|My goat rodeo this past Halloween.|
We're trying desperately to throw together a surprise trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for this winter, when our twins will be 9 and 3/4.
I'm putting out a call for help from my fellow Potterheads. Assuming it all works out (knock on wood), how do we tell the girls? I plan to not tell them until we're either on our way or the day before we leave. How do we do that, though?
I've seen invitations for HP-themed parties delivered by balloons decorated to look like owls. I could do something like that (although, rather than scrolls, I'd probably have them holding envelopes addressed to the girls and their specific room and beds, like Hogwarts' letters). I could arrange to have those at the front door and ring the bell.
What about in the van? We could get everything ready the night before (luggage packed and hidden in the back of the van), then just tell the kids we're going out, file into the van and find balloon owls in the girls' seats with letters addressed to them. Maybe we'll splurge and buy cute stuffed owls.
I'd love some other ideas. So, fellow HP-fans, what do you think?
We've never taken a family vacation (deployments made that impossible), so we really want to make the most of this.
FWIW my girls each wrote essays to the Ellen show's call for adventure ideas asking for Harry-themed adventures. One (Luna in the picture) asked Ellen to reunite her and the friends she had to leave behind when we moved at the WWOHP. The other (Hermione in the picture) asked Ellen to send us to Kings Cross station when she and her sister turn 9 and 3/4 and have Jo Rowling meet us there so that my girls could present her with an award for "Being the best writer in the world and the whole universe."
We never heard back from Ellen, so we decided to take matters into our own hands and do what we could.
9:17 pm edit: What about a scavenger hunt? We could leave clues that lead them to Harry-related things and maybe eventually to the van where the letters will be waiting in their seats.
The picture is from Halloween. You can read more about our costumes here.