Friday, August 31, 2012

Spy Themed Kids Party


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Xander aspires to be a spy someday.  Months ago, he told me that he wanted a Spy Birthday party.  Ben jumped on the bandwagon and helped make this birthday party something to remember.

THE INVITATION

Ben was the mastermind behind the creative invitations. We put the invitation in a manila envelope labeled, " Agent (and then the child's name)".  On the backside, we put "TOP SECRET".

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Inside was a minature file folder labeled, "Top Secret" with papers in the file.  When you opened it, it had the details of the birthday party, a satelite map of the location, and a DVD explaining the mission.

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The DVD. . .

Here's what was on the DVD.



THE SPY TEAM

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We had each of the family members help out during the party.  They were great assets to the mission.

Agent CJ-Code name, Elizabeth
Agent Zoey-Code name, Peanuts
Agent Mia-Code name, Mean Mia
Agent Mom-Code name, Ragin' Asian'
Agent Dad-Code name, Big DADDY B

The day of his party arrived and Xander was thrilled as ever.  I'll take you through all of our activites.

SPY CHECK IN

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As the kids arrived, they checked in at the table.  They had to be fingerprinted and they needed to come up with a code name.  As we all know, a spy's real identification is vital to protect.

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SPY HEADQUARTERS

After checking in, they were escorted inside the spy headquarters where they received instruction from, Commander X.  Commander X told them that they needed to do some spy training in order to be prepared for their first mission.  You can watch the video clip that the kids watched.



SPY TRAINING

The spys had to undergo intense training at the impossible obstacle course.  They were timed for efficiency.  The first thing they had to do was to put on a disguise, run around the cones, do 10 power jumps on the trampoline, throw tennis balls into the target can, scale over a table, jump over 3 boxes, hold a giant object while balancing on tiles, and finally sliding down the slide.

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THE MISSION
After completing the spy training, they received further information from Commander X.



THE LAZER

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Each agent had to pass through the deadly lazer zone.  Once everyone had completed the task, they received their first clue, which was a fingerprint.

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THE NEXT TASK

The kids brought back the clue and Agent Dad talked and interacted with Commander X.  He helped scan the fingerprint.  While the fingerprint was scanning, they received instruction for the next task.



LOCATE AND DEACTIVATE THE REAL BOMB

The warehouse held the next clue.  Inside, it was filled with decoy bombs.  Their task was to locate the real bomb and to deactivate it safely away from civilians. All Agent Dad told them was that one of the bombs was different than the others. He didn't tell them how it was different.

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Once they located the real bomb (a black balloon filled with red star confetti), they had to safely deactivate it.

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The other agents loved that it was filled with red stars and collected them, which was great because it was less clean up for me!  They received their next clue which was a footprint.

THE LAST TASK

They brought the footprint back and Commander X.  Agent Dad and Commander X talked back and forth once again.  Agent Dad told them that they needed to break into the vault and find the secret message and code.



THE VAULT

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I just used the idea of the punch board, where there is a plastic cup that you stick through the hole that has tissue paper on the top.  The kids had to break through the vault to find the secret code and message.  After finding it, they had to break the code.  The message read, "The bad guy is in the room."

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When the kids read that, they started looking at each other, trying to figure out who it was!

AND THE BAD GUY IS. . .

The agents came back and found out who the bad guy was.  They also received instruction where they had to use the truth serum to get the bad guy to tell them where he hid the secret stuff.



INTERROGATION TOOLS

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Ben has a poker set that comes in this very cool case, we emptied it out and filled it with. . .

Truth Serum (aka Silly String)!
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THE BAD GUY IS GOING DOWN!

After handcuffing Agent Dad, the rogue agent.  They got their truth serum ready to work its magic!

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They showed no mercy!

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They got Agent Dad to talk and he told them where he hid the secret stuff.

THE SECRET STUFF. .

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All the agents received a spy bag with their name on it.  Inside were spy gadgets like handcuffs, black sunglasses (because that is why spys wear), and candy.

THE INCREDIBLE SPY TEAM

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With the mission accomplished, it was time to eat!  We feed them lunch and then sang, "Happy Birthday" to Agent Xander.

I made cupcakes with a magnifying glass on top that they could take home.

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9 comments:

  1. Mias party and Xanders party are truly two of the coolest party idea's I have ever seen. Way Cool Val!!!!

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  2. This is one of the most awesome parties I have ever seen! I am looking for ideas for our library's summer reading program (and I've found a few, thanks!), but now I'm also thinking I need to convince one of my kids they want a spy party...

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  3. Ha! That is great Ami, good luck!

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  4. Love your creativity! Curious, what did you use to put the videos together?! We are doing a spy theme for our camp staff training and this was a great example of what we would like to do.

    Thanks!!

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  5. Where did you get such cute goodie bags?

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  6. Would also love to know how the video was done. We have spy themed family reunion. Awesome party!

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  7. I got the bags from IKEA and I used my vinyl cutter for the names and logo.

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  8. Here is how the video clips were done:

    My husband put the videos together and has video editing and compositing experience through his job. What you want to do is search for "motion graphics clips" online. My husband took video clips of my son and then with the motion graphics clips he downloaded online he used video editing and compositing software to put it together. So you really need to have some video editing and compositing experience to put this together. Hope that helps you and good luck!

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  9. does the website where your husband downloaded the motion graphics clip still exist? we are getting ready for a spy party and would love to use it! thanks!

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