I avoided certain suggestions when it came to where I should have my son’s 5th birthday party because I wanted it to be something that he really enjoyed. There were always the same old “Chuck E Cheese” birthday parties that end up costing me along with all of the other parents way too much money in the end. The food and drinks, the game tokens, the transportation, the gifts, and the invitations for a child’s birthday party can start to significatly add up before you even realize that you’ve spent. So this year I wanted to make sure that I didn’t spend outrageous amounts of money on something that he wouldn’t really enjoy that much or even remember.
I wanted to take my son and his friends somewhere different for his 5th birthday party, and I eventually ended up planning a party at the Lollipop Park and it worked out great. They don’t force you to have a minimum number of party guests at the Lollipop Park, nor do they require you to purchase a party package with games or food or anything of the sort. If you want to order food you can order food. If you want to bring a cake of your own, do it. If you started with a guest list of about 30 and it dwindled to 12 by the time the party came around, that’s not a big deal either. At the Lollipop Park you just go to have fun and do what you wish and there are no restrictions. Once you get a final headcount at your party table, you can buy each child a limitless ride pass for the day for between $12 and $15 and that’s it. No tokens or tickets. The kids can ride what they want again and again while you sit back and watch.
For my son’s party I did bring a cake and they held it in the back to keep cool while we were out having fun. When it came time to sing happy birthday the staff brought the cake back out for me and I could cut and serve it myself on his favorite Buzz Lightyear plates and napkins. Some of the kids had already eaten dinner before the party and some had not, so their parents had the freedom to decide if they wanted to buy food at the concession stand or not. It’s nice going in to a birthday party knowing that you won’t be forced to spend tons of money that you weren’t expecting. So those parents that opted to feed the kids at home just spent more time playing than those that stopped to eat there.
With no package or number restrictions and a low price, I was so happy that we took our little guy to the Lollipop Park to celebrate his birthday. He definitely had a lot of fun with his friends and it wore him out completely, and I didn’t have to break the bank for yet another party, which made me and the other parents pretty happy.