• 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.

  • Tips for Chaperoning a School Field Trip

    If your child’s teacher asked for volunteers to chaperone an upcoming field trip, you might have signed up hesitantly, wanting to be more involved in your child’s education but not knowing quite what to expect. This can be a wonderful experience for you, your child and the whole class if you know how to do your part. Follow these tips to help keep the kids safe, engaged and under control during a school field trip.

    Know the Itinerary

    Your child’s teacher should hold an informational meeting with all chaperones before the outing takes place. This is the time to learn the schedule, logistics and chaperone guidelines. Find out how many kids you’ll be overseeing along with their names and any medical or behavioral problems you should know about.

    Plan Ahead

    While the school should take care of admission costs, and each child should bring everything they need, you never know if someone in your group might forget their lunch or need a Band-Aid. Stock a bag with snacks, water and basic first aid supplies. Dress comfortably for the destination and wear sensible shoes. Keep your cell phone on you in case you need to use it, but put it on silent.

    Act Appropriately

    Refrain from discussing your child’s grades with the teacher during the trip, and if you have other children, leave them at home. This you don’t get distracted from what’s most important – keeping your group safe and engaged on the field trip.

    Maintain Order, But Don’t be Too Strict

    It’s your job to keep your group under control, but the field trip isn’t a military exercise. Firmly enforce rules related to safety and courtesy, but allow minor infractions to slide. If a child breaks a rule, pull him or her aside and offer a quiet reprimand rather than a public scolding. Ask the teacher for advice if a child repeatedly acts out.

    Keep Your Group Safe

    Learn the names and faces of everyone in your group, and be sure they know yours as well. Be aware of any hazards around you so your group can avoid them. Take frequent head counts as the students move along, and alert the teacher immediately if someone is missing.

    Remain Positive and Engaged

    You’re acting as an ambassador for your child’s school during this outing, so model professional behavior and lead by example. Follow the directions you’re given, don’t interrupt the teacher and keep your voice at a moderate level for the setting you’re in. Remain attentive to what the teaching is saying, participate in the activities, and avoid taking calls or answering texts while chaperoning.

    If your child’s school is looking for a fun place to hold a class outing or field trip, feel free to suggest BounceU in Farmingdale. We encourage school groups to visit us for a private, supervised day of fun running around bounce houses! To learn more, or to reserve your field trip, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tips for Including Face Painting in Your Child’s Celebration

    Birthday party ideas often include bounce houses, entertainment, and music. However, you can also include face painting as a fun and simple activity . Face painting is an imaginative and engaging activity for your child and her birthday guests to enjoy. Read on for some tips to ensure that your face painting session is a success.

    Tip #1: Check Material Safety

    There are so many painting materials available, and some are safer than others for children’s delicate skin. It is important to check the safety of the painting materials before officially hiring the kids’ party entertainment. Speak with the kids’ party place or face painter to learn more about the materials. If you know the quality of paints and tools that your professional face painter is using, then you can better inform curious parents about the face painting activity.

    Tip #2: Notify Parents

    It is important to include a short list of activities on the birthday party invitation, because kids and parents can get excited about your child’s party. However, including certain information is another way to notify parents of the types of activities that will be held at the party. Parents can use this information to decide if their child can or cannot participate in certain activities. If you know of a specific child’s allergies or aversions to certain materials, then feel free to notify the parent ahead of the party.

    Tip #3: Encourage Imagination

    Face painting is a fun activity for kids, because they can let their imaginations run wild in the form of butterflies, superheroes, and princesses. Ensure that your professional face painter has a diverse selection of designs to choose from. Encourage the children to use their imaginations and have fun with the designs they choose. This will make the entire celebration a big hit .

    BounceU has many add-ons for your child’s next celebration, such as cosmic bounce houses and face painting. We want your child’s party to be memorable, so call our party place near Farmingdale at (516) 986-4518 to reserve a party slot.

  • Get Organized with This Party Planning App

    Download the app here.

    Child’s B-Day is an Apple app that can help you keep track of all the details of your child’s next birthday party. This app can help you plan kid’s party entertainment, food ideas, and provide much-needed reminders to complete certain tasks. Continue reading to learn more about this great planning app.

    Child’s B-Day gives you a place to list all of your child’s party guests and pick a theme. Once you pick the theme, the app will give you various food suggestions and birthday party games to plan. You can also post updates from your app to your social media accounts. This can give your guests’ parents updated information about the success of the upcoming party.

    Take advantage of the BounceU party planners by scheduling your child’s next birthday party in Farmingdale . Our party planners will show you our bounce houses, play areas, and wide selection of themes after you call us at (516) 986-4518.