September 2010 - Kyle's 9th Birthday

  Kyle had 9 of his best buds over to celebrate his 9th birthday party.  ML planned out 9 games.  Needless to say, it was a bit of a zoo.  First the teams of 3 were named after Ben 10 aliens: Humongasaur, Big Chill, Swampfire.

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2010_9_kylebday_010.jpg Game #1: Each person on the team got 9 RMB, for a total of 27 per team.  They had to buy or sell from the Ben 10 store, where the aliens were priced from 2 to 7 RMB.  The first team to get to buy a total value of 27 RMB exactly won! 
The winning team got to choose their prize first, in this case, Ben 10 pens, to put into their goody bag.
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Game #2: Decode the clues to find the next gift.  Each person got a word, and the team had to put the clues together to find the location, such as "Behind Red Couch".  The "code" was A-Z using Webdings font.  For example, "behind" is "" in Webdings.
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And what did the winning team get to do? 

Dump all the extra water on Alan!!  (Guess who designed the game?)

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Game #4: Obstacle course.  Each team had to choose the person to do the 3 physical tasks: 1) 9 jumps on the trampoline, 2) crawl back and forth 9 times on the yoga mat, 3) do either 9 pushups or 9 situps.  Each team completed their workout in less than 1 minute.
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After the physical exercise game snack time, a "feast" according to some boys.  During snack time, they watched a Ben 10 episode on the iPad.  Game #5 was a quiz with 9 questions.  Try your hand at the  quiz!
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Game #7 was a test of steady hands.  Each kid got 9 blocks and had to use all of them to build a 3 story high structure.  First team to get 3 structures up wins! 2010_9_kylebday_061.jpg 2010_9_kylebday_062.jpg
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Group picture time! 

Game #8 was "pick out the raisins from the rice" in 30 seconds. 

Game #9 was "find 3 nuts of the same kind in the gooey yucky noodles".

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Finally the kids get to eat the cupcakes.  And Kyle opened up some presents.  Each kid took home their goody bag filled with the 9 prizes from each of the games.
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Kyle's grandpa came to visit.  Kyle listened intently to grandpa's stories.  We ate delicious Shanghainese food. 2010_9_kylebday_101.jpg 2010_9_kylebday_103.jpg 2010_9_kylebday_104.jpg
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Did the obligatory Bund tour, ending with the tour of the Peninsula hotel.  Then we went to TianZiFong - what a great warren of little stores.  Had wonderful burgers at the NY Burger & Steak house.


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