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With eighteen years of birthday parties to plan, it can get tedious (for you AND the kids) hosting your child’s annual birthday at the same ole’ pizza play place. Here are ten ideas of different places to host your children’s birthday party this year:
1. Bricks Store
If you have kids, you have Legos. Nuff said. Thankfully some super awesome people decided to capitalize on this fact, and you can choose from one of the many kids franchises to hold your Lego-themed birthday party, instead of at home. (I don’t even want to THINK about cleaning up that kind of party at home!)
High tea time for little princes and princesses! Call local tea houses and see if they offer birthday party packages for little ones. We have even found some that are geared just for kids with dress-up and make-up time before finger sandwiches and petite fours!
3. Swimming Pool
Most local pools offer rented facilities and private swim times for pretty cheap, lifeguard included! If you have a late fall or winter birthday, an indoor pool is a great way to bring summer back to their special day. Make it a beach theme, or mermaids and sharks!
Okay, I know this totally sounds boring at first, but you can make it what you want! In the spring, host a birthday Easter egg hunt, or in the summer a a host of outdoor activities like stations, an obstacle course, or a scavenger hunt. The possibilities are endless!
Arty parties are the best for your budding Picaso or Monet! Many painting and clay studios rent their spaces or have special birthday party packages complete with even lessons for your little artists, and lots are geared just for kids!
6. Children’s Museum
Your local children’s museum is always a fun and educational place to take the kids. Why not have a birthday party there, too? Birthday packages usually include a limited number of passes for free entrance of all day play for your guests and party rooms for cake and gifts!
7. The County Fair
If you have a summer birthday, this is a great way to get the kids out. Most fairgrounds rent pavilions, or you can just find a table and set up shop. Give the kids a scavenger hunt to find different animals, off cotton candy and other fair food for snacks, or even give out carnival ride tickets to each birthday party attendee!
Whether you’re a boy mom or girl mom, your little gamers will love this! Give them a handful of nickels or quarters and let them go wild! Some of these places even have the kind of games that give out tickets for prizes at the end. Bonus!
9. Trampoline/Bouncy House
These places seem to be popping up everywhere, and are a great place to get all that energy out and work off that birthday cake. No shoes allowed, but don’t forget the socks! Check out their birthday rental packages and be mindful of age and health restrictions.
10. Ballet or Dance Studio
Children’s dances studios often put on GREAT dance parties for kids, especially if you need an indoor venue for a winter birthday. Whether ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, Irish or all of the above, the lessons and fun offered at these parties will create lifelong memories for your little dancers!