Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hayden's 7th Birthday Mad Science Party!!!!!

Hayden and I started planning his party over a year ago. He never once changed his mind. We had so much fun over the last year putting his party together. Hayden loves science and wanted his friends to enjoy some fun science experiments. Daddy became a "Mad Scientist" and the kids loved it! We were so lucky to have help from family and friends--I know I could not have pulled this off without them. Gigi and Papa came from Texas and Grandma and Papa came from Indiana to help. My friends helped with so much at the actual party---I was actually able to enjoy myself and have fun too! This will be a party to remember! I purchased the decorations from The Celebration Shoppe! Below are some of the 342 pictures that were taken during the party!
When the guests arrived they were greeted by Hayden and Grayson and had to "check in" at the Scientist Check in Station. Grandma was there with a laptop to play a pre-recorded message that was different for each child. We found a website that changed your voice into a funky voice and the kids loved it. Gigi was there to give the kids Mad Scientist hair (spikes and lots of gel). Hayden conducted a retinal scan on everyone by using "the largest glow stick ever made" that we purchased at I-Party.

After each child was checked in-they were able to go to get their lab coat and goggles. We used Command Hooks to put up on the wall, we labeled each child's goodie bag, lab coat, and googles with their name "Dr. Hayden". On the lab coat there was a name tag that Steve created and it also said their name, "Dr. so and so". The kids really felt special. The orange bags were their party favors but we also used the bags to put their experiments in to make sure they could take home what they made. The goodie bag was filled with all kinds of neat things. Steve had the idea to give the kids take home experiments in test tubes. So each child left with four experiments to do at home. They also got to take home their goggles and lab coats. Magnifying glasses, poprocks, and an eyeball drinking glass completed the goodie bags.

After fully being checked in the children entered the "Engineering Station" were Papa South was in charge of the molecule creation station. We used the molecule station to keep the kids busy while everyone arrived. I was able to get (for free) styrafoam containers from my wonderful butcher at Stop and Shop. We used colored toothpicks and marshmallows to create the configurations.
I had the most fun putting together the decorations! I purchased all of the cut outs from I ordered the cookies and paper goods from their website too! The cake was made by A Little Something Special bakery in West Hartford. Hayden wanted a beaker spilling goo all over the cake! They did an excellent job.

We made jello in petri dishes and put gummy worms on top. I thought these would just be for decoration but the kids devoured them. The day before the party I made a lot of the decorations using water, neon food coloring, and gummy worms and gummy octopus. I absolutely loved how the gummy items expanded overnight making for some pretty cool decorations. We had large beakers that we put water and food coloring in and for a special effect we placed a small amount of dry ice at the bottom of the beaker so they were smoking!
Let the experiments begin! I honestly think this party was so much fun and so easy for me because Steve did a ton of work. We purchased a lab coat for Steve to wear off of EBay. He had a lot of fun conducting the experiments with the kids. We "practiced" the day before with a few of the cool experiments. We purchased all of the science experiments from We were able to get petri dishes, beakers, and all kinds of cool experiments from their website. Steve spent a lot of time researching which experiments would be best for 6 and 7 year olds.

SLIME-Oh my gosh! The kids had a blast with this one. Each child made their own slime and was able to take it home with them (parents-no need to thank me).
We had an "Invent your own Sundae Bar". The kids were able to make their own ice cream sundaes and could choose from mini mm's, rainbow sprinkles, chocolate syrup, etc. They liked this a lot. We tried to feed them pizza and fruit salad for dinner but they were so energized, they did not really want to stop to eat. We had music playing the the background to add extra "atmosphere" to the party--Kids Bop 19 was the music of choice! More party info in the next post. . .

Hayden's 7th Birthday Mad Science Party Continued

The kids did several experiments. Carbon dioxide bubbles were made using a "special" jar purchased from Steve Spangler Science. Steve had to use dry ice to make this experiment work. It was a big hit! The kids loved wearing the glove that made the carbon dioxide bubble not burst. The kids also did an experiment to identify the different density of liquids. They just loved seeing the magic of the colors separating!

The GRANS FINALE of experiments was the DIET COKE Geyser tubes. Every child had a tube and got do do this awesome experiment on their own (also purchased from Steve Spangler Science). What a great time the kids had doing this. The kids all counted down from "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF" for each other!
In between experiments we let the kids play in the backyard and run around while we set up the next experiment. Baby Landon finally joined the party after the loooooongest nap ever. My mother in law sewed his lab coat so it would fit him! He was adorable. The very last thing we did was open presents. This was a STAR WARS birthday! Hayden only wanted Lego Star Wars and that is exactly what he got. Daddy spent a lot of time putting Lego's together.