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Amazing Race style Birthday Party

 

Photo of team members in a shop window
Photo of team members in a shop window

On Saturday, a group of twelve ~10 year olds descended on the local shopping centre in Perth to surreptitiously play a Birthday game for our Miss 10.

This year, we were wracking our brains trying to think of a party that was cheap, unique, fun for both boys and girls and could be held indoors in case the weather was bad.  Miss 10 had ideas of an indoor sports or circus party, but it didn’t fit all our criteria.   With more brainstorming and surfing the web, we stumbled across Amazing Race type birthday parties. 

We ended up buying a Birthday Party pack from Chase Games, a website that has made up various Amazing Race type games.  We ended up choosing the Mall Photo Chase.   This game is basically like a treasure hunt, except you have to take photos of team members doing certain things or photos of certain objects/situations.

The pack is great value – it comes with rules, envelopes, score sheets, and the goals for the teams too.  Wifey and I tailored the game a bit for the 10 year olds and our group.  We used 3 fixed rounds of 15 minutes, we changed some of the goals to make them a little “safer” and Australian, and we let the adult supervisors tick off goals as we went.

So we gathered at our meeting spot, announced the teams, went through all the rules and handed out the digital camera and then unleashed the 4 teams of 3 into suburban Saturday afternoon shopping mayhem.  We also had an adult for each team providing supervision, and also to be the adult in case they got into trouble.

And boy did they have fun!  The kids had a ball trying to find all the goals.  My team, even though we were lagging behind in the first 2 rounds, eventually won by getting all the round 3 goals which were worth much more.

Even the adults had heaps of fun, sharing stories of how the teams got certain photos (like of a team mate on TV!).   Overall we found that most shoppers and shopkeepers were friendly and co-operative.

All the kids had heaps of laughs afterwards going through all the photos.  Although, it did bring up points of contention and accusations of cheating!! 

I definitely recommend this as a party option – although you need to be prepared, and if the kids are young (pre-teen), it’s best to have some adult supervision for each group.

Tips for other people:

  • Check that the shopping centre allows photography (look at the rules).  We did have a backup plan – if security did want us to stop taking photos, we were going to continue as if it was a treasure hunt, but without taking the photos.
  • Make sure kids don’t run or disrupt other shoppers.  Last thing you want is to attract unnecessary attention.
  • Make sure kids always ask for permission before photographing strangers.
  • Be prepared to explain what you are doing to security!
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Scitech Slime

On the weekend, the kids were invited to a birthday party at Scitech, our local science discovery museum.

I love Scitech!  And the kids do too.  There are so many gadgets that kids can play with, and you don’t need to get stressed about them pressing any ol’ button like at home.   In fact, I, myself find it quite liberating just being able to push any button randomly multiple times without having to worry that something will break!  It’s like stress relief!

One really cool exhibit there was a robot arm that was mounted with a camera.  It takes a photo of you, grabs a piece of A4 paper, places it on an easel, draws a picture of you, then drops the finished work down a chute for you to keep.  The drawings were rather abstract, but it was really amazing to see something with that much fine control in action.

Scitech also has a short term themed “exhibition” and the current one is called Strike A Chord – all about music and sound production, which is right up our family’s alley.  I continue to be impressed at how exciting and cool Scitech can make each exhibit.   There I was being a daggy parent, trying to play chopsticks on the large Floor Piano with my daughter.   Hmmmm..  I wonder why she was not too keen on it 🙂  

Scitech definitely know how to run a birthday party.  This party was hosted, so there was a young enthusiastic (probably uni student!) person in charge, entertaining the kids through some science experiments.   He kept the kids engaged with an energy level worthy of a Hi-5 or Wiggles show.  And he even kept the parents entertained.   During the party food time, he kept them entertained with some fun science related tricks – I don’t think I’ve ever seen all the kids remain seated for so long during the party food time before.   I think if I was in his shoes I’d be ready for a beer by the end of it!  And he had 3 or 4 more parties to do that day!

The kids all got a “showbag” with some easy home experiments.  So, that evening, we helped our 7yo make some “snow” and some “Psilly Snot” slime in the kitchen.   

 

Scitech slime
Scitech slime

It was all good fun, especially after we added the green food colouring to it.   Then she wanted to take the slime to school the next day in the “Mystery Box”.  I wonder what the teacher thought 🙂

More info here:  http://www.scitech.org.au/