Getting too big for Pump it Up? Berkeley mom Katie told us about her son's Bot Bash birthday party and we loved the idea.
Bot Bashes are for kids seven years and older and party packages range from $300 (16 guests) to $1000 (unlimited guests and a live DJ). You get a robot technician who brings an arena and four miniature robots to your venue. He will facilitate a remote-controlled arena robot fighting tournament for the guests and share an enthusiasm for the mechanics and technology that makes them work.
Katie said that the robot-fighting veteran Zachary, a tournament-winning robot builder and teacher, was “great with the kids”.
The SF Bay Guardian wrote
What do you do for a ‘tweenager’s birthday? Too old for a scavenger hunt, too young for a dance party, too quickly bored for pretty much anything. Except, that is, a good robot war. Thanks to Bot Bash Parties, you don’t even have to leave your house for such mechanical mania. Zachary Lytle, who built his first robot when he was younger than some of his party guests, and who has won the world robotics tournament three times, will set up a four-foot-square ring in your living room that’ll house a tournament of six vicious, whirring, cutting, flipping remote-controlled robots that can occupy as many as 24 kids. Along the way, partygoers are treated to a basic roboting lesson. For world-weary ‘tweens and their parents, this does compute.