Does your child have a birthday coming up? If you want to throw a birthday party but don't want to host one in your home, check out one of the 20 spots listed here. Thankfully, many area businesses are happy to provide a fun birthday party venue for your friends and family. There are plenty of options to choose from, different venues caters to different ages and interests. Children love these party places in Indiana and Kentucky.
The Louisville Zoo offers “Birthday with the Bears!” parties. These kid parties are designed for children ages 4–11, but anyone can register. All parties include two hours in the Glacier Run Classroom, a Zoo consultant to help you plan and host your party, a private small animal encounter, access to the daily bear presentation, all-day admission to the Zoo for up to 30 people, free parking for all your guests, and more. If you want to add food, talk to the zoo about arrangements when you book the party.
This high-energy indoor play center is full of options for a fun birthday party. There are bouncing arttractions, art options, characters and entertainers. If you want to host the party at home and simply want entertainment provided, there are in-home packages, too.
Parties at JCC are customizable and the center has plenty of offerings; a pool, sports, dance, and craft opportunities.
Most parties are 90 minutes, including 60 minutes of play and 30 minutes in a party room. The JCC provides hosts to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
The Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium at University of Louisville campus in Old Louisville is an overlooked gem of the city.
Party packages vary, but the basic party package is for 10 kids to attend a public show. The party group then enjoys a private party room for one hour.
5. The Comfy Cow Ice Cream Party
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! For a minimum of 10 children and a maximum of 20, The Comfy Cow will offer sundaes, balloons, party hats, and a free scoop coupon as a party favor in a private party room. Cost is per child.
Head to Derby Dinner Playhouse for a theater party. Parties are offered for the lunch performances at Derby Dinner Playhouse. Party packages include the show, birthday cake, punch, and ice cream. Add that party hats and favors, a balloon bouquet and a birthday card signed by the cast, and you have a party! Added bonus: a Derby Dinner character to visit your party and time after the show for opening gifts.
Be a part of history at the Frazier History Museum! These two-hour birthday parties include a private room, paper goods, hands-on activities, a gallery scavenger hunt and an interactive interpretation. What kind of interactive interpretation? Well, you can choose from medieval knights, real-life princesses or cowboys/cowgirls.
Huber’s Orchard hosts seasonal parties, packages can be purchased for birthday parties at Huber from May 1 through August 31. Packages include admission to the family farm park, reserved picnic tables, and small gifts. Add pizza to the mix for an added fee. The family farm park includes a train ride through the orchards and farmland, a 60’ slide, mazes (bamboo, rope, and tile), pedal karts, and more. More information on Huber Orchard, including images, can be found here.
9. Nature Birthday Party
The Louisville Nature Center hosts birthday parties with a package including an indoor party room, live critter presentation, and more. The two-hour party includes an outdoor activity (game or visit to the bird blind), a guided nature hike in Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve and time for everyone to enjoy a treat such as cake, donuts, or whatever celebratory treat you choose.
The party is recommended for a maximum group size of 15 children and hosts are given time to decorate the party room if they choose.
10. Paint Your Own Picture Party
Have young artists meet at Whet Your Palette. Take your vision to the canvas at a Whet Your Palette painting party. Parents (and your birthday child, if you choose) pick the picture they want to paint. Next, invite the kids and pick up a cake, Whet Your Palette team does the rest, including clean up.
11. Go Kart Party
A party destination, Renaissance Fun Park has go karts, mini golf, laser tag, and more. Choose what party plan works best for your group. The park assigns a party host who takes care of drinks, plates, napkins and general party coordination. Packages vary and there is an ultimate party package including all the park has to offer, if you simply can not choose.
12. Party at a Water Park
Does your child have a summer birthday? If so, a party at a local water park may be just the ticket. The Louisville area has some great places to splish and splash, from water parks requiring admission with slides and attractions to local pools and splash pads that offer up family fun at a lower price point.
13. Have a Science Party
Kentucky Science Center has several science-theme party packages. Dino-Mite Party is an opportunity to learn about dinosaurs, including finding out when they lived, and how big they got. Participants make their very own dinosaur egg. ThePirate Parrrty is an adventure where kids learn what makes a boat float, have a chance to shoot film canister cannons, and follow the treasure map to receive a prize. Secret Agent Science allows kids to test finger prints and blood types to capture the culprit. Wizarding World of Science participants mix color changing. Birthday Beauty is a look into the science behind cosmetics, investigating the chemistry of makeup. Parties include cookie cake, fruit juice, water, and all disposables for up to 20 children, exclusive use of the party room for up to two hours, two parking passes for the host family, and more.
14. Ice Skating Party
Head to Iceland Sports Complex, home to dual ice skating rinks, and ask about special birthday party packages.
15. Build-A-Bear Workshop Party
At a Build-a-Bear birthday party, children make their own stuffed animal. There is a party host to help the kids and the bear (or whatever animal is chosen) comes with added special touches, such as a birth certificate. There are different packages, depending on what type of Build-A-Bear party you are looking for. There is a Build-A-Bear in the Paddock Shops, on of Louisville's premiere shopping malls.
16. Bowling Party
Every age is a good age to go bowling! There are plenty of lanes around Louisville, family-friendly spots listed here with free summer bowling programs. If you are looking for a larger attraction, a spot with a busy bowling alley, an arcade, laser tag, and more, Main Event is also a great venue for a birthday party. Call ahead to discuss party packages and book a party room and/or reserve a lane or two.
17. Go Down Under at Mega Cavern
Mega Quest is an area of Mega Cavern with aerial ropes. Book a birthday party have and get 2 hours on the Mega Quest Aerial Course, pizza and unlimited drinks for the participants. It is not a private space, but the venue does rope off an area with tables for your group in the Mega Quest space. Parties can bring their own cake and there is no charge for others to come to watch. Payment is required for everyone who is on the ropes.
Parties can be booked at the Parklands Achievement Center which is located next to the playground and sprayground. In addition, partygoers can enjoy a guided hike, creek exploration, fishing excursions, wildflower & butterfly adventure, nature detectives session, or an inside activity with someone on staff. So many options, simply choose which one fits your party theme.
19. Chuck E Cheese
With locations in Kentucky and Indiana, there is likely a Chuck E Cheese close to you. It is a place designed for kids, more about the fun than the pizza, but there is pizza! Kids can go wild chasing one another through tunnels, play arcade games, and roll about in ball pits. Entertainment and pizza is all there and the staff plans the party and takes care of clean up.
Take on a physical challenge and go rock climbing. Climb Nulu on Market Street is available for birthday parties. There are climbing instructors, private programs, summer camps and suggestions for how to get involved with rock climbing, no matter your skill level. There is designated party area that can be reserved for 2 hours and a person will be assigned to your group to provide personal attention
to you and your party. The package includes 2 hours of climbing, a private climbing room to use as you please, tables and chairs set up for food, drinks and presents.
Whatever you decide, have a great birthday party! Have some smaller ones, here is a list on finding fun things to do with toddlers, too.