You know that feeling of satisfaction you get after celebrating one of your children’s birthday? Another successful milestone completed with kudos from the guest of honor…Whew! With each passing year, we try to make them feel loved, cherished, and special. Yes, we celebrate, but even more importantly, we give thanks to God for the greatest gifts He’s ever bestowed upon us!
Our middle son was the latest recipient of our loving efforts. Having lived in Fredericksburg for almost 5 years now, we’ve scouted out a gazillion birthday party venue options. We’ve celebrated at the Fredericksburg Field House, our own backyard with a giant moon bounce from Inflatable Jump Rentals, invited Engineering for Kids to our home one year, pool parties, an outdoor Nerf party, and yes, even the dreaded Chucky Cheese experience. Actually, Chucky Cheese isn’t THAT bad if you plan for an early day Monday thru Thursday event.
This year my skater/surfer/X-Games loving boy wanted to do gymnastics! I know what you’re thinking…Gymnastics isn’t very extreme. Well, HIS version is called PARKOUR, and it’s anything but ordinary! So, mommy detective investigated the possibilities and uncovered a local PARKOUR studio through which I reserved a 90 minute lesson for he and his friends. Most folks aren’t familiar with term PARKOUR which is generally described as the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing. Now, if any of your kids use those big red balls outside Target like an impromptu obstacle course, imagine a huge warehouse full of similar obstacles just begging to be used in all sorts of imaginative ways. I have 3 sons who are ALWAYS on the lookout for opportunities to climb, jump, balance, swing, and jump on forbidden fruit. An evening of parkour lessons and freestyle was the PERFECT activity for a group of young boys literally bursting with pent up energy!
Here’s a picture of the parkour studio at Polar Fitness in Fredericksburg.
Cool, huh?! Owner and trainer, Jason Yusko, did a great job instructing the children in warm-up exercises and free play. As a father of two, he knew exactly how to introduce the kids to the sport in a safe and productive manner. Jason wrapped up the fun filled evening by leading each child through to the grand finale: an obstacle course complete with a jump to and from a big wall. The kids remained focused and determined to complete each level of instruction, and accompanying obstacle. By the end of our 90 minute lesson, the boys were totally pumped AND thoroughly wiped out from workout. The next day, the boys were sore but satisfied. Sore from the strenuous activity…Satisfied in having successfully met the challenges posed by the activity and the obstacles. Quite an experience, let me tell you! A minimum charge of $90, or 6 kid minimum was required to reserve our party.
Our boys judged it “BEST party ever!”
Our party agenda looked something like this:
5:30 pm pizza and basketball at our house
6:15 pm cake and happy birthday
6:45 pm parkour studio for our lesson
8:45 pm – Home and all kids crashed!