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He sometimes tests your patience. What's under his bed looks like a science project.
Yes, he's got fun down to a science. Your little experimenter will love a Mad Scientist
party. Put on your safety goggles, because with test tubes, petri dishes, and beakers
we've gathered some hair raising ideas for your mad science party:

  • Test some test tube ideas from YouTube. Fine Living's Mad Science party ideas.
    You'll feel like an apprentice of Doctor Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde by watching the three
    minute video. You'll soon be packing favors in a rubber dish glove; making
    specimen decorations from kids toys inserting them into jars with food coloring:
    and serving yummy vertebrae sandwiches and a blood worm gelatin for dessert.
    The grand finale is a dry ice test tube decoration, which is a concoction of dry ice,
    warm water in a long clear vase to look like a beaker. For added effect, they
    drop a glow stick to really light up the party. The 20 minute video is like going to
    Mad Scientist University:

  • Make a vile discovery with a vial of Frankenstein's blood. Fill a beaker (or glass)
    with a cup of white vinegar and a third cup liquid dishwashing soap. Add a drop
    of green coloring. Set this "vial" aside. Fill a tall thin glass or bud vase half way
    with baking soda, which will be the "sand." In a mad scientist's wig, lab coat or
    costume, gather the crowds with a fiendish laugh and announce you have
    Frankenstein's blood and you have an amazing discovery. Tell the audience your
    discover is that "Frankenstein can never walk on the beach." Demonstrate what
    happens if his foot were to get cut on a rock or broken glass. Pour the "vial of
    blood" on the "sand" and watch a frothy mess bubble. Kids love this!

  • Learn to make lab worms. provides an experiment for
    your party that the kids won't soon forget. You can create the same fun with Be
    Amazing Insta-Worms, available right.

Mad Scientist Invitations
Invite the fun. The little experimenters will love a Mad Scientist party. We've got the
fun down to a science when it comes to science parties. We'll get you started with free
invitations for an awesome mad science party or if you want to do it yourself, we've
got some fun wording ideas...

  • Mad Scientist party invitation wording ideas:
  • You're invited to a party that's guaranteed to pop, fizzle, wiggle
  • Ooze on over to Cray's eight birthday for a slimy experiment.
  • Lab hours: Saturday, August 22 at 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wacky Laboratory: 123 Main Street
  • RSVP: Chief Scientist Tiffany at 867-5309.

  • Get testy with your invitations: An obvious choice for a mad scientist party is to
    roll the invitation into a test tube. Be sure to get a plastic test tube, which are
    available, pictured right. But for a monstrously mad invitation, make a fun
    concoction for your test tube and hand deliver it. Create a glitter wand by filling
    half the tube with vegetable oil and a drop of food coloring. Next, fill the tube
    with an assortment of glitter, confetti and a tiny charm or plastic toy. Top off with
    a bit of water and seal. Use a bit of gold elastic to affix the actual invitation to
    the test tube. Martha Stewart uses spiders in her Mad Scientist's invitation idea.

Decorations for a Mad Scientists Party: How to set up your "lab"...

  • Decorate your mad scientists with inexpensive props, such as safety goggles
    which you can get for around a buck. You might also gel up their hair to look like
    the famous Einstein.

  • Sign up! Set up bio hazard and atomic waste signs. Make funny signs "Out of my
    mind. Back in five minutes."

  • Look for beakers, test tubes and petri dishes online. All are wonderful for displaying
    sweets.* Use beakers for fun drinks, test tubes for jelly beans, and petri dishes
    for ice cream, gelatin or pudding dessert creations.

  • Get eerie with a fog machine or dry ice. Find dry ice at Liquor stores.

  • Albert Mindstein
  • Al Bright
  • Brian Child
  • Doctor Brainiac
  • Doctor Gene Nius
  • Doctor Smarty Pants
  • Dr. E. Vil
  • Dr. N. Telligent
  • Dr. N. Sanity
  • Dr. Y. S. Cracker
  • Jeckyl and Hyde (siblings or twins)
  • Guy Wise (Wise, Guy)
  • Maxwell Smart
  • Professor Anne Marianne (from Gilligan's Isle)
  • Sir Thinksalot
  • Simon Bar-Sinister
  • Smart Alex, or Smart Alec

Resources for a Mad Scientist Party
A Science party is relatively inexpensive, it's always entertaining, and it's educational
to boot. Your best resource in books is "Einstein's Science Parties Easy Parties for
Curious Kids," by Shar Levine and Allison Grafton, left. With help from the authors it's
truly easy for parents to create fun-filled science activities for a party.

How can you give a party that will excite your kids, impress their friends, and stay
within your budget?  say "Why hire a clown? Throw a science party instead!" And in
Einstein's Science Parties, they show how you can easily put together any number of
14 clever and inexpensive science theme parties. You'll need just a few hours of
preparation and regular household items to create unforgettable parties like, "Fossils
and Dinos," "I Spy," "Color Your World," and "Slime Time." All activities are kid-tested
and include clear-cut instructions, and easy-to-follow scripts. The book also includes
fun illustrated invitations that can be photocopied and personalized.

From the Publisher: An innovative twist on kids' parties that are clever, easy to put
together, educational, inexpensive and fun. Features simple-to-follow scripts,
instructions for performing projects, tips on keeping the party rolling and sidebars with
additional ideas and tricks. Includes full page illustrated invitations for each festivity
that can be photocopied and colored.

Mad Scientist Party foods
Eat like a Mad Scientist! There are numerous ways to enhance your party theme with
the foods you serve and how you set up your eating lab. Here are some ideas to get
you started.

  • Explore this scientific looking birthday cake: Cotton candy makes this Beaker cake
    look like an experiment in action.

  • Experiment with sandwiches: Check out the Mad Scientists wraps, left, by Better
    Homes and Gardens. It will have kids eating their veggies in no time!

  • Label apothecary jars and more: Print a free RadioActive Sticker template for use
    on sandwiches, drinks, favors and more. Requires Avery 5294 labels, found
    cheaper on Amazon, pictured right.

Activities for a Mad Scientist Party
Want more fun for the party? We've got some "no brainer" ideas to enhance any
scientist themed party, including a resources for science lessons and some simple
experiments you can perform at home:

  • Have kids "scrub" for the party. Start the party with a bubbles! Whether you hire
    someone to create large bubbles or create them yourself with the

  • Have a "fab" food lab with Jello Petri Dish recipe. The Petri Dishes, left are sterile
    and also ready for any Science experiments you might have.

Here are some simple experiments you can perform at home:

Experiment #1: Floating Paper Clip
Scientists can perform magic! Kids can float a paper clip on water and here's how.
First sink a paper clip in water to demonstrate how it sinks naturally. Then float the
paper clip in water with the help of a small piece of paper towel (about one inch
square). This will spread the weight of the paperclip evenly over the surface of the
water. Now gently remove the paper towel with a skewer so the paper clip rests on
the water entirely on its own! This is much like a beetle skimming the across the
surface of a swimming pool without sinking.

    Explanation of Experiment: Drops of water pull on one another. The pull creates a
    tight skin at the surface. When you  drop a paperclip in, it pushes through th
    water's skin. But when you place it gently, it's weight is spread evenly acorss
    the surace and the skin stays intact.

Experiment #2 Wax Paper & Water magnifier
Use an eye dropper or basting dropper to scatter a few droplets of water onto a piece
of waxed paper, then slide the wax paper over a magazine page to make the type
appear larger. The smaller the drop of water the bigger the print will look.
    Explanation of Experiment: A water droplet bulges like a magnifying glass,
    stretchin an image seen throug it. The more cured the droplet is, the greater the
    magnification of the image.

Experiment #3 Bottle Balloon Blowing
Inflate a balloon without blowing into it. Pour four tablespoons of vinegar into a clean
bottle. Then using a funnel, fill a balloon with a two tablespoons baking soda. We
simply lift the bulb of baking soda into the bottle and (Voila!), the balloon will inflate
virtually all by itself.
    Explanation of Experiment: When baking soda and vinegar come into contact,
    they form carbon dioxide. This gas fills the bottle and can't escape, so it rushes
    into the balloon to inflate it.

Experiment # 4 How to Make Homemade Slime
  • Gather the Formulas for the experiment.
    You'll need:
    1 cup water
    1 tablespoon Borax (too much Borax and you'll have a harder substance)
    1/4 cup White Glue
    1/4 cup water
    Food Coloring
    Ziploc bag

  • Mix the ingredients:
    1. Borax is available in the laundry section of your local grocery store. Take a cup
    of water and add to it 1 Tbs. of borax (approx 4% solution). Stir until completely
    2. Make a 50% water 50% white glue solution. Take 1/4 cup of each and mix
    3. In a ziploc bag, add equal parts of the borax solution to equal parts of the
    glue solution. 1/2 cup of each will make a cup of slime.
    4. Add a couple drops of food coloring.
    5. Seal bag and knead the mixture.
    6. Dig in and have fun, but keep this slime away from pets and children under 5!
    It will stain carpeting and clothing. Wash hands after use!

    Explanation of experiment: The borax is acting as the crosslinking agent or
    "connector" for the glue (polyvinyl acetate) molecules. Once the glue molecules
    join together they form even larger molecules called polymers, and you get a
    thickened gel very similar to slime.

Real Mad Scientist parties

  • Einstein Mad Scientists Party: No farting around at this Mad Scientists party,
    which was educational to boot! Kids learned about gas with a balloon blowing
    experiment (see directions below), and those little chemists also had a blast
    with the diet soda and Mentos experiment (also below). Mom was a real Einstein
    -- with her amazing graphic skills, she super imposed each child's picture with an
    Einstein wig to create personalized Einstein drink labels. Kids dined on clever
    cupcakes with body parts (plastic fingers and noses).

  • Balloon Blowing Experiment: A classic Girl Scout experiment to teach kids about
    gas, you'll need an unfilled balloon, 1/4 cup vinegar, a small plastic bottle, 2
    tablespoons baking soda, and a funnel. Directions: Stretch the balloon mouth
    over the funnel and pour baking soda directly into the balloon, remove the
    funnel then set aside. Next, pour vinegar into the plastic bottle. Now place the
    balloon mouth tightly over the plastic bottle. Hold the contents of the balloon
    carefully, so as not to pre-maturely release any of the baking soda. Now the kids
    are ready for the fun. Have them shake the balloon so that the baking soda falls
    into the bottle. The gases will make the balloon "magically" rise.

  • Mentos Experiment: Mentos candy combined with Coca Cola creates an intense
    explosion. You can do this experiment at home easily. Watch the CBS video.
    Here Bill Nye the Science Guy illustrates the Mentos experiment for Harry Smith.
    It's worth the wait for the brief commercial while the video downloads.

  • Plan some homemade experiments including, "Egg in a Bottle", "Alka Seltzer
    Rockets," "Swimming Raisins" and more with ideas from Cookie Magazine.

Having a super mad scientist party is not rocket science, but...
    *Here's an IMPORTANT Note of caution for a mad scientist party: With candy
    in test tubes and drinks in beakers, and desserts in petri dishes it may be
    difficult for kids to decipher what is edible and what is not, so be sure to
    supervise all inedible laboratory experiments and decorations. It helps to
    perform lab work in a room away from the food. When the experiments are over,
    pack away the fun out of reach. Finally, keep the poison control number handy in
    case of accidental ingestion.

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