Showing posts with label birthday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label birthday. Show all posts

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Looking for a fun place for a birthday party? Full Send Ninja in Norwood is great!

Our kids are pretty active and enjoy running around. They especially love to play on jungle gyms in playgrounds. When it came to pick a place for our kid’s birthday party we were super excited to find out that a new Ninja gym opened up right near us in Norwood, MA. Full Send Ninja is an American Ninja Warrior-style gym that was built specifically for folks who enjoy ninja-style training and workouts and it looks just like the sets of American Ninja Warrior on TV!

They opened in August 2021 and we were fortunate to check them out during their open house. We booked a birthday party and then worked out the details of food. You could go through Full Send Ninja to add pizza and drinks to the party for an additional $100, but we decided to bring our own and they still provided the paper goods and utensils for us to use.

Although we are still going through the pandemic, we were comforted by knowing Full Send Ninja is taking every precaution they can in terms of sanitation and hygiene. There are hand sanitizing stations throughout and they encourage everyone to wash their hands before and after the course so they are nice and clean before you eat anything!

We all had to wear masks because we were inside, but the gym room is very spacious with really high ceilings so that too made us a little more comfortable.

The kids were all led around the course by two instructors, one of whom has been on ANW multiple times and frequently tests the course builds prior to each show taping. They even let the parents and adults try the course as well - I quickly realized that you have to be in top shape to attempt some of the obstacles - even the zip line was a little too much for someone who isn’t used to a lot of physical exertion or being in a position of hanging from your arms.

In the back at the end of the course, they have three sizes of warped walls, an 8 foot one, a 12 foot one with a cutout to hang onto at 10 feet, and the regulation size 14 foot warped wall. Here is a picture of me standing next to it - I can’t believe people actually get up it and the instructor, Mark, made it look so easy but I know it took lots of training.

We strongly recommend this as a great place for a birthday party - so much so that one of our friend’s already booked it for their kid’s party! They also offer classes and open gym times and we hope to have the chance to tell you all about those experiences as well.

NOTE: We were provided a discount off the birthday party package in order to facilitate the review. As always all opinions are our own.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

A rockin' place for a birthday party! Be sure to check out Rock On Adventure in Norwood!

We were looking for places to host our daughter’s birthday party and found a great location nearby at Rock On! Adventure in Norwood, MA. Located in a small office park type area, this rock gym has everything to let the kids get their energy out in a safe, controlled environment.

The birthday party package let’s you pick three party options for the kids from a list including dancing, tag and obstacle course type things - we chose Rock Climbing, Dodge Ball and Kids Ninja Warrior and they had such an amazing time! The two party hosts took the kids from activity to activity, helping them through each obstacle and guiding them through the fun! We really enjoyed the zipline run for each kid (if they want to participate) as an ending to the activities! So fun!

They only host one party at a time so that ensures that you have full use of the space.

We ordered pizza and had it delivered but they are just as happy to take care of providing food for you! The party room is set up for each party and they even let you use their fridge to store the drinks! More information can be found on their website at

NOTE: We were provided with a discount in exchange for this review. All opinions are our own and no other compensation was provided.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Splitsville: a great place for a bowling birthday party with nothing to spare!

If you are looking for a fun place to have a kids birthday party then look no further than Splitsville at Patriot Place. They have two different packages available where you can rent two or three lanes depending on the size of the party, and the party package comes with pizza, chicken tenders, and all you can drink soft-drinks (soda, lemonade and iced tea). The nice part about the party package is that you just have to show up a little bit early, and hand off the cake to your server who will handle everything. Our server was a very nice woman named Emily who ensured that everything went off perfectly.

A lot of people were invited and we ended up having the larger party, so there were 8 kids per lane and we took up three lanes easily. It was easy to get the shoe rentals and they had the balls right at the lanes. We had to look around for the smaller sized balls for the younger kids, and Emily was a great help. We made sure to use the gutter blockers and they even had a special contraption for the youngest kids to roll the ball down a ramp so they didn’t have to throw it with momentum. If you’re looking to keep score, and even if you’re not, you need to set up the computer so that you can play. We found that you needed an adult should be present to enter it in and having multiple tech-savvy adults made it a lot easier. If you need assistance the staff is easily accessible and very helpful. Our waitress was great because she brought everything perfectly timed and even helped us round up all of the presents after the meal was over.

The tables with booths are set up right near the lanes so that you can eat while bowling and there are other round tables behind the lanes that adults can sit at to watch the kids bowl. What was nice was that you could start bowling and then have the food come out whenever you want. We chose to have it arrive half-way through the party. My wife ensured that the kids had many activities to keep them busy if some weren’t interested in bowling. The best activity enjoyed by all was a little game of birthday-kid-trivia which were some cute questions about the birthday kid’s favorite items that some classmates might know and some friends would know other answers. The one with the most answers won! We also brought some coloring sheets along just in case some kids didn’t want to bowl.

A few things to note, there is an additional gratuity fee ($20 per lane, or 21% of the food & beverage bill, whichever is greater, at the time of this post) since your server is dedicated to your lanes and party. They will help serve the food that is pre-ordered & included in your package or help you order more food from the lane-side menu-if need be! The server will also help serve drinks, for kids & parents. They have all the utensils for the cake and do not charge an additional cake cutting fee! They also have serving utensils, forks, knives, plates & napkins. There are balloon decorations, but you can bring in any other items or goodie bags if you'd like.  One last thing, you also have to sign a contract to save the party date/time and they ask to have a credit card on file that will be charged in full the day of the event.

We highly recommend Splitsville for your kid’s birthday party. A great time was had by all!

NOTE: We were provided with the party package in exchange for writing this review. All opinions, as always, are our own. No other compensation was provided.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A fun 1st birthday party with Wally, the Red Sox Mascot

Our son turned 1 this summer and we were really excited to host a Red Sox themed party for his first birthday. We were initially going to keep it to a small family gathering but then decided to invite our larger group of friends and family and have a backyard barbecue with fun and games.

We had been planning this for a while and looking forward to having a special guest come for a little while at the beginning. Wally, one of the Red Sox mascots, started the party off in style. The Mascot Team at the Red Sox ensured that we were kept informed at every step of the way. Their communication was top notch. First, we worked with them to schedule a date and time and as the time got closer we even worked with them to get some Wally artwork that we could use designed for the party. The guy who was in costume as Wally himself, called us the night before to discuss any final details and requests that we had. He only asked that we have a space available for him to change into costume and we asked if he could first meet our kids so they would understand that there was a person inside of the Wally costume.

Wally was absolutely fantastic. I don’t know who was more excited to have him there, me or my daughter, because he took the time to play with the kids, started our piñata game with the kids (even taking a few swings) at a Wally themed piñata, took pictures with everybody, laughed, pretended to cook on the barbecue, gave autographs and even kissed the kids! Everyone was smiling and genuinely enjoyed Wally’s company.

We served up hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, salad and wings. The best idea we had was to use The 3 Meal Muffins’ Port Muffins (portuguese sweet muffins) as a substitute for hamburger buns. We threw them on the griddle and people thought they were so good and so smooth.

We had soda, juice and Bai drinks for people to enjoy as well as lots of other snacks to munch on. The Bai drinks are great because they are loaded with anti-oxidant nutrients found from the outer part of the coffeefruit and sweetened with a proprietary blend of stevia extract and erythritol. The nice part is that the entire drink is only 5 calories per serving.

For dessert we enjoyed Vice Cream, an indulgent, premium ice cream with decadent flavors. Our friends and family really enjoyed the Minted flavor, mint-chocolate coins and cookie crumbles decadently mixed with creamy mint ice cream and Afternoon Delight, which ha ultra-creamy vanilla ice cream with chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough, salted caramel truffles, and thick swirls of chocolate fudge and caramel.

NOTE: We were provided with some of the products in exchange for facilitating this review: Vice Cream and Bai Drinks. We are Red Sox Parents and Vice Cream Creamy Crew. As part of Red Sox Parents, we share the Red Sox family friendly initiatives with you!