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post #1 of 6 Old 11-12-2013, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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I win, hands down!

It seems that many families try to outdo each with birthday parties for their children. Either being taken to expensive places or having entertainers to keep the children amused.

A friend was stuck as to what to do when it was her son's tenth birthday. We were talking about it and I told her that I would organise things for her.
On the invites for the fourteen boys invited, they were told to bring outdoor waterproof clothing. The children arrived and were all wondering what they were going to do.
They were all handed a card and pencil and sent off with a list for a paper chase come treasure hunt. The trail sent them just over two miles. They had things to collect on the way.
They set of in rain which turned to torrential. None returned deterred. They returned about 2 hours later, red faced, complaining they were to hot, filthy dirty and most, non to dry. (Finding a four leaf clover kept them hunting!)
They were all 'starving' and tucked into sausages, beans and fries followed by various desserts. Plates were cleaned.

After eating I set about playing old fashioned Victorian party games, some of these are real set ups and done individually, so they wait outside the room. The first participant has the most fun because they get to watch the others.
I admit to being shocked that they were all so keen to keep playing.

When parents arrived, seven hours after dropping them off, they collected tired, fun filled boys that were excited to tell how much fun they had.

One lad came to me and said "I never knew that playing outside in the rain could be so much fun!"

The kids loved it, parents couldn't believe that such fun could be had for so little money, apart from the food and some simple prizes, it cost nothing!

Perhaps I should become a party organiser?
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"Parties by Foxhunter" - it does have a ring to it.
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How fun! :) Nice when you can pry them away from electronics!

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It's always nice to hear of children exploring their world without electronics guiding their way. It seems that the last generation who truly had to entertain themselves without television (most likely the 90's, even though electronics were making their existence largely known mid-late 90s) has come and is now entering adulthood. I know children afraid of grass longer than freshly-mowed lawns if you can wrap your brain around it. One boy scraped his knee and came to me to tell me his mom was going to sue me and he'd die.

You should totally become a party planner; advertise parties that promote physical activity, down-home entertainment methods (without the need of electronics), and cheap provisions. I know I'd pay for your services if I had children.

Well done!

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post #6 of 6 Old 11-12-2013, 06:05 PM
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When so many birthday parties are at Mickey Ds your ideas challenged the kids. My nephew for his 9th birthday had moved and knew no one so his dad treated him to a 20 minute ride in a Cessna bush plane. Armed with a good camera he took lots of pics from the air and had a great time. Cost was $50 for a lifetime experience.
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