We decided to do a Spy Theme and with so much out there on the Internet, it didn't take long to come up with some great ideas. The problem was slimming down all the ideas into something doable. It had been really rainy so the chances of good weather were slim to none. This was going to be an indoor party with the potential of his entire class showing up. We needed to make a plan and here's how it went...
The easy part, the ice cream cone cupcakes!
Each kid received a gear bag (brown paper bag with a drink, pen, notebook, secret message decoder, beaded necklace, raffle tickets, stickers, list of riddles with no answers and name tags)
|i.e. \/ = S, |_| = C, /\ = Y|
They filled out their name tags and learned how to use the secret message decoder while visiting friends during the pizza picnic.
All 16 kids arrived (yes, 16!!!) It was the rainiest weekend in history so we had a great turn out. We separated the kids into 3 teams (Orange, Green, Red/Pink) and rotated them through 3 spy training stations:
1. Laser Maze
The kids had to try to get through the maze without touching the streamers. They loved it!
|Axel testing out the course before the guests arrived.|
3. Dynamite Toss.
This is just a version of hot potato but the timer is strapped on to the dynamite. I set if for 15 seconds and the kids passed it around and around. If you were holding it when the time went off you were out. It was tons of fun and we did numerous rounds per team.
Once fully trained, all the teams met back at headquarters (living room) where they were briefed on their mission. A bad guy had planted an explosive somewhere in the house and each team had to work together to find it. Each team received their first clue hidden in a balloon that matched their team color.
It was so nice to have Daddy home and he did an awesome job planning the scavenger hunt. He had 5 different clues for each team and skillfully de-conflicted the teams using different locations in the house. Each team had to find color coded clues in balloons, riddles or secret messages. It was a true work of art and it worked splendidly! Clues were found in places like the bath tub, dryer, toaster, microwave, Lego bins, on the globe, in beds, on pillows, etc. So fun!!!!
It was cake time!!
Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday dear Lucas!
Happy Birthday to you!
|Oops...I tried getting the photo! :)|
|This will work!|
How many pom-poms in the jar? 80!
How many calories in a jar full of M&M's? 1,760! (I wasn't going to count the M&M's one by one so that's where this came from)
The winner took home the jars.
After the raffle we took some time to go through the fun riddles and wait for parents to pick up their newly trained agents!
We had such a fun time and were so proud that the birthday party was such a huge success! We received many compliments from our young guests, and their parents. Most importantly, Lucas had a blast and got the party he had been dreaming of for months!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUCAS! Mr. 8 Years Old!!
We love you so, so much and are so proud of you!!
Love, Mom, Dad & Axel