Planning birthday party alternatives

We're starting to plan Matthew's seventh birthday that is right around the corner. We'd like to do something besides a traditional birthday party. One of our ideas is to take a small family road trip to the Chicago area and visit Legoland. Another was to pick another fun place to take him to, but we have no idea where to go.

We're also debating on we're going to keep our four kids happy, plus a friend he gets to invite along. So I complied a list of ways to keep kids entertained in the back seat. Believe me, we'll need to be prepared with FIVE children who will be about six and under!

Please, share your ideas with us. Are you planning a birthday party this summer? What are your favorite birthday party alternatives?

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  1. I do not have any children so won't be planning any parties. You are a brave person--6 young children in a car on a trip--all I can suggest is go somewhere CLOSE!!

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  2. We don't plan big elaborate birthday parties. We just like to spend time as a family.

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  3. I have a history of going a little over the top with my kids' birthday parties. Becca's 16th is this year and I figured we would be throwing an amazing Sweet Sixteen. She decided a small beach trip with a few friends would be a better choice. You never know what your kids will enjoy.

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  4. We just threw a Bar Mitzvah, and now a days they are like weddings.. But we had a blast!

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  5. My kidswould much rather do a trip to Legoland than a birthday party

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  6. Take Him To The Nick Hotel For The Weekend No Need To Leave The Premises So Much To Do & See There Plus They Do Birthday Parties With The Characters Just A Thought!!

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  7. My kids are winter babies so they are stuck inside when its snowing out. I feel bad because we are getting to the point where having birthday parties at home makes for one crazy day plus the three days afterward of cleaning up after said party. For us, I think we'll do a road trip next year to the Zoo, instead of making a zoo in my house. ;)

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  8. Yes, we are planning one this summer. My daughter's birthday is June 28th. Not sure what we are doing yet, though.

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  9. We'll be celebrating our daughter's birthday in August and honestly I have no idea what to do for her. She's only 3 and I guess anything that involves cake and lots of screaming will do just fine :)

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  10. We're celebrating our daughters 4th birthday next weekend with a traditional birthday party but like you, I don't think it will always be that way.

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  11. I love planning birthday parties! The little ones like that are just happy for anything!

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  12. I think a house with five children right around the same age would be so fun! It would especially be fun at party time! You've got a built-in guest list. :)

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  13. A road trip would be fun but I guess it would depend on the destination!

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  14. Birthday parties are so fun to plan. Good luck! Amber N

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  15. No alternatives here...I just had a regular birthday party for my son. Not sure this helps, but my parents used to skip presents for us at Christmas. Instead, we'd go on a ski trip or to Disney World or a resort somewhere for a week.

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  16. as my kids get older we do less parties and take them to Disney or something.

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  17. as my kids get older we do less parties and take them to Disney or something.

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  18. My son just had his 10th birthday. We had a party but I did it sort of low key. He did want a Minecraft theme, though.

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  19. We do not do parties every year. Only on a big birthday. We do a special dinner or if there is something special that they would like to do.

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  20. We do not do parties every year. Only on a big birthday. We do a special dinner or if there is something special that they would like to do.

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  21. Children love outing, I try to plan a outing at a place they would love like amusement park, some resort or a near by park where they can all enjoy.

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  22. It always amazes me how little kids care about specifically what they are doing (ie, formal party) vs a playdate with other kids.

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    1. From a young age mine all have. He's not so little anymore since he's turning seven. He definitely knows what he likes and doesn't like. :)

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