Where can I have a nice birthday party in the winter?

Sonia - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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Anyone have any ideas of where I can have a nice birthday party in the rainy California weather? My son will be turning 1 in January and I would like to have a nice party with lots of friends and relatives but the weather limits the location. Any ideas?

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Marissa - posted on 09/05/2009

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I know this is going to sound crazy, but we had our daughter's 1st birthday party (February in Baltimore) at a volunteer fire station. They had a great room that we decorated with lots of pink and balloons. We had the food catered. The firemen set up all of the tables for me and even helped decorate. They did party bags for the kids - even though I also did my own. They gave the kids a tour of the firehouse and fire trucks. The kids and adults LOVED it. More than anything, the kids loved running around the big open space in the meeting room where we set up - we had about 50 people and there was tons of space. There was no fee - they just asked for a tax-deductible donation to the firehouse. They told me that the range of donations they get is from $50 - $500, whatever we were comfortable giving. I was skeptical because it seemed like a strange place for a one-year old girl's birthday, but it was great.

Amy - posted on 09/05/2009

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Wow...I never thought of the firehouse! My little boy is going to be three next month and I have been trying to figure out something affordable...What a great Idea!

Marlene - posted on 09/05/2009

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My kid's Birthday is in January. Our YMCA has a nice Birthday package.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/04/2009

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If you want lots of people then it is a good idea to find another location. We did a winnie the pooh idea and had a tree and pooh hanging from it and bought a pooh for each with a little picnic table under it for the wee ones but if you have friends with older kids look for a mall that has indoor playground or rides all year or google preschool fun places for your area and see what comes up

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Todd - posted on 01/08/2014

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Im 8 years old and thought of a hotel or garage cause my birthday is on jan11
and i need help please help me.

Sherri - posted on 09/04/2009

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check your local why. for my son;s third bday (jan 15th) we had it at our y, and it was 120$ for 15 kids, he had an airhop, indoor soccor and bball, and cake and ice cream for 3 hours. the kids loved it, and everyone stayed warm. they have cheaper packages too.. just check at yours. im doing my sons there every year.

Christine - posted on 09/04/2009

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One other idea, although it's more fun for kids who are 2 or 3 years old, is the local firehouse. Ours rents out their hall and then the fireman do a little demonstration and put on their gear. The kids even got to climb on the fire engines. Also--I didn't mind spending the money because it was going to a good cause.

Sindi - posted on 09/04/2009

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Lollipop Dream or Coco Key. Or try your city's website, historic home and b&b listings for places with the type of setting you are looking for.

Melinda - posted on 09/04/2009

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I have had parties at our YMCA. I don't know what yours offers, but you can check it out. At ours we can do an activity center, the gym or swimming. plus the room for food & presents. Good Luck.

AnnMarie - posted on 09/04/2009

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My young boys have Jan and Feb birthdays here is where I have done partys:
Children's Museum, Young Chefs Academy, Chuck E. Cheese- I know but I had just had Noah two weeks prior and I was desperate for a location- we know the manager and he gave us a $300/party for the price of a $99/party. The kids love that place.

Becky - posted on 09/04/2009

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Do you have a Chuck E. Cheese's? Or If you don't have a huge amount of guests just get your child one of those bouncy deals (they say they're for children over 3 *i got one for my one year old) and just set it up in his room and the kids mostly played on it! They're like 40 or 50 dollars. That was fun.

Sonia - posted on 09/03/2009

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OMG... you guys are great. I'd like to thank each one of you for taking the time to reply with such great ideas. I really appreciate it.



I will definately look into most of these locations and the others I already have.



Most of the "bounce house" places around here (Orange County) are pretty costly for the 1 1/2 to 2 hrs they allow and they won't allow you to bring your own food (which adds to the expense).



I will definately let you guys know what I end up doing. I am still open to more suggestions.



Thank you guys...

Lois - posted on 09/03/2009

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rent a hotel room with a swimming pool. You have to rent so many rooms per so many people.

Yvette - posted on 09/03/2009

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I llive in so cal and have 1 son who was born as a premie in January. Of course when he turned one, we had been through a year of follow-ups with various doctors and specialists to make sure he was developing and progressing. Naturally we had to have this big party! The dilemma was that it was rainy season. We checked the weather almanac and ended up having pleasant enough weather to have a party at the park. It was cold and we bundled up. So Cal usually has pretty pleasant weather and sometimes it is even warm in January. Good Luck wahtever you decide to do.

I took a chance and had a great party!

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I agree with Trisha, being 1 is a huge milestone, but your son won't even know whats going on. I would recommend doing something at your own home with just your closer friends and relatives. Your son will need a bath after he smears cake all over himself and everything around him.. not to mention he might get cranky with over stimulation.

I would save the "outings" for older birthdays. At 1 he isn't likely to enjoy the bouncy house or golf or anything.. Chuck E Cheese is soooooooooooooo annoying for parents to go to..!!!!!! We all dread it. And your son won't know the difference if he goes on a random day with you or if its his birthday that he's there, because its always sooo busy anyway.

Sarah - posted on 09/03/2009

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My first son turned three in April. We had his birthday party at Backyard Adventures. I'm unsure if you have one in your area, but is a place that has the expensive backyard swingsets. They had 5 or 6 inside and the kids had a BLAST! They also had a conference room where we could do cake and such.

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My son is a January baby and I had his 1st b-day at and indoor playground called Tiny Tots. It was great because it had things for little kids as well as kids that were a little older. I provided my own food (my choice, I could have opted for one of their plans) and had a rubber ducky theme. The best part was no mess to clean up.

Mary Kay - posted on 09/02/2009

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I live in Chicago and we have this place called Fun-Flatibles. It is an indoor facility that is filled with all different kinds of bouncy things to jump on, climb on, and slide on, I wish they had this place when my girls were still little!

Shaina - posted on 09/02/2009

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Another thing to check out is McDonalds. Find one with a big play place or a super McDonalds with the jungle gyms, I had my daughters first party at one and their partys are very cheap. The kids loved it we got them each a happy meal, they provide the favor bags and stuff, they give you the option to buy a cake from them or you can bring your own.

Trisha - posted on 09/01/2009

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The first birthday is almost a bigger deal for you as much as it is for him (he'll see pics but won't remember). Do something special but not expensive. My girlfriend did her daughter's first at her house, in doors. There was a bee theme with bees made of construction paper (she's crafty) hanging from string taped to the ceiling all over. Each bee had the other kids' names on their own bee and they got to take the bee home when they left. The cake was a bee (or you can do cupcakes) and her daughter had a "bee themed" outfit on (which is unisex yellow and black). It was so cute! You could even have pin the stinger on the bee's butt (like pin the tail on the donkey game) for the kids. Decorate in yellow and black. This could save you a lot of money over renting. Let me know what you do!

Sharon - posted on 09/01/2009

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An indoor pool. Rent a hall. One of the game playlands with miniature golf, best golfer gets a little prize.

Melissa - posted on 09/01/2009

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I live in Texas. And well, you have heard how the weather is here...lol wait 5 minutes and it will change...lol My daughters bday is in January and I have a sons bday is in February. So many times I have had to make last minute changes. Here in Texas, we have an indoor pizza/play area called Chuck E Cheese. I don't know if there is one there. But there might be something similar. Good luck.

Shaina - posted on 09/01/2009

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see if they have a local indoor play place, like a bounce house place or a mini golf place with an arcade or something places like that often have group rates for b-day parties too and the kids all have a blast!

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