Tweens Give North Beach Volleyball Two Thumbs Up
My daughter recently celebrated her 13th birthday with her feet in the sand, playing beach volleyball. No, we didn’t skip town (with the cold winter, that would have been fabulous). Instead, North Beach Volleyball in Toronto was party central and what a unique venue it was for a tween party. North Beach is in fact where Canadian Bronze Beach Volleyball Olympic medalists John Child and Mark Heese have logged in plenty of practice time.
North Beach has 8 indoor courts, with an additional 2 outdoors. The building is massive with its open, spacious interior with high ceilings. It’s hard not to take notice of the bright, colourful murals on the walls. The court at the far end is perfect for younger party guests with their own party room directly at the back of the court. A row of restaurant booths and a picnic area provides a perfect separation between courts where onlookers, including parents can sit and watch as the games unfold. The picnic area is where parties can set up with plenty of sitting for guests to eat and drink. It is in a public area (though not terribly busy as courts are booked on the hour) as it connects to another section of the building which houses additional courts, so for young kids, the rear court is more ideal.
Our 2-hour birthday package included 1 hour of court time, 1 hour of party room time, 1 pizza and pitchers of pop and/or juice for $13.50 per person (minimum 15 guests). Honestly, 1 pizza (though the slices were a good size) wasn’t enough for a group of growing tween boys and girls, so I decided to order another pizza. Since the chicken wings were half price, I added an order (which was suppose to be for the parents) but those tweens ate everything! They devoured the chicken wings and I would love to tell you that they were delicious, but there were no leftovers to be had (they loved the wings).
Being that the group is older, we elected to only take half an hour to eat and added an extra half hour of court time. Other add-ons available include rock climbing and a large jumpy castle. All add-ons come at an additional cost.
I would highly suggest adding a games person for the hour even though it comes at an additional cost. It was totally worth it. Assad was amazing, he played volleyball with the kids when we were waiting for guests to arrive, then turned to referee games. He had a good vibe with the group and knew when to switch gears to lead them in a few highly competitive rounds of dodge ball (smaller, softer balls were used). The group was never bored, the hour flew by. North Beach parties are not just about volleyball. The staff have plenty of fun, party sand games to entertain kids of all ages. Best of all, I didn’t have to do a thing.
It’s tough to impress a group of tweens but North Beach hit the jackpot! If you’re looking for a birthday party that’s different, with a huge WOW factor, North Beach is it.
The facility also has a fully licensed restaurant with a complete menu, so it’s a fantastic place to hang with friends. In fact, many of the parents were saying they would come back and make it a night out with friends and family.
North Beach Volleyball Giveaway
Here’s your chance to experience North Beach for yourself.
North Beach Volleyball is giving away a court for one hour for you to play with friends (value $91). Get out of the cold and play in the North Beach sand with up to 18 of your friends and family. Please note North Beach Volleyball is located in Toronto (DVP/Lawrence Ave). Transportation to the North Beach facility is not included.
To enter, be sure to leave a comment to the following question: “Name the outdoor summer Olympic sport that is played year-round at North Beach Volleyball”. Once you’ve added your answer in the comment section below, click on the green “I commented” button and you’ll be given additional ways to enter.
This giveaway is open to Canadian residents 18+ only, excluding Quebec. A winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. The winner will be required to answer a skill-testing question and have 48 hours to respond, otherwise another winner will be chosen.
Giveaway starts February 27, 2014 at 12:01 am EST and ends March 9, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST.
Giveaway prize terms and conditions:
- Valid until March 31, 2015
- Blackout Dates December 25, 2014, January 1, 2015
- Recommended for 15-18 people
- $25/hour add-on for games person available by request
- Winner must arrange their own transportation to/from the facility
Images: North Beach Volleyball
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.