I mentioned Hey Dee Ho, the provider of educational music programs for pre-schoolers that I do a bit of work for not long ago. They’re pretty cool. We had a training session Monday in Oakleigh; learning the new songs, dances and activities that have been added to this term’s program. Term four has a “spatial awareness” focus (my favorite of the four) and we get to use more props, like little beanbags, hula hoops and parachute cloth.
So after the training session we were nicely warmed up for paintball.
I think “corporate team building” is the third most common reason for the uninitiated to go shoot each other with fast moving pellets of paint, next to bucks nights (of which I’ve attended two) and school break-ups. But i’d say not too many of those groups comprise entirely of children’s entertainers with performing arts, music or childcare backgrounds.
Of the three guys and twelve gals I think only one other person had played before besides me (although one of the ladies is a frequent laser-tag competitor and another is in the army reserve). Everyone was pretty apprehensive. I spent most of my time running around hardly firing. But I think nearly everyone got right into it by the end.
I certainly got shot enough times (including one that got up underneath my facemask and split my bottom lip). Luckily I had bought protective gloves (because I play guitar for a living!) and some other essential armor from home. I was also quite happy to finally get my overly-bright, ugly running shoes nicely scuffed up.
In any case we’re certainly all nicely revved up to put the kids through their paces this term… !