Whether you’re turning 21 or 65, it doesn’t mean that an adult birthday party can’t be fun anymore, does it? If the restaurant-and-bar routine isn’t for you, or if it’s just something that’s gotten old over the years, you don’t have to stay at home. There’s no shortage of places you can go with a large group of people to celebrate this special occasion, and one of the most popular new options is easily axe throwing.
Anyone looking for fun party ideas for adults would be making the right move to book an axe throwing party early, especially if it’s on the weekend. The sport has become extremely popular in only a matter of years, attracting birthday parties, bachelor parties, staff parties, and more. While many began as actual leagues that compete towards play-offs and now national competitions, they also host novices on both a walk-in basis and as private bookings.
One great place to host an axe throwing party for adults is BATL, the Backyard Axe Throwing League, with locations in both Ontario and Alberta. Besides all the axes, targets, and coaches you need to learn how to play competitive axe throwing, their locations also feature everything you need to host a birthday party: a fridge, counterspace, and swag. Some locations are even licensed and serve food, but call ahead or check online to find out before hand. BlogTO even listed them as one of the top 19 destinations for adult birthdays in Toronto by neighbourhood, claiming the Port Lands, but they also have locations in the west end (having converted empty space at the Galleria Mall into an axe throwing arena), Yorkdale, and Pickering, as well as locations in London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa, Niagara, and Calgary.
Here’s how an axe throwing birthday party works:
- Set up: Find a venue that will let you set up early when you book a private group event, so you can decorate, bring in the cake, or any other accommodations
- Instruction: The venue should provide one-on-one instruction with experienced coaches so that everyone in the group, even if they’ve never so much as touched an axe, knows how to throw it safely and properly
- Head-to-head rounds: Your group will then play a round robin tournament, where everyone at a pitch will play against each other, getting five throws each per round
- Elimination: While axe throwing is more about the fun than the competition, that doesn’t mean you can walk away without a winner. After everyone’s had plenty of time to throw, the coaches organize elimination rounds and your party crowns a champion.
This summer, you don’t have to stay inside to have an axe throwing party, either. In both Ontario and Alberta, mobile axe throwing parties are now available from BATL. They’re setting up at festivals, outdoor parties, and even weddings. You can get back to axe throwing’s roots by throwing an outdoor party, too. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that everyone should get to enjoy at least once in their lives.