The end of September, and Henry's birthday has rolled around again. We've had his last two parties at Scioto Park, but wanted something different this year. Henry initially talked about a game truck or a laser tag truck, but when we priced those out, the laser tag truck came to something like $300 for 12 kids for two hours. Ouch! Too rich for my blood... I figured for less than half of that, I could do something better.
It started with a big order of Nerf guns, darts, and safety glasses from Amazon:
Henry manned the table while his friends filtered in. Each kid got a gun, safety glasses, and team armband to keep:
We had spent the last few Fridays dumpster diving behind the Performance bike shop. Sunday morning, 15 or 16 of those boxes transformed our backyard into a battle zone:
Turns out bike boxes are just the right size for a 3rd grader to use for cover (they're kind of small for me, as I later found out)
We played capture the flag, protect the president, team deathmatch, etc. The kids had a great time.
I'm glad it didn't rain. We didn't have a backup plan in case it rained, except to have 20 kids in the house with Nerf guns. That wouldn't have been pretty.
Henry is all about Nerf these days:
We didn't let him use his big guns--we had to keep the arms race fair for everyone--but later he asked for his next party to be a "bring your own gun" party. Other kids better watch out, our boy is well armed!
Happy #9 Henry!
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