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The Mad Science Party Lab – 8 Tips for Explosive Fun!

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I’m excited to share some fun tips and ideas from my daughter’s Mad Science Birthday party with you… finally! She’s 8-1/2 now, and this is her 7th birthday party. 😳😂 I obviously need to get speedier on my timing here… but according to our honorary star of this party – Albert Einstein – time is relative and flexible, so let’s just ride that wave for now! ;)

Anyways, aside from abundance of “experiment messes” around the house, I really love that Macy has been crazy about science for a few years now. This was a super enjoyable party theme to work on with TONS of room for creativity – especially in the treats department! There were so many possibilities to explore with this theme, but here are some of my favorites from our own party that were fun, creative, and yes – totally DOABLE. Hooray! Here we go….

THE ELEMENTS OF FUN

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science party baking soda balloons

1. Hands-on Experiments

Set up stations with simple experiments that kids can try themselves, like baking soda & vinegar balloons.

We saved small Gatorade bottles for this activity and pre-filled them with vinegar. The balloons were also pre-filled with baking soda, so kids could just grab a balloon and put it on a bottle, then watch the balloon *magically* inflate. Using balloons with design on them – like these polka dot and marbled balloons – makes this activity even more fun to look at!

science party activity ideas

Candy molecule building is another super easy activity that doesn’t make a huge mess. 🙌 Set out trays of “squishy” candy (like spice dots, marshmallows, etc) + toothpicks and let kids build their own candy molecules! It’s a good idea to set out a some pre-built models for them to copy, and there are lots of great examples available if you do a goole image search for “candy molecules”.

mad scientist decoration - door sign

2. The Mad Scientist

From crazy hair to a giant mustache, bring in signature “mad scientist” details for a touch of zany flair. I loved the idea of greeting guests at the door with a giant, playful nod to our mad scientist! We also had colorful “safety glasses” for all of the guests to wear.

science party dessert table ideas

3. Laboratory Treats

This is where things can REALLY get creative! We served up science-inspired treats like “Petri Dish Jello”, gummy frog “Specimens”
white chocolate “Lab Rats” (made using this candy mouse mold), and rock candy stick “Geodes”.

I especially love how the petri dish jello dessert turned out:

petri dish jello science party treat

This scientific and gross-in-a-good-way treat is easy to make! Just pour liquid jello into petri dishes (about half way full). If you’re using gummy worms or other big gummies, you can then add them in now. Refrigerate for about an hour, then add some sprinkles and continue to refrigerate until serving. The sprinkles will kind of bloat and “bleed” out into the jello after a while, resembling “bacteria” that’s growing! I also added a strip of washi tape to “package” the treat.

mad science party printables

4. Printable Fun

Printables are my favorite quick & easy way to play up any theme! I designed a bright and colorful science inspired collection for this party featuring playful (and yes, maybe a little bit nerdy 🤓) science puns like “Of QUARTZ, Geology ROCKS” and “DISCOVER something fun”!

science party printables and rock candy sticks

These will be available in a new section of the my site coming soon, but if you’re interested in them in the meantime, shoot me an email or leave a comment below. Tx!

science party light bulb decor and favors

5. Bright Ideas

Fill plastic light bulb containers with colorful candy for a favor with creative spark! We used a mix of regular and pastel M&Ms to fill these guys, and since I’m totally a stickler about colors, yes… we DID pick out all the pieces that didn’t match the party’s palette. Looking at you brown and orange! ;) It was a lot less expensive to do it this way using “regular” bags of M&Ms than to buy the specialty packs that are all one color.

science party light bulb favors

DIY Molecule and Atom party decorations

6. Giant Atoms and Molecules (DIY Decor)

This was probably my favorite decoration – possibly because I just love anything that you can hang overhead! These giant “atom & molecule” decorations are made from embroidery hoops (spray painted silver), colorful “ball pit” balls, and wooden skewers. I used fishing wire to hang them for a “floating” effect.

Mad Science Sacramento Party Entertainers

7. Mad Science Show

Live demos are always a hit with the kids! We hired a pro from Mad Science of Sacramento to put on a cool science show that was centered around gases, chemical reactions, and “things that go pop and fizz”. She also led the kids in a bouncy ball making activity and explained the science behind cotton candy making… while making it. And then of course the kids scarfed it down!

kids eating pink cotton candy

easy science party decorations

8. “Experimental” Decor

These science-inspired decoration ideas are quick, stylish, and won’t break the bank!

  • Colorful Chemistry
    This is as easy as it gets! Just fill glass beakers with water and food coloring. We also dropped dry ice into them a few times – especially when guests were first arriving. However, just a heads up that the dry ice doesn’t last very long with the small pieces that you have to use in order for them to fit inside the narrow mouth beakers.
  • Petri Dish Specimens
    For these, I printed scientific looking patterns out on transparency paper and cut them to fit inside large petri dishes. A plastic insect or butterfly was placed on top, then covered with the petri dish lid. Done!
  • Biohazard Caution Tape
    This bright yellow tape is a great way to make a big impact on your space without spending much at all. Doors, fences, etc… it makes an easy photo backdrop too!
  • Test Tube Insects
    To make these, just stick plastic bugs and butterflies into clear test tube containers (I used these large plastic ones) and fill them with water. It’s actually best when the fit is a little snug, because the insects get suspended in the tube, making things look all the more “science-y”.

science party bug specimen decorations

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Hope some of these ideas help you plan your own Mad Science Party! If you have questions anything I didn’t cover here, feel free to leave me a comment below. Happy celebrating!

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By |2018-11-08T13:50:41+00:00November 8th, 2018|Parties for Boys, Parties for Girls, Styled by Jenn|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.

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