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A Scientific Birthday Party

2009 October 8

My youngest daughter is still at an age where birthday parties are big events in her life. No sooner that we’re done with one birthday she begins talking about new ideas for the next one. Given that her birthday is in the late fall, pool parties are out of the equation. Outdoor parties around local parks are also out of the question. So, indoor birthday parties are the norm in her case.

Birthday parties at play rooms seem to be pretty popular nowadays. We’ve already had the traditional entertainers for children’s parties such as magicians, clowns, etc. So, in an effort to do something creative, I gave my eldest daughter the task of finding something new. After some research, she definitely found a non-traditional entertainer—a scientist! Well, my colleagues at EPA might not be happy for having an entertainer and a scientist in the same sentence, but I have to admit, this party was very entertaining and even memorable.

The scientist came with her lab coat and set up her “lab” for the children. She talked about chemicals and then had the children do some experiments using some basic household products.  They made silly putty and colorful slime and even cotton candy! Each child left the party with their treasures and the hands-on experience that science can be fun.

Here at EPA we like to encourage children to think critically so they can become future environmentalists. As parents, we can guide then and encourage them in these efforts at home. It can be an enjoyable experience for all.  During Children’s Health Month, let’s teach our children how we all can make a difference to the planet, children’s health, and the future. Let’s plant the seed of environmentalism in their hearts today. That’s fertile ground. We’ll all enjoy the bounty tomorrow.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and chairs EPA’s Multilingual Communications Task Force. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. somenath c permalink
    October 8, 2009

    A good and innovative idea which can inspire parents to do something new and innvative.

  2. Karyn permalink
    October 8, 2009

    This year my daughter is having a Barbie Birthday.
    She is going to be 6 on Oct. 8th. She acts 9 and wants real jewelry and pretend make-up.

    I am not worried of her having a Barbie complex.
    My daughter has a good self esteem due to the love and positive influences in her life. She likes Hannah Montana’s way of dressing; but NOT INTO Brittany Spears attitude, style, or music. (T.G.) !!!

    Next year I may give the ‘Scientist’ Birthday a try!
    My daughter LOVES Science in her Catholic School.

  3. Lina-EPA permalink*
    October 8, 2009

    I think it’s worth a try. If you don’t want to have a full-fledged B-day party, you can try doing some of the experiments at home. Children like arts and crafts. These hands-on science experiments are just another learning experience.

  4. Jackenson Durand permalink
    October 8, 2009

    Because birthday party is one of the child memorable important event lives, we must stop spending those children family time in food area.
    Let start introducing this new generation in the new world of science and technology by spending their specials times and characters into the Green Museum. This is the best picture photo occasional for a following way.
    Our children education is more than our ordinary school challenge, we must be doing this one everywhere, each time and at every occasion; beginning on the bed birth born and never end.

  5. karan permalink
    October 9, 2009

    as science is moving away from d mind of young generation .. i feel this is a good innovtive idea to make children understand the importance of science ,its importance in our day today work.

  6. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    October 10, 2009

    That was the kind of birthday party few kids have and many should have. We need to start making people aware of the environment, its importance to us, and what can happen if we abuse it, at a very early age and continue to hold their interest in it throughout the school years. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

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