9 Neon Party Activities That Rock
by Ann Mifsud
We knew that organizing a neon party for our 12-year-old, involved preparing some awesome activities that would keep all the invited youngsters entertained for quite a while.
We came up with these 9 neon party activities and they were a blast. You can rest assured that they won’t disappoint.
Here they are…
Black light is needed for these activities.
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A significant milestone in your kid’s life may be approaching, and you’re eager to leave a lasting impression on them and their friends. Undoubtedly, hosting a kids glow party to celebrate in style is the perfect choice!
And that’s out of the way, let’s dive-in to: What do you do at a neon party?
1. Glow King Size Jenga
Double the magic of Jenga by making bigger and glowing, this enjoyable table game. There’s some preparatory work for it, but it’s well worth the effort. You can keep on repeating the game over and over again.
How to do it
- Cut wooden blocks (see below) or buy the giant Jenga
- Paint each wooden block in yellow, green, orange and pink highlighter paint and leave to dry. (We painted ours all yellow.)
- Alternatively you can stick blacklight tape to the sides of each block.
- Stack the king size wooden tower in a corner at your party venue before the guests come.
- When it’s time to play, group your guests in teams and let the fun starts.
Pro Tip: If you’re pressed for time you can go for this Blacklight Tumble Tower. It’s smaller but it will do the job!
2. Neon Twister
Great interaction follows after playing this classic, this time round under blacklight. Twister is ideal when you have guests that already know each other.
How to do it
- Buy 24 highlighter cardstock circles or cut out 24 circles from highlighter cardboard, each 8” (20cm) in diameter.
- Place them on the floor in the Twister formation and stick them with double-sided tape.
- If you have a Twister spinner, just go ahead and use it to play the game.
- If you’re new to this game, check this video…
- Have your guests turn the spinner on at a time.
- They need to place one of either their hands or feet on one of the circles whose color corresponds to that on the spinner.
Some guests might not feel comfortable to play this game because of the continuous close physical contact with other players in dim light. Others, however, will love it.
Pro Tip: We suggest that with a total of 24 circles not more that 4 players take part at a time.
3. Glowing Mentos Fountains
Teenagers will love this lab experiment done at a neon party. It is a very easy to do but could be quite messy. So it is more appropriate to do it outdoors.
What you need
How to do it
- Get bottles full of tonic water and place them under blacklight. They will immediately give out a blueish shine.
- Open the bottle and pour in half a Mentos mint candy roll.
- Move immediately away as the candy will suddenly react with the tonic water and a glowing fountain is produced for some seconds.
This activity can be quite messy, so we recommend to be done outdoors.
4. Glow In The Dark Dance Floor
There’s no party without music and dancing. And what more can your guests ask for, if not a glow in the dark dance floor. It is easy to set up and not as expensive as you might imagine.
Go to our 13 Steps To A Successful Neon Party, for ideas how to set up music for an energetic neon party.
What you need
How to do it
- Get some A4 size blacklight reactive cardstock (thick paper) sheets to lay on the floor where you plan the dancing will be taking place.
- The area must be well lit with UV light.
- With them design a grid on the floor equivalent to the dance area you wish to create.
- Stick them to the floor with double-sided tape.
Pro Tip: You need six A4 sheets for every 2 square feet. For a dance floor area measuring 10’ by 8’ (3m x 2.5m) you need 120 sheets. If you prefer, you can place the sheets 1 inch (2.5cm) apart all around. In this case you would only need 96 sheet for the same area.
5. Blacklight VIP Photo Booth
Setting a photo booth at a blacklight party is not only fun, but it is a great way to create memories for all to treasure in the years to come.
We share all details on what you need and how to set up a neon photo booth, here.
6. Glowing Friendship Bracelets
Friendship bracelets are a powerful way to get young people together. The fun part in doing them at a glow in the dark party is that your guests can actually create such bracelets that glow when exposed to blacklight.
Make sure that the highlighter pens you chose do glow under blacklight. You can try them under UV light before you start.
How to prepare for it
- Plan to give each of your guests 4 lengths of colored strings.
- Get a roll of white cotton string and cut as many lengths as you need, 40” (1m) long.
- Prepare to dye the strings in four different fluorescent colors.
- Pluck out the core of four different highlighter pens.
- Fill 4 large plastic cups with water and place the highlighter cores inside each cup.
- Leave for an hour or two so that the highlighter color dissolves in the water.
- Dip an equal amount of white strings in the cups, to attain highlighter colored strings.
- Take them out and leave them to dry.
Pro Tip 1: If you’re not familiar how to do friendship bracelets, it is a good idea to get some practice days ahead of the party. There are many ways how to go about it. We found the video below very helpful for beginners.
How to do it
- During the party encourage guests to work in pairs.
- Give every guest 4 lengths of strings, one from each color.
- Show them how to do the friendship bracelet.
Pro Tip 2: You may want to ask your guests if they are familiar with making friendship bracelets and rope those who are, to help the others come up with their own bracelet.
7. Neon Glow White T-Shirt Design
Most whites glow very bright under UV light. Add to them some highlighter colors and you’ll have a rainbow of spectacular pieces of art.
How to do it
- Prepare a cheap, slightly baggy, white T-shirt for each one of your guests.
- Give them plenty of highlighter pens.
- Tell them to just go ahead and create their own designs on the T-shirts.
- When they are done they could wear them on top of their clothes.
- There might be guests who would wish others to draw on their T-shirts.
Pro Tips: You may use this activity in preparation of other activities, like for example before you invite them to use the glow in the dark dance floor or prior to taking the “official” party photos at the blacklight VIP photo booth.
It is also a good idea for safety purposes to have your guests wear the white T-shirt when they take part in the glow in the dark pinata. (See below.)
8. Glow In The Dark Graffiti
Kids love painting and when it comes to graffiti let them unleash their creativity.
How to do it
- You can do this activity at a neon party by preparing some A3 white sheets on a wall and provide plenty of brushes, fluorescent paint and highlighter pens.
- You may take this activity a notch higher by covering chipboard sheets with paper and give your guests fluorescent spray cans instead. (Note: check if the spray paint you buy actually glows when exposed to UV light – not all highlighter paint glows uder black light)
- Make sure that the area is well exposed to blacklight.
Safety Tip: If you’re going for spray paint it is recommended that you use an outdoor space. Spray cans release toxic fumes that can be lethal if inhaled profusely. Having a chunk of kids spraying paint at one go in an enclosed space, is not a good idea.
9. Black Light Pinata
Last but not least… black light pinata! This might sound a bit dangerous to include at a neon party. However, if you take the necessary precautions, it will surely be a blast with most of your guest.
How to do it
- Buy a pinata kit of your choice, together with party favors and bats.
- If you choose a pinata that does not glow in the dark it would still do and it saves you from providing blindfolds to the participants.
- On the other hand, if you wish your pinata to glow under UV light, you can cut strips of highlighter kite paper and glue them to your pinata.
- Hang the pinata in the most secluded area of your neon party venue.
- For your guests safety, affix highlighter tape on the floor to mark where you want the participants to stay when it is their turn to strike the pinata and where to stay while waiting for their turn.
- For extra safety and visibility give your guests a large white T-shirt to wear on top of their clothes.
- Only allow one participant to hit the pinata at a time. All the rest should stay waiting behind the markers on the floor.
- Make sure that all guests have understood the rules before the activity starts.
Safety Tip: Allow only one participant to hit the pinata at a time. All the rest should stay waiting behind the markers on the floor.
If you wish to do your pinata from scratch or you need more safety tips, go to our Quick A to Z Guide For Your Kid’s Party Pinata.
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