I think I've mentioned it before, but my boys are growing up geek. A consequence of this is that my youngest has asked for a super-hero themed birthday party. Well, that party is coming up this weekend and while mommy will be handling the costumes, it's daddy's job to come up with the superhero entertainment. My current thinking is this:
Come up with some some iconic super powers and origin stories and have the kids choose them randomly. This could be a card draw, but it would be especially fun if they could randomly pick little objects that represented the powers (like a plastic spider for a pseudo-Spiderman). Mostly, I'll stick to the common superhero powers represented by famous characters. These are young kids and imaginations vary. (Though I gotta say my own boys are quite capable of inventing weird or silly super-powers on the spot. My oldest was Sticky Man for several weeks).
Simple and brief: gather the kids and recruit them into a League of Superheroes or some such. This is where daddy gets to do a little role-playing. Maybe I'll where an eye-patch for the whole Nick Fury effect (though I'd be surprised if any of the kids get the reference).
Here's where I'm a little fuzzy. I'd like to provide a few games where the kids can practice being superheroes. Quite possibly I'll adapt some classic party games and present them with a superhero twist, but I'm still trying to think of something more interesting. Even better would be games that allow each child to do something that is marginally connected to their superhero power. I'm still working on this and suggestions would be welcome.
As the games are winding down, I'll interrupt the action in my Nick Fury persona and inform the kids of the nefarious activities of one or more super-villains (Gorilla Grodd is my kids current favorite baddie). There won't be any direct confrontation because I'm not sure I want to be responsible for introducing the thought of violent conflict to kids that I don't know particularly well. But a villaonous theft with a string of clues is more what I had in mind. It would be great if each child can pretend to use their super-power to advance to the next stage of the quest. Once again, suggestions from the peanut gallery would be welcome. I'm flying blind here, though I've done all of this an individual basis with my own boys.
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