For my child's recent ninth birthday, we hired Jake Gelender to lead a role-playing adventure birthday party for six similar-age boys and one little brother. For this kind of party, Jake and the children imagine a story together that takes place in a world of magic and monsters. Using classic paper-and-dice role-playing games, with Jake's guidance, the party kids build stories as limitless as their imaginations. Because children choose their own characters, make decisions, and roll the dice at various points, no two sessions are alike.
Don't tell your kids, but roleplaying games are a fun way to develop reading and math skills, teamwork, creative problem-solving, imaginative thinking, and good listening.
My husband and I listened happily from the other room as Jake managed the children's attention for two hours. We held the party between meals with some snack food and an ice cream cake from Ben & Jerry's. Party favors and cake toppers were sets of polyhedral dice from Games of Berkeley (polyhedral dice also available by the pound on amazon).
What you get:
Birthday parties are one self-contained adventure. Jake can lead parties for 3-12 kids and 5-8 is ideal. You decide how long the game is; typical sessions run 2 to 3 hours. Recommended for ages 8+ but my seven-year old did great playing along.
What you pay:
$10 per kid per hour.
Contact Jake by email to coordinate your own roleplaying adventure party: firstname.lastname@example.org