Birthday Party Venues for Kids

May 28, 2019

Many families opt to host birthday parties at outside facilities, either because they don’t have enough space at home, or because they like the ease of putting the party entertainment in the hands of a professional.

Most communities have at least a few basic birthday venues for kids’ parties, whether your child wants to go bowling, eat pizza, bounce in an inflatable castle, or compete with friends in a game of laser tag.

Below, you’ll find ideas for those tried-and-true birthday party places, as well as some party locations you might not have ever considered. You might even build your party theme around the venue if you find a spot that sparks you and your child’s imagination.

Tried-and-True Birthday Party Venues
Almost every community has at least a few of these places available for kids’ birthday parties.

Inflatable play facilities (also known as bounce houses or trampoline parks)
Pizza parlors
Bowling alleys
Ice-skating rinks
Roller-skating rinks
Miniature golf courses (indoor and outdoor)
Laser-tag facilities
Paintball facilities
Amusement parks
Ice cream parlors
Soft play gyms (such as My Gym or Gymboree)
Paint-your-own pottery facilities
Art studios
Fire stations

Budget Birthday Venues
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money–or any money at all–to book a space, consider these budget-friendly party places.

Public parks
Forests (perfect for a Robin Hood, fairy, or woodland theme)
Public gardens (host a garden, bug, or fairy party)
School gyms or classrooms (for a sports- or school-themed party)
School tracks
Community centers
Church recreation halls

Back to Nature
Get in touch with Mother Earth with a party that celebrates the outdoors. These party places make it easy for kids to connect with nature.

Horse ranches that offer riding lessons
Public gardens

For Creative Minds
Some birthday parties offer kids an opportunity to try a new skill or learn about the world around them. These are great venues for families that like to think outside the box.

Children’s museums
Science centers
Art galleries or museums
Nature and history museums
Painting studios
Craft stores (many offer private classes for specific crafts)
Bakeries or restaurants (learn cake decorating or tour a professional kitchen)
Kids’ cooking class venues
Candy or chocolate shops
Ballet studios
Music studio or classroom
Tea houses that host tea parties
Bead or jewelry-making stores
Civic theaters
Paint-your-own pottery facilities
Educational farms (also called farm schools)
For Active Kids
Have a kid who wants to get everyone moving on his or her birthday? Choose a birthday party place that encourages physical fitness.

Ballet and dance studios
Gymnastics centers
Karate facilities
Taekwondo facilities
Tennis courts
Indoor soccer fields
Swimming pools
Ice skating rinks
Rollerskating rinks
Hockey rink
Public-school gym or sports field (perhaps where teenage cheerleaders, football players, or other athletes could teach skills to younger kids.)
Yoga studios
Go-kart facilities
Fun buses or other transportable gyms
Golf courses
Skateboarding parks
Batting cages
Rock climbing gyms
Seasonal Party Venues
Depending on the time of year when your child’s birthday falls, you might consider a birthday party venue that celebrates the season.

Swimming pools
Waterslide parks
Pumpkin patches or corn mazes
Amusement parks
Ice skating rinks
Sledding hills
Ski resorts or lodges
Party Places for Older Kids
Bounce houses are a blast for younger children, but teens and tweens might be looking for something more sophisticated. Oftentimes, they opt for an outing with a few close friends rather than a full-blown birthday party.

Whether your older kid wants a small affair or a big bash, consider these birthday party venue ideas.

Day spas/beauty salons
Movie theaters
Professional or semi-pro sporting events
Coffee houses
Karaoke facilities
All-ages dance clubs
Art studios
Cooking class facilities
Over-the-Top Fun
If money’s no object, host a party at one of these upscale locations.

Historic homes
Destination cities or attractions, such as Disneyland or New York City
Boats that offer day cruises
Dance clubs
Your community might have businesses who have developed their own party packages, such as a pet store that throws puppy parties, where kids can pet and care for dogs, for example.

You might also find professionals who don’t normally host parties but are willing to organize something for you on the side, such as school art teachers, crafting experts, ballet instructors, or college athletes.

Start by talking with your birthday boy or girl about their interests, and brainstorm the party venue possibilities from there.

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