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Birthday Party at the Park

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My 10-year-old son and his best friend are both summer babies. For the past 4 years, his mom and I reserve a picnic area in one of the city parks; it's free. We let each boy write up their guest list. It often is 25-30 boys and girls. This gives them an opportunity to play baseball, soccer, basketball, or whatever games they want to play and they get to see their friends they may not normally see during the summer. We provide a boom box, cake and ice cream, and a goody bag. Clean up is easy, we dispose of it in park recepticals. Our houses and yards aren't torn apart, and no one's feelings are hurt because the guest list is so large. Amongst their friends, it is usually the event of the summer! - Submitted by Loli

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