Planning your child’s birthday party can be a lot of fun, but it can also mean a lot of stress. One thing that’s especially worrisome is the cost when you’re on a budget. You want to throw a great party that all the guests will enjoy, but you don’t want to go broke in the process. Where to host the party, whether it is a skating rink or a movie theater, will take a big portion out of your budget. Instead, consider holding the party at a venue that will be little or no cost to you. You can save your money for a rainy day or maybe spend it on some extra presents.

The Park

If the birthday in question falls during months with warm weather, consider holding the festivities at your local park. There’s plenty of space for games and activities. You can make use of what’s already in place, such as picnic shelters and playground equipment. Check with your local park for specific details.

A Local Church

Check in with churches and community centers in your area for other possible party locales. Often they’ll have a gymnasium or multipurpose room that can easily accommodate a birthday celebration, along with a kitchen for any food storage or prep space you might need. Plus, the rental fee is most likely going to be far less than what you’d pay to rent a room at a restaurant or banquet hall.

Your Own Backyard

Looking for a no-cost outdoor event space? It might be right in your own backyard. Use the open space to set up games like a sack race, bean bag toss or scavenger hunt. Have other kinds of crafty materials on hand, such as sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, water balloons, the list goes on and on! You can also enlist the help of older siblings (or neighbors) and have face painting!