After the Pirate Party got a little uncivilized (!), we chose a nearby health club for our son Matt’s 8th birthday bash. He opted for the Rock Climbing and Floor Hockey variation, and we used their party room for the cake/gifts/party parts.
We combined candy rocks (from a local candy shop) and hockey-themed candy that I made and packaged it in plastic containers, then slipped in the invitation information. (Most rock-climbing venues also require parent permission, so I included those forms, too.) We hand-delivered the packages to all the invitees.
We started with rock climbing. It was fun to see kids who normally shoot for land speed records in other action get a bit of a challenge going vertical.
Half-time = party time
The guests took a break to brag about their climbing prowess while eating pizza, then cake and ice cream while Matt opened his gifts.
To the floor
Matt’s first love is hockey, so he was most excited about the floor hockey action. Even us adults got into the game!
Then. +youch+ Poor Matt caught a stick near his eye.
Gift bags + Thank you notes
The gift bags included a water bottle, Gatorade, photo of the individual guest on the rock wall (their staff members developed them during the party), outdoor hockey puck, carabiner keychain and, after Matt’s little accident, a band-aid (ha).
A few days later, we sent this thank you:
This was a fun party — and certainly memorable since Matty still has a little scar from that stick!