What to do for a 3 year old's bday party.

daught'er's bday cake - Where to have a birthday party?
United States
February 18, 2007 7:58pm CST
I am SO stuck right now about my daughter's birthday party. It is in about 4 weeks and not sure what to do or where to go. I have a very small apartment above a commercial building so we can't have it at my home. There is no where really in our area for a party. We can do Chuck E Cheese, but it will be at least $100 to do it there. McDonald's don't do it anymore, but we could just go there and do an impromptu bday party...it would be under $40 for that, but the McD's playroom is so lame now. LOL The park is great except last year I planned a park party and it was COLD and windy!!! Any ideas? I am leaning toward the park and then just go to McD's if it's too cold. The park would be great! We could do hotdogs and all there and the kids can run and play. Any thoughts on this would be great. We have a McD's just about a mile from the park. If you are in my position, would you plan the park with McD's as the backup??? HELP ME, pLEASE!!! LOL
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@apky12 (776)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I think the park is a great idea. Why don't you do your house as a back up? Do you not want to do your house? I know McD's used to be big for us when we were little but I don't know that anyone does it around here anymore. Oh, do you have a Little Gym or a Gymboree near you? They do stuff there too.
• United States
20 Feb 07
we can't do it at our house...we live above a commercial building. Anyhow, we do have a Gymnastics Sport Center here, but it is over $100 and you only get an hour...so we won't be doing that. :)
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
19 Feb 07
I'd go with the park. McDonalds is nice but as you pointed out there isn't really much for them to do there but it can be a good back up place if it is too cold. Overall though parks offer a lot more for the kids to do that you can't at a restaurant. The only other thing I could suggest is perhaps a relative or friend could host the party but you do all the work and bring supplies. We've done that since my brother has a pool and we don't, my neice's birthday is in the summer. So we'll have it there but we bring in the food and drinks. They just supply the place for it.
• United States
19 Feb 07
Thanks...I think that is what I am leaning toward...the park. It's just last year scares me since it was so cold and windy...it was miserable. :) Hopefully, it will be better this year.
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@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
20 Feb 07
At that age they love going to the park...they can run and play and be as loud as they wish! I would definitely opt for that and tell all of the parents to dress the children warmly! Should it be extremely cold, McD's is a fine backup. At three, they are happy anywhere! Does your church have a fellowship hall that they would let you use? That way you could be indoors and let them play..but that is asking a lot of your church. Whatever you do have fun and enjoy them while they are young...it goes by way to quickly! My two youngest are now 16 and 17. I miss those 3 and 4 year ages!
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• United States
20 Feb 07
I would definately opt for the park. Choose games that are fun for the kids to play. Fortunately my kids birthdays fell between July and October and the weather was usually good during those months. The one game I played that was a super hit with the kids and parents was a peanut hunt. I would buy to large bags of peanuts in the shell and spread them out around the lawn. The kids were given bags and they filled them with the peanuts that they found. Prizes were given out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Everyone got peanuts to take home with them. McD's as a back up would be a good idea. You never know what the weather will bring.
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@Starline (681)
• United States
19 Feb 07
McD sounds like a great idea for a party! I think that you already have it planned out! Let the kids run around in the park until they get hungry, make sure to bring a ball and some other fun things for them to play around with, bring a thermos of hot chocolate and then go to McD. Then get some good cartoon for them to watch when they get home! It's going to be a great day!
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• Philippines
19 Feb 07
You can always try asking the help of your friends, they might be able to let you have the party at their place or may be on their backyard. You can just set you apartment as a meeting point and then provide transport for your guests.You could really save money if you happen to have a van for the transport. And i guess your friends would not mind if you would just be using thier backyards. You just send to set up a simple decoration on the area, put up some balloons, colored flaglets, and all sorts of colorful decorations and it should change the entire backyard into a party scene.
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