February 22, 2012

Super Science Birthday Party

For my son's 8th Birthday, I hosted a Super Science Party here at the house.  We had a few cousins and a few friends, making 13 kids all together (ranging in age from 2 to almost 10).  While it got quite loud at times and a bit crazy, everyone seemed to have a blast!  Plus, even though I had a decent amount of prep work getting everything set up, it only cost  around $150 for everything (including food for 24 people). Here's a summary of the day's events...



Setting up our "lab"...


 A small welcome sign instructing guests to pick up
safety goggles, a magnifying glass, science notebook and lab coat.


 I ordered the safety goggles from HERE on Amazon
and they helped the kids feel like "real" scientists!



I also made a science notebook for each kid with all of the experiments
we would be doing at the party (and a few more they could take home).
I included a list of supplies, the directions, a spot for note taking
and the science behind each experiment.
I just made copies of everything 
and put them in an inexpensive three-pronged folder.

It's HERE as a printable if you want to see or use it yourself.
{I had some problems with my initial printable site, but I think I fixed it.
If you still have problems or if I don't have the settings right,
just email me at cometogetherkids@hotmail.com}

Thanks to some connections at a health care facility,
I was able to get the disposable lab coats for free!
(Here are some Disaposable Lab Coats on Amazon that look really similar to ours)
I just wrote each child's name on them with a Sharpie.
The big scientist wall decoration was borrowed from a generous
teacher at the school where I work part time.



The Experiments...

This was the real focus of the party and a ton of fun.  As much as possible, I separated and prepped all the supplies ahead of time.  We separated the kids into two groups to make the size more manageable and my mom and sister ran one experiment downstairs while I ran another one upstairs.  All the other adults also stepped in to help measure and pour when needed.  It was still a bit hectic at times (as it will always be with a bunch of kids), but overall, everything went off without a hitch.

Here are the experiments we did with links to more detailed posts here on the blog or back to my original source if I didn't do a whole post on it myself.

1.  Walking Water ( idea from HERE at Play Based Learning)


The water will "walk" from one cup to the other through the paper towel.

(NOTE: When I tested this experiment before the party, I used a cheap paper towel from a paper towel dispenser and the water took a few hours to move from cup to cup.
However, for the party I picked up a roll of Bounty paper towels thinking it would work even better.
I was wrong!  The good paper towels were so absorbent the water was trapped in the towel.
I had to sneak and pour some water into the second cup
when no little scientists were looking.
So if you're going to do this experiment, go with the less absorbent, cheap paper towels!)


2.  Swirling Colors Milk (full post HERE)



3.  Make-Your-Own Lava Lamps (full post HERE)
NOTE: The full post was from last summer when we first made these.  At the party we did the same thing, but in smaller bottles.


4.  Exploding Sandwich Bags (full post HERE)


5.  Elephant Toothpaste (full post HERE)



6.  Marshmallow Masher (idea from HERE at Steve Spangler Science)

NOTE: I don't have any pictures of this one.  Even though the experiment worked, the results weren't quite as dramatic as I'd hoped.

 7. Floating m's (idea from HERE at CandyExperiments.com)

NOTE:  This experiment worked and was pretty cool, but for some reason, I didn't get any pictures at the party.  (Maybe it had something to do with 13 noisy, experimenting kids running around my house! ;)  )  I'm sure we'll do it again and I'll do a full post then!)

For the children to take home, I gave them the supplies to do the following experiments...


8.  Ivory Soap Explosion (full post HERE)


 9.  Bending Water (idea from HERE at Science Bob)

NOTE:  We tested this out at home, really cool!

10. Spinning Penny (idea from HERE at Steve Spangler Science)

NOTE:  We've also tested this one out and the kids love it. 

Finally, the FOOD...

Because I knew I'd have my hands full with all the experiments and all the kids, I kept the food simple.  Pizza is my son's favorite food anyway, so I ordered several pizzas as our main dish. Then I added a few bowls of chips and a few sides 

Colorful Chemistry Concoctions  ( Ice Cream Jello ~ 
full post HERE)


 Make-your-Own Molecules (blueberries, grapes, raspberries and marshmallows with small straws)



Birthday Cupcakes

I didn't have the time (or the decorating skills) to make a fancy cake, however I thought this was just as cute.  I just made regular chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and added little cupcake toppers I designed on Picnik.  Then, I made my own little cupcake stand, just like I did HERE.
 


  
Oh, and to make serving the ice cream easier, I scooped it all out the morning of the party and put the individual scoops in a muffin tin.  When it came time to serve, we just handed each kid their own scoop of ice cream in a cupcake wrapper.



Phew, and that's it!  I know this was a super long post, but I hope it gave you some fun ideas if you're thinking of having your own Science Party.   

61 comments:

  1. I am definitely thinking about doing this! Thanks so much for sharing all these great ideas and reviews on how they worked! My boys birthdays are 6 days apart next month and they'll be 7 and 9 so its absolutely perfect!!!

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  2. Kim, it was so much fun! I'm sure your boys would love it. Feel free to email me if you need any more info or specifics!

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  3. This party looks amazing. I am thinking that my 16 y/o girl and her friends would have a blast with these experiments. I will let you know if we use some.

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  4. This party looks amazing. I am thinking that my 16 y/o girl and her friends would have a blast with these experiments. I will let you know if we use some.

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  5. What a great party theme! I am archiving this one (well, okay, I'll just pin it!) for next year. We will be looking for a at-home party and this will be perfect. Thanks for sharing all you do.
    Krissy
    Mrs.Miner’s Monkey Business

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  6. Woah! This is so much fun! I can't wait to show my Miss8... I'm pretty certain she will want me to put something like this on for her birthday in spring :) Thanks for sharing your ideas

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  7. Showed this to my 7 year old and she loved it! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas! Great job.
    Angie

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  8. Fabulous job! My son's science party is in 9 days (if everyone gets over influenza) . I love the homemade beakers. Because I am doing the gummi worm in a jello petri dish, I may use the beakers for the prescooped ice cream and let kids add toppings to make their own ice cream concoctions. I also love the folder idea for the experiments - much easier than what I was planning! I have 16 kids (and their parents -yikes) coming - ranging in age from 1 to 11. I'm planning on doing the milk experiment., making snow, making molecular structures out of cheeseballs (tallest wins). I was going to do slime, but it seems too difficult with so many kids. Is there one you did that you would suggest? Thanks!

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  9. April, I hope everyone feels better. We all got sick here after the party ~ darn stomach bug. The three favorites from our party were definitely the elephant toothpaste, the exploding bags and the lava lamps. The bags would probably be the easiest, but it definitely helps to have another pair of hands helping you get the baking soda in and the bag sealed up. Hope this helps and good luck at the party. Let me know how it goes.

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  10. What a great idea!! I have done some of these experiments in my daycare class but I would have never thought of doing them at a birthday party!! How fun!!!

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  11. LOVE your ideas and creativity! Looks like a FUN party.

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  12. I tried some of the experiments with my kids and they loved it! I think the exploding sandwich bag was their favorite.

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  13. Can you come plan Cutter's next birthday? This looks so amazing! I love the "make your own molecules"...so original! You are one super-mom for coming up with all this! Thanks so much for sharing at Fabulous Friday.

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  14. Oh, this is such a great idea for a party. I love all the activities you did. The science notebook was a great idea too.

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  15. How fun! My daughter's friends would absolutely love this party! I am hosting a Link Party today and would love for you to add these, and anything else you like!

    http://www.mom4realky.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-real-friday-link-party-2.html

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

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  16. Coolest party ever, hands down. My Science buff is really going to love this .. he just had his birthday, but I may have to give him a 1/2 birthday this year just so we can have this party!! Thanks for the goggles link, ordering those pronto :)

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  17. I really love this party idea. You had some really creative ideas. It sure looked like a blast. I'll have to remember this for when my kids are older!

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  18. This is great! I might try to talk my daughter's teacher into something like this for the end of year party.

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  19. This is so fun.

    I am praying one of my kids will want a science party soon so I can re-do this party . Thanks for linking it up to Kids' Co-op .

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  20. so fun!!! thanks for linking up to Make it Monday! I've shared it on the Brassy Apple FB page! :)

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  21. This is fantastic! We just had a Lego themed party yesterday and I love your ideas for next year already!! Thanks for sharing! From Holly at www.abakershouse.com

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  22. Wow! This is adorable! It was an awesome, super-fun party! You really put everything together beautifully. Good job.

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  23. What a cute party! Love all the experiments!

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  25. That looks like an amazing party! I love the make your own molecules game!

    Thanks for linking to Fun Sparks. xx

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  26. This is such a great idea for a birthday party! I had a baking party for my oldest this year, and I'm going to show her how much fun science can be for next year!! Just posted on Craft Gossip!

    http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=5684

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  27. Awesome party! I need to come back to this just for everyday inspiration for activities with the kids. Looks like so much fun! Love it.

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  28. You did an awesome job planning! Loved all of your ideas...I bet the kids were talking about this party for days....

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  29. Wonderful fun for kids! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. This is so great! Thank you for all the ideas. I'm working a Mythbusters / Science experiment birthday party for my son. Where did you find the lab coats?

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  31. Kelly, the kids' dad works in health care and was able to get them for free for us, but you can find them on Amazon too. I'll include a link in the post for ones that are similar.

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  32. We did a science party last year, and my son loved it so much that he wants to do it again this year! I need to find some new experiments though. Although, he still wants to do the Steve Spangler Diet Coke + Mentos experiment because that one is just cool. Love all the party ideas. Thanks! I especially loved the "make your own molecules" fruit tray.

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  33. I LOVE your cupcake toppers. Would you mind sharing them, if you still have the document saved? FYI- I found safety goggles at my local Dollar Store and saved some money on shipping.

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  34. I am doing my son's Mad Scientist 8th birthday this Sunday. Your ideas really helped bring his party together. Thank you so much!!

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  35. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your post! Some really fantastic ideas for Kids Science Parties. Our kids cant wait to try these experiments. Thank you!

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  36. This is so so awesome!! I am trying to figure out what to do for my 8 year old son and I might just have to to totally do all of this, so awesome! Love it

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  37. Thank you very much! My 10 year old daughter decided she wanted a science party and I pretty much duplicated yours. It was great. My husband and I did a test run a few days before, I didn't have the hydrogen peroxide recommended for the elephant toothpaste. while it over flowed, it didn't have the toothpaste look your picture does. So I bought the right stuff for the party. I had 14 9 year old girls and there was serious screaming when it started overflowing. My BIG mistake was that I didn't have a large enough tray to capture the overflow. As type A personalities my husband and I were trying not to over react with the play time the kids had with the foam but it was EVERYWHERE! The other thing to mention is I had several kids get food dye on clothes b/c the lab coats I got the color seeped thru. Thank you again... despite my control freak issues the kids had a great time. I allowed 3 hours for the party and these were plenty for the kids... thought I might need more experiments but not at all. For younger kids I would recommend having assistants for each experiment and 1 demonstration of each experiment with an adult.

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  38. Wow! What an amazing party with a lot of science thrown in. You must have planned for weeks and then crashed for days after. Thank you so much for liking and linking our experiments. We are proud to be a part of your Mad Scientist party.

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  39. Wow! That is one great theme for a kids birthday party. Love the Science lab idea. Bet the kids loved the feeling of being real scientists. You really did bring the theme to life.

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  40. Thank you SOOOOO much for sharing all your hard work! We are doing a science party on Sunday and I am using your ideas! Thanks again for making my job easier!

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  41. I really enjoyed reading your post. I am a student teacher and I am interested in locating lab coats for my students to use while working on a science unit. What type of health care facility were you able to obtain the lab coats? Thanks!

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    1. Ours were from a dialysis unit ~ the techs have to wear the coats when they assist the patients on the floor and they need to change them with each new shift to avoid the spread of germs. (thus they must be disposable). I'd think any type of similar facility would use something similar.

      I did include a link to similar coats on Amazon if you can't get your hands on free ones. They actually hold up fairly well to multiple uses (my girls wear them all the time as painting smocks) so if you didn't put the kids names on them, students could reuse/share them. Hope this helps.

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  42. Thank you for the most awesome ideas ever!!!! My daughter and I are planning her 9th Birthday Party and she absolutely wanted a scientist party since she is an experiment lover!!! i never could have came up with such good ideas..And the printouts were a tremendous help!!! Thanks again!!

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  43. where did you find the magnifying glasses?

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    1. I got them from a teacher friend who had some extras in her classroom. However, I've seen similar ones on Amazon or Oriental Trading Company. Here's a link to some on Amazon... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004C7IVXK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B004C7IVXK&linkCode=as2&tag=comet0c-20

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  44. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. My son turns 8 in June and loves science and doing experiments. He also wants me to make a Volcano cake so that should be fun. I am using some of your ideas, Love it!!!

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    1. You're welcome! You'll have to let me know how the party goes. :)

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  45. Cute! I'm planning a Silly Science party (we go to our children's museum weekly for their Silly Science program) for my 3 year old daughter in July. Your link was one of the first that popped up when I searched for science birthday parties and I'm glad it did! Bookmarked!

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    1. I'm so glad it was helpful. Let me know how it goes.

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  46. You are a lifesaver!!! I always have my son's birthday party finalized a month in advance, and this year....Well, I have 2 weeks!!! He has been undecided, along with ALL of our running around, and he decides that he wants a SCIENCE BIRTHDAY!!! As many ideas that I can come up with, there is no organization in my head at this time. I am so grateful that you posted this!!! Thank you for sharing your creativity!!!!

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  47. You are a lifesaver!!! I always have my son's birthday party finalized a month in advance, and this year....Well, I have 2 weeks!!! He has been undecided, along with ALL of our running around, and he decides that he wants a SCIENCE BIRTHDAY!!! As many ideas that I can come up with, there is no organization in my head at this time. I am so grateful that you posted this!!! Thank you for sharing your creativity!!!!

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  48. That's all so cool. I was looking something similar to this. Hats off to you for taking time to make this. I am doing this on in few days for my younger daughter's
    birthday party!

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  49. Hi! I am a 5th grade Science teacher and have been on the lookout for a "mad" scientist bulletin board and they one you have is perfect! Do you know where your teacher friend found the one you borrowed?

    Missy Neeley

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  50. Thanks so much for these ideas! It is kind of you to take your time to help other mothers in need, and to bring joy to other children with these FUN and educational party ideas! Hats off to you!

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  51. Thanks so much for all the party information! You made my Mad Scientist Party to easy to plan. I printed out your book and collected the supplies. We had 7 boys who were nine years old and they loved the party. I didn't test-run any of the experiments so I was as surprised as the boys when things started happening.

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  52. This looks absolutely AMAZING!!! Thank you for taking the time to document and share everything. My daughter is very excited about having a science party and this is just terrific!

    THANK YOU!

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  53. Thank you so much for all of this detailed information!! I plan on using a lot of it at a camp this summer for little kids! Thanks!!

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  54. I will use these amazing experiments. One addition is to give out TickleMe Plant Party Favors. Kids can grow their own live TickleMe Plant and it will close its leaves when tickled. My kids friends and my students talk about their Pet Plants years later.

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