FAQs

How Much Does A Science Boffins Party Or Event Cost?

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.

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Do You Offer A Guarantee?

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.

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How Long Is The Presentation?

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.

Will You Come To My Home?

Yes. We will travel to your home if you are within the regions we cover. Our only requirement is that you can provide enough floor space for the children and a covered table on which to place our equipment.

What Is A Suitable Age For A Science Boffins Event?

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!

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SEN-2What Does A Science Boffin Do At A Party Or Event?

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 messier experiments.

Do You Cater For Children With Special Needs?

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 contact us and we will discuss these with you.

Do You Only Do Birthdays?

We have performed at weddings, confirmations, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, communions, farewell parties, hello parties, 40th birthdays. In fact, you name it and our Boffins have probably done it. Any excuse for a party is good enough for us.

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What days of the week will you present?

We limit ourselves to seven days a week.

Can adults watch the show?

Yes and at no extra charge! In fact, we ask that at least one adult is present all the time.

What is the maximum/minimum number of children at a presentation?

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.

How many Boffins come along?

Typically one Boffin can entertain  up to 25 five year olds or 30 older children. When there are more than 30 children we recommend a second Boffin. Please contact the office to find out more information

Is it safe?

Yes, absolutely. The experiments are more on the physics side of science so we won’t be mixing dangerous chemicals in your front room.

Do you have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks?

Yes. All our Boffins have been DBS checked.

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Do you need any special equipment?

No. All we ask for is a covered table typically about 1.2m (4ft) long on which to place our experiments. Sometimes we may ask to use your sink or kettle (depending on the party you are having and the experiments we will be conducting).

What are the space requirements?

We just need enough space for the Boffin, a table and for the children to sit on the floor.

Can the children do any experiments?

Absolutely! We will get the children involved in almost all the experiments. They will touch, feel or interact as much as possible.

Do you do special requests?

We will always try to accommodate special requests but each Boffin has his/her specials so your particular request may not always be available. Please contact us for more information.

What time slots do you use?

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.

How much is the travel contribution?

We make no charge for the first 20 miles, after this we charge 50p per mile based on the total mileage. The first choice for your party will be your nearest Boffin, depending on availability.

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Can you provide take homes?

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 gift. All our gifts are selected for their scientific value and are guaranteed not to rot teeth! If you would like more details please contact us.

Can we have food break?

Yes, you can have a food break. There is a small charge. Please contact us for more information.

Can we take photographs?

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 pageand we’ll send your child a special extra gift as a thank you.

Is it OK to post photos on your Facebook page?

You can post any photos you wish to on our Facebook page, which remains un-moderated at the time of posting of your photo/s or videos. 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 our 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 three working days of notification.

What areas of the country do you cover?

We cover almost all of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the lowlands of Scotland. Please see the regions we cover to check if you are in our area.

Can we have the party outdoors?

Yes, by all means but some experiments are better indoors. You provide the weather and we will do the rest.

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Who are the Boffins?

Our Boffins are very special people who make the whole thing possible. Generally, they are professional actors who love interacting with children. They are all fully insured, fully trained and have been DBS approved.

Will you make a special fuss of the birthday child?

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.

Will you entertain for commercial organisations?

There is a long list of commercial events to which we have been invited: Holiday clubs, shopping centres, team building events, school open days, family days, Christmas parties, rock festivals, local council promotions, garden centres, fetes, museums, plus many, many more. Please contact us for more information.

Are you insured?

Yes, all our Boffins are insured. But we have never claimed and intend to keep it that way.

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When do I pay?

We ask that you secure your booking with a £50 deposit. The balance is payable 7/10 days before the party.

Can I pay the Boffin on the day?

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.

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes. If you have any questions about which type of cards we accept, please contact us.

What if I have to cancel?

We understand that the unforeseen may happen. We will try to accommodate you with a new date and carry over your deposit.

I don’t know how many kids will be coming. Can I still book?

Yes. Make your booking as normal. We can adjust the numbers nearer the date of the party.

 

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