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Kids Kentucky Derby Party
How to "horse around" with a Kentucky Derby Party for kids

ALL ABOUT KIDS KENTUCKY DERBY PARTIES: Hosting a Kentucky Derby party for the kiddos?
The 137th Kentucky Derby will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky, but
you can host a Kentucky Derby theme party as a birthday party any time of the year.
Consider us your 'lead rope' for planning this unusual kids party.

Kentucky Derby Party for Kids
Here's how to throw a Kentucky Derby party with down home good fun for kids...

Your Kentucky Derby party is an opportunity to teach kids about horses and the history of
the Kentucky Derby. Wagering is part of the fun and you can do it kid style.

To make your Kentucky Derby Party extra horsey For the kids, recruit a teen to be the
"cashier" and provide party goers with Horse funny money or monopoly money For a betting
game. (Horseopoly or Horse Monopoly money is extra fun For the kids).

Next, set up a "betting window" and create other signs throughout your home, such as  
"Feedbag" For the snacks and "Watering Trough" For the beverage station. Get creative
with your signs: "Fillies" (girl's bathrooms), "Colts" (boys bathrooms), "Owners Box" (parents
room),"Jockey Club" (birthday child's room), "Grandstand" (living room with Grand Parents
present or porch leading out to the activities), "Winners Circle" (dining room or kitchen
table), and "Paddock" (garden).

Kids Kentucky Derby Betting game (No betting strategy needed):
  • Get the Kentucky Derby contenders Horse and trainer names on a paper and make
    several copies, one For each party goer. It's most fun for kids if you have pictures of
    the "silks" to help them pick the winners.
  • Make your "tickets" in advance of the party. Create a Win, Place, and Show ticket For
    each of 12 contenders (Horse and riders). You will have a total of 36 tickets.
  • Give kids "funny money" bills to buy their tickets (or just give them the tickets). Divide
    tickets or bills evenly. For example, if you have a dozen kids, give each kid three
    tickets or bills.
  • Line the kids from shortest to tallest to "buy:" their tickets from the cashier. Each kid
    buys a ticket and goes to the back of the line until all the tickets are "purchased." If
    tickets don't divide evenly, let kids earn the balance of tickets with a Horse theme
    party game.
  • Watch the race, then award the prizes as follows:
  • One prize to "win" (award only the party goer who has the "win" card of the
    appropriate contender). The prize should be something fun and special. For
    example award a bouquet of lollipop roses and a gold colored trophy filled with
    jellybeans or other candy.
  • Two prizes to "place" (award the party goers who have the "place" cards For
    the two appropriate contenders in first and second place). A silver trophy with
  • Three prizes to "show" (award the party goers who have the "place" cards for
    the contenders in first, second and third place.) A Horse figurine or derby beads.
    NOTE: Kids may not understand, for example, that the "place" is only first and second
    (and not third place). Even if it's just a few stickers, some candy, or some derby beads,
    make everyone a winner.

Here are more ideas For a kid's Kentucky Derby party

The little fillies and colts at your party will have fun no matter what kind of Horse theme
activities and game ideas you choose. Even if they can't even pronounce trifecta let alone
understand it, you can help them "win, place or show" with these fun ideas For your
Kentucky Derby party:

  • Have kids design their own "silks" (the shirts jockeys wear). Here's another jockey silk
    coloring page to print For your party.

  • Play Horse bingo. Teach the older kids some "Horse and saddle" vocabulary with the
    free trial of Bingo Card Creator. Or create your own bingo For the younger kids with
    your own pictures of derby related symbols and pictures of Horse tack (an apple, a
    carrot, a horse-shoe, a trophy, a garland of roses, saddle, hay stack, a sugar cube, a
    bag of oats, a bucket, a derby hat, a brush, a julep cup, etc.). You can also purchase
    some kid's bingo Horse games online. For around $14 you can find this Lucy Hammet's
    Horse Bingo.
  • Kentucky Derby card game.
  • Watch the Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments (DVD).

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