Places to Have a Party for a 13-Year-Old Boy in Alabama

by Eric Ervin

From its southern Gulf Coast to northern mountain regions, Alabama has venues located throughout the state that are suitable to host a 13-year-old boy's birthday party. At 13, boys are not interested in a kiddie-type party with clowns; they want to feel older. When planning a party in Alabama for your 13-year-old, consider his interest and hobbies.

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Educational Parties

You can combine education and celebration at the birthday party, satisfying your 13-year-old boy's curiosity and reiterating what he's learning in school. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (ussrc.com) museum in Huntsville has three options for a birthday party. The "blast off party" includes admission, cake, beverages, invitations, party cups and plates, and a t-Shirt for the birthday child and host. The "galaxy party" includes the previous features, plus pizza, IMAX or a 3D digital movie, souvenir cup, hands-on activity and inflatable bouncer. These options can also be added individually to the blast off package. The "area 51" package has obstacle courses and features team building missions. The McWane Science Center in Birmingham (mcwane.org) offers two birthday party packages. You can add five educational programs for 13-year-olds. Parties include admission to the museum, a t-shirt for birthday child, a party host and a party room. Food and drink options are also available.

Outdoor Parties

For the 13-year-old boy who wants to invite large crowds, outdoor parties are the way to go. Gulf State Park (no website; 20115 State Highway 135; Gulf Shores, Alabama; 36542; 251-948-7275) in Gulf Shores is home to more than 3.5 miles of beaches, including Gulf Shores Beach and Orange Beach. The beach pavilion is available for rent. The pavilion includes air-conditioned restrooms with showers. Food and beverages can be brought onto the beach. Musical devices are allowed, as long as they don't disturb others. At Rickwood Caverns (no website; 370 Rickwood Park Road; Warrior, Alabama 35180; 205-647-9692) in Warrior, you can rent the park's picnic area for a party with all of your 13 year old's friends. The area can accommodate up to 150 people. Tables and benches, gas grills and running water are available.

Extreme Sports Parties

For 13-year-old boy thrill seekers, host a party at one of Alabama's extreme sports facilities. Insanity Skate Park (insanityskate.com) in Madison has two party packages. They include a reserved table, pizza, drinks and one hour of skating or a 18-hole round of golf. With them, the birthday child gets color invitations and a t-shirt. Balloons, goody bags and ice cream can be added. There are nine-hole, 18-hole and 27-hole miniature golf courses. The rock-climbing center First Avenue Rocks (firstaverocks.com) in Birmingham has two party packages. The standard party includes a private party room, climbing equipment, a host, one-and-a-half hours of climbing and a t-shirt for the birthday child. The deluxe party includes the standard party features and comes with goody bags, pizza and drinks, birthday cake, decorations and party supplies.

Gamer Parties

Some 13-year-old boys spend hours playing video games. Game Zone Laser Tag Center (pelhamgamezone.com) in Pelham offers a basic and deluxe birthday party package. The basic package includes two games of laser tag for each guest, use of a private party area for an hour and 45 minutes, two pitchers of drinks and party invitations. The deluxe package adds three large pizzas, party supplies, gift certificates for each guest and a t-shirt for the birthday child. All three party packages at The Track Family Recreation Center (gulfshorestrack.com) in Gulf Shores include arcade tokens for your 13-year-old boy and his guests. In addition, the facility has go-karts, miniature golf course, bumper boats and bungee jumping.

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About the Author

Eric Ervin has more than 10 years of experience as a print journalist, having worked at newspapers and magazines in Alabama, Texas and Georgia. His work has been published in the "Houston Press," "Houston Chronicle" and "Mobile Press Register." Ervin received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of South Alabama.

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