50 Places to Host Your Child’s Next Birthday Bash in Austin
Birthdays are a true occasion to celebrate the little ones in our lives, but can we be honest for a moment? Planning a child’s birthday party can be overwhelming and sometimes, before you know it, the little party you’ve organized has quickly ballooned into an all out extravaganza of epic proportions. That’s not just me….right?? In an attempt to ease some of the stress of putting a party together and to prevent you from feeling like a used up pinata, here are 50 ideas for where to celebrate your child’s next birthday.
These places will inspire a centered celebration:
1) Yogapeutics – This aerial yoga studio offers a 1.5 hour birthday party package that includes a yoga class in the hammocks for up to 9 children, as well as a take home craft focused on mindfulness. *Both myself and my children have experienced the fun here and it’s great!
2) The Little Yoga House – This kids-only yoga studio offers a variety of birthday party packages for a 1.5 hour party.
If you want to party like an animal (or an amphibian):
1) Austin Zoo – The zoo has 3 different party spaces available to rent for parties lasting 2 hours. There are a few different options for your party, including food to feed the animals or train ride tickets.
2) Little Buckaroo Ranch – This venue off Hamilton Pool Road has several different party packages that range from pony rides, pony painting, and square dancing.
3) Green Gate Farms – This organic farm has a couple different areas available for the party set-up and your group will be able to fully explore all the farm has to offer. There are 2 treehouses on site as well as old-fashioned games like three-legged, sack, and egg races.
4) Austin Nature and Science Center – With a dinosaur bone digging area and several animals to view, the center is a great location for a party.
5) Spicewood Farm – Horse rides, horse grooming and lots of games will keep your cowgirls and cowboys busy .
6) Austin Aquarium – The relatively new aquarium has a 1.5 hour party package with reserved table space and an educator to host your party.
7) Rose and Grace Mini Farm – Decorate a bunny apartment and style bunnies for the Rabbit Runway. Kiddos will then have the option to feed the animals at the mini farm, and participate in the following farm activities (Playscape Play, Stick Horse Races, Pin tail on Pony, and Potatoe Sack races)
These places will get your party guests moving:
1) Peter Pan Mini Golf – Come par-tee at this Austin landmark! There is a mostly shaded picnic area that can be reserved in 1.5 hour increments and plenty of golfing fun.
2) Top Golf – With 2 hours of unlimited play and food and drink included in the price, this location is hard to beat.
3) Hill Country Golf & Guitar – Mini golf and great food options make this venue off Hwy 71 a serious contender.
4) Soccer Zone – Soccer is the specialty here, but their birthday party packages also offer basketball, flag football, and dodgeball.
5) Austin Rock Gym – 2 hours of party time will most certainly have your kids climbing the walls!
6) Emler Swim School – Party packages here include 2 certified life guards and a private space reserved for the ‘out of water’ portion of your event.
7) Playland Skate Center – Round up your child’s friends and let them take a spin on the hardwoods at Playland.
8) Stunt Ranch – This venue has 2 hour party packages with plenty of fun and challenging activities for the party-goers.
9) Chaparral Ice – For those summer babies, celebrate their day in a cool climate with ice skating.
10) Champions Westlake – Instructional gym time supervised by staff, followed by time in the party room for cake and present.
11) JUMP Gymnastics – 45 minutes of gymnastics, 15 minutes of age-appropriate games and dancing and 30 minutes in the private party room.
For some fun in the sun:
1) Kiddie Acres – This staple on the children’s birthday circuit is great fun for even the smallest guests.
2) Veterans Memorial Pool – The pool located in Cedar Park has various sized shade covers available to rent for your party space.
Keep cool with these indoor locations:
1) Toybrary – A play space with many different toys to entertain your guests.
2) Thinkery – Who doesn’t love the Thinkery? This place is the perfect set-up for a fun-filled birthday.
3) Austin Tinkering School – A 2 hour party at this location involves a building activity (building, as in, power tools!).
4) Pinballz Arcade – Partying at Pinballz includes 2 hours of game play and refreshments.
5) Leander Fire Station – Huh? Sounds weird, I know, but if you’re lucky enough to by covered by the Leander Fire Department you can schedule a birthday party for your child there.
6) Smudge Studios – Get crafty in the studio! Smudge has a variety of art projects that can be created during your 2 hour party.
7) Alamo Drafthouse – Our beloved Alamo has some great options to celebrate your child!
8) Patricia’s Table – Outsource the cake when you host a birthday party here! Your child and their friends will learn how to bake a sweet treat and then get to eat it, of course.
9) Foodie Kids – This venue combines various party themes with age-appropriate cooking activities.
10) Art Garage – The welcoming setting at Art Garage makes for a wonderful party location. There are a variety of projects in various mediums for your party attendees to complete.
11) Baked by Amy’s – Enjoy Amy’s baked goods when you have a party at the Baked bakery. Party guests will get to decorate and take home both delicious cookies and cupcakes.
And finally, some other creative, homemade and/or extra party options:
1) Good Times Ice Cream Truck – Throw a party at home and plan for the adorably little vintage ice cream truck that is Good Times to roll up and provide treats for your guests.
2) Drive-In Movie – Round up some boxes and create some little ‘cars’, hang a sheet, and have a little backyard movie party for the birthday boy/girl.
3) Zilker Kite Picnic – Arrange for your guests to meet you at a designated spot in Zilker Park and have a birthday picnic followed by some kite flying.
4) The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Company – Throw an over-the-top tea party at home.
5) Tiny Tails to You – Invite Tiny Tails to your home so that your tiny party people can gently love on their animals.
6) Epic Body Paint – Face painting is a fun addition to any type of party and Epic Body Paint does a beautiful job! She even offers waterproof paint now which is great for summer.
7) Mad Science – If you have a budding scientist then Mad Science would be a great party option!
8) Watson Adventures – Step up the scavenger hunt game with Watson Adventures. They will create and bring the hunt to your party.
9) Snapology – If you have a Lego maniac in the house, Snapology will build a great party for them.
10) Amanzi Party Rentals – The great thing about inflatables is that they work in all different seasons. Amanzi has a ton of options way beyond just inflatables (mechanical bull, anyone?) so they can accommodate various themed parties.
11) Ricky Guerrero Splash Pad – There are a ton of splash pads around town and Ricky Guerrero is a great one because of the wonderful shade that covers the water area. A picnic party at the park would be great in warmer weather and could be enhanced with squirt bottles and buckets for the splash pad.
12) Barton Springs Polar Bear Plunge – Obviously, a true polar plunge party wouldn’t work with children but a polar bear-themed party would be fun. A picnic and swim time would make for a great summer party. Cute invitation example here and some polar bear inspiration here.
13) Backyard Camping Party – If you’re brave enough to have a slumber party, a camping themed party complete with a tent in the backyard would make for a great party.
14) Half-Birthday Party – If you have a December baby, there’s always the ‘half birthday’ celebration that can be had to avoid the intermingling with the holidays. It might take some convincing the birthday boy/girl…
15) Rise and Shine Birthday Breakfast – Get the party started early and have guests come in their pajamas to enjoy some breakfast and cake.
16) Cardboard Box Party – Sounds glamorous, right? Gather as many cardboard boxes as you can find and have a building party!
17) Pay it Forward Party – Be rebellious and break the typical birthday plan. Find an organization that can allow a group of children to help out in some way and have a party where kids can be helpful and further their social conscience. Volunteer Match is a great site to start figuring out where help is needed.