Best of the Bay 2012: BEST ROCK 'EM SOCK 'EM REVELRY

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BEST ROCK 'EM SOCK 'EM REVELRY

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.

(707) 228-5088, www.botbashparty.com