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New parenting trend -‘no gifts allowed’ birthday parties

A new parenting trend sees parents increasingly hosting ‘no gifts allowed’ birthday parties for their kids.

Money-saving measures: In recent months, such invitations have become increasingly popular, as cash-strapped mothers look for ways to decrease costs, in any way, shape or form.

Expert: Psychologist, Dr Monique Robinson, said that it’s part of the overall trend towards minimalism – less presents means that the house is less overrun with ‘stuff’.

According to Dr Robinson, most parents ‘who choose the ‘no gifts allowed’ approach are coming from a really good place in terms of life lessons’. Read More

Nintendo: New kind of Mario’ for next E3

The next Mario game might be a little bit different.

Speaking to IGN, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto said we could see a new type of Mario game in a couple of years.

“We’re always challenging ourselves to create something new, so hopefully you’ll see a new kind of Mario in about a year or two,” he told IGN.

He added that Nintendo will ‘maybe’ be able to share something as soon as next E3.

He further commented on the difficulty to implement massive changes to the franchise: “It’s kind of difficult with Mario because some of the more important conventions of Mario are based on the approachability and accessibility of those games.”

Miyamoto also mentioned how new staff at Nintendo allowed the platform holder to look at Mario ‘with fresh eyes’.

Nintendo showcased a new Mario game at E3, Paper Mario: Color Splash, which will hit shelves in October.

Grandma makes ‘Star Wars’ quilt for her grandson’s birthday

This grandma recently stitched together a Star Wars quilt for her grandson. Look at the craftsmanship that went into it. Have you ever seen such an adorable Darth Vader? No, Internet, you have not.

Redditor brosey recently posted the image to r/pics.

“Apparently it took her two hours to make each character square. Her grandson is lucky little guy! She brought it into work as another colleague is a massive Star Wars fan and she wanted to show him,” Brosey wrote.

6 Video Games To Watch Out For in May

We pity you’re thinning wallet. 2016’s early days have been relentless with its video game releases, and May does not let up, either. We’ve compiled a list of games you should check out this month by highlighting six of the hottest titles hitting shelves in May.  Read More


Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: May 3, 2016
MSRP: $59.99

Battleborn combines fast-paced shooting action with strategic MOBA-style game modes and leveling, creating a fresh cooperative/competitive shooter hybrid. The action unfolds in real-time from a first-person perspective, so you aim and fight as you would in an FPS. Plus, you can level up your character to unlock skills during a match, much like you do in a MOBA. If you’re a fan of arena-style games, Battleborn’s action-heavy twists might just be the game for you this May.


Platforms: PC
Release Date: May 9, 2016
MSRP: $39.99

If conquering the world through cultural victories and conquests are starting to feel a little stale, why not make a grab for the stars? Stellaris is a real-time 4X-style strategy game that encourages you to explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate, all in the name of your planetary empire. You must manage your home planet and starship fleet, with the ultimate goal of colonizing other planets across the galaxy.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Platforms: PlayStation 4
Release Date: May 10, 2016
MSRP: $59.99

The charismatic Nathan Drake makes his final hurrah on PlayStation 4 this month in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Drake is pulled out of retirement when his long-lost brother Sam reappears and requests his assistance. The heroes set out to unravel the mysteries surrounding the pirate colony Libertalia and the legendary treasure therein. Expect lots of action, hectic third-person shooting, and amazing set pieces.


Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
Release Date: May 13, 2016
MSRP: $59.99

The Doom series makes its return to the video game scene this month, honoring the tenets that make the original such an iconic 1990s shooter. Doom features grotesque demonic abominations, speedy movement, overpowered weapons, and over-the-top gore. Doom takes a more minimalistic approach compared to other games in the genre, and explores the basics of FPS games from generations past: when tight aiming and quick reflexes were all you needed to devastate a horde of baddies.


Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One
Release Date: May 24, 2016
MSRP: $39.99 (PC), $59.99 (console)

Overwatch is a stylized and colorful multiplayer online shooter. It focuses on team-based gameplay, and is similar in spirit to Valve’s Team Fortress series. Each of Overwatch’s 21 characters in falls into one of four classes: offense, defense, tank, and support. Each class has a valuable role during a match, which complements the team-oriented gameplay.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Release Date: May 24, 2016
MSRP: $49.99

The evil Shredder has returned to New York, determined to take his revenge on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and conquer the city once and for all. Developed by the action gurus at Platinum Games, Mutants in Manhattan is a mission-based hack-and-slash game that lets you control and switch between the ninja turtles on the fly during combat. The game also incorporates online cooperative multiplayer, letting up to four players tackle missions together.

The dilemmas of planning your child’s birthday party when they get to school age

As you read this, tea and a crumpet on the go, catching up on the papers of a Sunday, spare a thought for me.

I will have been up with the lark, spreading jam onto white sliced, putting cheesy balls into bowls and trying not to drop the Captain America cake I asked someone to make (my effort last year tasted of dust and it makes me feel slightly less guilty than if I bought it at Asda).

This morning, my son is having his fifth birthday party. It involves a leisure centre, a bouncy castle, no vegetables, and a frazzled mummy who should have thought this through better and held it later in the day because it’s a really long time before she can have wine.

Kids’ birthday parties are stressful, we all know this. What I didn’t know was how much more stressful, complicated, political, even, they become once your child is of school age. Read More


Throwing a Kid’s Birthday Party Adults Will Enjoy

Arranging a child’s birthday get-together doesn’t need to mean tossing a party that speaks to the kids – and feels like another dime-a-dozen weekend for dads and moms. Without a doubt, the parents ought to be compensated and celebrated, as well, for the diligent work of child rearing!

Here are her top tips for making a memorable children’s birthday party that grown-ups too will appreciate:

  • Ditch the licensed characters. Many kids go nuts for the characters from their favorite movies or shows.
  • Choose but don’t overuse the details. A theme for a kid’s birthday party doesn’t have to mean one idea repeated in every detail.
  • Broaden the guest list. “Don’t be afraid to celebrate your kids with your kid-free friends,”
  • Serve adult-friendly fare.”What would you serve the adults if they came without their children?” Granger-Twomey encourages hosts to ask themselves. “Think past the pizza, cupcakes, and juice boxes.”
  • Hire entertainment for the kids. If the budget allows, consider an entertainer — GamesOnTruck— to occupy the kids … and allow the parents a bit of hands-free time to enjoy the fete themselves with their friends.
  • Consider an evening affair. Of course, kids have early bedtimes, and that’s why their parties are traditionally around the lunch hour.

How To Throw a Minecraft Birthday Party

Ah, the Minecraft birthday party. What every little boy or girl is wanting this year, mine included. When presented with the idea of a Minecraft birthday party I was a little overwhelmed, truth be told, since I don’t pay attention to the games that Mr K plays, that job falls upon his Dad. Being the brilliant tech-minded guy that he is, Mike vetoes every game or website that the kids play and when I looked at Minecraft I was a little unimpressed, to say the least. I don’t really “get it. Read More

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How to have fun with your child’s birthday party in Ottawa

The cost of both hosting and attending birthday parties can be a financial worry for some parents of young primary school children where the trend is to invite the whole class, but not anymore with GamesOnTruck in town.

GamesOnTruck allows parents to invite an average of 16 children if the birthday party is 2 hours and approximately 8 children if the party is 1 hour or 1.5 hours.

The party truck allows 16 kids to party and play video games at a time, and kids can take a turn to allow room for other kids to have fun.

With GamesOnTruck parent host their child’s party at home but, not in their home and this reduces cost of obtaining a commercial party venue.

GamesOnTruck video game party also allows parents to organise sizable parties according to their purse with different packages available on the website.

Parents shouldn’t feel they need to impress anybody but their own child and all they need is a cake, pizza and GamesOnTruck to add the fun.


* Be sensible – there will be other mums of your child’s classmates who feel as you do around keeping down cost and time spent planning.

* Share birthday parties with classmates all born in the same month.

* Birthday party food needn’t break the bank. Google easy, healthy, fun recipes.

Video Game Truck Suitable for Kid & Adult Parties

For Ottawa’s mum and dad, planning a birthday party can be stressful. Trying to figure out a location, theme, food, and goodie bags can make even the most organized parent’s head spin. Wouldn’t it be nice to take the stress out of planning by getting it all done in one place?

At GamesOnTrcuk we understand how hard it can be to find something new and original that will keep your kids attention and keep everyone at the party busy. We also understand how at a certain age kids are just so difficult to please. With thousands of children entertained and hundreds of thrilled parents, We can confidently tell you we turn parents into heroes every weekend. Making for some of the easiest and most fun parties you have ever done.

A Video Game Party is just one of the exhilarating activities available at GamesOnTruck. Join the thousands of satisfied kids, teenagers and grown-ups who have experienced the thrill of our heart-pounding activities at birthday parties, corporate events, summer camps and more.

If you are hoping to add excitement to your event, get in touch with the team at GamesOnTruck with any queries that you might have. We are always happy to hear from you if you have any questions about our services. Don’t forget that GamesOnTruck video game party is suitable for big kids too, making it great for adult parties.

Beyoncé shares photos from Blue Ivy’s extravagant birthday party

It turns out Beyoncé is just as good at throwing birthday parties as she is at producing hits.

The world-famous pop star held a lavish, fairy-inspired blowout for her daughter Blue Ivy’s 4th birthday earlier this year. The newly released photos show a sprawling green lawn covered in couches and teepees, a kid-friendly bow and arrow station and a pair of actresses suited up as fairies. from nydailynews.com

Blue Ivy wins at birthday parties

Elle UK Magazine
It shouldn’t come as any surprise really: Blue Ivy has already beaten us when it comes to the parental lottery, exotic destinations visited and record-busting videos appeared in, so we’re not even mad that a four-year-old has just left any childhood

Blue Ivy’s Birthday Party Is Now My #WeddingGoals & I Am Not Ashamed — PHOTOS

Bustle –
When you’re the offspring of the music industry’s most powerful couple, there’s no question that your birthday parties are going to be lavish AF. So it comes as no surprise that Blue Ivy’s fourthbirthday party looked more magical than most weddings

Beyonce Shared Pics From Blue Ivy’s 4th Birthday Party, & It Was Total #PrincessGoals

Romper – ‎Apr 13, 2016‎
I think it was always pretty safe to assume that Beyoncé and Jay Z’s daughter Blue Ivy has a fancier life than most people, but now we actually have proof. Beyoncé shared pics from Blue Ivy’s 4th birthday party on her website Tuesday, and let’s just

Inside Beyonce’s AMAZING birthday party for Blue Ivy: See the incredible pictures

It’s always been clear that Beyonce is not your average mum, what with being a global superstar and icon’n all. But the singer has just proved that, when it comes to mummy duties, she sure knows how to rock it and can pull out the best birthday parties

Blue Ivy just gave a whole new meaning to #PartyGoals 10:00AM

No longer will we be shelling out £400 on a table at a ridiculously pretentious club for our birthday. Nor will we be booking in for a fancy afternoon tea only to take ridiculously bored (but aesthetically pleasing) Instagram photos. No, no, no; next

Beyoncé Did Something Truly Epic for Blue Ivy’s 4th Birthday

BET – ‎Apr 13, 2016‎
While her birthday was earlier this year on January 7, her mama Beyoncé recently blessed us by sharing some amazing snapshots on her official website of the fabulous fairy-themed party that she and hubby Jay Z arranged for their little one’s 4th birthday.