Peek-a-Boo -- which might have been called Peek-a-Boo-I-See-You in your home, which also totally works -- is one of the earliest social games we learn as babies. Even more than a "game" per se, we're gaining interaction skills and a love of joyful surprise.
No wonder we're all into magic tricks from a very early age, having been primed by Peek-a-Boo fun and rabbits-in-hats at various birthday parties. Yet between kidly birthday parties, and adulthood, there's a bit of a dearth of abracadabra awesomeness, one that The Langham Huntington, Pasadena and some junior members of the Magic Castle want to address, magically.
The Imagine Teas are the ticket. The thrice-a-year afternoon teas are designed just for the youngster set -- well, youngsters and their grown-ups, of course -- and illusion, and kid-nice edibles, are what's up the landmark hotel's sleeve.
The first Imagine Tea of 2015 is on Sunday, March 1, with the others to follow on June 7 and Sept. 13.
As for the magic? The junior magicians will perform close-up illusions for the tea attendees. As for the food? Look for "magically decorated cookies, ham, turkey, and PB&J sandwiches and whimsical desserts," plus pink lemonade, milk, and tea sans the caffeine. As for the cost? It's thirty six dollars for young tea enthusiasts ages 4 to 12, and $48 apiece for the grown-ups.
Speaking of the young tea enthusiasts, The Langham invites everyone to take the "imagine" part of the "Imagine Tea" to heart and don the costume of "any character, person, or animal" that inspires their imagination.
So could you have tea dressed as a talking hedgeghog? You could, or Harry Potter, or Dorothy Gale, or a cloud. All imaginative inspirations are welcome.
And the day's beneficary? Five Acres, "a child and family services agency that strengthens families and prevents child abuse through treatment and education in community-based and residential progams."