Birthday parties, particularly those given during the formative years, can be make-or-break social events; kids who throw (or more likely whose parents throw) cool parties can gain social status and meet new groups of people. During the teen years, children are notoriously picky and rebellious, so it's important to find a party venue that will satisfy the whole gang.
Local sporting events, such as Minor League Baseball or NBDL (National Basketball Development League) games offer a great option for birthday parties; the big crowds, the evening setting and the junkie food appeal to many teens. While not everyone loves sports, its often easy to find other activities going on at sporting events, such as dunking booth and speed-pitches.
While musical taste can vary greatly among different groups of teens, purchasing tickets for a small group of a teen's friends is a great option for smaller groups. Make sure to ask your teen what concert he or she would like to see; there's nothing worse for a teen than having to sit through a concert of their parents' favourite music. Consider asking other parents to help you chaperon if its in a large venue.
Many indoor venues offer birthday rentals. Consider renting out a bowling alley, laser tag arena or skating rink. Because these places often serve food and drinks, you can negotiate packages that include birthday cakes and dinner at discounted rates.
Taking a group of teens to the cinema is best suited for large groups of teens, and for unruly ones. It's easy to keep track of everyone in a theatre, and if you or your teen chooses a good movie you won't have to worry about the group becoming bored or complacent. Call the theatre office ahead and see if you can organise a birthday dinner on theatre premises.
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