Mad science party ideas

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Mad science party ideas
A mad science party is a great way to get everyone talking. (glass beakers image by Mark Aplet from

If you have a budding scientist in the house, mad science is a perfect theme for a birthday party. A mad science theme opens the way to unique home decorations and costumes and it can be a great way to get kids talking with each other. A mad science theme fits with plenty of games and decorations.

Invisible Ink Invitations

Write out the invitations using milk or lemon juice with a toothpick as the pencil. Though the text is invisible when it dries, it will turn a soft brown when the paper is held carefully over a heat source. Send the seemingly blank invitation along with instructions on how to get the secret message to reveal itself. Or write the invitation in white crayon on white paper and have guests reveal the message by colouring over it with a coloured crayon.

Science-Oriented Party Favors

Party favours let kids take a little bit of the party fun home with them. Choose party favours that are science themed, like magnifying glasses, bug houses, small binoculars or compasses. This encourages children to explore while they are playing.

Floating Foil

Give each child a square of tin foil and tell them to make boats using only the tinfoil. Float each tinfoil boat in a tub of water and place paper clips in the boat until the boat sinks. The boat that holds the most paper clips is the winner. This activity introduces an experimental aspect to the mad science party.

Lab Coats

Purchase front-buttoning white shirts from the thrift store, choosing one for every partygoer. Hand out these shirts when the children first show up, telling them that these are their lab coats. Set out some fabric paint and let the children get creative about showing what kind of lab experiments they have been working on.


Offer the children pipe cleaners and allow them to twist the pipe cleaners to make goggles. Show them how to twist the pipe cleaners together so that they can make empty lenses and ear pieces.

Mad Scientist Hair

With their parents' OK, spray temporary colour and hairspray into the children's hair, getting the hair to stand up on end. After you have their hair looking as wild and dishevelled as you can, take a picture and print it out so that the child can take it home with them.

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