We partnered with Sky Zone, Boston Heights (Ohio) to put together the most fantastic birthday party an 8 year old could ever ask for!
Brody turned 8 last week and Dan and I are still digesting it! How do we have an eight year old already?
Every year for the boys birthdays we celebrate with close friends and family – but we had yet to travel down the road of hosting a friends party. The very thought of it was overwhelming. Did I have to come up with a theme? Do we have to invite the entire class so no one feels left out? Does it have to be in our home – because I don’t think I could handle that in the winter.
I became the master mommy at dodging the boys when the idea would arise. Explaining that we only do parties with family, that a friends party would come much later in life – like 18 when they are in college 🙂
Here is where I eat my words – yet again.
We caved in MUCH sooner than later, whoops.
Let me start off by saying that Brody has had the best year so far with his health, and since our previous school years were complete crap and stress – Dan and I wanted to celebrate his birthday in an extra special way!
Where is the BEST place to host a large kids birthday party? One where they go run wild, play till they are complete pooped and leave with the biggest smiles on their faces??
21 of Brody’s classmates, cousins, and friends came to jump their hearts out and celebrate the birthday boy. Our Boston Heights Sky Zone location knocked this party out of the park, and left Dan and I wondering why we have always said no to a friends party!
Having been to this facility multiple times, I knew that all of the kids would have a total blast – I was just completely clueless with what a well oil machine Sky Zone was with hosting kids birthdays. Our experience there was unbelievable!
Upon checking in, our hostess had buckets ready for the guests shoes – coat racks for their jackets, and a push cart for all of the presents Brody’s friends brought him. Dan and I just stood back and watched our host orchestrate a flawless check in, and organized all of the munchkins on a bench until it was time to let the wild ones loose!
Once the clock struck 12:00pm, the party started and all of the rugrats just darted for the nearest trampoline for the next hour to jump. I love how Sky Zone has multiple employees keeping an eye on each section – it helped Dan and I have extra eyes on such a large group, ensuring their safety! Once we were 10 minutes in, I turned to Dan and said “This is amazing! Why did we always say NO!”
Trying to get any of these kids to stand still for a picture was a total joke. And while I wish I had better action shots to show you – I think the lack of pictures just speaks volumes. I could not slow these kids down, and they did not want to leave their friends sides. It was the best!
Max was in a total trampoline trance!
Our soon to be 6-year-old Owen could not get enough of their massive foam pit. The tricks these kids were doing were super impressive!
I paced back and forth, keeping an eye on all of the guests – feeling filled with the best butterflies in my stomach. NOW I finally understand why Sky Zone is such a hot spot for hosting kids birthday parties. It was worth every single penny and more.
Excuse my exhausted momma face – Max doesn’t sleep. Like, ever. So this “look” is now just me.
Once the hour of jumping was over, a host gathered up all of the kids and brought them up to our ultimate party room. Where, to our surprise – was already set up with plates, napkins, cups … You guys, the presents, kids shoes, coats, everything was brought up to the party – Dan and I did not have to scramble and think of a single thing!
A hockey cake for the win, for his favorite team – the Columbus Blue Jackets. Or Blue Jacket if the grocery store had no idea what you were talking about!
Goodie bags were filled and ready to go – the absolute only thing I had to do for this party.
When it was time to eat pizza and cake, our two amazing hosts passed everything out. I mean everything. They handled the drink refills, the spills, and even cleaned up the throw up from a munchkin who jumped to hard and drank too much fruit punch (ha!)
Usually at parties I am that frantic host, running around and missing all of the precious moments with friends and family.
Not this time!
A huge thank you to Sky Zone for partnering with us on Brody’s unforgettable birthday bash! A party that he will remember for years to come, and a party that we as parents enjoyed every last drop of.