Superhero Birthday Party

Invitations
Take the front of a newspaper and scan it into your computer. Take out the headlines and insert “Calling All Superheroes” and “Villains have taken over the city”. Download a picture of the Justice League and underneath add “You’re invited to be a hero for a day and help us capture villains and save our city.”

Decorations
Make signs that say “POW!, ZAP! and BOOM! in blue, red and yellow colors and cut in the same shapes that you see in comic books for your front door and walls. Hang pictures of superheroes on the front door and walls. Purchase blue, red and yellow balloons and streamers and place superhero stickers on them.

Make color copies of comic book pages and cover the tables with them. Place clear plastic tablecloths over the pages. For table centerpieces, make a city skyline by covering milk, juice and cereal boxes with black tissue paper or construction paper and adding small yellow squares for the windows. Place superhero figurines on the table and tie balloons to them.. Put black and white comic book pages and crayons at each place setting for the kids to color. Use blue, red and yellow tableware (plates, cups, napkins and silverware. Tape clip art superhero images to the cups.

Games and Activities
X-ray Vision Test
Place items in a box. Blindfold the kids and let them  identify the items without sight, only touch or smell. Use items like an orange, vinegar, a flower, a toy, etc.


Strength Test
 Press 200 lbs.—Make weights by wrapping two paper plates in black construction paper or painting them black. Write 200 lbs with white chalk or paint. Make a whole in the center of both plates and slide one on each end of a dowel.

Knock Down the Buildings Bowling
Decorate small cardboard boxes and place them like bowling pins. Have them knock them down with a ball.

Kryptonite Hunt
Before the party, take small rocks and spray paint them a fluorescent green. When their dry, hide them around the party area. Give the kids plastic bags to pick up the kryptonite and explain to them that they shouldn’t touch it with their hands or their superpowers may be destroyed.


Tight Rope Walk
Use a 2x4, place a strip of masking tape or draw a chalk line, having kids walk across the “tight rope” to the other side.


Obstacle Training Course
Here are some ideas for your obstacle course:

• Run through hula hoops
• Weave in and out of cones (or another item like boxes)
crawl through a tunnel (use an appliance box or place a tablecloth over a table)
• Knock down the buildings—Use different size boxes appropriate to the age group). Decorate the boxes to resemble buildings.
• Jump on a pile of pillows or cushions

Knock Out the Villains
Take plastic bottles, remove the labels and place pictures of villains on them. Place them in a row on a table about 10 inches apart from one another. Have the kids knock them down with a ball.

Red Light, Green Light
Set the game up by making a starting line with tape on one side of the room. One player plays the “stop light” and the rest of the kids have to try and touch him or her. To play, the kids stand behind the starting line and the stop light stands about 15 feet away from the starting line. The stop light faces away from the other players and says “green light”, at which point the kids move towards the stop light. At any point, the stop light can say “red light” and turn around. If any of the kids are caught moving after this, they are out. The game resumes when the stop light turns back around and says green light”. The stop light wins if all the kids are out before anyone is able to touch him or her. Otherwise, the first player to touch the stop light wins the game.


Pin the Logo on the Superhero
Hang a large photo of a Superhero and make enough copies of the superhero’s logo for each child. Place each child’s name on the back of the copies along with double-sided tape. Blindfold each child when it’s their turn, turn them around and see how close they can get their logo to the original one.


Pass the Kryptonite
Play like Hot Potato. All the kids sit in a circle. Explain what kryptonite is and if they ever come in contact with it, they should get rid of it as fast as they could!  Then turn superhero themed music and give a ball to one of the kids and they pass the ball until you stop the music  Whoever is holding the ball is out and the game continues until only one kid is left. 

Party Food
Have a Build a Hero bar and put out various lunch meats, cheeses, chopped lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions and condiments.

Party Favors
Superhero figures, comic books, superhero coloring books or coloring pages, crayons, Kryptonite glow sticks, superhero themed candy, superhero stickers

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