THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY: FUTURE TIMES

The last of the birthday themes actually relates to a time period that hasn’t happened yet, but this blog is about time travelling with kids, and time travel can work both ways! Which means you can let your imagination (and kids’ imaginations) run riot as regards what future times might be like without having to worry about authenticity, while teens might like a Dr. Who-themed party – which incorporates both the future and the past. (You might even be able to rent or build a TARDIS.)

COSTUMES

For costume ideas, visit:

http://www.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/category/other/scifi-futuristic/

DECORATIONS & OTHER PARTY ITEMS

If your local shops don’t carry anything that fits this theme, try:

http://www.orientaltrading.com/space-party-paper-cups-a2-13773185.fltr?categoryId=90000

FOOD

As always, be mindful of guests’ allergies & religious observances.

Milk (as in ‘the Milky Way)

Futuristic Fruit Salad (http://elaineannallen.com/land-on-mars/)

Saturn’s Rings (onion rings)

‘Moon’ Cheese & Crackers

Rocket-Shaped Ice Lollies

Star-Shaped Cookies

Moon Rocks (doughnut holes)

Hot Dogs & Hamburgers In Buns (Spaceships)

Chicken Nuggets (more moon rocks)

For cake ideas, visit:

http://kiwicakesnz.blogspot.ca/2014/04/gears-robot-cake-fun-futuristic.html

http://www.bhg.com/recipes/desserts/cakes/birthday-cakes-for-kids-recipes/?slideId=dc8e9fb3-fb03-41f5-ae45-1177e8f3fbaa

https://www.cakecentral.com/blog/28990/alien-and-monster-cakes

CRAFTS

Futuristic City: Give kids an assortment of materials & get them to build a futuristic city as a group project (http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/futurecity.html)

Alien World Travel Posters: Have kids make travel posters advertising trips to other planets (real or made-up)

Weird Creatures: Have kids make alien creatures from play dough, pipe cleaners, and other materials

For other craft ideas, visit:

http://www.freekidscrafts.com/boys-crafts/space-crafts/

https://feltmagnet.com/crafts/Easy-Alien-Craft-Ideas-for-Kids

https://ourpastimes.com/futuristic-crafts-for-kids-12604186.html

GAMES & ACTIVITIES

Alien Trap: One or more children stand within a circle of other children who are holding hands and moving their hands up or down as required to keep the ‘alien(s)’ from escaping. Once all have, other aliens go inside the circle.

The Space-Explorer-On-A-New-Planet (same as The Farmer-In-The-Dell, but using futuristic characters. So, the space explorer takes an assistant, the assistant takes a  robot, the robot takes an alien, the alien takes a weird plant, and whatever else you can think of.)

Musical Planets (same as Musical chairs, using round mats or coloured pieces of cardboard instead of chairs.)

Space Saucer Toss: See who can make a space saucer (a Frisbee, or in lieu of that, a paper plate) go the farthest

Moon Walk: Option One (budget permitting): Hire a bouncy castle so kids can go on a moon walk. Option Two: Remember those little yellow cup stilts that were all the rage back in the ’70s? If you can lay your hands on any (or make some), kids can pretend to be walking about on the moon in weighted down shoes.

Scavenger Hunt: Have kids collect items they think might be of interest to an alien visiting Earth

 

 

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