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Posted: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012

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Kelli Robinson

Kelli Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in Mooresville and has been contributing to Lake Norman Magazine since 2009. She juggles family and writing with humor and lots of chocolate, and enjoys experiencing all the Lake Norman area has to offer.

My daughter’s birthday is this month. To celebrate, my soon-to-be seven-year-old simply wants to invite her best friend for a sleepover, eat Kraft Mac and Cheese for dinner and pancakes for breakfast, and have lots of gal pal fun in between.

How selfish of me to be excited about not having to organize or outsource a birthday party for 12 kids?

For parents looking for birthday party options, winter can be a tough time of year. The weather’s unpredictable, leaving out many outdoor options. And while paint-your-own pottery studios and art camps are great options, what if you’re looking for a venue to get the kids moving? Unfortunately, with the closing of Rolly Pollies and The Gym Company in Mooresville, and Monkey Joe’s in Cornelius, some popular party destinations have been eliminated.

But I’ve found three options to consider.

Gymboree (Cornelius)

No, it’s not a fashion-themed party, because Gymboree isn’t solely about kid’s clothing. Their Play & Music centers provide music and movement fun for kids from birth to age five. Consider celebrating your little one’s birthday at a Play & Music Party. Choose from a variety of themes, from “Jungle Safari” to “Ocean Adventure” and much more. Party packages vary by location but may include exclusive facility use for 90 minutes, party supplies (you bring the treats), and an enthusiastic Gymboree instructor ready to lead the guests in movement and fun.

20619 Torrence Chapel Road, Suite 116, Cornelius


Lake Norman YMCA (Cornelius)

You don’t need to be YMCA members to have your child celebrate his birthday child with 11 of his closest friends. Choose a theme party

such as gymnastics, swimming, yoga, martial arts, or basketball. Party goers enjoy 45 supervised minutes of the selected activity and one hour of celebration in a party room. YMCA staff provides set-up, cleanup, party host, themed decorations, invitations and thank you notes. Parties are held on Saturdays and Sundays only for ages two to 18 years. If you’re considering the gymnastics or pool party themes, book your party early!

21300 Davidson Street, Cornelius


Statesville Skateland

Okay, I’m a product of the 1980s, which is likely why a roller skating party sounds cool to me! Have your child’s party during regular skating hours and Statesville Skateland includes pizza, drinks and skate rentals in the cost. Or for an additional fee, you can rent the entire building for a two hour private party. You’re welcome to bring your own refreshments and your own music. Again, skate rentals included.

I wonder if 40+-year-olds can have a roller skating birthday party, too?

728 Buffalo Shoals Road, Statesville


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