Looking for your next kids birthday party venue (not to mention a way to keep kiddos occupied)? This mama recently had a fab experience on Sentosa…
My daughter Surina was going to turn 6 years old, and she’s never had a birthday party before. I mean a full-on one, where she could invite her actual friends. We’ve always only ever celebrated her birthday with close family members, at home. Once we asked one or two of her classmates to come with her to play at a playground and brought some cakes to serve.
So for her 6th birthday, I felt it was about time. She’s earned it. It was time to throw her a proper bash!
I’ve always been a big fan of indoor playgrounds, especially since her birthday falls in February, and you just never know when it’s going to rain this time of year. So I started my research and shortlisted a few of my faves. When I came across MOSH! I discovered it’s quite different from the traditional indoor playground. It’s, in fact, an interactive digital playground. I know – initially I also asked the question, What in the world is that? And I didn’t exactly want a party where a bunch of kids were going to play video games or mess around on an iPad. But that wasn’t it at all!
MOSH! allows kids to get creative and brings their creations to life using state-of-the-art multimedia technology from Japan. Kids can orchestrate fireworks, create one-of-a-kind aquatic creatures that start off on paper and then get animated in a virtual fish tank, or launch a jumbo jet from their hands using a self-crafted paper aeroplane that turns into a flying one when you throw it at a specially created canvas. I knew this was going to be a place where even the adults could have fun!
MOSH! birthday parties can accommodate 15 kids and 15 adults, and we had exactly that many turn up. We held the party on a late Sunday morning. When we arrived, the first thing that struck us was how adorably the venue had been decorated. They had taken the trouble to do a pastel-pink garden party theme for my little girl, and she loved it. Balloons everywhere — a little kid’s dream! (Balloon setup courtesy of a Japanese company called Builder Japan Co, Ltd.)
The way the venue was sectioned off was also quite pleasing. There was a room where all the interactive digital activity took place, and that’s where all the kids started off. Then there was a cafeteria area, beautifully dressed up for the party, complete with themed table settings. That’s where most of the grown-ups hung out, chatting and catching up. Lastly there was a large enough area for the games to be held after free-play, hosted by the wonderful PartyMojo team.
And did they have a blast with the games! During the free-play time, PartyMojo’s amazing party hosts snuck into the play area and invited kids to come to the face-painting area, one by one. This was a really clever way to give everyone a chance to get their faces (and arms, hands…you name it) painted without the mayhem of “Me! Me! I’m next!”.
I was just really impressed by how these hosts later gathered a bunch of wild 5 and 6 year olds and somehow managed to explain the rules of musical chairs to them AND get them to play it the right way, while screaming with glee. They also played a freeze-dance game. I had a look at the photos and videos after the party and I’m still shaking my head (in a positive way) at the pure delight on some of the faces I saw. It really shows that you don’t have to come up with the most creative of games – you just need party entertainers that know exactly how to work with kids and make them happy, and you’ve got yourself a great party!
After all the excitement, it was time to settle down for lunch. Food was provided in buffet style, catered from BellyGood by Tunglok along with probiotics drinks by Yakult. I decided on kid-friendly grub. Plenty of choice to please kids and adults alike.
It was a good way to end and wind everyone down. Everything lasted three hours, during which the entire venue was reserved for us party-people. So that felt quite exclusive!
If you’re thinking of doing the same thing for your kids, check out MOSH! at their website here. MOSH! partners with PartyMojo for all their party entertainment so you can be sure there’s going to be some real fun involved and people who really know how to get kids going.
Prices range from $1,000 to $1,500, depending on number of games and food items chosen. Price includes food, entertainment by Party Mojo, balloons, decor, table settings…everything! Private bookings are available as well.
Party Mojo, 2 Jurong East Street 21, #04-33V, Singapore 609601, Tel: (+65) 6569 6992, www.partymojo.com.sg