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Old 01-07-2013, 12:22 PM   #1
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Any ideas on what to do for a 16yr old boy b-day party?

Not necessarily a "party" but both my boys know that their last big "hoo-rah" is their 16th birthday. After that, we'll bring them to dinner of their choice and maybe a small gift also. We've never had a problem with my oldest since his birthday is in August and we usually just have people over for a picnic/pool party. But my youngest's birthday is in March and we have to deal with the weather. We have had a few parties at the house when he was younger but our house isn't really that big to fit all kinds of people in, so his parties are usually "destination" parties (McDonalds, Chuck E Cheese, Dave & Busters, Laser Tag, Bowling, etc)

Last year we went to Dave & Busters. It was just me, hubby, DS17, DS15 and his girlfriend. He doesn't want to do that again this year but doesn't know what he wants to do. I had an idea of booking a party at the local laser tag place (we haven't been there in years) but they had a notice on their website that the place was closed until further notice due to a water leak & some damage.

So now, I'm trying to come up with something. Any ideas?
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:28 PM   #2
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What a out a cruise or going to Disney if birthday is over winter break
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:36 PM   #3
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Not necessarily a "party" but both my boys know that their last big "hoo-rah" is their 16th birthday. After that, we'll bring them to dinner of their choice and maybe a small gift also. We've never had a problem with my oldest since his birthday is in August and we usually just have people over for a picnic/pool party. But my youngest's birthday is in March and we have to deal with the weather. We have had a few parties at the house when he was younger but our house isn't really that big to fit all kinds of people in, so his parties are usually "destination" parties (McDonalds, Chuck E Cheese, Dave & Busters, Laser Tag, Bowling, etc)

Last year we went to Dave & Busters. It was just me, hubby, DS17, DS15 and his girlfriend. He doesn't want to do that again this year but doesn't know what he wants to do. I had an idea of booking a party at the local laser tag place (we haven't been there in years) but they had a notice on their website that the place was closed until further notice due to a water leak & some damage.

So now, I'm trying to come up with something. Any ideas?
Do you have a paintball place near you? When I was a teacher, that was a favorite amongst our students. It is great fun with a few people or huge group and it isn't terribly expensive!
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:34 PM   #4
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We have an indoor batting cages, a rock climbing gym and an indoor go cart racing track in my town, all three are popular destinations for the teenage males. Doe your area have any of those type activities that he could gather a few friends and spend the afternoon hanging out and participating in?
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:07 PM   #5
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how about bringing a group to a Hibachi restaurant? we also have fun there. we also have a great bowling alley near and my gym offers parties with rock climbing, basketball etc .

do you have an,indoor water park near?
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:20 PM   #6
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My son and his friends always plan their own parties and have since they were in grade school. For the last several years, we've dropped them off at a mall with movie reservations and money for food.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:47 PM   #7
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Indoor Skate Park

I rented the indoor skateboard park for my son and up to eight of his friends for a three-hour private party - he LOVED it!
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:23 PM   #8
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:44 PM   #9
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my son turned 16 last february, almost 17 already! Anyway, he wanted to have a group of friends and they played paint ball. Not real cheap, but there are deals out there. Then either invite back for pizza and cake or go somewhere for food and cake.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:12 PM   #10
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My teens enjoy indoor go-karting, glow in the dark bowling, Playdium (indoor video game heaven), and indoor trampoline park.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:56 PM   #11
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I'm planning my son's 13. Our house is too small to have friends over and we also live 45min from most of his friends (goes to school 25miles away). The winter birthdays are difficult. Like you, my other son's is in summer - so much easier!

We ended up renting a room in the library 30 min from us, closer to his friends and our family. He can invite whoever he wants from school, having pizza and snacks... Photo booth, music. He doesn't want games. I might take Apples to Apples Or something just in case. He just wants to hang out. I feel bad bc we only have parties every few years and this one seems so low-key.

We will still take him out to eat as a family and he basically gets the whole weekend to do whatever he wants. He likes to eat at a hibachi place for his bday. One year we took our extended family and WOW was that expensive! Last year we didn't have a party but told his aunts/uncles/grandparents we were eating there but not paying for everyone. We might do that again.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:08 AM   #12
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My 18yo DS and his friends like to go to a this place that has trampoline floors and walls. They play dodge ball and also just jump around for fun. It's called Sky High sports. I checked, they don't have a location where you are, but perhaps there is something similar there?
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:03 AM   #13
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Seeing all these indoor activity places makes me quite envious!
We have a Chuck E. Cheese and skate place 45 minutes away. That's it.
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Seeing all these indoor activity places makes me quite envious!
We have a Chuck E. Cheese and skate place 45 minutes away. That's it.
Don't be nervous. An Xbox and a load of candy is all they need! Kids that age can do anything and you don' t have to pay for it all. We've gone snowboarding, paintball, Cedar Point, gokarts, and just hanging out. I have the kids pay admission and then I'll pick up the food or vice versa. Parents and kids get it by this age. There are some parents that throw huge parties at my one kid's school and that's ok too. The idea is to have fun with your friends!
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:37 AM   #15
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Don't know how far it'd be from your house- but there's an indoor Wipeout course just south of Braintree, MA. We've never been but a friend mentioned seeing ads for the opening. They have a Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wipeo...74196135925606

(Note if you google, some references come up with it being in Danvers. It's in Abington.)
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