We had a terrific birthday party for Blake on Feb 10 – only 3 weeks after his b-day. The kids met after school and had a huge snack then played on the playground for awhile. Gaga ball is always a hit.
This was the first year we let Blake choose his friends instead of making him invite his whole class (plus their twins and triplets.) Making the list was hard for him and it was nice to see how many children he genuinely wanted to invite. We narrowed it down to 18 (oy vey) and it was such a nice group of kids. In the past we, as teacher parents, had to pull out the teacher voice from time to time and redirect kids away from being goof balls. This party, though big, was full of really, really lovely kiddos. Easy.
We came back to the house after a big play and divided the kids into two groups. Scott and I had gutted our back room and turned it into an escape room. One group at a time went into the escape room to solve the clues and escape the room. We had run several trials in the days leading up to the party and it was taking adults and older neighbours about half an hour. We truly didn’t know how long it would take our third graders. It took them both about 45 minutes with few hints here and there. When the moms and dads arrived to pick up their kids they asked to see how it worked, so we ran it again. Then the bulk of Links children ended up at our door for cake, so we ran it again. So far about 10 groups have gone through it. Worth the effort for sure.