As a parent looking to host a child's birthday somewhere other than your home, you may think your only options are the local park or Chuck E. Cheese. Luckily, there are plenty of other fun birthday party places for kids that take care of all the details so you don't have to worry about a thing.
Fun Kids' Birthday Party Venues
You don't have to brainstorm birthday ideas for places that your kids will love to party at on their birthdays. Plenty of places offer fun and exciting options for kids who are celebrating their special day.
Active Party Places
Plan a party at a place that keeps kids moving, like the following:
- My Gym: Get youngsters running and jumping at exiting birthday parties held at My Gym locations across the United States. Each party includes at least 1.5 hours for the party, as well as teachers, games, songs and use of the facility. Most locations offer several levels of parties, starting at around $200. Add-ons to each party cost extra, but can include pizza, balloons and face painting. Contact a My Gym location near you for more details.
- Monster Mini Golf: The glow-in-the-dark 18 hole mini golf course is a perfect setting for youngsters who want to have an exciting birthday. Each location allows 1.5 hours for the party room, plus a round of golf for all of the people attending. Non-refundable deposits are required for parties, which start at $50, depending on the party package. You must bring your own food, but the place provides table service, decorations and refrigeration for food. Contact a location for more information by clicking on your party site in the left sidebar.
- Pump It Up: Kids will love to run and jump on the slides, bounce houses and more at this indoor inflatable play area. Four levels of fun are available for parties. A basic party includes supervised playtime and approximately half an hour in the party room. Parties can also include food, drink, balloons, goody bags and more. Prices vary depending on the day of the week, the number of children, the party package and the venue's location around the country, but typically start at over $150.
- Monkey Joe's: Children under 12 will love to play at Monkey Joe's on their birthdays. Several packages are available, each one locally priced, with various options, but most start at around $150. All packages include invitations, playtime, a party host, drinks and tableware. Set-up and clean-up are also included. Bring your own cake to this party or take advantage of add-ons like pizza and ice cream offered by the establishment.
Crafty Party Places
Not all kids are into sports or want to run around on their birthday. If your child is into arts and crafts, you can find a great party place for him to enjoy his special day.
- Color Me Mine: Each studio has its own pricing and options. Depending on the studio, packages are priced per person or per total package. Deposits are required when booking. Each party includes a piece to make, instructions and clean-up. Some locations handle refreshments, while others require parents to bring in their own. Themed birthday parties are available at many locations. Check your area studio for more information.
- Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft: Make it a party with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores, starting at just $125 for eight kids. This includes a special project, supplies, treat decorating supplies, instructor and invitations. Bring your own decorations, tableware, food and drink, treats for decorating, cake and candles. Not all locations offer this program, so check your local store to see if yours does.
Additional Party Places for Kids
Kids' birthday party places aren't limited to sports and craft activities. Plenty of other fun venues offer fun things for kids to do, too.
- Snip-its: This hairdressing salon caters just to kids, making it the perfect place for a child's birthday party. Five different themed parties are available, from a spa package to a rock star package. Each package includes some fun dress-up time and makeovers central to the theme. Unfortunately, prices and total package details are not available online, so you will need to contact your local Snip-its for more details.
- Young Chefs Academy: The Young Chefs Academy is the perfect place for an aspiring chef. Party options vary greatly from location to location. Some locations offer just a few basic packages, with options like adding on goody bags or cupcakes, while others have a variety of themed food parties, from a pizza party to a fiesta party. Packages do include the food the kids make, use of the kitchen and supplies for the menu. Check your local Academy for more information, including pricing.
- Build-A-Bear Workshop: These fun parties are perfect for children who love their teddy bears. Use the Party Calculator to figure out exactly how much it will cost to host the party of your choice. The minimum amount is 6 guests starting at $10 each. All parties include a photo, birthday gift for guest of honor, favors, printable invites and thank yous and a fun virtual game to play at home. Additional options include different stuffed animals, clothing and sounds.
- Incredible Pizza Company: Located in seven states, this fun franchise is perfect for both youngsters and older kids. Play fun games while enjoying pizza or the buffet. Several packages are available, including one specifically for kids ages 6 and under. All packages include food and drink, party invitations and thank yous, game cards for guests, a balloon bouquet and more. Packages start at below $10 per guest and go up, depending on what you want included. Book your party online at the location nearest you.
Easy Parties for Kids
Just because a party is fun for the kids doesn't mean it has to be work for the adults. Book your child's birthday party at a fun franchise near you and you'll enjoy every minute, from the first guest's arrival until all the candles are blown out.