I’m going to have a teenager in the house soon. I think most parents grapple with the first child reaching teen years. And one of the first obstacles: Planning a teen’s birthday party. In case you’ve got a teen to plan for as well (who may or may not be highly-opinionated), I’ll share the ideas I’ve come up with for a teenager’s birthday parties.
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Comparing prices is a little difficult since some places charge per person and some set a package price. Here’s how the pricing is loosely organized:
Places to have a teen birthday party
Active, Gaming & Virtual Reality Parties
For teens who aren't likely to celerate sitting down, this list includes active parties -- virtual reality and real life.
Omaha VR is a virtual reality gaming spot. You get Omaha VR to yourself when you book a party, and that includes two hours with four headsets (you can rent more). Multi-player and single player experiences.
Plus, bonus: You can bring in outside food and drink.
Infinite Loop VR is my kids' facorite virtual reality gaming place, and they offfer several tiers of party packages. Parties come with 45 minutes in the party room and at least one hour of gaming with 4-9 stations. You can even add Tower Tag and Free Roam.
Dave and Busters is know for its games that are less kiddie, making it a good spot for an older crowd. Each party guest gets a game card. The party package you book depends on how many teens and chaperones attend.
Papio Fun Park is locally-owned entertainment center, with packages geared toward older kids that include unlimited lazer tag, go-karts and more. Food packages can be added to your party (outside food is not permitted).
For a low-key birthday party for a group, reserve a room a Spielbound. It's a board game cafe, with thousands of games to choose from. Card games, board games, dice games, whatever. Plus, as a cafe, there's flavored coffee drinks and pop to energize the teens.
How many guests: 6-12 people
Cost: $-$$ (room rental does not include the day pass needed for each teen)
Creative types love The Makery, and the space is large enough for parties. Private parties are open for 8 or more teens and that includes a kids craft. Depending on the ages of guests, they may prefer adult crafts for something more complex to paint.
If you're bringing fewer than 8 teens to paint, you can opt for a drop-in session and just pay for the crafts they make. They'll even set aside a couple of tables for you. Outside food and drinks are allowed, too.
How many guests: Up to 8 for drop-in or 8+ for private party
Glamping is like camping but way more comfortable (and Instagrammable). There's a glamp tent at Lake Cunningham that sleeps 2-4 people (and one a little smaller), or you can have the glamping tent set up in your backyard.