Feels like my grade schooler is getting invited to parties pretty much bi-monthly and I can't wait to see where we're celebrating next. Gone are the days where parents watch their kids have fun at a birthday party. Birthday party venues have really evolved, and the best part, parents are now in on the action.
Here are some of my favorite venues...
Sky Zone: This place is trampoline heaven. Families basically come here to jump and dive their hearts out. Sure you can drop your kid off and come back when the shin-digs over, but I vote stay and JUMP! This venue also serves for as a fun workout for parents. It can run a little pricy, but more and more parents are talking about how much fun their guests have at Sky Zone. Cost: approx. $250 for 2 hrs (10 jumpers, addt'l cost per jumper, prices may vary).
Scooter's Jungle: I love this place. I really, really do. I've tried everything at this bounce-house mega complex. Kids and adults can use everything from the slides to scooters (Okay, maybe not everything, the zip-line is for kids only, boooooo). Parties at Scooter's Jungle can be private and all-inclusive (drinks, food, games, etc). Also, if you pick a non-peak slot (i.e. 9:30am on a Sunday) you're able to book at a discount. Think bagels and other brunch fixings for early parties. Cost: approx. $299-$515 for a 2.5 hr private event (20 kids/20 adults).
Mulligans: Who doesn't like mini-golf, go-carts and arcades? Mulligans has plenty of comparable venues across the country that offer fun attractions while remaining much more reasonably prized than a theme park. Cost: approx. $239-$369 (10 guests).
Bowling Ally: Bowling is a great family activity. It's also a tons of fun for birthday celebrations while not being so long. A two hour bowling party is plenty for cake, gifts, bowling and pictures. Plus, guests can opt to stay longer (while not at the host's expense). Cost: approx. $85 per lane (2 hours, minimum 5 kids per lane).
So there you go 4 quick venues to get you thinking about birthday party fun spots that require little prep and pre-packaged deals. Plus, it's fun that everyone can take part in, so ENJOY moms and dads!
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