Tuesday, December 30, 2014

5 Things you can do if you have too many kids at your wedding banquet

Let's face it: you'll be much too busy primping, posing for photos and getting married to worry about whether or not every single guest is enjoying themselves. So why not plan ahead and find great ways to entertain guests and minimise potential wedding stress? Believe it or not, there are tons of unique and easy ways to engage family with kids during your special day and ensure that your wedding will be one to remember. 

Photo Booth 
Traditional, most wedding photographers roam the reception snapping candid shots to commemorate the event. Unfortunately for your guests, they rarely get to see the finished product.

Photography-related activities and favours are a huge trend on the wedding scene right now. Having a photo booth on your wedding event allows the guests, especially family with kids, to cherish this moment frozen in time, and you'll also have a photographic log of the many beloved people who attended your nuptials.

Provide silly props like feather boas, hats or sunglasses and watch the guests stage and informal battle over the best strip of photos.

Source: Dream Wedding

Kids Activity Kits

Simply set up some kids tables and chairs, keep children occupied with some colouring or craft. Download and print some colouring sheets, print them out, buy some crayons and that's it! There are also pre-packed craft kids readily available in the market. If you need some to run some simple craft activities, you can enquire Mr Bottle's Kids Party or selected art schools for customised craft to suit your theme! 
Make a snow globe at a snow theme wedding!

Source: Dream Wedding

Kids Corner
Get Mr Bottle to entertain your kids with his magic show. 
If a large number of children will be at your reception, consider incorporating a kids' corner or room. Book an extra function room and have a party organiser plan activities! A good kids corner will have different activities like shows, fringe activities and craftwork to occupy the kids of various age group for at least 2-3 hours. You can even have balls pools for the toddlers and bouncy castle for the younger kids. 
Our bouncy castle is perfect for indoors and fits most function room. Only $300 for 4 hours, which is value for money! 

To give the parents a peace of mind, you can ask the party planner to set up a IP camera so they can see their kids enjoying themselves in another room, and not worry what is happening to their children. You can also arrange with the hotel to serve kids buffet. 

Food, Snack or Candy Bars

Banquet starting late? Food, snack or candy bars are a great way to fill kids' stomach since most banquet starts way past children's lunch or dinner time! 
See our list of favourites :
1) Popcorn Bar
2) Veggie Bar
3) Chocolates and Biscuits Bar
4) Cupcakes Bar
5) Fruits Bar
6) Candy Buffet 

We also love the idea of a DIY confetti bar, where guests can put together a colourful, custom bag of confetti to throw at your march-in / getaway.

Dream Wedding

Cartoon Screening

This is not a top choice for me (as a parent) personally but it does the job! It keeps the kids glue to the tube for a quite while; and adults can concentrate on the reception. The best cartoon to screen? Cartoon version of the Mr Bean; you don't have to switch on the volume for the kids to understand the story so you can still have this in the same room in a corner while the rest of the activities are going on. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Best Indoor Playground 9: The City

Cannot wait for Kidzania to open in Singapore? Visit The City instead! For younger children from 2 to 8 year-old, The City is an interactive learning playground located in Liang Court which allows kids to role play by taking on different occupations. 

Wear the costume and take photos at each station!
Established in Singapore on 2012 as its first learning playground (winning 2 consecutive awards as the best indoor playground in Singapore), The City supports children’s imagination and creativity by giving them a platform to do so – enabling them to transform themselves into Cooks, Cashiers, Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Policemen and many more while dressed in the respective uniforms and outfits. To further engage them, The City provides realistic first-of-its-kind environments and scenarios where kids can drive on mini streets, and explore small-scale real-life locations, such as the supermarket, cafe, beauty salon, medical clinic and more. 

Cafe The City
I brought my kids there and was pleasantly surprised that my kids enjoyed themselves. My girl loves to shop at the supermarket and she can safely do her shopping without the fear of disturbing others shoppers. The spoilt cash register didn't lessen the fun for the kids.
Professionally calculating the total of our purchases.
There is no guided play at The City, unlike Kidzania. Instead parents are encouraged to play with their kids at the various 'stations'. For instance, we were given a shopping list so the children can look for the items at the supermarket. At other stations like the cafe, I simply order some food and let my kid figure out how she has to cook that with what is available. This can be a con to some parents who may just want to leave their kids to play on their own or are not too sure how to creatively play with their children at each station.  

Sounds like a great place for parties isn't it? 

As for Party Packages (Birthday or others) they have a standard package (with some free play) and one with guided activities, each at a different price per weekday/weekend as listed here.

Kids can drive along a track.
In addition, they offer Private Events (i.e. premium birthday parties, farewell parties, corporate events etc.) which are not listed in the website, those starts at $1500 for weekdays and $2000 for weekends/PH and include the following:

  • Exclusive use of The City Interactive Playground for a private party for 3 hours
  • Timeslots on weekends/PH are limited to 9am-1pm/4pm-7pm, no limits on weekdays
  • Free access to The City for 40 Children
  • The City party set up
  • The City Invitations
  • Free play at The City
  • Party food: McDonalds Happy Meal or Pizza & Juice
  • Cake cutting ceremony (cake not provided)
  • The City Balloon for every child
  • Working in The City: 45 minutes of guided activities (Optional)
  • Special Gift for the Birthday Party Child
  • Parents lounge with comfort seating and free Wi-Fi for the adult guests

Great Deal!!! 
Mention Mr Bottle's Kids Party to receive additional freebies:

  1. When booking the basic Birthday Party Package (“The City Birthday Party!“) –  you will receive 1 free “The City Gift Card” (includes 1 entry pass and 1 snack)
  2. When booking the premium Birthday Party Package (“Working in The City Birthday Party!“) – we will give away 2 free “The City Gift Card” (each includes 1 entry pass and 1 snack)
  3. When booking a Private Party – we will give away 1 free Family Value Package (includes 3 entry passes and 3 snacks) worth 60$ + free of charge 45mins guided activity as part of the party worth $100.
  4. Free Mr Bottle Goodies boxes (up to 15) with booking of any entertainment from Mr Bottle when celebrating your event at The City.

For more information about Mr Bottle's entertainment, feel free to contact us at 65155921 or email us at info@kidsparty.com.sg 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

5 Simple DIY Ideas for Superhero Theme Party

5 Simple DIY Ideas for Superhero Theme Party

Superhero is one of the few themes for birthday parties which always has been popular for centuries! Be it for a 40-year-old adult or a 4-year-old kid, almost everyone can easily name you a few superheroes.

Here are some simple ideas which you can implement at your party yourself:

1) Decorations: Centre Spread Backdrop

Collect centre-spread of superheros in comic books, magazines and newspapers of your favourite superhero. You can even ask your mummy community to look out and keep for you and very soon, you will have more than you think!

At your party, use these centrespread as a banner and backdrop by creating a montage out of them!

2) Decorations: Cut old comic to use a bunting

Cut old comics and paste them on a ribbon to make a superhero bunting!
Photocopied comic book pages make great DIY bunting.
Source: Delightfully Tacky.
3) Activity: Weight lifting

Think of superhero, images of strong and powerful guys come into our heads. He has to be able to carry weights! As kids arrive at the party, you can prove their super power-ness by letting them carrying these dumbbells. Simply tie 2 balloons on a broom stick for your dumbbell. 

4) Activity: Jump over the buildings

Decorate various cardboard boxes  of different size as buildings. Ask the kids to jump over them to see if they can fly over the buildings just like superheroes. 

5) Food: Use old comic as food wrappers

Comic book page cones hold Cheetos or other crunchy things.
Source: Life Frosting.
Use old comics and magazines of your superhero to wrap around your food items like mineral water bottles and cup sleeves. You can also roll it up into a cone and use it as a container for popcorn and chips. 

For more ideas of Superheros theme party, see the Superhero party photos which we have organised! 
Book our theme balloon sculpting in which we make spiderman, batman and other superheros for the kids! Paint all the kids like superheros with our facepainting