20 travel for 60 to 90 minutes. The party package is for up to twelve children. $7 extra per additional guest.
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Parkway • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 274-6868
A SCI Team Member will lead party guests through a hands-on science activity. Afterwards, your guests can spend time exploring the Science Center of Iowa’s two floors of exhibits, hands on experiments and interactive programs and events going on throughout the day. To book a birthday party at SCI, contact the Sales Office at 515-274-6868 ext. 222
Details: Birthday bashes are available Saturdays and Sundays for kids 4 to 12 years of age. You and your guests will be in a private party room to enjoy opening presents, having treats and other birthday fun. You will also receive three parking passes to the Science Center parking ramp and printable birthday invitations.
Cost: SCI Member – $200 (up to 20 guests) and Non-member – $225 (up to 20 guests). Additional guests beyond the 20 limit are $5 per person. Also note: All catering except the cake must be purchased from SCI’s Food Chain Café.
8707 Northpark Court • Johnston, IA 50131 • (515) 867-8000
Sylvan Learning Center in Johnston recently started hosting Robotic Birthday Parties for kids. Sylvan’s friendly and helpful staff will encourage your child and their friends through an age appropriate robotics creation. All of the kids work together to plan and build new robots using LEGO bricks, letting their creativity and imaginations loose.
Details: Parties are for second through sixth graders and include: customized invites and thank yous; the activity and goodie bag as part of the package. Call (515) 867-8000 for questions or to schedule a party.
Cost: $150 for six guests (including birthday boy or girl). $20 each additional guest with a 12 person maximum.
Raccoon River Nature Lodge • 2500 Grand Avenue • West Des Moines, IA 5026 • (515) 222-3424
You’ll love birthday parties at the Raccoon River Nature Lodge in West Des Moines, because they take care of everything! Bonus, teaching kids about animals and nature help show them the fun side of science. Choose a theme (Animal Tracks, Prehistoric Pals, Flower Power, Star Wars), and they provide matching decorations cake, ice cream and activities. Kids will love the fun themed activities and parents love the party host or hostess who facilitates everything.
Details: Party packages for kids ages four to eight. You will get two hours in the space, set-up, activity, cake, ice cream, juice, paper goods and clean-up! Call (515) 222-3424 at least two weeks in advance to schedule party.
Cost: $110 for 12 participants (including the birthday kiddo). $10 for each additional child.
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