Yesterday we celebrated our son Isaac’s seventh birthday, and my wife arranged for a massive Jedi war amongst the kids attending the party. Each child was given a small, inflatable, illuminated light saber. Then the lights were turned out, and the Star Wars theme was blasted through the speakers.
It was among the most chaotic scenes I’ve ever witnessed – over 20 kids battling it out while strobe lights illuminated an otherwise pitch black room. Kids were dueling all over the place, and while a few brave parents jumped into the fray with their own light sabers, most just hung around the edges hoping nobody would lose an eye in the mêlée.
A number of the kids decided it was less fun to whack each other than it was to whack as many adults as possible, so they ran around smacking the adults with their tiny light sabers (grinning like crazed monkeys the whole time). No joke, I couldn’t cross the room without being bashed at least a dozen times.
This went on for 30 minutes without any break. It was hands down the most insane thing I’ve seen since that Sevendust concert I mentioned a couple months ago.
Everyone, of course, had a wildly great time. The kids went away knowing they’d been to the best birthday party of their lives, while the parents went away knowing their kids would be so exhausted from the dueling that they’d fall asleep early. I might even do the same thing for my next birthday :)