Chris Kimber aka Ozzy Wizzpop

How to do party games a lot better!

Children love nothing more than playing party games when it comes to birthday parties. Conventional wisdom would say to choose the games the children are familiar with and enjoy.

What if I told you that there’s an improved way to play these games, but with far more fun for the children? As a professional children’s entertainer, it’s my job to maximise enjoyment for all so here’s my party game secrets.

Most games involve elimination with the last child remaining the winner. This is a bad idea. First of all it leads to the possibility of those eliminated to run around chaotically causing havoc. Secondly the children get bored and upset when eliminated. Instead of eliminating children decide who was the best at the end of the game.

For example, with musical bumps you explain that you are looking for the fastest boy and the fastest girl. After a few minutes pick the winners, no one is left waiting at the sides and all remain participating. This also works well to pick children who haven’t yet won anything.

From experience children love musical statues. Here’s how I make it even better. Instead of freezing, they have to assume the pose of a popular character. Peppa Pig uses a fist for her snout, a finger for her tail, bends her knees and oinks like a pig (naturally). Even the boys enjoy this.

I choose the best boy pig and best girl pig. Other characters I get them to impersonate are Spider-Man, Batman, a plate of wobbly jelly and I get them to pull their funniest face.

By far my most popular game is guess the theme tune. It’s quite easy to set up. Most modern  phones have a dictaphone app. Record the theme tune from YouTube with this app, hook your phone up to a dock system and you have the makings of a fun game.

If you have an iPhone this is very simple and if you don’t own a docking system more than likely a friend will. I’m not sure how this works with android devices though I imagine it wouldn’t be tricky with their popularity.  Some stereos have an audio in socket so you just need to buy a cheap lead from Maplins and your good to go.

Happy party gaming!

Another 6 places to host a children’s birthday party

1. Wellington Country Park


3. Bucklebury Farm

4. Marwell Zoo

5. Build-A-Bear in Festival Place

6. Miller’s Ark, Hook

Related Posts

NHM Page: Birthday Parties

NHM Post: 20 Places that will host a Children’s Birthday Party

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Neon Fairy Face Painting

Caroline sent me a lovely message asking if she could do a Guest Post on NHM. I had spoken to her about doing one last year, when we were supposed to meet at the Baby and Children’s Market, but I couldn’t make it because my little one was sick. We still haven’t met, but at least we’ve got the Guest Post sorted! 😀


Neon Fairy Face Painting

Caroline the owner and principle face painter of Neon Fairy Face Painting, a Basingstoke based business happily serving The Hampshire area and beyond!

A working mum to two young boys I am delighted to be sharing on North Hants Mum.

Let us enchant you with our magic!


From fantastical animal and fairy designs to action heroes and aliens we simply LOVE transforming them into their wildest dreams!

Professional experienced and friendly face painters we are constantly updating our training, use only non toxic professional products and hold full insurance and enhanced CRB disclosures for peace of mind.

We offer a range of services and are available for private hire or happy to attend your festival, funday or corporate event, tailoring packages to your requirements:

  • Chidrens Party Face Painting
  • Glitter & Temp Tattoos
  • Princess/Pirate Sparkle Packages
  • UV Face and Body Painting
  • Weddings & Hen Nights
  • Bespoke, Themed & Corporate

We also have a colourfull online store with premium party boxes , downloadable party invites, bespoke tutus for princesses of all ages, Hen night accessories and more!

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Princess Sparkle Packages

Let us dazzle your little princesses with our original fairy and princess face designs, glitter in a myriad of colours, gems and diamontes, glitter and temporary tattoos, premium princess party boxes for guests, tiaras and princess colouring sheets. 1.5 hours or sparkly magic for up to 10 children.

These parties can be adapted to suit boys too for Pirates, dinosaurs or superheroes, face painting, glitter tattoos, party boxes and also fake wounds and gory painting for older boys too!

Baby Bump Painting

Mark your special journey with a bespoke gestational art or baby bump painting. Incorporating dates and designs of significance to you and your family we can create a  bump  painting just for you along with complementing smaller designs for siblings and other family members.

Some kind words from our customers:

Feb 2013 -Lynsi Winkworth wrote: “Thank you for the face painting at my daughter’s party yesterday. You did a brilliant job again! Thanks so much x”

March 2013 -Jane Williams wrote: “Thank you so much for coming to Evie’s Birthday party yesterday you were amazing and everyone was so impressed , the adults loved it as much as the little ones!! Hope to see you again at another part soon, will be recommending you to everyone!”

April 2013-Miranda Hughes wrote: “Thank you so so much Caroline the princesses were delighted and the face painting  was FABULOUS xx”

 Contact Caroline for a quote:


Find us on Facebook too!

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Princess Parties (Pirates welcome too…!)

I met Sarah through NHM over a year ago and I’ve had several family photo shoots with her since. She takes fantastic photo’s that are very reasonably priced. The parties sound like great fun, and I love the idea of having photo’s to document the whole experience. If you would like more details about Sarah’s studio over at Viables, please see the related posts below.

Princess Parties (Pirates welcome too…!)

Princess Parties are aimed for little ones aged 3 – 7.  At the party, your child can dress up and be made up to feel like a fairytale princess or swashbuckling pirate.  Don’t worry if you don’t have party dresses – we can supply those too!

Hair and Nails will be done at the party.  The thing that makes this party unique is that the whole event has a professional photographer there to record every moment.  The mobile studio will be set up and once the princess or pirate has been made up, professional portraits will be taken. All your party guests will have a mounted photograph to take away with them and, within a few days, the party princess or pirate will be given a memory book and 10 x 8 image of the day

Prices can vary depending on your specific requirements – please contact me for further information!

Modelling Party

The Modelling party is a fun two hours.

Come and be treated like a model with five guests – party invites are included in the price and sent to you with the party booking information. You will be greeted with drinks (mocktails for under 18’s) and party nibbles.

The Shoot is held in a party atmosphere and, if the weather is nice, we go out in the local grounds and do some on-location shots. Bring along your favourite outfits and change as much as you like to work those Top Model poses!

Once the party is over and we have some amazing photographs, I will edit the photos (which is normally a ten-day turn-around) and place them on a CD. There will be a minimum of 5 photos per person, and a letter giving you permission to print will be supplied with each CD – meaning that the images can then be printed anywhere at your convenience.

Parties are normally held at the studio – but if another location is required, this can be discussed.

Please contact Sarah Dutton Photography for more information on the above two parties!

You can also find Sarah’s Facebook page HERE.

Related Posts

Review of the new Photography Studio at Viables

New Photography Studio at Viables

Routine Riots

Kim sent me a very sweet email asking if she could do a guest post for Routine Riots on NHM. I saw some of the photo’s from the Easter event that she hosted in Chineham Village Hall and it looked like a fabulous event. It’s such a great idea.


Who are we?

Routine Riots provides magical children’s entertainment! We are based in North Hants but travel to all surrounding areas, to your chosen venue! Offering the very best in children’s entertainment and dance tuition, all our staff are very friendly, fully insured and highly skilled, with much experience in teaching, performing and entertaining kids and grown-ups!
For more information and all our fun stuff check out our website at:

What we offer:

CHARACTER PARTIES -(3-8years) From swashbuckling pirates and mermaids to enchanting fairies and more, we love to entertain your little ones to make memories that last a lifetime. We provide 60 or 90 minute party packages where your children can dance, sing, enjoy an interactive story time, play with bubbles and props and join in with fun themed games and a pass the parcel. Age adaptable. All children get a certificate. Lots of fun characters to choose from for girls and boys!


DANCE PARTIES – For tots (3-5years) we provide an exciting 60 or 90 minute party with lots of dancing and action songs, props, traditional party and dance games and a pass the parcel. Party includes a present for the birthday child and certificates for all the children. High energy fun – Let us know if you have a theme!

For older kids (6-16years) we provide a 90 min dance party. There are lots of themes to choose from, street dance to ballet, pop party to Michael Jackson, cheerleading and much more. Kid’s can learn a dance to their favourite song or within their chosen theme. They can take part in a choreography competition too and we provide lots of fun traditional and dance games, and dance activities throughout, including a pass the parcel. They can even show their groovy moves to their parents at the end. Includes present for birthday child and all children get a certificate.


We offer awesome magic shows for children aged 3-7years! 30-90 min packages to choose from. Fully interactive, we have lots of cool tricks, singing and silliness for everyone to join in! Fab for boys and girls. We offer funky fairies or friendly clowns to attend….and keep a look out for their cheeky pet monster Rascal! Parties can also include games and balloon twisting.

We love face painting and glitter! Available for birthday parties, weddings, christenings, events and more we have lots of fun designs for kids and grown-up’s to choose from! We also offer glitter tattoos. A great addition to any event!


Invite Looney Balloony or one of our fun characters to come and balloon twist a variety of crazy balloon models for your next party! From hats to wands, swords to animals, we have lots to offer. We also provide pre twisted balloons for party favours and bunches of flower balloons for special occasions – we deliver too!


We offer dance parties in many styles for hen do’s, girl’s nights out, birthday parties and corporate events. We also offer 1st wedding dance tuition for the bride and groom or the wedding party as well as private lessons for couples dance.

If you would like any further information on any of our services please contact KIM on 07553 866 366 OR today! Or check out our facebook page and lovely reviews from our customers.

Routine Riots
07553 866 366

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Stretch n Grow

I met Kate when she came along to the NorthHantsMum Meet up last month. I can confirm that she’s lovely! I didn’t get to chat to her for as long as I would have liked but she’s very enthusiastic about Stretch n Grow and you can see that she loves children. These classes sound so much fun! See further down the post for the exclusive offer for NHM Readers.

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Why Movement Matters by

The Worlds Leading Fun Fitness & Health Programme for Children!

**Fun Classes, Birthday Parties & Holiday Clubs for Young Children are all available through Stretch-n-Grow.

In my job, it’s not hard to get out of bed in the morning. I can’t think of many jobs that involve spending the day wriggling around on the floor, jumping around the room and singing loudly with a bunch of energetic toddlers and preschoolers who just want to have FUN!


And we do have fun, buckets of it, but one of the best bits of my job is that underneath the laughter and noise, there is a very serious purpose to what we do. The biggest kick comes from knowing that not only can our work help children to develop fine motor skills, but by educating them about their body, good nutrition and the importance of keeping active, we can encourage them to develop good habits that can impact on their longer term health. Essentially we can increase their chances of a healthier life.

So that’s why I have particularly enjoyed February, the month of love! At Stretch-n-Grow, the learning worksheet module for the month was children’s heart health. In the different settings we visit we speak to the children, (even as young as 1!) about their muscles, healthy eating and what their heart does. We also got their pulses racing with fun movements using active adventure stories & routines, exciting music, age appropriate props & even some obstacle courses & parachute fun. All this is always based around an imaginative theme!

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By teaching children in their formative years about the importance of healthy eating and taking the right amount of exercise, we are hoping to have some healthier hearts in years to come. 😀

So, I hope you were showered in flowers, chocolates and romantic gestures this Valentine’s Day, but let’s show some more love for our your children’s hearts by taking them for a walk up a hill, an adventure in the park, a jump in some puddles, OR even come along to a STRETCH-N-GROW class and let us help make their “Hearts Happy & Bodies Healthy”!


For families with children aged 18mths and above. (younger siblings welcome) Wednesdays in Term Time, 1.30 – 2.15pm, at Curves Studio in Brighton Hill (free parking at Asda.) This class has the option of a pay-as-you-go drop in price or offers are available for advance bookings, whichever suits you.



Stretch-n-Grow classes are Fun Fun Fun! They are designed to help the development of your child in exciting & interactive ways. It’s all about fun & imagination…our disguise for hard work & strength building. We keep it fresh & exciting every month by creating new & challenging routines to themes our “Stars” will love! 🙂 Our curriculum is endorsed by fitness & child development experts around the world and links closely to the goverment EYFS framework. Each Stretch-n-Grow coach is a certified youth fitness specialist and has only one passion – to show our Stars an Ex-ER-citing time 🙂


At Chineham Village Hall, for ages 3 -7yr olds.

Children are left with us for 2 hrs of Easter Stretch-n-Grow FUN!

 I look forward to Stretching-n-Growing with your children (& maybe even youJ)

Come and see why Children and Families Love Stretch-n-Grow!

Please contact me for more information on our Fun but Educational Programme, or why not Like us on Facebook:   ‘Stretch-n-Grow Basingstoke’ 

Kate, 07887 993207

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These classes look so much fun! I just wish I didn’t work Monday to Thursday otherwise I would totally be taking up Shelley’s offer for NHM Readers! See further down the post for the exclusive offer for NHM Readers.

My name is Shelley and I run Gym-Minis ( which holds fun balancing, climbing and agility sessions for children from crawling to 5 years all over North Hampshire and has done since 1992 (gosh that’s a long time) !

We currently run classes during school term time in Basingstoke, Hook, Crondall and Alton. There are three classes each morning to cater for children from ‘crawling’ to 5 year old, each class lasts approximately 45 minutes.


The classes begin and end with a song or rhyme and the children move around the equipment in small groups forming ‘trains’ to move from one station to the next. At each station they encounter a new challenge, learn new skills and will have the opportunity to explore balancing, climbing and agility using our colourful and safe equipment. The ‘floor equipment’ section helps with co-ordination skills and introduces them to simple games.


All of the classes encompass tasks to encourage Agility, Climbing and Balance, Co-ordination and Self-confidence

The equipment used allows your child to experience all manner of actions, such as rolling, climbing, balancing, jumping and a variety of floor exercises. The layout is altered regularly to provide new challenges.


Over the years thousands of children have enjoyed our fun filled classes helping them to develop lifeskills, agility, social skills and confidence. If you have a look at our facebook page we have got lots of lovely testimonials from our past and present Mum’s and some photos of the action at the classes!!/pages/Gym-Minis/439707346074833

We run classes on the following days/locations:

Mondays –  Chineham Village Hall,  Thornhill Way, Chineham, Basingstoke, Hants, RG24 8YE

Tuesdays – Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft, Hook, Hants, RG27 9NN

Wednesdays – Four Marks Village Hall, Lymington Bottom, Four Marks, Nr. Alton, GU34 5AA

Thursdays – Crondall Village Hall, Croft Lane, Crondall, Nr Farnham, GU10 5QG

We have two classes each morning with the equipment arranged to suit the age groups:

  • Early years’ (crawling to 2 yrs) class at 9.40 am
  • 2 to 3 year class at 10.30 am

Each class is set up for specific age groups and the child’s parent is expected to work with their child until the child is three years old.

  • The ‘early years’ class which caters for children from crawling to 2 yrs allows the children to explore the equipment in an informal session and includes group rhymes and songs.
  • The 2 to 3 year class is a little more structured and the tasks a little more adventurous. The children work and play in small groups (max 6) with their parent and a trainer to help and assist.


We also offer wonderful exclusive children’s birthday parties during the school holidays or at weekends where we will come out to a location of your choice and setup the equipment for the party for your child. Please let me know if you would like any further details on these.

So why not come and give us a try…we guarantee they (and you) will enjoy it and make lots of new friends! We would like to offer all northhantsmum readers their 1st session with us completely FREE (you must be a new mum that has not been to Gym-Minis before, sorry)!


Spaces for all classes are limited and we do have waiting lists for some of them so please get in touch ASAP if you would your child to be put down (even if they are too little at the moment we can put them down for future ones).

Please feel free to email or call me with any enquiries:

01420 562461

or visit for further information on us.

I look forward to hopefully seeing some of you soon 🙂

Shelley x

Ideas for putting together a great Children’s Party

If you are planning to organise a birthday party for your little one, hopefully some of the following information will be useful because (in my naivety) I think that a lot of birthday parties that are hosted by places are just a big con, a huge expense, and aren’t very personal.

Birthday Cake: I have a couple of Likes on my NHM Facebook page of local businesses that make all sorts of cakes. From the photo’s, they all look fabulous and from what I can see are very reasonably priced.  As you know, I’m a huge fan of supporting local businesses so like to promote wherever I can. You can find most of these local Cake Companies HERE.

Party Bags: I remember the days when party bags didn’t exist (yes, I’m old!) and you received a piece of birthday cake wrapped up in napkin when you left a party. These days party bags have taken on a whole new dimension. I can totally see how it gets ridiculous if you are hosting a party for lots of children. I also worry about how much of it ends up in landfill, especially the cheap plastic presents that you can pick up for party bags. We went to a party recently where the bags had bath toys in, which I thought was a great idea. I love bubbles and balloons so don’t think you can go wrong with these in the bag. NetMum’s has some great ideas for party bags in the link below.

Party Games: when I was a child I remember that my Dad led all of the party games, possibly because his name was Simon so we always played “Simon says”, lol. If you are hosting at home getting Dad involved as the “Party Games Master” (if he’s available) as it’s a great way for him to feel that he’s a key part of the event. It also shares the load with you!

Thank you Cards: These have been the bain of my life since my little one was born! lol. However, I think it’s really, really important to thank people for any presents that your little one receives. People make a lot of effort for presents and it’s only polite to thank them for this effort. Even if you do start to curse the thank you cards after a while. I can’t WAIT for when my little one is old enough to write her own! lol.

Invites:  get them out early. It’s amazing how quickly families get booked up on the weekend. If you are hosting in the week it’s still advisable that you send invites early because people often have set routines for the evening’s or in the day.

Locations: Obviously, at home is always the cheapest, but not always the easiest! There are a lot of Community Centres in the area. Over 60 at last count. You can find them all listed HERE. If it’s summer time you could organise a “Birthday Picnic” at one of the local parks (click HERE for ideas on local parks) but this is dependent on the weather.

Food: Costco. Nuff said! :-D. Although apparently Morrisons do some great sandwich trays for only £5 each.

Presents: Local Mum Businesses

Party Entertainers

Bopping Parties: Kids Disco Parties – 1 to 10 year olds. Great tunes, games, disco props, bubbles and more

Sing Along & Smile

Monkey Music

Creation Station

Toddler Sense

Sense Theatre

Local Party Shops

Dazzle Party Shop

Party Workshop

Face painting

Neon Fairy Face Painting

Bouncy Castles

18 Places that will host a Children’s Birthday Party

I’ve only hosted one birthday party for my little one, so clearly I haven’t been exposed to how these experiences can “escalate”. So, as I’m still green behind the gills with regards to parties (Goody bags? Have I not spent enough already?!?!?!) I’ve put together a post with a list of places that will host a birthday party for your little one.

I will be publishing a post next week that will look at cheaper ways to host a children’s birthday party. So if you are looking for birthday party inspiration, check out next weeks posts.

If you are planning a children’s party any time soon…Good Luck! 😀

1. Lymington Sea Water Baths – Pool available to hire for children’s birthday parties. (probably better for a summer party 😉)

2. Little Nellies Diner (was Nelsons Diner) – on the way to Newbury. (They do AWESOME milkshakes!). Minimum £8.95 per child but they can tailor depending on your budget.

3. ActiveTots – Bramley. Minimum £8.50 per child.

4. Intech Science Centre – Winchester (How cool would it be to have a birthday party in a Planetarium!)

5. Play Days – Basingstoke

6. Fun House Basingstoke – Soft Play

7. Basingstoke Sports Centre  (Is it sad that I remember going to a birthday party was at the Sports Centre some 30 odd years ago. Wow. How ancient am I? It was a wicked party though! lol) 

8. Finkley Down Farm – Andover

9. Queen Mary’s College: Our swimming pool is available for hire, and for children’s parties, throughout the year.

10. Bowling Alley, Leisure Park

11. Pizza Hut Parties, Festival Place or the same Business Park as ToysRUs.

12. Pots2 Paint, Viables.

13. Beale Park, Pangbourne, Reading

14. Jakes Indoor Softplay and mini farm, Sandhurst.

15. Birdworld, Farnham

16. The Hawk Conservancy, Andover

17. Atmosphere Trampoline Park

17. Any suggestions as I ran out of ideas!!! (Check out the post below with a list of 6 ‘extra’ places to host a children’s birthday party)

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Another 6 places to host a children’s birthday party

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Local Businesses – Children’s Parties (bouncy castle, face painters, etc)

15 Different Experiences for Children

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