Ideas to Entertain Children and Family

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Popular Car Games for Children

Summertime is probably the best time to think about car games for children.  It is the time for dodge ball games, pool parties and ice cream eating contests.  But what activity defines summer the most? Road trips! And don’t forget to include popular car games for children when traveling.  Kids enjoy a visit to grandma’s house in the country side or a day trip to the beach.  Even a simple excursion to the nearest national park is exciting. But as the destination is a fun place to visit you can make the journey to the place just as enjoyable.  So, put away the cell phone and I-pad!  Here are five travelling games that will guarantee hours of fun for kids and kids at heart and make the trip more memorable than say, your Candy Crush Saga game. The Alphabet Game The mother of all popular car games for children! This one gave birth to countless variations. This involves one player thinking of a grocery item and thus, alternately being called “The Grocery Game” starting with the letter A. The other players will take turns naming other items starting with B, C and so on. A mental battle of wit and creativity will ensue. Another variation relies more on luck than creativity and by luck we mean license plates of other cars and road signs. The mechanics are the same, but instead of grocery items, the player has to look out for license plates or bill board signs starting with the letter A. He or she needs to shout the word spotted and move onto the next letter. The first player to reach “Z” wins. 20 Questions This is another staple of travelling games beaten by the Alphabet Game by only a few points. Have a word written on a piece of sticky notes. The word could be any object or person conceivable (cat, burrito, John F. Kennedy, etc.). The note will then be put on … [Read more...]

Musical Party Games for Children

Children love music! It stimulates their auditory senses, fires up their imagination, and gives them a good mood. And what do they love more? Party games! It engages their camaraderie, promotes friendly competition, and a great way to channel their excess energy. When you combine the two, you have a big hit for them, musical party games for children. Forget the ordinary musical chairs and statue dances. Here are five grand musical party games that will guarantee hours of fun and laughter. 1. Pass The Parcel Pass the parcel is to party games as spaghetti and meatballs is to children’s party food. It is a staple. Have a small gift wrapped as many layers as the number of players until it looks like a parcel box. Gather the kids in a circle and turn on lively music. Have the kids pass the parcel around. When the music stops, the child who has the parcel will be out, but not before unwrapping it. Continue until all but one child remains. The winner will get the prize inside. Another variation of the game is when the music stops, the child unwraps a layer of the parcel and is given a dare or challenge, like singing a song, hopping on one foot or holding the breath for an added twist and excitement. 2. Turn Into  This musical game is like the statue dance, but offers more creativity. Have the children dance to a lively tune. A few seconds before stopping the music, tell them to “Turn into…”and add a shape, object, or even an animal to which they will imitate while they freeze. A volunteer gets to choose the one who does it the worst. The eliminated child will be the judge for the next round. 3. Name The Nightingale This game does not need live music. The music will come from the children themselves. Have the kids form around in a circle and blindfold one volunteer in the … [Read more...]

Educational Entertainment for Children

As we are living in the digital age, parents continuously are thinking about which educational entertainment for children is best for their youngsters.  Right now, just about everyone, adults, teenagers, and children, love to use high-tech devices. People are clamoring for the latest models of televisions, cameras, and other gadgets and most kids are passionate about playing games on their mobile devices. Although certain mobile games can help kids learn, they still can’t compare to the benefits of physically active educational games. Four Reasons to Teach Your Kids about Being More Active Compared to mobile games and apps, physically active games like hide-and-seek and tag offer more benefits: They develop interpersonal skills—perhaps the biggest problem with mobile and video games is that they isolate children. Sure, video games at home can be played by two people and some online games are actually played by thousands and even millions at a time. However, meeting and talking online is different from interacting face to face. Kids who persistently play video games can be shy, timid, and may not be able to express themselves easily. Contrary, kids who more frequently play physical games can be more vocal, confident, and generally more outgoing. They improve bonds—active play can make children competitive and they also cultivate bonds between the players. When participating in activities with your kids, as well as when they interact with each other, their connection deepens. They improve health—active play is not only great for teaching youth good behavior and values; it is also a great form of exercise, which undoubtedly helps improve health. They are absolutely free—the best thing about active games is that they are free. They can be played anywhere and … [Read more...]

How to Entertain Children at Weddings

Weddings are solemn, once-in-a-lifetime events that bring two people’s hearts and lives closer together. A time of pure bliss, weddings are also the perfect time for both adults and kids to get together and share the happiness the couple experience. Though weddings can be fun, it can also be difficult when the little ones are out of control. That is unless you keep them in check and happy by learning how to entertain children at weddings. Three Tips for a Child-Friendly Wedding Weddings are generally prepared with only the adult guests in mind. This often results to children feeling left out or bored.To allow the kids at weddings to feel more at ease and happy, the following tips ought to be kept in mind: Consider the Time—if you’re expecting a great number of children at your wedding and the reception, consider holding your event during the afternoon. This ensures that the reception will end before the kids’ bedtime, helping you avoid potential outbursts of energy and cries from tired and sleepy youngsters. Think about the Food—aside from more formal dishes, consider including treats that kids love such as French fries, chicken, lollipops, and fruit cups. Be sure to ask and warn parents about possible allergy-inducers, though, to make sure your wedding and reception will be a blast for all. Hire a Children’s Entertainer—having someone to tend to the little ones is the best way to enjoy a wedding. An entertainer will not only make sure that kids are having fun but also ensure that they’re not getting in the way of the adults. The best thing about hiring an experienced children’s entertainer like me is that I offer activities that can be enjoyed by all the children. Top Five Activities to Entertain Children at Weddings There are a lot of activities that can … [Read more...]

Simple Party Food for Kids

Your child’s birthday party is just around the corner and it’s time to whip out your checklist to make sure all the important details are in place. You’ve ordered a delicious surprise cake, found little favors the kids will love as goody bags and hired a professional children’s entertainer to keep the little ones engaged.  You also have a few games in mind to keep everybody’s spirits high. Now all that’s left is to decide what kind of simple party food for kids to serve all the guests. Although, you may be tempted to go out of your way to whip up a few time-consuming elaborate treats, it is always best to serve party finger foods that are simple yet yummy. After all, you don’t want to miss out on all those fun party moments.  To make things easier we compiled a list of great party food ideas that busy parents or party planners simply swear by. Why not make your celebration even more special by adding your own little spin to these favorite party food treats for kids? Mini Pizzas- Always guaranteed to be a hit with children, making your own mini pizzas is not just fun but also inexpensive. Take one slice of bread and apply a layer of tomato sauce on it. Then add a dash of mozzarella cheese and grill the pizzas in the oven for a minute. You can add your favorite toppings like diced black olives or shredded chicken. Little Sandwiches- Kids love party finger foods that have been cut in different shapes with a cookie cutter.  Little cucumber or cheese sandwiches are usually quite popular. The bite sized sandwiches are not only easier for children to chew but you won’t have to worry about wasted portions. Alternatively, some children who are bigger (in the age-group 5- 9 years of age), may want to  make their own little sandwiches instead.  Simply display a … [Read more...]

Party Costume Ideas for Children

Costume characters at children’s parties are very popular. They make the get-together more interesting and certainly kids are ecstatic about dressing up as their favorite character. With party costumes, you can be sure everyone will have a fun time. Youngsters enjoy acting as their favorite character. They certainly want to be transported to places where they can be whoever they would like to be, whether it is a fairy who can grant different wishes or a superhero that competes and rescues damsels in distress. There is a variety of party costume ideas for children available now.  Most of these party characters are from well-known mainstream media such as television shows and movies. Choosing a party character need not be a challenging task with all the options available. You already know your child’s likes and dislikes which you can use to your advantage when choosing a party costume. Listed below are some of the most popular party characters for children today. Party Character Ideas for Boys Harry Potter. Lots of young boys want to be the foretold boy wizard who will conquer the evil Lord Voldemort. Harry Potter is a character which has come alive from the books of British author J.K. Rowling to the big screen. There are various Harry Potter costumes available, complete with the wand and the broom.                    Superheroes. There are several superheroes from comic books to the big screen which children love and the renewed interest in superhero movies has brought them back to popularity. It is usually the boys who love these superhero costumes and some of the most popular are Spiderman, Thor, Superman, Batman, Ironman and Captain America.   Ben 10. Ben 10 is a character on television which has been famous for many years. There are various Ben 10 … [Read more...]

Top Children Party Favors

Seeing children’s jovial faces and bright smiles can certainly melt hearts. Although children’s parties often highlight specific kids, especially when the party is a birthday party, that does not mean it is alright to overlook the other little guests. Even better, preparing and giving party favors can be an enjoyable little venture for the party planner. Now, the only question is: What are the perfect children party favors? Top Five Children’s Party Favors In all honesty, there are literally hundreds of children’s party favors which you can choose from. However, the following 5 party favors are guaranteed to be a hit with kids and, of course, their parents and guardians. Art Supply Kids are fountains of creativity, if you allow them to be.  Nurturing their creative side is important in developing them into skilled individuals in the future. One simple yet efficient way you can help with this goal is to offer art supplies as a party favor.  Here are two options: Buy coloring books and crayon sets Print coloring pages and recycle old crayons into new ones using molds   Bubbles Simple yet addicting to play with, bubbles are one of the most affordable yet fun  party favor for kids you can offer. They are sold in cute bottles like bears and flowers as well as popular characters such as Hello Kitty and Spiderman. If you would like to save some dollars, you can simply create your own labels, purchase little bottles and print your own labels to place on the bottle. You can also use ribbons to make the bottles look cuter.   Blow Horns There are very few kids who do not like to be loud, be noticed, and have some fun. Although blow horns might seem simple, they still provide a lot of fun. Of course, to make sure that you get approving smiles from your audience, … [Read more...]

Benefits of Hiring a Children’s Entertainer

Children’s entertainers have become such a hit in the past few years. They are called upon not only for birthday parties but also other special occasions where kids are. Some people think entertainers are just there for the children to focus on, but they do more than that.  They can help make the party smoother and unforgettable. They give the parents and party planners more breathing room so they are relaxed when the party ends. If you are about to plan an event where children are invited, consider hiring a children’s entertainer. There are many benefits of hiring a professional entertainer for kids. A skilled entertainer has the ability to enter a room full of kids with music, stories, magic tricks, games and jokes. Children can be the most critical audience in the world and a professional entertainer can give them just what they are asking for, a fun time. Professional entertainers today employ various kinds of tricks to make sure that the audience of youngsters is riveted. This means fewer tantrums and less crying and more laughter and happy faces. Hiring a children's entertainer can give the party organizers more time to think about other aspects of the event. They need not worry about things they should do to keep the kids interested in the party. They need not provide the entertainment themselves. There is also more time to arrange the food and talk with other adults and catch up with their friends. Children will get the attention they deserve while adults are happily socializing. Everyone will go home satisfied after a fun filled party.  A children’s entertainer can make a lot of difference when it comes to how the party is organized. Just ask parents who have hired the services of talented performers. Party planners need not waste time and energy doing all … [Read more...]

Company Picnic Game Ideas

Company picnics are about bonding and relaxation. You have the basket, the sandwiches, your co-workers, and the games. Of course, these activities aren’t limited to just Truth or Dares or Charades. Here are the fifteen coolest company picnic game ideas to spice up your  outdoor party. Just keep an eye on that basket. 1. Horseshoes This game is the staple of company picnics, played by two players, who throw horseshoes to a stake stuck on the ground. Whoever gets his horseshoe ring around, or closest, to the stake wins. The distances vary from 30 to 40 feet. 2. Tug-of-War All you need is a long piece of strong rope, and the athleticism in you. Make a knot in the middle of the rope; draw a marker on the ground. Divide into 2 teams and let the pulling begin. The team that pulls the other team the furthest away from the marker in the middle wins.   3. Pass the Parcel Jot down penalties on pieces of paper.  For example, make your employees and co-workers dance, sing, mimic, or act. Form the group in a large circle, and pass the parcel (an empty box will do) while playing the music. Stop the tune, and whoever has the parcel will pick a penalty. 4. Act the Part A variation of charades, but the players must act like famous personalities within a time limit. Or, if you know each other in the company or team pretty well, you can imitate your friends. 5. Pie in the Face This corporate party game can be messy. Place the pieces of paper with the message on the bottom of each plate and fill it with whipped cream to make a pie. Each player needs to eat the pie (with their hands tied) until they see the message and read it aloud. The one who reads the message first wins.    6. Spew Another silly game that will surely make you laugh. Each player puts an Alka-Seltzer under … [Read more...]

Balloon Twisting Tips

Balloon twisting is an activity that arouses curiosity among the audience the most.  However, a lot of people are either afraid of twisting balloons, fearing they will just pop out of the blue, or are not sure how to handle, twist, and turn the long, skinny balloons used for this activity. Regardless which of the circumstances you are in, the balloon twisting tips below will certainly help! Perfect Balloon Twisting Materials   Balloons used for balloon twisting are generally stronger than ordinary balloons and, therefore, safer to work with. You can twist and turn them, and they will not pop so easily. That is unless you put excessive force on it or prick it with a sharp object. Today, there are specific brands known to produce high-quality balloons for twisting. Nonetheless, it is still important to ask balloon sellers what brand is stronger and less likely to pop when twisted. A great thing about balloons is that they come in an assortment of colors and sizes. The most common size of balloon used for twisting is called a “260.” This means that when the balloon is fully blown up, it will be around two inches in diameter and 60 inches in length. Basically, a “260” represents 2×60 inches when completely inflated. Aside from “260,” the “160” is available, which is 1×60 inches when completely inflated. These two are the most common balloon sizes used for twisting. Balloons for twisting come in many other shapes as well. You can try all of them once you get used to twisting the most common“260” size balloon. How to Get Started: Inflating and Twisting Tips Even though the long, skinny balloons used for balloon twisting are flexible, they are difficult to blow up with the mouth. Using a hand pump to inflate them is more convenient since they are much … [Read more...]