Easy Parties for Busy Parents
So your child's birthday is just around the corner, and you don’t have time to plan and prepare the perfect birthday party? Don’t despair. There are plenty of fun places to hold kids' parties that’ll save you time in planning, preparation, and cleanup. Most importantly, your birthday child and guests will have a blast.
Try some of these party ideas for kids of all different ages. When you call, ask what amenities are available and included. Many places provide invitations, food and cake, balloons and decorations, a private party area, a gift for the birthday child and other special birthday services.
Skates and Blades – Roller skating rinks are again gaining popularity and most offer a choice of inline or roller skate rentals for today’s kids. Consider ice-skating and ice or roller hockey parties as a fun alternative.
Strike it Big – Bowling parties are a fun form of recreation for kids of all ages. Preschoolers can score every time with bumper bowling, while teens can go cosmic for glow in the dark fun. Add to the amusement by offering small prizes for low and high scores and the most and fewest gutters.
Pizza and Play – Preschool and early elementary children thrill at being invited to these parties where they can play kiddie arcade-style games, win tickets for prizes, hop on coin operated rides and romp in soft play areas.
Water, Water Everywhere – Head to a wave pool or water park where big kids can ride the waves, swish down water slides, take a plunge and go on tubing adventures. What better way cool off and party on a hot summer day? Here's where.
Old MacDonald Had a Farm – Check with your nearby farm, ranch or apple orchard to find out what activities are offered. Many include hayrides, petting zoos, corn mazes, apple picking and more. These are perfect for fall birthdays.
Recreational Romp – Recreation and fitness centers offer a wide variety of activities for birthdays including gymnastics, swimming, basketball and arts and crafts.
You Should be Dancin’ – Check with your local dance studio for birthday party packages. Some offer professional dance instruction and allow food and party treats to be brought in so the whole shebang is done right there.
Music Marvel – Big kids will be in awe when they see one of their favorite performers in concert. For young children, look for a kiddie musical adventure offered by an area musician or music center.
Craft Magic – Young children love to create, so schedule a craft party at a fabric shop, craft store or scrap-recycling center where kids’ activities are offered. Click here for ideas.
Cops and Robbers – Kids will thrill at testing their skills and cunning in a game of laser tag. These centers often offer on-site party areas and birthday packages.
Putt-Putt and More – Family fun centers offer a variety of entertainment including batting cages, miniature golf, video games, bumper boats and go carts. .
Hands-on Science – Keep kids of all ages engrossed and entertained at one of the many hands-on science museums where they can try out gadgets, watch or participate in experiments, play instruments, construct and more.
Rock Climbing Adventures – Daredevils won’t want to miss one these exciting quests. Look for a rock climbing gym in your area where party guests can do rock climbing with a professional instructor.
Beach Party – Give your teen some fun in the sun with a bash at the beach. Contact the park for information on volleyball equipment and to make a reservation for a covered picnic area. Look for a spot with horseshoes and plenty of sand and don’t forget the beach balls, pizza and cooler for beverages.
Amusement Mini-Party– Theme parks make for big-time fun for older kids who are content to take only one or two guests. When planning the guest list, don’t forget to budget meals, snacks, and drinks, which add up quickly in theme parks. Check out these.
Monkeyin’ Around – Parties away from home don’t have to be costly. Reserve a shelter at a nearby park with a large, fenced-in, frontier-style playscape. Little ones can run, climb and play to their heart’s content. Bring along your party supplies and set up under a pavilion. To keep things simple, call ahead for pizza delivery. Here's our choice for the area's best playgrounds.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat – An afternoon canoe excursion is the ultimate in outdoor fun. Contact canoe rental facilities for details. Bring along beverages and a picnic lunch, and make sure the food stays in the chaperone canoe where it’ll be safe from tips. Don’t forget balloons for water balloon fights during rest stops.
Z is for Zoo – Zoos are a great source for birthday entertainment. Many offer party packages that include meals, cake, invitations, live animal presentations and more.