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Old 04-19-2011, 10:15 AM
 
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I'm one of those who doesn't really understand why nobody has a party at home anymore. I also don't get how it could possibly be more or as expensive as hosting an entire preschool class full of kids at Monkey Joes, Chuck E Cheese, etc.

Is there something wrong with just ordering a couple of pizzas, setting out juice boxes and cake and letting the kids run in the sprinklers? This question isn't necessarily for the OP, it's just a general one. It's definitely something I've observed in Charlotte as opposed to other places I've lived, that everyone tries to one-up each other when it comes to kids' parties. I'm not sure the kids care much.
I agree. Opening your home also gives a sense of 'family' and connectedness that bring kids and parents closer together (and the snotty parents who you can tell are unimpressed with your party are the same parents who will be giving their kids range rovers at 16...don't ever worry about those folks as they live to one up everyone!). When kids grow up together, visiting one another, having parties at one another's homes then they do become closer. Also, with little kids the cost CAN be kept down at home. They do not need theme plates and cups and expensive cakes. You can keep warm a bunch of cheap hotdoges in a crockpot or get little ceasars pizza IF you much have a meal. Otherwise they can do cupcakes on plain paper plates and have paper cups of punch, with a side of pretzels and carrot sticks. Let them decorate their cupcakes with sprikles. One stop at Harris Teeter and Little Ceasars and they are happy...to be with each other and to be able to run around and play. Truly. That is all it takes at age 5. We did the above, turned on the sprinklers and put a bunch of balls outside and everyone was happy. One year we went all out and had a friends teenager come and make balloon animals. We always got out under $50...with a solid turnout every year.

But...back to OP. I love the fire station and Ben and Jerry's ideas above. If you are not wanting to be at home then both of those sound WAY more fun to me than yet another visit to Sports Connection, as you said!!

Anne
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:50 AM
 
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This might be too close to having it at your home, but have you looked into Fun Bus - Fitness Fun on Wheels
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:24 PM
 
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the only things "convenient" to S. Charlotte are the places you're sick of!

you should do an "advanced search" on the forum. This subject is oft-discussed...

I did do an advanced search and nothing came up that hasn't been done 100 times. I was looking for some original ideas. Thanks to the many nice people on here I got some. People suggested some pizzeria's in the area where the kids all get to make a pizza, tour the place etc.
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:58 AM
 
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The YMCA does awesome custom parties. They can do any sports themes, or use their inside kid fit gym with the foam pit, zip slide and other activities. They can do a blow up bounce house in one of the indoor gyms. They also do indoor pool birthday parties as well but for preschoolers I don't know. I would do a kid fit party. There is also an art studio for an Art party as well.

If you like the pizza idea, there is a place called young chef academy next to Earth Fare on Johnston across from Ballantyne Village. They do birthday parties there with pizzas and other goodies.

Oh and in stonecrest on the end with the borders/anzi's, around the corner there next to jersey mike's I believe there is a great pottery studio that does parties as well.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:49 AM
 
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The YMCA does awesome custom parties. They can do any sports themes, or use their inside kid fit gym with the foam pit, zip slide and other activities. They can do a blow up bounce house in one of the indoor gyms. They also do indoor pool birthday parties as well but for preschoolers I don't know. I would do a kid fit party. There is also an art studio for an Art party as well.

If you like the pizza idea, there is a place called young chef academy next to Earth Fare on Johnston across from Ballantyne Village. They do birthday parties there with pizzas and other goodies.

Oh and in stonecrest on the end with the borders/anzi's, around the corner there next to jersey mike's I believe there is a great pottery studio that does parties as well.

Which YMCA has that kid fit gym? Young Chef's closed a long time ago.
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Old 04-22-2011, 04:13 PM
 
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I didn't realize the young chef academy had closed.

The Morrison has both the art studio and the kid fit gym. To take a peek at the party room and gym, when you enter in the "old" entrance. (Drive in to the Y and turn left and go straight just past the pool and park. There is an entrance there on your right just after the pool entrance.

Once inside, go straight, when you pass the dance studio and the child care, take a left. The gym is all the way down. (pass the preschool rooms) The party room is the last doorway on your right I believe.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:13 AM
 
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Sorry, just read the OP again.

My Gym on Pineville Matthews or at Blakeney, I think, "do everything" and it's a little unique.

The fact is, if you want them to "do everything", you're going to have to pay $$ for it.

Also, check out the pottery place at Stonecrest.
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