Those who know me would know that I’m pretty late in writing this birthday journal but they would also know why. So, between two rounds of guests, a job change and a burnt foot (t’s fine now!) I am finally writing this post.
On April 18, this year an epic thing happened… Hiyashaa turned 5! Though in her mind she is already 22. The girl has officially been in this world for half a decade…woohoo! <Insert the obvious mom reaction> OMG it feels like yesterday that she was born!
Most of us in India are in Diwalimode, so are we with our rangoli, sweets and diyas in place. Incidentally, this year the festival of lights is coinciding with Halloween, so we thought to have some spook-tacular fun with kids with our very first Halloween themed play date! With some Pinterest inspiration and lots of imagination, we were all set to welcome kids dressed in myriad Halloween costumes: witches and Goblins for some Tricks & Treats.
My tiny-miny H turned 3 years old this week! “I’m a big girl now,” is what she says. And this big girl wanted a ‘Dora’ party this year. Soon, this excited mommy started planning the ‘Dora the Explorer’ party. All this might sound over the top to many, but I find immense joy in all the madness associated with ideating, planning and watching all the efforts coming together into an evening full of fun, laughter and happy faces!
So, we don’t welcome the New Year grooving at one of the hottest New Year parties in Mumbai. I’m sure there must be many people like us. Even in my childhood, New Year’s Eve meant enjoying mom-cooked food, watching TV huddled inside cozy quilts (Delhi is freezing at this time of the year) till the clock struck 12. Hugs, new year wishes, new year messages, new year greetings and calling near and dear ones followed next till we slept off to a new morning of the new year.
Fortunately or unfortunately, my better half too isn’t a party animal either. Hence, till date nothing much has changed about New Year celebrations. However, with 3 year old H in the whole scene now, I am pretty keen to do something special this year to mark New Year. Some special activities for kids or New Year traditions that are celebratory, entertaining and easy at the same time.
If you too are going to have New Year at home, here are a few kids’ activities that you can plan and ring in the New Year…