Mashall, located in east Texas, was founded in 1841 and is older than the state of Texas. Seven different flags have flown over Marshall during its long history including the flags of Spain, France, Mexico and the United States. Marshall offers a plethora of activities for children. Whether your child's birthday is in the summer or winter, the city offers plenty of places to host his next birthday.
Host a birthday party at a Marshall museum. Tour the Texas and Pacific Railway Museum. Pricing for 2011 is very reasonable at $1 per student between ages 5 and 20. View the caboose, depot and underground tunnel. Plan a party for free at the Michelson Museum of Art. The museum offers viewing of Leo Michelson art and a hands-on experience making art in the David Weisman Hirsch Discovery Room.
Caddo Lake State Park
Pack a picnic and spend the day at Caddo Lake State Park, located 15 miles northeast of Marshall. The park offers many outdoor activities. Take a hike and look for alligators, turtles and snakes, or fish for different species along the bayou. You can even take a boat or rent a canoe. Pontoon boat tours are available March through November.
Bounce and Tumbling Parties
Marshall's Gym Fit is a tumbler's dream, offering six competition trampolines, a foam pit, rock wall and dance floor. Birthday parties are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays or 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays. The 2011 cost for 20 children is $160 and phone reservations must be made in advance. A $60 deposit is required at the time of booking. You could also travel 25 miles down the road and schedule a party at Pump It Up in Longview, Texas. This venue includes inflatable slides, obstacle courses and bounce houses. Enjoy pizza and cake in your private party room.
Both outdoor and indoor mini-golf courses are available in Longview. Putt-Putt Golf and Games offers birthday celebrations lasting an hour and a half. Two options are available and include cake, drinks and a party favor bag. Parents can choose between the golf party, which includes one round of golf and eight tokens, or the gameroom party, which features 24 gameroom tokens. Lunar Mini Golf is an indoor course located in the Longview Mall. A 90-minute birthday party is included in the 2011 price of $80. Ten players can enjoy unlimited golf and free use of the Party Zone.
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