Little Scoops of Love

Wow. Can you believe the summer is over? The whole thing has just whizzed by, it seems. Of course, when you have a newborn, one day kind of melds into another: change a diaper, pop out a boob, change a diaper, pop out a boob. Luckily, Hudson is a really cheerful kid, just like his sister. Now, if he could just learn that nights are for sleeping. I mean, hey, he’s been here for several weeks already. What’s the deal?

As one child turned one month old, the other turned two years. Maisie is growing up too fast, darn it. Now normally, I’d celebrate at home, making some cupcakes or perhaps even attempting a cake and having a bunch of her little friends over to wreak havoc on my house. This time, however, the thought of entertaining a bunch of toddlers with a newborn in the house was a bit overwhelming, even for the Martha Stewart in me who likes a good challenge.

Still, I wanted Maisie to have a big bash with lots of attention since so much of her undivided attention is now very much divided. I looked around and found a cute ice cream shop called “Little Scoops” in Rye Brook. Cute is understated. The place, which looks like a ‘50s soda-pop shop in miniature, is downright adorable.

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Better yet? They knew just what to do to entertain a pack of two-year-olds. First, we started out with a bouncer, which sent shrieks of laughter throughout the room. That was followed by some pizza at the counter on these tiny red bar stools.

After pizza, we went back to the black-and-white checkered game room and played a parachute game and did the limbo. The kids were more interested in holding the bar than going under it, but it was fun all the same. The games vary depending on the age of the kids celebrating.

Then, it was back to the stools for ice cream. Older kids get to pick from a wide variety of flavors. We offered three: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. They could have whipped cream, chocolate sauce and two toppings served in tiny, little cups. I also brought a cake and Maisie actually blew out the candle herself! That’s my girl! At the end, Little Scoops got all her little friends (i.e. mommies) to sign a t-shirt for her. She also got to put her handprint on the wall – a wall littered with hundreds of handprints of our kids who have celebrated birthdays there.

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Overall, the kids had a blast and so did the parents. Wahoo! Entertaining both adults and kids is never easy so I was really happy. While Maisie and her pals had the time of their lives, the place is even more well-suited to older kids.

The overall price is $425 for 15 kids which was more than we’d normally spend on a two-year-old’s party (we could have done it all for $100), but like I said, we had special circumstances this year. Still, if you have older kids and are looking for something special, this is a great spot.

Better yet? The place is open to walk-ins for ice cream. What could be more fun than taking your child to a magical ice cream shop like this? But you better do it soon… warm weather is almost gone.

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