Yesterday, was Ally's school's (Actually I think both elementary, and the intermediate school pitched in) fun fair. This was a first for us, so we had no idea what to expect. We'd been to the open house a couple of weeks ago, though and it was a madhouse. Wow. So I was prepared for craziness. In fact, I'd kinda planned on it.
I had volunteered to help set up. It was that or work the games during the fair. I figured that setting up would be less hectic and I wanted to be able to go with the kids to the fair. So Friday night I left work early and went to the school. I got put no cotton candy duty. Have you ever made cotton candy? I hadn't. It turns out that it's a gigantic mess. Go figure. I mean who would have thought that adding floss sugar to a little jar with holes in it and then spinning it around to fling the stuff everywhere making a fine web of sugary goodness would be messy? And then of course comes the good part. You have to stick your arm into the machine to twirl it up into a ball. We came away looking like we'd been extras in Arachnaphobia. And when you first start up the machine, it lets fly these fine little tendrils that escape the enclosure that's supposed to hold it all in and they go flying around the room everywhere. Of course the kddis helping out were thrilled. They were running around the room with their tongues hanging out staring up at pieces coming down and running into each other trying to be the first one there to catch it. Can you say sugar high? Anyway, we made around 350 bags of it.
To the fun fair...
It was set up all over the school. I was told that this was the first year they had done it that way, and I am sooo glad I wasn't there the other years. In the library, they had a magician (more on that later). In the hallway outside the library they had face painting. In the cafeteria, they had cotton candy, popcorn, pizza, slushies, nachos, chips, and a bake sale. in the hallway outside the office, they had tables (lots of tables) of silent auction stuff. Then there were more tables of raffle items that had been donated, too. In the gym they had a generic skeeball game, a baseball toss game, a beabag toss game, a putt-putt game, a plinko game, a balloon dart game, grand prize game game (Did anyone else watch that every morning religiously like me? I think it was on at 7:17 every weekday. I was so sure that I could have won that bike and $100 bill), and a big inflatable slide and inflatable obstacle course and probably more. Tickets were 4 for $1, and most games were 2 tickets. The inflatables were 1. Not too bad for a fair. Outside the gym, there were younger type games for 1 ticket. Outisde the Kindergarten rooms, there was a book fair set up. And just past it was a cake walk. I can't even imagine trying to shove all that in the cafeteria. I'm assuming it expanded quite a bit this year.
So the first thing we did was head to the magician. We got there about 10 minutes before his first show. Wait, that's not true. The first thing we did (meaning me) was to use the fun fair shamelessly to giad the children into cleaning their rooms. Ally even volunteered to vaccuum for me. God how I love extortion.
So anyway the magician. He was mostly a juggler but the kids loved him. He picked volunteers by haivng the kids make faces. He picked the funniest. Ally got the first one. She was all over that. So he got her in fornt of everybody and asked her name. he was shocked. That was his favorite girl name becuase it was his mother's name. He asked where she lived. Springfield? Oh my goodness. THAT was his father's name. Ha ha. Everybody had a good laugh, but Ally thought it was true. 6 year olds can be quite gulilble. He gave her a little foam ball and made her hold it tight in her hand. Then he took another one and made it invisible (Do you see the ball right here in my hand? No. oh, that's because I dropped it. How about now? no. why not? because it's invisible) Then he made it appear in her hand with the other one. She was delighted.
Luckily the kdis don't like face painting, so we didn't have to stand in line for that. We went for lunch. Ally discovered she had a loose tooth. And then all of a sudden, we had been there for an hour and not played a single game. So off to the gym we went. Anya doesn't like the fancy bounce things. She only likes the plain old flat ones you can run around in. So I gave Ally tickets and off she went. Anya and I played games. I doled out the tickets for Ally 3 or 4 at a time, so she had to keep coming back. She only managed to loose her shoes twice. I think she would have been thrilled just to play on the inflatables all day. Anya was a different story. She wanted to play those games and collect prize tickets. She had no idea what the prizes were, but they were PRIZES. I think that's all that matters. After all, that's the principle that keeps Chuck-E-Cheese in businesss, right?
After Anya had done a bunch of games and Ally had done a few and told everyone she knew and a few people she didn't about her loose tooth, we headed down the hall for more games. And then they discovered the cake walk. Except it was a bake walk, becuase there were no cakes. Just brownies and cookies and such. The kids were determined to win. They wasted their last tickets trying to get cookies, which was crazy because I had already promised them some of the cotton candy I had slaved over, but whatever. I got to sit down. And on the last try, one of Ally's friends won a plate of iced sugar cookies. And shared them. So all was well with the world.
We had only to redeem the prize tickets (For some crappy little eater egg shaped ball things that Anya loves, and a little book for Ally to read) and get our cotton candy and head out. Ally has figured out the eat-yours-quick-and-maybe-someone-will-share-theirs-with-you theory, and her cotton candy disappeared. Anya still has some left. And she'll probably share it with Ally.
But the best thing about the whole day is that there was no whining. The kdis were on their best behavior and weren't running away, and it wasn't nearly as crowded as I thought it was going to be (although it WAS crowded). And we just had a good time. It was awesome.