Twin Cities Kids' Birthday Guide

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

LEGO store birthday party
LEGO Store
Leave it to LEGO to provide all the building blocks for a memorable birthday party with great goodie bags. You can throw a bash for as many as 10 kids in the private room at the MOA store, which includes an hour-long build-a-thon. Ages 4 and up
Mall of America, 952-858-8949,

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,

Lynden's Soda Fountain Birthday Party
Lynden's Soda Fountain
Hanging out at an old fashioned ice cream parlor could only be made better with classic burgers and a round of bowling at the Nook next door. BYO-tiaras. Ages 5 and up
490 Hamline Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-330-7632,

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,

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,

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,

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, 888-472-3966,

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,

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