He doesn’t have a best friend except for his “girlfriend” and they won’t even let us come over, let alone have a party there.
The reason I can’t have one at my house is that A) the main floor is small and full of books, breakable objects, computer equipment, etc. B) we have a big dog (105lbs) who hasn’t gotten the hang of “don’t jump up” and “don’t shove your nose into crotches” and who would NOT be ok with staying in the back yard (he would bark the whole time and tear shit up. He only goes out there to poop.) and 3) the basement flooded last month and it doesn’t smell so great in here–plus the house still smells (strongly) of cat pee even though we’ve gotten rid of almost everything and cleaned. We need to have the carpets replaced to get rid of the smell.
The closest “Play Zone” is in Maryland.
I’ve talked to the movie theater about parties and it’s like $9 or $10 per child and the adults have to buy movie tickets.
ASI Gymnastics and Main Event: nope. We live in a small suburb that is kinda in the outlands of the DC 'burbs.
I’ll call the volunteer fire department… never woulda thought of that
Even if it was one or two friends, there is still no place to do it, really. And he wants to go to the miniature golf place that I mentioned in my OP.
I don’t even know if they have a YMCA around here… closest one I know of is in Reston (20 min away) And I don’t know if we have a roller rink either… plus I doubt most 8 year olds know how to skate, and I know for sure that Dominic doesn’t so he would have a horrible time.
I don’t really want to do McDonald’s or Burger King because we are vegetarians and it bugs me to pay for a bunch of burgers. That may sound unreasonable to you but that is how I feel. Plus the only thing Dominic can eat there is a bun with cheese and ketchup.
Pizza Hut is a possibility. There is really only sitting at tables and eating to do though… no way to do games or toys or anything. I doubt Pizza Hut would let us bring play-doh. I can call them and ask if they have any special birthday things though.
I’d never heard of Build-A-Bear before, but there is on 6 miles away. It costs $10/kid *minimum–smallest bear, no clothes, you can’t bring a cake or have any food, and you have to have 6 people minimum. Given that last year’s party (in the park) had like 2 kids show up…
MissTake: You missed the part where it is 100% impossible, not going to happen, not in a million years at our house. I hadn’t thought of Michael’s though… wonder if there is one close to me…
I have never heard of a Centreville community center… I don’t think we have one, but I can check.
My closest family is 1,000 miles away.
So I’ll call some of the places suggested here–good ideas!
Anyone else have any ideas?