The Busy Parent’s Birthday Guide
We did the research on go-to party venues so you don’t have to.
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The Y of Greater Charlotte has pools and water parks across the area for the perfect birthday party celebration.
Photo by Whitney Gray Photography
Greater Charlotte YMCA Locations
Cool factor: Personalize the theme to your child’s interests: swimming, gymnastics, sports, princesses, ballerinas, tea parties and cooking. The Lake Norman YMCA has a water trampoline add-on for ages 5 and older.
Details: Prices range based on party theme and YMCA location. Most parties are priced based on 12 guests and two hours in length.
Who’s cooking? Depends. Most locations provide all you need to serve cake that you bring. Some locations may provide pizza and juice boxes for an additional fee.
Notes: You do not have to be a YMCA member to use YMCA facilities.
Charlotte, University City area and Lake Wylie
Cool factor: A nature presentation with nature center staff that may include live animals and hands-on learning, plus a project kids can take home.
Details: A one-hour program with two additional hours of facility use costs $185 for 16 children, ages 4-12.
Who’s cooking? You are. Bring your own snacks, cake, drinks and party supplies.
Notes: Outdoor shelters at parks also can be reserved for outdoor party use. Fees vary.