J.V. asks from Montgomery, IL on August 16, 2011
Any Good Ideas for a 4 Yr Old Girl's Birthday Party in January?
My daughter's 4th birthday is in January and we're struggling with trying to figure out what to do for her party. She has about 4 friends that we could invite to a party (3 of them being boys). When asked what she wants to do she keeps saying she wants to have a Princess Party - which is what we did for her last year. We just let her dress up like a princess and had a small family party. This year we'd really like to include her friends so we can't just do a Princess Party. My daughter even suggested that the boys come as Pirates and the girls come as Princesses...clever for only being 3. We thought about Chuck E. Cheese since she likes that place but she HATES the big mouse! Any suggestions for a 4 yr old party - one that takes place in the middle of the winter?
S.S. answers from Chicago on August 18, 2011
Premier Gymnastics in Oswego (on the border on Rt. 30.) They have fun parties. You don't have to be a gymnast! Foam pits, trampolines, fun fun. We had my daughter's January 5th birthday there - boys and girls.
C.S. answers from Chicago on August 17, 2011
We did a ceramic painting party in December for my daughter's 4th, and she loved it. There's also Pump it Up or Monkey Joe's (I don't know if they have a big monkey in there, but I heard it's a cross between Chuck E. Cheese and Pump it Up).
J.W. answers from Fayetteville on August 16, 2011
When my daughter was four we took her to a place that specialized in tea parties. The girls dressed up in fancy gowns and crowns and little fake heels. They even recorded it for us. It was adorable. Then they all danced to silly songs and had a blast. A mixed party at this age is difficult. How about an indoor jungle gym run and play kind of place?
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D.B. answers from Chicago on August 17, 2011
You have some great answers, but I'm with Angie. Noah's Arch Workshop is awesome! You can pick a few animals (within your price range) that the kids can pick from. I had a monkey, different colored bears, a cow etc... Then you can let them pick ahead of time (when they rsvp) which animal they will build when they get there. I did not let them get outfits since they picked their own animal, but you could pick a bear and then let them pick an outfit (additional cost). Average is about $12, but there is no need for a goody bag because they take their bear home! The rep helps them stuff the bears, make a wish on a star that they put inside the bear, and plays games with the kids and their new friends. I did it for both of my girls and they loved it! The birthday child gets an extra birthday monkey as a gift. I still have moms that talk about their son/daughter still having their pet and how much they love them. Good luck!
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A.H. answers from Omaha on August 16, 2011
www.noahsarkworkshop.com is like Build a Bear on wheels. It is great fun and 4 year olds (boys or girls) are the perfect age for it! A rep comes to your house and takes care of everything for you. You can be involved as little or as much as you want. You can do theme parties, so if your daughter wants to be a princess there are tons of clothes and accessories to dress up her animal and such. For the boys you can pick out an assortment of "boyish" outfits. Or just let her dress up as a princess and stuff just the animals if $$ is a concern. Their prices are very reasonable and they are based out of Chicago so I am certain you shouldn't have any trouble finding a rep to do your party.
Another idea, my son had a paint your own pottery party for his 3rd birthday (he is a December baby, so we are limited on outdoor activities too). The kids really loved it and it wasn't terribly expensive. Good luck!
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D.J. answers from Chicago on August 17, 2011
We have been invited to a "Princesses and Wizards" party for a 4 yr old girl party later this month at MagiQuest at the Yorktown Mall in Lombard. It is an interactive scavenger hunt then they move on to the party room. Even I am looking forward to going to this birthday party, just to check this place out! The website makes it look impressive - we will see: http://magiquestchicago.com/
L.S. answers from Spokane on August 16, 2011
There's a hotel where I live that has an indoor pool with a waterslide that can be rented for parties. My 5 year old daughter went to a party there last spring and is STILL talking about it!
Call around to the hotels in your area and see if any of them do anything like that.
D.P. answers from Pittsburgh on August 16, 2011
Nail painting & an updo for each girl? Lots of salons do kiddie parties.
M.M. answers from Detroit on August 17, 2011
Do you have a Pump it Up near you? Kids LOVE it.
R.D. answers from Chicago on August 17, 2011
I have a january bday child too... we found our local YMCA had indoor swimming parties and basketball parties as well... they give you 2 hours a small room to use for cake and presents and then the rest of the time is in the pool kids loved it. We have also done bumper bowling thats always fun... or an "inflatable" partie ( you know building that have a ton of those in door bouncy houses and slides and stuff) these are usually pretty reasonably priced too. There is always the old fashioned ones at your home too LOL since there is only 4 other children it may not be that chaotic . Hope some of those are helpful