The 6th Birthday Party: Living a Comic Book
When our 5 year old turned 6, he asked if we could do a superhero theme for his birthday party. We said yes. Here’s the story.
All guests (about 20 kids and 30 grownups) were invited to wear costumes. The kids all did, the adults… not so much. No matter, though. Upon arrival, everyone was issued a badge.
|Adults in costumes received Sidekick badges.
Adults without costumes were Innocent Bystanders. Kids received Hero badges with their hero names written on them, and then selected a superpower to go with them. There were three types of superpowers:
||Just as the party was starting, I fell unconscious in the bedroom, the first of many to succumb to the evil Baron Battle.
Fortunately, The Green Spark showed up to take my place. He ran the party with Earth Woman at his side.
After a little free-play, The Green Spark gathered everyone in the den to explain the party’s games.
Here’s a rough transcript of the Green Spark’s opening comments…
That’s when a strange cackling interrupted The Green Spark. A transmission forced its way through the party music and blared out over our stereo speakers. It was Baron Battle!
Baron Battle had hidden an Evil-A-Tor inside the house! It took away everyone’s powers and would be turning them evil! (Click here to hear him). Just as Baron Battle finished, a new transmission came through.
|It was Agent 57! (Click to hear him). Agent 57 explained that we still had hope. The Badges gave each hero the super power on it (Super Strong, Super Fast, or Flying).
Also, when someone was turned evil, their badge would turn green. Finally, The Green Spark had a cache of Silly String cans. Once an Evil person was identified, the heroes could shoot him (or her) with Silly String to make him better. After all, no one can stay evil when hit by Silly String.
Thus reassured, they started the games.
Suddenly, The Green Spark received a call on his walkie talkie from Agent 57!
He shouted “Alarm 1, Alarm 1” and set all the heroes to looking for green badges.
Earth Woman’s badge had turned green! The heros caught her and used the Silly String.
Then, it was on to the games. The first was a race of sorts, with the Fast heroes running bean bags to the Flyers. The Flyers then flew them to the Strong heroes, who threw them great distances at the target.
Alarm 2! Alarm 2!
It was another alarm. The heroes ran, searching everywhere… This time it was some Innocent Bystanders! They were devious, hiding in the crowds, turning and spinning to prevent their badges from being seen. The heroes caught them and applied the Silly String.
The next game was formations. Using the formations from the Top Secret Manilla envelope Agent 57 had hidden in the house, the heroes matched the patterns and practiced working as a team.
Another Alarm sounded!
This time, it was Alarms 3 and 4. More villains were caught, and Silly Strung.
Finally, with the games complete (the obstacle course was skipped due to rain), Earth Woman led a parachute celebration and awarded Certificates of Completion to the heroes.
But Wait! What’s that on the Certificates?
Agent 57 had hidden a code in the Certificates! Using a mirror, the heroes deciphered the code and discovered that each badge held a part of a puzzle hidden inside it!
Frantic to find the Evil-A-Tor, they ripped open their badges, assembled the puzzle, and found the Evil-A-Tor, just in time. It was a Pinata. They tore into it, disabling the horrible device. Then they ate its innards…but we’re trying not to think about that part too much.
Having saved the universe (or at least themselves), the heroes all settled down to watch Sky High (a Disney superhero movie) and eat hot dogs and cake.