Saturday, July 4, 2015

Celebrating Mr.J 's 8th Birthday With Video Games and a Water Fight

Mr. J turned 8 today.  On his first birthday I snuck into his room and wished him a happy birthday at 3:16 am (the time he was born) That started a tradition and every year on the kids birthdays I quietly wish them a happy birthday at the time of their birth, give them a kiss and then head back to sleep. That was the start of his birthday this year.

When planning his party, he wanted a video game party. Then he wanted a water fight party. Then he wanted a video game party and I finally told him we could do BOTH!  We kept our fingers crossed that we would have a hot day for the party (so much better to have a water fight on a hot day) We contacted a mobile video game service and booked them for 90 minutes (8 year old boys seem to LOVE video games).
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The expert game coach was fantastic, and all the kids had a really great time.  The 90 minutes went by pretty quick, and the only reason there wasn't complaining when we were finished was that they knew they got to have a water fight!
the boys playing video games (with their dad)
We came in the house for cake and presents, and then we headed outside for the water guns. HASBRO was kind enough to send us water guns for ALL the kids at the party (which means they even got to take them home with them).
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Mr. J chose an American themed cake since his birthday is July 4th!

We received 7 NERF Super Soaker Floodfire Blasters (these are pretty cool because you can actually hook them up to the garden hose for a never ending supply of water) and 1 NERF Super Soaker Flashflood Blaster (this has 2 separate nozzles - one for a flash strike and one for a flood strike) I used a permanent marker and wrote their names on their water guns.  I gave Mr. J the choice of gun, and he wanted to the Flashflood Blaster, so the rest of the guests got the Floodfire Blasters.

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Hubby set up the hose to use for a refill station (which was also a safety zone) and we let them all have a  blast running through our yard and the field behind our house.  I made a sign so they would know where the safety zone was (although they all tried to be sneaky and hide in the safety zone and then shoot people from there)
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the sign I made for the refill station

I thought that 30 minutes might be too long for a water fight, but I was WRONG. We ended up calling it off after 35 minutes (parents were starting to come, and Mr. J and hubby had to go to the football game) but all the kids were still having a blast and didn't want to end.  We had to tell them they could come back on a non-party day for a water fight!

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Tales of Mommyhood received Super Soakers at no charge in exchange for this post. All opinions are honest and belong to ToM; your opinion/experience may vary.

19 comments:

  1. What a great idea for a summer party! I've never heard of Games to Go and my kids *love* their water fights. I'm so glad you had great weather. :)

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  2. What a fun birthday party. I know some kids who would be over the moon with that experience.

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    1. It's such a great idea (the video games for any time of year, it's temperature controlled!)

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  3. Looks like everyone had a fun time! I had a neighbour recently do did a video game party too. The kids had so much fun.

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    1. It's a great idea if kids are into gaming!

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  4. I've seen that Games to Go truck! Sounds like a lot of fun. It's not quite the right fit for our girls right now, but I can see that your son's friends would have a ton of fun. :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Games to Go is Ottawa only, but there are similar companies in other cities. The kids really did have an amazing time (and water fight too!) but I wouldn't have done it younger than 8

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  5. I have also seen that truck!! How much fun is that? I love this idea. It looks like he had a lot of fun!

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    1. It was a blast! Games to Go is local to Ottawa, but there are similar companies in other cities!

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  6. I had no clue that you could read mobile gaming trucks like that - what a fabulous idea! I also like how you wish your children happy birthday at the time they were born. How sweet! :)

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    1. It really was fun - and thank you! I love the tradition!

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  7. What an awesome idea! I love that Games to Go idea and the water fight is a must at summer birthday parties (I'm an August baby myself).

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    1. My youngest is August and wants a water fight for his birthday too! Thanks for stopping by

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  8. I've never heard of Games to Go. That is a cool option!

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  9. What a fun birthday party idea and a great looking cake!

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  10. I've heard of Games On truck too, I learned GamesOnTruck also goes to Kids birthday with Photo booth here in Ottawa

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  11. Debbie White BeattieMarch 14, 2016 at 2:33 AM

    wow, your kids are really lucky. I bet they had an awesome time

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