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“Bright” Birthday Ideas

Apr 25, 2016 10:40AM ● By Hood Magazine
By Michele Wellman, Washington Pavilion

When I was a child, a birthday party most often took place in the home. Kids played musical chairs, pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, sang “Happy Birthday,” ate cake, opened the presents and then the guests went home. Parents everywhere have thrown many a birthday party. As your child grows older, it can be a true challenge to continually think of birthday party themes that are engaging. How many times can you borrow a bouncy-house, or go to a popular destination to keep birthday party boredom at bay? How do you keep attendees busy and interested?


Here’s an idea; have you considered having an educational themed birthday party? It turns out that there are a bunch of exciting, fun and educational birthday party ideas out there. Even better, there are local venues that offer educational themed parties. Using a venue translates into the parents not stressing over the details and even better, not having to clean up the mess. All a parent has to do is schedule the party and the venue organizers take care of the rest.


Once parents have decided to have an educational themed birthday party, they should do their homework. Choosing the theme can be the starting point for a great party, so check in with your child to see what sounds like fun. Are they interested in art or science? Are they fascinated with animals or simply just being a fairy princess? Next, research which venues in town offer educational themed parties and the cost associated with these parties.


Finally, before you make the final venue decision, consider asking the following questions;


  • Is there a limit to the number of guests you can invite?
  • Is there an additional charge for each guest above this limit?
  • Is there a private party room for your event?
  • Is there a hands-on themed activity led by the venue party host?
  • Is there a take home item the venue provides?
  • Are you allowed to bring in your own birthday cake and other outside food?


Once you decide on the party’s location and the associated educational activities, relax and enjoy yourself. Let someone else set up the party, run the party and clean up the mess.