I admit, I have a secret love for party planning. I enjoy the stress and excitement of it all. But I really don’t have a choice.

In my family of five, parties are happening all year long. Before and after holidays … Winter, Summer, Spring, and Fall. With that many parties every year, I’ve got to try keep things interesting!

My youngest turned two a few months ago and my absolute favorite party place for the little ones is the Paso Robles Children’s Museum. Their upstairs party room is perfect for inviting your closest friends and family to enjoy some birthday cake and celebrate a special someone’s big day. And at the Children’s Museum, there is something for everyone! Pretend to be on stage in Broadway with their wide array of costumes, stage and audience seating. Or own your very own pizza restaurant. Get creative at the paint wall and take advantage of all the fun and crafty projects they have to offer.

The older kids are still fans of Newton’s Playhouse where you can shoot balls out of a cannon while aiming them into baskets (or the back of their brothers head). The best part is, once the over head basket is full of balls, the basket opens and all the balls rain on top of you.

Mack the Firetruck, (an engine from 1944), is on display and welcomes little firefighters to take the wheel, while dressed in the real fireman gear they have available for the kids to wear. The museum holds its past with its firehouse theme. Don’t miss the original fireman’s pole on the first floor!

As the kids are getting older, keeping them and their guests entertained can start to get a little tricky. We had an eighth birthday in June and I was recommended, Central Coast Mobile Game Theatre and Laser Tag. They come to YOU! The options you can do with this are endless! Since the weather is beautiful in June we decided to go with outdoor laser tag at the Templeton Park. Arik, owner of Central Coast Mobile Game Theatre, arrived 40 minutes before the guests were due to show up. He set up the coolest battle zone, fully equipped with camouflaged bungalows for dodging opponents and high functioning laser tag guns to give the kids the best and most realistic game of tag, EVER! He provided TWO hours of non-stop fun for an energetic group of kids, while the parents relaxed in the shade sharing stories of parenthood. Unless, they decided to participate in the fun too.

We ALL enjoyed their services so much, we decided to use them again for our 11 year old in February. This time we took advantage of the Mobile Game Theatre. This trailer will blow you away. Air conditioned and air freshened, one side lined with comfortable gaming seating, the other with flat screen TVs and gaming consoles. And two screens mounted onto the outside of the trailer, where games like Just Dance can be played. All the games are provided based on age appropriateness and parents discretion. We did this one in the comfort of our own home (while little bro was napping in his own bed). Huge plus, in my book. Everyone was happy!

So convenient, extremely easy and super fun!

Time to make Pinterest my best buddy and start planning the next one!

Central Coast Mobile Game Theatre & Laser Tag
Book your event now online:
centralcoastmobilegametheatre.com or call 805-668-0060.

Paso Robles Children’s Museum
(closed Monday & Tuesday)
623 13th St. in Paso Robles
For more info, see www.pasokids.org or call 805-238-7432