Monday, January 7, 2013

Max Turns Five!

Max at full speed
Our nephew, Max, turned five years old on Sunday and his parents (Sarah's brother and his wife) booked a birthday party for him at Active Kids Zone near Dufferin between Finch and Steeles. The party was booked to run from 10 a.m. until noon and the folks in charge of the joint sure packed a lot of fun and great activities into the two hours. Sarah and I arrived just before ten (Sarah's job was to hold Georgia, only nine weeks old, if she was awake; otherwise, to watch over Charlie, Max's younger brother) and actually beat all of the other party guests, which is very unusual for us. I popped back out briefly to replace a coffee that Michelle, Max's Mom, had received in error and I was gone no more than ten minutes; when I got back the place was absolutely full of kids and parents. I think every single other family arrived in those ten minutes!

For the first little while, the kids randomly blew off steam kicking a couple of soccer balls around, then the "coach" organized a game of "Octopus" (a variation of Freeze Tag) with Max as "It". That's what he's playing in the picture above, where he looks more like an airplane than a scary sea monster. Then they played a game of "crazy soccer", which consisted of two teams but also two balls, to really keep the action going:

Samantha's got style
Max is ready for anything

After that was done, the organizer got Max to choose teams...

Max awaiting instructions....
...and then choosing his team

...and then he brought out these hilarious oversized balls to roll around:

Anyone else thinking of The Prisoner here?
Luckily these were the largest balls they had

The kids played a couple of different games with those huge balls, but in both cases the main action involved rolling the ball down the gym floor and either around or into the net at the other end. Any excess energy these kids had pretty much dissipated during this game, which was good, because a sugar rush was just around the corner.

A feast for a king!

The place and Max's parents put on quite a spread. There was pizza, fruit with chocolate dip and two kinds of Starbucks coffee. There were copious amounts of popcorn and a working Slushee machine with two different flavours which you can just make out at the far end of the table in this picture.There was an unlimited supply of pop, there were chopped veggies, there was....there was....hmm. I feel like I am forgetting something important.

Happy birthday to Max!

Oh, that's right. There was cake. And not just any cake....

Spidey sense tingling...

...a Spiderman cake. Favourite of both the birthday boy and his Dad! For a few moments, most of the people in attendance sat relatively still, so I took a couple of family shots:

Max, Charlie, Mom and Dad
Sarah with her cousin Samantha

And then it was back into the gym for some more activities. First they played a musical-chair-style game involving a decreasing supply of gym mats; then it was time for Max to demonstrate his Gangnam Style moves...

...Opa Gangnam Style

...and help his team win a tug-of-war against the parents:

Put your back into it!

Max seemed to have a fantastic time at his party and I'm really glad we got to tag along. His brother, Charlie, had a blast as well, but his brand-new sister, Georgia, slept all the way through it...

Sleepy girl

...until the very end:

Georgia and Mom

She woke up just in time to meet her Auntie Shirley and Uncle Ron for the first time:

Georgia and Auntie Shirley
Georgia and Uncle Ron

And then, at the end of all of that action, I took what turned out to be my best three shots of the day:

...and about to blow!

It was right at that moment I remembered I had to get home to cook brunch for my kids, so it seemed as good a time as any to leave!

Happy Birthday, Max! Thanks for inviting us to your party!


  1. Looks like everyone had a really good time. Wonderful photos of the party - thanks!

    1. Oh, good, I'm glad you found this post and saw the pictures! Sarah will choose what she thinks are the best of the day, "zip them up" and send them to you and Brian in the next couple of days. :)


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