A couple of weeks ago I shared some activities to do with kids at home during the school holidays. One of them was having a theme day which is something we do every school holidays when we are at home.
This school holidays we had the exciting opportunity to partner up with Warner Bros Consumer Products and have a Spooky Scooby-Doo theme day! My kids adore Scooby-Doo and were thrilled to be able to invite some friends along to share in the fun.
The kids were kitted out in Scooby-Doo costumes and not wanting to be left out, I got into the action too. The kids could choose what ever member of the Scooby-Doo gang they wanted to be and I loved how they all chose something different. I was completely surprised by my daughter’s choice of Fred, but thought she looked fabulous in the costume. While the youngest has pretty big hair already, I thought he pulled off Shaggy’s hair in superb fashion.
The costumes are simple for the kids to put on themselves, coming complete with wigs and facial hair. (Costumes can be purchased online from Costume Box.)
To start the day off, all the kids changed into their costumes and then had a surprise meet and greet with the loveable Scooby-Doo.
Each child then decorated a biscuit bone. I have used this recipe for years now to make fail safe cookie cutter biscuits. I had melted chocolate and an assortment of sprinkles, mini marshmallows and decorations to place on top of the chocolate.
Each cookie was placed on a paper plate with everyone’s name on it. The kids could choose to eat their cookie straight away or if they wanted to wait for the topping to set, they could leave it to eat later or take home to eat..
My daughter has a great eye for decorating and had such a fabulous time setting up for the theme day.
We used a few decorations and then used items we had at home, to give it a spooky feel. The black single sheets were very helpful! Placed underneath our lolly jars and also used as make shift picnic blankets when the kids sat down to eat. The lolly jars contained Scooby-Doo treats for the kids. (See the end of the post for a list of stockists.)
After the cookie decorating we played our first round of games, starting with a traditional pass the parcel, which was made extra special with some help from Scooby-Doo:
As it was such a beautiful day, we then went outside and played Scooby, Scooby Doo. A modified version of duck, duck, goose. We had kids aged from 4 to 11 at our theme day and I thought it was gorgeous how all of them loved this simple non prize game. It was also fascinating to watch which child kids’ would tap to have chase them. I think the most popular game of the day however was pin the tail on Scooby:
The kids had a Scooby-Doo beanie which we used to pull over everyone’s eyes so they couldn’t see where they were pointing the tail to. I love that so many of the games I played as a kid, my kids love to play too.
We had a Scooby-Doo LEGO corner for those who wanted to create. I find LEGO is always a winner with a kids. A couple of the kids sat and worked for over an hour to put together the Mystery Machine belonging to the Scooby-Doo gang. They were so chuffed when they completed it. We also gave away Scooby-Doo LEGO for prizes to some of the games we played, which was ecstatically received. The Scooby-Doo LEGO is now available from all major retailers, starting at $19.99.
When serving bigger groups of kids, I have found individual food packs work super well for a couple of reasons:
- You can seat them all together on picnic blankets and have the kids contained in one area.
- Mess is minimised. Left overs can be placed in the bin, boxes placed into the recycling bin and you can pick up the picnic blankets and shake the crumbs off outside.
I kept the food themed in the colours we had decorated in, black and orange. I had hoped to find some blackberries to pair up with the rockmelon for the fruit skewers, but they weren’t quite in season so opted for blueberries which looked close enough to black!
We used orange jelly in black paper cups, complete with lolly eyeballs and then celery filled with peanut butter and topped with black (fake) spiders. Marathon Scooby-Doo Puffy Dogs were the hot item in the lunch pack and they were a hit with the kids.
After lunch we had a Scooby-Doo DVD playing, Scooby-Doo and Scrappy Doo – the complete season 1. It has over four hours of cartoons broken up into short episodes so very easy to pause as needed. These DVDs are only $19.95 and available at all major retailers.
Next, the kids headed outside to run around and jump on the trampoline. A great thing about the kids’ costumes was that their movement wasn’t restricted by them. Nor did they fall apart when put through their paces by the kids.
We wound up the day with ice cream and pinata fun.
And each child had their own Scooby-Doo fun pack to take home, which included a very cute Scooby-Doo Figurine Toy.
We all had a fabulous time and it will certainly be a day the kids remember for a very long time.
Scooby-Doo theme pack giveaway
Five readers will each win the following Scooby-Doo Theme Pack:
- A Scooby-Doo and Scrappy Doo DVD – the complete season 1. (RRP AU$19.95 and available at all major retailers)
- A Scooby-Doo and the gang costume (RRP from AU$$33.99 and available from Costume Box. Costume chosen must be from the Scooby Doo range and is subject to availability.)
- A Scooby Doo figurine (RRP AU$11.99 and available at Big W)
To win a prize pack all you need to do is complete the form below. If you are reading via email, please click here to enter if you cannot see the form. Please note:
- The giveaway is open to Australian residents only.
- The winner will be notified via email. You must have a valid email address to enter. If no response is received with 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.
- The give away will close Wednesday 7th Oct 2015.
- The winner will be chosen by Planning With Kids based on creativity and you can only enter once.
- Please see full terms and conditions here.
Scooby-Doo product stockists
Scooby-Doo Costumes From $33.99 Costume Box
Scooby-Doo Figurine Toys $11.99 Big W
Scooby-Doo DVD’s $19.95 All major retailers
Scooby-Doo LEGO From $19.99 All major retailers
Scooby-Doo Juicy cools $8.00 Coles
Scooby-Doo Binky bites $3.99 Woolworths
Scooby-Doo Cookies Mr. Munchies $3.99 Independent grocers
Scooby-Doo Iddy biddy Fruity Bits $3.99 Woolworths/Coles
Scooby-Doo Fruit tails $3.99 Woolworths/Coles
Scooby-Doo Choc, Caramel & Banana icecream bars $1.30 IGA, Foodworks, SPAR
Scooby-Doo Icecream Cake $12.90 www.homeicecream.com
Scooby-Doo Puffy Dogs $6.55 All major supermarket