Do you have a scientist (or a wannabe) at your house? Maybe you’d like your child’s next birthday party to include a fun educational element? With the potential of costumes, decorations, an interesting dessert table and fabulous science experiments, the Mad Scientist birthday party theme could be just what you’re hoping for. It’s a celebration that can be easily tailored to a wide variety of ages and interests; build your party around outer space, chemistry, the human body, animal life or whatever scientific field of study would most fascinate your birthday celebrant.
Any party that invites the crowd to step out of the everyday and into an alternate experience will be full of exciting potential, so greet guests at the front door with a sign that says “caution: hazardous materials” or “authorized personnel only”. Right inside the door have a station where scientists suit up in lab coats, bow ties, lab goggles/geeky glasses, and ID tags. Make sure of their identity with a fingerprint or hand scan (simply a fingerprint/handprint on a piece of paper attached to the wall they must touch) before they are permitted to enter the lab. Fun stuff!
Slant decorations toward your chosen scientific field. A very popular setting to suggest is the chemistry lab, where a periodic table is the impetus for spelling the birthday child’s name in theme perfect! Randomly scribble formulas on a chalkboard for a super backdrop. Beakers, test tubes and microscopes add authenticity to the display and you’ll earn extra points when you include colored water and (plastic) specimens! Paint the lids of large, empty jars (think of those big pickle jars) and you’ll have inexpensive specimen display vessels. Dry ice “steam” adds allure but be certain to use it only where the kids can’t touch it.
Whatever your choices, label your menu items with scientific sounding names. For example, “toxic waste” veggies and “molecule” fruit balls sound more exciting than just saying “carrots” or “melon”. Make a reference to atoms, plasma, ions, double helix, etc. Beakers and test tubes can even be used as serving pieces. Mark measurement lines on clear plastic cups with a Sharpie as a stand-in for specimen cups. You’re sure to get a reaction to petri dishes filled with Jello and gummy worms!
A quick google search will yield many safe experiments appropriate for kids so do a little checking to decide which ideas will be best for your age group. If you haven’t had experience with the options you find, be sure to try them outbefore the party—much better to have a single surprise than a room full of messes! Also, plan a couple more experiments than you think you’ll need. That way if some of the ideas don’t take as long as you anticipated or attention begins to wane, you’ll have options to keep the party energy high.
A test tube filled with jelly beans, a magnifying glass, or extra treats from the party all serve as easy take-homes. If you make one of the popular slime recipes as part of the activities, that can make an awesome favor, too.
Use these suggestions for a super Mad Scientist themed birthday party and the kids will have fun…you’ll have fun…and you’ll have a Glad Scientist!