Birthday Party at The Matrix Gym in Huntsville
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Big thanks to Connie C. for sharing her son’s birthday party experience at The Matrix Gym with us!
Party at The Matrix Gym
Age & gender of child: Boy, 5 years old
Party Theme: Pokemon
Party Location: The Matrix Gym Huntsville
Facility Rental Costs: $295 for 13-20 guests. The cost varies based on the size of the party. This was the mid range cost.
Number of Party Guests: 20 kids + parents
Invitations: paper invitations provided by The Matrix Gym
Cake, Food, and Decorations
I purchased a half sheet cake chocolate cake with chocolate filling from Costco. We did not use one of their design and just asked for white lettering with Happy Birthday and the birthday boy’s name. The cake cost less than $20 and serves up to 48 people. We also brought fruit, cheese sticks, chips, and small bottles of water.
The party is 1.5 hrs with 30 minutes set aside for cake and presents. Matrix gym provides plates, napkins, utensils, and tablecloths based on your choice of color from their available selection. The party assistant helps with setup and serving the food.
Games & Activities
The first hour of the party is spent as free play in the tumbling gym. Kids can jump on trampolines, swing from a rope, jump into an enormous foam pit, tumble, and play on the gymnastics equipment. There are no structured games, but the party assistant interacts with the kids and also makes sure the kids are not using some of the equipment that is off limits.
We had clear favor bags with Pokemon themed items including a small camera pencil topper, pencil, bookmark, and toy figure.
We found some of our Pokemon favor items and a Happy Birthday banner at Dirt Cheap Madison for a great price. The Pokemon candles for the cake and pencils for the favors came from Party City, and we ordered the toy figures for the favors from Amazon.com. We also brought a Pokemon balloon bouquet that we purchased at Kroger.
Parent Pro-Tips for a Party at The Matrix Gym
The kids had a great time during the free play in the gym. They never stopped moving and that hour went by so fast! I recommend the party for kids that are ages 4 and up. There is a good bit of running and jumping, and kids that can independently navigate are most able to take advantage of the gym equipment. Kids and parents should both dress comfortably. Parents, I encourage you to play as well! You and your kids will be exhausted from all of the fun.
The party room is on the 2nd floor of the building and there is not an elevator. You will need to be able to use the stairs. The tumbling gym will occasionally have other classes taking place during parties. I have attended another party where there was a cheer-leading practice, but it did not take away from the experience at all. During our party we had the gym to ourselves and it was very quiet. You can request the party assistant turn on music for the party as well.
Since there is in only 30 minutes in the party room, we saved the presents to open at home and kept the food fairly simple.
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Thanks so much for the review! We are so glad you enjoyed the party at The Matrix!
We have actually made a few improvements since you were here!
1. We now have a party room downstairs also if you have guests that can’t navigate stairs!
2. We are adding 3 additional party times on a Saturdays and Sundays starting in March.
3. beginning Saturday, March 4th, you can add our brand new 18′ inflatable slide to any party for $25!
For more information, visit http://www.thematrixgym.com
We happened to attend this one and loved that kids of all ages were having a blast (adults included). The open gym is pretty amazing!