My 7 year old son loves everything science related and requested a science theme birthday party this year. I knew his idea of fun would be experiments that were hands-on, bubbly, and explosive. I researched far and wide to find the perfect science experiments, lab accessories, and party favors and am happy to share all my resources with you to help create your own at-home science party.
Party Colors: Orange, green and blue with chalkboard accents
Dessert Table Highlights: Homemade Science sugar cookies, cupcakes with fondant hexagon toppers, Candybobs, and jello served in Petri dishes.
Science Activities: Build a fizz inflator, UV Beads, Bubbling lava lamp test tubes, elephant toothpaste, and a coke and mentos geyser finale.
Party Favors: Safety goggles, nerdy glasses, crazy straws, candy bobs, and test tube bubbles.
The dessert table included raspberry jello in Petri dishes with sprinkles on top to look like we were creating an agar plate. The dish was inoculated with a "sprinkle sample" for taste testing.
After scouring the internet, I found inexpensive disposable lab coats and safety goggles. They lab coats only came in adult sizes, so we just rolled up the sleeves and it actually gave the kids' clothing more protection during the experiments. The lab coats even had a pocket on the front for their "Level 7 Clearance" badges and a pen for keeping notes.
If you follow my parties, you will notice that I always use flower pots to hold my party silverware. I just add a party circle on the front to match the particular theme.
Our lab area was set up before the kids arrived. I had an aluminum tray and the first experiment ready at each seat.
For experiment #1 we did a vinegar and baking soda test. The soda bottles were filled with vinegar and the balloons were filled with baking soda. When the kids tipped the balloons, the baking soda fell into the soda bottle causing a chemical reaction and the balloons filled with air.
Our next experiment was creating lava lamp test tubes. We added a cap of water to our test tubes that were already 3/4 full of oil. We then added a color tablet and fizzy tablet. The kids were mesmerized by the bubbling lava lamp effect.
Next, we created elephant toothpaste. The kids each had a soda bottle filled with 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3% or 6% is even better). We added a few drops of food coloring, a squirt of Dawn dish soap, and a yeast mixture. The chemical reaction created elephant toothpaste foam that oozed out of the bottles on to their pans.
I kept all the experiments neatly organized and separated in these aluminum pans. It was easier to bring only one experiment out at a time.
Our grand finale was the famous Coke and Mentos geyser. The birthday boy was in charge of pulling the pin that dropped the Mentos into the soda bottle.
The chemical reaction is a 30 foot coke geyser! Here's a few tips, use Coke Zero (less sugar = less stickiness) at room temperature for this experiment and only attempt this experiment outside!
The kids took home their lava lamp test tubes, lab books, and goggles as well as a goody bag filled with touchable test tube bubbles, crazy straws, nerdy glasses, and science candy bobs.
A huge thank you to Kara Woolery at Lillian Hope Designs for creating this amazingly awesome science collection available in her Etsy Shop- it includes so many fun printable pieces from games, photo props, lab book covers, water bottle labels, banners, placemats, flags, and more!
Science Printable Collection: Lillian Hope Designs
Printables Printed by Print My
Hexagon Cupcake Toppers: DCC Cakes
Science Sugar Cookies: Recipe and cookie inspiration from Eat More Dessert by Jenny Keller
Science Candybobs: Sweets From Heaven, Outlets at Orange
Science cookie cutters: Science Bob Store
Crazy straws, plates, nerdy glasses, test tube bubbles: Birthday Express
Photography: A. Joy Photography & Craft That Party
Petri Dishes: Science Bob Store
Lab Coats, safety goggles, and aluminum pans: Webstaurant Supply
Test tubes, color tablets, test tube racks, geyser tube: Steve Spangler Science
Science Experiment Resources:
Elephant Toothpaste Experiment
Mentos and Coke Geyser
Bubbling Lava Lamp
Build a Fizz Inflator
Check out more science parties and ideas on my Science Party Pinterest Board!