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World Juggling Day Video

Here is a quick video of our World Juggling Day Celebration. I hope you like it.

World Juggling Day

The Juggling HoffmansOn June 15th, 2013, thousands of people around the world will join the International Jugglers’ Association (IJA) in celebrating World Juggling Day.

World Juggling Day is an annual event that aims to spread the joy of juggling to all reaches of the globe.  Over 40 countries have confirmed participation in the 2013 World Juggling Day celebrations.  Events will range from small gatherings of 2-3 people to large festivals attended by hundreds of jugglers.

This year, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is partnering with the IJA to celebrate this ancient art by hosting World Juggling Day events at more than a dozen of its Odditoriums around the world. 

Thanks to the power of social media and the partnership with the Ripley’s corporation, the 2013 event is shaping up to be the largest and most widespread World Juggling Day celebration in history.

“From Hong Kong to Costa Rica, Russia to Australia, the USA to Afghanistan, jugglers are eager and excited to unite in celebration of World Juggling Day,” said Erin Stephens, IJA International Coordinator.  “The IJA is impressed to witness how the common passion for juggling allows people to cross all racial, political, and religious divides in order to unite with a common vision of JOY.”

Whether a novice juggler or a professional entertainer, ALL are invited to join in the celebration of World Juggling Day!
In New Castle County, join local jugglers on Saturday, June 15th at Glasgow Park, Rts 40 and 896, from 10am-12pm. Learn to juggle or just watch other jugglers. Juggling props will be available to use.

 To watch the IJA’s 2012 World Juggling Day documentary, visit: http://youtu.be/g4Wx99p_vak
For more World Juggling Day details, visit: http://www.juggle.org/wjd/

About the International Jugglers’ Association
Founded in 1947, the International Jugglers’ Association (IJA) is one of the oldest and most highly respected juggling organizations in the world.  The IJA is a 501c3 non-profit organization with the mission of rendering assistance to fellow jugglers.  Through its global outreach efforts, the IJA impacts tens of thousands of jugglers annually, and has historically promoted the advancement of the art of juggling.  Programming includes the Annual IJA Festival, International Juggling Championship, Youth Education Program, Video Tutorial Contest, World Juggling Day, and the electronic magazine, eJuggle.  The IJA’s mission is made possible by the support of our members.  A special discount for new IJA memberships will be available on June 15 and 16 in honor of World Juggling Day. International Jugglers Association

Adapted from an IJA press release.

Budget Friendly Places

The previous entry was on fun places outside of the home that are good party venues. However, these places can get a bit pricey so this post is going to focus on more budget-friendly party locations. Just because a party is on a budget does not mean that it cannot be a fun and memorable one, quite the contrary actually! With fun activities and inexpensive decoration you can throw a great party just about anywhere! Here are some great party venue ideas for the budget savvy party planner in you!

1. Local Parks

Local parks are a great party place, weather permitting of course, because in most cases, it’s a free venue! Many parks usually come with picnic and/or playground areas to set up near as well as grilling stations. This is perfect for a lovely outdoor themed party or even just a fun BBQ. Be sure to check with your local park first before throwing your party there because some parks do require you to obtain a permit (sometimes for a nominal fee). Also, most parks to have regulations about what you can and cannot bring onto the premises so do be sure to look into the specific guidelines for your local park before your party date. Another great thing about parks is the big open space you have for guests to play in. This is great for setting up physical activities such as sports games or even a game of horse-shoe throwing. Parks generally have a carry-in-carry-out policy regarding trash so be prepared to cleanup carefully after your party.

2. Community Centers

Community centers are another great budget-friendly party venue because there are typically many to choose from in your local areas. Community centers often have great banquet rooms that can be rented for a low cost. You can make a community center party extra special by assembling a team of friends or family members to decorate the place and make it extra colorful and lively. Some community centers even have recreational rooms with things such as pool tables, ping-pong tables, Foosball tables, and more. These are great locations to bring in a party entertainer such as a juggler, balloon twister, magician or another entertainer of your choice. Most commonly you are responsible for the set-up and clean up for your party so make sure you review the guidelines of the community center of your choice. Most importantly though, have fun!

3. A Friend or Relative’s House

Do you have a close friend or relative with a really awesome house? Maybe a house with a pool, a great backyard or basement, or even one of those home movie-theaters? If so, consider asking them to be the host of your next birthday party! Of course you will be responsible for set up and clean up for the party but surely if the host is having a party in his or her home, they will want to at least participate in decorating! I suggest to bring a small gift as a token of appreciation for your party host for generously allowing the party to take place in his or her home. Having a party at a friend or relative’s house is great because you won’t have to pay a venue charge and you don’t have to worry about a suitable place in your own home to fit a bunch of energetic kids!

4. Community Pool

What child doesn’t love a pool party? Perfect for the warm summer months, hosting your child’s celebration at a community pool is a fun time for everyone. Parent’s get to relax by the pool knowing there is a lifeguard on duty to help supervise your kids while the party guests get to splash around and play pool games with friends. Most local areas have a variety of community pools including your local YMCA  branch. Some community pools to require membership in order to host your party there so make sure to check into that. One thing that most children have in common is that they love to go swimming so a pool party is great especially because it generally involves minimal decorating and stress!

5. Your Own Home

What could be more budget-friendly than hosting your child’s party at your own home? This is of course dependent on your home and if you can fit the desired amount of party guests. If your home is suitable for a party though it’s a great location because you don’t have to travel, pay a venue charge or follow any policies or restrictions other than your own. You have the freedom to decorate how you want to, clean up at your own pace, and invite however many people you can fit! This is a perfect place to hire a children’s entertainer to make the party extra exciting. With hosting a party at your own home you have the liberty of deciding exactly what you want and how much you want to spend, making this the most budget-friendly place of them all!

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