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Family Fun in Indy

Embracing Winter Birthdays

Planning a party to remember

January 2012

Winter birthdays don't have to incur the winter blues. Embrace the snowy season with a party that's just as good as any warm-weather birthday. Here are some Indianapolis-area party destinations for winter's birthday child.

• Caribbean Cove Indoor Water Park

Who says it has to be July to get out your bathing suits? Host an indoor beach party or luau at Caribbean Cove Water Park that's reminiscent of the summer months.

"No matter what the weather is doing outside, it's always warm and summery inside Caribbean Cove Indoor Water Park," said De'Ja Tibbs, sales manager at Caribbean Cove. "Caribbean Cove is an excellent winter birthday destination because it is the only place where you will find the tropics in the dead of winter."

Caribbean Cove has more than 50,000 square feet of water fun. It is home to body slides, a tube slide, lazy river, an arcade and prize center, sports activity pool and a water playground.

Caribbean Cove's Kids Club staff facilitates every aspect of the party planning from start to finish: invitations, party setup and cleanup – you just have to show up!

Caribbean Cove Waterpark

3850 Depauw Blvd.

(317) 871-5621

• Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Take your child's birthday to the sky at Sky Zone, the new indoor trampoline attraction in Fishers, Ind. Sky Zone offers a variety of birthday party packages to meet your needs, with all packages including: 1 hour of jump time and shoe rental, 40 minutes in a private party room, full color invitations and envelopes, Sky Zone t-shirt for the birthday boy or girl, party plates, napkins, cups and utensils, food and drinks and two free one-hour passes for future use. There are other packages as well, just give them a call and ask. Your child and their friends are such to have a blast at this place!

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

10020 E. 121st Street, Suite 182

(317) 572-2999

• Indiana/World Skating Academy

Keep the Olympic Flame burning with a winter Olympics themed-party at Indiana/World Skating Academy (I/WSA), a twin rink facility located at the Pan American Plaza in downtown Indianapolis. Set up simple obstacle courses and games on and off the ice that allow the kids to participate in a little friendly competition. Have all guests pick a country to represent for the games. Hand out homemade paper flags to each country's representative and skate around the rink in parade-like fashion. Serve hot chocolate with red, white and blue marshmallows and cake decorated with the Olympic rings. Have a closing ceremony where you place plastic gold metals on all the little winners.

Indiana/World Skating Academy makes it easy to host a birthday party there.

"We can do anything from simply reserving a room and creating your own environment to having the rink provide decorations and cake for the occasion," said Shari Vehslage, accounting/personnel manager at I/WSA. If desired, parties may even hire a teacher to provide basic skating instruction for 30 minutes for a $20 fee.

Indiana/World Skating Academy

201 S. Capitol Ave., Suite 001

(317) 237-5565

• Wine and Canvas Cookies and Canvas

Wine and Canvas has swept up Indianapolis adults with its popular laid-back painting class accompanied with cocktails. But they also host children's painting classes based on the same idea – except the children enjoy cookies instead of cocktails. With larger groups, it's possible to host a private party in the Wine and Canvas studio or on-location anywhere you choose. For the birthday party, select a wintery picture for the party kids to paint. The class instructors make the art lesson easy and fun to follow along. In keeping with the winter party theme, serve snowflake cookies and hot chocolate.

Wine and Canvas

3367 E. 86th St.

(317) 345-1567

• Build-a-Bear Workshop

There's nothing like a new furry friend to keep kids warm. With a birthday party at Build-a-Bear Workshop in Castleton Mall and Greenwood Park Mall, kids can build a winter-themed stuffed animal.

You set the price for each child, starting at $10 per guest, and each child will make a stuffed animal based on that price. Buildabear.com has free, printable invitations and thank-you cards available. Each child gets a party favor, and the birthday child receives a special gift. The group will be assigned a party leader to provide the entertainment for the kids – and the setup and cleanup for you.

Build-a-Bear Workshop

6020 E. 82nd St., Suite 909, Indianapolis (317) 596-8888

1251 U.S. Highway 31 N., Greenwood (317) 881-1856

• The Children's Museum

When it's cold outside, The Children's Museum offers five floors of indoor fun.

"Because birthday parties at The Children's Museum include admission to the museum, participants have access to all of the great activities and events offered to museum visitors," Leigh Anne Elliott, events manager at The Children's Museum, said.

Plan your party around the many activities and events taking place at the museum during the winter months. This winter, the museum will celebrate of The Year of the Dragon (Jan. 21), the opening of The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head exhibit (Jan. 28), the active-play event PlayFit: Feel the Beat (Feb. 4), achievements in engineering with Engineer's Day (Feb. 18), and flight enthusiasts will enjoy the opening day activities for CSI: Flight Adventures (Feb. 25).

Take advantage of the museum's party packages ($270 for members and $300 for non-members). The package includes private use of the birthday party room for 90 minutes, admission to the museum for up to 20 guests, 20 carousel ride tickets, a themed birthday cake and themed paper products. Birthday party guests have access to the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., so the fun can go all day long, Elliott said.

The Children's Museum

3000 North Meridian St.

(317) 334-4000

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