It’s my son’s tenth birthday at the end of January.
I wrongly assumed it would be easy coming up with birthday party ideas for him.
Or at least ones that he liked the sound of and weren’t over-priced.
We’ve finally come up with a few ideas and one which we’ve now gone ahead with.
Cinema And A Meal
I thought this might be the perfect birthday party.
He could choose the film he wanted to see, invite a few friends and then have a bite to eat.
The trouble is there aren’t any films out at the minute he wants to see.
He also wanted to invite his whole class which wouldn’t have been practical.
Not only would we have taken up half the cinema but it would be too costly.
The cinemas in the area don’t do special birthday party screenings as far as I can tell.
We decided to put the idea on the back burner and look at other options.
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena
We had a great time at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena when some of my extended family came up to visit.
My son especially enjoyed the session he had with the climbing instructor.
And for a long time this was at the top of the birthday party ideas list.
You can have a maximum of 12 participants but if you have more than six, the price doubles.
If we just invited all of the boys from his year to the party we were unsure how many would want to do climbing.
We may end up inviting them all, they confirm they’re coming and then for whatever reason they don’t turn up.
Under the terms and conditions for the party, you have to state the numbers and pay for them regardless of absentees.
Unless we have concrete numbers, I didn’t see the point of having the party at the climbing arena.
Maybe this might be on the birthday party ideas list when my son’s a bit older.
A couple of my son’s friends had a football party last year and he really enjoyed them.
He loves football so it has to be up there as being one of the top birthday party ideas.
We were stumped though when we tried to find the place online where those parties were held.
It was called Soccer City and it has its own website as you might expect.
Trying to call them for price details brought us to a dead end as the phone line seemed to be constantly engaged.
After a bit of digging though, the place seems to have changed its name (and possibly ownership) to the Saltire Centre.
It has the same address but a different phone number and we finally got in touch with them.
And at last we have a party booked and for all of the kids in his year, not just the boys.
It’s going to be a blast!
How Do You Come Up With Birthday Party Ideas?
As my kids get older, it seems harder to come up with ideas for birthday parties.
How do you go about planning the types of birthday parties your kids might like to have?
What’s been your favourite of their birthday parties so far and why?