Give your child a memorable birthday party and keep things easy for yourself at the same time by taking advantage of the many party places in the Richmond area.
Paint & Play
Chesterfield Towne Center, Midlothian Turnpike at Huguenot
Birthday parties are given two hours, split between the party room and studio. There is a six-child minimum. Prices are $12 per child, including the studio/party room time and a ceramic piece (if under $7) for each child.
For individuals wanting to "paint & play" the costs include studio fees of $4 per hour for children 12 and under and $6 per hour for adults, plus the price of ceramic piece.
Ben Franklin Crafts
8524 Patterson Avenue 740-7306
3500 Pump Road 364-2852
7026 Mechanicsville Turnpike 746-2832
9744 Midlothian Turnpike 323-8360
Chesterfield Crossing, Brandermill 744-9423
Choose a craft for the party guests to make from a list full of fun ideas such as animal clay pots, decorated T-shirts and clay beads. A qualified craft instructor will set up the party, work with the children and help serve any refreshments provided by the parents. Make sure the kids come dressed in smocks or old shirts, ready to get messy and creative.
Parties are held for children ages 6 to 12. The cost is $5 to $14 per child for a minimum of five and a maximum of 12 children. Make your reservations three to four weeks in advance.
Chuck E. Cheese
9030 W. Broad St., Richmond (762-4520)
10430 Midlothian Turnpike (330-9865)
The standard birthday party package includes a decorated table reserved for 90 minutes; two slices of pizza with one topping for each child; soft drinks with free refills, and a cake; 20 tokens for each child; a souvenir cup, birthday crown and bag of cotton candy for the birthday child; and a visit and performance by Chuck E. Cheese.
The cost is $9.99 plus tax per child. A minimum of four children is required.
The Super Party costs an additional $5 per child and includes all of the above plus $3 in tokens, 100 tickets and goody bags for each child, and a coupon for 500 free tickets for the birthday child.
Reservations can be made over the phone or online. If you make your reservation online, you will receive $5 in tokens for free. A $30 deposit or credit card is required to hold a reservation.
The Cavalier Family Skating Centers USA
4902 Williamsburg Rd.
"Public" birthday parties are scheduled during open skating sessions. Choose from three packages:
* Package 1: $70 for 12 kids
* Package 2: $105 for 24 kids
* Package 3: $135 for 36 kids
All packages include skate rentals, admissions, pizza, drinks, party tables, birthday announcement and a pass for the birthday child.
7147 Brandy Run Drive, Mechanicsville
Celebrate with one of the following birthday packages:
* Birthday Package: $79.95 for 10 people. Includes drinks for all guests, a $2 discount on a Dairy Queen cake and $10 in game tokens (40 tokens). Party bags are available for an extra $1.50 per person.
* Special Birthday Package: $94.95 for 10 people. Drinks and pizza are provided, as well as a $2 discount on a Dairy Queen cake and $20 in game tokens (80 tokens). Order party bags for an extra $1.50 per person.
* Supreme Birthday Package: $129.95 for 10 people. Includes drinks and party bags for each guest, $32 in game tokens (128 tokens), party place settings, candles and a personalized cake from Dairy Queen. Pizza can be added for $10.
Additional guests are extra for any of the above packages and there is a maximum of 15 people. All parties include admission and regular skate rental, party invitations, a private party room for 30 minutes, a party hostess, free pass for return skating and more. Parents of the birthday child skate free.
2300 Southland Dr., Chester
The birthday party package costs $45 for up to 12 kids, and an additional $3.50 for each additional person. The price includes admission, skate rental, chips and drinks. You bring the cake and paper products.
636 Johnston Willis Dr.
The standard birthday party package is $8.95 per child. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required. The price includes admission, skates, soft drinks and balloons. Other available options are hot dog meals for $2, whole pizzas for $10 each, a birthday cake for $18, and, when available, a skating instructor.
4350 Pouncey Tract Rd., Glen Allen
Two party packages are offered for a minimum of eight children.
* $12 per person: Includes admission, skate rental, use of the party room for one hour, balloons, invitations, a banner and drinks.
* $15 per person: Includes all of the above plus a choice of pizza, hot dogs or chicken nuggets.
Parties are held during public skate times, which can vary. Call ahead to confirm time and date availability.
3330 Speeks Dr., Chesterfield County (off Hull St. Rd)
Birthday parties are offered only on weekends. The charge is $7.50 plus tax per child for a minimum of eight children and includes admission, regular skates and 30 minutes in the private party room and skating during the Saturday open skate (11 a.m.- 3 p.m.). Each guest will receive a small Pepsi, a slice of cheese pizza, and a goody bag including a sno cone pass to use the day of the party. You can bring paper products, cake and ice cream. No other food is allowed. Payment by cash only.
AMF Bowling Inc -
* Shrader Lanes (747-9620) - 8037 Shrader Rd.
* Sunset Lanes (282-0537) - 6540 W. Broad St.
* Ten Pin Coliseum Lanes (233-9801) - 325 Belt Blvd.
* Hanover Lanes (559-2600) - 7313 Bell Creek Rd, Mechanicsville
* Walnut Hill Lanes (732-5321) - 2147 S. Crater Rd, Petersburg
Birthday parties are $12.99 per child (except at Walnut Hill Lanes where they are $8.99 per child) and include one hour of bowling, 45 minutes in the party area, all paper products, drinks, and a choice of pizza, chicken nuggets, hamburgers or hot dogs. In some locations, the birthday child may receive a bowling pin that party guests can autograph. There is an eight-child minimum, and a $20 deposit is required.
* 5018 Williamsburg Rd., near the airport
* 11532 Hull Street Rd., Midlothian
* 7929 Midlothian Turnpike, 1 mile west of Cloverleaf Mall
Four birthday party packages are offered. All include two games, shoes, four video tokens per child and paper products.
* Package 1: $8.50 per child. Includes a soft drink and ice cream.
* Package 2: $9.25 per child. Includes a soft drink, ice cream, and two slices of pizza.
* Package 3: $10.25 per child. Includes a soft drink, ice cream, hot dog and fries.
* Package 4: $11.25 per child. Includes a soft drink, ice cream, hamburger and fries.
11400 Jefferson Davis Highway
Birthday parties available for $8 per child, includes two games, shoes and a large drink.
King Pin Lanes
200 N. Otterdale Rd., Midlothian
Four birthday party packages are offered:
* Package 1: $6 per child includes one game, shoes and five video tokens
* Package 2: $12 per child includes one game, shoes, ten video tokens and a hot dog, fries and drink
Plaza Duckpin Bowl
523 E. Southside Plaza
Choose from three birthday packages:
* Package 1: $5 per child, includes one hour of bowling, shoes and one hour in the party room
* Package 2: $7.50 per child, includes one hour of bowling, shoes, one hour in the party room, and a hot dog and soft drink
* Package 3: $8.50 per child, includes one hour of bowling, shoes, one hour in the party room, and a hot dog, soft drink and fries
Balloons, plates, napkins and utensils are provided and a $25 deposit is required.
889 Research Rd.
Birthday parties are offered at $12 per kid with a minimum of six kids. It includes two games of laser quest, 45 minutes in the party room, a complimentary pass for a free game for the birthday kid, and a two-for-one pass for future games to each guest. Laser Quest also offers a bouquet of balloons and invitations.
Putt-Putt and Sports Complexes
Putt-Putt Golf and Games
7901 Midlothian Turnpike
Two party packages are offered:
* The Super: Includes putt-putt, up to 30 minutes in the party room, invitations, soft drinks and ice cream, eight gameroom tokens or 25 tokens for a gameroom-only party, party bags with favors, a special gift for the birthday child and a birthday party captain to supervise all contests and tournaments, give instructions on how to play putt-putt and serve all refreshments. The cost is $65 for up to eight children, plus $4 for each additional child.
* The Ultimate: Includes all of the above plus a cake, ice cream, more gameroom tokens, and a contest in the gameroom. The cost is $85 for up to eight children, plus $5 for each additional child. A $25 deposit is required.
Windy Hill Sports Complex
16500 Midlothian Turnpike
Celebrate with one of the following party packages:
* Swingin Surprise: Includes miniature golf, three batting tokens, ice cream and medium soda for $6 per person
* Double Play: Includes miniature golf, five batting tokens, a hot dog and medium soda for $7.50 per person
Bogey's Sports Park
1675 Ashland Rd.
Birthday party rates for miniature golf are $3 per person for ages 12 and under and $4 per person for ages 13 and over. Patio tables can accommodate up to 25 guests and rent for $10 for two hours with Bogey's food service and $17.50 without food service. The banquet/picnic area can accommodate a larger group and rents for $27.50. You can self-cater the party or Bogey's can cater for $3.95 per person, including a hot dog, chips, soda and ice cream cup. You can bring a birthday cake.
Putt-A-Way Golf Range
125986 Patterson Ave.
Offers two miniature golf courses and a driving range
Picnic tables are available for birthday parties but no special packages are offered.
Prices for miniature golf are $2 per game on weekday afternoons until 6 p.m., and $3 per game weekends and evenings. Driving range buckets of balls are available for $2.50, $3.50, or $5.75.
Rockwood Golf Park
10239 Hull Street Rd.
Offers covered batting cages, a covered driving range, an 18-hole mini golf course and a covered picnic area.
Birthday parties for less than 25 people can rent patio tables for $15 for two hours or clubhouse tables for $20 for two hours. Larger parties can rent the "upper deck" banquet area for $30. Miniature golf for ages 6 and younger is $3 per person, $3.25 per person for ages 7-12, and $4 per person for age 13 and older. Parties also can be arranged to include batting tokens and golf range tokens. Call for more information. You can self-cater your party or Rockwood can cater it. For $3.95 per person, Rockwood provides a hot dog, chips, soda and ice cream. You can bring a birthday cake.
Oasis Sports Park
15300 Cosby Rd.
Choose from three birthday party packages (all are for two hours):
* Package 1: $70 for eight kids, includes one game of miniature golf, choice of one other activity (six batting tokens, a medium bucket of range balls, a second game of miniature golf, Karaoke or twister) time in a party room and drinks. Additional guests at $3 per person.
* Package 2: $85 for eight kids, includes unlimited miniature golf, choice of one other activity (eight batting tokens, a medium bucket of range balls, miniature golf, Karaoke or twister), time in a party room, and drinks and ice cream. Additional guests at $4 per person.
* Package 3: $100 for eight kids, includes one game of miniature golf, choice of two other activities (10 batting tokens, a large bucket of range balls, miniature golf, Karaoke or twister) time in a party room drinks, ice cream and a choice of hot dogs or pizza. Additional guests at $5 per person.
3001 N. Boulevard
Baseball fans can party down at a Richmond Braves home game. You have a choice of box seats at $14 per person or press box level seats at $12 per person. The package includes hotdogs, a baseball-themed cake, sodas and a special visit and serenade from Diamond Duck. The party will be recognized over the public address system and on the message board. The birthday child will receive a souvenir and an autograph from a Richmond Braves player. A minimum purchase of 10 tickets is required, and no food or drinks may be brought into the stadium.