Birthdays are supposed to be a time for celebration but if you are looking at kids’ facilities to host your child’s birthday party you may be left with a feeling of anxiety because of the high prices. The prices many kid facilities charge are absurd. If you are not well off then planning for a party at a kid facility is something that would take months to save up for. Franklin Park Zoo charges a shocking $100.00 (non-member) and $90 an hour for (members) to host a birthday party at the zoo. The Children’s Museum of Boston charges $300-$375, Pump It Up (a popular indoor inflatable playground) charges around $295. If you think hiring guest entertainers (such as clowns, story tellers, etc.) is less expensive, you are wrong, many are just as much if not more, and they charge by the hour.
If you are a parent who lives on a budget prices like these may be far from affordable. Below I have included some less expensive ideas to celebrate your child’s birthday.
Tie Die party- This is an interactive, inexpensive, and creative way to spend your child’s birthday. For this party, kids tie dye t-shirts any white cloth object they own (such as shoestrings, handkerchief, shirts, head bands…. If you plan to throw a party like this, it is best for your child to invite no more than 7 kids because it can get messy. You can host this party inside your home or outside of your home. The party can last for 2-3 hours, with the first hour dedicated to tie dye, the next hour for cleaning up and having the food (juice and pizza.) The final hour can be for cake, presents, and giving out goodie bags. You can also make time for free-play outside if you have the space and toys.
You will need to supply the following;
-Fiber Reactive Dye
-Plastic Garbage bags – to cover floor
-Plastic shopping bags- for kids to take the shirts home in
-Goodie Bag- it is optional and does not have to include much but can include (stickers, candy,)
-Balloons, streamers, party hats, blowers
Park Party- This is a very inexpensive way to celebrate your little one’s birthday. Have your child invite 5 friends over and meet at the park. Find a bench and decorate it with balloons and streamers, you can even tie balloons around a tree. When the kids arrive you can start off by letting them play for 30 minutes in the park and afterwards serve them pizza and juice. The children will most likely get up and play again so once they finish playing for the second time, you can prepare the table for the cake and presents.
You can also bring the following to the park;
Craft jewels, buttons, glitter
Print out Masks online (and have children decorate and color them)
What you need to purchase;
Cups, plates, utensils
Goodie bags (optional) you can fill them with stickers and candy and give them to the kids as they depart.
Backyard party- this party can be hosted at your home and outside. This will take a little more thinking to pull off because you might have to consider themes and games to play. Fun games to play are potato sack race, relay race, musical chairs, bean bag toss, pin the tail on the donkey. You can also purchase coloring books, crayons, play dough, and paint.
What you will need to purchase;
Party decorations (balloons, streamers, party hats, blowers)
Plates, cups, utensils
Coloring books, crayons, play dough, paint
Goodie bags (optional)
Flower Party- plant a seed and watch it grow. Have the children plant their own plants inside of clay pots and let them design their own flower pots using paint, buttons, and sequins. Once the kids have planted their seeds, have them wash their hands for pizza and juice. After the kids finish eating you can present the cake and open presents.
What you will need to purchase;
Buttons, sequins, jewels
Mini flower pots
Food and juice
Cups and plates
Decorations (party hats, streamers, balloons, blowers)
It’s important to remember that with young children (3-4), it is not about quantity, they are not the ones who want to go all out for their birthday. At this age friends are important to them, so they will be content with a little get together at home, some food, cake with candles, and presents. Often times big facilities with a lot of people around can startle a child and take the intimacy out of the birthday celebration.
So, when planning your child’s birthday, do it for your child and not to impress others.Don’t be embarrassed to say you had a modest get together at home with the family.