few months ago my friend Valerie began telling me of her plans to celebrate the
end of the school year with her children by taking them on an all nighter of
fun. Being a former Youth Pastors
wife I had plenty if experience when it came to all nighters of fun.
in our youth Pastoring days an All Nighter meant loading onto a bus around 10pm
and begin heading to the first of many activities such as bowling, skating,
broom hokey, putt putt golf, with stops along the way for food. This activity
lasted until the next morning – hours of fun for active teenagers and one
exhausting night for the youth pastor and his wife.
you would think I’d look at Valerie and say you are crazy but instead I said could
we join in? The planning began and
we soon realized that many places were not opened in the middle of the night
for two moms and their kids like they were for 100 teens and their youth
pastor. So our all nighter of fun
quickly turned into a Late Night Extravaganza.
began our late night extravaganza at 4:30 pm by giving our kids their first
clue- an oversized ticket that Valerie made using her handy dandy Cricut
machine. We began driving to our
first destination only to have to hear “where are we going? Give us more clues.” Until we entered
the parking lot, then they knew it was time for dinner and our first stop at
The Old Spaghetti Factory.
dinner we continued with a clue for each destination to add a little suspense
along the way. Our stops included
Bowling (using our kids bowl free coupons), Dairy queen for ice cream, a movie,
a round of putt putt golf and we ended with mid night munchies at a local drive
schedule looked like this
– Meet at Valerie’s house
– Dinner at Old Spaghetti Factory
6:30 - Bowling
- Putt Putt Golf
- Midnight Munchies
Novotny kids were home and in bed by 1:30am (Valerie’s kids really did stay up most the night watching
movies with their super mom)
kids enjoyed their first late night extravaganza and are already wondering if
these two moms will make this an annual end of the school year tradition. I guess they will have to wait and see.
You could do this fun event anytime of year - so why not add this to your Summer Bucket List of Fun to do with your kids this Summer
Labels: Celebrations, End Of School Year, School Celebrations