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Birthday parties at the gym?

Local athletic venues keep kids moving for a fun time

If you want to let kids run around and burn off that party energy, Kids Time Play Place in Millerton is where it’s at. Its 12,000 square feet of play space includes a huge jungle gym and a bouncy house. If your child’s birthday is in the winter, this kind of indoor fun can be a blessing. 

While Kids Time does not allow food other than cake in its facility, it does provide paper goods, utensils and juice boxes for each child in its birthday package. Open only on weekends, Kids Time hosts two-hour parties for kids up to age 15.

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Like Kids Time, The Little Gym in Middletown is all about play. Ages 1-12 can jump, twist and dance with plenty of music, movement, and games. For a fee, 12 guests have the entire gym to themselves for 1½ to 2 hours, with professional instructors to guide them through gymnastics, parachute play and free exploration. Pizza and apple juice are provided; parents just need to supply cake and goody bags (if desired).

Kathleen Valentini of Montgomery hosted a birthday party for her 4-year-old son Matthew at The Little Gym. She was happy with the facility because the kids enjoyed it very much and the staff took care of everything. “For the amount of money, the length of time, and for the age group it was a perfect place for an indoor birthday party,” says Valentini, adding, “I felt a little guilty because I really didn’t do anything.”

Mercedes Sidor, owner and gym director of The Little Gym in Kingston explains, “Parents come to have a great time and let us do all the work.”

Parents may also incorporate a theme for the birthday child, whether it’s princesses or sports. “We tailor each party to the child,” adds Sidor, “so they don’t just get a cookie cutter party.”

Laura Graziano has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Marist College and is currently a stay at home mom living in Orange County.