Edi­tor’s note

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Editor's Note - Caramella Scarpa edi­tor@time­out­malaysia.com

Chil­dren’s birth­day par­ties can se­ri­ously be the bane of a par­ent’s life. Be­tween try­ing to con­vince your child they don’t need to in­vite ev­ery­one in school, the play­ground and the ran­dom kid they met at their cousin’s house last week, and de­cid­ing what kind of party and venue will cause the least stress and dam­age to the wallet; it can get a lit­tle over the top. Gone are the days when a birth­day party en­tailed hav­ing a few friends over for some party games, a run around, a sim­ple cake and a half-hearted ren­di­tion of ‘Happy Birth­day’.

Now it’s all party packs, dec­o­rated cakes from trendy bak­eries, en­ter­tain­ment, bouncy cas­tles, photo booths... the list is long and os­ten­ta­tious. This is­sue we break it down for you by theme and age (p10), by venue (p16), and give you a an idea of where to rent cos­tumes, what your kid could wear for a party (p46), and even where to get in­ter­est­ing birth­day cakes (p26). We dare you not to be able to throw a half-de­cent party af­ter read­ing all that!

Veer­ing away from kids’ par­ties, if you’re look­ing for a week­end break with a dif­fer­ence, try tak­ing the kids glamp­ing (p70), which, as the name sug­gests, is camp­ing with­out the hassle and hav­ing to dig your own la­trine – al­ways a good thing! Closer to home, in­stead of stay­ing in­doors and star­ing at a screen or each other, pack a pic­nic and head to the near­est pub­lic park (p38) – out­door ac­tiv­ity is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary for the kids and will tire them out so they go to bed on time!

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