If July's World Cup tournament had you kicking around ideas for a soccer-themed birthday party, Locker Soccer Academy can help. The locally owned soccer franchise, with facilities in Gahanna and Powell, offers soccer parties year-round.

If July's World Cup tournament had you kicking around ideas for a soccer-themed birthday party, Locker Soccer Academy can help. The locally owned soccer franchise, with facilities in Gahanna and Powell, offers soccer parties year-round.

Children split their time between the indoor soccer field and the party room, said owner and former professional soccer player Steve Locker. Party activities are designed so kids of all ages and skill levels will enjoy them, he said.

"We're really focused on making the activities enjoyable for everyone," said Locker, who has coached at Harvard University and played for Hannover 96 in Germany. "Kids leave sweaty and tired and smiling."

Sounds like the perfect goal to us!

WHAT: Locker Soccer Academy

WHERE: 300 W. Case Ave., Powell, 43065 and 277 W. Johnstown Road, Gahanna 43230

WHY: Parties - like Locker Soccer's programs - are a fun way to learn about soccer in a noncompetitive and age-appropriate atmosphere. Parties are geared to boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 10.

COST: Locker Soccer offers two party options. Both packages are designed for up to 12 children. Parties are 90 minutes. A $50 nonrefundable deposit is required to book a party. The remainder of the fee is due on the day of the party.

The Klassic Kickers Party costs $150 for Locker Soccer Academy members and $180 for nonmembers. The party includes one hour of soccer games led by a soccer coach, 30 minutes in the party room, a slice of cheese pizza for each child, a mini soccer ball for the birthday child and help with party setup and cleanup. Additional guests cost $12 for members and $13 for nonmembers.

A World Cup Party costs $200 for members and $230 for nonmembers. The party includes one hour of soccer games led by a soccer coach, 30 minutes in the party room, a slice of cheese pizza for each guest, a cupcake for each child, party favors for each child and help with party setup and cleanup. Additional guests cost $16 for members and $17 for nonmembers.

WHEN: Between mid-October and mid-May, parties are only held Saturdays at 2:30 or 4:30 p.m. The remainder of the year, party times are more flexible depending on facility availability.

WHAT THE VENUE PROVIDES: Locker Soccer will decorate the party room and provide the necessary tableware for pizza and cupcakes.

WHAT YOU PROVIDE: Parents are allowed to bring additional snacks, ice cream and goodie bags. Parents must send out invitations and provide drinks.

CONTACT: Powell, 614-760-5522 and Gahanna, 614-478-5522; lockersoccer.com