Thursday, May 30, 2013

End of the School Year Party

We (with our friends the Inmans) hosted our annual End of the School Year Party for the neighbor kids.

 This year, we aimed for an easier, simpler party.  Instead of last year's banner, we made a homemade sign.
 Some of the children at the party before the water balloon games.  About 35 neighbor kids attended this year's party.

 We started with a water balloon toss game with partners.
Then we did a variation of water ballon "wars."  
First, we divided the kids into age groups (under 5, 6-7 year olds, and 8 and above).  Each group got a chance to throw water balloons at same age friends. 
 Then, all the kids went into the yard and parents only got to throw water balloons at the kids.

 Finally, it was a free-for-all.  Both parents and kids tossed/dodged water balloons.
 After the kids picked up the water balloons (we held cake over their heads until they cleaned up!), summer cake was served (Thanks Costco!) plus birthday cake for Emma Hermacinski.
The party officially ended with a bike/scooter/foot parade around the neighborhood.  Many of the kids lingered after the party and played water guns.

This was our most successful End of the Year party.  Both parents and kids walked away happy!

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