COURTESY MOJO GYMNASTICS
JaVae Ferguson, 8 tries out the bungee launcher.
Kids' party gives parents freedom on New Year's
A gymnastics center is offering parents a kid-free, guilt-free New Year's Eve.
Mojo Gymnastics is hosting a sleepover for children, providing dinner and breakfast, plus entertainment in between.
NEW YEAR'S EVE SLEEPOVER
Overnight care for kids: 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 10 a.m. Jan. 1
Place: Mojo Gymnastics, 2959 Koapaka St.
Ages: 4 and up
Cost: $50, includes dinner, breakfast, snacks, entertainment
Also: Mojo Gymnastics hosts weekly "Parents' Night Out" services, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturdays. Cost is $15 and includes pizza.
"We wanted to offer a safe alternative to parents for New Year's Eve care," said Mindy Key, Mojo Gymnastics owner. "Even responsible parents who do not drink and drive themselves put their children at risk just by being on the road that night."
The center -- near Honolulu Airport off Lagoon Drive -- has offered several themed sleepovers in the past, Key said. Keiki will be able to try out trampolines, including one 40 feet long, as well as bars and beams.
"We have a bungee launcher that launches the children almost 20 feet high for the daring, and at a long, low swing for the meek and mild. We also have a 60-foot zip-line for the children to fly down," said Key.
Slots are open for 60 kids, to be supervised by 12 adults.
Crazy games are also part of the lineup, including Chicken Baseball. "We use the large, soft vinyl balls and rubber chickens for bats," said Key. Crazy Crab Soccer is played with a 6-foot diameter ball, and in Crazy Human Bowling, children swing on a rope and try to knock over 3-foot-high foam pins. Hula hoops, balls and jump ropes are among other play items.
In quiet areas, G-rated movies will be screened. Karaoke also will be available.
"Mojo Gymnastics' new coaches from Russia will be playing with us that night," Key said. "In Russia they celebrate New Year's Eve similar to our Christmas. Coach Julia and her daughter are going to teach the little girls and boys the dance the children in Russia do around the tree for those who want to. I have seen the dance, I can't imagine anyone will not want to."