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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

Cooks of Crocus Hill Kids' Birthday Parties
Cooks of Crocus Hill
Sign up a few friends for a cooking class, or design your own from Cooks' vast array of expertise. Make pasta, ice cream, mini-pizzas—the meal is built right in! Ages 8-12
Edina, 952-285-1903; St. Paul, 651-228-1333; Stillwater, 651-351-1144;

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,

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,

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