When my daughter was a baby, we lived in Alamo Heights. Our favorite library story time was at Landa Library, not only because the lady who hosted them was fantastic, but also because there is a beautiful park right outside the library doors. Perfect for family fun at all times of the year, but especially during our sweltering Summer months, Landa Library Park is shady with recently upgraded playground equipment and plenty of grass for picnics and benches for sitting and reading while the kids play.
It’s also the perfect place to host a birthday party. And, as I previously mentioned, I’ve always wanted to throw a party in a park.
For just $40 per hour, you have full access to the shady patio that wraps around the library building. The library also provides about 30 chairs and two, six-foot tables. The library doesn’t provide the labor to move them outside and back in again, but that’s what significant others are for, right? And, if guests get too warm or need to use the restroom, they can hang out in the air-conditioned library for a bit.
Hosting a party in the park isn’t as easy as letting Chuck E. Cheese or Pump It Up handle the details, but you can definitely save some money and create a memorable party for a lot less dough. We could have hosted a party at one of those places (or one like it) and spend a bunch of money and only be able to invite a few kids, or we could invite as many friends as our daughter wanted to a park party and still keep the cost relatively low.
Landa Library Park has two playground sets (one that includes a mini-zipline for bigger kids about 4-10 years old and one for babies and toddlers) as well as swings. We decided that the playground would be the main source of entertainment for our guests who ranged in age from 18 months to 8 years.
We also wanted to have one other activity the kids would enjoy so we hired the delightful and super-talented Hippy with Hippy’s Face Painting to provide some whimsy. Her rates are affordable (and she’s worth it!) and she can paint 12-18 kids’ faces in an hour.
I ordered Hello Kitty cupcakes from Sam’s Club (approximately $14 for 30 cupcakes) and grabbed bottled water, juice boxes, and chips while I was there. Throw in the Hello Kitty plates and napkins, balloons, and goody bags from Party City and two bags of Piñata candy/toys from HEB to fill the goody bags, and we were set to go.
The approximate cost of our Landa Library Park birthday party was about $300 and we invited 30 kids. Last year at Pump It Up we paid around $450 for 25 kids. In addition to saving money this year, we had a unique party that introduced lots of parents and kids to the lovely Landa Library Park. It was more work than Chuck E. Cheese where you simply stroll in and stroll out, letting them handle almost every detail. But the result was a day of play and fun where the kids’ imaginations dictated how they spent the afternoon.