Friday, 24 February 2017
As mentioned in my previous post about Abby's birthday party, we hired Sublime Science for entertainment. We came across them by chance when I was searching the Internet for science party ideas. I was actually thinking of getting some science kits and do like a workshop thing, not knowing that science party entertainers actually exist!
Basically, Sublime Science is a company who'll sent out entertainers across the country to demonstrate science experiments at your party. They don't just do the demos and teach the kids all about the science behind the experiments though, because after all it's a party! So they mix it up with a few experiments that is safe for children to do and let them get involved.
As we've never attended one of these parties before, apart from knowing that there will be experiments by the entertainers and kids, we had no idea what to expect. But allowing an experienced entertainer to do the job that we were going to do ourselves, which might not necessary be safe for the kids and we most likely will lose control of the whole party, they are definitely godsend! We did spend more than we originally anticipated, but we got a unique party with impressed guests in return.
Something worth mentioning as well is that Sublime Science were on Dragon's Den! And they even managed to get 2 dragons to invest in their company. I think the dragons did the right thing, this is definitely the kind of entertainment for the new generation!
It was really exciting to meet Helen, the Sublime Science entertainer for our party. She's very charismatic and bubbly, the perfect person to hold a party! She quickly set everything up, with a table full of equipment, while another featured some mysterious liquids and powders.
Helen was very good at getting attention from the kids as well. There were a few really energetic ones and I would have been lost without her! There were times we had to wait for the kids to calm down, otherwise I think she could have fitted a couple more demonstrations in. So if you are thinking of holding a Sublime Science party, do make sure that you have someone good at calming down the party guests quickly, so that your entertainer can focus on demonstrations.
The first experiment is for the birthday child! Everyone was absolutely fascinated by the unlimited snow that grew out from water and powder, it even felt cold when touched!
The kids then got the opportunity to make their own sherbet. It was done with just 3 ingredients, which was a surprise. The kids must have really enjoyed it because every one of them made sure that they took their sweets home with them at the end of the party (I thought they might forget as they left it in the corner of the hall).
The next few demonstrations focuses on air. The demonstrations are funny, with lots of chances for the kids to get involved (guessing how to get Bob the balloon into his flask house that's too small for him, for example).
This "puffer" thing is another one of the kids' favourite experiment. We were all laughing at the 2 party guests puffing at each other, and then Helen did this with the "puffer" and smoke:
How cool is that smoke ring?! The kids went wild and ran after the smoke, luckily they kept themselves away from the experiment table! We were all impressed with it though.
The next one is very cool! The kids get to see how a tornado is formed inside 2 bottles screwed together, and each of them get a turn to create the tornado themselves. To make it more fun, they queued up in 2 lines and did a Tornado Race, to see which group passed it on the quickest!
This experiment is part of their add on module - Climate Chaos.
The last experiment is what the kids were looking forward to do and for some reason, it has become a trend recently - make your own slime! There was a lot of mixing involved, until the slime become firm and very bouncy too! Although the kids kept going "euuwww!", they absolutely loved it!
While the kids hand in their slime and wrote their names on the cups, they also secretly signed Abby's Slimetastic Graduation Certificate from Sublime Science, and Abby didn't even notice!
Although a bit hectic for the adults, the demonstrations were fantastic and we all (including the adults) enjoyed it.
Apart from the demonstrations, the kids get to bring home a cup of sherbet and a cup of slime, as well as a certificate each for their perfect slimes. They made the party bags even better! Abby also received a cup of unlimited snow and a certificate signed by all her guests, as well as a free e-book with 10 experiments she can do at home.
We definitely recommend Sublime Science for a Science party! You can check out their website for more information.
Thursday, 23 February 2017
I can do with a second week of half term holiday! We spent half of ours being ill, with the germs doing its round in the house. Luckily there was still plenty to do, so the kids didn't create too much fuss.
Apart from catching up on the Nintendo games we love playing, we also went out to watch The LEGO Batman Movie in the cinema and Storks on DVD, both by Warner Brothers! But just because it's not as big as the LEGO Batman Movie, Storks really is one you shouldn't miss, especially if it's still half term at yours.
Storks (pegi U, RRP £12.99) is out now on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download. It comes with different language options as well as subtitles! It also comes with a short clip - The Master, LEGO Ninjago, which is really funny as well.
Storks used to deliver babies, but they deliver packages now. However, Tulip, the human girl who is working for the Storks' delivery company, activated the old baby-making factory by accident, which produced an adorable baby girl (super adorable!). Junior, the top delivery stork who will soon become the boss of the delivery company, had no choice but to help her deliver the baby while trying to keep the incident from the management, and avoid the danger they encounter along the way.
We absolutely love the show! We love the story, the humour, the twist! And that baby girl is one of the most adorable baby EVER! We went "Awww" so many times while watching the animation, I think it's a first! Our second favourite character is the Robins, who I'm sure will make your kids laugh out loud too!
The story is quite unique, using the tale where Storks deliver babies. Their perception of the tale is really interesting! It also sparked up a conversation between us, and we teased Clay that he was delivered by a stork too. I don't think he believed us though haha.
If you are watching this with the kids, it also sends us a message, reminding us that we should spend more time with the kids when we still can. They grow up too fast, and that cute baby moment is already gone for us. Hopefully we won't miss too much of their life!
Storks is a great animation you should definitely watch together!
So last Saturday Abby had her Science themed birthday party, which you can read more about through the purple link, and we were very lucky to have some of the party sponsored, to make it an even better one!
Our first sponsor was Jelly Belly UK, who has kindly donated their 10 Flavours (30g) Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Flip Top Boxes to our party bags:
At £0.60 each box, £0.54 for a case of 24, these quality sweets are perfect to fancy up any party bags (it's Jelly Belly!) without breaking the bank! It comes from a mix of 10 flavours, and although you don't necessary get all 10, there are still 30 grams worth of jelly beans to enjoy!
If you want to make the party bags even more fancy, they also sell them in 50g (£3 for 3 boxes), and 100g 20 flavour packets, which are normally £2.35, but I just happen to come across a sale for these, so I picked a few up just for our kids and their cousins as a special treat! Clay was so adorable and shared his jelly beans out (although he'd take about 3 when he shared 1 haha), and he even remembered that my favourite is the black ones (liquorice)!
Also, if you want to make your own candy cones, Jelly Belly sell individual colours (flavours) by the kilo too, so that you can create your own colour mix to fit the party theme at the comfort of your own home (although the pick n' mix in stores is more fun)! You can see their full stock on their official web store.