11 year old boy's birthday

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11 year old boy's birthday
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Tue, 09-16-2003 - 5:58pm
My ds is turning 11 in about a month. For the past 3 years we have done smaller scale "parties", a museum, a football game... This year he wants a sleepover with several friends. I have several questions around this.

What is a good # at this age?

Should I have other activities planned besides movies/food/pool table?

I was thinking a scavenger hunt of some sort might be cool and get them outside - hopefully it'll be nice out. Thoughts?

Any other ideas would be great!

Thanks

Karen

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Wed, 09-17-2003 - 2:29am
Oh yeah, I have an 11th birthday coming up too. Before I forget, I need your son to talk to mine about the sleepover idea. Sean wants to go to Chuck E. Cheese (yyuucckkyy - imo). I'd love it if Sean asked for a sleepover.

Now that we're done talking about me LOL - on to your questions. If you haven't already, I'd ask your son how many friends he actually wants to invite. Consider where they're going to sleep, how many can the room hold? Then you figure out how many kids you really want in your home, how many you want to feed, how many you want to manage, will you have help or will you be doing a solo act etc.

I think that the food/movies/pool would be really popular for the party. The scavenger hunt? Who knows, your son may really love the idea or think he's too old for that type of thing.

I'm looking forward to other posts to see if there are any other ideas, goodness knows I'm not an idea person - I could use them.

Best Always,

Sherrie

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Wed, 09-17-2003 - 10:26am
We've done a pool party/sleepover the last two years; ds turned 11 last month. At both, he had 3 kids, which seemed perfect. They could then play teams at cards or play on GameCube with 4 controllers; any more and one would have to sit out. Last year, they were enjoying playing Magic, so dh got them some cheap starter decks from a local shop that repackages things; no one got to choose, no one had seem them; they just played with what they got (vs. bringing their own cards, which works too, but this way no one had a known advantage). They really liked that. The glow sticks are fun (crack and glow for about 6-8 hours); you can hand them out around 9pm. Otherwise, just provide stuff to do, and let them set the pace.

Last year we did the 'worms in the dirt' thing where they each got some gummy worms and oreos and chocolate pudding. Otherwise make-your-own sundaes works too, but do limit how many toppings each use or they won't be able to eat their concoctions!!

HTH!

Sue

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Registered: 07-19-2003
Fri, 09-19-2003 - 2:53pm
Hi Karen,

Same here. My ds turned 11 two days ago and tomorrow night he's having a sleepover (his idea). He invited his 3 closest friends and one new friend. That's enough - we did it last year - pizza for supper, we rented a movie or two, which they only watched halfway while playing something else, and they also played video games. The scavenger hunt sounds like a great idea! Have fun!
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Sun, 09-21-2003 - 8:24pm
My son turned 10 in June. He also wanted a "sleepover" party. We gathered at the house late afternoon and they made their own pizzas. We used english muffins for crusts and I set out different toppings in a "vegetable tray". They came up with some interesting creations! We took them to a "fun centre" where they played Lazer Tag, (we provided each guest with a white t-shirt so it would look really cool under the black lights in the tag room) Cosmic Bowling and some arcade games. We came home and listened to them laugh till the wee hours of the morning (I thought only girls did that--boy was I wrong! LOL). The next morning, they tie-dyed their shirts! They all thought it was a pretty cool time! By the way, DS had 4 friends invited to his party! Good luck and have fun

Laurie

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Mon, 09-22-2003 - 9:57am
Thanks for all of the suggestions. I think we've decided on 5 friends for pizza, bowling, rent movies and a sleepover. We're still not sure about the scavenger hunt. Something outside w/ flashlights sounds fun though.

Thanks

Karen

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 09-22-2003 - 1:56pm
Have fun! Please let us know how it goes!

Janet

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