So last week was our totally insane, incredibly fabulous (if I do say so myself) KidzVuz Holiday House Party. What’s that? It’s 150 kids, 100 top mom bloggers together with some majorly fun brands together for an afternoon of playing, testing, trying, learning..even tasting!
This year, KidzVuz title sponsor was Homewood Suites by Hilton. And we threw a seriously big bash where kids and Mom Bloggers got to try out products from Nintendo, Samsung, Dermalogica, Clear Start, audible.com, Hasbro, Spinmaster, DownTown Bookworks, BatteryPop, and Green Mustache. (And more, too — read on!)
Take a look at how it went!
Zoomer Dog from Spinmaster - is one of the hottest toys of the year. And from the look on this girl’s face, it’s easy to see why. We gave everyone a chance to try it out, and even gave one away in our raffle to benefit our non profit partner, The Lamp. Kawaii Crush had all the girls oohing and ahhing! So cute, so much fun to play and imagine.Flutterbye Fairy: a fairy that really flies! Need we say more? And Tenkai Knights are great for building…and battling, both online and off.
In the Nintendo game lounge, kids checked out the latest WiiU, Wii Fit, 3DS and 2DS games and consoles. Mario never looked so good. And we love Wii games because they get kids playing together, and and get them out of their seats and moving around! Who says video gaming is a solo activity? Nintendo brings gaming to the whole family!
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 kids is a kids tablet even a grown up can love! That is, if the kids can tear themselves away from it long enough for the parents to have a chance! With any easy to understand interface, a kid-proof design, and parental controls that let you do everything from set access to set playing time, and with a price of about $200….this tablet is amazing.
And how awesome are these SuperHero cookies? They’re from the Official DC SuperHero Cookbook from our sponsor Downtown Bookworks. Can you say too awesome to eat? Hard to do with your mouth full of cookies, right? Downtown Bookworks has tons of beautifully designed books for curious kids, crafty kids..all kinds of kids!
Downstairs, our friends at iScream provided a candy bar (yum!) and sand candy art, but it was really all about their amazing pillows, bags, clothes and accessories. Tween girls go crazy for them! Plus, BatteryPop showed off it’s new app and site that gives kids a great selection of videos picked just for them. (No worries about inappropriate content here!)
But it wasn’t just about the kids! Oh no! Homewood Suites by Hilton provided a lodge where moms could kick back and hear about all the great things Homewood Suites has to offer – -like their free grocery delivery service – right to your room! Their great “pick your room before you arrive” feature, and the fact that the all-suite hotel has lots more sweet perks – like free hot breakfast daily, a putting green or pool in every property, free WiFi, and so much more.
Dermalogica was there mapping moms’ faces (not as strange as it sounds) and giving personalized skin care advice. And Clear Start was there, too. Teaching kids how to keep their skin, well, clear, as they hit those teenaged years.
In the audible.com Mom Lounge, moms learned all about the super cool features of the audible app — like how it lets you take your whole library with you on your mobile device. How the kindle Whisper App lets you read your book, then stop, start listening to it, then reading it again, picking up where the audiobook left off. And as if that weren’t cool enough, the folks from audible were kind enough to bring along this guy — with wine and prosecco! Talk about a party!
Our non-profit partner, The Lamp, was there teaching kids media literacy – which is what they do for under-served kids in NYC all the time. Our generous guests donated $900 to the organization. (We love our bloggers!) And The Broadway League was there telling everyone about Kids Night Out on Broadway. Buy an adult ticket, and a kid ticket is free! While the ESRB taught moms and kids how to know which videos games are right (and safe and appropriate) for them.
We had dance music, too! And since we’re KidzVuz, we had a kid DJ! DJ Kai from FuziPop. Plus kids making on-site reviews, and prizes!!!
All that playing and learning, and relaxing made everybody hungry! Good thing we had snacks and drinks from Fairway Market, Stonefire Naan, Chloe’s Fruit, Green Mustache Smoothies, and Zico coconut water.
And of course, every kid left with an awesome KV Holiday Gift bag!
Does it sound crazy? Well, it was, in the best possible way!!
Thanks to all of our sponsors and all of our guests for making this year’s KidzVuz Holiday House Party the best one yet!
And serious thanks to Amy Jacobs from Chandelier Events for pulling it all together and to Josh Strauss of Josh Strauss studios for all of the amazing photos.