Sunday, January 22, 2006

Spies Like Us

Every couple of years, I let my kids have a friend party. This year it was Connor's turn. For Christmas he received some spy gear that he just loved, so we figured a spy party would be right up his alley. I have to admit, I had a blast planning it. You already know, I love Alias, and so I had fun incorporating words like Safe House and Intelligence and Dead Drop into my lingo so I could run the party as their Senior Handler.

My good friend Cheryl came and helped me run the party. I seriously could not have done it without her. She was also the official photographer- again, which I am so grateful for.

So the boys arrived around 9:30. We issued them an ID tag and as we were waiting for all the trainees to arrive we did some physical training- push ups, situps, etc. We then quizzed the new recruits on famous spies who came before them- you know Kim Possible, James Bond, Harriet the Spy, Sherlock Holmes and of course, Carmen & Juni Cortez. We then took their fingerprints on their ID cards and the Spy Academy officially commenced. We did a disguise relay- because it is very important to be able to change your identity quickly in the spy business. We then did an exercise to hone their observation skills. They studied a briefcase full of things spies use and then had 2 minutes to write down as many items as they remembered. Next we passed out black and white glossy photos for them to alter and come up with an alias for- so we could upload their new identities to the computer. The last part of our training was a obstacle course to test their physical abilities. They had to balance on a pair of pool noodles, crawl through a 10 foot cardboard tunnel that Troy made from a couple of downspout boxes, shoot a nerf gun two times at a target, jump up on the mini trampoline to touch a button on the wall that deactivated the heat sensors on the floor, so they could crawl on the floor underneath a lazer web to pull a bomb off the wall. They then had to shoot it through a containment hoop and then disarm it completely by breaking it.

Now that they were fully qualified field agents, they were sent on a mission to find the stolen birthday presents. They had to break codes and read clues to figure out where the missing presents were located. They really had a fun time with this and wrote the codes and keywords down in their little notebooks. After discovering the presents, which were hidden in the bathroom, they had one more mission to complete- a bomb in the kitchen was going to detonate in 10 minutes unless they attended to it. So we went up and had cake and ice cream. We then opened presents and spent the last few minutes playing and watching Spy Kids. They took home a file that had their alias pictures, notebooks and pencils, sunglasses, disguise glasses, a compass, some gum and a little magnifying glass. Posted by Picasa

6 comments:

Becky said...

That sounds like such a fun party!!

April said...

How fun Kristi! What a cool idea for a party.

Heather said...

How ingenious!

teresa said...

HOw fun!! You are a great mom for doing kid birthday parties :)

Holly said...

Kristi -- You're so clever! I bet the ideas were just flowing once you came up with the theme! How cool!

Christy said...

What a super fun party! I bet the kids had a great time! Wow!