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Life is the perfect venue for a birthday celebration that’s unique, memorable and FUN! 

From space adventures to exciting experiments, live science demonstrations to planetarium shows, party guests can spend as long as they like exploring all the science centre has to offer. 

Your party experience includes party invitations, a special make (and take home) activity just for your group, plus a two-course meal. 

Price: £15.00 per child. 1 adult can come free with every 4 children, additional adults pay normal admission.

To book: call the team on (0191) 243 8223. 

Includes: 

  • Welcome and check-in from one of our hosts. 
  • Time to explore the science centre. 
  • Make (and take home) activity in the Making Studios led by one of the Life team. Choose from making an amazing crown or a self-portrait made from string. Until 2 October, you can also opt to make a space ranger helmet as we celebrate Lightyear at Life (further details below).
  • A two-course meal: guests can choose from delicious mains and desserts on the day. (Please let the bookings team know of any special dietary requirements including allergies or intolerances at the time of booking. Sample menu below.) 
  • You are welcome to bring your own birthday cake. Party bags are available to pre order from £4.00 per bag. You can also pre-order drinks and snacks for the grown-ups in the party e.g. sandwiches, muffins, hot drinks. Just let our bookings team know.  
  • Paper invitations to send to your party guests – we'll post these out to you once booking is confirmed.

Until 2 October we are celebrating the new Disney and Pixar film Lightyear in the science centre, as we explore the science behind our favourite Space Ranger Buzz! 

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Important info: 

  • For ages 5 – 11. Minimum 12 children, maximum 20 children. 
  • We recommend 3 hours for the party which includes time for the birthday meal. Guests are welcome to stay longer. 
  • Make and take activity: same activity for the entire party (either crown making or string self-portraits). 
  • Parties are not available during skating period; half terms (February, May and October) or Easter holidays.  
  • If you have any special access requirements, please let our team know when you are booking. 

Making activity choice 1: Make a crown

Each member of the party will make themselves a King or Queen (or Court Jester) for the day by fashioning a crown to perfectly fit their head. Stand out with sleek designs and fantastic embellishments that will turn heads on the bus home.

This crown is only an example - yours might look completely different!

Making activity choice 2: Make a string self-portrait

Each member of the party creates a self-portrait from string. The string is then painted which allows a perfect print of the portrait to be transferred onto posh paper. Ideal to pop into party bags to take home.  

Making activity choice 3: Make a space ranger helmet

Inspired by Disney and Pixar's Lightyear, each member of the party will make themselves a space ranger helmet. Use a range of materials to decorate and make your helmet ready for space adventures! 

This space ranger is only an example - yours might look completely different!
To book: call the team on (0191) 243 8223. 

Birthday party sample menu 

For the main course, party guests can choose: 

  • Cheese and tomato pizza served with fries & salad (v) 
  • Vegan bacon and mushroom pizza served with fries & salad (vg) 
  • Chicken strips served with fries and a BBQ dip  
  • Fish fingers served with fries & peas  
  • Solar meatballs with pasta *Lightyear special* 
    Earth burger and fries (vg) *Lightyear special* 

For dessert, party guests can choose: 

  • Ice cream (choice of strawberry, vanilla, or chocolate)
  • Profiteroles with chocolate sauce  

Please note: this is a sample menu, which may be subject to change. 

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