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Feb 26, 2014 06:22 AM

30th Birthday Party - with children

This isn't for a few months, but people have started asking about it, so I guess I should start planning.

My partner turns 30 in June, and I want to do something special to celebrate. The only problem is that many of our friends and family members have children (mostly under the age of 4). So, it has to be somewhere where children are welcome.

My first thought was a day trip to the Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier in Kittery - which is fun and festive, and not too expensive since it's BYOB. You can also stay and hang out for a while, or go over to Portsmouth after. Obviously that's pretty far away, though. Is there anything like that closer to Boston?

Other thoughts are a surprise party at a bar somewhere in Boston / Brookline / Cambridge / Somerville - though it'd have to be either during the day or early evening. Crazy to think about outdoor space now, but is there anywhere with a nice patio or backyard area?

Mostly just brainstorming now - any and all ideas are welcome.


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  1. How big a group are you thinking (adults plus kids)?

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    1. re: Allstonian

      Good question - likely about 15-25 people total.

    2. Flatbread in Davis Square? Good with kids, tasty and festive, and you can bowl!

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      1. re: rebeccact

        +1 on that. pizza is decent and it's noisy enough nobody cares if the kids are howling. :)

        how many kids?

        1. re: rebeccact

          Great idea. I've gone to two similar parties there and it seemed to work out well: Daytime party with kids (pizza, bowling, beer), and non-kid people meandering around Davis for dinner/more drinks afterwards.

          If you do decide on this, I'd make arrangements soon, though. Literally every Saturday afternoon I've been to Flatbread, there has been a birthday party of some sort going on.

          1. re: LeoLioness

            I'll add another vote for Flatbread, but add two other potential options:

            -Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge has an excellent patio that is pretty kid-friendly in the early afternoon. I've also seen large parties (25-30 people, w/kids) take over the back room during the afternoon.

            -Cambridge Brewing Company's patio is pretty kid-friendly in the afternoons.

            Speaking of patios, I know Flatbread got zoning approval last year to add a 76-seat patio. Not sure what the status of that is,but if they're still doing it, perhaps it'll be open by june?

            1. re: huuvola

              Thanks, all - Flatbread is such a great idea that we had his birthday party there last year! It's definitely along the lines I'm looking for, though. Maybe something slightly more 'special' if that's possible with toddlers in tow.

              1. re: huuvola

                Giant +1 on Atwood's patio. It's a really nice space.

          2. Go to Danehy Park in Cambridge (gazebo area next to playground, you may need a permit) and get takeout from Gran Gusto across the street or a picnic from Formaggio.

            1. What about a Boston Harbor Islands ferry ride to Spectacle Island, and a party there with food from Summer Shack? I'm sure it would be somewhat pricier than the Lobster Pier, but it would fit the bill of being more of a special event, the boat ride is pretty short with a great view of Boston, and of course the whole thing would be outdoors.

              Might be tough if there are infants in the group -- though anything is tough for parents of infants -- but based on experience with my nephews it's a great day out for any kid 2+.

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              1. re: kenner83

                could see whether Alive 'n Kicking in Cambridge would let you book it's whole little funky patio - bring desert, order lobster rolls and steamers - or try Sullivan's on Castle Island - fried clams, hot dogs, lots for kids, beach at your feet.

              2. If you really have to have the kids maybe Summer Shack + Kings would be cool.