• Why an ‘Experience’ Is A Better Birthday Gift than A Toy

    Choosing a gift for a child can be fun while at the same time daunting. It’s exciting and rewarding to give children gifts that make their eyes light up, but on the other hand, if you’ve ever helped a child clean his or her bedroom, you know that most kids have so many toys and possessions that it’s hard to even remember who gave them which things. This year, why not give the kids in your life experiences instead of toys?

    • Giving an experience gives you the opportunity to bond with the child. You can give a child an outing with you, and that will allow you to create memories together. Life is busy, and sometimes we get so caught up in our own hectic schedules that it’s easy to forget that one of the most valuable things we can give another person is our time.
    • Sometimes experience gifts are treats for the parents, too. Maybe you can’t be with the child yourself to experience the gift you’ve given. It’s ok to give passes to the zoo, movie tickets, or a gift card to a favorite restaurant, knowing full well the child will be going with his or her parents instead. In fact, that kind of gift is a nice gesture, especially if it’s something you know the family wouldn’t normally splurge on but would enjoy.
    • Experiences that have meaning to you are worth sharing. What are your favorite childhood memories? Some of the places and things you experienced as a child are easy to share with the children you love. Give the gift of a trip to your all-time favorite park or ice cream shop, or out to a ballgame to watch your favorite team, and those experiences you treasure become memories you share with that child.
    • Experience gifts provide lasting memories. With a few notable exceptions, the novelty of toys wears off pretty quickly. Experiences, however, leave a lasting imprint on a child. In fact, quality time spent with a special adult can create memories that last a lifetime.
    • Some experiences are educational. Opportunities to explore the world around them are important in child development. While some outings may be just for fun, others can broaden a child’s horizons, introduce them to new concepts, and teach them interesting facts. When you’re choosing an experience gift, think about museums, nature centers, libraries, and other places that can be educational for children.
    • An experience gift doesn’t have to be an outing. A butterfly kit, a personalized book, or a photo album celebrating memories you’ve already made are examples of gifts that don’t equate to clutter on the playroom floor, but can be meaningful to the child.
    • You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a meaningful experience. Every experience doesn’t have to be tickets to a show or a day at a theme park. You could visit a library together, spend the day at the beach, have a contest to see who can swing highest at the local park, or take a hike together. Use your imagination, and you can find plenty of things to do with

    When you’re considering experience gifts for the kids in your life, take a look at BounceU. At BounceU, we’ve created the best private party place in the universe, where families and friends can get together and go a little wild. We specialize in creating stress-free, unique, and exhilarating parties that make your child feel like a VIP. Whether you’re throwing a party for your child or want to gift a child you know with some time at an Open Bounce, call us at (631) 777-5867 or visit our website to see what makes BounceU so special.

  • Throw A Birthday Party Your Kids Will Love (On A Budget)

    When it’s time to throw a birthday party for your child, you want it to be fun and memorable. As years go by, though, it can get harder to find new ways to throw a party your kids will love without breaking the bank. Maybe they want to invite the whole class, or maybe you’ve gone over the top in previous years, and now you feel like anything short of a petting zoo and a hot air balloon will fail to impress. It might be time to take it down a notch. You can still throw a birthday party your kids will love without breaking the bank.

    • Limit the guest list. It’s fun to invite the entire class once in a while, but it’s far more cost effective to set some limits. Additionally, when there are just a few kids at the party, it’s easier for your child to play host while still having fun. A good rule of thumb is to invite as many kids as your child has years of age. Explaining the rule makes it easy to set the limits: when the child turns five, he can invite five friends. Next year, he can choose six!
    • Choose your time wisely. Set the time for the birthday party between meals, and you can save money by only serving snacks. 10 a.m. to noon might be great for little kids, and 2-5 p.m. is a popular choice.
    • Go old school. Have the party at a park or in your own back yard, with balloons, traditional party games, and homemade cake. A party doesn’t have to be an elaborate theme event to be fun for kids. Make a playlist and have a dance party, play musical chairs, or go outside and play tag and red rover. The games and activities from your childhood might be a novelty to the kids at the party, which makes it even more fun.
    • Focus on one aspect. Does your child love outdoor games? Plan several for the party, and make that the focal point. Are you raising a foodie? Let the food take center stage, or maybe incorporate food into the party activities, perhaps letting kids make their own pizzas or compete to see who can create the best cupcakes. Rather than going overboard on every aspect of the party, identify what’s important to your child and focus on that.
    • Make the most of your resources. Make your own cake, or enlist the help of a friend who loves to bake. Decorate with things you already have, reusing decorations from another party and recruiting toys to help bolster a theme. Send online invitations instead of paper, and entertain the kids yourself instead of hiring someone to do it.
    • Consider a destination party. On the surface, hitting a party venue might seem like an expensive, though memorable, choice. If you think about it, though, choosing the right venue will mean the kids are too engaged in activities to care about food, which means you can get away with a simple cake and some juice boxes rather than setting out an elaborate spread. What’s more, you won’t have to purchase decorations, you won’t have to clean up after the party, and your kids will always remember the fun time they had with their friends.

    If you’re looking for the most fun place to hold your child’s birthday party, it’s time to take a closer look at BounceU. At BounceU, we’ve created the best private party place in the universe, where families and friends can get together and go a little wild. We specialize in creating stress-free, unique, and exhilarating parties that make your child feel like a VIP. Whether you’ve got a special event on the horizon or just want to come in for an Open Bounce, call us at (631) 777-5867 or visit our website to see what makes BounceU so special.

  • Fun Ideas for Goody Bag Snacks

    Ah, the goody bag! A children’s birthday party item that seems inescapable, the goody bag is problematic for a few reasons. First, while we appreciate the thought behind providing each child with a favor at the end of the party, few parents are enthusiastic about a little bag full of plastic trinkets which will soon become clutter. Further, when the children have already ingested enough sugar at the party to keep them bouncing off the walls for hours, there are few things less appealing than a bag full of candy. What are the party-hosting parents to do? If you really want to send kids home with something fun and memorable, we have some great ideas for goody bag snacks.

    • Consider one show-stopping treat. Rather than filling a bag with odds and ends, choose a container that fits your party’s theme (popcorn box for a movie party, sand pail for a beach-themed party, and so on) and put in something memorable. It could be a cookie or cake pop made to match the party’s theme, an elaborately decorated cupcake, or it might be a special treat the kids made for themselves at the party like these cute marshmallow pops. You can include a corresponding prize or two in the bag, as long as you go minimal enough to let your special item shine.
    • Sometimes the wrapping is what makes the treat special. Consider the gift bags from this Minecraft-themed party. Lunch sacks decorated with Minecraft designs were filled with Minecraft treats that were actually simple, every day children’s snacks. A juice box was decorated to look like an Enderman, Twizzlers became a stick of TNT, and the mom included a few small items like a pack of crayons and some Minecraft coloring sheets to round out the goody bag. Think creatively about your theme, and you’re sure to find some great ideas of your own.
    • Simple snacks can make goody bags fun. Items that are found in most children’s diets can also make their way into goody bags, especially when you find a way to dress them up or make them work with a theme. Having a Seuss party? Put some colorful goldfish crackers into a baggie and label it “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.” Popcorn and pretzels are versatile snacks that can go with any theme if you label them creatively, and mandarin oranges are always a hit.

    Now that you’ve got the goody bags settled, it’s time to pick a location for your party! If you’re looking for the most fun place to hold your child’s birthday party, it’s time to take a closer look at BounceU. At BounceU, we’ve created the best private party place in the universe, where families and friends can get together and go a little wild. We specialize in creating stress-free, unique, and exhilarating parties that make your child feel like a VIP. Whether you’ve got a special event on the horizon or just want to come in for an Open Bounce, call us at (631) 777-5867 or visit our website to see what makes BounceU so special.

  • Birthday Party Themes for Children

    Are you trying to plan the perfect party for your child? Central to a great party is a great theme, so have you got any ideas? Sit down with the birthday kid for a brainstorming session, and you’re sure to come up with some great birthday party themes. We’ll get you started with some thoughts about choosing the perfect theme.

    • Think about characters your kid loves. Do you have a fairy princess lover or a child who is really into superheroes? Planning a party around popular characters is easy and just requires a trip to the local party shop. It might not be the way you want to go if you’re trying to do something unique, but you can make it your own if you think of unique ways to execute it.
    • Don’t overlook literature. Is your child a big reader? Look to the library for inspiration! What’s more fun than a Dr. Seuss bash or an Alice in Wonderland mad tea party? Your child’s favorite books can inform your decisions on décor, food, and activities, whether you’re choosing the bright colors and shapes favored by Eric Carle, arranging some monkey business a la Curious George, organizing things in two straight lines for a Madeleine party, or planning a quaint yet dramatic Anne of Green Gables tea party.
    • Let the activity inform the theme. It’s fun to build a party theme around something the kids will enjoy doing, like having a cupcake making competition, creating artwork or jewelry, or doing experiments that would make a mad scientist proud.
    • Recognize your limitations. You might want to do a luau, but if you’re looking in December those party supplies might be hard to find. If you’re trying to plan a Victorian-era tea party, the costuming may be too elaborate to manage. While you’re talking themes, make sure both you and your child are looking at the possibilities realistically.
    • Choose a theme that gets kids moving. You can choose a sports theme, or set up a series of challenges in which kids can compete during the party. A capture the flag party can make for a fun day, or you can plan a picnic and play time at a local park. A roller skating party can also be fun, and so can a pool party in the summer.

    If you’re looking for a place to have a party that’s active and fun, consider having your party at BounceU! At BounceU, we love kids. That’s why we’ve created the best private party place in the universe, where families and friends can get together and go a little wild. We specialize in creating stress-free, unique, and exhilarating parties that make your child feel like a VIP. Whether you’ve got a special event on the horizon or just want to come in for an Open Bounce, call us at (631) 777-5867 or visit our website to see what makes BounceU so special.

  • Delicious Finger Foods For Toddlers AND Adults

    When you’re throwing a party that involves toddlers, you know it’s important to have food they can grab and go. Toddlers are always on the move, and getting them to sit still for more than a minute is challenging, especially when a party is going on around them. This is no big deal, though, because there’s nothing little kids love more than little snacks they can eat straight out of their hands. The biggest hurdle? Toddlers come to parties accompanied by parents, who might also want to nosh while they’re at your soiree. You could buy a couple of pizzas and call it a day, but if you want a menu that’s a little more interesting, we have some suggestions.

    • Quesadillas are a flexible snack. Plain cheese quesadillas are always a hit, but you can make them however you want, adding beans, chicken, ham, or bacon, or vegetables like mushrooms or spinach. Quesadillas are easy, too, and can be whipped up in a skillet just by cooking the fillings between two tortillas. Cut the finished product into wedges, and you’ve got a finger food that kids and adults will enjoy.
    • Sliders are a perennial favorite. These kid-sized sammies are easy to eat, and you can fill those little buns with whatever you’d like. Check out this list of kid-friendly sliders for inspiration.
    • Muffins can be made into more than sweet treats. When you think of muffins, you probably think of ingredients like blueberries, poppy seeds, or chocolate chips. Muffins can be savory, too, though, and snacks like these meatloaf muffins, corn dog muffins, and mac and cheese muffins are a big hit with the smaller set.
    • Pinwheels are perfect for parties. There are two basic ways to go with pinwheels: you can put your fillings into a tortilla, roll it up and slice it, or spread the ingredients onto crescent roll dough, roll it up, slice and bake. You really can’t go wrong, though, they’re fun to look at and fun to eat.
    • Veggie fritters make vegetables You can vary the vegetables you use, and these crispy treats will bring even the pickiest eater to the table.
    • Raw can be remarkable. Sometimes, the simplest option is the best, and that’s a good thing to remember about party food for kids. Raw vegetables like carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes can be dipped in ranch dressing for extra flavor, and kids love to grab sliced fruit when they want something to munch and crunch. Want to do something a little bit extra? Whip together a jar of marshmallow fluff and a block of cream cheese and you’ve got a fruit dip that will get rave reviews from guests of all ages.

    You’ve got your menu nailed down, but if you want a place where your party can really take off, consider BounceU! At BounceU, we’ve created the best private party place in the universe, where families and friends can get together and go a little wild. We specialize in creating stress-free, unique, and exhilarating parties that make your child feel like a VIP. Whether you’ve got a special event on the horizon or just want to come in for an Open Bounce, call us at (631) 777-5867 or visit our website to see what makes BounceU so special.

  • How To Use Your Child’s Birthday Party As A Teaching Tool For Good Manners

    Teaching children good manners is important because it will help them get along with people throughout their lives. As parents, it’s smart to use every opportunity available to help our children develop the kind of manners that will help them be likable and successful. One great example of a fun teaching tool, whether it’s your child’s party or the party of a friend or family member.

    If the birthday party is for your child, make sure to discuss what makes a good host.

    • Take care with the invitations. Plan the guest list with your child, talking about being mindful of other people’s feelings. Teach your child not to talk about the party in front of someone not invited, and if you’re not inviting the whole class, don’t hand out invitations at school. You can avoid the issue of having your child hand out invitations by inviting people online, but involve your child in the process. You should make sure you’re using good manners too: send the email invitations using BCC, so that the entire list isn’t privy to everyone’s email address.
    • Put your child in charge of greeting the guests. It can be tempting for kids to welcome the first guest or two and then get distracted by party activities. Make it clear that your child is to greet every guest, thanking each friend for coming to the party and introducing kids to people they may not know. You can facilitate the process by setting up a “welcome” activity near the door so that your child can pay attention to all of the guests at once. This activity could be a craft project or something simple, like creating their own name tags.
    • Throughout the party, it’s important to make sure everyone’s included. Explain to your child ahead of time that he or she should be attentive, including everyone in activities and making sure each guest is offered refreshments. You, of course, can monitor this, stepping in if you think there’s a potential issue.
    • A gracious host is a grateful host. If you choose to open gifts at the party, your child should thank each person for the gift that was given. Discuss ahead of time the importance of being appreciative, and not voicing any disappointment with a gift. If you don’t open gifts at the party, require your child to send thank you notes in a timely fashion.

    Even if your child is just attending the party, you can help make sure he or she follows the proper rules of etiquette.

    • Help your child reply to the invitation as soon as it’s received.
    • Get your child to and from the party on time.
    • Explain that it’s important to join in with others in party activities.
    • Teach your child to be respectful of the host’s house, belongings, and rules.
    • Make sure your child knows to follow the directions given by adults at the party, and alert them to any problems that may occur.
    • Practice greeting the hosts upon arrival, and thanking them for the invitation while saying goodbye.

    A party is a wonderful place to teach manners while having fun. If you’re looking for the most fun place to hold your child’s birthday party, it’s time to take a closer look at BounceU. At BounceU, we’ve created the best private party place in the universe, where families and friends can get together and go a little wild. We specialize in creating stress-free, unique, and exhilarating parties that make your child feel like a VIP. Whether you’ve got a special event on the horizon or just want to come in for an Open Bounce, call us at (631) 777-5867 or visit our website to see what makes BounceU so special.

  • Goody Bag Ideas For Your Child’s Birthday

    So, you’ve chosen a theme, picked out the décor, lined up some great activities, and made the menu. Your child’s party is in the bag! But wait, aren’t you forgetting an actual bag? Here, we’ve got some suggestions for goody bags that will make your child’s birthday party memorable.

    • Keep it simple. For parents, goody bags can be an annoyance. No one wants their child to come home from a birthday party with a bunch of plastic junk that is going to end up underfoot. Rather than hitting the party aisle of the bargain store, think outside the traditional party favor and go for one nice item instead, like a friendship bracelet or stuffed animal that relates to the theme. Think outside the box for this one: you could send home superhero masks and capes, personalized flashlights, a CD with music from the party, or something else cool you dream up on your own!
    • Go for books. No one objects when a child comes home with a new book, which makes them a great item to give away at a party. For an interesting twist, ask each child to bring a book, and organize a book swap in lieu of the party favor bag.
    • Give something edible. A big cookie that corresponds to the theme of the party is a fun favor, and so is a snack bag with a clever pun or poem that’s party related. Theme-related lollipops or cake pops can also be a hit.
    • An activity is a fun favor. A craft or Lego kit will give guests something fun to do after the party is over. It can be as complicated as a jewelry making kit, or as simple as a box of markers or a bucket of sidewalk chalk. Choose something that corresponds with the theme, and your party will be long-remembered. You can even have the kids complete a craft as one of your party activities, and send them home with their creation as a favor.

    What’s a great way to make sure your party hits all the high notes? Throw a BounceU party! At BounceU, we love kids! That’s why we’ve created the best private party place in the universe, where families and friends can get together and go a little wild. We specialize in creating stress-free, unique, and exhilarating parties that make your child feel like a VIP. Whether you’ve got a special event on the horizon or just want to come in for an Open Bounce, call us at (631) 777-5867 or visit our website to see what makes BounceU so special.

  • Easy Party Foods To Make For Your Child’s Birthday

    Planning a child’s birthday party can be so much fun! Brainstorming with your child, you can use whatever he or she is interested in to create an amazing theme and design a party that will be remembered for years to come. What’s more, some of the foods that will be the hit of your party are really very easy to make.

    • Popcorn. What’s easier than popcorn? Want to dress it up? Make it with mix-ins like movie theater candy, cookie pieces, or nuts, or drizzle it with chocolate and toss on some sprinkles.
    • Cupcakes. Cupcakes are the quintessential birthday food, and if you want, you can make them into an activity, too. Just provide kids with plain cupcakes, frosting, and decorations, and let make their own delicious creations.
    • Kebabs. All you need for this is skewers and your own imagination! Skewer meatballs and cheese, fruit and marshmallows, raw veggies to dip in dressing, or whatever else you think will be a win with the kids.
    • Cookies. This is another food that you can turn into an activity by letting the kids apply decorations, or you can create cookie pops by baking balls of sugar cookie dough, rolled in sprinkles and perched on popsicle sticks.
    • Finger foods. Sandwiches cut into quarters, bagel bites, pizza rolls chicken nuggets, goldfish crackers, and cookies are all favorites that take very little time and effort. Fairy bread is a fun addition to a party: it’s just bread, buttered and covered in sprinkles, cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters.
    • Take the cake. There’s nothing like cake for a dramatic candle-blowing photo op. If you don’t have time to make it yourself, there’s no shame in a bakery or grocery store cake. In fact, your local market may have some really creative ways to make a cake that caters to your theme.

    The ultimate way to throw a great kids’ party? Host a BounceU party! At BounceU, we love kids! That’s why we’ve created the best private party place in the universe, where families and friends can get together and go a little wild. We specialize in creating stress-free, unique, and exhilarating parties that make your child feel like a VIP. Whether you’ve got a special event on the horizon or just want to come in for an Open Bounce, call us at (631) 777-5867 or visit our website to see what makes BounceU so special.

  • Planning a Birthday Party for Kids with Food Allergies

    With dietary restrictions seemingly on the rise, it’s likely that your child or one of their friends has food allergies. Differences in diet can be a segregating factor for children, especially when all the other kids are enjoying their food.

    As the host of your child’s upcoming birthday party, it’s important to make adjustments to the menu so everyone can feel involved. Here are some examples of common dietary restrictions and solutions for you and your party guests.

    Learn What Food Allergies Apply

    The first step is to determine what restrictions you need to work around. If your child is the one with allergies, this is easy. However, if any friends have special diets, you need to know about them.

    The best way to find out is to ask parents to inform you when they RSVP to the invitations you send out. Kids aren’t always sure of what they’re allergic to, or they’re too shy to speak up, so being aware of allergies beforehand helps ensure you have something safe for sensitive children to eat.

    Celiac Disease/Gluten Sensitivity

    According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, about one in 100 people worldwide have this condition, which causes the body to attack the small intestine as an immune response to eating wheat, rye and barley. Many others have gluten sensitivity, which makes their stomach ache after eating wheat products. Fortunately, gluten-free bread, cookies and cake are easy to come by.

    Lactose Intolerance/Dairy Sensitivity

    People with lactose intolerance – which surprisingly affects over 65 percent of the worldwide population – can’t eat dairy without experiencing bloating, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea. Milk and cheese are obvious sources of dairy, but many types of candy, cake and frosting also contain milk-based products. If you serve ice cream and birthday cake with buttercream frosting, be sure to have a dairy-free alternative for those with lactose sensitivity.

    Egg Allergies

    Intolerance to eggs is a common childhood allergy. Since this is a typical ingredient in party foods ranging from cake to doughnuts to pastries, it’s important to know if any of your guests are allergic to eggs. Work around this by making a small serving of egg-free cake for any sensitive children.

    Peanut Allergies

    Maybe you don’t plan on serving bags of peanuts, but this snack item is often processed in the same factory as cookies and candy. When shopping for goodies to hand out at a party with someone who has severe peanut allergies, make sure to read labels carefully. They should specify if the snack could have traces of peanut in it.

    Our goal here at BounceU is to make sure everyone has a safe, fun time at your child’s birthday party. You’re welcome to bring your own food, but if you prefer us to handle the menu, we can make adjustments to accommodate you and your guests. With our help, your event is sure to be unique and stress-free! To learn more about our party packages, or to book your event, please contact BounceU today.

  • Birthday Cake Trends

    Are you hoping to make your child’s birthday stand out this year with a one-of-a-kind cake? Don’t opt for a simple sheet cake when there are so many unique, trendy options out there. Whether you decide to order a cake from a local bakery or try your hand at making your own culinary masterpiece, get inspiration from these birthday cake trends.

    Tiered Cakes

    Once reserved for weddings and other formal occasions, tiered cakes are now taking center stage at kids’ birthday parties. These beautiful desserts are sure to impress. Plus, they’re ideal for large gatherings because everyone can help themselves to a sizeable piece.

    Unicorn Cakes

    Little girls, in particular, have a hard time resisting this triple-decker cake designed to resemble a unicorn’s head. Characterized by smooth white frosting, a colorful buttercream mane and gold fondant horn, these cakes are so darn cute – you may have a hard time cutting into them!

    Character Cakes

    Whether your child adores Star Wars, Mickey Mouse or Minions, you can design a birthday cake to reflect that. Even if you can’t afford or don’t have the skills to make your own custom cake, you can use a cheap hack to create the appearance of one. Simply bake or order a basic round cake and top it with a character topper that will make your child smile. This also gives you the opportunity to use the same topper again in the future.

    Cupcakes

    Simple, adorable, fun cupcakes are perfect for indecisive children or those who hate to share. Order or bake a range of flavors with different colored frosting to suit everyone’s tastes. Just make sure you have plenty in each variety to satisfy all the chocolate and vanilla lovers at the party.

    Cake Pops

    This birthday cake trend is made by mixing cake and frosting together to form gooey balls, putting them on lollipop sticks, and dipping them in chocolate or candy melts. They come in a wide variety of colors and flavors, and you can even design them to match the theme of your child’s birthday party. These bite-sized snacks are sure to please adults and kids alike.

    Cookie Cake

    Not everyone enjoys traditional birthday cake. If this describes your child, or you’re simply looking for something a little different, try a cookie cake featuring personalized frosting and sprinkles. Serve triangle-shaped slices just as you would with a regular birthday cake. To create more servings, stack multiple giant cookies on top of one another with frosting in between.

    Now that you have ideas for a fun cake, you need to pick a place to hold your child’s birthday party. BounceU in Farmingdale is a great place for children of all ages, from toddlers to elementary school kids to pre-teens. We specialize in making birthday parties unique and stress-free with party packages designed to meet your needs. To learn more about your options, or to book your party, please contact BounceU today.