My ds is in Prep (he's 6) and it seems that every weekend he is invited to a party and there are 25 - 30 kids also at the party (mostly from his class). Parties go for at least 2 hours and are usually at a playcentre or big centre of some kind so the kids are busy running around for a lot of the time.
I've had to take him home early from the last 2 parties as he's had huge meltdowns with tears and hysterics. And at other parties he's just hard work with tears and the grumps needing attention from me at least a few times during the party. I'm really dreading getting more party invitations.
So, do your kids struggle with big parties at play centres & similar places? It seems that the other kids cope fine (most of them) and I personally struggle with the fact that I'm the one with the child who can't cope with a 'simple' party.
He does fine at school and from what I can tell doesn't do this at school at all and at home he does do it when he's tired, but mostly he's ok. He is shy & a perfectionist.