A birthday is a big deal, so we want to help you celebrate BIG! We’re counting down the top 11 party ideas for kids birthdays -- and then blowing out the candles!
Updated June 2022
Let kids unleash their creativity and imagination at Spark! Inspired by the City Museum in St. Louis, Spark is essentially an indoor jungle gym made out of recycled materials like a Southwest airplane wing and soda cans metamorphosed into butterflies. You can run around and create, touch and play! Beyond the jungle gym structure, there are ever-changing stations for music, stop motion, silk screen printing and crafting. While this might seem like an obvious choice for kids, we’ve had a blast attending parties for adults at Spark! They’ll let you bring in outside food and even alcohol too, if you want to host “create and cocktails” style.
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photo courtesy of Spark!
We upgraded Sunday from lazy to extreme at TexPlex Park! About a 45-minute drive from Dallas, TexPlex is for the very adventurous who live for adrenaline rushes! There is ATX/UV off-roading, a jet boat with a corvette engine that can carry 11 people and spin-out, motocross, and a firing range! It can become a bit pricey with each attraction ranging from $15-$50 so we’d recommend it for a small group -- and recommend packing lunch because there is not a lot in the way of food and drinks, and certainly not birthday cake, in the area. (We ate at a food truck onsite).
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photo courtesy of TexPlex Park
NATIONAL VIDEOGAME MUSEUM
The National Videogame Museum (NVM USA) is a no-brainer for a birthday party for a gamer! A rental comes with 2-hour access to a private room for up to 40 people, free play tokens for the 80s arcade, pizza, full use of the museum, and a special shirt for the birthday boy or girl! NVM is a fun activity-based party and blast to the past!
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photo courtesy of National Videogame Museum
Alamo Drafthouse is not your average cinema! They have over a dozen programs included in their “Signature Series,” which are perfect to piggy-back off of for a birthday party. Just a few in the series are “Hopped up Cinema” when they partner with a local brewery on a special flight and collectible pint glass for viewers, “Brunch on Broadway,” and “PBS KIDS” at the Alamo. You can also always rent out a theater for our own private viewing experience (put the home videos from birthdays past on the big screen)!
photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse
FIRE TRUCK 2 YOU
A REAL fire truck with REAL firefighters will come to YOU! Starting at $350, they’ll drive the truck to your party for show and tell, playing, climbing and exploring the truck, and dress all birthday kids like little firefighters! To make it extra special for the birthday girl or boy, they’ll ride the truck around the block with the sirens and lights on!
WHEREVER YOU ARE!
photo courtesy of Fire Truck 2 You
VERBENA PARLOR + SOCIAL HOUSE
Verbena is fabulous -- it’s an upscale cafe in the front, and a non-toxic nail salon in the back. It is so chic and we really appreciate the attention to detail. Sip on a matcha latte or topo chico and shop goods from local small businesses. Then take a seat and treat your nails to a mani or pedi with nail art!! Yes, the double exclamation point is to stress how excited we are about Verbena’s nail art!! Their technicians are artists and can do just about anything. They’ll also let you bring in food and drinks, as well as complementary vendors such as a henna artist.
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Looking for the cherry on top to your daughters birthday party? Birdie's braid bars are exactly what you need! Their stylists will fly to your house and doll up the birthday girl and all her friends with the cutest braids! If you want to tie your theme into the hairstyles, just let the stylists know and they will bring some fun accessories for an extra charge. And guess what? They will also host braid bars for adult parties, so no one is left out of the fun!
WHEREVER YOU ARE
photo courtesy of Birdie
An open space to run around and have a nerf war is basically heaven for little kids, and the family who owns Nerfies knows that first-hand, as they have three kids of their own! They've created the ultimate venue of multiple battle fields for nerf wars galore, so your house can take a day off from being the battle field. They have various party packages to suit exactly what you need, and they have a restaurant with a full menu to keep the adults and the littles satisfied!
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photo courtesy of Nerfies
If your kids are obsessed with any sort of character at all, whether is be a princess, superhero or Star Wars character, this is the company for you! They come to your party and provide the entertainment aspect every kids dreams of. Their costumes are handcrafted, so you don't have to question the quality or authenticity of the performers!
WHEREVER YOU ARE
photo courtesy of Characters.io
PUMP IT UP
Pump It Up is an inflatable playground heaven for kids! Their parties are 100% private, so you get your own bounce house arena and party room to make your child feel extra special. Each location has their own add-ons to pump up the party, such as a glow party and a bubble extravaganza! One of us had a birthday party here as a kid, and we can't recommend it enough!
photo courtesy of Pump It Up