We had a "little friends" party at Burke Lake the weekend of Jack's birthday. This is the party for all his little friends from school. Kate decided upon Burke Lake because we did a Park party a few years ago and it was fun. That was up the street and didn't have much going on. Burke Lake has a train ride, a carousel and an Ice Cream shop, so there is plenty to do.
Jack and Caden (the first to arrive)
I got there first and set-up at the pavilion, but then clouds started to roll in, heavy looking, ominous clouds. At 4:00 it started to rain, heavy. No lightning, a couple of thunders but no lightning. One of the guys who works there told me they have to shut down the rides, so that was a bust, but there wasn't a big deal since the boys all decided to occupy themselves by running around and just being boys. Give a boy a puddle and that is like, thirty minutes right there.
We broke open the toy bags (gift bags) and let the boys play with those and then did the pinata. I let them each have a whack at it, everyone got a chance. Then the next round they got two whacks. Nothing was happening, so we punted on that and decided to let them all just pull the streamers from the bottom all at once and it opened right up. Wish I had thought of that before! No bat, just happy kids scooping up candy.
Eating Pizza and ice cream
I ordered pizza too and they came - the boys loved pizza, so you can't go wrong there. Then the Ice Cream shop brought over ice cream and then we sang Happy Birthday and had cake.
Jack opened all his presents and then it was just winding down, getting them to play with their toys (gift bags) an clean up.
It all went well and in the end, we got it gratis since the weather was bad. Burke Lake gave us a full refund, so that was really cool of them.
All the boys together