J.B. asks from Fort Worth, TX on January 21, 2012
Activities on Prom Night
My daughter is homeschooled and will be graduating this year with 4-5 other homeschoolers. They want to rent a limousine to pick them up after their prom and take them a couple of fun places (like maybe bowling or something) I have done research on the interner and cannot find anywhere that is open past 2:00 on Friday or Saaturday nights. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas of appropriate (and safe) activities for 17-18 year olds on prom night. We live in Fort Worth but their prom is at the Sheraton in Dallas so that's a fairly wide area. Thank you!
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Thank you so much for all your ideas! Prom tickets go on sale tomorrow and then we will begin planning the time afterwards and I now have lots of ideas to suggest!
D.. answers from Charlotte on January 23, 2012
I saw that no one answered your question, J.. It sounds like there will be between 10 and 12 kids total, is that right? If you can't find anything that can fit the bill, what about having an after-prom party at your house? Or maybe one of the other families might want to host it. Our school has a post-prom party that was hugely successful, heavily chaperoned, and over at 3:00 am. Regular clothes can be dropped off with one parent (someone is doing group pictures, right? I did that at my house with a lot of the couples) and dropped off at the post-prom party house for the kids to change their clothes when they arrive. In fact, my kids came back to my house after the prom to change for the party, and then picked up their dresses and tuxes later the next day.
It can all be worked out easily, as long as you plan. You can ask the other moms for help - munchies, drinks, etc. You can decorate the place while they are at the prom.
I would also consider having the kids just sleep over (if they sleep) and take them home the next day since you have a wide area to travel around when taking them home. Work it out that parents who sleep through the night get to schlep the kids the next day. And if someone else offers to host the party, help them out by coming over and chaperoning.
M.S. answers from Dallas on January 24, 2012
Bowling alleys are usually open pretty late as you already know. Movie theaters have midnight shows, but they may not be ready to leave the dance at that time. Ihop and Denny's are open all night, so they could go have a fun meal after the dance and bowling. I know it may seem lame to them, but they could always come home and play games, watch movies, and eat junk food. Blockbuster used to rent game systems if you don't have one.
C.T. answers from Dallas on January 24, 2012
What time is their prom over? Surely they would have time to bowl if the prom is over at midnight. Then they could go to someone's house for breakfast.
B.M. answers from Dallas on January 23, 2012
C.B. answers from Dallas on January 24, 2012
It sounds like you want them to have an all-nighter? Home by 2:30 sounds good to me. After-after-party at your place.
M.C. answers from Dallas on January 24, 2012
Plano Super Bowl is 24 hours. and come to think of it, there is a 24 hour Whataburger across the street!
E.S. answers from Dallas on January 25, 2012
It depends on what time prom ends and what time they think they'll leave. Mine didn't end till 1am but we left about 12:30am. We did go bowling but most places around Dallas are only open till 2am...though this was several years ago. We rented a hotel for just the girls and brought along movies, a portable dvd player, munchies, and a few games. Plus we did alot of talking...then we got breakfast in the morning:) We did sleep...some:) It was alot of fun and we didn't go for an expensive hotel room, just one that could accomodate 6 of us. I bet many places have adjoining rooms that you could do for a your larger party. Or just go back to someones house and everyone can sleep on the floor. Hope this helps!