With 3 kids ages 3 and under, the idea of hosting or even going on a playdate these days is a bit overwhelming, but this was a really fun opportunity I couldn't pass up! I was so honored to be chosen by MomSelect and Walt Disney World Resort to host a Disney Kids Preschool Playdate - they sent free products, recipes, game ideas, and prizes - hollah!!
It was like Christmas when we received our box and Kenzo was super excited to go through it and help me plan the playdate. He even helped me make Mickey Mouse blueberry pancakes for his guests!
Each guest got a backpack, Lion Guard poster, Walt Disney World Resort Preschool Map, and reversible hat (Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Sofia the First). We decided the Sofia the First suitcase would go to the child or family showing the most Disney spirit (though my son wasn't too psyched about that, he wanted to keep it for himself!).
Living in a small co-op in Brooklyn with cranky neighbors, we couldn't exactly host the playdate at home, but luckily we have a huge park across the street and it was a beautiful warm and sunny day!!
Everyone arrived and the fun began!! We played a version of Red Light - Green Light using a huge Mickey Mouse head as the signal. Next up was Simon Says, but each kid picked a Disney character card and used that name instead. So we had Sofia says, Donald Duck Says, Captain Jake Says, etc etc. One of the kids wanted his mom to play and gave her the Cinderella card, of course!
Next up, I used a bag of 12 Animal Kingdom small plastic animal toys for a little safari game - I scattered the toys around the park and the kids had to run and find them. To my surprise they were happy to give up the toys in order to play the hunt again and again! In the end, they all got 1 or 2 animals to keep - yay!!
By this point, everyone was a bit pooped, so we sat down for snacks and story time - I read a scratch and sniff book that was included in my playdate kit, "My Very, Very Smelly Breath!" which the kids got a hoot out of! From stinky dog breath to mint toothpaste to watermelon and trees, there were some odd and funny things to smell!!
After the break, it was time for a bit more action. We played tag and Duck Duck Goose, and then it was time to award our "Most Disney Spirit" family, whose two kids showed up in Elsa and Olaf costumes, and even the parents wore their bride and groom Mickey ears (they honeymooned at Disney!). Kenzo was sad he couldn't keep the Sofia the First suitcase but was happy it was going to such a nice family :)
Don't miss my video montage of the playdate here, with all the kids in action!!
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Disclaimer: Although I did receive these products free of charge, all thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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I'm a NYC metro area mom blogger living in NJ with my Japanese husband & our 3 kids (twins plus 1). This blog is chock full of product reviews, family travel guides, and giveaways galore! It's also home to Bay Ridge Families, and several guides focused on kid-friendly activities and guides to South Brooklyn, Hudson Valley, and New Jersey, as well as family-friendly destinations beyond the NYC area (check the menu bar!)