Charleston is the state capital of West Virginia, serving as a gateway city between urban convenience and the rural lifestyle of the Appalachian Mountains. The city is home to several parks and outdoor spaces, free Friday night concerts, an October car show and several festivals throughout the year. The friendly, small-town feel, combined with the conveniences of a large city, provide different locations for teenagers to join together and celebrate special life events, including birthdays.
Charleston is home to several parks, including Daniel Boone Park, Danner Meadows Park, Magic Island Park and Sunset Park. As of 2011, these parks are open seven days a week. They open to the public beginning at sunlight and close once the sun sets. These open spaces have areas for teenagers to gather together and enjoy games and camaraderie. Picnic areas are also available.
If a teenager wants a more low-key party, Charleston is home to three movie theaters, including Marquee Cinemas Southridge, Park Place Stadium Cinemas and Great Escape Theaters at Cross Lanes. Park Place is home to an arcade, and Great Escape Theaters has a space available for rental for birthday parties.
Charleston Civic Center
The Charleston Civic Center can accommodate larger parties. It's home to meeting rooms and auditoriums, all of which can be converted to a space for a party. The space also has catering available for such events. The Charleston Civic Center hosts large and small events, including dances, banquets, graduations, pageants and concerts.
Charleston Town Center Mall
The mall in Charleston offers several programs for teenagers, many of which are presented by the mall's TeenBoard, which is composed of high school students. While a traditional party can not be held at the mall, a small group of teenagers may prefer to utilize the mall's food court for dining and to walk around the stores. The mall also has a birthday club that people can sign up for via email. This birthday club gives the birthday person special discounts.