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10 Places to Hold a Kids Birthday Party

Updated on March 5, 2011


My kids’ birthday is in January and every year I try and do something special for their birthday. It is not always easy to do so quickly after the Holiday Season and the New Year. I am not an outlandish person and don’t want to do something over the top or try to outdo other parties. I just want to do something fun and different from the year before. To me it seems that most kids nowadays have similar birthday parties and similar locations. Here are what I think are the top ten places to hold kids parties.


Bowling parties are really popular and so fun.  Everyone can get involved no matter what the age.  For the younger kids there is bumper bowling so that the bowling balls do not go down the alley, some parents might want this option as well depending on their skill level.   Most bowling alleys have some type of birthday party plan.  Some bowling alleys offer special lighting and music as well.


There are two types of skating parties that a kid can have roller skating which can be really fun or ice skating which can be a little harder for children to learn.  Sometimes the skating rinks have a quick lesson for those that need help or do not know how to skate before the party even starts.  Just like with the bowling alleys some skating rinks offer special lights and music just for the birthday party and they also have fun games for the kids to play.


Swimming parties can be fun as long as safety measures are in place. Some local/community pools offer parties for children.  Depending on the age and the swimming level of the child the facility can provide the right party for you.  Make sure that there are lifeguards or adults with CPR/First Aid accreditation available.   The facility will also have toys and games for the kids to play with.


Bouncy house parties seem to be the newest craze.  I think the last three birthday parties we have attended have been at the local bouncy house facility and believe me the kids have a great time.  Usually there are three or four large inflatable contraptions that the children can either jump in, climb on or slide down.  This is really fun for the kids and I have even seen a few adults join in too!


Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Gymnastics and other sports is a great way to party and to tire the kids out. It’s a great workout and very fun for kids.  The kids play the selected sport and usually the sports facility has a bunch of different types of games that the kids can play.  If you choose a sports facility there is a possibility of being able to play multiple sports during the party. 


My kids are Karate Kids so this is a no brainer for our family.  Karate or Martial Arts parties can be fun.  Usually there is about a short Karate lesson for the kids and then there are Karate games and other skills games that can be played as well.  This is a great way for kids to learn a little about Karate or other Martial Arts.


Trampoline parties are relatively new and extremely fun.  These facilities have a huge room where the whole floor and part of the walls are trampolines so there is no chance of falling off and getting hurt.  The kids can play games on the trampolines such as basketball or dodge ball or simply just bounce until they are too tired to bounce anymore.


There are many different types of themed restaurants that are great places to host a children’s birthday party.  These places have activities, toys, video games and other types of games for the children to do. In themed restaurants the kids are able to run around and do different things having fun with their friends.


Build a Bear workshop and other craft places where kids can make their own art work are really great places.  To have an arts and crafts party can be a little costly but the children are able to take their creations home with them. With arts and crafts parties children can truly make their own creations from start to finish and have fun doing it.


The local Zoo, Aquarium, Museum or ScienceCenter is another wonderful way to have a party.  Each of these facilities is a great way for children to have fun and to learn as well.  Each of these facilities has different options for parties depending on the age of the children.  There is also the possibility of having a party that combines two or more of these locations as well, especially if they are near each other.

There are many different ideas for birthday parties for children. Make sure that when you choose the place that it is age appropriate and that all invitees can participate.  Most importantly have fun!


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    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      6 years ago from West Coast

      Good luck with your party cashmere

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      6 years ago from India

      Good list. I usually have it at home but I think having it some place new can make it all the more exciting for the kids

    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you so much Kenneth!!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Triplet, GREAT read. GREAT hub. GREAT advice. I have three grandchildren, 10, 8, and 5. Have I said enough? Wonderful to find you on hubs. You are a fantastic talent.

    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Journey!!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      7 years ago from USA

      These are great ideas Triplet Mom. Thanks.

    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you for your comments Eiddwen!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi triplet Mom,

      A great hub and thanks for sharing.

      take care


    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Bevy - Yes there are. I have avoided having a Chuck E Cheese birthday party for my kids for 10 years now ;)

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      7 years ago

      You mean there are other options besides the dreaded "Chucky Cheese"?


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