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Readers Respond: The Best and Worst Birthday Party Locations for Tweens

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Have you found birthday party planning gets harder when your child becomes a tween? Expectations can be high, and tweens are sometimes picky to a fault. But there are a number of birthday party locations that tweens might find fun and unusual. Other locations, not so much. What are your favorite birthday party locations for tween parties? And, what birthday parties locations did you find didn't work so well for preteens?

Popcorn Party

Great Party for my youngest with 16 girls around 10+ years old. Best game was solo cups attached to the feet, filled with popcorn. Teams walked ten feet then dumped out popcorn into bucket w/out using hands. A riot playing and watching. Snacks included cheddar, caramel, and butter popcorn. Cake was shaped like a popcorn bucket with minimarshmallows cut to look like popcorn sprayed with yellow frosting spray. Hobby Lobby has invitations and decorations and found great party favors on other websites to go with the theme. If I had another child in this age range I would absolutely do this party again.
—AlexRosesMom

MY Birthday Party

I really want to have a mixture of all of my favorite things- I like Percy Jackson, fashion, art, casual stuff, I like pretty much everything except brusselsprouts! I am going to have a sleepover party, and I was thinking that we could go somewhere like the pool, the mall or an amusement park, but I can't find any online. This is going to be SOOOOOOOOOO much fun!!!!! (And it is my VERY first birthday party with people invited!)
—Guest Arabella

Fun Times

I went to a party and it was fun and cheap. We went swimming at her pool and did a lot of crafts (duct tape bows). Then we slept outside in a tent. It was so fun!!!!
—Guest Lilly:)

Water Resort

We went to Coco Key water resort and the prices were very high and there were long lines. With the limited number of slides, all the party-goers were bored in the first 40 minutes of the 2 hour party.
—Guest anonomous

Acrobatics!

I had a great party,when I had it at my local gymnastics hall. They set it up with good equipment and games.The kids enjoyed that, you could even do it at your house and set up foam mats, ropes, toys and games. It was fab!
—Guest Birthdaygirl

The Mall

I'm a preteen and my favorite place ever is the mall. So that's what I am doing for my birthday party this year, and all of my friends love the idea and it sounds super duper fun.
—Guest RC

Almost Anywhere

Birthday parties can be fun if they are in the right location and with the right people. Look at your Tweens friend list and ask who everyone is beforehand, that way you can avoid embarassing your Tween. For all you know your Tween might already be dating! I'm sure that you would not want to embarrass your Tween by saying something to their girlfriend or boyfriend. Once you know who is going, you should ask your Tween for their opinion before you go ahead and plan. If they don't know what they want to do then you could ask them what was a really fun birthday party they had been to and what did they do there. Go with what ever they respond as long as it is in your price range, if not ask for a second favorite. A simple party that is usually a lot of fun is a sleepover. Tell them that they can only invite five people and then have them hang out and do their own thing. Birthday parties are always great as long as the right people are there and the parent isn't acting embarrassing.
—Guest im not telling you

Six Flags

My daughter went to a birthday party where her and a couple friends went to Six Flags for the entire day and just had fun. A bit expensive but cheaper than renting a place.
—Guest Daphne

Gaming System-A-Thon

I rented space at the hotel I work for -- we had a big TV screen and about seven other TVs in different areas of the room. We plugged in five different gaming systems and had a blast. Not only was there space, but everyone had a chance to play every game. The cake was made out of cupcakes into an X-box 360 controller. We also had extra cupcakes that were the color of the controller buttons.
—Guest on the run mom

Mall Party

For my party, we went to a local mall, where we reserved a pizza restaurant's party room, and did scavenger hunts in the mall. The clues should be varied, from challenging, to just embarrassing. An example could be, "Take a picture of your team singing to a toddler" or "Take a picture of a team member getting a make-over." Make sure someone in the group has a digital camera, or give out one. Use the cameras and get the photos developed while the kids eat. The pictures also make cool party favors, but dollar store trinkets are just as cool :)
—Guest Rebecca

Laser tag

Lazer Rush in Newport News has parties that would seem to appeal to boys of all ages. Kids get laser tag "missions" where everyone is assigned a nickname. The business also can provide pizza, sodas, plates, cups and jungle-themed birthday cakes. My 8-year-old boy had a ball and declared it "the coolest party ever."
—Guest Alison Johnson

Ice Skating

We rented an ice rink but you have to make sure the kids have skated before or they'll spend the whole time hanging on to the side, or falling down. And that can be frustrating for them.
—Guest TinaF

The Pool

Our community pool is where we have birthday parties - two summer babies! Yeah! It's super easy and fun for the kids who don't belong to a neighborhood pool. Plus, they get exercise.
—Guest Outdoor Mom

Home, Sweet Home

We always have our daughter's parties at home. She gets to decorate (and she loves decorating) and she picks the menu. We don't have to worry about a time limit or about making too much noise. It's cheap and fun!
—Guest Mom2Go
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