This is one of those days when my excitement compels me to share! We had a super fun camp out party for my oldest son’s 11th birthday laced with a few fun activities…yes, even some that glow in the dark!
My son is (as he informed me) a ‘tween’ now. Double digits bring some
attitude more mature conversation to the table. Of course it’s mixed with the immature and often annoying goofy-ness of youth but it’s a nice mix. I still have my boy but I’m getting a glimpse of the person he’ll become. He’s funnier than ever, smart if he’s interested, a great shot and is finding out that you have to work for what you want so starting to siphon dollars out of me whenever possible learn to prioritize. This party was all about what he’s into!
I was late on the cake pic again. He wanted ice-cream cake and I got it right this time! I’ll share the sweetness of that when I fully return!
We swam, battled with squirt guns and just hung out mostly, then it was time for our first activity:
Candy Balloon Shoot:
I stuffed candy into balloons long about 2:00 a.m. a few nights before for targets.
We inflated and stuck them by their blower-upper part on nails along a board. I can’t blame my lack of real words on the baby brain anymore, can I? I’ll blame it on lack of sleep.
Anyway, we hung eleven at a time and just replaced them as they were shot until they had all shot two. I ordered Starlite “Gumball” safety glasses for a later activity so they were required to wear them for this, too. They’re sized for kids so they actually liked and wore them!
As the family not camping left I gave them their gift bags (“camp-out bags” I heard them called). Nothing fancy…just midnight snacks, a few toys and a flashlight.
When it was dark (which happened crazy fast) we moved on to the glow in the dark activities. My mother-in-law sent a few glow in the dark goodies along with the 80 glow sticks I had (20/$1.00 @ Dollar Tree) so that was its own deal and they really enjoyed it all. They had 69 to play with, actually, because 11 of them were reserved for my son’s money thing this year (you know I like to get creative with the money gifts):
Glow In The Dark Money Balloon Shoot:
I put a glow stick and a dollar bill inside a each balloon and re-used our set-up for my son’s personal night shoot. It was as much fun to watch as it was for him to shoot! (This is when I realized my camera batteries were too run down for any decent night/flash pics).
Then the final activity (bear in mind we still had a campfire they hadn’t even looked at yet) was another that was supposed to glow in the dark:
Glow In The Dark Water Gun Fight:
My momma helped me out earlier by putting glow-in-the-dark face paint mixed with a bit of water into squirt bottles (It was 1 oz. paint to about 1/2 oz. water). I had hoped to stretch the paint a bit farther, but we were able to completely fill one mini squirt gun for each of them with a different color.
They were all given a new white tee-shirt to put on along with their safety glasses and old shorts that they had known to bring. It wouldn’t have mattered with the twins…the shirts were full length gowns on them! No pic of the shirts (cause they’re just shirts) but I did sort of get proof of how stinking creepy it was having them all follow me around while I tried to find the darkest space!
I had planned to go out farther, but one boy wore his new school shoes so we kicked of our shoes and stayed a bit closer.
The goal was to shoot everyone else at least once before your squirt gun ran out. The paint didn’t glow like I wanted it to. They had fun just playing, then we went in to see all the colors at least. It was a good idea to wear the safety glasses!
I decided we needed to squeeze four 11-year-olds, two five-year-olds and two adults in my tiny bathroom so we could check it out with absolutely no light anywhere. They glowed! They loved it!
So it was a bit expensive and didn’t “really” work (maybe if we could have gotten farther from the house), but it was different and cool so all in all it costs me $6 each for a cool shirt and memory to take home!
We had trouble remembering whose was whose so we just had to match up the paint that had went through…
They didn’t end up roasting anything…just straight to the tent cause apparently they had a lot of talking to get done. I checked in with my husband around 2:00 am (he had a tent with the twins but my daughter was the only one who stayed) and they were still going. By 8:00 they were in the house an starving, so bacon, scrambled eggs and cinnamon rolls then they played Legos and left.
‘Til next time!