Dallas-Fort Worth has an abundance of great choices for venues for your child's birthday party. The good news is that when you go to a venue that specializes in birthday celebrations, they usually will clean up the mess. And that's something worth celebrating if you're the parents. Whatever you do, don't forget the goody bags. Here are some kid-approved places to have fun. Bring on the cake! For all venues, check the website for current charges.
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This mega-entertainment complex features an arcade, go-karts, miniature golf, laser tag and batting cages open every day of the year, including holidays, with the exception of Christmas Day
The party package includes:
- Trained party captain to host and organize your party
- Decorated table for 1 1/2 hours
- A stuffed animal to be built by each guest
- 10 arcade tokens per person
- Choice of hot dog or slice of pizza per person
- Unlimited soda and popcorn
- Paper products included
- Birthday bag with coupons and discounts
The birthday boy or girl receives a birthday mug with a group picture, 200 redemption center points and free Super Saturday pass.
Adventure Landing, 17717 Coit Road, Dallas; 972-248-4653
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Just about every girl loves a birthday party at American Girl. The ideal ages for this party extravaganza are 5 to 10. For the per-person charge, you get a meal, cake and ice cream, pink lemonade, goody bag and tiara for each guest.
Dallas Galleria, 13434 Dallas Parkway, Dallas; 877-247-5223
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For your budding baker birthday boy or girl, host a baking and decorating Cookie Party for 10 guests at Amy's Cookies. Amy brings the dough, cutters and icing to your house. Each guest gets to roll the dough and cut out four cookies each and then decorate them. Usually guests want to eat one of their masterpieces right away -- but they can take the remaining three cookies home as their party favor.
Amy's Cookies: 972-712-9343
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Dude, it would be totally awesome to hang 10 with your buds (translation: host your birthday party with your friends) at the Aqua Shop. You can totally surf some gnarly waves indoors on the Flowrider. Book some really rad packages from one to four hours with your own flowrider trainer, private party room and access to other fun activities.
Aqua Shop, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano; 469-366-0110Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Each guest can make a stuffed animal friend at a party at Build-a-Bear. Different locations have food partners like Nestle Toll House Cafe and Chick-Fil-A.
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Turn your child's special day into a zoo safari. The Dallas Zoo has a special reserved area for the party, and the staff provides cake, party favors, a special present for the birthday child, animal interaction by the zookeeper and all-day admission for guests. Upgrade your package to include a hamburger or hot dog buffet, cotton candy, popcorn, all-you-can-eat buffet, carousel rides and monorail passes.
Dallas Zoo, 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas; 214-670-5656
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All birthday party packages include a family-style menu or buffet, unlimited soft drinks, a Power Card for each guest and a special gift for the birthday child. Includes more than 200 games to choose from -- everything from the classics to the latest and greatest interactive and video games and many simulator games such as formula race cars, fighter jets and motorcycles and a golf simulator.
Where: Arlington, 2 locations in Dallas, Frisco
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The Fort Worth Zoo is one of the wildest places to celebrate your child's birthday. A party at the FW Zoo includes a Wild Wonders animal presentation, all-day admission to zoo for 30 participants, use of an Education Center room for two hours and wildlife games/activities, a zoo souvenir for each child participant and a special Fort Worth Zoo gift for the birthday child. Maximum group size is 30 participants and may be any combination of children and adults.
Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth; 817-759-7200Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Slide out the end of a mini-jumbo jet, jump inside an indoor bounce house, climb the (play) air traffic control tower, and take a tour through an actual 737 at this flight-focused venue. Parties are two hours long, and you can bring your own cake.
Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave. -- southeast side of Dallas Love Field on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas; 214-350-1651
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It's a large indoor playground where kids can climb through the largest, tallest soft-play areas in DFW. Ride the zip line, climb, slide, bounce and just go bonkers. The restaurant area offers hamburgers, pizza, sandwiches, cookies, mini tacos, salads, fresh fruit and funnel cakes. Party rooms are available for birthday parties.
Going Bonkers: 2565 MacArthur Blvd., Lewisville; 972-315-9000
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Private indoor arenas filled with gigantic inflatable slides, bounce houses and obstacle courses will satisfy your energy-filled birthday kiddo ages 3 to 12. Celebrate in your own private party room and let the party coordinators handle the party details. Available options include pizza, drinks, balloons and goody bags. Personalized dedicated team of staff takes care of everything.
Locations: Arlington, Coppell, Frisco, multiple locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, Plano, Grapevine
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The ultimate spa, salon and party place for toddlers to tweens. Who wouldn't love a ride in a pink limo? Some choices are mani/pedi, specialty up-dos or ear piercing. Themes include Perfect Princess Party, Pajama Jam, the Ultimate Cheer, Fashion Diva, So You Wanna Be a Pop Star, Lights-Camera-Limo and Ice Cream Dreams Spa Party.
Locations: Allen, Garland, Plano, SouthlakeContinue to 13 of 15 below.
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Signature Princess Party, Signature Diva Rock Star Party, Garden Fairy Party, Afternoon Tea Party, B Good 2 Me Spa Party, Posh Pet Party, Fancy Nancy Soiree, Fancy Nancy Posh Puppy Party are the choices at this venue. Downloadable invitations that you print yourself make it easy breezy.
207 N. Kentucky, McKinney; 972-693-6141
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Give your child a special birthday party at Texas Discovery Gardens. It offers two themes for you to choose from for plates and decorations: butterflies and rain forests. Birthday parties include admission for guests to the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium. Texas Discovery Gardens provides the room, setup with tablecloths, paper goods, ice and utensils.
Texas Discovery Gardens: Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas; 214-428-7476
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Birthday parties are filled with interactive, hands-on cooking and delicious fun at the Young Chefs Academy for kids ages 4 to 12.. The venue handles it all -- from printing and mailing invitations to writing down the birthday gifts as they are opened.
Locations: Fort Worth, Frisco, McKinney, Plano