Random Acts of Living

Sunday, March 16, 2008

They're All Princesses

It's amazing how many princesses there are in a country that doesn't recognize royalty of it's own. But every little girl is a princess, especially on her birthday, just ask her. Which is why on Sunday afternoon I picked up my son's youngest daughter and drove 32 miles to my brother's granddaughter's birthday party at My Gym in Wichita KS. They began with some organized activities to get them warmed up.I didn't take my camcorder but I did get some low quality video clips with my digital camera.

They hung padded blocks from the ceiling, swung them and had the girls attempt to run through them without getting hit.

Then they were instructed to try to crawl under them, again without getting bonked on the head.
Here they are all lined up and ready for another challenge.
The birthday girl liked the giant ball that you could get in and roll around with.
Then there was climbing to be done.
The video below is a short clip of story time. They set a couple exercise pads on edge making a walled in area. The leader then gathered all the children inside and told a story using some hand puppets. The children really enjoyed with and interacted quite loudly with the storyteller.

After the story they then played hide-n-seek. The leader stayed in the walled in area telling the children to go hide but not to hide in the ball pit because that is the first place she checks. She then counts to 20 as the other helpers lead the children to hide under the play equipment to the left of the gym. The leader comes out to look and goes directly to the ball pit which is to the front right of the gym. The helper then "sneaks" the children back to the "safe place" for the leader to discover them. Of course they were all giggling and not really fooling anyone. They did this a couple of times before going on to.... Picture time.

They then had cake and ice cream...
Presents from friends and family at the party were then opened...
...and a final short play time...

...before time to go home.
The final farewell in the ball pit.

Back at home, presents were opened that they hadn't wanted to haul to the gym only to haul home again. We had saved our present for opening at their home. See the Sponge Bob bag, that's the one that my granddaughter picked to use (but I didn't have any princess ones or I'm sure that's what she would have picked instead).
More toys than she will know what to do with, I'm sure.
A fabulous time was had by all and it was a wonderful way for 5 years olds to celebrate a birthday. To jump and scream and holler and run and climb and not have any adults telling them to settle down.


Anita said...

Wow! How much fun does that look!? Looks like fun for the adults, just watching the kids! :)

Peter said...

Hi! This post makes me feel like being a kid all over again!


Alice said...

What a little sweetie! That gym birthday party is such a great idea. Fun for the kids and easy on mom.

Moonshadow said...

Anita - The adults did have a great time watching. The staff at My Gym engaged the children constantly and switched up the activities so they didn't have a chance to get bored.

Peter - your inner child still just wants to play!

Alice - My neice is usually pretty frazzled by the end of the children's celebrations because the two little boys are hers too. She came away from this alot more relaxed.