Kids birthday parties can put a lot of pressure on parents.  Choosing the right place to hold it, the right food to serve and the right cake.  And all that's before you even think about presents.  Our area has a number of great options to hold a party for kids.  And the best part is, they do all the work and clean up the mess after.  My daughter, who is actually celebrating her 15th birthday in less than a month, has chosen a different spot to celebrate each year.

Chuck E Cheese


on Genesee Street in New Hartford has a huge play land for the smaller kids, arcade games and laser tag for the big kids.  There is even a back room to hold the party if you can get the kids to sit down long enough to eat.  Come to think of it, I still owe them a knife.  We held a party there a few years ago and I brought the cake.  An ice-cream cake that was so hard to cut it broke the knife.

Roller Skating


Roller skating is a great option for hyper kids.  Strap on the skates and let them skate off all that pent up energy they always seem to have.  Our area has a few options for a roller skating party.  There is Skate-A-Rama in Utica or Skate A While in Rome.  Thankfully this was an option my daughter choose while staying with her father.  Roller skates and I don't get along.  I spend more time on my butt than my feet.  But it's  a great place for the kids

Peterpaul Recreation Park


Peterpaul Recreation Park in Rome is great for parties in the Spring and Summer.  It's great outdoor fun with bumper boats, go karts, an arcade and batting cages.  There is even a pool table for the adults to play while the kids are having fun.  This may be the choice for my daughter's birthday party this year.  I hope she doesn't read this.  I haven't told her yet.

Home Parties


Sometimes the best parties are the ones you throw yourself at home.  When my daughter was young, she always used to love to have her friends come over for a scavenger hunt, pin the tail on the donkey, a pinata and my homemade money cake.   She use to ask for a money cake every year.  It's a less expensive option, but on the other hand, you're the one cooking the food, baking the cake and cleaning up.  There is something to be said for paying someone else to do all the work.

Is there another place you've held a party in Central New York?

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