If you have read my blog, you know my son's fascination with superheroes. He loves to dress up and all things involving superheroes. When Ross and I were talking to him about what to do for his birthday this past fall he said he wanted a superhero party. We wanted to put a spin on just a superhero party so we decided to have a Superhero Academy party.
Basic Premise of the party: An academy where you learn to be a superhero. We'll teach you everything you need to know to make you whatever type of superhero you dream to be....
When the kids arrived they stopped by a table where they picked out their cape, mask, and superhero belt. (Templates from Family Fun Magazine for the following: Masks, belt buckles, and cape. I didn't use this cape template but it will work. I bought bright colored liner fabric from Hancock Fabrics and traced a cape Max had adding some material for the ties - which I put velcro on to easily remove and to remove the possibilitly of choking) They could decorate their belt with some sticker letters, etc. Once they had their costume, they picked up their gift bag, which had a can of silly string, some stickers,a spiderman pen (the pen was a pen, had bubbles in it and a stamp on the end), and candy. I created a logo for our academy as seen on the bags. The logos were also used on t-shirts I made for my husband and I. They were black t-shirts that had "STAFF" on the back and the logo on the front.
1) The silly string cans were used for the "Vaporize a Villain" station. This was the first station that taught a valuable lesson needed to be a superhero. I placed villain photos on the fence and had helium balloons with smaller villain photos on the strings of the balloons. The kids would take the silly string and spray the photos. The balloons danced in the wind, which made those villains especially difficult to vaporize! This was a party for a 4 year old so nothing to challenging - this worked for all age groups.
Here are some other stations we had set up:
2) After the Vaporize a Villain station we had hay bales set up like steps, 4 total hay bales, and this was called "Leap Buildings in a Single Bound." They could climb and jump off, crawl over, whatever their superhero abilities allowed them to do.
3) We had a lava pit. This was a big hit. We took a wide board and placed it over a small swimming pool. The board was held up with cinder blocks and then we had a fog machine to add the element of atmosphere. The kids could walk across the board. We added red food coloring to the water to make it look like lava.
4) "Magnificent Minds." This station was for kids and adults. There was a small and large jar filled with candy. The adults guessed how many pieces of candy were in the large jar, kids guessed how many pieces were in the small jar. The person who guessed closest took the jar of candy home.
5) "Batcave." For this we used his swing-set/tree house. On the tree house part of the swing-set we draped black crepe paper/black sheets and had cutout bats hanging from strings inside. The kids had to climb up into the batcave and retrieve kryptonite from inside (the kryptonite was a glow stick). The kids kept the glow sticks for their gift bags.
6) One of my favorite stations was the "Mighty Muscle" station. We took 2 large Styrofoam balls and painted them black, put them on a dow rod - also painted black and used stencils to paint "100" on each to look like it was 200lbs the kids were lifting. This was a great photo area. I would recommend taking each kids photo here to send home with them. Very fun.
We served burgers and Chik-fil-a nuggets with sides and of course a superhero cake complete with the Incredibles figures on top. You have to keep up your strength to be a superhero!
Graduation from the academy.
When each kid left the party they received their certificate showing that they had completed all the needed requirements to become a superhero. They were able to chose their superhero name and then they had officially graduated from our academy. Here is what the certificate said:
"This certifies that the superhero listed below is a member of the Justice League. They have performed all tasks enabling them to be part of the league as credited by the Superhero Academy. (Members include: Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman...many others and now you!)."
The bottom of the certificate said, "To become part of the league you have accomplished the following. You have vaporized a villain, shown mighty muscles, captured kryptonite from the batcave, crossed the lava pit with bravery, used magnificent memory to guess the candy in the jar and chosen your superhero outfit. Congratulations!"
For all your little superheros, this was a great party. Some kids came in costume, some dressed up at the party. It was fun to see the superheros come alive as their own imaginations took off.
The superhero party items are available at the designergirl007 etsy site. Please let me know if you have any questions. You can purchase items as kit or separately. Enjoy!