Many of the same parents who hated gym class as kids are nostalgic now that schools have cut physical education from the curriculum. Okay, the public humiliation, mildewy locker rooms and angry coaches many of us grew up with were nothing to celebrate—but your child’s birthday is, and what better way than with a healthy blast from the past? There’s no need to spend the big bucks on a party package at your local kids’ gym; you can throw a P.E. party in your own backyard that’ll make fitness fun!
Of course, you’ll want to feature only the best and most fun aspects of gym class—no picking teams allowed. Set up an obstacle course in your backyard, and everyone can work out at their own pace. Want to do it boot camp style? Use a stopwatch and a megaphone to give everyone two minutes at each station.