Hello Space adventurers and welcome to this posts where I am about to share with you the best, creative ideas for games, activities, snacks and decorations!
I’m Zoe and I worked as a party host for over 8 years! So with my experience and love for all things creative, I’m here to share some of the best tried and tested tips and hopefully make your life easier for you!
Alright, let’s dive into creating this ultimate space extravaganza!
Top 5 Tips for the Ultimate Outer-Space Party
Before we dive in, let me share my top children’s birthday party tips:
- Use music to create a magical, galactic atmosphere
- Take the children on an adventure story and let their imaginations run wild
- Simple decorations are enough! No need to spend a fortune
- Keep the kids engaged by using physical games and activities
- Get one or two other parent to stay and be on hand to help yourself for peace of mind!
In this guide, I will share ideas for music playlists, a DIY adventure story, and budget-friendly decoration ideas. Plus, I’ll suggest a range of active games that will keep the kids engaged and ensure everyone has a fantastic time.
You really don’t need to spend a fortune! What sticks in children’s minds are the wonder and excitement and creativity- not the Pinterest-style details 🙂
Game Ideas for an Outer-Space Birthday Party
1. Frozen Astronauts
This game is like musical statues- children dance to music and when the music stops they have to freeze! Encourage them to do the craziest dancing they can manage- this is also a good strategy to get them burning as much energy as possible. You can either reward the most frozen statues or call out the funniest frozen positions.
2. Space Adventure
In this game, the facilitator shouts out the actions below and children must follow the instructions for each action. The last ones to follow the actions are out and the game continues!
- Off to Jupiter – Children run to one side of the room
- Off to the moon – Children run to the other side of the room
- Space helmets on! – Pretend to put on a space helmet
- Zero gravity– Arms outstretched children sway around pretending to float in space
- Climb the rocket – Action pretending to climb a ladder with hands and feet
This is a fun, high concentration and physical game- you can always take out one of two of these actions to simplify it for younger children, or reward the fastest child to avoid having to send people ‘out’.
Pro tip: If you don’t want to upset children by sending them ‘out’ you can send them over to jump into the massive imaginary pile of jello! Squelch!!! Children will enjoy making a big squelching sound and dramatic jump- it makes everyone else laugh too.
3. Star Star Planet
This game is similar to duck duck goose but with a theme. It’s a great one to play as children arrive (or as children might get tired of lunchtime at different rates) as new players can easily join and it’s fun and familiar to them.
Children sit in a circle facing inwards. Child A walks around the outside of the circle and gently taps the group one by one on the head as they pass saying Star, Star, Star,…then, they choose one child (child B) to say Planet! Child B jumps up and chases Child A around the circle. Child A has to run around the whole group and sit back in Child B’s space. If they manage, Child B becomes Child A in the next round. Otherwise, Child A has to play again until they succeed.
Best Activities for an Outer Space Party
1. Outer Space Adventure Story
Reading a space adventure story with the kids is a brilliant activity idea. Either it can be bit more of a restful story down-time, or (even better) you can encourage the children to act out the story as you go! This brings imagination and atmosphere- and is exactly the type of activity that will stick in their minds as awesome memories!
We have written a story about an explorer mission into space! We’ve included it for you as a FREE download below!
Top Tip- have the kids act out using their space-swords, putting on their space suits, climbing out the chip and floating in space, discovering the magical mineral rocks, and cheering when they get back to base!
2. Outer-Space Craft Activity (Frisbee or Moon Dough)
A craft activity is a really nice thing to do for a bit of downtime during a party. I often suggest it as children arrive. That way they can get involved straight away and having something to do can make integrating easier for children who are a bit shy at first. It’s also a lovely take-home gift.
IDEA 1: Make your own space frisbee!
These little paper plate frisbees are great to decorate and the fun to play with! We have some suggestions from the Arsty Craftsy Mum Blog. All it needs is some black paint, some sticker stars and some white circle planets that kids can colour in. To keep mess minimal, you can use crayons instead of paint!
Once the frisbees are made (and have had time to dry) you can have a frisbee competition. start at one side of the room and see how far you can throw your frisbee. You could even put space markers out “Oooh! you threw it to mars”, “wow, you’ve reached Saturn!”, “Oh my goodness- its gone all the way to Pluto!!!”
IDEA 2: Moon Dough! A fun playdough recipe for kids to play with and make aliens out of.
I recently learned this recipe from a friend of mine and I think it could be a perfect craft activity for this party! Let the kids add their own colours and glitter and then make aliens or space creatures out of their dough!
Find the moon dough recipe on the LilTiers site here. This also makes a lovely take-home present.
3. Rocket Pinata
A themed pinata is always a fun activity that all children of all ages can get involved in! My super creative friend, Katie from Ivy Lillies sells DIY pinata files including a gorgeous rocket mini-pinata that you might love to check out!
There are also loads of options online- so you can choose whether a DIY project or a ready-made version best suits your time and budget!
Music & Soundtrack of Outer Space!
Music and soundtracks really make the atmosphere at a party! You can try this YouTube space soundtrack, or to be honest for space music, the music score for interstellar is awesome as a soundtrack. Have it playing as the children arrive and during the Adventure story and craft activities.
Outer Space Decoration Ideas
1. Shiny colored balloons in big bunches!
Instantly transform the space with themed color balloons! Create bunches in blues and purples mixed with black and silver and tie them around the room. Consider eco-friendly options like these eco-balloons on Amazon. They can also serve as take-home presents for guests!
2. Photo prop background!
For under $10, you can get these photo props that children can put their faces through and take great- space pictures! We think think is a great ideas- it’s interactive and will add to the atmosphere of the space.
Idea– use polaroid cameras and put the photos up on a clothes like to create a living gallery of the kids photos before they take it home!
3. Decorated Food Tables
Set up food tables with space themed tablecloths, cups, and plates. It will really add to the atmosphere and it’s also functional! We think this outer space set is our favourite (but there are loads of options to buy online so heave a search!)
4. Magical Background Music
Magical background music will create excitement and really add to the atmosphere! It might seem odd as a decoration tip- but trust me! See our suggestions in the music section above.
Food Ideas for an Outer Space Party
The best tip for food ideas is to keep it simple and keep it to food that children will love. To get the most out of the food experience, here are our ideas for adding some sparkle and creativity to the snack table!
1. Outer space cocktails
Make jugs of your child’s favourite juice but put on fun labels like:
- Comet Citrus Splash
- Lunar Lime Refresher
- Astro Apple Fizz
- Rocket Raspberry Blend
2. Space-themed color platters
This is a really fun way to make a food table loop spectacular!
- Blue and Purple – blueberries, blackberries, dark red grapes, blackberry jam sandwiches, you can use natural food coloring to dye any dips like hummus or cream cheese, for crackers. It also looks really pretty to make light purple icing or purple melted white chocolate and drizzle over wafer biscuits or any white sugary desserts like white chocolate coated pretzels, marshmallows, and finger biscuits.
- For silver accents- drizzle melted white chocolate over any biscuits, wafers or fruits and cover in silver sprinkle balls or edible glitter- this will go down a treat!
- For rainbow accents- drizzle melted white chocolate over any biscuits, wafers or fruits and cover in rainbow sprinkles- this will go down a treat!
3. ‘Space’ themed Jelly
A really fun thing to do for a party is make a huge bowl of jelly and fill it with multicoloured cake sprinkles and silver balls! For a space party, you can make a blue jello as a base, either a blueberry flavour, or by adding some natural food dye.
The multicoloured sprinkles will look like intergalactic stars! This would also look epic if you sprinkle the top with edible silver glitter.
5. Popcorn lucky dip
Popcorn is a really fun party food that children love and can be easily customised to fit a theme. See this recipe here for pink popcorn- which you could make blue or purple by adding different colored food colourings and once you’ve poured the syrup onto the popcorn you can also sprinkle with multicoloured or silver and gold sprinkles.
You can also make a popcorn lucky dip (a total hit with all my nieces and nephews at parties) where you mix popcorn with space-themed jelly sweets or multicoloured smarties chocolate.
I hope these ideas are enough to get your imagination flowing and give you some vision of how the outer space party could unfold! The best piece of advice I can give is to make things simple and focus on imagination and magic rather than little details.
You can absolutely do this! Be sure to take heaps of photos to remember this super special day! Best of luck! Zoe x
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