7 Kids Birthday Party Mistakes to Avoid (Also Known as Becoming a Party Planning Ninja)

Girls Birthday PartyPlanning a kids birthday party this year? You have the opportunity to plan an event that properly celebrates the life of one of your favorite little people, makes them feel loved, entertains a group of their friends for at least 2 hours, and helps them make memories that will last a lifetime. No pressure.

But, if you do feel a little bit anxious about getting everything just right, we have a few pieces of advice. If you can avoid the following mistakes, you will be well on your way to creating a party that is as epic and wonderful as that little person is, while allowing you to enjoy the party yourself (Yes, that is possible).

1. Don’t wait until the last minute to book the kids birthday party venue.

Kids birthday party venues fill up fast, and calling the week before is probably going to be too late. Instead, try to book the venue two months in advance.

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Fun Things to Do With Teens (That They Will Actually Enjoy)

Atomic RushIf there is one constant about teens (Hint: It’s not their mood) it is that they love to have fun. Whether they are hanging out with their friends during a backyard BBQ, pursuing the next great deal at their favorite stores, racking up high scores on their favorite video games, or off on a grand adventure, they want to feel independent, challenged, and entertained. Sound like a tall order? It might not be as hard as you think. With a little creativity and the right activities, fun things to do with teens are easy to find. If you need a little inspiration, here are a few fun things to do with teens that stand a good chance of getting them off their phones and interacting with you.

Play video games.

Teens might have a lot of energy, but they do like to chill sometimes. For example, have you ever tried getting them out of bed in the mornings? If you want fun things to do with your teen, try the age old, time tested method of chilling known as playing video games.

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Indoor Rock Climbing: Where Kids (and Adults) Can Climb Their Way to Confidence and More

Rock Climbing Wall For KidsWhat do you think of when you think about rock climbing? Do images of people hanging precariously from towering rock walls spring to mind? Do you think that such gravity-defying feats belong only to an experienced and talented few? Then you have not yet discovered the indoor rock climbing wall, or the benefits (and fun) it provides adults and kids alike. Read on to learn more about why indoor rock climbing could just become your family’s next favorite activity.

Indoor rock climbing is fun.

Let’s start with the obvious: Taking on an indoor rock climbing wall is just plain fun. As you climb higher and higher, your adrenaline kicks in, and a sense of excitement overtakes you. As you get closer to the top of our 20-foot wall, the sheer satisfaction of what you have accomplished sets in. And even if you don’t get to the top, setting yourself a challenge, and then meeting it, delivers the kind of adrenaline rush you won’t soon forget.

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Why Retro Arcade Games Still Rock

pasadena arcadeThe “golden age” of arcade games lasted from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. Marked by classic games such as Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Tetris, Donkey Kong, and Mario Bros., it was a time when kids could while away hours trying to beat their own and others’ top scores, filling arcade machines with coins, and meeting up with friends for good natured showdowns at their favorite games.

While retro arcade games suffered a steep decline in popularity in the 1990s, they are beginning to enjoy something of a resurgence, as people remember fondly their times spent playing these classic games.

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Five Features to Look for in a Kids Birthday Party Venue

Kids Enjoying Birthday PartyA successful kids birthday party begins with the venue. The right spot will create a fun, engaging, and celebratory environment that will keep the kids happy for hours. The wrong kids birthday party venue, on the other hand, will leave you with quiet kids and boring memories. In order to avoid that kind of #fail, you need to do your research ahead of time.

But what do you look for in the right kids birthday party venue? While there are lots of factors you could consider, there are only 5 that really determine the level of fun the kids have and the level of stress you experience. To maximize the former and minimize the latter, look for the following (and take a peek at how iT’Z measures up).

Look for a kids birthday party venue that offers a variety of birthday event packages.

You are buying a birthday party package, right? These packages guarantee you access to the activities of your choice and take care of details such as food, balloons, and even party favors. And, they usually offer all of these perks for a lower price that doing it all yourself (Yes, you can have your [birthday] cake and eat it too).

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