(Closed) What do we do at a birthday party at a kiddie place (we don’t have kids)

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
3977 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Baby gym? Like Gymboree or like Chuck E Cheese?

I’ve been to parties at Chuck E Cheese and they’re still fun because a lot of the games are fun for adults too.

If it’s a place like Gymboree, well, I’d hope that if the mom is inviting adults who don’t have kids that she has some sort of plan of what to do with them. At the very least you can socialize with the parents. If you like kids, maybe you can comandeer somebody else’s and give them a bit of free babysiting while you play with the kid?

Sorry, but that is a bit strange.

Post # 4
554 posts
Busy bee

I would RSVP no and drop off a b-day gift at their house at another time. I would never expect my childless friends to want to watch my monster and his friends play at a gym.

Post # 5
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I don’t really see how it’s weird to invite people without children to a party at a kid’s place. Before I had children I went to a couple, one was at a pottery making place just for kids (I made a mug!), the other at Chuck E Cheese sorry it wasn’t there, but it was at a similar place with a ball pit and arcade games. I didn’t go expecting to be entertained, I went to say happy birthday and support my friend’s child on celebrating a birthday. You talk to other adults, you probably eat pizza and cake, you sing happy birthday, you ooh and ahhh over presents and then you leave.

On the plus side, kid’s parties tend not to last too long either, because kids hit their limit after a couple of hours. If you go, it’s not going to be an all day thing.


Post # 6
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Some kids places can be super fun for adults too. You can always go and see how it feels and if you don’t like it, drop off your gift, say you have something to do and leave. 

Post # 8
4150 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can hang out and mingle with the adults at places like that (albeit maybe not as comfortably as at someone’s home).  When my niece was little, my sister had one party at a place like that, and some adults came.  We had a room in the back where they had cake and stuff, and all the adults mingled there.  So, I’m sure they have something like that if they’re inviting adults.  

Post # 9
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m not sure I understand the point of a party like that for a one year old…

But that aside, I’d RSVP no and send a gift.  When the kid gets a little older, the parties might start being fun, but until then, that seems like the type of place that would make me want to shoot myself.

Fiance and I have been to some fun kids parties, though- his niece had her last birthday party at one of those inflatable gym type places, with the big inflatable obstacle courses and toys and stuff.  And her brother had his party at an indoor waterpark- I think Fiance had twice as much fun as any kid there.

Post # 10
11384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I went to one in 2010 & took my younger sister (who was 8) I do believe at the time. My husband & I ended up playing games as well though! lol

It was at a place with arcade games, ect. IDK what you mean by baby gym though. :/

Does it have arcade games?

Post # 11
46657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@pinkfrog:  I’m with you. Frankly, even when the kids are older, these places are boring for me. I think birthday parties for kids and adults are two separate things.

I just send a gift to this type of celebration. I enjoy getting together with close family at their home, but frankly a one year old doesn’t need a birthday party outside of the family circle.

Post # 12
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I wouldn’t go.  I’d drop off a birthday gift to their home.  

Post # 13
2247 posts
Buzzing bee

I would not go.  I am totally unsure as to why your friend would think you’d want to come to that?  If it were at Chuck E. Cheese or somewhere that we could play video games or play around with the kids, I would probably go.  But, not having a child, I do not see myself going to a baby gym to watch kids tumble around.  No thanks!  Bring a gift by their house and stop in to visit after the party.

Post # 15
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would just send a card or gift. I have a 2 y.o., and, if I’m inviting childless friends, I make sure the party is fun for them, too. Yeah, technically, the party is “for” the 1 y.o., but I view parties as being for the recipient as well as the guests. If you throw a party like that, you should really only invite those who can participate. 

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