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Aubrey's birthday (she is turning 5) is still a couple months away, but I have been trying to think of ideas to offer her to celebrate her birthday.
What do you usually do to celebrate your child's birthday? Do you do the the traditional house party? Do you eat dinner out? Do you take a bigger trip? Or do you have a party at a local businesses around town?
We had Macy's 5th birthday party at the Rec Center in Alachua and it worked out great. There were plenty of tables under the pavilion for everyone to sit and eat, the play park is right there as are bathrooms and once the kids were all covered in pizza and frosting (not together mind you) we moved things over to the splash park and let them run amok AND wash off. The combo of outdoor play wore off the sugar overload and by the time we got home, nap time was underway! All I had to do was reserve the pavilion and Dominos even delivered the pizzas there so one less thing for me to pick up.
For Zane's third birthday, we had friends over to our house and let the kids play outside in the bounce house and it worked out fine too. His friends and Macy's happen to be the same so it was more like a super play date for all of them, which was nice too. I got a nugget tray (actually WON it so freebie!!) from Chick-Fil-A and had fruit and other little foods, and it went very well. The kids had fun and that is what was important but the parents did too with a nice visit.
Mind you, for each of their second birthdays', we went much bigger. Macy's was a trip to Sea World and Zane's was to Lowry Park Zoo - each time it was just us, no actual "party" going on. Macy's 4th we did at Silver Springs, which was a lot of fun too. We did the party outside at the picnic tables. All the kids got happy meals thanks to hubby hitting the drive thru on his way in and the adults enjoyed Publix deli sandwiches and fruit. We did that, the cake and then hit the park for a fun day with a few friends and it was a great time.
We usually do the park or a home party as well....most of the time the kids have just as much fun in those settings and like Jacquie said they really get to be the center of attention instead of just another kid in the masses of children.
However, that being said we just had a party for my stepson at Splitz (the new bowling alley by SkateStation) and they really do put on a great party too, but for the slightly older kids (I'd say best for 6 and up but I'm sure they cater to any age).
Also the Museum of Natural History does a really cool party for kids interested in those types of scenes and there is a place called The Little Shop in Haile....I've heard wonderful things about their parties too!!!
We've had Magic Mikecome to the last few birthday parties. He's always a hit. The kids totally love him and it makes the birthday party so easy!
O2B kids do the best birthday parties!
Savannah's birthday is in Feb and I'm thinkin about it already too! I think we are going to do a karate birthday party since she is a green belt and we won a free birthday party at her karate school.