Birthday Party Ideas for Kids in Atlanta

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    Birthday Party Ideas for Kids in Atlanta

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    With Atlanta’s unmatchable lineup of entertainment venues and tourist attractions, it’s no surprise that planning a birthday party in the city is an exciting task for children. However, the limitless options can make the planning process a hassle for the adults, often bringing more stress to the experience than enjoyment. To help streamline your party planning, we’ve singled out the best, most unique venues for birthday parties in Atlanta, whether you need a party fit for a princess or one where the adults are invited too. Click through the slideshow to see our universal list of birthday party ideas for kids in Atlanta.

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    Birthday Parties at Georgia Aquarium

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    Georgia Aquarium

    Location: 225 Baker St NW Atlanta, GA 30313

    Phone: 404-581-4000

    Overview: Celebrate your child’s birthday with the many creatures of the sea. For parties with 15 to 50 guests, you can experience a special themed party. Whether you choose the dolphin, mermaid, ocean, pirate, shark or young scientist theme, you’ll receive a special birthday shout-out in the aquarium’s Ocean Voyager gallery, a behind-the-scenes tour of several aquarium galleries and fun games matched to the theme of each party. All parties include a theme-decorated sheet cake, ice cream, and juice or milk for all party guests to be enjoyed in the party room. Outside food and drink aren't allowed in the aquarium, but you can enjoy snacks at Café Aquaria during your visit. Before you leave, each guest will receive a special gift bag with bubbles, stickers, water guns and other toys that match your party’s theme.

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    Birthday Parties at Zoo Atlanta

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    Zoo Atlanta

    Location: 800 Cherokee Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30315

    Phone: 404-624-5600

    Overview: Panda bears aren’t the only special guests at Zoo Atlanta—festive birthday party packages for kids including the use of the Publix Birthday Pavilion for 90 minutes and 16 tickets to the zoo are also available. You’ll also get pizza, chips, juice and your choice of a sweet treat for dessert. Evening parties come with access to the zoo’s splash fountain (open from April to October). There are also plenty of customizable activities available, whether you want to experience an animal encounter, have caricature drawings or hire a henna artist. Whatever you decide, the birthday kid and their friends are sure to have an unforgettable time amongst the giraffes, zebras and snapping turtles.

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    Birthday Parties at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

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    Fernbank Museum of Natural History

    Location: 767 Clifton Rd Atlanta, GA 30307

    Phone: 404-929-6300

    Overview: Calling all parents of a future paleontologist! Book the Fernbank Museum of Natural History for your child’s birthday party. In addition to hanging out with the museum’s 123-foot-long Argentinosaurus (the largest dinosaur ever found!), you’ll get unlimited access to the museum for 10 children and 10 adults, enjoy two hours in the private party room and take pictures on the special dinosaur thrones. Each birthday kid will receive a Fernbank T-shirt as a gift, and each party guest will leave with a dinosaur-themed goodie bag. In addition, when you reserve a birthday party, you can purchase tickets to the IMAX Theatre at a special rate of $8 per guest. Outside food and drink are not permitted in the museum, however, lunch can be purchased at The Fernbank Café. Parties can be booked on Saturdays and Sundays from either 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Don’t forget to...MORE download your complimentary dinosaur-themed invitations after you book your party!

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    Birthday Parties at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

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    Children’s Museum of Atlanta

    Location: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW Atlanta, GA 30313

    Phone: 404-659-5437

    Overview: Get your child’s creative juices flowing as they spend the day exploring the many different exhibits of the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. With more than 20,000 square feet of seasonal and permanent hands-on exhibits (think painting on the walls and building simple machines), the rentable private party space is a creative way to celebrate your child’s birthday. At $200 for members ($250 for non-members), you’ll receive museum admission for 10 children and 10 adults, a personal party host and a free museum admission for each party guest to use in the future. Choose the science or art theme, and bring along your own food, drink, cake and favors for the party. After the party, the birthday child will get to shop at the museum gift shop with a $10 gift card, complimentary of the museum. (Note: The Children’s Museum of Atlanta will begin its expensive renovation process on...MORE August 1, 2015. You can begin booking birthday parties again beginning in 2016.)

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    Birthday Parties at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

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    LEGOLAND Discovery Center

    Location: Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Rd G-1 Atlanta, GA 30326

    Phone: 404-848-9252

    Overview: Celebrate your child’s birthday at the museum of the beloved childhood toy. At LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta, you’ll get to experience all the museum has to offer, including discovering how LEGOs are created on the factory tour and watching your favorite LEGO characters in an exciting 4D theater experience. At just $35 per person, you’ll get access to a private party room with a party host, pizza, and drinks for all of your guests. In addition, you’ll get to take a private LEGOLAND Model Builder Workshop—children can even take home their creation as a party favor. You must have 10 guests to book the party package, and one adult will get free entry for every five children that attend. Each additional adult costs $10, and entry for the birthday guest is complimentary as a birthday gift from the museum.

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    Birthday Parties at Young Chef’s Academy

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    Young Chef’s Academy

    Location: Toco Hill Shopping Centre, 2903 N Druid Hills Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30329

    Phone: 404-633-2633

    Overview: If your kids love helping out in the kitchen, book their next birthday party at the Young Chef’s Academy in Druid Hills. You can bring along 10 of your favorite mini-chefs (including the birthday child) for a day spent crafting up their own creations, like specialty pizzas. For a fee, your party will include a 90-minute class taught by a Young Chefs Academy instructor, complete with customized invitations, a special gift for the birthday child, drinks for the chefs and balloons for decoration. Each guest will also get to take home a commemorative recipe card and chef’s hat as a party favor. For an additional $2.50 per guest, your chefs will get to decorate their own cupcakes and enjoy them as a sweet treat to top off the party.

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    Birthday Parties at Sky Zone Trampoline Park

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    Sky Zone Trampoline Park

    Location: Five locations throughout Georgia, and a sixth location announced in Peachtree City

    Phone: Choose the location closest to you for contact information.

    Overview: Get ready for some active birthday fun. With packages for a minimum of 10 partygoers, kids can jump in the park for an hour before celebrating in a private party room. As a party favor, each guest will receive a free 30-minute jump pass to use on a future visit, and the birthday child will be gifted two one-hour jump passes for future visits. You’re welcome to create your own party theme, complete with bring-your-own decorations, party supplies, and cake. However, food must be purchased through the park. For an extra cost, you can reserve a private area in the park for your guests to jump. Birthday packages can be created to meet all budgets and needs, so give the park closest to you a call to plan your unique birthday party experience.

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    Birthday Parties at Little Shop of Stories

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    Little Shop of Stories

    Location: 133 E Court Square, Suite A Decatur, GA 30030

    Phone: 404-373-6300

    Overview: For your favorite bookworms, visit the unique Little Shop of Stories in the heart of Decatur. For12 children, including your birthday child, you will receive 30 minutes of a special themed story time. The birthday child will get to choose from whatever their imagination can create. From princesses, pirates, circuses and superheroes, the shop will bring together an impressive lineup of stories sure to keep your guests entertained and immersed in the party theme. Before the big day arrives, you’ll get to mail out customized Little Shop of Storie's invitations. Each additional guest and invitation will cost. After story time is complete, the party will move into the private party room, where juice and paper party supplies will be provided. BYO cake to finish off the night right.

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    Birthday Parties at Atlanta Rocks! Indoor Climbing

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    Atlanta Rocks! Indoor Climbing

    Location: 1019 Collier Rd NW Atlanta, GA 30318

    Phone: 404-351-3009

    Overview: With 12,000 square feet of climbing walls and 50 top-rope stations, there is a track for every climber in your party, from first-timers to experienced climbers, at Atlanta Rocks! Indoor Climbing. You’ll get unlimited use of the facility, harness and climbing shoe rentals and one belayer for every six partygoers. There is a mezzanine available for parents to rent at no additional cost, but you must have 10 party guests to reserve the space. You can bring your own party favors, so consider buying an Atlanta Rocks! T-shirt or other climbing-themed goodies at their merchandise store to include in your goodie bags.

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    Birthday Parties at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary

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    Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary

    Location: 712 L G Griffin Rd Locust Grove, GA 30248

    Phone: 770-957-0888

    Overview: Although there are no special party packages or private tours available, taking a tour of the Noah’s Ark Sanctuary is a unique, affordable way to celebrate your child’s birthday. Noah’s Ark is a 250-acre animal habitat for more than 1,500 abused and neglected animals. Walk freely through the park at your own pace on the self-guided tours. They are available from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at no cost, although donations are appreciated. There are picnic tables available for you to bring your own lunch and a playground for your party guests to enjoy after exploring this unique animal habitat. 

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    Birthday Parties at American Girl

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    American Girl

    Location: North Point Mall, 1202 North Point Cir Alpharetta, GA 30022

    Phone: 877-247-5223

    Overview: Spend a special afternoon with your daughter, her friends and their favorite dolls at The American Girl store at North Point Mall, which offers two packages for birthday celebrations. In addition, each party guest will take home a goodie bag filled with a doll tiara, and the birthday girl will bring home a commemorative keepsake. The Deluxe Birthday Celebration ($45 for children and $35 for adults) includes everything in the Bistro Birthday Celebration along with a private party space and a unique craft for the table to complete. With this package, you can make reservations for your guests’ dolls at the Doll Hair Salon. Just make sure you’ll have at least four dolls receiving services, and call at least three weeks in advance. 

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    Birthday Parties at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

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    Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

    Location: 11000 Alpharetta Hwy, Roswell, GA 30076

    Phone: 770-992-5688

    Overview: Adults and kids alike will get an adrenaline rush at  Andretti Indoor Karting and Games, a top choice for any thrill-seeking child’s birthday celebration. With all-inclusive party packages ranging from $19.99 to $46.99 per guest and optional party add-ons, like zip lining and junior kart racing, there is an option for every budget and party size. Every party includes a personal event specialist and party decorations. Even though Andretti’s special racecar ice cream cake is also included in each package, you can bring your own cake if you’d prefer to receive an arcade game credit instead. Goodie bags aren’t included in any of the party packages, but we recommend sending guests home with Andretti Goodie Cards, which can be spent at the ticket redemption counter for special prizes of their choosing. If you have more than one child or decide you want to visit Andretti’s more...MORE often, consider joining the A-List Birthday Club for only $20. You’ll receive plenty of special perks, including 10% off of future group events and special member-only coupons.

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    Birthday Parties at Topgolf

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    Topgolf

    Location: 10900 Westside Parkway Alpharetta, GA 30009, and a second location opening in Midtown Summer 2015

    Phone: 770-217-0513

    Overview: If you’ve been keeping your eyes on Jordan Spieth (or perhaps you just love drinking Arnold Palmers), Topgolf is the party destination for you. One of Atlanta’s newest entertainment venues, Topgolf offers birthday party options for kids and teens (and adults, too!). In addition to teeing off throughout the night, all parties will have access to fun games, including pool tables, shuffleboards, 70” TVs with X-Box connections, corn hole, and life-size Jenga. Packages are abailable with a minimum head count of 12 guests. Each package includes your choice of two types of meat and two side dishes, with cupcakes and additional food options available for an extra cost. However, you can bring your own store-bought cake. Golf-themed party favors can be purchased, as well, or you can bring your own goodie bags. Keep in mind that two adults are required for...MORE every 12 children and one event ambassador will be staffed for every 20 party guests.