A birthday party does not have to break the bank. Great parties can be had that don't require cashing your son's or daughter's college fund. Here are some ideas for a variety of budgets.

For around $10 to $15 per child, a miniature golf party is a great way to build an activity into the party, and is a great outing for older kids.

If having the entire party at one venue is important to you, check ahead to make sure the mini golf course has a picnic area where you can serve cake and drinks.

Many courses offer packages that include pizza, soda and ice cream. You should check with them if you want to bring your own food.

Sure, miniature golf is a game unto itself, but you can build some mini contests into the affair. Try awarding prizes for. . . First hole-in-one Most holes-in-one Longest putt