Thursday, August 29, 2013

It Really was a Par-tay!

Last week I mentioned my son went to a back-to-school bash. This was hosted by our church, and open to the entire community. We went, expecting a few games, and a nice time out & about.


When we got there we were so surprised to see it really was a 'back-to-school' bash. All along one side of the event were fun things for kids. The sno-cones were a big hit with my son.


So was the face painting (which I held the sno-cone for, and may or may not have sampled). ;)


On the other side of the event were tons and tons of school-oriented things to do and things for the kids to take home. There was fire safety instruction, a table full of school supplies pre-bagged in large freezer bags, healthy snack tables where you created your own snack and learned about healthy eating, dental hygiene products where they reiterated the importance of caring for your teeth, water bottles, and more (they really went all out).

His new comb, and clearly he had enough hair to hold it
w/no hands, indicating the need for a good haircut. ;)

Then there were services, like manicures, fingernail/toenail painting, and haircuts!  We had 'haircut' on the list of things we needed to do before school starts anyway, so we took a number for that one. Little man got to pick out a comb to keep (which for some reason delighted him), and we waited for our turn. They assigned numbers and called you in, groups of ten, so that lines never got too long.


On the backside of the building they had hay rides.


I thought they were just going to entail a quick trip around the building, but they took us through the woods, and made it into an event.


And then you could come back around and play in the bounce house, or on the inflatables.

It was amazing all they put out for the kids, and there was a good showing.  The best thing, everything was free!

This is the first time I've seen an event like this (when we lived in Palm Beach there were far too many people to do an event like this, I think), and I liked it! Kudos to the church for hosting such a family-friendly and useful event for the community. I was so happy with it that I think I'll volunteer to help next year, if they do it again. Do you have something like this that goes on where you are located?

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  1. Wow, this sounded awesome and the school here doesn't do anything like this to celebrate the return of school. After reading this, kind of wish they did!!

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    1. I think when it comes to these kinds of things we're lucky to live in a small town (though I do still miss some of the big city perks).

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  2. This looks like it was a wonderful time :) I always loved back-to-school time when I was a student! I was probably the only one though haha.

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    1. All of my kids have loved it too, until about 8th grade, though my daughter's going to high school and she's still excited. :)

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  3. Wow!!! What a spectacular back to school party - and free haircut thrown in?
    Amazing
    xxx

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    1. I know, the parents got the happy surprise with that one. ;)

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  4. Church fares are the best! Yours looks VERY similar to the one my at my mother-in-laws church. You son looks like he loved that slide! (I know mine would!) Yah!

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    1. That was an obstacle course slide, so he and his friend were racing to get to that point. He had a blast. :)

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  5. Well that was a lot of fun! He is so adorable! I thought I was going to see you there busting a move with the Fire Safety Dudes there, LOL!!! Those doggies were jammin! Hugs my dear, so good to have time to came and visit you and see your little buddy's happy face!

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    1. They were getting down in those big suits, lol!! Funny you knew they were dancing, must mean you have a nose for rhythm! And if so, I'm totally jealous because I cannot dance a lick!

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  6. oh now this is cool...stuff like this helps smooth that transition back as well....sounds like they went all out...

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    1. It was a good way to foster transition. I was happy so many people added to it, and they seemed happy to do so (which made it even better).

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  7. Well this sounded like tons of fun. What a great thing to do for the kids. Okay the parents liked it too.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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    1. That was the big surprise, I had a great time too. My son kept saying, "I like spending time out with my mom, " LOL! What's not to love about that?!??! :)

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  8. Wow that was nice! My church does a back to school bash but I don't think its anything like this. I know they give out book bags with supplies in it but I don't know what else. Christopher always seems to be out of town when they have it.

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    1. Prolly not missing it a bit if he's happily traveling about. ;)

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  9. Never had anything like that around here. Looks like they went all out. That is awesome and free too, can't beat that.

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    1. It was fun. I showed my son your children's museum pics and he said, "I want to go back there!" I knew that's what he'd say. :)

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  11. LOL Rosey, he is so cute!! That is quite the to do they put on for the kids.

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    1. Didn't they go all out, I thought that was awesome!

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  12. That is just so cool! Can't believe they did haircuts there! I love things like this for the kids :) And I'd have been eating the snocone had it been blue or purple!

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    1. You got to pick your color and my son was all over the red. I like the purple ones too. :)

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  13. I simply love these kind of community events! It's always so fun for the entire family! And free haircuts? That's worth going to it alone ;)

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    1. There was a little boy in there, maybe 2? getting his first haircut. His hair was down the middle of his back! It was an event in itself to see. :) And he sat there so still and nice, lol

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  14. That is so awesome! I love that the church loves on the community like that.

    We are having improv night tomorrow for the whole family. Should be fun :)

    Glad you and your family had such a fun time!

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    1. Like comedy improv??? That would be so fun!

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  15. That really was a party! I can't believe it was all free - especially the haircuts! Such an awesome event.

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    1. They nailed it for fun and practicality. I like that it associates fun and school together too. :)

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  16. GREAT site!!! I'm your newest follower. Carrie, www.amothersshadow.com

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    1. Thanks, & I'm headed over to follow back! :)

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  17. What a wonderful day for taking the kids and having so much fun. They did haircuts. That is such a nice thing to do. And hay rides and the slide looks like so much fun. I think it looks like everyone had so much fun!

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    1. Thanks for the visit, Karen. It was a really fun day!

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  18. How awesome! Looks like tons of fun and I love that they had the dental hygiene thrown in there.
    I love small communities.

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  19. how fun. i do not think there is anything like this near us... but then again, i am always surprised by what i learn...

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    1. Ha, you and me both (in good and bad ways ;) ).

      Thanks for the visit, Noelle. :)

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  20. Your kiddo is too cute. :)

    I wish we had something like that around here!!

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    1. Says the mom with cuties of her own. :) Thanks for the compliment and the visit.

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  21. Wow, what an awesome event idea. I wish they did something like that around here. It sure would make sending them back a little easier.

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    1. It's a fun way to wind down the vacation time too, and get them thinking about school again.

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  22. This is fantastic!!
    I wish and hope we have the same here

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    1. I've got four kids and I've never seen one. I hope it catches on. :)

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  23. Such a cute little face! Great idea for the kids to start settling into school.

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    1. 'tis the season. :)

      Thanks for the visit!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa. A great weekend to you too!

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    1. I know, I was surprised. It was nice. :)

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  26. Sounds like lots of fun. What wonderful activities for the kids!

    Have a great weekend,Rosey!

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  27. Hi Rosy.. he looks ecstatically happy - especially with his comb!! What a great idea .. and I'm sure the community were thrilled at the event - and good for you for deciding to volunteer next year ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary, it was hilarious how much he loved getting a new comb. Who knew?? :)

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  28. Wow, they really did turn it into a fun looking party! How wonderful that the community gives back so much!

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    1. I was resistant to move to a small town, but there is a lot to be said for it, especially in terms of the sense of community. It's a big (nice) difference. :)

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  29. What an awesome idea for your church to sponsor that activity. It looks like a live and lively church.

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    1. Oh my gosh, it is!! They do so many wonderful things, and def. know the concept of 'pay it forward.'

      I'm very happy with our church, and it's close by too! Big plus when you live rural. ;)

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  30. What fun!!!! My kids would be all over that.

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    1. The kids there were having a great time. Everything was relaxed, no rushing or long lines. It was nice. :)

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  31. How fun! That comb cracks me up. He doesn't need another haircut though.

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    1. He's a goofball. :) The first 4 pictures are without the haircut, the last 3 are with it. She didn't take much off, and she did the bangs crooked, lol, but it's okay. It was still nice that they offered it.

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  32. Wow, that was a serious back-to-school bash! Glad everyone looks like they had fun. I'm curious to see your son's new, upcoming haircut :)

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    1. They went all out, it was really fun for the kids, and relaxing for the parents because everything was free. ha! Much different than the fair that could nickel and dime me to an empty pocketbook ;)

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  33. I love that your church hosted this (I wish that my church had more activities for kids)! What a great way to get the littles excited for school. I think the haircut looks sweet :).

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    1. She was a little off on the bangs, but he was so excited about the free comb that it evened out (pun intended). ;)

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  34. What an amazing way to celebrate back to school. Looks like such a fun time! Have to say, love the comb in the hair picture!

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    1. That picture makes me laugh. He so liked that comb! Thanks for the visit. :)

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  35. What a fun back to school party. Your son looks like he had a great time.
    Thank you for coming to Let's Get Social Sunday.
    Have a wonderful Labor Day.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  36. what a great way to celebrate a new school year! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

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    1. Thank you for the visit, always happy to see you. :)

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  37. LOl, thst was a great event and lot of great ideas for activities. Love it. thanks for sharing...Your son surely seem to enjoy it!

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    1. He did have a great time. Thanks for reading!

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  38. Wow, this looks like it would be the best day of any kid's life!
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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    1. Legoland was the best day of his life, just ask him, he'll tell you. ;) :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Jamie. :)

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