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19/04/2013 at 09:05
I'm looking for ideas for J's birthday which is 4 weeks away.
For his 3rd birthday we took him, E and his cousins bowling, then had something to eat and birthday cake.
He goes to nursery but doesn't really interact with any of his nursery friends, apart from one little girl who my mam childminds. If he had it his way he wouldn't go to nursery at all, so a soft play type party is out, I'm thinking that is something we can do next year once he's in school and has made friends.
19/04/2013 at 09:11
3rd birthday we went to a soft play party which I didn't like because L just ran off and played on his own and wasn't interested in anyone else who came, o and I was 37 weeks pregnant and HUGE!
4th birthday was fab! We hired a church hall, did party games and had a disco. All the kids (and my h, who did the games, had a ball!)
19/04/2013 at 09:12
For C's 3rd birthday we hired a hall and bouncy castle for a party.
This year (on Sunday!) we're going to a farm park for a party - they get to feed the animals, have a tractor ride and pony ride, hold the rabbits and guinea pigs, play in the hay barn, and then a birthday lunch and cake.
19/04/2013 at 09:19
For L's 3rd we did a disco party. Hired a hall and dj/entertainer. Went down a storm and think I'll be doing the same this year.
19/04/2013 at 09:30
We didn't have one for C's 3rd, as my step dad had just died.
4th was a pirate themed party at home, with family and nursery friends.
5th, we hired a hall, giant bouncy castle, games.
19/04/2013 at 09:37
Thanks ladies, we did all those type of things when E was younger but I don't think J would enjoy them yet.
So any ideas what we can do? It's his birthday on a Tuesday so we would be looking to do something that weekend.
19/04/2013 at 09:40
For F's 3rd birthday she didn't have a party as didn't have a huge amount of friends etc, instead we took her for a day out to a farm place that has a huge indoor soft play area, tractor rides, boat rides, park, lots of animals to feed etc and spent the whole day there, that is much more up her street than a party.
19/04/2013 at 09:42
For M's 3rd birthday we had a indoor play place with bouncy castle and ball pit and invited friends from nursery and some friends from on here and relatives. for her 4th we are undecided at the moment on if we should do a big party or just take her out for the day
19/04/2013 at 10:21
I've always went down the hall/disco route & think I'll be doing it this year. Next year when he has some proper proper wee friends I think I'll either do softplay or you can hire the cinema out. I'm so jel of people that can have farm park parties, the weather is so crap around his birthday, I never can
19/04/2013 at 11:02
For her 4th birthday we had it a local gym which has a nursery and does children's parties. There was a bouncy castle, lots of running around. Children loved it. That was the first party she'd had, we didn't bother in previous years with a big party, just had family around for lunch, cake, etc.
If he's not going to want a party like that I'd look at taking him out somewhere he'd enjoy for the day. Local zoos/aquarium, boat trip, fun fair something along those lines.
19/04/2013 at 11:16
Fi it sucks having winter birthdays doesn't it.
SW I'd go farm or zoo or cinema then out for lunch/dinner
19/04/2013 at 11:23
Thanks ladies, I was thinking of hiring a bouncy castle for the garden and have a bbq but we don't have that many kids to invite so I've gone off that idea.
I think we are going to go down the bowling route and just invite his little cousins and E then go to a place called Adventure Valley which is a farm and has outdoor and indoor activities.
19/04/2013 at 11:27
Youdon't need lots of kids to enjoy the bouncy castle....I reckon you'd have plenty of adults to have a go!
19/04/2013 at 11:30
That sounds like a good idea. No point in spending your money on the bouncy castle if he's not really got lots of friends to invite. Plus you never can tell with the weather. We went to one of my daughter's friends from nursery's party for her 3rd birthday in August. They'd hired a bouncy castle. It poured with rain. All the children bounced on the castle anyway but it did get very wet after a while. All the parents just sheltered under one of those outdoor canopy things. I think they'd assumed the weather would be nice so hadn't really thought about what they'd do if it wasn't.
I had to put my daughter straight in the bath when she got home because she was soaked through and cold. But she enjoyed it all anyway
19/04/2013 at 11:36
3rd birthday Sealife centre in Brighton. 4th birthday day trip to Hastings. 5th birthday bowling and a movie. 6th birthday bowling with school chums and a MaccyD's. We were going to go to Godstone Farm but the weather was awful in March so we did something indoors instead.
When E was 3 (I think) I had a party at home with a bouncy castle. There were 5 children and 20 adults. The kids hardly ventured on the bouncy castle - the adults all unleashed their inner child that day.
19/04/2013 at 12:18
For those ages we had a bouncy castle at the leisure centre. Easy, cheap, but it does get a bit boring as about half the class do this so you end up there every weekend! Sometimes twice in a day too.
19/04/2013 at 16:17
Are there any kids' shows on? We took Miss CV and a bunch of friends to see the Gruffalo for her birthday, we all had a ball. Then just had cake and drinks in the cafe afterwards, with family back to our house for dinner.
I'll be due around her birthday this year, so will just play it by ear. Possibly thinking just a trip for the 3 of us to BuildaBear and lunch but I imagine she'll ask about a party. If weather was good (August, so you'd imagine it should be but it has been really horrible that date every year since the year she was born!) I would do a *very* simple garden party in the afternoon after BuildaBear and lunch, but with the weather and pregnancy, we'll decide for sure nearer the time.
19/04/2013 at 18:30
Thanks for all the ideas ladies.
We've decided to take him and his friend to the soft play on the day of his birthday, then on the Friday take him and his cousin for a game of bowling, their tea and some cake, then head next door to a pub that has a play area attached to it.
19/04/2013 at 18:51
3rd birthday - hired hall where we live free play, balloons, bouncy castle and lunch
4th birthday - limited no.s and had traditional party games and lunch at home - nearly all cancelled due to snow but it held off till the next day
She loves bowling so might try that next time though she will have started school so poss hall for class parties :S
19/04/2013 at 20:24
my son - soft play, soft play, soft play. This year he wants to go bowling
my daughter had a fairy and elf party for her 3rd with fairy and elf entertainers and soft play for her 4th. Our soft play is massive with dodgems and a merry go round etc!
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