Continued from Raviv’s Dinosaur-Themed Gymboree Birthday Party Part 1: The DIY Decor & Aesthetics
Halloooo! I know you’re all eager with my blow-by-blow account of our Grand Launching last Saturday. I am, too! However, I have promised you a part deux of Raviv’s Dinosaur Dig Birthday Party. Moreover, you will know through this blog post how I had the “gutz” to celebrate Zion’s party at Gymboree—that’s because I knew it would be fantastic, just as Raviv’s Gymboree birthday party was. Now, here are more details!
Party Venue: Gymboree Sta. Rosa Playfloor
You remember how stressed I was with the delivery of our equipment? I’m happy to say that in fairness, the additional crow’s feet and wrinkles I may have added to my face because of all the worry were all worth it. Look at our playfloor that was completed just in time for Raviv’s party:
Gymboree Sta. Rosa has the new and improved play equipment that kids 0-6 years old can enjoy!
Ang ganda, ‘di ba? It’s really different from the usual playplaces with just slides and balls and whatever toys the owners can get their hands on. Occupational therapists and developmental pediatricians who visit us would always gush at how stimulating and developmentally helpful our playfloor is! As they say, “Nothing in Gymboree is an accident; everything was carefully planned.” So of course, this playfloor was irresistible to all of Raviv’s guests!
As soon as the guests arrived, they were all smiles right away and they rumbled and tumbled on the Gymboree playfloor! So I didn’t have to worry about any other activity for the kids. Yes, no need to buy crayons, coloring books and no need to prepare any other activity for the kids! The Gymboree playfloor more than makes up for everything else.
It’s Party Time: It’s a Gymboree Party!
Prior to this, I haven’t attended a Gymboree birthday party. And I’ll be honest with you: I was skeptical. I can’t imagine how a birthday party without magicians and puppeteers and the usual she-bang could be fun. In fact when we were discussing Gymboree birthday parties during training, I was asking our trainor what parent in his right mind would prefer a teacher-led party on the Gymboree playfloor over the traditional magician. Our trainor explained that aside from the one-hour, teacher-led celebration on the playfloor, the payment would also cover another hour on the playfloor. But still I wasn’t convinced.
And then I saw Teacher Eli Santiago host my Ravivo’s birthday party. I just knew then that a Gymboree party was the best birthday party a toddler could ever have! Look at Raviv during the party on the playfloor:
Now look at Raviv’s friends’ and classmates’s faces:
And finally, look at the joy plastered on the faces of parents and even of adults who didn’t come with kids during the party:
It was just so, so, so fun! If you haven’t been to a Gymboree birthday party, it pretty much goes like this: the parents select a party theme, and then the activities on the playfloor would revolve around that theme. The kids’ imaginations and creativity are exercised because the Gymboree host leads them to a world of make-believe while continually reminding everyone who’s the special girl or guy of the day. The celebrant truly feels special! And he/she has so much fun because the Gymboree parties are designed for toddlers. And then after the party on the playfloor, kids would eat and then just go back to the playfloor! So really, there’s no need stress about other activities!
I’ve been to several kids’ birthday parties with the usual she-bang I was talking about. In fact, Raviv’s first birthday party had the whole enchilada: magicians, a clown host, dancers, a bubble show and lots of parlor games. But the problem was that Raviv didn’t feel special on that day. We know very well that toddlers can’t grasp magic shows, can’t appreciate the now-popular Vice Ganda brand of humor (often used by clown hosts), and can’t participate in the usual parlor games just yet. Often, the host of kids’ parties resort to Rated PG jokes and comments. They also have to force annoyed and KJ adults to join parlor games. All these are happening (crass humour, magic shows and parlor games for reluctant adults) while the celebrant is running around, not even being involved in his/her own birthday party. I believe these activities must be reserved for when our kids turn 7 or older, but definitely not when they’re still in diapers.
To ensure the best Gymboree birthday party for your kid, here are some tips:
- Go to the Gymboree center nearest you and ask the site manager who among the teachers host Gymboree parties. Get the schedules of their classes and watch them. Then try to request the Gymboree teacher who impressed you most to host your child’s party.
- Get a Gymboree membership for your kid if he isn’t a member yet. Members get 5% off on birthday parties, and I guarantee you’ll want your child to attend Gymboree classes after his party.
- On the day of the party, the celebrant must arrive at least 30 minutes before his party (especially if he doesn’t attend Gymboree classes). That way, he will get accustomed to the place and warm up before his party. Sometimes, celebrants who arrive just in time for their party get overwhelmed because the playfloor is already full of people. Other times, they get frustrated because they want to play on their own first before the party and teacher-led activities begin.
So yes, even if I’m not a part of Gymboree, I’d still highly recommend a Gymboree birthday party for a kid’s first, second, third, fourth, and fifth birthdays. In fact, Raviv will have another (his last) Gymboree birthday party in December! We hope to see you by then! 😉
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