Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Spy Birthday Party - Part II

All the decorations were black and white: question marks, foot prints on the floor, lots of homemade signs by E & C with warnings and cautions and "Spy Training Here", etc.  The floor was scattered with black balloon "bombs" tied with red string. Upon arrival all special agents were seated at Spy Headquarters, decorated with maps and more question marks.  At each place setting was an envelop marked "TOP SECRET" addressed to "Special Agent ______" (This allowed me to have a seating arrangement that worked well, with no arguing) Inside each envelop was - Sunglasses, a writing pad and pen and a "Spy Training Checklist".

The first item on the list was "Fuel" every spy needs energy to accomplish their mission so we started with cake first (plus the 2pm time is a good time for cake).
The other items on the checklist involved the games and activities.

SPECIAL AGENT TRAINING CHECKLIST
  • Balance - walked across a balance board that had "fire" vinyl window clings next to it on the floor
  • Memory - We played the "gossip" game, sitting in a line I whispered a secret message to the first agent, who had to whisper it to the next agent, down the line. The agent at the end said what they thought the message was and the differences brought a lot of laughter. I used silly phrases to start with like, "the red dog drives a blue truck" because spies speak a lot in code.
  • Disguise - We played a relay race and split into two teams,  Each team received a bag of disguise gear: mustaches, a hat, coat and camera/binoculars. The first person put on the clothes ran a set circle then passed off the disguise to the next person and so on.

  • Speed/Obstacles - we did an obstacle course with a tunnel and a game of follow the leader.  I masking-taped a ladder on the floor and each spy came up with a way to cross the ladder and the other spies had to mimic it.  They came up with some fun ideas and everyone got a turn.  We also had a laser beam (chunky red yarn) obstacle course on the stairs. Featured below, climbing through the lasers is my dear, amazing friend Larissa.  She and Luke saved the day after the kids burned through the planned activities in record time, they took them outside for more running around games, which she came up with in lightning speed and kept everything smooth and happy until the parents arrived for pick-up. THANK YOU!

Party favours were gathered up into their TOP SECRET envelops and included what E & C thought were important for spies - including their sunglasses and notepads there were bouncy balls, twisty straws, Jewels (a ring pop), glow sticks and a superhero colouring book.

So fear not world a new set of spies is ready to thwart evil....

6 comments:

Jamie said...

Funny, I was thinking of a secret agent party for Nate as well! He and Jax love to play that. I LOVE your ideas. We might just have to copy!! Thanks for posting!

Kami's Khlopchyk said...

You are the funnest mom I know, what a great party! I think I would have enjoyed being a guest at a party like that. Maybe I'll do that for my next birthday ;)

Tammy said...

What a great birthday party! You are an awesome mom!!

Jillian said...

OMGosh, what a brilliant theme!! LOVE it! Great job on all the games and ideas - great photos too!Kudos to your friend for jumping in when needed - I always have that worry in the back of my mind with my kids bday parties that we might run out of stuff to do before we run out of time!! Thanks for all the sharing you do here - I LOVE all your posts!!

Traci said...

and the OSCAR goes tooo....

another amazing idea from an amazing mom and friend.

LP said...

I love your creativity! The party was a total blast. I love that you snapped a picture of me wiggling my way through the lasers! I'll be your trusty side kick any day!