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ACME Birthday Blast

I agreed to sleepover party to celebrate my son’s tenth birthday. Ten 10 year olds – What was I thinking? And what could we do to keep that many boys occupied all evening?

Last year, I found that a movie was not enough.  Half the kids had seen it and the other half just wanted to run.

I remember yelling, DON’T and STOP a lot last year.  “Don’t jump on the bed.” “Stop slamming the doors!” “Don’t jump off the top bunk.” (Did I really have to articulate that?  Yes, and still someone fell from the top bunk. It was my son which was stressful but, at least I didn’t have to explain it to another parent)    Aurgh!

So this year the game plan was different.  Keep the kids occupied and running for as long as possible so they would collapse from exhaustion at the end of the night.

ACME Air Rocket Launcher

Finding a theme was challenging.  Ten is too old for Power Rangers and we’ve tackled both Batman and Godzilla before.  I found inspiration on the Silhouette store – Wile E Coyote.Blowing something up was out of the question of course.  The next best thing to blowing something up is a rocket, right? We got lucky – very lucky – as we had a friend with an air compressor rocket launcher.  The boys had to construct their rockets – which only requires paper and tape.  Then we raced outside to see how high they would fly.  Some easily went 250 feet into the air. The boys had so much fun, I may make a launcher myself!

Paper, tape, compressed air – lift off! Click here for Instructions to make your own rocket launcher.  Good luck if you try it!Rocket Launching