One mama’s mission to arrange a cool birthday party for her son.
A couple of weeks ago my son, Lucas, announced that ‘all’ he wanted for his 9th birthday party was for it to be ‘somewhere cool that no one else has had theirs’. Fabulous, no pressure then! Add in the fact that it’s now hotter than ever and I really was drawing a blank. Until, in a flash of inspiration, I remembered Parkour DXB.
Parkour, or free running, is a way of moving through a space using the obstacles in your way while encouraging a strong body and focused mind. The Alserkal Avenue warehouse venue definitely ticks the ‘cool’ box and Lucas had loved the session we did there a few months ago.
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The 2-hour party cost 150 DHS per child and we had 2 instructors, Andrea and Barry, who got the kids started with a warm up as soon as we arrived. For the next hour and a half, they were completely engaged in learning how to move around the studio jumping over boxes, balancing on beams and flipping on to mats. Once the kids were confident in the space the instructors introduced a couple of games.
The first was called Dragon’s Lair and involved the boys having to silently transport ‘treasure’ from one end of the room to the other. Barry was the blindfolded dragon who could send them back to the beginning if he heard their movements and the floor was ‘lava’ so they weren’t allowed to touch it. They absolutely loved it!
The second game was called Disaster and they could move freely around the studio until ‘earthquake’, ‘flood’ or ‘ice age’ was called out when they had to lie on the floor, climb up high or freeze, with the last person to do so getting a penalty (e.g. 5 press ups). Again, they loved it. There were much excitement and hilarity for the entire 90 minutes and the boys were happily exhausted by the end.
The last half an hour was set aside for food. Usually, party catering can be provided by Hapi cafe which is at the front of the studio. However (because our party took place during Ramadan) we ordered from Freedom Pizza and brought along our own plates, drinks, cake, and party bags. I have to say that this party scored huge points for being original and fun for the guests but requiring very little effort from me! Winner!
If you like the idea of Parkour but don’t have a birthday coming up there is a summer camp running with morning sessions for 6-9-year-olds and afternoon sessions for 10-14-year-olds priced at AED 250 per day or AED 1100 per week.
Parkour is a great way to build confidence and get children moving without them really realising that they are doing it. Adults too for that matter. There is a summer fitness program running which I might brave when I’m back from my holidays. I mainly want to be able to do a back flip like Barry. I’ll keep you posted on how that works out…
For more information please visit www.parkour.ae