Creative birthday celebration ideas?

happy birthday candle cakeChrissy emails:

I'm turning 30 in a month! I want to do something special with my friends but throwing a party is too much stress and I'm not a drinker (there goes the Albany birthday tour de alcohol). Can you ask the AOA crowd for creative ways they've celebrated their special days? Thanks!

Got a suggestion for Chrissy? Please share! You only turn 30 once. (Actually, now that we think about it, we know some people who have turned 30 a few times.)

Earlier on AOA: Capital Region birthday freebies (2009)

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go camping! or throw a bbq at thatcher.

I've always wanted to go up to Lake George and rent an island to camp on. You can even rent a boat to get to/from that island! So, your party would involve boating around Lake George, swimming, barbecuing,, and then camping! The food is simple, the costs are easily split across a group and your fun is hanging out with friends in a beautiful spot.

A few years ago we got a group of our friends together, went out to Howe Caverns and did the lantern tour for a birthday celebration. A little cheesy, sure, but it was a lot of fun and definitely memorable.

I know a few ways I would have loved to have celebrated my 30th but I was away from friends and family and my birthday is in November:

A day at Great Escape (they cater)
Valleycats (or Major League) Game (I think you can get a private box at the Joe, I could be wrong)
Going out to a place like Hana for hibachi (they have a few party room options)
Buca is great for celebrations too!

That's all I can think of.

Chuck E. Cheese

Laser Tag! There's nothing more fun than (virtually) blasting away at your friends...

My little sis, also not a drinker, threw a psychic party--she hired a local psychic, made some snacks, and she and 10 of her friends all had readings done, then went dancing.

When I turned 30, I attempted to learn to rollerskate -- my then-boyfriend and I met a couple of friends at Guptill's and spent a few hours, them skating, me clinging desperately to the rail of the beginner area, trying to figure out how to move on skates. Then, we had dinner out, during which I learned that it's a challenge to eat with a newly sprained wrist. Needless to say, I still don't know how to skate, but at least I tried.

I don't know why throwing a party needs to be stressful, if you have friends, btw -- they threw me a party a few days after my birthday, and all I had to do was show up and enjoy. :)

Spa day! Massages, nails, fruit and chocolate to snack on

Or go up to the lake George and go parasailing.

Second the rollerskating! My friends kidnapped me and took me to Rollerama (sp?) in Rotterdam for my 30th and we had the best time. And I mostly clung to the wall.

Happy almost birthday!

Go zip-lining! or sky-diving!

It's summer in the Capital District - Go up to Toga and the track. Make a day of it and hit a concert at SPAC or take in time at the spa at the Roosevelt Baths when you're done.

Thatcher Park BBQ and a hike to boot is a great call. So is parasailing in Lake George.

Meet up for a free concert and picnic at Freedom Park in Scotia or Schenectady Central Park or Park Playhouse.

Invite everyone to take a cooking class at Different Drummer's Kitchen.

Bike/Run/Walk the route of the Hudson-Mohawk Marathon, with different friends joining for different portions of the route.

Thanks for all the great suggestions! I definitely have some things to think about now!

What about a group cooking class at Different Drummers Kitchen? A group day at the track with a bunch of friends? A weekend trip to Las Vegas?

I am using the ap "Scavenger Hunt With Friends" to create a photo hunt for my upcoming birthday celebration. I'm looking forward to showing my friends some of my favorite places around Troy!

Someone above mentioned Lasertag - Oasis mini-golf on rt4 in East Greenbush has OUTDOOR lasertag - and you can play during the day or at night. We did it with a work group of ~18 people, and it was a lot of fun.

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