Birthday Ideas?

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Registered: 06-02-2007
Birthday Ideas?
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Sun, 01-03-2010 - 3:01am

Hi, I need some birthday ideas for my son's upcoming 7th birthday. I'm thinking of having it at home (yikes!)or park, and I haven't the slightest what activities to plan besides a pinata. Are 7yr olds still into jumpees? If you have any suggestions, I'd like to hear them.

Thanks,
Patti

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Registered: 04-02-2008
Tue, 01-12-2010 - 6:54pm
Love the pompom idea, that's a great suggestion!

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Registered: 06-25-2005
Mon, 01-11-2010 - 10:25pm

I was at Lowe's the other night and saw a sign about their free monthly kid workshops. It reminded me that I heard about another parent who had used the Lowes (Home Depot?) free kid construction craft workshop as part of their child's birthday party. All the kids got to make a craft which ended up being their party favor, and then everyone went to a park for cake and ice cream.

Of course, the craft listed for Feb at Lowe's was a jewelry box. Not sure that'd go over so well with the boys!

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Registered: 06-02-2007
Fri, 01-08-2010 - 11:56pm
Park parties sound like fun......if it doesn't rain! How do you make cardboard shields?
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Registered: 01-07-2004
Fri, 01-08-2010 - 3:24pm
hello!! at 7, kids are definitely still into jumpees/moonwalks. my 9 year old still likes them, to be perfectly honest. you know, i have found that the less events you "plan" the better. kids just like to come, hang out with their friends and have a good time. i went to a birthday party last year and the mom had all these events planned, like crafts and games. while the kids enjoyed them, they were just as happy to play on the swingset, play tag and just hang out with their buddies. take care!!
JOANNE
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Registered: 05-02-2004
Thu, 01-07-2010 - 10:43pm
We have always liked park parties. We have found that it works best to bring cupcakes and some snacks, some bouncy balls, some pool noodles to use as swords and a rope for tug-o-war. (Adults against kids can be really fun!) We keep games really minimal because we usually had siblings of various ages coming too. If you did the pool noodles you could make cardboard shields that they could then whack on. (Maybe make princess cone hats with ribbons for girls.) Bounce houses are good for any age - I have known teenagers who love them. Marshmallow guns are most certainly fun - although if you end up indoors, do pompoms instead so you don't find piles of ants next summer behind the couch! In the past we have also done princess tea party (for my daughter) and gingerbread houses.
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Registered: 04-08-2003
Wed, 01-06-2010 - 12:37pm

I was going to do this last year (7th), but at last moment my DS changed his mind & begged to have it where he took gymnastics. I still like the idea & might try to see if he wants to do it this year.

SCIENCE PARTY!

I think it was from the Family Fun magazine. But you buy X-Large men's t-shirts (I think you can buy a pack of 8 real cheap) then cut them in the front so they can be worn as science jackets.

Go to a $1 store & get some stickers to make name tags.

For the boys who want it, put moose in their hair & make a mad science hairdo.

If you order early you can find some cheap goggles online too. I found Home Depot type places didn't carry cheap ones. But I was finding them online for under a $1 a piece.

Gather around the table and do some fun home made science projects.

Not sure if this would work ... just came up with the idea right now, but for snack popping popcorn at the table on a fondue set? Probably doesn't get high enough? But today, most kids only sees popcorn being popped in a microwave. So popping corn in some other fashion may be very fun for them.

You can even make ice cream in plastic baggies! Look up the recipe online, then embellish as you wish ... like with M&Ms or Oreo's. I personally think the Oreo baggy ice cream is the best. Put the embellishments in with the rest of the ingredients. (Note, as I saw at our family reunion last year, it can get messy w/lots of kids - so if only for 20 minutes you could go outside you may be a happier mom -- ALSO NOTE: eat immediately after making, it starts to melt fast. You can eat straight from the bag.)

Take home goodies bag could have zots, sour balls, maybe a little bag of clearly marked baking soda, a small piece of agate or something like that.




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Registered: 06-02-2007
Tue, 01-05-2010 - 10:19pm
No, his birthday is next month. The weather is so unpredictable this time of year. Last year it hailed on his birthday!
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Registered: 07-05-2005
Mon, 01-04-2010 - 3:12pm

Hi Patti,


I wanted to share a link to some great articles on iVillage all about kids birthday parties. The articles include fun party game ideas as well as ideas for

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Registered: 04-02-2008
Mon, 01-04-2010 - 1:32pm

Do you mean blow up toys?

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