Excitement for Kids, Stress for Parents
With Atlanta’s unmatchable lineup of entertainment venues, parks and tourist attractions, it’s no surprise that birthday parties can be exciting events for children in the area. 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.
Celebrate your child’s birthday with the many creatures of the sea at the Georgia Aquarium. 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 Cafe 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.
Panda bears aren’t the only special guests at Zoo Atlanta—festive birthday party packages for kids that include 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), one of many in the city. 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 his or her friends are sure to have an unforgettable time among the giraffes, zebras and snapping turtles.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
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 buy tickets to the IMAX Theatre at a special rate. Outside food and drink are not permitted in the museum, but you can buy lunch at The Fernbank Cafe. Parties can be booked on Saturdays and Sundays from either noon to 2 p.m. or 3 to 5 p.m. Don’t forget to download your complimentary dinosaur-themed invitations after you book your party.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Get your child’s creative juices flowing as he or she spends 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. The fee includes 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 gift card, compliments of the museum.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
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. The party fee includes 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. Entry for the birthday boy or girl is complimentary as a birthday gift from the museum.
Young Chef’s Academy
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 making 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 small fee per guest, your chefs will get to decorate their own cupcakes and enjoy them as a sweet treat to top off the party.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Get ready for some active birthday fun at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Roswell. With packages for a minimum of 10 party-goers, kids can jump in the park for an hour before celebrating in a private party room. As a party favor, each child 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.
Little Shop of Stories
For your favorite bookworms, visit the unique Little Shop of Stories in the heart of Decatur. For 12 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 his or her 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 Stories invitations. 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.
Atlanta Rocks! Indoor Climbing
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 party-goers. Parents can rent a mezzanine 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 the shop o include in your goodie bags.
Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary
Although there are no special party packages or private tours available, taking a tour of the Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary is an unusual and 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 noon to 3 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.
Spend a special afternoon with your daughter, her friends, and their favorite dolls at The American Girl Atlanta store at North Point Mall in Alpharetta. It 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 get a commemorative keepsake. The Deluxe Birthday Celebration 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 also 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.
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
Adults and kids alike will get an adrenaline rush at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Roswell, a top choice for any thrill-seeking child’s birthday celebration. With all-inclusive party packages and optional party add-ons, like zip lining and junior kart racing, there is an option for virtually 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 you can send guests home with Andretti Goodie Cards, which can be spent at the ticket redemption counter for special prizes of their choosing.
If you’ve been keeping your eyes on Jordan Spieth (or perhaps you just love drinking Arnold Palmers), Topgolf in Alpharetta or in West Midtown 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 have access to games that include pool and shuffleboard, 70-inch TVs with X-Box connections, corn hole, and life-size Jenga. Packages are available 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 fee. However, you can bring your own store-bought cake. You can buy golf-themed party favors, as well, or you can bring your own goodie bags. Keep in mind that two adults are required for every 12 children, and one event ambassador will be staffed for every 20 party guests.