Friday, 24 February 2017
Sublime Science for our Science Party
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.