Category Archives: Parents
Upon first consideration, giving a group of 12-year-old boys a bunch of axes to throw for fun might sound like a pretty crazy idea. But at a recent birthday party at Bad Axe Throwing, a newish venue that offers opportunities to — you guessed it! — throw axes at targets, it was actually really great.
I first heard about Bad Axe Throwing last spring when a friend told me she’d attended an adult birthday celebration at the venue in northeast DC. Until then, I’d only seen the sport in action at Ren Fest, so of course I was immediately intrigued (because, Ren Fest). However, I didn’t try it myself until a few weeks ago when Owen attended a friend’s birthday party there. His mom (my friend, Torey) invited a few parents to join them for some target practice, too.
The facility where it takes place is fairly bare bones. It looks like an old warehouse or garage with two cavernous rooms with a few axe throwing “cages” on one side and, on the other, some tables and stools where guests can hang out, eat, and drink (all BYO) while they wait their turns to throw. Chain link fencing separates each cage, and plywood goes halfway up the target wall. Two targets hang side by side in each cage, and cork board and rubber matting line the floor in front of them. Concrete blocks or wooden stands about 10 feet back from the wall hold the axes right about where throwers stand.
The session begins with a short overview of the rules and a quick lesson on how to throw. The kids started things off, and after a few thunks against the boards and axes landing on the ground, they started to get in a groove, and the axes began to stick. We adults joined in soon after, and while it took me a couple of turns to really get it, once I did it was quite satisfying to hear that sharp “whomp” and see the hatchet buried in the wood as it hit the target.
After we’d all had some practice rounds, we played a few team games — mostly kids versus adults — similar to cricket, the popular darts game. (Happy to report we old folks beat the youngins! 🙂 ). There were also some one-on-one games, too, as players tried to reach a total score first by hitting rungs on the target with designated point values.
All in all, this was a really good time for all — a great tween birthday party, plus a fun and unique activity for the adults. And you don’t necessarily have to be with a big group to go. While we did see mostly larger parties there, walk-ins are welcome, too. As for ages, I did see some younger kids there with a family group, but I would probably recommend the activity for middle school ages and up.
Rates for groups vary: The Corporate rate is $35/person (minimum of 35) and includes two coaches and four targets for 2.5 hours. The Bad Axe Package is $44.25/person* (minimum of 6) and includes one coach and two targets. Walk-ins are $20/hour. *There is a HEROES rate for Firefighters, Nurses, EMT, Paramedics, Police Officers & Military — they can get the lowest rate of $35/person.
Get ready for a family-friendly mega-event! The DC Baby Show, a JPMA and Family Media event, is coming to Washington, DC, on Saturday, March 24:
• Explore all of your favorite baby and children’s brands all in one place
• Connect with beloved influencers from the world of parenting and pregnancy
• See, touch and feel the very products you’ve read about on blogs, liked on Instagram, or pinned on Pinterest
Planned with you in mind, the DC Baby Show is a family-friendly, mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler from over 200 top brands, to trusted parenting and pregnancy influencers, to exceptional fun, bonding and support.
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This post is sponsored by the JPMA Baby Show, however, I only promote programs, events, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.
Some readers might remember Surprise Ride for their magical Winter Wonderland event for kids in December — I know some of you were able to attend!
Now, our friends at Surprise Ride, who originally launched on Shark Tank with activity kits to give kids a break from gadgets, are launching an online course with the same mission at heart.
As the Product Director at Surprise Ride, Kelly Voci’s livelihood is developing screen-free products. Under her leadership, Surprise Ride releases a new product once per month and has launched over 50+ products since its inception. Kelly is combining her expertise, customer feedback from over four years of being in business, and the latest industry research in an online video course which will help adults and, in turn, entire families rediscover their sense of passion and create a life of meaning in the real world.
Here’s what to expect from the course:
* Four videos jam-packed with research and inspiration
* Printable worksheets to track your progress
* Over 50 family-friendly, device-free activities
* A private Facebook group to connect with like-minded people
* Solutions to adopt lasting changes
This course is launching during a time when the discussion about screen addiction is at a peak. In January, The New York Times reported “the tech backlash has caught up to Apple,” and a new organization called The Truth About Tech, started by early Facebook and Google employees, is planning an anti-tech addiction lobbying effort with $7 million in funding – wow.
For those unfamiliar with Surprise Ride’s story: They’re located right here in Washington, DC, and this is where all their products are dreamed up and designed. Founders and sisters, Donna and Rosy started the company from inspiration from their own childhood — their father is an artist and created fun and educational activities for them at home. The sisters were featured on ABC’s Shark Tank where they left without an investment offer, only to receive one three years later on Shark Tank spinoff, Beyond the Tank, from Kevin O’Leary, a first in Shark Tank history.
Definitely check out this local company and learn more about signing up for their course here!