We took Conor and 5 of his friends to The Web for his birthday. The plan was for us to go there as soon as it opened (11am) and then come home for pizza, cake, and ice cream. For the most part, the plan worked out.
The Web has arcade games, bowling, golf, race cars, and of course laser tag. We did not have any clue what to expect, really. When we got there, we had to sign up for a time for the laser tag. Up to 40 people could go at once, so they would be in there with other groups.
They have credit card like cards for the arcade part - charge it up and slide it through a reader on the game you want to play. There wasn't a lot of time before the laser tag appointment - so the boys just ran around looking at all the things to do. Then it was time for laser tag - I was the only one who didn't go, I wanted to try to take pictures but the viewing window is so dark that you can not. Jeff, Ceara, Conor, Mason, Gage, Grant, Trey, and Shane all went into an instructional room to learn how to play it. They were all given vests and guns. There were two teams - Red and Blue and our group was all on the same team. There are obstacles in the room, and it's dark, and they have glow in the dark stuff. They say don't run, but I did see a few people running. The teams are released from different doors and you go around looking for them to shoot. There is a sheet at the end that has your tag name (everyone is assigned a name based on what vest/gun they got) and it has all the stats. How many people you shot, how many times you were shot...etc. Our team won over all.
After we managed to get rid of all of the kids (it was harder than you might think!), we took Conor to his restaurant of choice (Golden Corral - yes, it is his favorite) and had his grand parents go there with us to celebrate his birthday.
Before you judge, let me explain! The idea of an 8 year old with a cell phone is not a great idea, I know, I didn't warm to the idea immediately. BUT! We do not have a home phone. And this phone is to act as a home phone - adding it to our plan for $10/ month is a lot cheaper than getting a land line. As I am writing this post on Jan 15th and back dating it - I can tell you it does act as a home phone. He is not allowed to leave the house with it, even if he is just going to Mimi's house to spend the night. Or if he is riding to the store with his dad. It does not leave this house. It enables him to have a way to call his friends, or text his dad when he's in the man cave, or text me while I'm at work to tell on his sister for doing something after he gets off the bus. He keeps all of his friends numbers in it and calls them from it. He is able to text and keep in touch with his aunt Naomi - whom he adores, but she lives in Indiana so he doesn't get to see her very often. It encourages him to spell and read when he texts. Quite honestly, he doesn't even use it that much, the novelty has worn off. And when I text him, I make sure to spell out all words so that he reads them and learns more words. So, it really is like a home phone, just has texting capabilities with it. :)