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Any #birthday #party ideas for the child who has outgrown them?

birthday candlesMarking junior’s birthday used to be fairly easy. In the past I’ve shelled out for the usual laser quest/Trampolining/football skills/circus games parties. All have been pretty expensive – around £200 for the Trampolining or laser quest, I think. But now the game’s changed. Junior is 12 on Friday and as a world-weary year seven he has put away childish things (Corinthians 13, quote nerds). He doesn’t want a cake. His presents won’t be a surprise as he compiled a list on Amazon. And as for an event or party, that’s too childish, apparently...

But yet he still wants it marked. He’d probably be happy with a sleepover but 1. I have left it too late to invite his friends and 2. That was partly deliberate as I can’t handle the thought of the noise and mess. His next choice would be to go to see Chelsea play Crystal Palace on Saturday. Dream on: there are no ordinary tickets for sale and the cheapest hospitality package is £250 plus VAT for one person. I’ve offered the alternative of going to see Eastbourne Borough in its crunch match against Gloucester City – tickets only £13 for adults, £9 for kids, but a mid-table fixture in the National League South doesn’t hold a candle to the Premiership, sadly.

So how about some culture? The boy doesn’t even like yoghurt, but I think he’d enjoy a West End show. He’s only been once: to the Lion King with the school. And he loves the film of School of Rock. There’s a matinee performance on Saturday: perfect. Less perfect: the tickets go from £25 (but there are only two single ones miles apart at this price) up to £99.50. There aren’t many left at £50, so I would probably have to pay £75 each. Because it’s a Saturday matinee, I haven’t managed to find any deals – they seem to be confined to midweek shows. I have registered for the lottery which lets you buy two top price tickets for £15 each but I’m not hopeful. We could try queuing up at the booth in Leicester Square - which sells half price tickets on the day of the performance - but of course there’s no guarantee they’d have the show we want. Also, theatres often sell returns or unsold tickets on the day: no guarantees, again, and more queuing. There’s what looks like a good deal here but it’s for Monday to Thursday evening shows only: not much use if you live outside the capital.

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Guest - Toothfairy on Wednesday, 07 March 2018 18:13

See if the local scouts club would allow you to hire their facilities for a Bear Grylls sleepover?
Go Ape at Bedgebury is another idea most 12 year old boys would love surely or gaming truck parked outside your house?

See if the local scouts club would allow you to hire their facilities for a Bear Grylls sleepover? Go Ape at Bedgebury is another idea most 12 year old boys would love surely or gaming truck parked outside your house?
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