My son is turning 7yo in March. I need some good ideas for his party. Any input would be appreciated

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Kelly - posted on 01/26/2010

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My Kids have a $100.00 birthday limit and they know it. They both choose a party last year. My son who turned 7in March went to a few bowling parties and said they had a blast. I don't know how much that cost, but the whole class (20 kids) went. I do know it was much cheaper than Chuck E. Cheese. For his 7th Birthday we had a hotel party. Got a room at the Super 8 for about $60. He got to pick about 5 boys to come and stay with us. We swam in the pool, had a pizza for supper and Birthday cake for desert. There were chips and juice for snacks but we stayed under $100.00 and the kids loved it. We did it in March over spring break and it was still very cold here, so they loved the swimming part. They didn't drive me crazy because they were in the pool or eating and they didn't trash MY house. I was the "COOLEST MOM EVER!!" He has a couple of girls that he likes and wishes they could have come, but I don't think he missed them too much. He wants to do it again this year and now, my 11 year old daughter wants to have a hotel party too.

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Sara - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son turned 8 in September and we had a skating party. It was pretty inexpensive.. everything included, I only provided a cake. All the parents were admitted free with their child and it was a blast with most of the parents skating too!! Good luck :)

Stacey - posted on 01/26/2010

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Why don't you let him choose the type of party he wants? My nephew is 7, and has been choosing his birthday party theme since he was 5. When my son get old enough to choose the them he wants that is what i'm going to do.

Jennifer - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hi Amy - My name Is Jennifer and my son is 6 1/2. He recently went to a birthday party at Lazertag and he and all the children absolutely loved it.

VICTORIA - posted on 01/26/2010

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not to sure if my input will help but, does he have a favorite cartoon, action hero, etc.Also i know in my culture it isn't a kid party with out a pinata...lol...filled with goodies...you might like to try a pinata shaped of a favorite action hero! All kids love to take they turn at wacking a stuffed filled pinata.....

Donna Louise - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hiya, i had a maician for my son, the best thing i ever done. They are called 'Marvello & Jojo the Clown' they are in the Yellow Pages and bring one or 2 live Animals with them and the Kids Absolutely loved them, worth every penny, no screaming kids running round, and they were so interested. lol x. Hope this helps solve your Party Problem!! :o) xxx

Demunda - posted on 01/26/2010

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Try having a party @ the bowling alley, usually March is a very unpredictable month for the weather.

Evelyn - posted on 01/25/2010

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I did an amazing dinosaur party for my 7 year old. they had a nest to hunt for dinosaur loot bags, pin the tail on the dino, lava rocks and a great dinosaur cake from the m&m's website. The best thing about this party was they ate dinosaur food. Lettuce and veges lol. No sweets

Sakinah - posted on 01/25/2010

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Where are you located I had a link to a bunch of places that held parties in the New York City area

Kimberly - posted on 01/25/2010

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Between my sisters and I, we have 9 kids, ranging from age 19 to 6, and all of them request the same thing,Water Balloons. My brother in law rigged a giant slingshot that fires them high in the air and the kids have to catch them (yeah, right! LOL) The most memorable theme that we had was pirates. Gold coins, jeweled crowns and a treasure map to a pirate chest

LEYSLA - posted on 01/24/2010

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DEAR AMY THE BEST IDEA WILL BE PIZZA PARTY AT CHURKYCHEESSE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. ALSO A PARTY OF HIS FAVORITES SUPER HERO OR CARTOON WITH FAMILYS AND FRIENDS AND DO NOT FORGET THE PINATA ..7 YEAR OLD LOVE TO HIT THE PINATA WITH A LOT OF CANDY AND GOODIES(TOYS AND SOME $1.00 DOLLARS BILL....AND SOME GAMES...

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My son turned 7 today. We had a party for him yesterday at an indoor playground. I had the party first thing in the morning. I find I get the best turnout, and I also don't have to worry about it getting too crowded, as most people don't like to have parties until after lunch. I made a volcano cake, and basically had time for a coffee and read the paper while the kids played for 1.5 hours. We then went into one of their party rooms and had cake and opened gifts. The boys each received some game tokens to plays some of the arcade games that were also available. We could have done lazer tag, however, I did not know about this when I booked the party (at Let's Play) and we would not have been done before I told the parents to come back to pick up their boys. I would see if you can get some ideas of different things in your area and then run them past your guy and see if any spark an interest (and are affordable). Call and check them out if you can to see if they have what you are looking for, and provide any additional services (like laser tag) or are these activities additional $$$. Good Luck and feel free to ask if you have any other questions. =)

Ashley - posted on 01/24/2010

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I think it really depends on what he's into. If it's sports, you could have a mini baseball game outside and shrink the field a lot and get a tee ball set. I like the idea of a pirate theme with a treasure hunt. You could even set things up like a carnival where you have sheets pinned up and kids throw a fishing pole over the sheet to "catch" a prize, set up ball tosses, etc. I think most boys love to run and be outside. You could also do something like May Day and have relay races and competitions outside set up so the kids can burn off that extra energy and get exercise at the same time.

Sylvia - posted on 01/24/2010

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Well, I don't know anything about boys LOL, but I can tell you what I'm planning for my DD's 8th birthday party this summer.

We live in a building with a rooftop deck and rec room. My tentative plan is to have the party after lunch and before dinner, set up a table and chairs indoors, put out snacks (chips, pretzels, milk and juice...) so the kids can nibble, and kick them outside with some balls and other outdoor toys for a while. There's a ton of plastic chairs up there, and we have a mini iPod dock with speakers, so we can play musical chairs or something like that. We could also do water balloons -- there's a full kitchen off the rec room, although there's no hose outside (too bad, because DD's birthday's in August, and running through the sprinkler would be a great party activity!). Once they've tired themselves out a bit running around outside, I'll herd them indoors for cake and ice cream.

I also thought about doing an activity in lieu of loot bags -- maybe get a bunch of white t-shirts and some fabric paints and have them each decorate a t-shirt to take home, or something like that. (This is pure selfishness on my part: I hate it when DD brings home loot bags full of candy and dollar-store toys from other kids' parties, because the LAST thing we need in our apartment is more candy and dollar-store toys :P.)

I think with kids this age, especially in groups, the main thing is to make sure they have lots of opportunity to run around and yell, because that's what they mainly enjoy doing ;^)

Magen - posted on 01/24/2010

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My son is also turning 7 soon and we are planning a party at a local bounce place. They have a whole bunch of those blow up bouncy things. Because its not real warm here this early in the year and at 7 kids need to run around so I figured it would be fun and warm and safe.

Stefanie - posted on 01/23/2010

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Nerf!!! My sons last party was nerf everyone bought him nerf guns and they had a blast so his gifts became the party games too!

Kimberly - posted on 01/23/2010

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What's he into? Super-heros, dinosaurs, zoo? Maybe have a Pirate party (with "treasure map")? Bowling party?

Hope I helped spark an idea... if not, let me know what he is into & I can brainstorm some more. There are a few cool sites out there. One is Parenting.com. Just type in birthday party to search.

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