This past Saturday Microsoft threw a Viva Piñata party at the Santa Monica pier. Before 11AM kids and their parents lined up to watch the ribbon cutting ceremony. Once inside there were craft stations, episodes of Viva Piñata to watch and Xbox 360s running Viva Piñata for kids to play. All of the demo stations begun at the very beginning of Viva Piñata where you're wading through alert menus and whacking the ground with a shovel.The real highlight of the event was learning the Viva Piñata dance with Mario Lopez. While this probably wouldn't have been a fun event for the Gears or Halo crowd, the Viva Piñata party was designed for children.