Birthday themes for kids turning 8



Theme: Bottle Rockets ***Note: This theme is only available from May to September***

Ground Control to Rocketeers! Ready for takeoff?

Spend your birthday party building Bottle Rockets with your friends at Action Potential Lab. We'll provide all of the materials necessary from drafting a prototype to the final launch of your very own homemade rocket. This party is designed for each of your guests to build their own rockets in the lab and then shoot off them off in the park across the street. All of your guests will go home with their very own rocket prototypes that they will be able to set up and launch over and over again at home.

Theme: Bridge Design Challenge

Calling all architects and engineers!

Your birthday party crew has been hired to design and build a bridge that connects Canada and the USA. Following a brief introduction to basic elements of structural engineering, each child will get an opportunity to make their own bridge prototype. Once construction is complete, we’ll take an architectural gallery tour and conduct some testing to see if each bridge will allow cars to safely pass over. Each of your birthday guests will leave with their bridge prototype and an Action Potential Lab Master Inventor Certificate!

Theme: Rubberband Cannons ***Note: This theme is only available from May to September***

Bubble, fizz and erupt! These are the sounds you’ll hear all throughout this super fun, interactive birthday party.

Following a brief introduction to the science behind volcanoes, each child will be led in a step-by-step process to build their own volcano diorama by making their own play-doh (wheat based), shaping it into a volcano, and then decorating it with craft materials that we provide. After the diorama has been complete, the group will learn what happens when acids and bases mix, as we use these materials create mini eruptions in our volcanos. All guests will get to take home their volcano dioramas for endless amounts of eruption fun.

Theme: Smelly Eruptions

As all great scientists and artists do, incredible things happen when you mix a bunch of solutions together.

In the Smelly Eruptions party, put on your science goggles, stand back, and watch an awesome, technicolor, foamy mess bubble forth. This party includes three different erupting experiments, from scented volcanoes to elephant’s toothpaste and bath bomb making. All of your party guests will leave with newfound chemistry knowledge and a container of homemade deliciously smelling bath bombs.



Theme: Build a Drawing Robot

This birthday activity incorporates all of the key components of our lab: engineering, electronics, art and design.

During this party, Each child will build their own robotic drawing machine using small battery powered motors, markers and a variety of upcycled materials. The result - a hilariously absurd mechanical drawing robot that is endless amounts of fun.

Theme: The Science + Art of Food: Sorbet

Who says that you can't play with your food?

In this birthday activity, we turn the laboratory into a kitchen and create homemade sorbet and DIY soda pop using dry ice! The party involves a brief lesson in dry ice and then right into some hands-on food making. With some elbow grease and some shaking, rattling and rolling, each child will get to taste their creations during this delicious party.

Theme: Squishy Circuits

This birthday activity is all about combining the things we love: pickles, play-dough and circuits!

First we’ll learn about how circuits work by using pickles, yes you read that correctly. Then, we’ll graduate onto using play-dough as a conductive material. Finally, we’ll incorporate electronics such as LEDs and buzzers with craft materials such as feathers, pipe cleaners, straws and sticks to create marvelous illuminating pieces of art. Each child will go home with their very own colourful electronic sculpture.

Theme: Owl Pellet Dissections

In this party theme, your party guests will learn about food chains and prey vs predator relationships by doing their very owl pellet dissection, otherwise known as dissecting owl puke! This activity involves dissecting a sanitized owl pellet which contains the skeletal remains of an owl meal. Yum! Every child will leave with a collection of awesome bones that are guaranteed to wow their friends and family with their newfound archaeologist skills.



Theme: Soft Circuits: Light Bulb Bookmark

Welcome to the world of electronics and textiles! In this birthday party, your guests will learn how to make soft electronic circuits using conductive thread, LEDs, batteries, and fabric. Each child will stitch together a soft felt bookmark that they can take home to use when reading in the dark. Warning, this activity has been proven to impress!