Home, Sweet, HomeBefore you research any birthday party locations, be sure to ask your child if he'd rather have the party at home. A home party in the end is probably your most economical choice. Slumber parties are a hit with tweens, but even a two-hour party on a weekend afternoon may be enough to please your child. Some children don't want a big production on their birthday, so be sure you and your child communicate ideas before your commit to or lay down a deposit on a facility.
Locations for the Wild ChildIf your child is an outdoor kid, you're in luck. Nearly every city, municipality or county has a local park or recreation center that can be booked for various events. These locations are typically pretty inexpensive, and if the park offers a playground or a skateboarding park, there's even more bang for your buck. A park with a lovely hiking trail or an easy going bike trail is also a great extra. Make sure the park offers a sheltered picnic area, or an indoor facility you can use in case it rains.
State and local parks also offer programs for birthday parties, or any special event. These birthday party locations are also economical choices, but book early because they are popular choices for families, as well as scouting and church groups.
But local parks aren't your only option here. Many museums and zoos also host outdoor parties, and usually include some sort of activity or program in the price. If your child is a true outdoorsman, or woman, check your local Yellow Pages for businesses that offer canoe or kayak tours, archery lessons, or horseback riding tours.
Birthday Party Locations for the Creative MindArt museums are a great option for children who appreciate painting, sculpting, or photography. Many museums offer birthday packages that include an activity, free time and enough time for cake and presents. At a paint-your-own pottery studio, children pick a clay item to paint, then break for cake, ice cream, and presents.
Additional party locations for creative tweens include movie theaters, a local playhouse or a dinner theatre, to see a performance and enjoy a meal.
Locations for the Tween FoodieIf your child's preferred art form requires food, there are a variety of options available to you. Many parents don't know that many restaurants offer tours of the facility, as well as a special meal for groups. Usually these programs take place before the establishment opens for the day. Children can get a glimpse of the restaurant's kitchen and walk-in refrigerators, and ask questions about how the staff perform their duties. Some establishments may even allow the children to try their hand at food preparation, but be sure to ask as local health laws may limit what the children can and can't do.
Another idea for the tween foodie is to take him and one or two of his best friends to a favorite restaurant. If your tween is adventurous with food, try something different such as a Japanese steak house, where food is prepared right before your eyes.