We’re running parties for families and small groups again, so, I’ve addressed some of the FAQs I’ve received regarding these in this blog. Some parents are excited about having science entertainment to celebrate their child’s birthday, but some parents who are concerned. Hopefully this blog will answer any queries you may have.

ARE WE EVEN ALLOWED TO HAVE A PARTY?
Yes! You can now (as of Sept 14th 2020) have one of our Science Parties (minus certain activities) in these situations

  1. In a Community Centre or in your garden at home in groups of no more than six whilst maintaining the 2m distance between the different household bubbles.
  2. You can have more than 6 if some of these guests are support bubbles (e.g.parent/sibling)
  3. In your home, again up to 6 people but they can only be from 2 households.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE SCIENCE PARTY?
You can still choose from any of the themes: Crazy Chemistry, Roald Dahl, Magical potions, Beauty or Devine Slime, but there will be some differences in this unique situation. The main difference is that we won’t be able to have any of the children helping us with the science show and demonstrations. This means that the party will be slightly shorter in duration – about 1 hour and we’ve reduced the price to reflect this.
We have tweaked some of the activities too so children from different family groups can maintain the 2 meter distance.

HOW SAFE WILL THE SCIENCE PARTY BE?
The kit we bring for the children to use will be cleaned beforehand, as well as the science items they get to keep. There is loads of interaction still, but there is no getting the kids up to be helpers, nor can we bring lab coats and goggles for children to wear at the moment, until it is safe to do so.

HOW MUCH IS A SCIENCE PARTY?
We’ve reduced the price to £150 for small parties of up to 6 children (£5 per additional child) plus mileage, although parties in the Barnstaple, Bideford and Braunton areas are not charged mileage. The reduced price reflects the fact that we’ll be using less resources and that the party is likely to be slightly shorter because children can’t help with the show. The party will still be hands-on and fun, with lots to make & take home.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF IT’S RAINING & I BOOKED A GARDEN PARTY?
If it’s raining, and there is so safe cover, we won’t be able to do the party. We’re not allowed to come into your house and therefore we will have to cancel or reschedule. If the weather is looking dodgy we will ring you in the morning to chat through the options.

I STILL DON’T FEEL 100% COMFORTABLE WITH THIS, OR DON’T HAVE A GARDEN, BUT STILL WOULD LIKE TO CELEBRATE MY CHILD’S BIRTHDAY. WHAT CAN I DO?
I understand that not everyone will feel entirely comfortable with having a garden party yet. Covid-19 has affected everyone in different ways. We are running science workshop that you could come to in order to celebrate the special day. These are like our parties in that they are great fun, hands on and the children take something home with them. Check out the science events across Devon here.

Please contact us if you have any other queries via email sciencedipity@outlook.com, or call/text 07847006048.

Happy science-ing

Ruth

Chief Scientist

Sciencedipity