Birthday Party Dilemma: Presents or No Presents?

It's an age-old dilemma.  It's time for a big birthday party.  You've got food, snacks, cake, activities, little paper hats and decorations.  But do you have presents?  Parents are of two minds about this – whether the positives outweigh the benefits.  We take an agnostic stance here at Kids Fun City – it's great to have gifts, and it's understandable to not have them.  Here's an argument on both sides for your consideration: Yes, Presents! Presents are often one of the most fun parts of a birthday party – the anticipation opening the wrapping paper, the joy at seeing an [...]

4 Great Food Options for Kids Parties

Whether it's a birthday party, a summer celebration or a sleepover with a bunch of friends, food takes a party to the next level!  Kids can be picky at times, and finding the right thing for a whole kit and caboodle can be a challenging task.  Here's some of the best food options for a major party: Pizza Of course the top option was going to be pizza.  Very, very few kids don't enjoy at least some kind of pizza, and the wide variety of toppings available means finding options to match any dietary restrictions and preferences to be a [...]

Ideas for Fun Corporate Party Games

Summer is a great time to hold a corporate party.  It allows your employees to interact in a low-pressure, non-professional environment, build teamwork and comradery and generally improve morale. Barbeques and picnics are great ideas, as is renting a facility like Kids Fun City if you're looking for a family-oriented celebration.  Of course, the food is only one aspect of any party – if you're looking for a big, family-friendly event, you'll want to have some sort of activities or games for people to participate in.  Games that encourage teamwork and creativity are great choices – here are a few [...]

3 Great Ideas for a Summer Birthday

It's nearly summer!  Almost time for warm weather and picnics, for school to be out and for vacation to begin! I'm a summer birthday myself, and that was always bit awkward when I was in school; family trips and summer vacations meant that it was more difficult to get large parties together for my birthday.  That being said, we always managed – and one of the advantages of a summer birthday is the fact that great weather and time off can mean a larger scale for a celebration!  Here are a few great ideas for a big summer birthday bash. [...]

Fun Company Event Ideas

A family-friendly corporate event is the perfect opportunity to allow your employees to bond away from work.  It can help boost morale and improve productivity in the long run.  They key, of course, is to make the events interesting and fun in and of themselves – a range of events are important to keep things new and exciting.  Here are some of our favorite corporate event ideas to spice up your next company outing. Raffles and Door Prizes We all love to win stuff.  Offering a raffle or other sort of prize is a great way to get greater attendance; [...]

The Best Store-Bought Icing for Birthday Cakes

We’ll let you in on a little secret here if your promise not to tell anyone – making home-made icing for birthday cakes is a chore we don’t always have time for.  It’s much, much, much easier, even if you’re baking the cake from scratch, to use store-bought icing.  It’s very, very simple; no hand mixer or effort required. That being said, not all store-bought icing is made equal.  Through a rigorous process of scientific investigation – or, rather, a long taste-test process – we’ve narrowed down a couple of the very best options for store-bought icing.  The next time [...]

Why Kid-Friendly Corporate Events are So Popular

The average adult spends 7.6 hours per day working, according to recent studies.  That’s a huge chunk out of anyone’s day, and it takes away significant time that could be spent with kids.  The same study shows that working adults in households with children under six spend just two hours per day providing primary childcare.  That number shrinks to 47 minutes for parents with children older than six. It’s no surprise, then, that there’s growing support and desire for corporate events that can include the entire family.  Giving up rare personal time to attend a corporate event or get together [...]

Top 5 Desserts for Birthday Parties

A birthday party isn’t really complete until you have dessert!  It just as much part of the celebration as presents, games and friends are. But what are the best birthday desserts?  We’ve seen them all, and here are our absolute favorites. 1. Cake Well, of course cake would be number one.  There’s a reason birthday cake is the stereotypical thing you serve – who doesn’t like cake? Well, it turns out, quite a few people don’t like cake.  Or, at least, don’t find cake to be their favorite.  Some people just have birthday cake because everyone expects there to be [...]

How and Why to Plan a Family-Friendly Corporate Event

Family-friendly corporate events are a great way to raise morale in your business.  It allows your staff to attend your events without worrying about finding someone to take care of their children, and can serve as a quasi-vacation for busy families.  It promotes your business as one that cares about your employee’s home lives – important in improving not only their morale at the job, but also your reputation, allowing you to retain employees for longer and make yourself more attractive to quality employees from elsewhere. Deciding to have a family-friendly event is one thing; planning it is another.  Kids [...]

Great Cake Decorating Tips for Birthdays

The centerpiece of any successful birthday party is, of course, the cake!  What would a birthday be without a cake to top the whole event off, right after food and right before presents?  You want to make sure your cake is special to match the special day! Maybe you want to try to make your own cake this year – but have no experience.  Have no fear!  Cake decorating isn’t actually all that difficult – the basics are pretty easy to pick up, and you can let your imagination run wild from there!  Here’s our tips on how to easily [...]