Party Animal

birthday party ideas!

Back in the day, a birthday party meant Pin the Tail on the Donkey. These days it’s a whole new game. Local entertaining guru Kelley Moore shares her tips on how to play.

Mission: Possible!
Spies, detectives, and treasure hunts are always a hit. Center your party around a mission. Have the kids take digital pictures of each solved question. While they eat cake, download the photos and share the slide show with the group. Mission good time: accomplished!

Fashion Forward
Encourage creativity by throwing a Project Runway bash. Dig into the costume box or find fabric remnants and have the “designers” create their own looks. Use Christmas lights to designate a runway and have them work it.

Kids in the Kitchen
Tap into your budding chef’s love of food by hosting a dinner party. Make kid-friendly takes on sophisticated eats, like gnocchi and cheese or meatball sliders. Pick a menu that’s kid-assembly friendly (mixing, tossing, drizzling, and measuring are safe jobs). Give each child an apron with his or her name on it and a matching paper toque.


Get more ideas online at kelleylmoore.com or watch KING 5 Morning News on KONG, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:45 a.m.

This Week in Seattle!

The Puyallup Fair

What: Elephant ears, cotton candy, roller coasters, and live entertainment at the state’s best fair.
Why: It’s all fair game.
When: Thru Sept. 27. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where: Puyallup Fair & Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup (253-845-1771).

Güd Fest

What: The family-focused one-day fete includes a kids’ play area and live music by Recess Monkey, Doug Fleming Jr., and The Board of Education.
Why: Its all güd, baby.
When: Sat., 1-5 p.m.
Where: Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Ave., Redmond (425-867-0808).

Willows Edge Farm Open Barn Weekend

What: The barn doors are open for riding lessons, chicken feeding, bunny watching, and pumpkin picking.
Why: You weren’t raised on a farm.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 18505 51st Ave. SE, Bothell (425-402-6781).

Redmond Town Center
7525 166th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052
110 9th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
18505 51st Ave SE
Bothell, WA 98012