I know Bennet’s birthday was a month ago, but we only just had his party on Saturday. It was worth the wait, though. My kids get a birthday party with friends on their even years (you know, 2, 4, 6, 8) because I have a tendency to… go a little… crazy. I like to go BIG for birthdays.
He wanted a Mad Science party, so as always, I turned to my favorite friend, The Internet, to hook me up with a good time.
I ordered a few supplies from Steve Spangler’s site, which were a big hit, not to mention affordable.
As soon as the boys arrived, they were given a lab coat to wear (and take home).
They made molecules out of toothpicks and marshmallows while waiting for everyone to arrive.
Then we got started on our experiments. They added vinegar to baking soda, and then made Ooobleck.
Then because they are boys, they wanted to mix the vinegar/baking soda solution to the Oobleck. Just to see what would happen. (Nothing.)
Our next station had Instant Snow. And this stuff is so cool. They were blown away by it.
It’s a powder that expands when you add water. Very fun and cheap, too. I bought way more than I needed.
Then, because they are boys, they had to mix everything they had previously played with into the Instant Snow.
Then we took them into the yard to play with some wind bags. Luckily, it was pretty windy on Saturday, so their bags filled up very easily.
They whacked each other with the bags for quite awhile. Then we decided to bring out the big guns:
A 50 foot solar tube that floats in the air.
So, they continued to beat each other and the solar tube with their wind bags, while the wind blew the giant black tube all over the yard.
They dodged it, ran underneath it… Seriously, it was mayhem of the best kind. They could have happily played for another half hour, but we had to get in the Grand Finale before the parents arrived:
Diet Coke and Mentos, of course.
Things I forgot to take pictures of: The take-home Diet Coke and Mentos “goodie bags” (I made them promise not to try it inside their houses) and the cupcakes covered in Pop Rocks. Oh well.
I thought the best thing about this party was that the whole thing took place in my garage/yard. Bennet pretty much loved every minute of it. Of course, boys love things that explode, so the Diet Coke and Mentos was a big crowd pleaser.
It was a pretty easy party, too. Not a huge amount of set up required. And your science loving boy will think you are the coolest mom ever.