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Share your experience throwing (or attending) a party at one of these Boston kids birthday party venues, and help fellow parents who are looking to skip the at home party and leave the effort to the experts. They'll often handle everything, right down to the party favors!
Animal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue Center
Erynn: In addition to traveling birthday and animal educational programs, Animal Adventures also hosts on-site parties at their Family Zoo & Rescue Center. Fun and education are primary goals, along with animal wellness! This unique birthday party includes interaction with exotic animals and time in the birthday party room .
$41.99/player (6-9 players)
Age 10 & up
Erynn: Boston Paintball is a great non-traditional sport for kids, families and group events. Paintball is a sophisticated combination of childhood games such as tag, capture the flag, and hide & seek. You can set up private or non-private parties.
Kristy Pepping: The talented party specialists at My Gym will design an unforgettable birthday bash your whole family will treasure. Their parties feature nonstop action-packed activities, games, puppets, songs, and more!
The Painting Place
Erin P.: In-studio parties at The Painting Place include a private party room for crafts, eating and playing games as well as optional outdoor space. There is a designated staff member who will take care of set up and clean up. You will get to choose among paint plaster, pottery, canvas, mosaics, a treasure box with gems or candle making.
The Glass Bar
Erin P.: Popular for moms' night out and corporate events alike, your kiddo will love hosting a birthday party at The Glass Bar, too. Each student will receive a 4x4in clear tile that they will decorate to their satisfaction. Students also have the option of creating a coaster or a necklace pendant. Their studio can accommodate up to 18 guests.
Nicole's Art Spot
Erin P.: Nicole's Art Spot hosts parties in their studio or backyard. She can also host the party at your home. Nicole provides the art supplies, project instruction and clean-up. Party project options include tie-dye, sun catchers, beading and jewelry making, airplane and car models, etc.
Exxcel Gymnastics & Climbing
Age 4 & up
Erynn: Birthday parties at Exxcel are kid-centered and packed with fun games, inclusive activities, gymnastics, trampoline and foam pit time and climbing time like a ninja warrior with ropes and obstacles.
Lizzy's Homemade Ice Cream
Erynn: Plenty of flavors - including dairy-free - make Lizzy's the ideal spot to treat your little ice cream enthusiast. Lizzy's Waltham location offers ice cream sundae parties in a private room. Kids ice cream parties include hands-on activities, plus package add-ons like decorations and entertainers.
Age 12 & under
Erynn: Allandale offers a relaxed, fun, down to earth atmosphere that encourages your children's friends and family to connect to the land, farmers, and the food they grow there! They have two venues available, the Harvest Barn and Head of the Pond
Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
Erynn: Children get to explore this Boston nature center and wildlife sanctuary with party packages hosted by a teacher or naturalist, then reconvene inside for cake and refreshments. Perfect for a spring, summer, fall or winter birthday party, party packages include: fairies and gnomes, predators and prey, art and nature, five senses, and much more.
Jump On In
Kristy Pepping: Jump On In is an award-winning facility featuring giant inflatable and other bounce house jumping equipment. Parties are a hit with jump time, fun music and a private party room. Each location will have slightly different party pricing and details.
Puppet Showplace Theater
Kristy Pepping: Arrange a special showtime and enjoy exclusive use of the theater for you and your guests. Post-show lobby rental and staff assistance are included in the price. Each puppet show is different and varies in theme, style, and age recommendation.
Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo
Carly Follett: For a wild experience, host an outdoor or indoor birthday gathering at Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo. They'll help customize your special day with an exclusive animal encounter, caricature artist, Zoodopt plush and more!
Pony Town Parties
Amanda Banta: Saddle up your birthday kiddo for an exciting farm experience at Pony Town Parties. Kids will get to ride a pony on the farm and enjoy free play in their play area. Themes include unicorn, barnyard, princess or DIY.
Merrimack Valley Pavilion (MVP)
Erynn: MVP hosts laser tag, an arcade, outdoor miniature golf, and a ropes course all in one facility. Your party can include one or all of these activities! Parties at this Boston area family fun center include time in a private room, pizza, tableware and a host.
Boston Fire Museum
Kristy Pepping: Parties at the Boston Fire Museum include time on the museum floor as well as the party space on the second floor. They will set up props for the children to put out a fire with a hose. Adults can also help the children slide the pole just like the firefighters. Each child will get their own fire helmet to take home.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway
Erynn: The Greenway Carousel is nestled between Fanueil Hall Marketplace and Christopher Columbus Park, and it's open year-round. Party packages include a reserved seating area, 12 unlimited ride wristbands, and a party host.
Come Sail Away Now
Erynn: Wow the birthday child and their friends with a private charter from Come Sail Away Now! With specially designed sailing charters, your child will make memories they'll treasure for a lifetime!
South Shore Community Center
Amanda Banta: I was beyond thrilled with my 5-year-old's party at the South Shore Community Center. The gym was filled with gymnastics equipment, bounceys, ride-ons and more. The kids played for an hour straight and begged for more time! Toddler parties can be structured with games, but I chose the free play option and it worked great for my kid's pre-K friends. The staff was attentive and kept everyone safe and happy. You get 30 minutes in a party room after play time and you bring in whatever food and supplies you want. They offer gymnastics, sports and bowling parties.
Castle Creek Adventure Land
Erynn: Castle Creek has miniature golf (lit at night), go-carts, and its own ice cream parlor. Ideal for outdoor kids' parties for golf enthusiasts and racers! Note: Go-kart drivers must be 54" tall, but kids under the limit can ride with an adult.
Kristy Pepping: Rent a theatre for your child's birthday at Cinema Salem! You can bring your own blu-ray or DVD to watch or game to play. For an additional fee, they can open the concession stand where drinks and snacks will be sold at normal prices.
Kristy Pepping: Marini Farm is a family-owned farm with lots of birthday party activities for kids throughout the year. The spring and summer party options includes fun hayrides and their farm activities or strawberry picking. The fall birthday party options feature a hayride and access to the corn maze. The winter birthday party options features festive holiday activities like wreath making.
Primary photo: My Gym
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