The Glazer Children’s Museum is turning nine and we are busy blowing up balloons, getting full off cake samples, and decorating until we drop! In addition to the museum’s Birthday Bash (you’re all invited), I also get the pleasure to plan kid’s birthday parties at the Museum.
I have always adorned throwing a good party; my stuffed animal tea parties when I was little were the talk of the cul-de-sac. My goal at the end of a successful party is that everyone felt welcomed, comfortable, and had a fantastic time.
You could say I’m a birthday party master, and I am here to tell you the Glazer Secret to a perfect party for your little one:
Make it Collaborative
Allow your kiddo to lend a helping hand! Letting your child feel a sense of responsibility for the party teaches a great lesson and enhances the fun. They can put together goody bags, decide the arrangement of the cake table, greet guests as they enter, or whatever else they feel inclined to do. The sense of accomplishment will add something extra to their special day!
Make it Educational
At the museum, we believe in playing with purpose. Play-based learning encourages a child to gain essential skills that help them interact with the world around them. When party planning, try including activities that spark curiosity by exploring the unknown and showing that outcomes are a result of choices.
One of my personal favorite activities that we do in birthday parties at the museum that encompass those qualities is Marshmallow Builders. Children attempt to create a standing structure from just marshmallows and pretzel sticks. It’s tricky, and a tad sticky, but the determination on those little faces is an undeniable sign that they are learning while having fun.
It might seem obvious that a certain quota of fun must be met at a birthday party, but often, as the parent and host, you are held back from the birthday shenanigans with all the responsibilities of throwing a party. Sit back, take a deep breath, and remember that the fun isn’t just reserved for the little ones.
Now that you know our top secret recipe for the perfect party, here are some themes we love. Try them at home, or celebrate your child’s next birthday with us at Glazer Children’s Museum!
Art and Science: Make your kids next birthday party STEAM-focused! Who says Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math are reserved for the classroom? Wow your guests with captivating activities! Doodle with metal shavings and magnetic fields, build your own lava lamp, and much much more!
Sorcerer School: Make your child’s next birthday magical! Ignite their curiosity with wand making, tales of fantastic beasts, and a game of broomstick flying!
Super Safari: It’s time to get wild. Step into an adventurous world of elephants, tigers and lions, oh my! Watch as your child practices their adventurer skills in a Serengeti inspired party.
About the Author: Caroline Turner is the Events and Programs Coordinator at Glazer Children’s Museum. She has worked in museums as close as the Henry B. Plant Museum, and as far as the British Museum in London, England. The Museum’s attentiveness to delivering enjoyable sensory-friendly experiences to guests with special needs has inspired Caroline to pursue a graduate degree in Special Education.