Children’s birthday parties… A time of year when children congregate in your home to celebrate the birthday of one of your precious babies.
Sure, it may sound innocent at first, but if you’ve ever experienced a child’s birthday party in your home, you know that they are far from it! Streamers hanging from every angle, dirty plates being thrown across the room, chocolate covered fingers smearing the walls, and children screaming at the highest decibels are not uncommon for a child’s birthday party.
We’d like to introduce a new thought to you- a children’s birthday party outing. In other words, take all of that chaos OUT of your home, and place it in another venue. With a children’s birthday party outing, you can discard the idea of being a group of adolescents’ personal chef and cleaner, and replace it with the feeling of relaxation. A birthday party outing allows you to actually sit back and enjoy your child’s special day, rather than stress about it. There’s really no downside to a birthday party outing. All you have to do is simply find a perfect venue for your child’s birthday party outing.
While birthday party outings relieve you of your duties as Birthday Party Host, there are still things that need to be done in order to prepare for a birthday party outing. The following article from suite101.com provides a great list of questions to ask when planning a birthday party outing.
Planning a Child’s Birthday Party Outing
Important Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Kids’ Party Location
A birthday party at a venue other than home can offer fun activities for kids and less stress for parents, but questions need to be asked before finalizing plans.
There are many fun places to host a birthday party. Having the event somewhere other than home can also relieve a lot of stress for parents. However, sometimes birthday packages can also take away from the fun and add unnecessary stress if things aren’t quite what is expected. Make sure to ask some important questions and get all the necessary information before making any decisions.
Reasons to Choose a Birthday Party Outing
There are a number of reasons parents may not want to have a party at their house:
- Lack of space that will then limit the number of kids invited
- Not wanting to deal with the clean up after the party
- Worries about the weather if the party is outside
- Not sure what activities to have to entertain the kids
- The birthday child has requested an outing, for example bowling or miniature golf
Important Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Birthday Party Location
Hosting the birthday celebration at another place other than home can seem ideal, and it certainly can be convenient. Many places do offer birthday party packages. However, before making any commitments, first find out all the details and do some comparisons to see what works best. Here some important questions to ask:
- What are the cancellation policies?
- How many children are allowed in the package price? What is the cost per extra child?
- What is the charge for adults who are staying? Are food and drinks available to them?
- What, if any, food is included in the package price?
- Can outside food be brought in?
- Is a cake allowed? Are candles permitted?
- Are decorations included? Are balloons or pinatas allowed?
- Is the space only for the party or is the public still being admitted to the facility?
- Can the facility be booked for a private party? What is the extra cost?
- If open to the public, is there a private party room for cake and snacks? How long is the room reserved for the party? Are there extra charges to have the room longer?
- Are loot bags included?
The answer to how long the room is reserved for the party is important. Whatever the activity has been, kids still want a bit of a chance to hang with their friends without being rushed. It is nice to have the time to offer snacks as well as cake, and to open presents. Is it possible to stay longer? Check if there is another party booked, or what the additional charge would be.
Even though a great deal of party stress is reduced by not having to make food and clean up at home, it might work out better for the birthday child and guests to have the party activity somewhere else but have the windup at home. A party package without the food might be better priced.
Booking the Birthday Party Venue
Once the theme, activity and venue for the party has been decided, verify the information. When all the questions have been answered about prices, policies, time restrictions and extra charges, and decisions have been made about the food, presents and the birthday cake, it is time to book the location before the date is no longer available. Gathering all of this information will help planning a child’s birthday party outing be as stress free as possible.
If you’re looking for a fun place where your child and their friends can not only explore nature but learn a lot of new information, then Southwick’s Zoo is the perfect place for your child’s next birthday party outing. Let’s be honest- can you imagine the look on your child’s face when you explain that lions, chimpanzees, and elephants will be attending his or her next birthday party outing? Southwick’s Zoo is home to hundreds of animals, an assortment of rides, and some fascinating shows. In addition, if you choose to hold your child’s birthday party outing at Southwick’s Zoo, you will get your own Birthday Party Hostesses courtesy of the Zoo, to help ensure that the birthday party outing is nothing less a success. Let the Birthday Party Hostess do all the work at your child’s birthday party outing so that you don’t have to! Southwick’s Zoo even allows you to improve the birthday party outing with numberous options including a Tour of the Zoo, where the children can learn all about the animals from their own personal Tour Guide.
Let stressful children’s birthday parties be a thing of the past and children’s birthday party outings be a thing of the future. Please call us today to discuss our Birthday Party Packages and find out why a trip to the Zoo could be the perfect birthday party outing for your child! While we will allow you to book a rain date for your child’s birthday party outing, we do ask that you book the birthday party outing at the Zoo at least two weeks in advance (gives us plenty of time to prepare fun and exciting things!)
We can’t wait to help plan your child’s next birthday party outing here at the Zoo… get ready for a wild time!