The start of the new year is a great time to help your children focus on forming good habits. Goal setting teaches children how to be responsible and is an important part of their development. They learn to make commitments and how to follow through with such commitments. Setting a New Year’s resolution is a prime example of setting an important goal, and it’s best to start this habit from a young age. Sit down with your child and come up with a few New Year’s resolution ideas that are both realistic for them and appropriate for their age and stage of development. if you need a few New Year’s resolution ideas for kids, here’s some that are very appropriate for many ages:
- I will keep my room clean.
- I will have a fruit or veggie with every meal.
- I will try new foods.
- I will go to bed at a decent hour.
- I will exercise for at least a half hour each day.
- I will be sure to do my homework before anything else after school.
- I will do all of my chores without complaining
- I will watch less TV.
- I will brush my teeth each morning and night.
- I’ll be nice to every kid, especially ones that may not have other friends.
- I will memorize my address and phone number, and never give these out to strangers!
- I won’t talk back to my parents.
- I will read a new book each (day, week, month, whichever is age appropriate)
Along with these suggestions listed above we at Scooter’s Jungle believe prioritizing your family and personal relationships will set a strong example for your children and allow them to develop happy, healthy relationships themselves. Think about what would make your relationship with your children even more meaningful.
Happy New Year!
Grey skies and pouring rain can sometimes spell “no fun” to children. Some kids feel trapped indoors, especially on a non-school day, but it shouldn’t feel that way. There is a way to beat the rainy day blues and it involves indoor activities that are fun for everyone. Here is a list of our favorites.
- – Rainy Day Art
- – Bake Something Together
- – Play Dress Up
- – Go Old School
- – Head Out To An Indoor Play Place
Everyone in your home will have a different view of what a rainy day looks like to them. Why not encourage each person to draw a picture of the weather? How about a picture of their favorite indoor play space, Scooter’s Jungle? Paper, crayons and other art supplies will make this possible. You may also discover that a young artist in your family has a very interesting take on what a cloudy, gloomy day is to them.
Getting the family into the kitchen to bake a fun treat shouldn’t be hard. Especially if it is a treat that they can enjoy as soon as they come out of the oven and cool off. Cookies are always a good choice and by having your children pitch in on the tasks they can handle, an afternoon of baking cookies can help remove the rainy day blues. Try making them in the shape of Scooter from Scooter’s Jungle.
If your children are on the younger side you can have a good time indoors by letting them pick out something from your closet to wear. Playing dress-up is fun and encourages using one’s imagination. Add an extra fun element to dressing up with a fun fashion show where each child gets to ‘model’ their chosen outfit. Pretend the fashion show is taking place at Scooter’s Jungle.
Board games, puzzles and card games are a standard go-to in many households. The reason for that is they are always a fun way to pass some time. These games are also perfect for when the weather outside is not exactly good for tanning or any other activity. Just for fun, try playing a board game with new rules that your children make up as they play. You’ll never look at Monopoly the same again.
Scooter’s Jungle and other indoor play places are a great place to work off some of that pent up energy that would have been used outdoors on a non-rainy day. Just load up the family vehicle during available open play hours (Check out their store calendars for available event times, which are at different times for each Scooter’s Jungle location) and take everyone to play on the inflatables, slides and other fun pieces of equipment that will make everyone forget about the rain for a while. Indoor playgrounds, like Scooter’s Jungle, provide places to stay dry when it rains AND have an awesome time burning off energy and leaving your child tired and happy. rain for a while.
There are several ways to keep your child or children occupied on a rainy day. All you have to do is be a bit on the creative side. Hopefully, we have given you a few ideas that will inspire you to come up with games and activities of your own. For more inspiration please visit one of our favorite sources for all things about children, Mommy Nearest
For community groups, interest groups, and all kinds of organizations, raising funds is an ongoing concern.
To ensure that your fundraising event is a success, we’ve put together some great tips to get you started.
1.Choose a Venue That Everybody Will Love
One of the first elements you should think about when organizing your fundraiser is the location. The venue should be able to accommodate the crowd you expect and deliver an experience that will appeal to everybody.
Whether your organization is a school, a sports club, or a religious group, having an event that caters to children and community is a sure-fire way to ensure attendance. Scooter’s Jungle has a lot of experience hosting fundraisers, so you can spend less time managing your group and focus on connecting with your supporters. Fundraisers held at Scooter’s Jungle can easily raise in the range of $400 – $800, and your attendees will be glad they came.
Some of the criteria you should consider when choosing a venue:
- The size and capacity: will it accommodate your group?
- Event assistance: will the venue provide assistance in managing your event?
- The cost: is it in your budget?
- Parking: is there a dedicated lot for your visitors?
- Permits: do you need a special permit?
- Hours and availability: can the venue accommodate your ideal time and date? Book well in advance to ensure you get what you want!
- Food and drink: do they have popular food options for your visitors and will they let you sell snacks/baked goods to increase your fundraising profits?
- Entertainment: does the venue provide entertainment so that you do not have to organize it?
- Support and Commitment: will you have a key contact at the venue who will help you with all the details before, during, and after the event?
Scooter’s Jungle ticks all these boxes and then some. We offer full pre-and-post event support, including marketing help with invites, banners, and event planning to include clean up when it’s all done. There is plenty of on-site parking available at our locations, and there are no permits or special arrangements to be made.
2.Put the Word Out
Organizations have members who are passionate about what they do, so when you’re sending out invites, you’ve got a ready audience.
Here are some tips for boosting attendance:
- Use multiple party invite strategies. Not everybody uses the same platforms to communicate. Be sure you have a nice printed invitation, a digital invite that you can send via email, and be sure to make it front-and-center on your website. Make it as easy as possible for people to decide to attend, purchase tickets, or RSVP.
- Leverage your social network. Reach out to your supporters on social media. For a few dollars, you might even consider “boosting” your post to be sure it reaches everybody in your intended audience.
- Start getting people excited well in advance. Tease your audience just a little bit with an early campaign designed to build awareness of your event. Put together a fun-infused “funnel” of communications that encourage your recipients to respond. Gamify the process with trivia questions or contests that make them want to open your next email.
Remember – you can’t say fundraiser without saying FUN! When you’re ready to book your event, we’re here to help. Reach out today, and let us help you make your group’s fundraiser a big success.
Planning your child’s birthday party can seem overwhelming as there are so many things to consider. Deciding whether to do the party at home or at a party venue and choosing between which venues can leave some parents feeling defeated.
Some people throw parties at home because it seems like the most economical choice, however, this is not always the case. Also, they may not realize that a venue can alleviate so many considerations and responsibilities than when doing it in your home.
When selecting a party location, primary things you should consider are: Safety for both your child and your guests, comfort for your group and of course the opportunity for fun! Let’s highlight the advantages of both home parties and kids party venues:
Choosing between home or venue to host your child’s birthday party?
Many parents choose and enjoy hosting their child’s birthday party in their own home and this is a great option for certain birthday years. There are other birthday years where it can be more enjoyable for both the birthday child and parents to choose an outside venue. A mix of the two is important to keep in mind.
It’s important to not have the misconception that having a party in your home is easier to organize and more comfortable for your guests, because this is not always true.
Pros for home party:
- If the party gets too overwhelming for your child, they can go to their room or a familiar quiet spot to recalibrate.
- You do not have to drive anywhere to get to the party.
- You can host your guests as long as you like and there are no limits on how long they can stay.
- No need to transport decorations and you can set up your theme decorations however and whenever you choose, day of…or days earlier if you enjoy having everything displayed.
- You can cook and serve whatever food/drink items you like, including alcohol, with no particular food rules or schedule.
Cons for a home party:
- There is a lot of cleaning before and after the party, which is time consuming if you do it yourself and expensive if you are able to hire someone to do it.
- You have to come up with a plan/schedule for the party and some sort of activity to keep the kids entertained.
- You will most likely need to decorate your space, from scratch, to make a festive birthday party appeal and will not be able to ‘surprise’ your birthday child with the theme since you will need to work ahead of the party to make it ‘just right’.
- You have to be comfortable with a lot of people, particularly kids, in your home potentially breaking things.
- You will need to manage your guests to be on their best behavior, unless you are able to hire event staff to assist you.
- Guests can stay AS LONG as they like…and maybe sometimes longer than you would like.
- You might get exhausted hosting your child’s birthday party at home, be careful.
- The costs can add up when you consider everything that goes into it, especially if your guests expect to be served alcohol.
‘If the cons are too much, consider choosing a birthday party venue’
It’s important to consider costs and comfort when deciding between different party venues, but there are other things to keep in mind as well. Here are some things to consider:
- Venue and party size
- Decorations and themes
- The party package and privacy
The event venue that you choose should have ample space for your group. Ideally, the venue will have private room options to allow your group to celebrate together without strangers during both their activity and dining time. If your party child wants to have an active, fun birthday party, then they will need lots of space to ‘spread their wings’.
Choose a venue that makes your life easier by offering a venue theme that is attractive to your birthday child. Doing so will reduce your need to come up with a theme from scratch and even get you off the hook from doing any decorating if you choose. If you have a theme in mind make sure the venue allows you to bring in your own decorations. If you don’t have a theme in mind, be sure to ask if the venue provides any decorating options that you can purchase, such as balloons.
Usually, the party package is restricted to a certain number of guests, be sure to inquire about the costs of inviting additional guests and make sure the venue is large enough to comfortably accommodate your group size. Be sure to ask if your play area is private or if you will be sharing it with other parties or patrons. Ideally, you will be able to choose a venue that keeps all aspects of your party private.
Be sure to find out in advance if your chosen venue provides food or whether you will need to supply it yourself. The benefit of having the venue do it, is that you don’t need to prep, prepare, clean, or transport the food. Sometimes parents like to do a combination, for example, bring their own veggies and birthday cake but have the venue provide pizza. Again, it is important to ask what your options are.
If you’re doing the party at home you are most likely doing a lot of the ‘work’ yourself or hiring someone to do it. If you do it at a venue be sure to inquire if there will be a dedicated staff member helping you.
Whatever you decide, make sure your child is excited about it. A birthday party is a special occasion and marks an important transition in your child’s life. We at Scooter’s Jungle believe it may be helpful to visit the venue ahead of time to see it and get a feel before you invite guests. Not all venues offer 100% private parties. Many venues do not offer any private options or only offer the dining portion as private. Learn more about which venues offer 100% private birthday parties that are kid friendly and alcohol free, such as Scooter’s Jungle.
If you do the party at home make sure any activities or entertainment you have are age appropriate and something your child will enjoy. When choosing from countless places to have a kid’s party, consider the options available and don’t restrict yourself to home only.