Birthdays are a huge deal in my house. In our day-to-day lives, my significant other and I tend to take our little ones for granted. On the weekdays we are on autopilot; daycare to work, work to daycare, and then home for the evening routine. It’s important to me to take time to let our tiny humans know that they are special to us. What better day to celebrate them than their birthday?
If you’re a member of my family, you can bet that you will wake up on the morning of your birthday to balloons covering every inch of your bedroom floor. Streamers greet you with an excited whoosh as you open your door. For birthday parties, I pull out all the stops. I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to birthdays. It’s filled with extravagant decorations, party games and the most mouthwatering food spreads you could imagine.
There’s just one problem: my son’s birthday is in February. This means we are usually forced to party indoors. Now aside from the mostly unpleasant weather experienced in the winter, February is a great time to throw a party. There are no significant holidays in February that would close the schools for more than a day so no one goes away on vacation. The winter months are considered “off-season” which is a slower time for businesses. So they offer great specials to drive in traffic. And finally, my favorite thing about February birthdays: tax season! I always have my tax return in my bank account by the time my son’s birthday celebration takes place so I can afford to make his day extra special! Here are my top five favorite winter birthday activities:
Rainy Day Solutions for Better Birthdays
#1 Indoor Bounce House Facility
We had my son’s 4th birthday at Kids Gone Wild in Vacaville. There was an area for kids 2 and under which was perfect for our friends who had smaller children. With every party package you are provided a private party room. Our package included an hour and a half of playtime with just our party, and a playlist customized specially for our child that played over the system while we used the brightly colored playroom packed wall-to-wall with elaborate jumpy castles and pirate ships.
You cannot beat the prices and package options of Scandia Family Fun Center. We went to the Cordelia facility, which is only a 15 to 20 minute drive from Napa. Along with a designated party area for your group, they have an arcade, go-karts, miniature golf, and bumper boats. All of which are a lot of fun for the kids and require minimum parental participation. Obviously the outdoor activities are offered only if the weather permits. Your package includes pizza and beverages, as well.
#3 Go-kart Racing
Go-kart racing is great for kids who are 6 and older. We went to Driven Raceway in Fairfield, but there is a facility in Rohnert Park, as well. With your party package comes; a private party room, one go-kart race for up to 8 kids, as well as tokens for the arcade. They require every child to have a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. I included the form with the invitation, and asked that the child bring it with them to the party. They also let us do a special race for all the grownups at the party, which was a blast! The friendly competition between my significant other and my ex-husband on the race track was great entertainment.
#4 Movie Theater
I recently found out that Century Napa Valley has a party room. A party package would include a movie ticket and a “Movie Snack Pack” for each child. You bring your own food and beverages if you like, and they have a staff member assist with clean up. If the children in your party can sit through a movie, this is an easy and fun indoor option. My son loved seeing a movie with all of his friends, which isn’t something he’s ever been able to do before.
#5 Day Trip to the Snow
I saved my favorite activity for last. Living in the Napa Valley, the snow doesn’t come to us, we go to the snow. We invited a couple of our closest friends to head up to Truckee for the day. We went to Soda Springs Resort where they have a cute little “snow playground” for children 7 & under called Planet Kids. They don’t offer a party package, but there were only 5 of us so we just bought day passes. There is a snowman building area, a snow tubing area, and a couple of other fun activities. At the resort is a small café with a few food and beverage options. We opted to pack a lunch and bring it with us.
Whether it’s a huge bash, or an intimate dinner the main goal is to make the birthday boy or girl feel special. While the picture perfect Pinterest party in the park is out of the question, there is still birthday fun to be had in the winter months! And although winter weather may not allow for outdoor fun but there is still a huge variety of kid-friendly indoor activities available.