I’m a big believer in kids birthday parties, but I wasn’t initially sold on the Game Truck Party. I’ve always loved planning the party and it’s such a treat for the kids to have all their friends celebrate together. Normally I have my children’s birthday parties at our house. It’s a lot of work, and as anyone who has been around a large group of boys knows, it can be tough to keep them on task instead of wrestling each other or climbing over the table to get to the cake. Don’t laugh. I have had kids actual climb over the table for the cake.
Enter the Game Truck Party. This rolling event space comes to you, but keeps the party out of your house. Bonus, up to 20 kids can be entertained all at once.
As I said, at first I didn’t understand the allure of the Game Truck Party. I mean, don’t these kids have most of the games anyway? Can’t they just use a split screen in our basement? Why do we need to bring in a truck to play in the front yard? I posed these questions to the Game Truck Party staff, as well as some of the kids and the answer seems to be they like the idea of the entire group on a screen at the same time. They may not all be playing the same game – or maybe they are, but it’s the ability to play together, in the same room. It’s the social aspect. The laughter and chatter coming from the ‘party room’ proves that point. It was fun to hear the collective “Ohhh” or “Yeah”.
In addition to the video games, The Game Truck Party staff can bring bubble soccer and laser tag too. Laser tag was a hard sell at first during our party. The boys wanted to keep playing the video games. However, after about an hour and a half in front of a screen, they were ready to get up and move around. Once we got them started on the laser tag, it was hard to get them to stop.
The Game Truck Party staff set it all up and corral the gaggle of kids, they suit them up in target vests, show them how to use the guns and most importantly, how to recharge once the ammo has run out. The Game Truck Party staff also bring bunkers with them, but most of the kids hid behind natural barriers. Staff split the boys into teams and direct them on a number of games such as capture the flag or a final free for all where it’s every man for himself.
All in all, this was the easiest party I’ve ever hosted. My son talked about it for days leading up to the event and must have said “thanks mom” at least five times just in the evening after the party. The kids left with big smiles too. A win for everyone.
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