Go green in March with a Party Smarty birthday party special that’ll make you want to celebrate

You don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to start thinking green. All month long, we’re offering $100 off our regular Party Smarty birthday parties at both the HMNS Main and Sugar Land locations.

What does that mean to you? That means members can book for $200 instead of the usual $300 price for the entire month of March, while non-members can make their kids’ birthday dreams come true for $250. (Please note: Our $800 deluxe parties are not eligible for discount, nor are parties that have already been booked.)

Party like a Smarty with HMNS!So why not treat yo self this March and let HMNS’ party coordinators do the heavy lifting? From treat bags to decor to activities, we’ve got you covered.

Choose from an entomology theme you’ll go bug-eyed over in the Cockrell Butterfly Center, a dinosaur theme your guests will totally dig in the Morian Hall of Paleontology, or a soiree that’ll get you starry-eyed in the Arnold Space Hall.

For more information or to book your next party, click here!

Be the Party Smarty: Fuse this time-tested childhood craft with HMNS birthday fun

Creating a fuse bead masterpiece is a different feat at 25 years old than it was at 10. I’d never realized how handy having tiny digits had been until recently, as I fumbled with slippery, miniscule beads to create one of our most popular Party Smarty crafts.

Kiddos who book their birthdays with HMNS get a variety of extra-special extras, but our included craft time is something to be enjoyed by both the young and the young at heart.

I got in touch with my inner child with some good old-fashioned Perler beading. (You can find tubs of these infernal little buggers at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. These days they even have sparkles.)

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First, carefully place your fuse/Perler beads on your stencil. It pays to work from the center out (for obvious reasons), but if your imagination runs wild and you envision your dinosaur with spots or your butterfly with chevron wings, by all means, don’t let a little thing like common sense get in the way.

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Check out these beauts by our Party Smarty staff and yours truly. Guess which one was by the amateur? (Hint: The answer’s not visible to the naked eye, but it took me twice as long to make the dino at bottom.)

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Next you’ll iron the beads onto the mold with medium heat. Put a piece of parchment paper over your creation and make sure to use a dry iron, keeping the iron parallel to your surface and moving in circular motions. (This craft is recommended for children 7 and up, but Party Smarty staff will assist with this part.)

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We find that it’s best to iron both sides for durability.

Once the beads are fused, as below, gently peel the fused plastic off the mold, cover it once more in parchment paper (which you can reuse, unlike wax paper) and iron again.

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Whether you decide to make your creation into a magnet, a barrette or a creative holiday ornament, you’ll have partied smartly at HMNS.

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Making slime one step at a time: Join our birthday party team as they cook up dino boogers!

You’ve already read about our ballin’ birthday party program. But now you can sneak a peek behind the scenes with one of our most outlandish birthday craft activities: MAKING SLIME! Our slime is customizable for different party themes (and can be made in different colors). We like to call the iteration below “dinosaur boogers.” (It comes with the dinosaur-themed birthday party.)

Slime and other crafts are included in any regular birthday party package. To learn more about our Party Smarty birthday party program and what our packages include, email birthdays@hmns.org or call 713-639-4646.

Supplies:  
•    Bowl or cup
•    Mixing utensil (a popsicle stick, knife or spoon all work fine)
•    Plastic bag or sealable container to put the finished slime in
•    2 tablespoons of white school glue (washable)
•    1 tablespoon of paint (color of choice; preferably washable paint)
•    1 tablespoon of Borax water (see note below)

Instructions
•    Fill a measuring cup with water and add a thin layer of Borax. Mix until dissolved and set aside.
•    In a separate mixing container, combine glue and paint. Mix together until the paint is evenly mixed with the glue.
•    Add the Borax water. (It begins to become slime the moment you add the Borax water, so be ready to mix!)
•    Mix the Borax water into the glue mixture until it wraps around the mixing utensil. It may be a little wet, so put the slime in your sealable container and let it stand for a few minutes. Soon it will be ready to pull, throw, bounce, and blow out of your nose!

Check out our step-by-step guide below, in pictures:

1. Add glue.

Making slime, on step a time

2. Add paint.

Making slime, on step a time

3. Mix glue and paint.

Making slime, on step a time

4. Add Borax water.

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5. Mix quickly!

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6. DINOSAUR BOOGERS!

Making slime, on step a time

Making slime, on step a time

Ain’t no party like a Party Smarty: Plan your child’s next birthday bash with HMNS!

The roller rink party is over. Usher in a new era of best-birthday-party-evers with the Party Smarty program at HMNS!

Party Smarty is any parent-turned-party-planner’s one-stop shop for everything from decor to thank you notes to treat bags.

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Plan your get together with one of three themes: Explore entomology in the Cockrell Butterfly Center, dig through dinosaur history in our new Hall of Paleontology, or have a shindig under the stars in the Arnold Space Center.

Each two hour party includes a ginormous birthday card, a crafting session and an exhibit tour. Any theme can be customized with great add-on demonstrations like Chemistry or Science on Stage, Wildlife or Bugs on Wheels and more. Want a magician? What about a face painter? Balloon artist? We’re telling you – we’ve got your covered.

For more information on our Party Smarty program or our super-duper deluxe offerings, call 713-639-4646 or email birthdays@hmns.org to get your party going today.