A few Fridays ago (yeah, oops, sorry… I’m a tad behind on our day-to-day reports all because of a little trip called London), T’s school held its annual carnival!
This carnival really put the fun into “Fun Friday”! That’s what a regular Friday is called at T’s school (well, in his TK class anyway!), but the carnival really kicked that up a few notches. There were tons of jumps, games, and activities for kids of all ages. At no time did T feel left out because he couldn’t participate due to height or age minimums, which just goes to show the effort our carnival committee really put into making this an all-school event (helpful to make a note here that T’s school is grades TK-8, not just all elementary).
I’m not sure which part T liked best, but I know he really liked the games. I think it’s because for prizes, the gamekeepers chose to dispense school cash tokens as the prizes. You know, like the fun money they can use at the end of the year to get the reward of their own choice. This was way WAY better than any plastic tchotchkes they could have earned, and that also kept the game booths bustling, too.
T also enjoyed the jumps. But is there any jump T doesn’t like really?! There were slides and mazes, and these, too, were quite busy. And crazy!
I think though the best draw at the school carnival overall were the “hamster balls.” Yes, those are life-size, inflatable balls that people get into to either just run around or race against each other. T and his friend were lucky enough to get in at the same time, but they weren’t racing. They were just happy to be on the “ride” together.
I am glad our first school carnival was a fun experience for us both. I was hesitant to attend because of not knowing exactly what would be there that T might like, but it turns out there wasn’t much he didn’t like. It also didn’t matter if there weren’t your typical carnival rides and such; sometimes simple is best, especially when it comes to kids.
The afternoon was also extremely affordable. T was able to do four jumps, make and take a craft, get tattooed, meet a fitness challenge, play about half-dozen games, and get a lemonade and snack all for under $20. I can’t say I know of any other carnival where we’ve ever done that, and we definitely haven’t attended a carnival for that price AND given back to a worthy cause (his school). Now that’s something worth jumping around about, RMT’ers.
RMT’ers did your kids have a school carnival this year? What was their favorite part? Yours?