5 ideas for a fun, easy kid’s birthday party — in the winter
By Aimee Heckel
It’s almost a motherhood rite of passage: You must organize a few birthday parties at your home before you realize, wait, that’s an obscene amount of unnecessary work. And cleaning, both before and after.
Parents of summer babies have it made: Their family can simply invade a picnic table at the nearby park, hit up the lake or even keep the activity in the backyard, if they still want to have the party at home. But if you’re planning a winter birthday, your options may seem limited. And expensive.
Here are some ideas for organizing a winter birthday party for your kids — and a few ways to save money on it, too.
1. Hold a swimming party at the local rec center. Many have special birthday rooms you can rent for a few hours (complete with a cake and party favors), and they tend to be much cheaper than private facilities.
2. Jump, jump. Book a time slot at a local trampoline gym, a bouncy castle house or even a local gymnastics studio. The latter tends to be cheaper, because it does not rely on parties to make a profit. You can often rent out the gymnastics room — complete with an instructor — for a few hours for a private class. Look for gymnastics studios with trampolines, rock climbing walls and fun obstacle courses.
3. Suck it up and go to Chuck E. Cheese. Yeah. We know. It’s kind of parental hell. But kids love it, the food is provided, there’s tons of entertainment and, oh yeah, they serve beer, in case the sound of a singing mouse proves too much for you to handle. Save money at Chuck E. Cheese with these coupons (with tons of free tokens; that means free entertainment and goodies).
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4. Go roller skating. Yes, skating rinks still exist. And they’re fun for people of all ages. Ask about off hours to see if you can get a better birthday party rate.
5. Organize a craft party at Michael‘s. Rent the craft room and staff will guide your kids through creating fun crafts. The deal includes party setup and cleanup — and the party favors are also the activities. Win.
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