I’ve been researching what kids like to do nowadays, and it’s making me feel VERY old in the process. I might add, I’ve come up with nothing. It’s still a mystery to me as much as it used to be. So now I’m supposed to plan my nephew’s birthday party, and all I’ve got to go on are pictures of people in crowded rooms waving around colourful, glowing sticks. It all looks very obscene and not for a ten-year-old.

Do they like lasers? I loved lasers at that age. I did see that few places in Melbourne had ice skating, with lasers. It’s like an ice skating birthday party set-up of some kind. The only problem there is that I think ice skating is kind of like skiing, or paragliding, or parachuting. You either fall in love with it or it’s absolutely not your cup of tea. My sister and her husband certainly picked a great month to go backpacking in the mountains, with no communication. Who does that when their son is turning ten? It’s double digits! They said they never had the money to do that sort of thing before they were married, or when they were newlyweds…which doesn’t make sense to me, because all they’re really paying for is the flights and my home country isn’t that far. After that it’s one of those ‘sleeping rough, kill to eat’ holidays. So it’s easy to see why they didn’t bring the kids along, but I can’t help but think this is all part of a grand master plan to get out of birthday party organising.

And now they’ve left me in charge, even though they know I love music from the 30s, knitted vests, swing dancing and I basically have the soul of an eighty-year-old. So, ice skating…maybe if we got an ice skating instructor, it’d offset some of the nerves. All the kids could do it! Add in the lasers and it’s practically the best Melbourne party venue around, hopefully.

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