10 Boston Area Birthday Parties for Kids Who Love Sports
For active kids who love sports, there's nothing quite like incorporating a favorite activity into a birthday celebration. Parties focused on organized sports not only cut down on the mayhem, they also give kids a healthy way to get their energy out.
Many venues that host sports parties also take care of all the details - from set up to clean up and everything in between - so that mom and dad can enjoy the fun, too.
Read on for 10 cool places where it's okay for kids to kick, punch, swing, cheer, and party on!
Choose from a variety of heart-pumping parties at Boston Sports Clubs. With multiple locations, your birthday child can celebrate the big day with a variety of sports and activities including basketball, swim, dance, kickboxing and gymnastics. Or, for the kid who just can’t decide on one, choose the “All-Star Sports” theme and tire him out with two of his favorite sports, including floor hockey, T-ball, and flag football. Parents: BSC can customize your party package to include invites, goodie bags, decorations and more! Visit BSC online for locations and for information about party packages.
If your child is constantly challenging an imaginary foe to a duel, then Olympia Fencing Center in Cambridge might be the perfect place to celebrate her turning a year older. The Musketeer Adventure is for children ages 6 to 10 and includes 90 minutes of fencing games and sword fighting in real fencing gear (or fencing playsuits if the little ones find the suits too cumbersome). The Knights in White is tailored to kids ages 10 to 14 and includes a lesson in basic rules, strategy, target practice, drills and bouts. Then, they can even take on a USFA certified fencer! Bring your own food and cake; Olympia will provide the supplies.
Empower your birthday boy or girl with a boost of self-confidence during a martial arts birthday party. Your child and his friends will kick and punch their way to a super fun, high-energy day at American Martial Arts Center. Age appropriate activities like foam stick challenges, dragon ball and “Sensei said” games will leave attendees feeling breathless but powerful.
And for North Shore families, my kids have had countless birthday parties at Tokyo Joe’s in Salisbury, where Sensei Kendall Buhl and his staff take care of absolutely everything – from dojo games and prizes to pizza, cake, drinks and fun!
Choose from two fan-approved packages at Extra Innings in Watertown. Home Run parties include use of two batting cages for an hour, pizza and drinks for 10 players. The Grand Slam package includes three batting cages, pizza and soda for 11-15 players. Either way, it’s sure to be a hit.
Book your party at Porrazzo Skating Arena in East Boston and get out on the ice for some quick-flying skating action. Renting a party room, which can accommodate 15-20 people seated, gives you 45 minutes -- plenty of time for cake and ice cream. Skates can be rented per pair on the day of the event, or pay a flat fee for unlimited rentals. When you book your party, tell the rink about your Guest of Honor, and s/he will receive a special gift!
Your child will be the star player at a Super Soccer Stars birthday party. Choose your location (there are multiple venues throughout Boston) and the Super Soccer Stars coordinators and coaches will do the rest, from set up to clean up and all the soccer fun in between. The Kick-Off party includes 60 minutes of age-appropriate soccer games, 30 minutes for food and cake, soccer equipment and coaches. Upgrade to the Super Soccer Stars package and they’ll include a soccer ball party favor. Food and cake are not included.
The cost of professional sporting event tickets can often be prohibitive for a family, never mind a birthday kid and all his friends. But you can still celebrate your sport-minded child’s special day on a budget with a party at a collegiate sporting event.
The Boston University Terriers offer discounted group basketball and hockey tickets for select games at Agganis Arena. The birthday child will also receive special recognition on the video scoreboard and a visit by mascot, Rhett the Terrier!
At Harvard University, birthday party packages include youth tickets for available lacrosse and hockey games, a hot dog, drink and gift for each child, a team photograph, a Crimson promotional item, an autographed gift for the Guest of Honor and a special video board or PA announcement.