Throwing a Best LEGO Birthday Party for your child? Looking for ideas about what to serve for lunch? Playparty.net has a few suggestions for LEGO party lunch ideas.
Cover juice boxes so they look like LEGO bricks. First set the straws aside. Then cut card stock into a strip long enough to wrap around the box. Tape ends closed. Cut out matching circles. Use glue or glue dots to attach circles to the front of the box.
Make it easy for guests to help themselves. Wrap utensils in a napkin and use a band of LEGO wrapping paper to hold everything together.
What kid doesn’t like fruit? Especially when it’s displayed this way?
Offer veggies and dip in convenient, healthful individual servings. Put dollops of a kid-friendly dip — like hummus, ranch dressing, bean dip, pesto or salsa — in a cup. Then place finger-food sized vegetables inside the cup. Popular alternatives include julienned carrots, celery and bell peppers; cherry or grape tomatoes; blanched snow peas, snap beans or broccoli; a crisp leaf of romaine lettuce or radicchio.
Up the LEGO-awesomeness. Use yellow cups and draw a mini-fig face on each with a black marker. Try your hand with a variety of faces — for example, smiling, winking or wearing sunglasses. The expressions below may inspire you.
Make LEGO brick sandwiches with your child’s favorite filling — peanut butter and jelly, cheese, bologna, ham or turkey. Cut off the crusts and cut the sandwiches in half. Use a small cookie cutter, apple corer or water bottle cap to cut circles out from a slice of bread. Then press the circles onto the sandwiches with a bit of peanut butter or cream cheese.
Pepperoni pizza can also look like LEGO bricks.
Of course, every birthday party calls for a birthday cake
And the best part of all? You get to have the leftovers for breakfast the next day!
Let playparty.net help you to make your child’s birthday celebration extra-special.
LEGO Taiwan created this sweet ad featuring 6 year-old Hsiao Feng to celebrate the magic of a child’s imagination. And to remind us that sometimes a parent’s attention is the greatest gift of all. Enjoy!
The Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, is nearly here. Lucky Angelenos bask in 14.5 hours of daylight. The Solstice marks the beginning of summer, three months of sun and fun. Make the most of it — celebrate the Solstice and kick-off summer with these family-friendly activities.
Summer Solstice Festival, The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
TheMuck has something for everyone to love. Experience it for yourself; visit the Summer Solstice Festival at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton on Sunday, June 26 from 12 PM to 4 PM.
Enjoy the arts and crafts fair, children’s play area, storytellers, arts workshops, gallery tours and food booths. Tap your toes to live music performed by Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, the Bastards of Belleville and the Darden Sisters. Admission is free.
Summer Solstice Parade and Festival, Santa Barbara
“Pan for Gold!” like a 49’er and relive the California Gold Rush. Open daily (except Mondays) through July 29, 11 AM to 3 PM.
Discover stories of people who shaped the American West at “Drop-In Summer Family Fun”. Dress-up, scavenger hunts and old-time parlor games are perfect for families with kids 5 years of age and older. Open Tuesdays to Fridays, June 28 to July 29, 11 AM to 3 PM.
Experience photography through “Family Vision” on Sunday, July 31, from 1 PM to 4 PM. Bring your camera and participate in the Autry’s photographic puzzle hunt. Designed for families with children up to 13 years old.
Hammer Museum, Westwood Village
The Hammer Museum is located at the corner of Westwood and Wilshire Boulevards in Westwood Village. Admission to all exhibits and public programs is free.
This summer, family programs include special guided sessions on Sunday, June 26, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Titled “Look Together: Art and Mindful Movement”, the sessions are designed for ages 8 and up. Learn how art can inspire relaxing movements and poses, and discover how the act of looking can put a person at ease.
Families with kids ages 5 and up explore art and create together at The Hammer’s Pop-Up Studios. On Sunday, July 17, from 11 AM to 1 PM, artist Silke Otto-Knapp offers “Your Sky, Our Horizon”. Paint the sky. Experiment with painting washes and create a landscape connected by a single horizon line.
Hurray for summer! Let’s have some fun. Want to celebrate Solstice with the kids? Throw an outdoor party with LEGO or Race Car activities by playparty.net.
Earth Day was started by Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin
the date of April 22 was chosen in part to commemorate naturalist and conservationalist John Muir, who was born April 21, 1838
Earth Day is now being observed in 194 countries, with more than 500 million people participating in events
April 22, Earth Day, is a party for our planet. There are a variety of events celebrating Mother Earth over the next couple weeks in the local Los Angeles and South Bay area. Many of these are great, fun events for kids to learn how to be eco-friendly.
Here are just a few in the Los Angeles area:
Sunday, April 17 10am – 4pm 16th Annual Children’s Earth Day
10101 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City
Activities include children’s exhibits, environmental presentations, eco-friendly food, arts a d crafts, games, celebrity guests, displays and more than 200 rescued exotic animal and eco-friendly vendors.
Saturday, April 23 8am – Noon Earth Day Recycling Event
Toyota Employee Parkig Lot
190th and Van Ness Ave, Torrance
Teach your children to recycle. Featured are free paper shredding, free electronics and clothes drop-off, and used oil recycling and filter exchange.
Saturday, April 23 – Noon – 4:00 pm Earth Day Fest
3085 Clyde Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Activities for all ages, including these kid-friendly ones:
STAR Eco Station’s “Why it’s not cool to keep exotic animals in the home”
Show times: 12:30 and 2:00
Space is limited for these shows so RSVP here.
Earth-friendly arts & crafts
Weekend of April 23–24 – 9 am – 5 pm Earth Day Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 90802
Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet at the aquarium’s 15th annual Earth Day festival. Join us for a weekend of family fun celebrating the Earth while learning easy, everyday tips to protect the environment. Visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages. An aquarium admission fee will be charged, but the event is free for Aquarium of the Pacific members.
Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Earth Day Celebration and Concert Earth Day
1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach 90266
Enjoy live entertainment, speakers and presentations on the Eco-Education State, a composting class, children’s activities, an eco-shopping area, free bike valet parking, food and beverage vendors, an alternative fuel vehicle display, e-waste and printer toner cartridge recycling, and more.
Sunday, May 1 – begins at 10am Long Beach Children’s Day and Earth Day
El Dorado Park
7550 E. Spring St, Long Beach 90815
The event, now in its 20th year, will be filled with fun, uplifting, and educational activities. Enjoy arts and crafts and lots of games, too. Guests can enjoy food booths and two entertainment stages. A children’s parade inside the park begins at 1 p.m.
Voted the “Best Picnic Spot in Orange County”, Carbon Canyon Regional Park boasts 124 acres and is located upstream of the Carbon Canyon Dam.
Sixty acres are developed and include large, grassy areas for picnicking, sports facilities, and a lake with two piers for fishing. Trees are everywhere — sycamores, eucalyptus, Canary Island pines and pepper trees provide plenty of shade.
The undeveloped area features a trail that leads to a majestic sight — the only grove of Coastal Redwoods in Orange County.
Nestled at the foot of the Coyote Hills, 105-acre Ralph B. Clark Regional Park features large shaded picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, and children’s playgrounds. For sports enthusiasts, there are tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, softball fields and a baseball diamond.
Children of all ages are welcome to fish in the stocked three-acre lake. The award-winning Interpretive Center displays a glimpse into Orange County’s prehistoric past.
Ted Craig Regional Park offers 124 acres of beauty and serenity, with rolling hills, a variety of mature trees, open space, year-round creeks and a rose garden. Walkways, picnic tables and park benches are scattered throughout the park.
A small lake is visited by annual migratory waterfowl. Fishing for catfish and bluegill is allowed with a California Fish and Game License.
In addition to bicycle and hiking trails, the park has softball fields, a baseball field and a sports complex with basketball, volleyball, and racquetball / handball courts and horseshoe pits.
The rolling foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains surround 475-acre Irvine Regional Park. Heritage oak and sycamore trees create relaxing, shaded spaces. Santiago Creek bisects the park, and a lake with a stonework waterfall and footbridge is located at the center.
Picnic tables and barbecues are scattered throughout the park with convenient parking and restroom facilities nearby. A paved bicycle / walking trail meanders through the park, providing easy access to playgrounds, softball fields and horseshoe pits. A three-mile equestrian trail on the perimeter provides scenic views of the park.
With fishing, paddle boats, a train and the OC Zoo, Irvine Regional Park has something for everyone.
Voted the “Best Park for Kids” by OC Weekly, Mason Regional Park has three tot lots with jungle gyms. Situated on 345 acres, the park has plenty of green grass so kids can cut loose; rows of trees offer shade and a place for them to catch their breath.
The park features picnic areas, a physical fitness course, a softball back stop, sand volleyball courts, bicycle paths and a wilderness hiking area. Visitors can sail model boats on the nine-acre lake.
Mile Square Regional Park, a former practice landing field for the military, encompasses 607 acres.
Its expanse includes fields for soccer, softball and baseball; courts for basketball, tennis and volleyball; three golf courses; two lakes for fishing; and an archery range. And of course, there are many grassy areas for picnicking. It’s the perfect park for you and your family.
Located at the mouth of Santa Ana Canyon, Yorba Regional Park is over one mile long and offers 140 acres of family relaxation. Four lakes and connecting streams provide opportunities for fishing and model boat sailing. Bicycle trails wander through the park and meet up with the Santa Ana River Trail, leading some 20 miles to the Pacific Ocean.
Playgrounds, picnic tables, barbecue stations and restrooms can be found throughout the park. Volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, two ball diamonds and a physical fitness course are also available.
Hike. Fly a kite. Throw a Frisbee. Walk around with a camera or sketchpad. Or take a nap under the shade of a tree. However you define “down time”, you’ll find it at Yorba Regional Park.
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And in the evening, when your child murmurs, “Thanks, Mom. Thanks, Dad. My birthday was awesome!”, before dropping off to sleep, you’ll feel like this — serene, grateful and oh so happy.
We loved this one so much, we just had to share this video from The King of Random with you! You can make these LEGO gummies ahead of time and serve them at your child’s birthday party, or put them in the goody bags for the guests to take home, enjoy and remind them of the great time they had playing on Playparty.net’s LEGO stations.
HOW TO MAKE LEGO GUMMY CANDY
1. Start with 1/2 cup of very cold water
2. Pour in 1/4 cup of corn syrup
3. Stir until fully dissolved
4. Pour into a pot, but do NOT turn on heat yet.
5. Add 2 packets of gelatin and one packet of Jell-O
6. Stir slowly into gelatin is mixed in.
7. Heat over medium low for 5-10 minutes, stirring slowly regularly
8. Find mold, such as LEGO ice cube trays, or make your own* from silicon with LEGO toys.
9. When ingredients are completely liquified, pour into mold.
TIP: Pour syrup into condiment container for easy dispensing into mold.
10. Let cool for about 5 hours.
*White molds shown in the video are made from silicone found at special effects supply stores; used actual LEGO bricks, with a LEGO base plate brushed with oil to make them interlocking and stackable.
1. If you are seeing bubbles and lumps, pour the liquid into a tall drinking glass and let stand for about 10 minutes; the “impurities” will float to the top and you can just scrape them off with a spatula. Remelt the syrup and you’re good to go.
2. Powderize chewable vitamin C tablets and mix into heated syrup to add a yummy tartness and a bit of nutrition.
Store them in an airtight container and you can keep them for up to a month.
Turn a patio or hallway into a race track. Make this floor runner with a black plastic tablecloth, strips of white felt, and white adhesive tape. Accessorize with orange traffic cones, home-made traffic lights, and empty motor oil or engine additive boxes.
Let the kids draw on the wall — yes, really! Oversized coloring pages make easy, inexpensive decorations and a fun party activity. When taped to glass doors, the pages also help to protect unwary guests from accidental collisions.
There are so many options for table-top decorations. Create a race track with a black plastic tablecloth, white or yellow window marker, and color coding labels.
For the centerpiece, use shiny gold trophies, die-cast toy cars, DIY (painted bathroom tissue rolls) race cars,
or colorful race flags.
Don’t forget to stake-out the pole position for the birthday child. Tie green, yellow, red, black and white balloons to his or her chair!
Affix a length of the checkered duct tape down the middle of each sleeve. Use the black masking tape to make a horizontal stripe across the middle of the jacket. Glue the iron-on patch to the front of the jacket on the top left side.
Affix a length of the checkered duct tape along the side seams of each pant leg. Start from the waist and work your way down to the hem.
Decorate the front of the cap with the checkered duct tape, black masking tape and race car stickers.
Cut strips of black and white ribbon to the desired length of the flag. Weave the ribbons together and glue at each end. Cut off excess. Cut and sand the dowel. Glue ribbon flag to the dowel.
Sneakers or slip-ons go great with this costume. Checkered duct tape and race car stickers are optional embellishments. Even better if your kid already has a pair of Lightning McQueen sneakers or slippers!
Trick or Treat Bag
As a birthday present for your little speedster, get the Neat-Oh! Hot Wheels ZipBin Wheelie Car Case. The perfect accessory, it completes the race car driver costume and holds plenty of Halloween goodies. When Trick or Treat is over, it’s a storage case and two-lane race track.
The U.S. economy is steadily expanding but for many workers, paychecks barely keep ahead of inflation. During these financially challenging times, smart moms and dads carefully monitor household spending.
A birthday party needn’t be an extravagant affair. You can create a fun and fabulous event for your child at a reasonable cost. Here are a few tips from playparty.net.
1. Sharpen your pencil; be realistic. Figure out how much you can afford to spend on the party. Then, stick to your budget.
2. Use your home or another low-cost location as the party venue. For example, the neighborhood park is free and offers plenty of space for the kids to play.
3. Consider scheduling the party on a week day. Ask prospective vendors if they offer discounts for events held between Monday and Friday. (Hint: playparty.net’s Mid-Week Discount saves you $50.)
4. Before selecting a time for the party, think about the type of refreshments you’ll serve. Does your budget permit you to provide a meal? Or are snacks a better fit? Meals are appropriate for parties held between 11 AM and 1 PM or between 4 PM and 6 PM. If the party is scheduled for mid-morning or mid-afternoon, snacks may be sufficient and acceptable.
5. Send invitations electronically if you have email addresses for all of your guests or their parents. (Hint: Check out paperlesspost.com, evite.com and punchbowl.com.) Not only will you save on postage and stationery, but on-line services make it easy to track RSVP’s and send reminders.
6. Try to prepare most of the refreshments yourself. (Hint: Don’t be afraid to ask family members for help. Your child’s favorite auntie would probably be thrilled to make the birthday cupcakes.)
7. Purchase food, such as crackers, pretzels or fresh fruit and vegetables, in bulk.
8. Serve beverages, such as juice or soda, from large bottles instead of purchasing individual-sized containers.
9. If possible, use items that you already have at home as part of the decorations.
10. Buy decorations and other party supplies from a discount store.
11. Prizes and party favors are optional. If you choose to provide them, keep in mind that they needn’t be elaborate or expensive.
12. Use paper bags to hold party favors. During the party, have guests decorate the bags.
13. If your child wants to celebrate his/her birthday at an amusement park, allow him/her to invite just one special friend.
14. Remember what’s most important about marking your child’s birthday — honoring his special place in the family, and reminding her how much she is loved. Savor the sweetness of the day.
For over 50 years, LEGO toys have engaged kids in creative play, encouraging them to imagine, invent and explore.
If your daughter is a LEGO fan, celebrate her birthday with the Best LEGO Party. Infuse the festivities with Girl Power! Feature female mini-figs in the invitations, decorations and party favors.
Take a peek at some of our favorites.
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN LEGO LAND
The farmer wakes up every morning with a big grin on her face. She loves the country life, even when she’s mucking out the stable.
The zoo keeper tends to the health and well-being of all of the animals in the Primate House.
At the police station, the officer reads the shift reports, then strides purposefully to her car.
The attorney packs up her briefcase and prepares to meet a new client.
The justices* pause for a moment on the steps of the courthouse, enjoying the view of the promenade. They return to chambers, ready to consider the merits of the cases before them.
At the medical center, the doctor sees patients in the Urgent Care department,
while the surgeon studies X-rays prior to a procedure.
At the Research Institute*, the chemist wears goggles while conducting experiments in the laboratory. Safety first!
The paleontologist unlocks the mystery of dinosaurs with a microscope and magnifying glass,
and the astronomer uses a powerful telescope to explore the universe.
The Institute videoconferences with colleagues on Science Adventures*, gathering data out in the field. The geologist wields a rock hammer to uncover intriguing mineral deposits.
Kneeling behind jungle vegetation, the wildlife biologist observes a tiger.
The archaeologist examines bones and artifacts for clues about an ancient civilization.
Meanwhile, back in LEGO City, the tennis player serves up a sizzling ace.
The swimming champ displays little emotion while accepting a medal. (On the inside, she’s dancing with joy.)
The bank manager welcomes customers to the branch.
The librarian selects a book to read during Children’s Story Time. Is the “Shhh!” on her coffee mug a joke or a warning?
Outside the library, the skateboarder noisily ollies, flips and grinds across the urban landscape.
And it’s impossible to shush the construction worker. She’s got a jack hammer and she’s ready to rumble!
* LEGO IDEAS: RESEARCH INSTITUTE, SCIENCE ADVENTURES & LEGAL JUSTICE TEAM
The Research Institute began as a project submitted by geochemist Ellen Kooijman (also known as Alatariel) to LEGO Ideas, a fan-sourced platform. Alatariel called her project the “Female Minifigure Set” and the LEGO Ideas community embraced it. The prototype is shown here.
After attracting the required 10,000 supporters, the project was approved for production, released as a limited edition item under the “Research Institute” name, and quickly sold out.