• Parents: Reassess Your Behavior Expectations

    When your children play in the dog’s water dish or refuse to put their toys away, it’s easy to think they’re being obstinate when in reality they’re simply acting their age. You may develop unrealistic expectations because your children’s behavior is inconsistent from day to day, or even minute to minute. Sleep deprivation, hunger and a host of other factors affect a child’s mood and behavior.

    Consider some common behavior expectations, the realities many parents face and tips to help your children behave.

     

    Resisting Temptation

    The expectation: Your two-year-old should stay out of the dog’s water dish.

    The reality: Every time you turn your back, water splashes everywhere.

    What to do: Your child sees a water dish as an invitation to play, so find a substitute for it. Consistently steer the child away from the dog’s bowl and toward a bin filled with an inch or two of water and plastic cups to play with. Set a towel under this play area to minimize the mess.

     

    Putting Toys Away

    The expectation: Your three-year-old should put toys away the first time you ask.

    The reality: After asking 100 times, your child finally puts two blocks away and then starts playing again.

    What to do: To help your child resist the urge to play, assist with cleaning up and praise your child with each successful contribution to the process. This develops good habits, even if they take time to appear.

     

    Granting Privacy

    The expectation: Your two-year-old should play for two minutes while you use the restroom.

    The reality: No sooner do you sit down than your upset toddler starts crying and pounding on the door.

    What to do: You can always let your child come with you, but if you’re adamant about privacy, try playing cars or doing a puzzle with your toddler for a few minutes. Then, say you need to use the restroom and will be back in two minutes. Hopefully, the activity you started together will occupy your child’s attention until you return.

     

    Behaving in Public

    The expectation: Your three-year-old should sit quietly at the restaurant and color the kids’ menu until the food arrives.

    The reality: Your child throws sugar packets, crawls around under the table, and screams when you attempt to make him or her hold still.

    What to do: Choose kid-friendly restaurants until your child is at least four years old. In the meantime, make eating out feel like home. Dine at your usual time, skip the dress clothes, and consider bringing your child’s familiar cutlery from home. Provide snacks, toys and a walk around the restaurant until the food arrives.

     

    At BounceU, we love entertaining children and their quirky behaviors! From toddlers to elementary school kids to pre-teens, BounceU is a great place to bring your children for a fun day of running around bounce houses. We specialize in making birthday parties, field trips and other events unique and stress-free for the whole family. To learn more, or to book an event, please contact us today.

  • Dos and Don’ts of Party Planning for Twins

    Birthday parties for twins may be twice the fun, but for parents, they are also twice the planning. As you’re trying to come up with birthday party ideas, start by settling on a location that is fun for both siblings, instead of one that is geared towards one child or the other. After you have a kids’ party place that everyone will love, keep these dos and don’ts in mind so that your event is a success.

    Do Have One Cake for Each Twin

    No one wants to share blowing out birthday candles, even if they share a birthday. Instead of opting for one large cake, go for two smaller ones, so that each twin has his or her own cake and candles. Have each cake decorated to reflect that twin’s personality and preferences, so that it feels and looks personal. Sing to each twin separately, and let each child get a turn being the star when it’s time to blow out the candles.

    Don’t Stick to a Single Theme

    If your twins have a shared interest, then you may be able to plan your party around that single theme, but often, twins each have their own ideas. If one twin wants Minions and the other loves ponies, you don’t have to choose. Let the party reflect both child’s interest, rather than leaving one out or forcing a compromised theme that neither really loves.

    Do Manage the Guest List

    Guest lists can get out of control quickly when twins are involved. It can help to make a list of shared friends that they both want to invite and then to give each child a set number of guest list additions to add personal friends. Be sure to enlist enough help to supervise your young guests.

    BounceU is an easy choice for birthday parties for twins. No matter how different your twins are, they will both love a day with their friends in our bounce houses. Find out more about using our party place in Farmingdale by calling (516) 986-4518.

  • Raising Grateful Children

    Birthday parties are fun, but they also provide some learning opportunities. As your child receives gifts at his or her party, it provides a great chance to practice gratitude. As you make you come up with kids’ party ideas, don’t forget to take some time to focus on teaching your child to be a good and grateful host to his or her friends.

    This video offers advice on helping kids express gratitude. Talk to your kids about how to receive gift gracefully and show that they are thankful. It also helps to talk to kids before they attend someone else’s birthday party about how to act as their friends receive gifts.

    Are you looking for a fun party place for kids ? Look no further than BounceU. Find out about throwing a party in our bounce houses in Farmingdale by calling (516) 986-4518.

  • It’s Always a Party at BounceU!

    BounceU is a favorite kids’ party place, but you don’t have to wait for a party invitation to get in on the fun. With our Open Bounce parties, you can try our bounce houses any time you’re in the mood for some fun.

    We offer a number of different Open Bounce options. On most Thursdays, we offer an all-ages session that is an exciting time for all of the kids in your family. The last Thursday of each month is reserved for a Cosmic Open Bounce, which is specially crafted for tweens and teens. Preschool Playdate Open Bounces give the younger kids a chance to enjoy their bounce houses on their own, while families are welcome every Wednesday night to bounce together. Reservations are required for all Open Bounces.

    Don’t wait for a birthday party to enjoy BounceU with your family. Contact us today at (516) 986-4518 to find out more about our Open Bounce sessions and to reserve space on our inflatables in Farmingdale for your family.

  • Celebrate the End of Your Little League Team’s Season with a Trip to BounceU!

    Are you looking for a way to reward your Little League team after a hard-fought season? If so, then a trip to BounceU may offer you the solution that you are looking for. BounceU is a kids’ party place in Farmingdale that offers bounce houses, kids’ party entertainment, food, party games, and themed decorations.

    Booking a party at BounceU offers many benefits. First, because you can book your party online and view the pricing, add-on options, and food selection on our website, it is easy to see what we have to offer. Also, booking a party at BounceU means that you and your group will get a party space to yourselves, allowing you to celebrate the season’s end as a team.

    If you are ready to take advantage of what BounceU has to offer, then visit us online or call our party place in Farmingdale at (516) 986-4518 for more information.

  • Is Your Child Getting Too Much Screen Time?

    Today, some parents are choosing to schedule active party events to combat the sedentary lifestyle that many kids lead, and when it comes to fun activities and kids’ party entertainment, BounceU has you covered. Watch this video if you’re concerned that your child may be getting more screen time than is healthy.

    When kids participate in normal play rather than use electronics, this helps them develop life skills, such as learning how to read social cues and engage in negotiation and compromise, and doing so also allows them to embrace their imagination and curiosity.

    For simple party planning and memorable kids’ party entertainment, schedule your next group event at BounceU. To find out more about our bounce house party place serving Farmingdale, call (516) 986-4518.

  • Ideas for Staying Active as a Family

    Exercise helps support proper growth and development, and staying active as a parent can set a great example of healthy living for your kids. BounceU offers parents an easy way to plan fun and active parties for children. However, if you’re looking for ways to stay active as a family, then read on for some helpful ideas.

    See Your City

    For many families, there is plenty to do right where they live. To stay more active together, consider setting aside time each week to get out of the house and explore your area. For example, you could spend a day at the zoo, schedule a weekend camping trip, plan a picnic at your neighborhood park, or go for a walk around the neighborhood.

    Plant a Garden

    If you haven’t done much gardening before, then you may be surprised by how much exercise you can get from this activity. To stay active with your family, consider planting a garden in your backyard or renting a space at your local community garden. Tending to a garden as a family can offer each of you great exercise. Plus, gardening can be therapeutic, fun, and educational.

    Start a Sport

    It’s easier than you may think to enjoy athletics together as a family. For example, your family can start taking weekly bike rides around your neighborhood, get a membership at the city pool, find a local trail to hike, or train for and participate in a marathon together.

    Try Active Games

    If you want a fun way for your family to keep moving together in the winter, then consider investing in some active video games. Today, there are plenty of games that require movement to play, can be fun for the whole family, and offer a great way to burn calories indoors.

    BounceU features bounce houses, inflatables and kids party entertainment in Farmingdale , so your kids and their friends can enjoy active birthday activities year-round. If you’d like to book a party, then call (516) 986-4518.

  • Why Physical Activity Is Important for Kids

    As a parent, it is critical to encourage your kids to get active. This video provides five reasons why physical activity is so important for children during their developmental years. Exercise early in life can help to prevent diseases, and daily activity has also been shown to promote healthy cognitive development. An open bounce at Bounce U can provide your kids with the perfect environment to run, play, and exercise.

    When you are looking for creative ways to help your children increase their activity, be sure to make a trip to Bounce U . Our bounce houses in Farmingdale naturally encourage kids to stretch, play, and develop their physical abilities. To learn more about the next open bounce at our popular party place, call us at (516) 986-4518.

  • Strategies for Keeping Kids Active During the Summer

    Summer break is a time for kids to shake off the stress of school, but for many kids, it’s also a tempting time to stay in bed for half of the day and to spend the other half playing video games. With no recess or required PE classes, how can you keep your kids active during the summer months? The inflatables at BounceU are a great place for your kids to get active. These ideas will also help.

    Sign Up for Classes

    During the summer, there are many different camps and classes designed to keep kids active. This can be the perfect time to let your child try martial arts, baseball, swimming, or another sport or activity that has always interested him or her. If your child’s school offers summer camps that focus on physical activity or that help kids train for team tryouts that will happen in the fall, sign your child up for a few sessions for an easy way to add activity into his or her schedule.

    Host a Game Day

    Kids will be more likely to get active when their friends are involved. Host a play date in which you hold a game day at your house. Work with your kids to set up various challenges that your visitors have to complete. You can even host a team sports tournament in your back yard for kids and their friends. Other parents will be thrilled that you’re getting their kids off the couch and moving as well.

    Try an Open Bounce

    Open Bounce sessions at BounceU are so much fun that your kids won’t even know that they’re actually doing something that is good for their health. Let your kids bounce across our inflatables for a great, active day.

    Do you want to know more about BounceU, our Open Bounce days, and our kids’ birthday parties in Farmingdale ? Give us a call today with your questions at (516) 986-4518.

  • Strategies That Bring Siblings Closer Together

    If you have children who don’t always get along, then you may be frustrated with sibling rivalry and regular fights. Thankfully, there are strategies to help your children bond, such as playing loud and crazy games together in a bounce house . The following strategies are simple, everyday tactics that you can use to bring your children closer together. Read on for a better look.

    Insist on Respect

    Teaching your children how to respect others should be on the top of your list of priorities. Learning respect for siblings is just as important as respect for friends and other children. Your children may not always get along or even like each other, but they should always respect one another.

    Allow Creative Play

    If your children are getting along and playing loud and crazy games together, then let them continue this crazy play when possible. It may be loud and annoying, but your children are bonding and forming special memories and a relationship that will stay with them their entire lives. As long as your children are safe and enjoying themselves, then encourage active and loud and creative play.

    Encourage Helping

    Learning to help others is one of the most beneficial skills a child can learn, because it teaches children about the value of teamwork and having confidence in himself. Teach and encourage your children to help each other. They can work on homework together or complete their chores together. These simple activities show your children that they can lean on one another and how to learn from someone else.

    Never Compare Siblings

    If you openly praise one and criticize another, then your children will develop feelings of resentment toward their siblings. Even more subtle comparisons can be damaging to one or both siblings. These feelings can fester and eventually damage your children’s relationships as they grow older.

    Make playtime crazy and fun with BounceU, your local party place near Farmingdale. We have inflatables and bounce houses for your children to play on and bond together. Please call us at (516) 986-4518 to learn more about our party place and bringing the family together.