This past summer, my son requested a special theme for his 8th birthday: a ‘skateboarding party’.
I was excited about the challenge – but after checking my usual party stores and consulting trusty Pinterest, I came up empty-handed. So I called CJ’s Skatepark in South Etobicoke, where my son has recently started taking private lessons. And sure enough, they do parties. Cue the happy-mama dance.
We opted to have a one-hour lesson there, followed by the rest of the party at home. But they also offer full-service parties that include everything – including the lesson, access to a Sony Playstation room, to the pizza, drinks, and even the invitations.
Their space jaw-dropingly awesome.
Best of all, the staff are amazing with kids. I didn’t think it was possible to get eight sugar-rushed boys to stand in a line and listen up, but here is photographic proof that our instructor Travis pulled it off.
He had all the kids feeling confident and having fun by the end of the lesson – even the beginners and those who shed some tears the first time they tried to go down a ramp 😉 He mixed technical instruction with fun games like American Ninja Challenge.
Once home, we made these cute skateboards out of polymer clay and practiced our skills on the DIY ramp my hubby made.
The only decorations I was able to find in my mostly-fruitless search were mini skateboards, which I added to balloons and the cupcakes, along with a little SK8RBOY tags.
If you’re interested in more info about CJs, for your little SK8RBOY – or SK8RGRL – visit cjsskateboardpark.com.
I’d be thrilled if my son wanted to return to CJ’s next year… but I have a feeling he’ll have a whole new challenge in store for me next year!