That Ben Franklin was a pretty bright guy. He discovered. He invented. And let’s not forget what he said: “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” Heck, if Mr. Franklin were alive today, he’d definitely give a big thumbs-up to our free Family Science Night program (he’d also be on the PTO—cochair of All the STEM Things, of course).
No worries, though—you don’t have to be a Ben Franklin or a Bill Nye to host a Family Science Night at school (after all, most of us need Google to answer why the sky’s blue). Our free Family Science Night kit includes everything you need, from 23 kid-friendly experiments to Facebook graphics.
So go on, do Franklin a solid and get that Family Science Night on the calendar. Here are 33 fun ideas to get you super stoked for this awesome event!
1. Invite families to wear mad scientist costumes.
2. Donate all that leftover candy corn in the name of science. See how far it flies with this fun catapult activity.
3. Use Facebook to remind parents about your event. Hey, even Albert Einstein had trouble remembering dates (typical parent).
4. A dancing Bill Nye gif will get their attention, too.
5. Drive attendance by raffling off a door prize, like this Mad Scientist gift basket.
6. Don’t forget the Mad Scientist gift tag!
7. Get volunteers in the spirit with these science-y T-shirts. Pair with mad scientist wigs (bed head works in a pinch, too).
8. Have a “make a mess” station that includes the messier, more tactile things to do. Activities like make your own bouncy ball, slippery slime, and oobleck are always popular with the under-11 crowd.
9. Just make sure you’re prepared for any spills….
10. …especially if you’re planning to make elephant toothpaste!
11. Encourage families to take a few photos at your “Cell-fie Station” (see how much fun life sciences can be?!). Just don’t forget the photo booth props.
12. It doesn’t get easier than this backdrop made of plastic tablecloths and black trash bags.
13. Bring the stars inside! Poke constellations in black paper and hang them from windows.
14. Send kids home with a fun badge to show how many “science things” they learned.
15. Turn Dixie cups into flowers to show how bees pollinate.
16. In order to truly understand the power of pollination, one must eat a lot of Cheetos. No complaints here.
17. These bee snacks are pretty cute, too.
18. Frankenstein was created by a mad scientist, so naturally, you’d want to serve these.
19. Give a nod to the earth sciences with some geological Jell-O.
20. Experiment with your decorations! Start with a giant cardboard beaker.
21. No kid can resist a snack served in a petri dish. Trust us.
22. Generate excitement for your event with a mad scientist lab coat T-shirt drive. Then invite families to make their own!
23. Put everyone’s newfound STEM skills to work and make your own rocket ship bananas.
24. Or, because kids are super-science-smart now, you could just ask them to build their own molecules. No biggie.
25. Clear plastic cups + a permanent maker = instant beaker cups.
26. Don’t forget the H20!
27. Bunch balloons together to make atoms.
28. How could you pass up this experimental drink station?
29. Beach balls and tablecloths make for an intergalactic evening.
30. Set up a periodic table battleship station for the older kids.
31. Hold an on-site supply drive for your science teachers.
32. Turn the lights out for this fun experiment!
33. When all’s said and done, you’ll have learned a lot, too. Let’s just hope that this is next week’s science homework.
Electrifying hairdos aside, there’s really so much good that can come out of parents and kids getting together to do more science, more often. Good thing it’s easier than ever for your group to make that happen with our free Family Science Night kit. Download yours now!
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