Panoramic shot of the tower during the big Roman
Jeroen has been coming
with us to many events during the past years, and
this year when we visited the tower he was always
with us. So when he asked for a Roman bithday
when he became 6 years old, how could we ignore
that wish? So after a bit of organising we had to
dress 4 boys and 3 girls as small Romans! I
constructed 4 real small shields (but with a
rubber umbo), while Philippine made the
necessary tunics - with regard to the probable
weather conditions we also made sure we had warm
cloacks for all!
After the presents and cake, it was time
to make swords for the boys. The girls
made a neckless..
.. from glass beads.
To the tower! We had to bring along our
own ladder though.
Time to run around the tower!
Part 2: a plumbatae - throwing course. To
the left my father-in- law who was a big
The day of the party dawned, and
it looked as if it would stay dry - good news! So
when the kids came round we could do the original
program. First, presents, cakes and handywork:
the boys could paint their own Roman sword while
the girls made a neckless from original-looking
glass beads. And when everybody was ready, it
became time to dress them all in a Roman tunic
and a cloack, and head in two cars for the tower!
Our daughter Marrit could not come (which she
regretted), but she had a party of her own. Well,
it was dry but very windy - the woolen cloacks
came to a good use (even though a bit long). And
after we moved all the gear and food inside, it
was time for the kids to start running around
this very big wooden playhouse! Then we all took
turn blowing the Lituus, the big horn.
The girls were not as eager as some boys,
who could not get enough...
Part 3: balloon killing. We used my
smallest javelin so that all the kids
could use it.
All the kids were very eager and almost
Then, time for the second event,
plumbatae throwing. We used Fectio's training
darts of course, wood with a rubber tip. The kids
were really fanatic! After a short explanation
they all lined up and, with the wind at their
back, tried to throw as far as they could. And
some got really far! Next part: balloon stabbing,
for which we used real gear: a sharp javelin. We
had attached rows of balloons to the front of the
tower, which the kids could stab at. Which they
did, some taking the task really seriously -
sometimes the spearhead came off and remained
stuck in the wood! Everybody got several turns
and we replenished the balloons until all were
.. the girls liked this part very much
Part 4: time for a Roman story inside the
Fluttering oil lamps, drinks, more sweets
and a Roman story.
..for the treasure hunt!
Click the pictures to see
Sounding the Lituus (0.49min, 2.1 Mb)
Plumbatae throwing (1.15min, 3.2 Mb)
Spear thrusting (0.55min, 2.4 Mb)
again - the end (0.42min, 1.9 Mb)