Twin Cities Kids' Birthday Guide

Where to ring another year for a little one? Our guide covers all.

3rd Lair SkatePark Birthday Party
3rd Lair SkatePark
Grab the crew and hit the skate park—or make it your own by renting the place out. A private session comes with free board rentals and plenty of customizable options. For less experienced boarders, add an instructor for your group. Ages 7 and up
850 Flordia Ave. S., Golden Vallen, 763-797-5283,

Alexander Ramsey House Birthday Party
Alexander Ramsey House
Guests of birthday parties held here dress up in Victorian period costumes, get a private tour of the Ramsey house, and gather in the house's kitchen for cake. Ages 9 and up
265 Exchange St. S., St. Paul, 651-296-8760,

 American Swedish Institute Kids' Birthday Party
American Swedish Institute
Arrange a group tour for worldly wee ones, themed around a kid-appropriate exhibit (everything from the immigrant experience to traditional baking techniques). End at the on-location eatery, FIKA or the nearby Midtown Global to keep the cultural exploration going. Ages 7 and up
2600 Park Ave. S., Mpls., 612-871-4907,

ArtStart Kids' Birthday Parties
The home of recyclable art and every craft material you could dream of, ArtStart parties include invitations, themed art projects (if they can dream it, ArtStart can teach it!), plus favors for all of your guest. Ages 5 and up
1459 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-2787,

barbie the dreamhouse experience at Mall of America
Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience
If you want to celebrate your child’s birthday in the biggest and pinkest venue you can find, head to the life-size Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience at MOA. Guests will be delighted by interactive surprises such as customizing virtual cupcakes and playing dress up before walking the fashion runway!
Mall of America, 952-854-9208,

Base camp Birthday Party
Base Camp
Rock climbing, robot-building, and archery are all birthday party options at Base Camp, with a catalog of options organized by age and group size. There's even a space shuttle simulator for the most adventuresome guests. Private party rooms available, and Buca is a nearby dining option. Ages 5 and up
201 Bloomington Rd., Fort Snelling, 612-767-0040,

Big Thrill Factory Birthday Parties
Big Thrill Factory
Bowling, laser tag, ropes course, bumper cars, arcade games, mini golf, trampolines, climbing walls, and more. Ages 3 and up
17585 Minnesota 7, Minnetonka, 952-698-7700,

Blast Blow Dry Bar Birthday Party
Blast Blow Dry Bar
The scene for a girls night, no matter what age? Blast Blow Dry, with a "Princess Package" for girls 10 and under (lip gloss and glitter, naturally) and full blowouts for the teenage divas. All ages
Various locations, St. Louis Park, Mpls., and Bloomington,

Brunswick Zone XL Birthday Parties
Brunswick Zone XL
Bring the whole crew bowling where there are plenty of lanes, pizza, and games. Kids can burn off more steam with the arcade, air hockey, and laser tag. Ages 4 and up
Four Twin Cities locations,

Bunker Beach Water Park Birthday Party
Bunker Beach Water Park
For kids with summer birthdays, who miss out on recognition during the school year, cheer them up with an easily accessible outdoor water park party. Rent a cabana get a floatie and lunch for every guest. Ages 5-12
701 County Rd. A, Coon Rapids, 763-767-2895,

Bunker Park Stable Kids' Birthday Parties
Bunker Park Stable
A stable that's willing to indulge your child's pony-loving dreams (be careful what you wish for!) Hayrides, pony grooming lessons, and bonfires are also available. Ages 2 and up
550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW, Andover, 763-757-9445,

Build-a-Bear Birthday Party
Build-a-Bear Workshop
Every party guest builds their own bear for a celebration at Build-a-Bear's Mall of America location. No private rooms, but there's food to please at nearby Rainforest Cafe. Ages 3 and up
Mall Of America, 172 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 952-854-1164,

Nook birthday party
Casper's and Runyon's Nook
Gather up for a round of bowling at the Nook and introduce any newcomers to a celebratory Jucy Lucy. Stop at Lynden's Soda Fountain next door to finish with ice cream. Ages 5 and up
490 Hamline Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-698-4347,

Choo Choo Bob's Kids Birthday Parties
Choo Choo Bob's
Rent out a room at Choo Choo Bob’s Train store and let the kids live their Thomas the Tank Engine dreams on the train tables. Meet Bob himself and stop by Izzie's next door for an ice cream dessert. Ages 3-6
2050 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, 651-646-5252,

Club Just Jump Birthday Party
Club Just Jump
Enough inflatables for kids to explore, plus an in-house stuffed animal-making workshop keep kids entertained. No outside food allowed, so you might want to schedule a stop at your house afterwards. Ages 5-10
707 Commerce Dr., Woodbury, 651-735-2582,

Cold Front ice cream in St. Paul
Cold Front
Cold Front will make your child’s birthday a sweet treat. Combining the old-fashioned soda fountain classics with a modern twist (such as the Princess Rainbow Float), Cold Front will surely be the cherry on top of their special day. Ages 5 and up
490 Hamline Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-330-7632,

Como Zoo Birthday Party
Como Zoo and Conservatory
Little zookeepers can investigate bugs and reptiles, while older kids can receive personal tours of their favorite animal class of the animal kingdom. Bring your own party stuffs or the Zoo will provide them. Ages 1-13
1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul, 651-487-8200,

Creative Kidstuff birthday parties
Creative Kidstuff
An activity-stuffed birthday party, tailored to whatever your child's imagination can dream up, awaits you at Creative Kidstuff, down to the goody bags. Ages 2 and up
1074 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-2472; 1135 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata, 952-249-1707; 1665 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-540-0022;

Davanni's Kids Birthday Parties
All kids really want is a pizza party, right? Take them to Davanni's, which provides a separate room for riotous kid pizza-makers, plus arcade games for extra entertainment. Ages 2-10
Several metro locations including Edina and St. Paul,

Eagles Nest Indoor Playground Birthday Parties
Eagles Nest Indoor Playground
An indoor park with a ball pit, a climbing wall, slides, a foam pit, and a jungle gym. Tiered birthday party packages range from "No Frills" to the "Works." No gifts, decorations, or cake allowed inside. Ages 1-12
400 NW 10th St., New Brighton, 651-638-2130,

Feed My Starving Children Birthday Party
Feed My Starving Children
The feeling of making a difference is the best gift of all. Work together to pack meals for hungry and leave a positive party footprint. Ages 8 and up
Coon Rapids, 763-504-2919; Chanhassen, 952-937-2329; Eagan, 651-379-2775;

Firehall Museum Birthday Party
Firehall Museum
Brave little firefighters will love the role-playing party complete with a bucket brigade, sliding down the pole, and pulling the alarm. And if you have an April through October baby, they'll even get a fire-truck ride. Ages 7 and up
664 22nd Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-623-3817,

Franconia Sculpture Park Birthday Party
Franconia Sculpture Park
Schedule a private tour for this open-air park, full of outsized sculptures from future stars of the art world. Once the kids check out the art, they've got plenty of room to play games and settle down for a picnic lunch. Ages 6 and up
29836 St. Croix Trail, Franconia, 651-257-6668,

French Regional Park Birthday
French Regional Park
It's choose-your-own-adventure here: let young'uns crawl around the playground, while older kids can grab GPS units in teams to go geo-caching around the park before rejoining for picnic blanket snacks. Ages 3 and up
12605 Rockford Rd., Plymouth, 763-694-7750,

Servers dressed as superheroes at Galactic Pizza
Galactic Pizza
Galactic Pizza is perfect for your little superhero’s birthday. Have a party at the restaurant where real live superheroes can interact with the kiddos! The restaurant also has a delivery option in which the spandex-clad crusaders deliver right to your door.
2917 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-824-9100,

Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life Birthday Parties
Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life
For summer birthdays, take a tour of a replica farm and Dakota settlement. There are farm animals to pet and traditional games to learn and play. Kids get to make and eat their own ice cream afterwards for a sweet treat. Ages 6-12
2097 Larpenteur Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-646-8629,

Grand Slam Birthday parties
Grand Slam
For those with energy to burn (lots and lots of energy), schedule their party at Grand Slam. Laser tag, mini golf, batting cages, bumper cars, and a trampoline room complete with giant foam pit should keep them busy. Pizza included in every party, as no outside food except cake is allowed inside. Ages 5 and up
12425 River Ridge Blvd., Burnsville, 651-452-6569,

Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater Birthday Party
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater
An all-star Saturday birthday party agenda here includes a puppet show, a puppet-making workshop, and a private room for well-earned eats. Ages 5 and up
1500 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-721-2535,

Izzy's Ice Cream Birthday Party
Izzy's Ice Cream
The only thing better than eating your favorite ice cream flavor is learning how to make it, mix it, scoop it, and then eat it with buckets of friends. Ages 7 and up
2034 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, 651-603-1458;1100 S. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-206-3356,

Jim Lupient Water Park Birthday Party
Jim Lupient Water Park
Nestled in northeast Minneapolis, a gem of a water park: a spray pool, water slides, and volleyball courts are all found within. Rent a cabana for your birthday party home base. Ages 1 and up
1520 NE Johnson St., Mpls., 612-370-3989,

Kiddywampus Kids Birthday parties
This interactive toy store offers several theme parties, from a Princess Party to a Jedi Training Academy. But its most popular event is the Action Jackson Party, which allows little ones to throw paint at walls à la Jackson Pollock. Ages 1-8
1023 Mainstreet, Hopkins, 952-926-7871,

Kitchen Window kids Birthday Party
Kitchen Window
Tailored private events for all your kids' culinary aspirations, without the mess in your own kitchen. Ages 8-12
3001 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-824-4417,

Leonardo's Basement Birthday Parties
Leonardo's Basement
For a totally kid-centric experience, Leonardo's helps the birthday child decide the project and pick a theme, from toy making and electricity to chemistry and painting. Ages 6-16
4301 Nicollet Ave S., Mpls., 612-824-4394,

Memory Lanes Birthday Party
Memory Lanes
Thirty lanes give the kids plenty of space to spread out while they bowl. Big screen TVs, arcade games, and a full menu complete the birthday party picture. Ages 3 and up
2520 26th Ave. S., Mpls., 612-721-6211,

Minnehaha Park Birthday Party
Minnehaha Park
Reserve a picnic table or a shelter as a home base for nature exploration and time in the wading pool. Sea Salt can serve up snacks (and ice cream!), or schedule your party to coincide with a kid-friendly concert. Ages 3 and up
4801 S. Minnehaha Park Dr., Mpls., 612-230-6400,

Minnesota Children's Museum Birthday Parties
Minnesota Children's Museum
The Children's Museum allows parents to take charge with a hands-off party, but the "Super Celebration" provides a party room and museum-themed activities, from toddler finger-painting to wacky science experiments. Ages 2 and up
10 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-225-6000,

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Kids Parties
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
More than 1,110 acres of garden and tree collections, prairie and woods wait for nature-loving kids, and guided tours help them discover it all safely. Lunches also available. Ages 3 and up
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, 952-443-1400,

Minnesota Sword Club Birthday parties
Minnesota Sword Club
Swashbuckling kids get ready: sabers, epees, and foils are at the ready in the Minnesota Sword club. After a fencing session with a coach, the facility provides space for a party where you can bring your own food, cake, and gifts. Ages 6 and up
4744 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., 612-825-9935,

Minnetonka Center for the Arts Kids' Birthday Parties
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
The visual arts center welcomes kids with printmaking, fashion, and puppeteering classes, providing materials and an instructor. They walk away with a finished piece and a fun memory. Ages 5-12
2240 N. Shore Dr., Wayzata, 952-473-7361,

Midtown Global Market Birthday Party
Midtown Global Market
Large seating area means pinning down a table is easy as cake, but first, some exploration is in order. Taste the world in a single block. Salty Tart can supply a chocolate birthday cake worthy of a grown up celebration. Ages 2-10
920 E. Lake St. #G10, Mpls., 612-872-4041,

Mill City Museum Birthday Party
Mill City Museum
Ushered in by museum staff, explore the history of what made Minneapolis (a scavenger hunt tailored to kids might help do the trick). After taking in the history, hop the river for pizza and malts at Annie's. Ages 6 and up
704 S 2nd St., Mpls., 612-341-7555,

Kids birthday party at the Minnesota Zoo
Minnesota Zoo
Party like an animal at the Minnesota Zoo. Rent the private party room so that everyone—including the live animal guests—can celebrate your child’s birthday. Ages 1 and up
13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, 952-431-9200,

Mozza Mia Birthday party
Mozza Mia
At Mozza Mia, birthday girls and boys get to pull mozzarella with friends and help make their own pizza. You can also gather the whole family in its event space downstairs. Ages 7 and up
3910 W. 50th St., Edina, 952-288-2882,

Northern Clay Center Birthday parties
Northern Clay Center
Two hours spent digging their hands into clay? The stuff of dreams for kids. Depending on age, they can even try throwing pots on a wheel, and keep what's created. A private room is available for cake and gifts. Ages 5 and up
2424 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls., 612-339-8007,

Paint Your Plate Birthday Party
Paint Your Plate
The time-honored painting party is still a draw for creative youngsters, who can come home with a coffee mug for Mom or a plate worthy of the finest after-school snacks. Ages 5 and up
Locations in St. Paul and Edina,

Pinstripes Kids' Birthday Parties
Bowl or play bocce ball while noshing on Italian-American cuisine. Ages 10 and up
3849 Gallagher Dr., Edina, 952-835-6440,

Ran-Ham Bowling Birthday Party
Ran-Ham Bowling Center
It's been there forever, has '50s sock-hop murals on the walls and only 10 lanes. Meaning, it's feasible to rent the entire place for a birthday takeover. Ages 4 and up
490 Hamline Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-698-0252,

Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo Kids' Birthday Parties
Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo
Go to the reptiles, or let the reptiles come to you! There are plenty of hands-on activities at the zoo for budding herpetologists, but a boa constrictor in your backyard might be a birthday coup.‎ Ages 8 and up
3297 County Rd. 45, Owatonna, 507-455-1465,

Schwan Super Rink Kid's Birthday Party
Schwan Super Rink
Lace up your skates where Olympians have done before you at a U.S. practice facility in Blaine. Rent out the rink (and plenty of skates) and put your own music on the loudspeakers like you own the place. A private room and pizza are provided, too. Ages 4 and up
1850, 105th Ave. NE, Blaine, 763-717-3880,

Science Museum of Minnesota Kids Birthday Parties
Science Museum of Minnesota
The best kind of museum is a hands-on one. Partygoers get to do things like see invisible colors, hear a fork scream, or solve a crime. It's like magic, only it's science, and you get to eat cake from P.J. Murphy's bakery while doing it. Ages 3 and up
120 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, 651-221-9444,

Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium Birthday Parties
Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium
The Mall of America's massive aquarium can handle parties for any age group, providing everything from cake and educational activities all the way up to a snorkeling experience. Ages 4-14
Mall of America, 120 E. Broadway, Bloomington, 952-853-0612,

Simply Jane Open Artist Studio
Simply Jane Open Artist Studio
Host and artist Jane Elias tailors a painting lesson to children of any age, whether they recognize budding artistic ability or not. From canvases to ceramics, there's plenty to paint (and a box of dress up clothes if the mood strikes). Ages 5 and up
5411 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-354-3961,

Springbrook Nature Center Birthday Party
Springbrook Nature Center
How many birthday parties come with a naturalist? Treat kids to wild treasure hunts, and snake encounters under a professional's watchful eye. Ages 4-11
100 85th Ave. NW, Fridley, 763-572-3588,

Tamarack Nature Center Birthday parties
Tamarack Nature Center
Go on a bear hunt, excavate dinosaur bones, snowshoe, learn survival skills—your kids can tackle almost anything with a trained naturalist and the rich wildlife surrounding the Tamarack Nature Center. Ages 3 and up
5287 Otter Lake Rd., White Bear Lake, 651-407-5350,

Target Field Birthday Party
Target Field
Raised a true-blue Twins fan from diapers? Make your kid's dreams come true with a private (age-appropriate) tour of Target Field for one lucky group of baseball fanatic friends. Joy of joys—the eateries inside are perfect kid fare. Ages 7 and up
353 N. 5th St., Mpls., 612-659-3400,

Bakken Museum Birthday Party
The Bakken Museum
A Bakken-certified party host leads kids in science puzzles and games before they're let loose on the electric museum. You're welcome to bring your own birthday meal into the private party room. Ages 6-12
3537 Zenith Ave. S., Mpls., 612-926-3878,

The Blast Indoor Playground kids birthday parties
The Blast Indoor Playground
An indoor park to let kids run wild in (socks only, please), replete with slides, a giant jungle gym, and bridges. No outside food besides birthday cake, so plan ahead. Ages 1-12
1501 Central Pkwy., Eagan, 651-675-5550,

The Depot Rink Kids' Birthday Parties
The Depot Rink
Put the kids on skates and see how they glide. Or fall. But all in good fun, as a party at the Depot includes food, ice cream, cake, even balloons for the birthday child. A private party room allows on-location celebrating. Ages 5 and up
225 3rd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-2253,

The Little Gym of Edina Birthday Parties
The Little Gym of Edina
Let the tots run wild when you rent the whole of the Little Gym for fun and games tailored to your children. Trained instructors take over so all you need to take care of is the birthday cake. Ages 1-7
8223 Minnesota 7, St. Louis Park, 952-924-0083,

University of Minnesota Raptor Center Birthday Parties
The Raptor Center
Fans of powerful birds learn everything they can stand to know at a Raptor Center birthday party, plus get up close and personal with some of the species. The Center provides a private room, raptor crafts and games, invitations, and a kitchen you can use to serve up birthday party treats. Ages 5-13
1920 Fitch Ave., St. Paul, 612-624-2756,

Tropics Indoor Waterpark Kids' Birthday Parties
Tropics Indoor Waterpark
An indoor water park housed in the Community Center provides easily accessible exoticism. A private room is available for gift-opening and cake and meals are provided as well. Ages 5-12
4580 N. Victoria St., Shoreview, 651-490-4700,

Valleyfair Birthday Party
With family friendly rides all the way up to the looping roller coasters Valley Fair is known for, the hardest part of this party will be dragging everyone away. Ages 7 and up
1 Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee, 952-445-6500,

Vertical Endeavors Kids Birthday party
Vertical Endeavors
Groups get the undivided attention of an instructor to help them up a maze of climbing walls. A party room is ready for cake and gifts. Ages 12-18
Mpls., 612-436-1470; St. Paul, 651-776-1430,

Walker Art Center Birthday Party
Walker Art Center
Though curated tours and workshops are no longer available, the sculpture garden and galleries still make a perfect party scene for precocious kids. Gather makes a convenient place to stop for lunch, though the Walker also offers boxed lunches. Ages 7 and up
1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-375-7600,

Water Park of America Kids' Birthday parties
Water Park of America
Let the kids run loose in a safe water park environment close to home. The enormous Water Park of America houses a lazy river, basketball and tide pools, plus tube and body slides. Book a room at the adjoining Radisson for the VIP birthday treatment. Ages 6-13
1700 American Blvd. E., Bldg. B, Bloomington,

Way Cool Cooking School Birthday Parties
Way Cool Cooking School
Kid chefs; they're getting younger every day. Encourage the culinary brilliance with a cooking class birthday. Kids get all the materials they need for a mini three-course meal they can totally tackle. There's even a gluten-free option. Ages 4 and up
Eden Prairie, 952-949-6799; Savage, 952-412-3663;

Whole Foods Market Birthday Parties
Whole Foods Market
Cooking classes tailored to the birthday kid's request? Whole Foods can do it, within reason: baking, tacos, pizza, even sushi for budding culinary stars. Ages 5-12
Several metro locations,

Wirth Winter Recreation Area Tubing Birthday Party
Wirth Winter Recreation Area
A day of sledding (with tubes provided) or even snowboarding makes a winter birthday party active and unique. Reserved tables in the lodge plus hot food for hungry sledders make it easy on your end. Ages 5 and up
1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy., Mpls., 763-522-4584,

Yoga Center of Minneapolis
Yoga Center of Minneapolis
Let the kids be yogis for the day. Choose from a theme (fairies, circus, or outer-space yoga) and let instructor Angela Wethor take it away. Organic cookies and yoga mats included, of course. Ages 4 and up
4200 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, 612-436-4700,

Zero Gravity Birthday Parties
Zero Gravity
Meet at Zero Gravity for an hour of trampoline time as only kids can endure. Then retire to your party room for pizza and just desserts. Ages 5-12
2292 Woodale Dr, Mounds View, 763-231-3033,