It can sometimes be a challenge to think of party ideas for your tween or teen. The good news is, Puget Sound has some great venues for the gamers, athletes, girly girls and wanna-be drivers in your house!

K1 Speed
2207 NE Bel-Red Rd
Redmond, WA 98052
1.855.517.7333 (toll free)

Let the kids feel the adrenaline rush of indoor racing! K1 has eco-friendly 20hp electric karts with lots of safety features like a two-point safety belt that goes over both shoulders, full-frame bumpers and radio controlled speed settings, including automatic shut off, making sure your young teens are safe. You don’t need a license to drive one of these, so kids can race one another in a battle to the finish! As part of one of the many party packages, the winners will receive trophies and photos after the race. There are also pool tables, televisions, a small dining area for your own food (or food K1 can provide). You can begin the registration online or over the phone using K1’s toll free number.

Lily’s Pampering Salon & Party Boutique
1509 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

In this French shabby chic salon, your tweens will be delighted with all the fun pampering they’ll experience when you choose one of their fabulous spa party packages.
The girls can browse or shop through the oodles of hair accessories, toe rings, necklaces and shimmery bracelets. From hip ’60s style parties, to themes circling friendship to the ultimate in spa luxury, your party at Lily’s will include use of the fancy party room, Lily’s signature cupcakes and pink lemonade, crafts, sassy up-do’s for all your guests, a party photo, invitations and more. Check the website for prices and details.

Sandbox Sports Seattle
5955 Airport Way South
Seattle, WA 98108

How about beach volleyball? You can play at Sandbox Sports’ indoor beach volleyball courts 12 months of the year! Their clean, sandy courts are open and ready for fun. Bring your party food for their refrigerator and small kitchen. You’ll have 1 hour 45 minutes on the beach and on the patio (up to 20 people). What do you want to play? Activities include Beach Ball Volleyball, Badminton, Bocceball, Ladder Golf, Sack Races and more. When the tweens get tired, they can hang out with the Xbox Kinect, Ping Pong or Foosball.

Operation Paintball
20819 Jansky Road East
Graham, WA 98338

Paintball players share a love for adventure and a strong competitive spirit. At Operation Paintball, the games are played in a park-like atmosphere in outdoor themed courses. Imagine a jungle with tree forts, or an urban playground with automobiles and a two-story house. Once the party-goers are outfitted with protective masks, they are grouped into teams and try to “mark” each other using air-powered marking guns which shoot gelatin capsules filled with a water-based paint. The parties play “Capture The Flag”, “Elimination”, “Center Flag” and other fun games coordinated and supervised by Operation Paintball’s staff of professional and courteous referees. The games are controlled to insure player safety and fair play. All the amenities, equipment and supplies are on-site for a fun and exciting adventure. Three different packages are offered, including a group photo.

Game Truck Party

GameTruck is the perfect party idea for Gamers. Just have a place for the GameTruck to park, and their Mobile Video Game RV comes right to your door, air conditioned, with every multiplayer game you can imagine for the Wii, Xbox, and PS3. The RV is packed with 55″ flat screen TVs, 16 comfortable leather seats and all games your kids love. Supervised by Game Truck staff, you can have the party just steps from your front door.

Hello Cupcake!
1740 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402

Culinary artists, this party is for you! Hello Cupcake provides your party guests with a darling party room, a beverage, two cupcakes for each guest (you can choose the flavor of the cupcake and the icing), and all the tools, icing and decor you’ll need to make professional looking cupcakes. One to eat, and one to take home. Or – eat them both! It’s a party, after all. Check online for details and how to make reservations.

Sky High Sports
1445 120th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98005
425.990.JUMP (5867)

Sky High Sports is a unique trampoline fun center. Watch the kids as they flip forward, backward, and off the walls – literally! Sky High Sports takes all the work out of your hands when it comes to parties. They handle set up and clean up. When the party’s over, you just walk away! Pizza packages, private party rooms, all the table set up and clean up are theirs. Call or go online for details and reservations information.