We had Riley’s 6th birthday party last weekend at the Jazzercise facility. It was the perfect space for what we did: Legos, of course! Bricks4Kidz, the same company that put on the summer camp, came out for Riley’s party. Teachers Abbey and Katie were there to help the kids, and they brought lots of different build options.
Riley really wanted a Ninjago party, but unfortunately Bricks4Kidz didn’t have any specific Ninjago builds. However, Riley settled on a few pirate-themed builds since the latest season of Ninjago is about sky pirates. The kids built either a pirate ship, a trebuchet, a chomping crocodile, or a fishing pirate.
They also had plenty of time for free play with the huge bag of loose Lego pieces. This is always Riley’s favorite part. In fact, I was impressed that he actually sat down to do one of the structured builds. But he was very sweet and helped Colin build a chomping crocodile.
In lieu of the typical games that Bricks4Kids usually does during birthday parties, Riley requested the same volcano experiment that he did in summer camp. The kids collaborated to build the volcano out of Legos and then Abbey made it erupt by adding vinegar to baking soda and food coloring. They loved it and of course asked if they could touch it.
After the volcano and a bit more free play, it was cake time. Kenny and Grandma actually got the cake done a few days before the party, which worked really well. Riley requested a green djinn blade (a special sword in Ninjago), so that’s what they did. Kenny said it was one of the easiest cakes he’s done, and it looked really cool when it was all done.
We lit the candles (held by Lego guys custom built by the birthday boy), sang to Riley, and cut the cake. It was a fun party; I think Riley had a great time!
Riley opened his presents when we got home and was so excited to see what he got. He especially loved the Nightmare Before Christmas movie from Alcee and the big Jack pillow from Claire and Colin. He immediately started putting together a small Lego set and Rory insisted that Kenny set up the new marble run. Happy boys!
Riley’s actual birthday was Tuesday. Kenny hung the balloons leftover from his party in front of his bedroom door so that he got a surprise when he woke up. And I decorated his place at the breakfast table with streamers, balloons, and his birthday plate. He was excited to discover it all that morning!
He unfortunately had to go to school on his birthday, but I found a big birthday sticker that I put on his shirt before we left. He came home that afternoon wearing a birthday crown and with a special note from Mrs. Smith. And a birthday homework pass! He decided to save it for another day. I offered to take him to get Tutti Frutti or another treat after school but he decided he wanted to just go home.
His class celebrated the three August birthdays yesterday. We contributed donut holes and they also had juice pouches. He said it was fun!
Happy happy birthday, my sweet Riley-bean. Daddy and I love you so very much!