Best idea ever: We had the party in a local park. I reserved tables ahead so that I wasn't worried about not finding free tables on a potentially busy Saturday in the park. I also liked the idea of the park since I didn't have to clean my house either before or after. Cost - depends on your city/county policy.
Free play on the playground while all of the guests arrived.
Goo!! 1 box cornstarch + water + food coloring (we used 4 different colors) ~ $1.50. We used some extra party bowls, spoons, and cups. Good gooey fun for ~7-10 kids!
Bottle Rockets!! Some PVC pipes and fittings from local hardware store ~$10 (but you could save for future use make this cost more reasonable) + 4 bottles of Diet Coke for $5 (not the best deal out there, but I wasn't going to "shop around") + water + bike pump (hopefully, you have one of these on hand - or could borrow one from a neighbor). And, please, do not launch bottle rockets unless people (especially the kids) are more than ten feet away from the launcher.
|Big and Lil J launching the rockets|
Dr. Penguin, PhD. - 1 box Funfetti cake + Fondant (1 bag mini marshmallows + 0.75 bag powder sugar + some vegetable shortening + food coloring) + buttercream frosting + 2 hours of time (that's the most difficult part). Yes, I use box cake - these are two year olds. There were no complaints.
|Our Little Scientist|
(Grandma made J his own lab coat!)
Colored Safety Goggles - this was more for fun than safety. You can search the web for "Child Goggles" and find your favorite.
Disposable Lab Coats - though cornstarch is water soluble, we decided to give these to our guests to protect their clothing - and make them look like mini scientists.
Lab clipboards - we found mini clipboards and a bag of pencils in the $1 aisle at Target. I cut computer paper in half, and voila, a fun place to make science notes.