• 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.

  • How To Help Your Child Make Friends

    It’s a well-known fact that friends are important, and making friends is a crucial skill for children to develop. Sometimes, though, it’s not very easy to do. It can be hard to watch your kid struggle with making new friends, and knowing you can’t make friends for them can make parents feel helpless. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make it a little bit easier.

    • Be proactive about setting up playdates. Whether or not your child makes friends easily, it’s smart to talk to other parents and create social occasions to foster interaction. When you invite kids to your home for playdates, you are fostering positive relationships not just between the children, but also between the parents. Building a community of support, where the kids and adults are friendly and supportive of each other, can be extremely valuable in many different areas of your child’s life.
    • Look for extracurricular activities. Find something your child truly enjoys, and then find a way for him or her to spend time with others who have similar interests. If your child has trouble making friends, it’s probably best to steer clear of activities that are overly competitive, in favor of those that are more cooperative in nature.
    • Rehearse social situations. Before a playdate, discuss what it means to be a good host. Help your child plan activities for the playdate, and rehearse conversations or situations that might arise. Similarly, talk to your child about things that happen at school, and practice how best to respond to uncomfortable situations.
    • Get to know your child’s friends. When you take the time to know your child’s friends, you learn about how your child interacts with others, what his or her social group is interested in, what kinds of influences are impacting your child, and how all the kids get along with each other. Friends are some of the most important people in your child’s life, and it’s worthwhile to get to know them.
    • Help your child to consider others. Empathy is an extremely valuable trait, important for a person’s whole life. Foster care and concern for others in your child’s life, and teach him or her how to be a good listener, sensitive to the needs of others.
    • Stay aware of your child’s social life. There’s a difference between getting too involved in your child’s interactions and paying attention to what’s going on. Multiple studies indicate that children do better when parents monitor their social activities, supervising where children play and helping to steer them toward friends who bring out the best in them. When you’re aware of what’s going on, you can help your child to avoid problems like bullying, as well.
    • Learn to listen. Spend time with your child, doing something you both enjoy, instead of asking direct questions. If you are willing to put in the time and pay attention, your child will open up about how things are going socially, and you’ll be able to figure out how to help.
    • Don’t pressure your child to be popular. Friends are important for children, but popularity is not. Sometimes, parents interpret a child’s behavior as shy when it’s really just introversion, and the child would rather spend time alone than with others. It’s ok to be an introvert, and as long as your child has one or two good friends, there’s probably no cause for concern.

    Ready to entertain your child’s new friends? Why not have 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.

  • 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.

  • Throwing a Kid-Friendly Halloween Party

    The spookiest holiday of the year is coming up! Why not throw a Halloween party your kids and their friends are sure to love? Invite guests to dress in costumes and enjoy the themed activities you come up with. BounceU can accommodate your Halloween party, and you can even use our fun-filled venue and party packages to enhance the theme you choose! Here are some ideas to spark your creativity.

    Monster Mash Halloween Party

    Serve cute monster cupcakes, finger sandwiches with olives for eyes and jagged cheese for teeth, and other party food labeled to be extra creepy. For instance, grapes become “monster eyeballs,” licorice becomes “monster hair” and pigs in a blanket become “monster toes.” Add face painting to your party package at BounceU so your party guests can pretend to be monsters as they play around the bounce houses.

    Halloween Carnival

    Host a party with traditional carnival games tweaked a bit to fit the Halloween theme. For example:

    • Bring a jar of Halloween candy and have each child write down how many they think are inside on a slip of paper. Whoever gets the closest wins a prize!
    • Spray paint plastic bowling pins white, orange and yellow and play candy corn bowling.
    • Modify “pin the tail on the donkey” to become “pin the bow tie on the skeleton” or “pin the nose on the witch.”
    • Make cone-shaped “witch’s hats” out of black poster board and play “Halloween ring toss.”

    Harry Potter Party

    Witches, wizards and Muggles alike will enjoy an afternoon complete with butterbeer, pumpkin juice and golden snitches. Set the mood with candles made out of spray painted paper towel and toilet paper rolls with tea lights on top. Then, serve treats like Bertie Bot’s Every Flavor Beans, Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum and color-changing “potions” made with food coloring. Hand out plastic Harry Potter glasses, magic wands and broomsticks to each guest. The kids will love running around BounceU, casting spells and pretending to play Quidditch.

    Haunted House Halloween Party

    This classic party theme can be as lighthearted or spooky as you want. BounceU can help create the perfect atmosphere with our Cosmic Bounce package. Ultraviolet lighting and glow-in-the-dark props turn the spooky fun up a notch for your Halloween party. White and neon colors glow under black light, so your guests’ costumes look extra fun!

    Murder Mystery Party

    For older kids, consider throwing a detective-themed party where guests have to unravel a murder mystery. You can find scripts and stories online that tweens and young teens will love! Leave clues around the BounceU venue for the young sleuths to discover and work out the puzzles together.

    BounceU has private party rooms and bounce house arenas to make your upcoming Halloween party the spooky success you’re hoping for. Ask about our numerous add-ons, such as Cosmic Bounce, face painting, food and drinks, party favors, and more. If you’re ready to book your party, please contact BounceU in Farmingdale today!

  • Party Favor Ideas for a Halloween Birthday Party

    Was your child born on or around Halloween? Perhaps it has become a tradition to throw a Halloween-themed birthday party each year for your child. There are so many spooky, fun themes to choose from!

    Just remember that birthday party etiquette says you should provide party favors to thank each guest for coming. Not sure what to offer? Use these ideas to help you come up with something cute and memorable.

    Halloween Candy and Treats

    Nothing goes with Halloween better than candy. Consider handing out some of these Halloween goodies as part of your party favor bag:

    • Fall-colored M&Ms in a mini mason jar
    • Halloween lollipops or candy bars with personalized labels
    • Chocolate-covered Oreos with Halloween designs
    • Mini pumpkin cake pops
    • Chocolate kisses wrapped in orange and black foil
    • Popcorn in trick-or-treating bags
    • Candy-filled pumpkin balloons
    • S’mores kits with graham crackers, mini chocolate bars and Peeps marshmallow ghosts
    • Tic Tacs with customized labels (white Tic Tacs are “ghost poop,” green are “witch warts, orange are “pumpkin seeds” and red are “vampire vitamins”)
    • Bottles of orange soda with the label removed and a Jack-o-lantern face drawn on

    Halloween Toys and Games

    Your party favors certainly aren’t limited to candy and treats. If you want to keep the sugar content down, get creative with your party favors by including some of these fun suggestions:

    • Customized packs of playing cards
    • Halloween crowns or masks made at the party
    • Plastic spider rings
    • Halloween-themed spin tops
    • Vampire teeth
    • Glow-in-the-dark bouncy “eye” balls
    • Bottles of bubbles in Halloween-themed packaging
    • Monster stickers
    • Gel cling window decals
    • Halloween Rubik’s cube
    • Play-Doh with customized Halloween labels

    Other Halloween-Themed Party Favors

    To remind guests of the fun they had at your child’s party, include some of these unique Halloween-themed items in each party favor bag:

    • Lip balm with personalized labels
    • Orange and white candles
    • Halloween-themed notebooks
    • Small picture frames with a Polaroid snapshot taken at the party
    • Miniature pumpkins (real or plastic)

    BounceU is the perfect place to hold your child’s Halloween birthday party. We offer private rooms and bounce house arenas for you and your guests to enjoy. As an optional add-on, you can request to have party favors included in the cost of your event, as well as face painting, kid-friendly food and drinks, and much more! Please contact BounceU in Farmingdale to book your party today.

  • How to Throw a Birthday Party for a Special Needs Child

     

    Kids usually anticipate each upcoming birthday with excitement. They look forward to eating cake, hanging out with friends and doing activities they love. This is true of most children, including those with special needs.

    If you have a child who is wheelchair-bound, autistic, non-verbal, or diagnosed with another mental or physical limitation, you may feel overwhelmed at the idea of throwing a birthday party. However, if you, your child and party guests work together, you can host an event that’s fun for everyone. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

    Rethink Your Preconceived Notions

    If your child hates lit candles and doesn’t care for the Happy Birthday song, throw out these aspects of a traditional birthday party. Cater the event to the needs and wants of your child, even if it looks less like a birthday party once you make the necessary changes.

    Pick a Suitable Location

    Your home may be the best place to ensure your child is comfortable and doesn’t become overwhelmed during the birthday party. Your church, library or another venue with a private party room ensures your child is only around family and friends. Consider accessibility if you have a wheelchair to account for.

    Decide Who to Invite

    Keep the number of guests to a manageable level (10 kids or fewer is best), and ask some parents to stay and lend a hand if needed. You might also invite your child’s school teacher to serve as another friendly face and helping hand. If your child is nonverbal, the teacher may be a useful resource for deciding who to invite from school.

    Plan a Few Simple Activities

    Whatever you choose to do during the party, make sure everyone you invite can participate. However, don’t force an activity on anyone. Popular options include:

    • Coloring or other arts and crafts
    • Dancing
    • Red Light, Green Light
    • Pin the tail on the donkey (without blindfolds, if necessary)
    • Cornhole and ring toss

    Decide How to Handle Gifts

    As the parent of a special needs child, you probably know better than anyone how your child will handle the concept of opening gifts in front of a crowd. If you anticipate it being a negative experience, wait until later to unwrap presents. Just remember to send thank you cards.

    Think About Party Favors

    Birthday party etiquette states that you should hand out goody bags to guests before they leave. Make sure every child you invite can enjoy the favors you provide. Some ideas include candy, popcorn, soda, paper crowns, plastic jewelry, stickers, Play-Doh and knick-knacks that correspond with the party’s theme.

    If you’re looking for a spacious venue to host a birthday party for your special needs child, BounceU can help. We make hosting events easy with packages and add-ons to suit your needs. If you’re interested, we can include invitations, food and drinks, activities, party favors, and more. To book your party, please contact BounceU in Farmingdale today!

  • A New Parent’s Guide to Party Planning

    When you’re a new parent, planning a birthday party for your child can seem overwhelming. You might be wondering how to come up with birthday party ideas that everyone will like, what kind of party decorations you need, and even who should be invited. Hosting birthday parties can actually be fun for parents with a little planning, so you don’t have to shy away from the experience. This guide will help you plan your first child’s birthday party.

    Choose a Party Place to Host the Event

    Having your first child’s party involves a lot of moving parts, but the job gets even bigger when you host it at home. Opt to have the party at another venue, where you can count on help from the staff in setting up the space ad where there is built-in kids’ party entertainment. This will take a lot of pressure off of you and let you relax and enjoy your time with your guests. Even better, you won’t have to deal with the cleanup when everyone goes home.

    Keep the Party Small

    Parents often feel like they need to invite every friend and family member they can think of to a party, but keeping things small is better for everyone. A few kids, a few friends, and some close family members are all you need to have a special day. As your child gets older, you’ll have parties with larger guest lists, but keep your first birthday party a cozy gathering.

    Invite Parents to Stay

    When you invite kids to the party, invite the parents to stay as well. With young children, parents are much more comfortable sticking around, and having all of those other adults on deck to help will take pressure off of you. Make clear on the invitation that it is not a drop-off party.

    BounceU in Farmingdale is the perfect fit for kids’ birthday parties. Kids of all ages love our bouncy castles, and our team members are pros at making sure kids’ birthday parties happen without a hitch. Contact us today by calling (516) 986-4518 to discuss your birthday party ideas .

  • 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.

  • No Time for Party Planning? BounceU Can Help!

    When it comes to organizing a fun-filled party for your child and his friends, look no further than BounceU. At our bounce house party venue, we offer different party packages to choose from that include party essentials like giant inflatables, invitations, pizza, and beverages. You can also choose to add on features like balloons, cake, party favors, and face painting.

    When you book your kid’s birthday party at BounceU, he and his friends can look forward to giant-sized fun thanks to our inflatable bounce house arenas, private party rooms, and personalized party packages featuring drinks, party favors, and kid-friendly food. Having trouble picking a party theme? If so, then consider choosing from our themed party add-on options available in themes such as The Avengers, Frozen, Despicable Me, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

    Simplify party planning by contacting BounceU today! You can reach our kids’ party place in Farmingdale by calling (516) 986-4518.