Planning a party for a young teen can be challenging. He doesn't want his friends to think that he's a baby but the party still needs some structured activities and adult supervision. To reduce the risk of guests lapsing into texting and otherwise disengaging from the party, keep things fun and social by partying at a local venue that supplies plenty of activities. And, of course, partying away from home means no prep or clean-up for you.
1. Water Park Parties
Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Sports Park hosts birthday parties during the summer months. You can purchase tickets at the gate and set up at their picnic tables or book ahead to enjoy the private VIP birthday zone, food and water park time. Water Wizz of Westerly offers group rates if you book in advance. The water park has pools, tunnels, dips, 35-foot high Giant Waterslides and 50-foot high Super Speed Slides. There's also a Little Dipper slide to keep younger siblings occupied.
2. Sport Parties
Adventureland in Narragasett, Rhode Island, open spring through fall, books parties April to June and September to October, weather permitting. Kids can hit balls in the batting cages, drive go-karts, jostle each other in the bumper boats, and putt around the 18-hole nautical-themed mini golf course. If your young teen enjoys roller skating, laser tag or rock climbing, book a party at Skates of America in Rumford. Options include but are not limited to a glow party room, laser tag, indoor rock climbing, with or without skating.
3. Party in Lane Twelve
If the guest of honor is an avid bowler, consider celebrating his birthday at East Providence Lanes. Book ahead, and they'll have pizza and snacks ready. Book for a Friday night for cosmic bowling with music videos. AMF Bowling in Cranston offers a bowling package that takes care of the lane rentals, food and activities and offers the Xtreme bowling experience with flashing lights and sounds.
4. Crafty Parties
Young teens of an artistic bent will enjoy Weird Girl Creations in Barrington. Among their birthday packages is the Create from Clay package, which allows teens to create their own pottery projects. They'll shape and underglaze their masterpieces, which will then be fired up, overglazed and returned to the kiln. Cupcakes and pizza can be served toward the end of the party. Clayground Studio also offers a pottery party. If your teen prefers fusing glass, you can book a private room where she and her friends can tackle their choice of glass projects.