How to Have Fun-Make Big Bubbles

We all have memories we love of fun times we’ve had. I’ve always loved playing with bubbles, but I remember my first time making really big bubbles. Do you know the ones I mean? Bubbles that are big enough to engulf you. If you have not played with this type of bubbles you are missing an incredible amount of effervescent fun.

The first time, for me, was at my cousins’ house. They had a large disk filled with bubbles and a giant round wand. The road wound around their front yard going up a hill. How we laughed when we stopped traffic with bubbles. We may have been teenagers, but playing with these bubbles was hilarious fun. We spent the afternoon making them.

Very much like the one I stood in :D
Very much like the one I stood in :D
Wind Tunnel Fun
Wind Tunnel Fun
Water Discovery Fun
Water Discovery Fun

Another time was when my daughter was young, before my son was born. We went to the Science Spectrum in Lubbock, TX. The Science Spectrum is a very cool place. I think I had more fun than the kids. We went with a friend and her daughter. There are more than 250 hands on science exhibits. Hands on mean you can touch, push buttons, turn knobs, jump, crawl and have a ton of active fun. No wandering looking at displays, bored to tears, the Science Spectrum is fun!

My favorite part was standing inside the giant bubble. There is a ring filled with bubble liquid, and in the middle a small pedestal to stand on. Someone on the outside pulls the wand up around you, and presto! You are standing inside a giant bubble looking out. I must have made my poor friend do this 20 times.  I could not get enough of that bubble!

Standing inside the bubble never lost its charm for me. Every time we returned, I stood in the giant bubble. As my kids grew older, they became bored with the Science Spectrum. It is more geared for preschool and younger elementary children (and me). Oh well, I have not stood inside the bubble for quite a few years now.

That balcony behind these girls is the balcony we had on vacation.
That balcony behind these girls is the balcony we had on vacation.
She is using a Bubble Sword!
She is using a Bubble Sword!
This girl is good, look at that bubble she caught!
This girl is good, look at that bubble she caught!

My attraction to bubbles has never abated. I love blowing the small ones with the kids and then trying to catch them. Watching them float, sparkling in the sunlight fills me with joy. I tried to find a giant bubble maker, but not all giant bubble makers are created equal. I almost despaired of finding one that would work consistently.

We were on vacation in Cape May, NJ when I found the giant bubble maker I now use. Cape May is a beautiful Victorian town. The colors and architecture of the houses makes it a very pleasant place to walk around. I had found a condo over the stores at the corner of Jackson and Beach Streets. The location was probably the best place to stay in the town.

The mini golf was across Jackson Street and the arcade and beach were across Beach Street. There was a great hot dog place downstairs. They had an amazingly large variety of hot dogs. I could give the kids a couple of dollars and they could each have a dog of their choice. The owner and his wife were wonderful people. We enjoyed talking to them; they were always cheerful and friendly.

So, I guess you get the picture; we were on one of the busiest corners in Cape May. We had a balcony that looked out over Beach Street. You could sit and watch the dolphins jump in the ocean across the way. There were several small shops below us also. Guess what I found in one of them. That’s right a Bubble Sword! My new favorite giant bubble maker and the one I always keep on hand. And, yes, I have one in the closet right now.

We bought the Bubble Swords, one for each kid and one for me.  (Of course I wasn’t going to be left out of the fun!)  We went back to our balcony.  The sun was just beginning to set and we started making bubbles.  This was my children’s first experience making giant bubbles around unsuspecting bystanders.  They loved the ooohs and aaahs they heard from the kids in the crowds.  How we laughed when the giant bubbles stopped traffic on Beach Street. 

My daughter may have been a teenager and my son 8 or 9, but it was hilarious fun!  We made bubbles every night for the rest of the two weeks.  We amazed crowds of people, stopped traffic and laughed like hyenas.  Not one person yelled at us.  There is something about bubbles that brings out the best in people.  Perhaps it reminds them of the amazement of childhood.

I was searching the web today and saw that you can get colored bubbles now. “Colored bubbles!” I thought to myself. “Ooooh, that sounds like fun!” I looked up the site. The bubbles are called “Zubbles” and are available in Presto Pink or Blazing Blue.

It seems that for years we could not have colored bubbles because when they popped they left a stain on clothing. Tim Kehoe, the inventor, has solved this problem. The bubbles are like disappearing ink. They stain initially, but the stain disappears in about 15 minutes when it dries. What wonderful fun will the world think of next? I cannot wait to get my “Zubbles” and make Pink and Blue giant bubbles!

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Linda Myshrall 7 years ago

Five or Fifty; it never gets old, does it? Loved this!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Linda, It never gets old for me! LOL, I love bubbles. :D


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Oh Yes Bubbles are great...remember the ones you blew up and they smelled so toxic...but lastest like forever....They didn't last long tho...mom's complained....and bubble baths awwww I so love them and so did the kids....like the smell of baby powder....Nice reminders my dear...:O) Hugs


ralwus 7 years ago

Sounds like fun to me, but I thought you were going to tell me about Bubbles the Burlesque queen. shucks!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

G-Ma, I think I remember those! Do you mean the ones you put a little rubber like ball on the end of a straw and blew it? They really did smell awful! Yaaah for bubble baths. :D Glad you like it!

ralwus, LOL, is there Bubbles the Burlesque Queen? You better stay away from her and have some real fun! :))


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

I was crazy about bubbles when I was a child and still am! Now I want me one of them bubble swords.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

May, The Bubble Swords consistently make great bubbles! Great giant bubbles...so much fun. :D


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fortunerep 7 years ago from North Carolina

This makes my 3 years old bubble collection look pretty sad!  She loves big bubbles!

dori


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

fortunerep, She is young yet...you still have time for bigger and better! Big or small, bubbles are wonderful!


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erin boote 7 years ago from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

this took my back to my childhood....i loved going to parties where they gave the kids bubbles...thanks...


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

erin, You need to get some more. It is such a simple form of true fun!


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

Bubbles are magic. I love chasing the big ones with a flashlight at night.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Paper Moon, I love chasing the bubbles, but have yet to try with a flashlight at night. LOL, that sounds like fun. I will have to try it...it reminds me of hide and seek in a way. :))


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

If you can get several flashlights on a big one it is far out beautiful.


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R Burow 7 years ago from Florida, United States

My kids and my dog love bubbles. The dog jumps as high as he can to pop them. It's a sight. Big bubbles will be big fun around here. Thanks. (good looking kids !)


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frogdropping 7 years ago

k@ri - bubbles rock. One of the most inexpensive ways to have fun with your children! A friend of mine has a dog that's simply obessessed with bubbles and I've spent many an hour playing with her too :)

Funily enough I watched a mini-documentary last night about giant bubbles. The science of it. I have to say - watching the bubbles popping via slow-motion camera was uterrly fab!


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

At Xmas we got one of those large rings and blew giant bubbles with the grandchildren. Great fun great hub,


ralwus 7 years ago

I will have fun with my bubbles now. hehe


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Paper Moon, That sounds beautiful, I'm going to have to try it :D

R Burow, I'd love to see your dog jumping and popping! Big bubbles are always big fun. (Not my kids, just a couple from Photobucket, but they are cute!)

froggy, I always have fun playing with bubbles. I guess I'm just a kid at heart. I would have loved to see those bubbles pop in slomo! :D

sixty, Who had more fun...you or the kids?

ralwus, your incorrigible! Run along and have fun now, little boy. :p


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

I tried many times and failed to make the bubble I want until I met a crazy friend who taught me how to create a real one :) it's really fun...


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

OOO I still love bubble stuff. Even that which just does small bubbles


Marvin 7 years ago

I love too blow bubbles too


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

shamelabboush, It's good to have crazy friends sometimes...we can learn so much :D It really is fun in my world! Thanks.

ethel, I love the small bubbles, I love the big bubbles, and (I hope) soon I will love the colored bubbles! I love bubbles :D

Marvin, Bubbles are the best!


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

I somehow suspect I had more fun than the kids. You know kids they eventually lose interest and chase grasshoppers or watch ants.


ralwus 7 years ago

Little Walrus came from bubbles. Bubbles is so much fun and my heart just breaks when she vanishes.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

sixty, You are a man after my own heart...I know I usually have more fun than the kids!

ralwus, Oooohhhhh, poor little man with a vanished Bubble and broken heart...maybe you need to be nicer to your Burlesque queen! LOL, she may not vanish so easily. :D

badcompany, I really do love playing with bubbles (not the kind ralwus likes :D)! I cannot wait until my colored bubbles arrive! I wonder how they will shine in the sun? :))


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

I loved playing with bubbles as a kid. As a young adult, I still liked playing with Bubbles. She was a bartender at this place I worked, but that's another story! Cape May sounds like a great, fun town...a place I would love to visit. What I want to know is, what party pooper voted 'No" in the poll? Who doesn't like to play with bubbles? Very fun hub with lots of memories stirred!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

LOL, is that the same Bubbles ralwus knows...how many playful Bubbles are in this world? Cape May is fun, always worth a visit. I do not know who doesn't like to play with bubbles...must have been a mistake! :D


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csd1509 7 years ago

i have bottles of them stored in my "presents" closet...whenever my daughter get's "wild" she starts blowing bubbles and calmes down..it's a lot of fun especially because of all the types you can buy today..


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

csd1509, Bubbles are always fun, aren't they? :D

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