I'm not a member of the "Y" here but I've booked it for several events for our son's school class events. Just call their main number and ask for the person in charge of renting out space for events. Tell them you aren't a member and ask if you can still rent out the space. I'll bet the answer is yes.
I would LOOVE to save on money by having it at my own house. Unfortunately, our house is very cramped and we won't really have any room for guests. (My first son's birthday was in a warm month, so we were able to shove everyone outside except for bathroom use ... LOL!)
Also ... it's a 1st birthday party. So, it will mostly be adults and kids between the ages of 0-4.
Thank you for the YMCA suggestion, too. Does anyone know if you need to be a member to rent the space?
I did try the moonbounce places, but they won't let you do your own decorating and won't let you bring in outside food. They want you to buy all food/drinks/et al from them.
Edited by: RIPPY1010 at: 3/5/2009 (10:10)
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I know my aunt and uncle hosted our family Christmas pollyanna in December. They hired a girl who dressed up in a silly outfit (I don't want to say a clown outfit b/c she didn't wear make up) and did balloon figures (dogs, flowers, swords, reindeer, etc)
Hi, If you are up for having the party in your own home, I have an idea for entertainment. As a Stampin Up! demonstrator, I have done a lot of birthday parties for kids. The kids (boys like it as much as girls) get to make a bookmark, a candy bag,a card and a gift bag to put everything in using rubber stamps. I have everything pre-cut and partially assembled, so they just do the stamping and minor assembling (gluing, mostly). The kids love it and I do too! It takes about an hour to make all four projects and I usually ask the mom to help a little. The birthday child is free and gets a gift from me as well.
Hey Rippy, How old are the kids and in what area do you live? I live in the Kennett / Chadds Ford area and can tell you about some here.
There is Boomers, an indoor play place just beyond the Rt. 1 and Rt. 40 intersection.
The Jewish Community Center and the Brandywine YMCA are within a block of each other on Rt. 202 in Wilmington. They have a climbing wall and indoor swimming pools you can rent out and you have to bring in your own food.
There's another place that is quite affordable on Rt. 1 out toward Media. It's an indoor playground with climbing wall and you must bring your own food there as well. I'm blanking on the name, I want to say Kid's Quest or something like that.
Another thought is to call your area Department of Parks and Recreation. I bet you could rent out some amazing space and get a park ranger to talk to the kids about some aspect of nature that would be great. They did a talk on "Where do bugs go during winter?" that we took our boys to ages ago. You could serve pizza, and make cupcakes that look like ladybugs and call it a day.
Home Depot used to have kids workshops. Each child gets a little plastic hardhat, Home Depot apron, and makes some prefabricated item like a birdhouse or CD rack that requires just a little hammering, glue, and paint.
I think Michael's craft stores have a little room for craft parties.
Great question! I don't think this off topic at all . . .. not having kids of my own yet, I'm not sure of anywhere off the top of my head. The first thing outside of a park that jumped to my head was maybe a church hall or a community center? Not sure if you are bringing your own games or not . . . how about the Y or a place like that ( a pool party?)
Great question . . . i'd like to hear what others can suggest!
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