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Birthday Parties in Indianapolis

Hosting a successful bash

July 01, 2011
Read further to discover how to plan a birthday party in Indianapolis.

It is bittersweet to watch our children grow, year after year. Therefore the celebration of birthdays are an important staple in every child's life. Parents try to make the occasion special for their child's day, hoping to ensure an unique and memorable experience for their child and their guests.

But birthday parties have the ability to make many parents feel overwhelmed when it comes to thinking up ideas and the price tag attached, as parties often have numerous expenses. When you add up the prizes, treats, goody bags, cake, and decorations, your pocket can take a hit, as well as your stress level.

You can spend months, weeks, days, and hours stressing over an extravagant traditional party – so why not save some time and choose from one of Indianapolis' many options to help plan a fun and unique birthday celebration.

For the younger set, Gymboree offers a wide range of themes and activities for a personalized party experience and specializes in parties for 1st through 5th birthdays. Enjoy the Gymboree Play & Music Parties at their Carmel or Greenwood locations. Parents are able to choose between many themes offered to fit the uniqueness of your child. Party packages start at $224 and includes use of the facility with a trained teacher for an hour and a half.

For the adventurous youngster, where else is more exciting then the Indianapolis Zoo? The Zoo offers birthday party packages that include up to 25 people, cupcakes and ice cream, admission and parking. Activities include an age appropriate craft, dolphin show, and a giraffe feeding experience!

For the little bakers in mom's kitchen, SweetPea Parties and More in Indianapolis is offering a new birthday party experience that teaches the guests how to bake cupcakes and decorate them to the party's theme! This takes care of the cake and the party favors, at a low rate of $110. SweetPea also offers face painting, temporary tattooing, balloon sculptures, and much more!

For the action packed tween, Laser Flash in Carmel provides hassle free party packages. These packages include 40-minute laser tag sessions, arcade tokens, drinks, invitations and much more. Pizza, cake, and goody bags can also be purchased there for a complete package. Children must be 7-years-old and up, and packages start at $18 per person.

For the creative and colorful child, Half Baked Pottery offers an assortment of party options that fit every parent's needs. They have pottery packages for ages 5 and up, with themes of zoo animals, mugs, and banks. There is also a glass fusing package, allowing the creation of pendants, bowls and nightlights. This package is recommended for ages 10 and up. If you want to add something to a slumber party birthday, you can get pottery-on-the-go kits, starting at $12 per child.

For an exciting twist of regular mini-golf, Glowgolf Mini Golf in Indianapolis offers a one-of-kind experience. Glowgolf Mini Golf offers birthday party packages that offer 2 hours of party area rental, a round of glowgolf, balloons, and glow-in-the-dark bracelets for everyone. Packages start at $8 dollars per person.

For the artistic kid, the Indianapolis Art Center offers an array of birthday party options. All packages include 2 hours of rental space, 30 to 90 minutes of art activity, and tables for cakes and food. Families can choose the hands-on activity from a range of options, including collages, mask making, painting, pottery and glass blowing. Parties start at $285 for 15 participants.

The most important part of throwing a stress free and successful birthday party is to keep all focus on the Kids, who cares if the napkins do not match. Kids just want to have fun and play, and they do not care about the details. Just remember, go with the flow, and have a good time.

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Tips from Local Moms on Hosting a Successful Birthday Bash

Don't worry so much about the details that you forget to enjoy the party.

-Sarah Cole

Keep it simple! The best parties we've had have been cupcakes & juice boxes at a local park. No stress about cleaning the house before or after!

-Jill Mackey Carrel

The kids just want to have fun and play, they don't care about the details! Have a good cake, plenty to drink, and lots of fun and you will have a successful birthday party.

-Lisa Shrull Richardson

Kids have short attention spans. For my son's 3-year old birthday party I had stations for the kids to travel to. I'm a teacher so I organized it a lot like school. It was organized fun and they learned a lot as well.

-Estefana Ponce-Jesch

Keep the party short, do the best you can and don't have it during your child's naptime.


Don't be a crazy parent, just go with the flow and have games ready so if anyone gets bored or too crazy have a game or something ready for them to do.

-Ashleys Cakes

Little kids don't have to have huge parties, it's too overwhelming for them and they don't have time to play with everyone anyway. Keep it small, simple and organized.

-Sonja Clark

Tags: In This Issue, Kids, Parenting, Party and Entertainment

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