Some of you may know that AJ & Zach celebrated their birthdays this last weekend. Their birthdays are within 3 weeks of each other, so until they set up a howl otherwise, we try to celebrate together. It saves time, money & effort....plus they're so close (can you say two-peas-in-a-pod?), they don't mind. We have ALWAYS had birthday parties at our house. It's cheaper, it gives us a good excuse to whip the house into shape, and the kids just like having their friends over. We've done Halloween-themed parties, carnivals, pony rides, bounce houses....you name it, we've done it. Our oldest is 15, so let's just say we've been doin' this a while.
This year we decided to hire Rolling Video Games. With two kids who are both gamers, it seemed like the perfect fit. Luckily, I happened upon a Groupon deal that made it that much sweeter (yep, I DO have to incorporate coupons into every aspect of my life!). But even without the Groupon, this would have been money well spent. Seriously, you would have thought Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy had all showed up on our doorstep at once, when the Rolling Video Games trailer pulled up in front of our house. I have not seen such excitement in....well, never before. They flung open the front door and went flyin' down the step to greet them. They hadn't even parked the "rig" before the boys were trying to find the entrance door. Yeah, they were just a little bit thrilled.
Here's the deal for the kids: 4 big screen high-def TV's, all the latest Xbox, Wii and Playstation games. Everything is linked, so up to 16 people can play at once. They can all play the same game, or against each other. You sit on couches with built-in vibration motors synched to the game, with big speakers behind you - it's a total submersion experience. And my kids could not get enough. Most of the party goers went in and didn't come out for two hours, when it was time to do cake & presents.
Here's the deal for the parents: You will earn major "coolness points" with your kids. This will make their day, week, year. EVERY parent who dropped off, either went inside to check it out, grabbed a business card, or wanted to talk about how cool this trailer was, and what a unique idea for a birthday party. (yeah - it is!). There was really nothing needed from me - Rolling Video Games provided a "game coach" who worked all the equipment, and even "helped" the kids share. I did not need to entertain or babysit kids, which in and of itself was priceless! Chad from Rolling Video Games was highly professional, very patient with the kids (he has 5 of his own, so he "gets" it) and really made this a fantastic experience.
You can go HERE to find out more about Rolling Video Games for your next party. You can see some fun shots of our party HERE. Yes, that is Zach wearing a Mario costume. He figured since it was a video game party, he might as well look the part. And yes, I think we've already established that he is a loon (who is now 7 years old - where DOES the time go?)!