I have been to many kiddie parties before and being a mom of two, have hosted them myself. But the most recent children’s party that we’ve been to is by far the most enjoyable and fulfilling for my kids. Let me tell you why.
First, I would like to thank my blogger friend Cheerful for inviting us to her son’s birthday last week. She lives in the downtown area and it would take us at least an hour to get there, but since the kids don’t get to attend parties here as much as they do in the Philippines, we decided to go.
We were an hour late because aside from traffic, we got lost But I won’t tell you the details of that– long story short, we arrived Che’s place and by then the kids were already enjoying themselves. We found out that they were supposed to do certain tasks to complete “an Astronaut’s Training Course.”
The kids had six tasks:
This served as the checklist– Che marked them as soon as the kids completed the task assigned
Level 0: Shuttle Orientation
For this level, the kids colored the shuttle
Level 1: Rocket Launch
Che taught Roi how to launch the rocket
1, 2, 3, Blast off!
Level 2: Shuttle Repair
The “astronaut trainees” would match the nuts and bolts together
They would look for those nuts and bolts in the water- it definitely took patience on the part of the “trainees” as they would be wearing gloves and matching those bolts took time
I was so happy about Roi because usually he would be so impatient when it comes to accomplishing a task that would involve tiny details, but he did not complain. He was determined to finish everything– just like a good astronaut would!
Level 3: Collect Moon Rocks
For this, they went out to collect “moon rocks” from the pool and the garden. It was like a treasure hunt.
Level 4: Tranquilize Aliens
I took this photo of Ria “tranquilizing aliens” by shooting them with a toy gun
Level 5: Anti-Gravity Balance
Anti-gravity balance is keeping this ball in the spoon while walking and competing against another team
Roi proudly showing off his checklist– all ticked!
Roi brought home a certificate of completion– congrats to my little astronaut!
Ria had one of these, too except that she was not able to participate in all the activities. She was a lot older than the kids who attended the party and only did two of the main tasks, but she enjoyed the party as much as Roi did.
And there’s the celebrant surrounded by his co-astronauts! Happy Birthday, CJ!
Here are some helpful tips that I learned when holding a kiddie party:
1. Have a theme and stick to it. In CJ’s, it was about rockets and astronauts. It is helpful to have a theme because you won’t have a hard time finding decorations as everything would evolve around the theme you’ve chosen. Look for games and toys that would go with the theme as well.
2. Have a set of “tasks” to be accomplished by the party-goers. I have never seen Roi so determined to finish something. Also, I have seen him get bored in parties but not to this one. He was so focused on finishing the tasks and was excited about the rewards as well. Having a set of tasks would also teach kids the value of teamwork and being a good sport.
So we went home from that party happy and yes, the little astronaut felt that sense of accomplishment. It was not easy for him, but it was all worth it, I can tell!
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