Local family hopes their creation, 'Happy the Birthday Bird,' becomes birthday tradition for others
A boy's excitement over his eighth birthday sparked a local family to come up with a new birthday tradition for their own family and others, they hope, around the country and the world.Posted — Updated
A boy's excitement over his eighth birthday sparked a local family to come up with a new birthday tradition for their own family and others, they hope, around the country and the world.
I checked in with Goodson to learn more about the offering and what they hope it will become. Here's a Q&A:
On Mylen’s eighth birthday, he woke up very excited, with a big smile on his face and eyes bright with joy. He was so happy that he began flapping his arms, singing, and dancing around the room like a little bird. His father commented that he looked like a birthday bird. This magical birthday moment sparked the seed of an idea that hatched! We started brainstorming that day how it would be exciting for kids to have a tradition where a special, magical birthday character visits each year to help celebrate their birthdays.
With Happy, we wanted to create not just a fun toy, but a wholesome, customizable tradition that is unique to each child and grows with them.
Children wake up Happy the Birthday Bird and experience his magic by giving Happy a last name, hugs, and a few other things. At night, Happy flies back to TuYu, carrying birthday wishes and memories. In the morning when a child wakes, Happy will be in a new spot and might have a special surprise in his backpack. Happy’s backpack is perfect for little gifts and birthday surprises! Children will be delighted to play bird-and-seek with Happy on the day of their birthday and discover where he may be hiding with a special birthday gift!
At the end of the birthday celebration, Happy flies back to TuYu where he will wait until it’s time for him to return the following year.
Happy returns each year to celebrate a child’s birthday.
You’ll discover in his uplifting story that he overcame great physical challenges to achieve his dream of becoming an Official and Fully Licensed Birthday Bird. Even when it feels impossible, he encourages us to keep going. The keepsake book includes six beautifully illustrated memory pages to chronicle a child’s first birthday with Happy and every year after and an envelope for storing additional photos and keepsakes.
The book also includes a QR code that you can scan to listen to Happy’s Birthday Song - one of our two original birthday songs. Happy’s story creates a family ritual and countdown to every birthday.
- partner with venues offering birthday parties and nonprofit organizations that provide birthday celebrations for children experiencing homelessness and for families in-need.
- expand our product line.
- sell wholesale to speciality gift and toy stores.
- license our brand.
The sky is the limit!
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