We did Paint It Yourself Pottery for my daughter's fifth bday. It was a little high, but all the kids had something cool to take home. I was able to control the cost by saying "You have to pick from THIS shelf." My son's fifth was at the bowling alley. If you do that, don't buy their hourly rate or bday package. Get permission to bring a cake, and pay by the game. Certain times are cheaper than others. 5yos are slow bowlers so the hourly rate is usually not a good deal. Otherwise, we've done backyard bbqs (throw in a pinata or other games), the park, etc. They get a "money" bday about every other year, and a "free" bday the next. This way, I only have to pay for one expensive one per year...
at 9:23 PM on Apr. 7, 2009