But Katie is nine years old.
Katie wanted a party with some science experiments. We had been to one at another child's house not too long ago but when I asked the mom about it, she said they paid $400 to have someone come put on that science party.
We had a great time doing all this! I bought two flasks and we put colored water and dry ice in them to make them bubble like they were boiling. Ben put a stopper in one, and then acted surprised every time the stopper would pop off and accused the kids of sabotage. They thought he was hilarious.
He put a balloon over the top of the flask and let it blow up the balloon. He used the filter flask to blow the carbon dioxide into everyone's mouths. Then, and this was really cool, he put some dish detergent in the flask and bubbles boiled out of the top. When the kids each took a scoop of the bubbles and popped them, smoke came out of the bubbles. Talk about a show stopper!
He explained to the kids all about dry ice and told them about ten times not to touch it. Then he dropped a big block of dry ice into a bucket of hot water and made clouds of smoke.
He then did the mentos geyser - twice. And we made rockets out of film canisters and used Alka Seltzer and water to shoot them up in the air. That one made me very anxious, because I was so afraid someone would get hit in the eye with an exploding film canister.
We ended when Ben had everyone sit back down and he told them, "I have one more thing I need you to do...............RUN!" And he pulled out two cans of Silly String and chased the kids all over the yard with it. Just when they thought he was done, he pulled out two more cans and chased them again. Much screaming ensued.
There is nothing like having free teen labor in the house.
And it doesn't hurt if he's a total ham and enjoys it.