Teens can be hard to please, but here are a few ideas. Most of the suggestions allow plenty of unstructured time for talking and socializing.
What teenager doesn't love the Rave? The Rave gives you a host for your party, a movie ticket, a "movie meal" for each kid (popcorn, drink and candy), plates and cups and they can provide cake for a fee.
: 10 child min
Arkansas Skatium has ice and roller rinks. You can use either side for your party. All parties include table settings, ice cream, skate rental and soft drinks. Food can be added.
: 10 child min
If you child likes to bowl, a bowling party is a great idea. Millennium Bowl is my favorite bowling alley in the city (and they have the mechanized bumpers for the little kids). Party guests get bowling, shoes, cake, drinks, party setup, a party host, a gift for every child, invitations and decorations.
: Min 10
Wild River Country
Wild River Country parties include all paper goods, a hot dog combo meal, park admission, a hostess and deck rental for 2 hours.
: 8 and 2 adults, additional guests are extra
Spirited Art gives your child an opportunity to become an artist. They will give your entire party instructions on how to create your choice of a fun painting. All art supplies are provided, but cake and party supplies are not. You can use their fridge and freezer.
: 12 minimum, 40 maximum
While none of the local spas I called had a "party" package, I know some moms who've taken their daughter and 2 or 3 friends for manicures or facials as a birthday gift. Check the list of spas and call a few to see if they are offering a special.
If you have 15 guests, Willow Springs offers a discount for park admission. It's $9 for swimmers and $7.50 for non-swimmers. The birthday child gets in free. Pavillions are availble for rental. They'll hold your cake and ice cream in the cafe.
: no limit
Paintball can be fun for older kids. A party at Paintball Arkansas includes equipment and access to a picnic area. Guests must bring their own food and paper products, but you can use their freezer. They also have Lazertag. Costs start at $35 per person.
: 10 or more
Murry's doesn't offer a specific birthday package, but they do announce birthdays and bring a small cake. Aspiring thespians would love a trip to see a Murry's production.
: No minimum, small venue
War Memorial Stadium
Have a birthday in the Razorback dressing room. The cost starts at $300. Kids get access to the dressing room, ATT field, cake, ice cream and fruit juice. You're allowed to bring equipment to play on the field with.
: up to 30
Check out the About.com Little Rock Birthday Party Guide for more party ideas including lots of other fun ideas and places for hosting your child's party. Categories include: creative parties, nature and science parties, sports and military parties, active parties, cakes and party supplies.