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Inexpensive places to have birthday parties

post #1 of 12
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Another thread got to thinking that it would be nice to share ideas for ideas to have birthday parties if you do not want to have them at your house. I have my Kindergartener's birthday coming up and he did ask for a party, so it got me to thinking where we could have it besides at our house. I live in a very small town so my options are very limited. I live about 15 minutes (next town over) from a McDonalds with a Play place and a little over an hour from a Chuck E. Cheese. I do not want to haul children around for many reasons, one right now that it is winter for us here so that includes slippery, icey roads. So I called our local Rec. Center to see what they have to offer. Normally they have a pool, but right now it is closed for repairs. Which is really ok with me since I do not want to have to watch a bunch of kids swimming-yes there are lifeguards but still. So I can for $37 rent a private room there that is big enough to hold up to 50 people for 4 hours. I can also bring in any food and drinks that I want. We can than have the kids run around the gym and play basketball or in the room that we will rent, we can use a tv and dvd player and watch a movie. I am pretty sure this is the route we will go for his party. It will be very affordable and I think everyone will have fun. I think I will be able to to it all for less than $100. Yes, still a little expensive, but not too crazy. Plus I do not have to scrub my house in order to have a party.

Call your local hotels that have pools and see what they do. My ds is invited to a party this Saturday at a local hotel. I just called that for prices just for the heck of it. $35 for 3 hours for use of their breakfast room. Than it is $1.50 per child to go swimming. Or if you stay at the hotel than you can have as many guests as you want come swim with you. So that cost would be whatever it is for one nights stay.

I figure since I live in a ver small town (less than 3,000) and I can come up with some birthday ideas that anyone can.
post #2 of 12
I love the Park & Rec idea! I'll have to check into that when my boys birthdays come around this year!

We always have the kids' parties at our house so I really have no idea where to do cheap ones. We have considered in the past doing them at the local park where we can rent a shelter for $20 or so and then the kids can play on the playground. It also has a baseball field next to it that they could play on as well.
post #3 of 12
My dd is in Kindergarten this year and also asked for a party.. We have a roller skating rink that rents it's party room out.. If we have the party on Saturday during kid skate 10 & under it's $6 a kid. You get admission, skates, pop and icecream.. Not a bad deal in my opinion.. You can bring in food, decorations, cake ect..

So that's where we will have her Hannah Montana Rollerskating Party...
post #4 of 12
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I didnt mean to bash McDonalds for those of you that live in the same town as one. We do not, so I dont want to mess with hauling kids over there or be a huge inconveneice (SP?) for parents to have to come drop off and pick up their kids. We did do a party at McDonalds once and it was very reasonable. We were able to bring in our own cake and decorations, plus paper plates. Since ours do not let people reserve the whole Play place, there will be other kids there and possibly another party. But for the food it was cheap. The kids each got a kids meal (cheeseburger/hamburger only, fries and drink)minus a toy for $1.50. Figure you will save a few bucks by using McDonalds napkins and silverware when you have cake. I think that we did our party for probably $50.00. Everyone ran around, had some food and went home tired.
post #5 of 12
I am lucky enough to have all three of my kiddos b-days in the spring. We do them at the park. They get to play and get tired and I don't have much to have to clean up. I will try the rec center that sounds like a great idea, because in the spring you have to hope it doesn't rain!!
post #6 of 12
When my ds turned 5 we had a party at a local bowling alley, the whole thing was around $70.00 we were allowed to bring in our own food, but had to buy drinks there (we did 2 pitchers for Sprite ) Everyone had a blast they each bowled 2 games of bumper bowling.
post #7 of 12
My daughter's 5th birthday is coming up also. My inexpensive choices were:
Chuck-e-Cheese
Skating rink
Bowling
Family Fun center - arcade, play area, pizza

Neither of my children have birthdays when it is warm. I would like to do it outside. Having a party at a park would be fun. We also have a dock on the river and swimming is very inexpensive!
post #8 of 12

That is very interesting, I am now talking to my husband about my daughters birthday party at a hotel. Her birthday is Feb 15th so I never know what the weather will be like in Texas. Thank you for your ideas that was really awesome.

post #9 of 12

I agree with the hotel/swimming idea.  I recently had a friend that did that, and she was able to get a suite along with an adjoining room at a great rate because the hotel didn't have it booked.  Don't forget that sometimes you can negotiate a great rate, too!

post #10 of 12
Wat hotel are u tlkin bout
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