It’s a fair question: where to have your child’s birthday party? If hosting a bunch of kids at your home isn’t what you are thinking, fear not. There are several great places that will gladly have your child – and his or her friends – and throw a great birthday party. We highlighted seven of these places in a previous article, and now we are highlighting seven more here.
Bell Museum of Natural History – 10 Church St SE, Minneapolis
A birthday party at Minnesota’s official natural history museum is sure to be a hit with any girl or boy. They offer two levels of birthday parties: the Birthday Party Basic includes 1. 5 hours of fun starting with a 45-minute tour followed by 45 minutes in the birthday room for cake and presents. Each guest will also receive a goody bag. The Birthday Party Bash includes everything in the Basic package plus one hour of interactive, nature-related activities on the topic of your choice, be it Cockroaches, Tarantulas and Scorpions – Oh My!, Prehistoric Mammals of the Ice Age, or Scales and Slime. Regardless of which package you choose, you will have a private, decorated party room and a dedicated party host who will bring the dioramas alive through storytelling and games. Plus, you can bring in outside food, as well. For more information and to see the cost of each party, please visit the Bell Museum website.
Animal Humane Society – Five locations throughout the Twin Cities
For your animal lover, consider a birthday party at one of the area’s five Humane Society locations. They offer two hours of fun, with a little bit of learning thrown in. Their Basic package, which costs $200, includes 1.5 hours of animal related activities led by an AHS educator including a shelter tour, educational activities and games and crafts. Then, for 30-minutes you get time for cake and presents when a special animal guest will come and visit. They also have a Pizza Party Package for $275, which includes all of the above plus cheese pizza, juice boxes and all paper goods. Each child will leave with a small goody bag regardless of what package you choose. Your child must be at least turning 7 to have a party here. For more information and to see the and maximum number of guests at each Humane Society location, please visit the Animal Humane Society website.
Kitchen in the Market – 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis
Located within the popular Midtown Global Market, Kitchen in the Market offers birthday parties for kids ages 5 – 15. Consider the party your own private cooking class, with options including how to make sushi, or how to roll and make pasta and sauce. And for the younger set, you can opt for other options such as pizza, cookies or you can choose something just for your child. For more information, including pricing and availability, please visit the Kitchen in the Market website.
Vertical Endeavors – 2540 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis
For a fun and adventurous party, consider a climbing party at Vertical Endeavors indoor rock climbing facility. You get two hours of climbing time and games with your own Vertical Endeavors Instructor. And if you want to extend your stay for cake and presents, you can rent their party room at an additional cost. If you want something really special, you can opt for their Ultimate Birthday Party Package, which is available on Sundays only from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. You and your guests will get the place to yourselves for climbing fun and one other activity. You can choose from a zip-line, rappelling, high slack line or special team-building activities. Be warned, though; the birthday parties at Vertical Endeavors book up quickly, so plan in advance to reserve your date. For more information, including pricing, please visit the Vertical Endeavors website.
Creative Kidstuff – Three Birthday Party locations throughout the Twin Cities
What better place to have a birthday party than at a toy store? And the parties at Creative Kidstuff are high quality, just like the products that they sell. You will work with your own party planner who will help you pick a theme, based on your child’s interest. On the party date, you will have access to the party room for 90 minutes, where your party leader will guide the kids with activities based on your theme. The parties are for kids ages two and up, and the birthday child will leave with a gift just for him or her. Plus, every guest can go home with a party bag for a small, extra cost. For more information on pricing and which stores are Birthday Party locations, please visit the Creative Kidstuff website.
AirMaxx Trampoline Park and Fun Center – 7000 Washington Ave. S., Eden Prairie
AirMaxx offers a variety of options and packages, but regardless of which you choose, your child and his or her friends will have a blast. The parties are either two hours or three hours in length, and include 60 minutes of jump time on the trampolines or three games of Maxx Laser Tag. You also get the party room for 40 minutes, pizza and water, and a party host who will take care of all the set up and clean up. You can add onto the basic package and include extra jump time, extra laser tag or mini golf time. For more information, including information on pricing, please visit the AirMaxx website.
The Depot Water Park – 225 S. 3rd Ave., Minneapolis
Have a water park party in downtown Minneapolis at the Depot Water Park. They offer a variety of packages, all of which include all-day admission for at least 8 kids, a reserved table in the Log Cabin area for an hour, cake, soda or juice, and set up and clean up. If you want to add hot dogs or pizza, gift bags, or a bouquet of balloons, you can do so for an additional cost. For more information, including pricing and availability, please visit the Depot Water Park website.
So there are seven additional birthday party suggestions for you. Whatever you choose, we hope you and the birthday boy or girl have a great party!