Chris's birthday this year lands right smack dab on Easter Sunday. At first I thought that this would be a really cool little quirk and in some ways it is but at the same time, logistically I don't know what to do. Chris is actually really excited about it so I want to incorporate the two special days into one as much as possible but Im not really sure I want to go as far as an Easter themed party. The idea is certainly neat and I spent some time thinking about all of the things that I could do with it, but most of it would just make the actual day redundant. Like I would probably do an egg hunt as an activity for his party, but then would the real hunt the next day be less fun?
So my thinking is that I will go ahead and do some other sort of party on the Saturday of Easter weekend, which will be the day before his real birthday. He will be in pre-school by then so we will invite his class and his cousins to the party and probably just have a family day for Easter/his bday. I cant decide if I want to put out the money to go somewhere for his party this year or if I should just arrange one at the house. Most kids don't show up to house parties unless there is something really special going on so if I go that route it would be a swamp theme. The main attraction would be this guy that brings live animals (snakes, reptiles, other equally gross things) in and does a presentation with a chance to actually touch the creatures. Sounds perfect for a 5 year old boy and his friends, right? I've looked around online and come up with a plan for decorations and loot bags but nothing for the food yet. The only down side is the clean up and possible no show of guests, plus the $200 price tag.
The other option is one of the many places in this city that do children's parties. The arcade would definitely be a hit and it would probably run me about $150. We had one of Rayden's parties here and it was one of the best birthday experiences we've had so far. Other options include a dinosaur theme at the Geo Centre which is a building completely underground with rock for walls ($150), A Movie Party at the local theatre($160), Swimming at the local Pool ($165), Science Experiments at the Science Centre (unknown), Glow-in-the-dark Golf ($170) and Trains at the Train museum($225).
I still have no idea what to actually go for and Chris changes his mind ALL THE TIME so I really don't know what to pick. Any thoughts?
Also on the same note, I have no idea what to get him as a gift! He doesn't really have many interests other than video games but I want to down play that as much as possible. Maybe some educational things that he could play with to get ready for school next year? What would you expect a five year old boy to like?