So, you're trying to plan a birthday party for your kid.
Where are you gonna have it?
If you're not sure yet, keep reading. From traditional pizza joints to a scuba dive shop, we've got a huge list of places you can have a party — all around the Tucson area, Marana and Oro Valley. We've also included some local vendors who will come to you.
Address: 2045 W. Omar Drive
Package details: This outside pool has a covered patio. Price includes two lifeguards and 2 hours of pool time for up to 30 guests. Party planners and BBQ are available for an additional charge.
More info: Click here or call 989-9589
Address: 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road
Cost: $12 per child with a 10 child minimum
Package details: Unlimited use of the park, which includes picnic tables, train, carousel and ferris wheel. You provide the food.
More info: 296-4551, ext. 9
Parks are located all around Tucson. Click the link above to find a park. You can rent ramadas, which are usually equipped with barbecue grills, or a meeting or conference room. Many of the conference rooms have kitchens.
Cost: Ramadas are $15 for city residents or $20. Room rentals vary. Click here for a full list.
Details: You provide everything for the party. The city website has a list of approved vendors for jumping castles and other amusements to add to your party. You'll get the ramada for five hours.
More info: 791-4873, option 3
The county parks also offer ramada rentals. Click the link above to search its website for parks near you.
Details: You provide everything for your party. Rental is for the full day use of the ramada only. Some parks do allow jumping castles or kiddie train vendors. Click here for a list of approved vendors.
More info: 724-5000
You can also reserve a ramada or field at a park in Marana. Click the link above to find one.
Cost: Ramadas range in price from $10 to $30 per hour, depending on size.
Details: If you're going to have beer or wine for the grownups, you have to get a permit at Marana Parks and Recreation Administration Office. It'll cost you $25. You can reserve your ramada online.
You are allowed to have a jumping castle, but you must use one of the approved vendors. Click here to find one.
More info: 382-1950
Address: 4001 N. Country Club Road
Cost: Ramada rental at the club is $70; $35 for members and there's a $100 minimum food and drink order required.
Package details: You get three hours, plus tables, chairs, paper plates, cups, napkins, utensils and a serving staff. If you're using the pool and there is no lifeguard on duty at the time of the party, one will be put on duty at the cost of $25 per hour. You must order food from the club restaurant, but you can bring your own cake and ice cream.
More info: 795-6960
Address: 4210 N. Campbell Ave.
Package details: Parties are usually booked on Saturdays for two hours, but the farm is willing to work with families on that. The first hour is dedicated to activities such as games, painting and planting pots and garden tours with snacks. The second hour is reserved for opening presents and cake and ice cream.
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Address: 2150 N. Alvernon Way
Package Details: Two hours in the Pavillion, two six foot tables with plastic covering, 16 folding chairs, plastic cups, plates, forks and napkins, free admission to the gardens for party attendees, 10 percent discount in the gift shop the day of the party and set up and break down of the event area. Bring your own food and cake.
For an additional $50 you can add on the Butterfly Experience, where the kids will be able to get a behind the scenes tour of the Butterfly Magic Exhibit. The birthday child might be able to help release the butterflies.
More info: Call 326-9686, ext. 29
Address: 7545 S. Houghton Road, suite 101
Package details: Ten kids get two hours of studio time with a craft or painting led by an instructor. You bring your own cake, drinks, etc. Choose from crafts and paintings the studio has. You can ask for a custom craft for an additional $50 per sample. Additional guests are $20 each. The Craft Revolt can come to your house, as well. but, that will cost $350.
Address: 3226 N. Dodge Blvd.
Package details: Two hour party for up to ten kids ages 6 years and up. After demonstrations, kids get to make their own clay pieces. The demo piece is given to the birthday child as a gift. You can opt to have pieces fired or glazed for an additional $5 each. You provide decorations and food. Reserve at least two weeks in advance.
More info: 792-6263
Address: 40 W. Broadway
Cost: $175 for up to 20 kids ages 5 and up
Package details: You get access to the studio and shaded patio for two hours, a dedicated staff member for the whole party, hands-on art experience and kindness skill-building game, photo opportunities with the kindness superhero photo board, tablecloths and centerpieces. You have to bring your own food and drinks.
Address: 140 N. Main Ave.
Cost: $190; $150 for members for parties of ten children or less.
Package details: Includes two hours of gallery activities and an art-making project. Choose from printmaking, comic book art, clay mosaics or sculpture, drawing, painting with acrylic or mask making. Bring your own food and cake.
More info: 624-2333 ext. 120
Address: 6530 E. Tanque Verde Road
Cost: $20 per person, with minimum of eight children
Package details: Each party is two hours. You'll get painting supplies, studio space, paper goods, art instruction and a gift for the birthday child. You can choose from existing children's paintings or a custom one can be created for a $25 fee. Bring your own food, cake, drinks and decorations. The studio will open 30 minutes before the party so you can set up.
More info: 359-6675
Cost: $100 deposit. Pottery pieces are individually priced and not included in deposit.
Package details: Party includes two hours in the private party room for ten painters, party assistant, commemorative plate, party invitations and thank you cards, VIP pass for birthday child. You provide food, drinks and cake. Pottery pieces will be ready for pick up five days after the party.
Address: Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road
Cost: $18-$45 per guest
Package details: All packages include a furry friend to make and take home for each guest, a party leader, party games and activities and party hats. The birthday child gets a special heart ceremony and a light-up cupcake keepsake. The Super Smiles package comes with a furry friend that costs up to $12 and a tee and is $18 per person; Fantastic Fun comes with a $16 furry friend and one clothing item and costs $25 per guest; Awesome Adventure comes with a $25 furry friend, one clothing item and a drawstring backpack and costs $35 per person. The Ultimate Experience comes with a furry friend that costs up to $35, one clothing item, one footwear item, one sound and a drawstring backpack. It costs $45 per guest.
More info: 888-9218
Address: There are four to choose from. Click here for a list and map.
Cost: $120 for up to eight guests. $10 for each additional guest
Package details: Includes craft supplies, eight blank invitations and thank you notes, a drawstring party bag for the birthday child, team member to lead craft activities and use of the Michaels classroom. There are themes to choose from, broken down by age groups. For ages four to six: Dinosaur Adventure, Pretty Princesses, Cooking School and Superhero Squad. Ages seven to 10: Woodland Creatures, Magical Fairy Fest, Mad Scientist Laboratory, Polka Dot Party. Ages 11 to 14: Make Colorful Memories, Party While You Paint and Jewelry Design Studio. For an additional $25 you can add face painting, which includes a face paint kit and a team member to help.
Bring your own refreshments, plates, cups and silverware.
Package details: Parties are 90 minutes long with one hour for music or dance and a half hour for cake and presents. There is a 15 guest maximum and parties are offered on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. You can have a themed music or dance party. Some ideas: Princess Fairy, Hip Hop, Dance party from your favorite decade, Drum Circle Party, "Frozen" Song party.
The studio will provide a music or dance teacher to direct the party and they will help you set up the decorations you bring and clean up after the party. Bring your own cake and drinks.
Active play venues
Jump Family Entertainment Center
Address: 5120 S. Julian Drive
Cost: $12.95 to $17.95 per child
Package details: There are three packages to choose from: Basic, Super and Mega. Each package includes 90 minutes of fun in the jump room, 30 minutes in the party room, a personal host or hostess, basic napkins, plates and utensils, a free admission for use on a future date for the birthday child and a Jump! balloon. Other things like a gift bag, food add-ons and photos come with the more expensive packages.
Address: 3951 W. Costco Drive
Cost: $155 to $250
Package details: There are three parties to choose from. The "It's All Yours" package is for up to 20 children and includes 2 hours of private play time, freedom to bring decorations and party food, help setting up and cleaning up and a free return pass for the birthday child. Save a few bucks by having a mini morning party for up to 15 children. You get 90 minutes of playtime and a dozen doughnuts. Plus you can bring in your own decorations and party food.
Address: 1702 E. Prince Road
Package details: The Bubblemaker Birthday Party is for kids who are at least 8 years old. They'll get to use scuba gear to breathe underwater and swim around in shallow water. The Dive Shop provides cake, drinks and ice cream for up to ten kids, custom invitations mailed to guests, party favors and decorations, underwater photos of all guests and the use of real scuba gear and supervision from PADI instructors and dive masters.
More info: 326-3483
Address: 3248 N. Freeway Industrial Loop
Cost: Starting at $129 (Tip: Take advantage of its Value Party Times)
Package details: Pump it Up has several packages to choose from and different prices for different days of the week. The Classic Party package includes time in each of the two inflatable arenas, plus time in the party room to sing happy birthday, cut the cake and open presents. You can bring dry snack foods and veggie and fruit trays. Meal food must be ordered through Pump it Up.
More info: 888-9198
Address: 330 S. Toole Ave.
Cost: Basic package starts at $150. Upgraded package starts at $210.
Package details: The basic package includes two hours of jump time with up to ten jumpers, jump socks, table coverings, plates, cups, utensils, napkins, set up and clean up and gift for birthday child. The upgraded package comes with all of that plus two large one topping pizzas, a water bottle for each jumper and a Get Air t-shirt for birthday child. There's also a free downloadable invitation on the company's website. Note: You can bring your own food for no additional charge.
More info: 624-5867
Address: 3931 W. Costco Drive
Cost: There are three packages to choose from — Won-Derful for $145, Twice as Nice for $229 and Triple Treat for $329.
Package details: The Won-Derful package includes one hour of jump time for 12 jumpers, foam pit pass, reserved table for the group, free return jump pass for birthday child, host for set up and clean up. You have to bring paper products and utensils. The Twice as Nice package includes two hours of jump time for 12 jumpers, foam pit pass, two 16" pizzas, three pitchers of soda, host for set up and clean up, choice of colored table cloth, paper products and utensils, t-shirt and return jump pass for birthday child, a pair of jump socks for every jumper and shoutout to the birthday kid. The Triple Threat package includes all of that except you get three hours of jump time, three pizzas, five pitchers of soda and a decorative balloon centerpiece.
More info: 219-8486
Address: 1702 E. Prince Road
Cost: $450 for two and a half hours
Package details: Includes exclusive use of the swimming facility, two lifeguards for up to 20 swimmers 18 and younger and clean up. Bring your own food, drink and decorations.
More info: 638-8040
Address: 7670 E. Wrightstown Road
Cost: There are two packages — Main Gym $200 and Expansion Gym is $180. Both are for up to 10 guests.
Package details: Parties in the main gym are for bigger or older kids. There are foam pits, tumble trak and jumping castles. Parties in the expansion gym are best for littler kids and include an inflatable tumble trak, in ground trampolines and preschool sized equipment. All parties include on hour gym time, 30 minutes in the lobby, a personal party host and coaches with a seven to one student to coach ratio, a gift for the birthday child and party invitations. Bring your own food and drinks.
More info: 628-4355
Address: 119 E. Toole Ave.
Cost: $400 for up to 20 players
Package details: Use of gym and lobby for up to two hours, tables and chairs, three coaches to help coordinate activities, set up and clean up. Parties are available Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday. Popular party themes are American Ninja Warrior, Minecraft, Nerf Wars, Star Wars and Dodgeball. Bring your own food or Playformance can arrange for a food truck.
More info: 623-3904
Address: 5700 E. Broadway
Cost: There are two packages — Arm Bar Package 1, $249 and Kimura Package 2, $349
Package Details: The Arm Bar Package is for a minimum of 12 kids (maximum 20). Party is 90 minutes long. Kids will do 45 minutes of Jiu Jitsu and games. There's one instructor and the birthday kid gets a t-shirt. The Kimura Package 2 is for a minimum of 20 kids (maximum 30). The party is an hour and 45 minutes and includes 60 minutes of Jiu Jitsu instruction and games, two instructors and a t-shirt and hat for the birthday kid.
Both packages include invitations, juice boxes or water bottles, pizza (two slices per guest), paper products, games, Jiu Jitsu lesson, goody bag and a white belt.
Address: 10370 N. La Canada Drive
Cost: Starting at $250
Package details: Dance facility for two hours, one hour of instruction and one hour for additional activities, decorations, party bags for 12 children (eight for super hero package), digital copy of dance emailed to birthday child's parents, cake, ice cream and utensils. Packages include:
Princess for ages 3-8, which includes princess makeovers, princess training, learning the princess waltz and recording of princess waltz at the princess ball.
Rockstar for ages 5-12 includes rockstar makeovers, rockstar training, learning a rockstar dance and recording of rockstar dance and concert.
Frozen for ages 3-12 includes a visit from Elsa and Anna, learn a dance to "Let it Go," build a snowman and play Frozen games.
Super Hero is for ages 3-12 and includes super hero training, super hero testing, super hero graduation and recording of super hero graduation.
Address: 7980 E. 22nd Street
Cost: $99.95 for up to ten skaters
Package details: You must pay for a ten person minimum. It includes admission, skate rental, unlimited soda, two reserved tables and a birthday host. You may bring your own birthday cake and decorations, but if you want other food, you have to purchase it at the snack bar. Budget tip: There are discount rates for weekday afternoon and early evening parties, when the same party will cost $79.95.
More info: 298-4409
Address: 3970 W. Ina Road
Cost: $130 to $370
Package details: 90 minute to two hour parties, coach, table, chairs and t-shirt for the birthday child. You bring your own food and decorations. For $170 you can get either get two hours of gym time and one coach for up to seven kids or 90 minutes of gym time for eight to 14 kids and two coaches.
More info: 744-6180
Address: 7942 N. Oracle Road
Cost: $200 to $390
Details: All packages include set-up, decorations, service of refreshments and cleanup. There are three packages to choose from: The Deluxe Celebration costs $200 and is 90 minutes and includes two party specialists, can include up to 18 children, a custom birthday sign in front of the gym, exclusive use of entire facility, invitations, balloon decorations, cake cutting and service and custom music selections and activities.
The Premier Celebration costs $290 and is 90 minutes long for up to 21 children. You'll get all of the same stuff as above, in addition to a 24" Mama's Pizza, juice boxes for each child and paper goods (plates, napkins, forks, spoons, bowls and tablecloth).
The Super Premier Celebration costs $390 and is for up to 25 children. You get all of the stuff from the Deluxe package and two 24" Mamma's Pizzas and you get to pick a theme. Choices are Frozen, Toy Story, Mickey Mouse, Doc McStuffins, Avengers, Jake & the Neverland Pirates, Thomas the Tank Engine, Princesses, Paw Patrol, Star Wars, Minions, Sesame Street, Spiderman and Cars.
More info: 514-9192
Address: 400 W. Speedway
Cost: $240 to $465, depending on number of guests
Details: Parties are two hours. You get to choose up to three activities, including aerial silks, trapeze, lyra, sling, tightwire, globe walking, Rola bola, juggling, poi and spinning plates. Bring your own food and drinks.
More info: 928-814 -9637
Address: 1861 W. Grant Road
Cost: $259 to $459 depending on which package you choose
Package details: The Classic Party Package is for up to 25 guests and includes 75 minutes of field time with a party leader and 45 minutes of free play. You get to choose two sports games: flag football, dodgeball, kickball, soccer, soft hockey, wiffleball, relay races, tug of war and capture the flag. You also get a jumping castle, paper plates, napkins, utensils, tables and chairs.
More info: Call 589-2747
Food and sweets venues
Address: 5870 E. Broadway
Cost: $12.99 per child
Package details: Fuzziwigs provides invitations, up to an hour and a half in the party room, a personal party host or hostess, decorated tables, make your own candy bar with toppings, candy scavenger hunt, child's drink, party size Dippin Dots, set-up and clean-up. There are add-ons like cupcakes, pitchers of soda and cotton candy that you can get for extra fees.
More info: 790-0851
Address: There are several locations around Tucson. Click here for a map.
Cost: $7.99 or $9.99 per child
Package details: The Classic Party Package includes a build your own personal pizza and $7.50 in tokens for the birthday child and a large one topping pizza for every four children, one 12 oz drink and $5 in game tokens for every child. Also includes a personal party host, party invitations and reserved an decorated tables. It's $7.99 per person.
The VIP Party Package includes a build your own pizza, $15 in game tokens and an autographed t-shirt or pizza peel for guests to sign for the birthday child, large one topping pizza for every four children, one 12 oz drink and $10 game tokens for each child, a party host, party invitations and reserved and decorated tables.
Address: 6125 E. Speedway
Cost: $10.99 - $20.99 per child
Package details: The $10.99 package gets you two hours of reserved table space, ticket blaster experience for the birthday child, party host, email invitations, 30 tokens for each child, two slices of one topping pizza for each child, superhero cape and mask, princess cape and tiara or Chuck E. t-shirt for the birthday child, soft drinks with free refills. The other packages get you a few extras like more tokens, 1,000 ticket voucher for birthday child, a wristband for the birthday child and goody bags.
More info: 745-8800
There are several McDonald's locations in Tucson. Click here for a map.
Cost: $12 - $15 per child
Package Details: The basic Happy Party package costs $12 and includes a party host, 90 minutes of fun, games and prizes, food and drink selection from the Happy Meal menu, invitations and party hats and a celebration pack. The birthday child will receive a special gift. There are two other packages — Fairy Fun and Turbo Racer — that include party bags for guests, a prize for every child and a large message board signed by party guests.
More info: Call your local restaurant. Click here to find one.
Address: 200 S. Sixth Ave.
Cost: Two packages to choose from — The Party, which is $225; $180 for members and The Celebration, which is $275; $220 for members.
Package details: The Party is for up to 20 guests. You get two hours in the birthday room, a Discovery Guide led activity, children's museum latex balloons and table covers. The Celebration is for up to 30 guests. You get two hours in the Fiesta Room, two Discovery Guide led activities, children's museum latex balloons and a table cover. Kids have full access to the museum with both party packages. Note: You must bring your own food for both packages. Reserve two to three months in advance.
More info: 792-9985, ext. 113
Address: 11015 N. Oracle Road, Suite 101
Cost: $200 - $350
Package details: Parties are scheduled to start before the museum opens or after it closes on Saturdays and Sundays. Parties can be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. There are two party packages to choose from. Both packages are for two hour parties.
Party Palooza is for up to 30 people. You get one Discovery Guide led activity of your choice, children's museum latex balloons and table covers. It costs $250 or $200 for museum members.
Party Extravaganza is for 50 people. You get two Discovery Guide-led activities, children's museum latex balloons and table covers. It costs $350 or $275 for members.
Activities include glitter tattoos, crowns, masks, rainbow foam, ribbon wands and finger painting. Both packages come with free downloadable invitations.
More info: 792-9985, ext. 113
Address: 1601 E. University Blvd.
Cost: $175 for up to 20 guests (adults and children)
Package details: You get two hours in the Mezzanine, choice of red or blue table covers, access to all science center exhibits, free roam of the mineral museum and a planetarium show. You can add on a slime science demonstration for $25 or a liquid nitrogen demonstration for $40. You have to bring your own food, drinks and decorations. Tip: You must book at least two weeks in advance.
Party time slots are 6 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and or 3 p.m. Saturdays and noon or 1 p.m. Sundays.
More info: 621-4516
Address: 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive
Package details: Private use of party room for 90 minutes for up to 20 adults and 16 children, craft activity, scavenger hunt in the Enchanted Realm Gallery, treat bags, tables and chairs, vinyl tablecloths, centerpieces, cups, plats and plastic cutlery and party music.
More info: 881-0606 ext. 100
Address: 2021 N. Kinney Road
Cost: $13.50 per adult and $7 per child
Package deal: The museum doesn't offer a traditional birthday party package, but if you have a minimum group of ten people, you can get the group rate above and design your own party. You can start the day with cake at the picnic ramada just before the main entrance (outside food is not allowed inside the museum). Click here for a list of exhibit areas and activities designed for kids. They can dig for fossils, try on bat ears or a tortoise shell and crawl through kid-sized tunnels. Or get Animal Tracking Guides on the entrance patio for $1 each and have the kids complete them for a certificate.
More info: 883-3018
Address: 414 N. Toole Ave.
Package details: Parties are two hours with an extra hour for set up. The museum handles set-up and clean up. You are welcome to decorate while museum staff does the rest. Bring your own food and drinks. For an extra $50 Fun Farm Choo Choo, which is a motorized kids pull train, can provide rides for children for one hour.
More info: 623-2223
Address: 4800 W. Gates Pass Blvd.
Cost: $6 per adult and $2 per child age 12 and under plus a $50 cleaning and facility usage fee with a minimum of 20 people.
Package details: You can book the facilities during or after museum hours. Set up is allowed one hour before your event and cleanup must be done by 11 p.m. You get museum admission, as well as the use of tables and chairs in the dining area, which seats 80 people and use of the wildlife theater. You provide your own caterer and cake. There is a $50 non-refundable deposit applied to the cost of your rental and due at the time of booking, as well as a $100 damage deposit, which is applied to the cost of your rental if there is no damage. Final payment is due three days before your event.
More info: 629-0100, ext. 385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 2405 W. Wetmore Road
Cost: $8 per child
Package details: Pay $8 per child and receive a tour of the farm, pet some animals and get free use of the birthday room where you can have cake and presents.
Address: 3250 E. Allen Road
Cost: $300; $275 for members
Package details: Parties are two hours for up to ten children. The kids will get an hour and a half of supervised open animal interactions, hand led horse rides, hay ride, private party professionals and your choice of indoor room or outdoor tables. Bring your own food and drinks. All birthday parties are held on Sundays at 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.
More info: 298-9808
Address: 8050 E. Tanque Verde Road
Package details: There are four packages to choose from. The Petting Zoo Party is two hours for up to 15 children and includes a petting zoo, party house, outdoor grills, lawn, play area for $325.
The Cart Ride or Lead Line Pony Party includes the party house, outdoor grill, lawn play area, choice of miniature horse cart rides or two lead line ponies or one of each. The party is two hours for up to 15 children and costs $345.
The Pony Carousel Party includes the party house, outdoor grill, lawn, play area and a pony carousel. It's for 2 hours for 15 kids. It costs $425.
The Party Special is two hours for 15 kids and includes a party house, outdoor grill, lawn, play area, pony carousel, miniature cart rides and petting zoo. It costs $575. Bring your own food.
More info: email@example.com
Address: 3400 E. Zoo Court
Cost: $385; $355 for members
Package details: Reserved party area for 90 minutes, all day zoo admission, party attendant, carousel tickets, choice of one food package which includes hamburgers and hotdogs with chips or house made cheese and/or pepperoni pizza, salad and breadsticks, unlimited lemonade and water, cupcakes, plates, napkins, cutlery and banquet linens, party favors and a gift for the birthday child. Party is for up to 15 guests.
More info: 326-8999
Address: 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd.
Cost: $225; $200 Han-in-Paw Kids Club members
Package Details: Three hour party for up to 20 guests with additional adult chaperones in the Companions for Life Center, downloadable party invitations, visits with Pet VIP dogs and Monty the Python, your choice of one craft and one activity option, table cloths, cups, plates, napkins, flatware, decorations, tables and chairs, goodie bags, name an adoptable animal, birthday certificate and Facebook photo and recognition. Bring your own food, drinks and cake.
Fun and games venues
Address: 6503 E. Tanque Verde Road
Cost: There are two packages — Mini Mania for $13.50 per person and Birthday Blast for $17.50 per person.
Package details: Mini Mania includes one small soda, one round of mini golf, one attraction ticket — go karts, bumper boats or laser tag — and four tokens for batting cages or video games for each kid, 50 minutes in the private party area, paper goods and party hostess. Plus, the birthday child gets 30 seconds in the Ticket Twister.
The Birthday Blast package includes two hours of unlimited use of bumper boats, go karts, laser tag and miniature golf, four tokens for batting cages or video games, 50 minutes in the private party area and one small soda for each child, paper goods and a party hostess.
Note: You cannot bring in outside food and drinks. Both packages include free downloadable invitations.
Address: 221 E. Wetmore Road
Package details: There are five packages to choose from, so we'll just highlight a couple. The Ultimate Party Package comes with three hours of unlimited go karts, bumper boats, mini golf and rides in Kiddie Land, $5 arcade play per person, reserved table for 90 minutes, host or hostess, personal cheese or pepperoni pizza or hot dog per person, Funtasticks party cup with one free fill, plates, napkins and utensils. Price is $208 for up to 8 people.
The Weekday Special is good Monday through Friday and includes three single outdoor attractions, $2.50 arcade play per person, reserved table for 90 minutes, personal cheese or pepperoni pizza or hot dog per person, party cup with one free fill, plates, napkins and utensils. It costs $107 for up to 8 people.
More info: 888-4653
Address: 4385 W. Ina Road
Cost: $5.75 to $22 per person
Package details: There are five packages to choose from. We're highlighting our two favorites. The Pebble Package is $9.50 per person with an 8 person minimum and includes one hour of bowling, shoe rental, one slice of pizza and one small soda per person and ten arcade tokens per person.
T-Rex Package is $17.50 per person with an 8 person minimum. It includes 90 minutes of bowling, shoe rental, party room for 45 minutes, party hostess, Bedroxx Sipper Pin for the birthday child, one slice of pizza, one small drink, one scoop of ice cream and 20 tokens per person.
More info: 744-7655
There are four bowling centers to choose from. Click the link above for locations.
Cost: $7.95 - $14.95 per person
Package details: For $8.95 per person you can get the Bowling Pizza Party package, which includes two hours bowling, slice of pizza for each person, soda, use of balls, shoes and bumpers, party invitations, plates and napkins, balloons and a souvenir bowling pin for the birthday child. There is an 8 person minimum.
More info: 629-0802
Address: 7770 N. Shannon Road
Cost: $125 to $225 depending on number of children attending
Package details: Packages are for ten to 25 children and include a party host, two hour party, cake, ice cream, drinks and invitations, a craft project, a special Y gift. A variety of themes are available or you can make your own. Youth themes include fairy princess, sports and cars. Teen themes include karaoke, survivor and fear factor. You need to reserve your party at least one month in advance.
Other YMCA facilities offer birthday party packages. Click here to learn more.
More info: Click here.
Address: 3800 E. River Road
Cost: $265 to $330 for up to 20 children
Package Details: All parties include two hours, a certified party captain to run the party, paper products, lemonade and water, tables and chairs, set up and clean up and a J birthday bag for the birthday child. You can choose from a variety of package themes: indoor play space, pottery or ceramics, bouncing party, swimming, splash park, cooking, sports, e-games or karaoke. Parties are booked between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Cost: The El Con and Park Place locations charge $397 for up 20 guests. Gateway costs $322 for 20 people.
Package details: You must have a minimum of 20 people to book a party. You get one admission ticket and one Movie Snack Pack per person and one hour of auditorium rental time before or after the movie.
Whether you're having your party at home or one of the above venues, there are vendors who come to you to add a little something extra to the day. Here are a handful of them.
Details: They come to you with all the materials needed to work with the kids on an art related activity. All guests leave with their masterpiece. There are two main birthday party packages. The Drawing Party is $100 for ten kids. They'll get to choose from Prismacolor Markers, chalk, oil pastels, watercolor pastels, scratchboard, gouache or paper collage. The Painting Party is $130 for ten kids. The kids will create an acrylic painting on canvas boards. Plus, they will get tote bags or piggy banks.
Details: Your party host will come to your location of choice for two hours for up to ten children. The kids will get free play with the giant tub of Lego bricks, interactive model building, Lego games, Duplo blocks for younger child, build a mini figure to take home, custom mini figure and Bricks 4 Kidz t-shirt for the birthday child, party bag, invitations with envelopes.
Cost: $125 to $300
Details: Great if you're having a reptile, bug or other animal themed party. The company has a wide range of animals from exotic bugs to capybaras. A 45-minute bugs only show costs $125. A one-hour small petting zoo is $225. They'll bring a capybara, a goat, chickens, rabbit, mini pig, a tortoise and cavy mara. For $10 more, they'll bring food for the kids to feed the animals.
Cost: $175 - $300
Details: Magic services vary depending on location, age of child and number of attendees. Packages feature comedy, magic, puppetry, storytelling and free gifts for all the kids.
Cost: $99 - $299
Details: As You Wish Parties brings themed characters to your party. Its two most popular packages are: "Magic Hour Meet-and-Greet," which costs $99 and includes one princess or themed character of your choice for one hour, a live singing performance, twirling and dancing, princess, prince or superhero lessons, photo opportunities and participation in singing happy birthday and cake ceremony.
"Happily Ever After" costs $299 and includes two themed characters or princesses for two hours, princess makeovers or face painting, themed games, themed crafts, live singing performance, princess, prince or superhero lessons, photo opportunities and participation in singing happy birthday and cake ceremony. You can add on a photographer, story time, additional characters or a coronation ceremony for additional fees.
Details: Professional princess and character entertainment company offers two packages and add-ons, including a face painter and pirate make-unders.
The "Once Upon a Time" package is $200. It includes one hour with one character and royal attendant for up to 15 guests. It includes a coronation ceremony, interactive singing time and story time, a choice between themed games, princess lessons or a royal dance, photos and autographs and participation in singing happy birthday.
The "Wish Upon a Star" package costs $100. It includes one character and assistant for 30 minutes and includes royal coronation, a choice between glitter wishes and wishing stone presentation and mini princess and manners lesson, as well as photos and autographs and happy birthday singing around the cake.
Face Flip Facepainting
Cost: $10 to book and $75 per hour
Details: Services provided include face painting, glitter tattoos, hair feathers, hair chalking, henna and body art.
Details: 40 minute puppet show with live music.
More info: 444-5538