If you are looking for somewhere fun to have a birthday party for your son or daughter, here's a list of places that will be happy to host your child's birthday party in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.
It's weather dependent, but almost every kid is going to love a water park party in the summer. And, there are several indoor water parks in the Twin Cities which are open and can host your birthday party year-round.
Vertical Endeavors Climbing Gym
Vertical Endeavors, an indoor rock climbing gym with locations in St. Paul and Minneapolis, is very family-friendly during the day. If you book a birthday party, an instructor and optional extra staff will help the kids climb, and the birthday person climbs for free.
Animal-Themed Birthday Parties
The University of Minnesota's Raptor Center rehabilitates injured hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons. At a birthday party, re-named a "Hatchday" party, guests can visit with the birds, do a raptor-themed craft, and will receive raptor-themed party favors.
For more animal themed birthday party ideas, you could celebrate at the Minnesota Zoo, who will provide animal shaped cupcake birthday cakes, crafts and activities, and zoo admission for the guests.
Como Zoo also hosts birthday parties with a choice of six themes, which include tours of the zoo, and meeting live animals.
And the Bell Museum's birthday parties include a guided tour of the museum and the live animals in the Touch and See room. Party bags and art activities can be included too.
Train-Themed Birthday Parties
Little train fans will love having a party at Choo Choo Bob's Train Store in St. Paul. A party here includes the use of the party room, a cake, train-themed party bags, and as much playing on the many Thomas the Train tables as the guests want.
And if toy trains are too tame, try a birthday party at the Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul. Have cake in a real vintage train, take a caboose ride, and see historic trains from the Midwest. And some of them look just like giant versions of the toy Thomas and Friends trains!
Indoor play parks and playgrounds around the Twin Cities have a giant play structure with multi-story slides and extras like climbing walls and bouncy castles, perfect for winter birthdays. There's Adventure Peak at Edinborough Park in Edina, Lookout Ridge in Woodbury, The Eagles Nest in New Brighton, Adventure Park in Ham Lake, The Blast in Eagan, and The Giggle Factory in Hudson, WI.
And the national franchise Pump It Up has inflatable playgrounds in Eden Prairie, Ham Lake, Burnsville, Oakdale, and Plymouth.
Play With Clay
Artistic kids will enjoy a party at the Northern Clay Center on East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. Your child and their friends can play with the clay, and with a little guidance from the resident artists, make something that will be fired and ready for collection a few days later.
And in Northeast Minneapolis, Clay Squared to Infinity use colorful polymer clay to make animals, sculptures, and decorative items. You can have a party at the Clay Squared Studio for your child and their friends to make their own creations, or they will come to many places in the Twin Cities for no extra charge.
Art Project Parties at Local Art Studios
ArtScraps, an art materials thrift and re-use store in St. Paul, will be happy to host a party, plan an art project for the party guests, and will send them home with their creations and artistic party bags.
ArtiCulture, on East Franklin in Minneapolis, will custom-design an art project for your child's birthday party. You can also add face painting, party bags, and more art projects for an additional charge. ArtiCulture can also bring the party to your location.
Toy and art store Kiddywampus in St. Louis Park has a large studio space for parties. Their most popular party lets kids go wild and throw paint at the walls - but they'll be happy to create a calmer art project too!
Izzy's Ice Cream Birthday Party
Give your birthday boy or girl their own ice cream parlor. At Izzy's birthday parties at their factory in St. Paul, party guests can make their own sundaes with the most extravagant toppings.
Birthday Parties on the Farm
Great for fall birthdays, Minnetonka Orchards welcome your birthday party, and don't charge a fee apart from their admission charge. Admission includes a hayride, and it's free during the week. You can't bring in outside food or drink except for the birthday cake, but there are refreshments available onsite, and plenty of apples to pick. There is a petting zoo, corn maze, and a gigantic pile of hay at the orchard too.
Children's Museum Birthday Parties
The Minnesota Children's Museum in downtown St. Paul is a perennial favorite among little kids. Parties here are very popular. The museum will provide cake and ice cream in their party room, and if all the fun of the museum isn't enough, you can add on age-based art, science or playtime activities to the party.
The Works science and technology museum in Edina hosts birthday parties, providing a private room and an "Explainer" to lead a tour of the museum. Optionally you can add on technology projects for the party guests.
The Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown St. Paul hosts parties with cake and science experiments for the guests, customized for the age and interest of the guests. The party price includes entry to the museum.