Whitaker Center
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Education + Entertainment + Art

Birthday Parties

Make your child’s birthday extraordinary with a Whitaker Center celebration!

Children ages 12 and under can take advantage of the many hands-on options for a truly memorable birthday. Our party rooms can accommodate 20-40 guests for the big day! Birthday parties are fully customizable to match the interests of your child. Have a fun time in the Science Center, see a documentary in the Digital Cinema—or even choose a combination of the two!

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Choose your party

All packages include access to one of Whitaker Center's private party rooms where your group can open presents, share snacks, play party games, and enjoy birthday cake! The rooms hold 20 - 40 guests comfortably and are equipped with lunch tables (w/ attached benches) for seating, as well as other tables for gifts and supplies. You may decorate the room how you like with your own decorations. We also encourage you to bring refreshments for the group to enjoy during your celebration. Enjoy!

Parties are 2 hours long. Parties that include a movie are 2 hours + movie.

Junior Explorer Party

Admission to KidsPlace for 4 Adults and 8 Children**
Additional Child (3-5 years old) $7.00  |  Additional Adult $8.00
Cost: $138.00

KidsPlace is for children age 5 and under and their parents/chaperones.

Explorer Party

Admission to Harsco Science Center for 2 Adults and 8 Children**
Additional Child $12.00  |  Additional Adult $14.00
Cost: $174.00 

Discoverer Party

Admission to one Giant Screen Cinema Documentary for 2 Adults and 8 Children**
Additional Child $8.00  |  Additional Adult $9.00
Cost: $132.00

Adventurer Party

Admission to Harsco Science Center AND one Giant Screen Cinema Documentary for 2 Adults and 8 Children**
Additional Child $15.00  |  Additional Adult $18.00
Cost: $206.00

Party Favors

Party bags are available from $5.00 - $10.00/bag. If you’re having a party at Whitaker Center, or have a large group, we can create party bags filled with cool items to intrigue kids of any age. Please call two to three weeks ahead of your event to place your order.

**Children 2 years and younger are free
Whitaker Science Center Members receive a 10% discount!



Our library of movies changes periodically, so when you call to make your reservation we can tell you what movies will be showing and at what times. The above prices are for our 45 minute documentary films and films playing in one of our film series NOT for first-run Hollywood features. Separate pricing is available for first-run Hollywood movies; if interested please discuss with the Group Sales Coordinator. 


Whitaker Center is attached to Strawberry Square through an indoor walkway. Please consult their website for local eatery suggestions.

Parking information can be found here. 


  • Call the Box Office at 717-514-2787 weekdays from 9:30am-5pm, or email education@whitakercenter.org
  • Have a few date options in mind at the time of reservation, in case your first choice is not available.

  • A deposit of 50% is required to finalize a reservation, and will be applied toward the cost of your party. This can be paid by credit card or check to the Group Sales Coordinator within a week of receiving the invoice.

  • The final balance is due the Wednesday prior to your party.

  • Please have a final head count of guests before you arrive onsite, if you have any additional guests you can pay for them at the Box Office at that time.



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