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Whether held indoor or outside, a birthday party can mix fun with learning

Birthday parties can be one of the most memorable moments in a child's life. It's their day to be celebrated, a day to be with friends and family.

While parents want to be sure their child and their friends have a good time, a birthday party also can be a good opportunity to combine learning and fun for the children.

Some children prefer to be active and need large, open spaces to run around and explore, learning on their own. Others prefer to focus on learning a new skill, or creating something they can be proud of and can take home.

Here are a few ideas for your child's birthday party:

LAUNCHING SUCCESS LEARNING STORE

Where: 133 Prince Ave.

To schedule a party: Call 360-527-2641 or visit launchingsuccess.com/Services/birthday-parties.

Cost: $125 for six children, and $5 per child for up to four more children.

Themes for parties: Bugs, robots, scientists, dinosaurs, fashionista, princess, crafty corner, or a custom party designed with the store's party planners.

Time length: 90 minutes.

Recommended age range: 4 to 10 years.

Package includes planned activities, decorations and partyware, and a keepsake gift for the birthday child. Some packages include crafts for children to take home.

FAIRHAVEN TOY GARDEN

Where: 1147 11th St.

Party ideas: Groups of five or fewer children can attend a Saturday staff-led workshop on felting. Groups with six to 10 children are asked to reserve a date for a private workshop.

Cost: $10 per child, with reservations required. For reservations, call 360-714-8552 or visit the store.

Time length: About two hours.

Recommended age range: 10 and older, with some activities available for younger children.

Workshops include all materials needed to make the craft, such as felts, pins and needles.

LARRABEE STATE PARK

Where: 245 Chuckanut Drive

Cost: Small parking fee to visit. If you want a reserved day-use area, prices start at $35. To reserve a day-use area, visit washington.goingtocamp.com/LarrabeeStatePark.

Themes for parties: Whatever you want.

Time length: All day.

Recommended age range: Any age.

Possible activities include a nature walk, exploration of tidal pools, a picnic, arts and crafts, and outdoor sports, such as soccer or football.

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