How a children's entertainment focused small business in one of the most populated cities in the United States is handling the pandemic.
Written by Ali Williams, the owner of Princess & Me Parties
When did the idea start to switch to virtual offerings?
It was the second week of March. I received several frantic calls from parents wanting to reschedule. There were only three in person parties that still continued for that upcoming weekend. The families agreed to the new terms - family only, no touching, no hands-on activities like face painting, and we would be using their sink upon arrival and before departure. It didn't work. The crowds of friends were one thing, but the surprise hugs were another. How do you tell a 4 year old birthday girl that she can't have a hug as she looks up at you with complete excitement and love? As soon as I got home (or back to the castle as we call it) I got to work on how to go fully online; a new frontier for us. It was the right thing to do, the safe thing to do. It started as just an offering for our clients who were rescheduling (some rescheduled to a few months later and others to 2021), but when other parents got word we were doing online events they contacted me wanting to book.
Whether the rain is falling down, sun is shining, or bellies are so full you don't ever want to leave the couch, we've got 10 really great ideas for things to do on Thanksgiving break and one bonus thing too.
1. Leaves, Leaves Everywhere
Colder weather and wind means the leaves are falling down. Time to gather them in a pile and encourage a running start. Arrange them to create works of art like these beautiful images from Andy Goldsworthy.
2. Walk in the Park
Autumn is a perfect time of year to get outside and play. Crunchy leaves, crisp air, and a slight breeze. Whether it's Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills or Lake Balboa in Van Nuys in any of the other hundreds of parks in Los Angeles, it's a great day to grab that cute sweater and your child's hand, and head to the park. Keep an out for squirrels storing nuts for the winter.
What are you planning to do with that nail polish you weren't a fan of? Or that eyeshadow that was just too pink? Time for makeover dress up fun. Invite some friends over and set up foot bath. Pull out those cute shoes she's been eyeing and top it with some costume jewelry then hit the runway. Or let her make you over. Prefer a character to take the lead? All of our characters have full makeover kits for face painting, makeup, tattoos, and glitter.
5. Beach Day
In the fall there aren't as many tourists at the beach which means it's a great day to get some vitamin D and new shells for the mantel. Keep an eye out for the gray whale migration. Malibu is a great place to go for whale watching because the coastline curves bringing the whales really close to the shore.
6. Arts & Crafts
Paper, scissors, stickers, crayons, paint, and some imagination can turn a pile of scraps into tiaras, puppets, and more. Looking for cheap craft supplies? Check out your local Dollar Tree. Recyclable materials are great too. Check out these cute fairy houses made from soda bottles.
7. Scavenger Hunt
This is a great option for inside or outside. Use a template like the ones below or create one of your own using items around your house.
8. Movie Marathon
Streaming services allow us access to thousands of options. Maybe it's time to show them one of your favorites and introduce them to VHS. Add a fun element with DIY drive in "cars" or snack caddies.
9. Board Games
How many princesses can you name that clean up their homes? Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel... time to throw on that princess playlist and encourage princess time. If you prefer for your kids to clean up with an actual princess, you know how to reach us ;)