After my daughter’s fifth birthday, with 20 sugar-stoked tykes racing around our basement family room, grinding cake and M&M’s into my carpet, I decided I’d take the show on the road. No more parties at home for me. As a mother of an only, I definitely lack stamina! We moved on to art parties, pony parties, hip hop parties, cooking parties, you name it. And it’s still one of the most frequently asked questions we get in our inbox. Pony Party at High Hopes Old Lyme The High Hopes staff will create a unique experience for up to 12 people including mounted or unmounted equine experience, carriage driving, vaulting, grooming & barn activities followed by refreshments and celebrations in the lounge or outside at the beautiful horse farm. For more information, click here. R.J. Julia Booksellers Madison Have a bookish celebration for your child’s special day at R.J. Julia’s. They’ll set everything up for your child to enjoy a literary-based birthday party of their choosing with up to 10 of their friends. Enjoy a story, followed by a craft and then a yummy treat from RJ Café. The party wraps up with each child choosing their own book as a parting gift. The birthday boy or girl will also receive an additional cupcake to take home, plus a $5 R.J. Julia gift card. For more information, click here. Caboose Party at Essex Steam Train Essex Host a party on a little red caboose. Kids of all ages will enjoy this unique setting for a party that will be long remembered. The caboose can accommodate up to 18 people on an eleven-mile trip behind a coal burning steam locomotive in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. For more information, click here. The Shore Line Trolley Museum East Haven Does your child love trains and trolleys? At the Shore Line Trolley Museum your group gets their very own trolley car for the ride and a uniformed tour guide-trolley operator. There’s room on the trolley for cake, ice cream or other food service and big windows for viewing the beautiful scenery. The trolley cars are heated and can accommodate parties and special events throughout the year. Plan to book at least three weeks in advance, as dates fill up fast. For more information, click here. Bubbly Spa and Creative Center Manchester or Party Comes to You Host a child, tween or teen spa-themed party with various packages including Spa Party, Make-Up Party or Create your own Products Party. The stylish fun includes choices of Mini Facial, Mini Massage, Make-up Station, Mini Pedi, Mini Mani and Hair Fun. For more information, click here. Lego Building Brick Party Southington Every child loves a Lego celebration. Each party begins with 1 hour of free play, use of X-box with Lego games and a choice of a movie. Then enjoy a mini-figure building activity (each child in party leaves with 2 figures). Afterwards, there is still time for cake and presents. For more information, click here. Game Truck Party Fun Comes to You The video game party is a favorite, fun, activity truck featuring state of the art technology and 36+ games with amazing light and sound. Kids from ages 7 and up will love gaming with their friends. Game Truck will deliver the ultimate video game party to you. For more information, click here. New London-Waterford Speedbowl Waterford Planning a spring celebration for your car-racing fan? Try the New London-Waterford Speedbowl’s, “The Action Track”. Along with grandstand admission to the track, you can take photos in a special fan area, your child’s birthday will be announced on the loudspeaker and receive a trophy for the birthday child. The Speedbowl offers packages that include pizza, a soft drink and ice cream. For more information, click here. The Kiddie Kitchen The Fun Comes to You Your budding chef will delight in a cooking party when the Kiddie Kitchen mobile party comes to you. They’ll set up, bring all the ingredients including pots, pans, cooking utensils and kitchen gadgets. The birthday child can choose from a variety of delicious menus such as Pizza Party, Mexican Fiesta, Baking Party and Cupcake Wars. Special goody bags have chef’s hats, aprons, recipes and more. For more information, click here. The Dinosaur Place Montville Make a fun-filled day of indoor or outdoor dinosaur adventures at The Dinosaur Place located at Nature’s Art Village. Food is included with every birthday party. They’ll take care of the set up, clean up, food & fun, all you need to bring is the cake. With many attractions available in the 60 acre adventure park, you’re sure to leave with happy kids. For more information, click here. Make a Movie Party The Fun Comes to You Is your child a rising star? Katherine Perry, a videographer, is now offering make-a-movie parties for children ages 8 and up. They supply the costumes, props, improvisational direction and videotaping – you supply the talented actors. Choose from different movie themes from Action/Adventure to Musical Video Productions. For more information, click here. Prime Club Wallingford A Rock Wall Climbing Birthday Party adventure for ages 6 and up. The experienced staff will outfit the guests in the proper safety gear, give a brief climbing demonstration, and provide a safe and secure environment for all climbers to climb in. Just think of how excited the partygoers will be while enjoying a fun, adventurous climb. For more information, click here. Northford Ice Pavilion Northford Host a skating party, fun for boys and girls, at the Northford Ice Pavilion. Choose from the Gold, Silver or Bronze Packages. They’ll supply the ice and skates and you supply the birthday star and the cake. For more information, click here. IT Adventures Ropes Course New Haven This party venue is fun for all ages and boasts the largest indoor ropes course in the world with two 60’ high ropes courses, liquid fireworks, zip lines, incredible sounds and lighting, along with pizza and ice cream. For more information, click here. Art Truck Party The Fun Comes to You Art Truck parties involve all participants in creative, hands-on activities that kids love. Everyone takes home artworks and great memories of a fun time with friends and family. Choose from fun themes such as Party like Picasso!, Party like a Carousel Pony! and Party with Bauble, Beads & Bling! For more information, click here. Mystic Aquarium Party Mystic Celebrate your child’s special day by discovering Amazing Sharks, having a Beluga Blast, Penguin Palooza or discovering what adventure lies in the Suitcase of Surprises. A variety of program topics are available to excite and educate your group. For more information, click here. Niantic Cinemas Niantic Niantic Cinemas offers a great way to celebrate your child’s big day with a movie just for your party. Offered on weekend mornings, enjoy a private showing for an affordable price. Bring your own snacks and drinks or have them open the concessions and candy counter just for you. For more information, click here. Jewelry and Craft Making Party The Fun Comes to You Laurie Lynne’s Creative Kids Parties are fun & educational. Your party guests can create the coolest art together and they’ll bring everything to you, including jewelry, clay, tie dye, duct tape and decoupage crafts. For more information, click here. Laser Tag Party at Connecticut Sportsplex North Branford What better than an active, exciting game of Laser Tag Unlimited to entertain a group of partying kids? Connecticut Sportsplex offers a variety of party packages including Sports Party, Playscape Party and Cyber Sports Party. Enjoy arcade games, soft drinks, pizza and cake. A Sportplex coordinator will set everything up, run the event and clean up afterwards while the parents can enjoy watching the fun. For more information, click here. The Florence Griswold Museum Old Lyme Have a cultured party with a child-friendly guided tour by the museum educators and a hands-on arts and crafts projects led by Florence Griswold Museum Educators. Then use the Hartman Education Center for food, cake, and presents. For more information, click here. Studio Art Party at Mystic Museum of Art Mystic The Studios at Mystic Museum of Art are the place to have a fun and hands-on birthday party. They offer a variety of themes and are happy to customize according to the birthday child. Parties include a guided hour of art-making and can also include art games and a visit to MMoA’s galleries. Offered themes include: Princes and Princesses/Wizards, Doll Tea Party, Mixed Media Adventure, Jungle Safari and Under the Sea. For more information, click here. Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT, Niantic Choose a themed party at the Children’s Museum and your tots will enjoy a 30-minute teacher led program with theme options including animals, pirates, fairy tales, magical science, Let’s Build It!, firefighter, bubblicious and foam cannon. Find out more here.