As I'm sure a lot of you know, the 50th anniversary of the BBC show Doctor Who was just a few weeks ago. I'm a Whovian and so are lots of my teens, so I decided that we needed to have a party. We regularly have our hugely popular Dungeons and Dragons program from 3:00 to 5:00 on Saturdays, so that was when I decided to have the party. It was complete with refreshments, activities, and crafts. I got a lot of my ideas for this party from Teen Librarian Toolbox, so check out their Doctor Who posts if you need ideas. I also have a Pinterest board devoted to Doctor Who.
We also had a life size TARDIS made from an old refrigerator box. We're unable to use housepaint due to a staff member's allergy to it, but we happened to have a massive bolt of blue felt lying around. One of my co-workers stapled the felt on and it made signs and windows. We had to wire the windows on. The great news is that we were able to use the TARDIS a couple of weeks later in our town's lighted Christmas parade, which was an adventure that really requires it's own post.
We had some pretty basic options: soda for beverages, popcorn, cheetos, but I also made a few themed snacks. I ordered cupcakes from our grocery store in advance with blue frosting. I also made Adipose with marshmallows, which the teens loved. If you decide to make these, don't use toothpicks to attach the limbs. Instead, use white frosting so you can eliminate a choking hazard.
Activities and Crafts
In order to show t.v. shows at your library, you need to have a particular license, and it's different from a movie license. Be sure to keep this in mind as you plan! I brought Doctor Who Monopoly from home and had crafts laid out such as a foldable TARDIS and Dalek. I also put out construction paper, pom poms, and recycled, rinsed out Vitamin water bottles in case anyone wanted to make a Dalek that way.
I really enjoyed putting on this program. The teens had a lot of fun discussing Doctor Who the entire time--what episodes were their favorite, if any counted as horror, etc. A lot of them also got dressed up which made it all the more fun. While this program was a little time consuming to plan, the enthusiasm of the attendees made it worthwhile.