Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Party Time of Baton Rouge.
8 Reasons to Attend Party Time’s Summer Camp Kids Decorating Class
I recently had the opportunity to take my four-year-old daughter on a surprise trip, just the two of us (rare in our family of six!) As we passed and ruled out our usual haunts, she became increasingly curious, particularly when we rolled up into the parking lot of our destination, which she had never before visited. Having overheard the GPS, she kept incorrectly referring to the store as “Bluebonnet.” On the way in, I had to continuously correct her on the name, but by the time we left their Summer Camp Kids Decorating Class, she was repeatedly asking when we could revisit “PARTY TIME!” for another class. We had an awesome experience! Here are 8 reasons why you should go and have one, too!
1. It’s Creative
I hate crafting. I don’t have an eye for decorating, and I can’t draw a stick-figure. But I’ve always joked that as much as this may not be my thing, I don’t want that to hinder that option for my kids. This class allowed me to participate without having to organize, plan, prep, or clean anything! My children LOVE to create, especially in the kitchen, which can leave me feeling overwhelmed, but this was the perfect in-and-out creativity that I and they need!
2. It’s Different
This is perhaps one of the most well-kept secrets around Baton Rouge. I know about and often bring my children to more expensive cooking classes and camps, but I had no idea that Party Time hosted this and other baking/decorating classes! It was a different experience when our mainstays are already exhausted (and it’s only June)!
As an educator, I know all too well the dangers of the Summer Slide. Kids lose valuable instructional opportunities that school would otherwise provide. This type of activity gives the best of both worlds: the environment and type of instruction of a classroom with the fun and lightheartedness of summer. And cupcakes! I was so excited to watch my young daughter pay attention to the instructor’s demonstrations and then emulate from her directions. It was incredible to see that, yes, she does listen is this type of environment!
4. It’s Conveniently Located
Located on Bluebonnet near Airline, it’s a breeze to get to from practically any area of town! Grab breakfast and head over when they open at 9:30, when traffic is uncharacteristically light in BR!
Y’all. The entire class costs $12.50. Yes, you read that correctly. This includes the cupcakes, a coloring book, and the unique decorating opportunity! I know stores that sell cupcakes alone for that much, and you don’t even get the hour and a half-to-two hours of supervised instruction to go with them. Which brings me to number 6…
6. It’s a Drop-Off Option
The class age range is 4-14, but if your little ones are 7 and up, you can drop them off! It’s of course suggested that you stay, as your children may need assistance and this is a great opportunity for quality time and memory-building. But let’s say Mama just wants to step out and grab a rare, unaccompanied cup of coffee nearby. Do it. You each get a treat.
The bugs have got me turning down outdoor events like never before! Between mosquitoes and gnats, it’s a plague out there, and we haven’t even gotten to the over-90-degree temps, y’all. I’m sorry to have to tell my kids that the time for the zoo has come and gone with this weather. I need Air Conditioning-friendly events. A/Ctivities, if you will. The class was hosted in the store in perfect room temp.
8. It’s a Sweet Treat
When I asked my daughter if she preferred baking or decorating, she confidently replied, “Eating.” It’s obvious, but this is the best part. They have options for decorating pre-made cupcakes, cookies, and cakes. We came away from this class with a half dozen ADORABLE, delicious cupcakes! What’s not to love about that?! And when the class was over, the instructor offered some of the demo cupcakes to the students on top of the ones that they had decorated. Graciously, my little girl even shared with her siblings when she got home.
When it was all said and done, we did and got all of this for less than $13! Seriously, this has been the best trade deal in the history of trade deals, maybe ever. I can’t wait to take (and, ok, maybe drop off) her older brothers, who’ve been binging episodes of “Nailed It” and looking for opportunities to participate. This camp is likely to become not just a rainy-day option but a Baton Rouge summer staple!