Local Children’s Musician Provides Unique Party Experiences

| November 24, 2008 | 0 Comments

By: Cathy McNulty

November 25, 2008 – I had to think long and hard about what to do for my son’s fourth birthday party. I wanted to be able to invite his friends from school and all of his cousins. I knew that would be over 15 children (mostly boys) and I knew that having all those kids over to our house for cake and presents wouldn’t be a good idea. Not wanting to spend a lot of money, or set the bar too high for future parties, I ruled out some of the popular venues. I also wanted to invite the parents and of course, my son’s aunts, uncles, and grandparents.

Finally, I choose to rent a facility through our local park district. This way, I wouldn’t have to worry about cleaning and then finding broken toys or stained carpet after the event. After securing a location for the party the question still remained, “What to do with the children?” Sure if the weather would cooperate they could play at the nearby park for a large chunk of time, but after living in Chicago all my life I knew I couldn’t rely on good weather the second weekend of November (and I was right)! That’s when a friend of a friend introduced me to Annette.

Annette is an early childhood teacher who truly enjoys engaging children in musical activities. She offered to supply materials for each child to make their own snare drum and then provide 45 minutes of entertainment to the children. I quickly agreed to her plan and the price was very reasonable!

The day of the party Annette came to the location with a wide variety of drums and other instruments that the children would be able to play. As the children arrived she allowed each of them to try her various drums and then led them over to make their own. All of the children (ages 3-8) were able to string beads on the inside of tins, put the lid on, and then try out their drums.

After each child had completed their drums she invited them over to the carpeted area and led them through some drumming songs. Amazingly, it wasn’t total chaos. Not only were the children enjoying themselves playing along with Annette they learned about tempo and volume. Annette managed to keep control of the situation while still making sure the kids had fun!

After a few songs, the drums were put away (to be sent home as party favors) and Annette’s guitar and creativity came in to play. She led the children through various familiar songs as well as having them help her “make up” new songs. All of the children, with all of their different background experiences and ages, were engaged and entertained (as well as the parents)!

The session ended with my son “helping” Annette play “Happy Birthday” while everybody sang. It was wonderful to not have to worry about what to do with all those kids for a good hour. After the musical entertainment was over we served an easy chili dinner, cake, and opened gifts.

Weeks later I’m still hearing compliments about how original and fun Quinn’s party was!
If you’re trying to plan a fun and unique birthday for a child between the ages of 4 and 8 I highly recommend contacting Annette at singerchick@comcast.net!

This is an Original ChicagoMomViews.net article.

———————————————Cathy McNulty is a part-time teacher and a full-time mom. You can find out more about Cathy at McCathy’s Tub.

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