Are you looking for a great place to hold a party for your birthday boy? Here are some ideas for locales that are not too babyish for the older boys. My Hartford County preteen and his friends have enjoyed these places, so I know that they are kid-approved.
1. The Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT (860) 724-3623 The birthday packages at this popular party venue include general admission to all of the exhibit galleries, and time in the party room. There are also party add-ons available, such as big screen gaming, science activities, or a movie.
2. Lake Compounce (seasonal), 186 Enterprise Dr, Bristol, CT (860) 583-3300 You can host a party at this amusement and water park seasonally, from Memorial Day until Labor Day. For information on cabana rentals and pricing, contact group sales on their website.
3. Nomads Adventure Quest, 100 Bidwell Rd, South Windsor, CT (860) 290-1177 Nomads offers many party options based on your child’s preferences. These include laser tag (highly recommended), bumper cars, bounce house, climbing wall, glow-in-the-dark black light mini golf, and bowling for the child and his guests.
4. Fun Squared, 56 Costello Rd, Newington, CT (860) 666-6150 Fun Squared offers an indoor playground (playscape), plus your choice of add-ons: duckpin bowling, Knight’s Quest laser tag, karaoke, and arcade games.
5. Glow Cove Black Light Mini Golf, 220 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT (860) 693-4404 Glow Cove has 18 holes of pirate-themed glow-in-the-dark mini-golf. Kids can play in the arcade, and have pizza and cake in one of their three party rooms.
6. Stone Age Rock Gym, 195 Adams St, Manchester, CT (860) 645-0015 Host a 2 hour climbing party at Stone Age’s indoor climbing walls, and have cake at a reserved table inside of the gym.
7. Flight Trampoline Park, 140 Production Ct, New Britain, CT (860) 505-8218 Birthday parties at Flight include 1 hour in the indoor trampoline park, and 45 minutes in the party room. Jump yourselves silly! An alternative to Flight is Launch Trampoline Park in Hartford, which also offers 1 hour jump parties, followed by cake time in the party room.
8. Blue Fox Rock’n Bowl, 1603 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT (860) 658-4479 Blue Fox offers bowling, laser tag, or mini golf party packages. You can also choose to do a combo of activities, but keep in mind that the mini golf is only offered seasonally.
9. Veterans Memorial Ice Rink, 56 Buena Vista Rd, West Hartford, CT (860) 521-1573 Parties include admission, skate rentals, and use of the party room. Though this is an indoor ice skating rink, parties are not offered during the summer session.
10. Cornerstone Aquatics Center, 55 Buena Vista Rd, West Hartford, CT (860) 521-3242 Have a splash party in their indoor pool, followed by cake in the party room.
Do you know of another place to hold a fun party for a tween boy in Hartford County? Please leave it in the comments below!