Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of answers to questions we are frequently asked but please don't hesitate to pick up the phone or email if you wish to discuss your particular circumstances.
How much does it cost?
Do you offer a guarantee?
How long is the presentation?
Will you come to my home?
What is a suitable age?
What do you do?
Do you cater for children with special needs?
Do you only do birthdays?
What days of the week will you present?
Can adults watch the show?
What is the maximum and minimum number of children at a presentation?
How many Boffins come along?
Is it safe?
Do you have Disclosure and Barring Service checks?
Do you need any special equipment?
What are the space requirements?
Can the children do any experiments?
Do you do special requests?
What time slots do you use?
How much is the travel contribution?
Can you provide take homes?
Can we have a food break?
Can we take photographs?
Is it OK to post photos on your Gallery?
What areas of the country do you cover?
Can we have the party outdoors?
Who are the Boffins?
Will you make a special fuss of the birthday child?
Will you entertain for commercial organisations?
Are you insured?
When do I pay?
Can I pay the Boffin on the day?
Do you accept credit cards?
Can I reserve a date?
What if I have to cancel?
I don’t know how many kids will be coming. Can I still book?
The cost varies and depends on three factors:
1) The length and content of the show
2) The number of children
3) The distance from the nearest Boffin
As a guide the basic cost starts from £200.00.
If you are not satisfied with your presentation; please make your Boffin aware within 30 minutes of the situation and email/write to us with the reasons behind your dissatisfaction.
We will give you a full refund of your fees and travel contribution.
For full details please see our Terms & Conditions.
You can choose the length from one hour upwards in ½ hour increments. However, we do not recommend more than 1 hour for 4 – 5 year olds.
Yes, we will travel to homes if you are within our region. Our only requirement is that you can provide enough floor space for the children and a covered table on which to place our experiments. Please see: regions we cover.
Our general guideline is from 5 - 12 years. Your Boffin will try to tailor the presentation to suit the age of the audience. For instance, we won't try to teach the younger ones the principles of advance molecular structure (unless they beg us)!
We will entertain the children with a whole variety of experiments and where possible we will get them to take part in one way or another. Indoors, the experiments are all clean and dry. Outside, we may have a few wet ones!!
We have had great parties with children who have had a wide range of physical or learning difficulties. The whole point of Science Boffins is that the audience will have fun and be entertained. If you have any queries or questions about tailoring a party around particular needs then email us and we will discuss this with you.
We have attended Weddings, Confirmations, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Communions, Farewell parties, Hello Parties, 40th birthdays. In fact, you name it and our Boffin/s will be there. Any excuse for a party is good enough for us.
We limit ourselves to seven days a week.
Yes, and at no extra charge! In fact we ask that at least one adult is present all the time.
We don't really have a minimum or maximum. Because it is very much an interactive show we normally say that there should be at least five kids. At the other end of the scale, when the numbers are over 30, the participation level might drop and it becomes more like a lesson.
Typically, one. For very large parties we may provide more or, if you want to offer a helper to marshal the children, then we can save your money.
Yes, absolutely. The experiments are more on the physics side of science so we don’t mix dangerous chemicals in your front room.
Yes. All our Boffins have been DBS checked.
No. All we ask is covered table, typically about 1.2m (4 ft) long on which to place our experiments. Sometimes we may ask to use your sink or kettle (depending on the party you are having).
Just enough space for the Boffin and for the children to sit on the floor.
Oh absolutely! We will get the children involved in almost all the experiments. They will touch, feel or interact as much as possible.
We will always try to accommodate special requests but each Boffin has his/her specials so your particular request may not always be available.
You are not tied to any time slot. However we would prefer to start our presentation 15 minutes after the children have been asked to arrive. This allows enough time for them to settle down without getting too excited.
We make no charge for the first 20 miles, after this we charge 50 pence per mile based on the total mileage. The first choice for your party will be your nearest Boffin, dependent on availability.
It would be a pleasure. Our standard party bags have five gifts and our deluxe bags have eight, or you can choose a larger single take home: gifts are selected for their scientific value and are guaranteed not to rot teeth! If you would like more details please contact us.
Yes, you can have a food break. There is a small charge.
Of course. We are only too pleased to see you snapping away. We always make a special request for photos to be added to our Facebook page and send your child a special extra gift as a thank you.
You can post any photos you wish to on our Facebook page, which remains un-moderated at the time of posting of you photo/s. It is entirely your duty to gain the necessary permissions to be able to post photos of children for whom you are not responsible. Science Boffins reserves the right to remove any photo which it deems indecent or of a non-PC nature. If you have found a photo on the website which you have not given permission to be posted please email us detailing the webpage URL and location of the image (screen shot would be preferable) and we will endeavour to remove it within 3 working days of notification.
We cover almost all of England, Northern Ireland and the lowlands of Scotland. Please see the regions we cover to check if you are in our area.
Yes, by all means but some experiments are better indoors. You provide the weather and we will do the rest.
Our Boffins are very special people who make that whole thing possible. Generally, they are professional actors who love interacting with children. Check them out here.
You bet! Where we need just one person to assist, we will of course ask the birthday girl or boy to join in but only if they want to.
There is a long list of commercial events to which we have been invited: Holiday Clubs, Shopping Centres, Team Building, School Open Days, Family Days, Christmas Parties, Rock Festivals, Local Council Promotions, Garden Centres, Fetes and Museums. May we add yours?
Yes, all our Boffins are insured. But, we have never claimed and intend to keep it that way.
We ask that you secure your booking with £50. The balance is payable 7/10 days before the party.
Sorry, only our administration team get involved with paperwork and payments, that's what they are best at and our Boffins do what they do best, entertain.
Yes, with pleasure. If you have any questions about which types please contact us.
Give us a call and we will hold an agreed date and time for 3 working days. This will give you time to book a hall or make any other necessary arrangements.
We understand that the unforeseen may happen. We will try to accommodate you with a new date and carry over your deposit.
Yes. Make your booking as normal. We can adjust the numbers nearer the date of the party.
Please contact us if you have any other questions or would like to make a booking.