Typically defined as the stretch of land from the Cumberland Gap to the New River Valley, Southwest Virginia is comprised of 17 counties, according to the Southwest Virginia website. While Southwest Virginia may be set apart from the rest of Virginia with its mountainous setting and small towns and cities, it still offers its residents plenty of options for places to host a kids' birthday party that fit nearly every interest, age and budget.
Southwest Virginia's abundant natural beauty allows parents to take advantage of a number of outdoor venues to host a kid's birthday party. Not only do outdoor venues provide plenty of fun, but many are also free. During the hot summer months, Claytor Lake State Park (dcr.virginia.gov), located just south of Dublin, offers kids a place to celebrate with their friends with swimming, hiking and picnicking. Parents can even plan an overnight slumber party at Claytor Lake, as the park includes cabins for rent. Glen Alton Farm (gilescounty.org/glenalton) in Giles County gives kids a place to party, with fishing, hiking, creek swimming, sprinklers and, during the fall, apple and grape picking.
For kids with an interest in sports, Southwest Virginia features several sports-related places for a birthday party. The Bristol Sox minor league baseball team in Bristol hosts birthday parties at the Boyce Cox Field (minorleaguebaseball.com) complete with tickets to a game and a pavilion rental. If the kids want to get in on the sports actions themselves, try one of Southwest Virginia's mini-golf courses, like Paradise Putt (no website; 2583 Lee Hwy., Bristol; 540-669-3385) in Bristol. Open year round, Galewinds Amusement Park and Raceway (galewindsspeedworld.com) in Wytheville features go-karts and mini-golf, as well as an indoor arcade and party room ideal for a birthday party no matter the season.
A number of educational places in Southwest Virginia help make learning fun and also provide a fun place to host a kid's birthday party. The Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum (indianvillage.org) in Bland County features an archaeological evacuation site, Indian artifacts and nature trails, along with picnic areas, group rates and goody bags to help parents plan a birthday there. Another educational option is the Fort Chiswell Animal Park (fortchiswellanimalpark.com), featuring 45 acres of wild animals, where the birthday boy gets his name on the park's welcome sign and parents get discounts on groups of more than 15 kids.
Southwest Virginia also offers other options for parents looking for a different and unusual place for a kid's birthday party. Older kids will love being treated like a star during a movie-themed party at the Cinemark Tinseltown (cinemark.com) in Bristol. The guest of honor and friends are treated to a private showing along with movie snacks, cake, ice cream and time to open presents. Other options include hosting a birthday party at one of the hundreds of restaurants in the area, such as McDonalds (mcdonalds.com), which has been hosting birthday parties for decades, or Dairy Queen (dairyqueen.com), for a ice cream birthday party.
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