Whitaker Center
Central PA’s Nonprofit Center for the Arts

Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties at Whitaker Center

Birthday Parties 

Make your child's birthday one to remember with Whitaker Center's exciting STEAM-focused birthday packages! Our packages range from fun activities themed around science, technology, engineering, art, and math for kids 4 to 12 years old. From robotics and coding to arts and crafts, these interactive activities are designed to teach, inspire, and put a smile on your child's face. Plus, our packages include all the supplies, instructions, and equipment you need, so all you have to do is invite the guests and enjoy the show. With Whitaker Center, every party is guaranteed to be a success!

Ready to get planning? Please fill out the RSVP form below and a representative from the Education
Department will be in touch to plan your big day!

You can pick the package for your 4-12 year old that makes their day extra special!

Birthday Package Base Price
Base Price Member Additional Children
HYDROGEN  - 1 hr Party Room + Science Center $300 $270 $20
HELIUM - 1 hr Party Room + Documentary + Science Center $400 $360 $30
CARBON  - 1 hr Party Room + Lab Activity + Science Center $500 $450 $30
NITROGEN  - 1 hr Party Room + Documentary + Lab Activity + Science Center $600 $540 $40
CHROME - 1 hr Party Room + PNC Innovation Zone Program of Your Choice (NO Science Center)  $450 $405 $20
SILVER - 1 hr Party Room + PNC Innovation Zone Program of Your Choice + Documentary (NO Science Center)  $550 $495 $30
PLATINUM - 1 hr Party Room + PNC Innovation Zone Program of Your Choice + Science Center $650 $585 $30
GOLD - 1 hr Party Room + PNC Innovation Zone Program of Your Choice + Science Center + Documentary $750 $675 $40

**Base price covers 16 children.  See prices above for adding additional children (up to 24). Adults are not charged. 
Maximum 40 total guests – children and adults combined - per party.

**Please note: When you submit your RSVP form, it will ask what package you are interested in experiencing.
A member of the education staff will then work with you to choose the activities, the date, and the time of the party!

1 Hour Party Room
Your party will have exclusive access to our newly renovated party room for one hour during the party. You are invited to decorate the room and bring your own food, paper products, and beverages for the celebration.

Science Center
If selecting a package that includes the Science Center, your party guests can explore the exhibits during the party. Stay as long as you want while engaging in the interactive, hands-on Science Center floors.

If selecting a package that includes a documentary, you will take a trip upstairs to our Digital Cinema. This immersive experience adds a pop of excitement to any party experience. Most films are available in 3D and a title will be chosen during the party planning process!

Lab Activities Options
If selecting a package that includes a lab activity, please select from the following:

Let’s be a Paleontologist -- Ages 4-8 -- Travel back to prehistoric times and learn more about some of the most amazing creatures to walk the Earth! Assemble a velociraptor skeleton, create a watercolor masterpiece, and even dig up your very own dinosaur fossils.

Ice Cream Science -- Ages 4-12 -- Join us for the ultimate birthday party experience as we develop our art and science skills to create delicious ice cream in beautiful, hand-painted bowls.

Icky, Sticky, Slime -- Ages 6-12 -- Kids will get to experiment with different slime recipes to make their very own slimy concoctions. They will create their own colors, and add in extras such as glitter, confetti, or sequins... No two slimes will be the same!

Volcanic Eruption! -- Ages 6-12 -- Do you feel that rumbling and shaking? The volcano is about to blow! During this lab activity, participants will get to design and build their very own cities and volcanoes using handmade Play-Doh. Just watch out when your volcano ERUPTS!

Exploring the Solar System --  Ages 6-12 --  Houston, we have a party! This engineering-based lesson includes constructing a wearable model of the Solar System and designing a rocket for space travel. It is out of this world!

 PNC Innovation Zone Options

Coding: Animation - The Amazing World of Gumball Cartoon TV Series - Agest 8+ -Guests will learn how to animate a short story using Scratch coding language in the  cartoon style from the tv series “The Amazing World of Gumball”. The goal of the activity is to introduce new mechanics such as looping, conditionals, movement and painting animations. A “glitch” is causing miscommunication between characters and it’s up to the learner to problem solve and create a new dialogue. Learners can customize their story through costume changes, character selections, and scene selection. The activity is typically 45 mins.    

Coding: Game - Platform Jumper (Intro & Design) - Ages 8+ - Guests will learn how to code the basics of a platforming game. Platforming games introduce collision detections and physic simulations between the character and other game objects in the scene. Coding mechanics will include “if & then statements”, where the learner will experience how interactions with game objects influence their various movements to reach a goal. Guests can customize their experience by choosing their own sprite, in-game rewards, and platforms.         

Team Play: Esports - Ages 8+ - Multiplayer games will be available for guests to play as a team or individually in a local online game format. Game modes can be tailored to include a squad (3 or 4 players) playing together to achieve a goal or compete amongst each other. Titles include Fall Guys, KartDrift Racing, Rocket League, Minecraft for Education, and KnockOut City (Dodgeball).      

** Please note: Special requests for program content cannot be accommodated at this time.


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