Birthday parties can be rough. I for one routinely find myself buckling under Pinterest pressure to have things just so. The theme, the look, the invitations, the goodie bags. But it’s exhausting. And really, who has time for all of that without majorly sacrificing in other areas of your life (I’m talking to you, sleep)?
That’s why I love the idea of a party that will come to you and do everything. I’m talking about invitations, setting up, entertaining the kids, goodie bags, and taking care of the cleanup. Sign me up.
When Mad Science of New York City and Westchester reached out about throwing a party that does just that for one of our kids, I was super excited. My girls love science and I love the idea of a party that’s fun and educational—and which will maybe show kids that science is really, really cool. The hitch? I had just booked one daughter’s party and the other is a June baby. Instead, I decided to throw a big, fat community party.
Mad Mo and Cosmic Chloe came out to Big Bang Coffee Roasters, a cool new café in northern Westchester, and entertained a packed house. They say their parties and demos are best for 5 to 12 year-olds, but I definitely saw more than a couple of parents craning their necks to make sure they didn’t miss anything.
Mad Mo made elephant toothpaste, turned cups into spider webs, melted a Styrofoam head, made bottles boom and more—all while a completely enthralled group of kids cheered her on. It was fantastic to see such a large crowd of kids so completely into science for the full 45 minutes.
Mad Science specializes in after school programs, birthday parties, summer camps and more for kids aged 5 to 12. Check their website to see if they’re in your area!
JENNIFER GARRY is a writer and the mom of two girls who talk as much and laugh as loud as she does (just ask her much quieter husband). She writes about that ever-elusive struggle for balance on her personal blog, Cuddles and Chaos. Read all of Jennifer’s posts.