When the "scientists" entered the basement "lab", their names were typed into the computer and their eyes "scanned" with a glowstick as they placed their hand on the hand scanner (the computer would say “Scientist Frannie, you have been approved to enter the Lab!”)
Each kid received a lab coat (a white t-shirt cut in half), name tag, safety goggles and lab duotang.
Here are some photos of the lab setup:
There were approximately 10 experiments, and while Krista warns that there was a lot of prep work, it was also a lot of fun for the kids...and educational too! (Have I mentioned she's a fellow teacher?)
- bubbling lava lamps
- floating m and m’s
- elephants toothpaste
- dissecting a worm (gummy worm with tweezers)
- exploding Ivory soap in microwave
- diffusion of food colouring in test tubes
- dancing colours (milk, food colouring and dish soap)
- making snow (Steve Spangler kit)
- big finish: outside on the lawn - egg drop (Newton's law) and of course the diet coke and mentos eruption, which was a huge favourite
No party of Krista's would be complete without some themed food. In this case, the cake was made in the shape of a beaker...
...and one of the drink options was 7-Up with Pop Rocks poured on top...which the kids loved!
To finish things off, the little scientists left with with a loot bag (shown below, containing a book about Science, grow your own Crystal kit, pop rocks, silly straw, and a grow animal), to continue the fun and learning at home.
Krista credits the blog "Come Together Kids" for a lot of her inspiration for this party, which you can check out at: http://www.cometogetherkids.com/2012/02/super-science-birthday-party.html
Thanks for another fun and creative party theme, Krista! If you missed them, you can catch up on all of Krista's ideas (plus a couple of mine - I'm not totally useless as a party-planner) at the link below.
Perfect Party Roundup (polkadots, pajamas, rock stars, butterflies...you'll find tons of themes here!)
Stay tuned...another "amazing" (hint, hint) party theme coming soon!