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It’s the perfect time of year for a Mad Scientist Party. This theme can be used as an autumn birthday party, or as a friend’s Halloween party. Either way, it’s full of fun.


To start, pass out the free printable Mad Scientist Party Invitation (download below) along with a few test tubes full of small candy such as rock candy, nerds, or pop rocks.




You can purchase the test tubes, test tube holders, and medical flasks on Amazon. Since that is the bulk of the party decorations, it makes the party easy and fast.

To finish up the party decorations, I printed out the free printable Periodic Table of Mad Science (see download below). While loosely based on the real periodic table, this periodic table includes some more exciting elements such as Bat Juice, Full Moon, and Witch Broom.

Be sure to check back the next two days for Mad Scientist Party Treats and Favors!


I might have mentioned this, but my advice for the Mad Scientist party is to know from the get go that it’s going to be messy. Everyone will have a better time (especially you) if you just relax and have fun. And don’t plan on cleaning up until it’s all over. Just sayin’.

To see all of the experiments, get the whole scoop, and view the rest of the posts from this Mad Scientist Party, click on the tag below.

I wanted each of the kids at the mad scientist party to have a lab coat. But I wanted to spend the most money on experiments, so real lab coats were out of the question. This is the less expensive version.

You will need:

men’s medium size v-neck tee shirts

The shirts that I purchased already had a fold line down the middle of them, so I just cut down the middle on the line. It was that easy. And no, I don’t have orange shag carpet. That is a rug under the shirt. We added simple name tags to the coats at the party. These were just labels printed from a computer.
For more fun posts about this Mad Scientist Party, click on the tag below.

Are you re-thinking your decision to host your child’s birthday party at your house? Have you considered renting a venue? I love to rent cool places for kids’ parties because they can quickly set the party mood and easily compliment a theme. It doesn’t have to be expensive and going elsewhere eliminates having a bunch of guests running around your house. And for some birthday kids, it makes the party all the more special to go somewhere new for their big day, creating even more anticipation. I knew for this Mad Scientist party I’d need someplace to spread out where no one was worried about the mess we were about to make. Viola, a local place with a laboratory feel that often hosts school field trips and scout groups.

Here are 5 things to look for when venue shopping.

(I’m referring to empty, space only venue rentals like a barn, a room at a community center, or the party room at your local movie theater. These considerations can also apply to the Chuck-E-Cheese type places, but it’s not specifically what I had in mind for this post.)

1. How does the venue feel? Visit the venue 2 times, if you can—once during someone else’s party and once when it’s empty. How does the place look and smell? If I haven’t been to a venue before I always have a picture in my head of what it looks like. Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised. And sometimes I’m not happy at all. Go check it out before you get your heart set on it and before you put down a deposit (that may or may not be refundable). Take a camera, paper and pencil with you so you can take pictures and draw out a rough sketch of the room.

2. What will the total cost be? Cleaning deposit, a minimum hourly rental? Often really busy venues have birthday parties in and out of there all day long and you won’t have time to set up before hand and clean up unless you book for extra set up and clean up time. And check to see if you are even responsible for clean up. What this boils down to is that you probably need to book 3 hours for a two hour party to allow for set up, early guests, clean up, and late parents. Factor that into your rental cost.

3. What’s included? Empty spaces that you decorate and host yourself allow for more creative freedom. Ask if tables and chairs are available. How about a kitchen? Are there bathrooms connected or close by? What else do they provide? Any helpers?

4. Can your guests find it easily or will you provide transportation? Don’t pick someplace too far from your home and clearly state in the invitation if guests are to meet at your house or at the party place. If they are meeting at your house, make sure you can safely transport all of the guests. If they are meeting you at the venue, include an address, detailed instructions, and maybe a map. And don’t forget your cell number in case anyone gets lost or confused.

5. The fine print. Can you bring your own food? (Most theaters do NOT allow outside food to be brought in for birthday parties, even canned soda pop and cute little goodie bags.) Can you light candles? (Some fire codes restrict this.) Is there a freezer for your ice cream? If you’re renting a hotel room, does the hotel allow birthday parties in their hotel rooms? (Many don’t or they have restrictions, so ask before you reserve a room.)

Despite all of this, I find hosting a party at a cool place (other than a house) to be a fun alternative. And this venue was perfect for the Mad Scientist party. Success.

Here are the rest of the experiments we did at the Mad Scientist party, in more detail:

6. Make your own slime: once again, Steve Spangler came through. Using the polymer and liquid solution provided, I amazed the kids with my ability to create slime. My job was to pour in the right amounts of solution, they had the fun part of shaking things up and seeing what happened. I got free containers from the local pharmacy to shake the mixtures in. And as you can see, some kids decided to add food coloring to their slime.

7. A water tornado in soda bottle: this trick was pretty cool–and mess free. Here goes, first I filled one bottle with water and left the other bottle empty. Then I connected them with a handy dandy tornado tube connector. If you tip the bottles over so the bottle with the water in on top, the water won’t fall down into the empty bottle because the air holds it in place. I asked the kids what they thought would happen and some guessed it right away. But once I “swirled” the water, it formed an awesome tornado. Then we added food coloring (because really, they wanted food coloring added to everything) and I let them each have a turn creating a tornado with the water. Ahhh, the wonder of physics.

8. In seconds you can have fake snow: super absorbent polymers and water combine to make instant snow. It was pretty amazing how fast the snow appeared after we added water to the white polymer powder. A must do.

9. Can you turn grape juice into purple soda pop? I started this experiment with two different glass pitchers that were different shapes, but held the same amount of liquid. I asked the kids to tell me which container held the most water and we talked about how containers can look different but really be similar. I measured 4 Tablespoons of citric acid and 2 Tablespoons of baking soda into the tall pitcher and then I added some grape juice (and you can see what happened). For the apple juice I added some dry ice to the pitcher. This didn’t make as fizzy of soda pop and I think the citric acid and baking soda worked better. I bought empty soda bottles to fill with the “soda pop” but you could just use cups instead. Notice the dry ice fog from the apple juice and the obvious chemical reaction from the grape juice. Either way, the kids liked both flavors.

10. Please tell me you’ve heard of the ‘ole diet coke and mentos fountain: it’s so easy. I bought a bunch of bottles of diet cola. And lots of rolls of minty Mentos. This isn’t necessary, but I bought this kit from EepyBird to make the experiment easier and more fun. Each team got a cool top and a pin with a string attached. They loaded their topper with Mentos, put the pin in place to prevent the Mentos from going into the Diet Coke before they were ready, twisted the cool topper onto the soda bottle, then they stepped back and pulled the string attached to the pin to release the Mentos and cause an awesome soda fountain. It’s not as hard as I’m explaining it here. We did this experiment last and I think they liked it best. And for obvious reasons, do it outside.

Did you miss Part 1 of the experiments? This party was a blast. Click on the Mad Scientist tag for more related posts.

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