And for our Two for Tuesday, Part 1. A trip far, far away….in another country, in another house, 6 years ago. (And be sure to check out Part 2, also!)
Caleb’s 6th Birthday – Astronaut Training Party
I have to start by saying, I was inspired by the blog Life Frosting when creating this party. I used many of her wonderful ideas in pulling the party together. This was probably one of our all time favorite parties!
My only regret looking back at the photos is that I don’t have more photos of the little details. I’m missing pictures of the invitations and other bits and pieces of the party day.
Moving on…I used medium priority mail boxes and covered the the USPS logo with a NASA logo. Across the top flaps, I attached a label with “Space Ranger (name)”. Inside the box was a polo shirt to wear to the party. It had a NASA logo on the front, and “Space Ranger (name)” on the back.
Mine looked a lot like the ones on Life Frosting:
I also included some Starburst candy for “pre-flight energy”.
And, the party invitation was in the box. It looked very similar to the one Life Frosting:
I also used the Neuropool font for my invitations. It was perfect for that spacey look.
We had the children go through multiple levels of Training for the Mission (party). My husband was a great sport by wearing a pair of painting coveralls as his astronaut suit and leading all the children through their training.
Level 0: Shuttle Orientation
I found this for about $10 at JC Penney at Christmas time. I was so excited when I saw this in the Christmas advertising, knowing it would be perfect for this January birthday party!
Level 1 : Anti-Gravity Training
The kids prepared for moon walking by taking turns leaping across an air mattress for the anti-gravity training.
Level 2: Shuttle Repair
This was a great, slightly challenging activity for the children. They took turns wearing kitchen gloves threading together nuts and bolts underwater to simulate shuttle repair in space.
Level 3: Collect Moon Rocks
We had the children go around the yard searching for “moon rocks” that we had painted green and collect them in these little pouches. I made the pouches by printing “moon rocks” on iron transfer paper and adhering them on to these little pouches I found on Oriental Trading.
Level 4: Tranquilize Aliens
The children were able to take turns with nerf guns to tranquilize aliens.
Level 5: Rocket Launch
The Stomp Rocket is an awesome toy! The children LOVED taking turns shooting the rocket into the sky!
Level 6: Fueling Station
We ended the mission training with the Fueling Station. Planet Pizza, Mars Mud (chocolate pudding), Jupiter Jello, Anti-gravity water, and of course, cake!
After a trip to the Fueling Station, it was time for the children to receive their training certificates and goody bags. The goody bags contained a container of moon sand, some astronaut ice cream, and a few other little goodies.