Inside the Gosselin Sextuplets' 10th Birthday Bash
Sextuplet Hannah plays in a bouncy house at a celebration in honor of her and her siblings Aaden, Collin, Joel, Leah and Alexis's May 10 birthday, which will air as a two-part TLC special Kate Plus Eight: Sextuplets Turn 10 on June 19. "They most loved the games, candy, carnival foods and all the action enjoyed with all their friends," Kate Gosselin tells PEOPLE. "All right in their very own front yard!"
Who needs games when you can tackle a sibling? Alexis and Joel roughhouse in the grass – all in good fun. "My favorite part of the day was seeing the sheer delight and happiness in my kids' – and all the kids' – faces all day long!" Kate says.
THE BIG TOPPER
To commemorate her children's 10th birthday, Kate commissioned a cake shaped like a circus tent. The Gosselins also threw a circus party when the sextuplets turned three. "It was my dream to reinvent our carnival theme from their 3rd birthday party," says Kate," and make it bigger, better and on a grander scale."
Running away to the circus? At least for the day: Kate dons a clown costume and a hot pink wig for the celebration.
Alexis gets artsy at her party, painting a banner to display in her backyard. "It was quite a celebratory carnival marking 10 years of survival, health, happiness and the blessing of the best kids a mom could ever ask for," notes Kate of her sextuplets, who were born 10 weeks premature.
BIG SISTER TROUPER
Twin Madelyn, 13, joins in on the action with a pal, following her mom's lead and donning a colorful clown wig and oversized sunglasses.
After adding a plush pink clown nose to her funny ensemble, Kate snaps photos of the party and happy memories. "The day was a blur of activity from the crack of dawn till late that night," she says.
Collin takes in the scene as pals blow bubbles and grab balloons. "They even came home from school the following Monday proudly reporting that their friends had all declared their party to be 'the best birthday party they had ever attended!'" Kate says of the celebration.
EVERYONE'S A WINNER
The party featured plenty of carnival games for the children to play. "I think it turned out to be way more fun than any of us could have even imagined," Kate says.
With Mady at the wheel and Cara sitting shotgun, the twins take their younger siblings for a spin around the family yard in a John Deere tractor. "Maybe it didn't seem too much crazier than our usual family circus type life!" Kate jokes of the birthday party.