Looking for a fun birthday party venue for your child in the Washington, D.C. area? The region has a multitude of options for kids of all ages and interests. Your child will love these party places in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. Note that similar alternatives are included when possible so that you can find a convenient destination.
The National Zoo
Kids love the animals and Washington, D.C.'s premier zoological park is a great place for a birthday party. For children ages 4-8, FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo) will provide an indoor party room and expert tour guides. Parties are held Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon, subject to availability. See the details for planning a FONZ party
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Petting Zoos in the DC Area
- Leesburg Animal Park – Leesburg, VA. The 21-acre petting zoo offers wagon and pony rides, live animal shows, llamas, donkeys, sheep, goats, monkeys, lemurs, parrots, giant tortoises, and more.
- Roer's Zoofari - Vienna, VA. The 30-acre zoo in the heart of Fairfax County offers a chance for kids to get "up close and personal" with the animals and feed them too!
- Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo – Thurmont, MD. The small zoo in Frederick County offers a variety of animals and an easy venue for kids parties.
Laser Tag at Shadowland
In a dark, foggy haze of twisting hallways and platforms, birthday party guests play a team tag game, shooting one another with lasers. Score is kept electronically. Shadowland has 5 locations in the Washington, D.C. area: Gaithersburg, Frederick and Columbia, MD and Springfield and Chantilly, VA. This is a great party option for older kids and even adults. Read more about Shadowland
Children's Theater Birthday Party
The Washington, D.C. area has a wonderful variety of theaters with performances for kids including puppet shows, fairy tales, popular stories, musicals and children's classics. All of them offer birthday party packages and will help you plan a special celebration for your child.
Ice Skating Birthday Party
The Washington, D.C. area has many ice skating rinks that offer special birthday party packages ranging from hockey to Princess themed parties. Most rinks include a private party room for 1 hour, a party host/hostess, admission to the public skate session, skate rentals, party supplies, food and more. See a guide to Ice Skating Rinks in the Washington, D.C. Area.
Got a child who is a baseball fan? The local ballpark is a great place to host a birthday party. Nationals Park has a family picnic area that is ideal for small groups and the Family Fun Area is a kids-oriented play area that features interactive games including the Exxon Strike Zone, Build-A-Bear Workshop, GEICO Racing Presidents, and Jungle Gym. Read more about Nationals Park
Minor League Baseball Stadiums in the DC Area
Skelterama Go Kart Track
Skelterama lets kids drive their own karts around a racetrack, or for more timid kids, share a double go kart. There are no official "birthday party" arrangements here, but there are outdoor picnic tables and guests are welcome to bring their own party food. Located in Bladensburg, MD. Read more about Skelterama
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Paint Your Own Pottery Birthday Party
Ceramic painting parties are fun for kids and adults. The party host chooses several ceramic pieces for their guests to choose among; the guests each select a piece to finish; and with the paints and glazes provided, they finish their piece. The pottery is left at the studio for firing and is ready for pickup a few days later. Rules regarding food vary according to location.
Paint-Your-Own Pottery Studios
Adventure Park USA
The Western theme park in New Market, Maryland has Go Karts, mini golf, bumper boats, laser tag, ropes course, rock wall, water wars, moon bounce, paintball, soft play playground, arcade games, carousel, and tea cups. Located about 40 miles north of Washington, D.C. Read more about Adventure Park USA.
Gymnastics Birthday Party
The gymnastics centers in the Washington, D.C. area offer non competitive tumbling and gymnastics programs for kids of all ages. They also offer birthday parties with age-appropriate games and fun activities, rides, songs, puppets and more. Details very by location.
Glen Echo Park
The national park for the performing arts is a great place for a birthday party. Performances for kids are held at the Adventure Theatre and the Puppet Company. Groups can explore nature with hands on activities at the Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region. There's also a historic carousel and a variety of special workshops can be tailored to your needs. Private party rooms and picnic areas are available. Read more about Glen Echo Park.
Sport Bounce of Loudoun
Why spend the money to rent an inflatable for your home when you can bring the party to Sport Bounce? The 10,000 sq. ft. family-owned and operated moonbounce facility in Ashburn, VA is geared to kids ages 4 to 10 and offers fitness classes, open gyms and birthday parties. Provide an active party for your child and their friends and leave all the work and mess to the staff. Read more about Sport Bounce.
At a Build-a-Bear birthday party children create and take home their own stuffed bear or other animal. The store's party leader helps the children as needed and leads activities including making a computerized birth certificate for the bear. Package prices differ depending on the size and style of animals chosen (a selection is offered to the birthday guests at the chosen price range). Local stores are in Washington, D.C., Annapolis, Bethesda, Columbia, National Harbor, Waldorf, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, McLean, and Woodbridge. Read more about Build-a-Bear Birthday Parties.
College Park Aviation Museum
Visit the world’s oldest continuously operating airport, with a museum of interactive exhibits and programs for kids including aviation crafts, kite and model making, movie and lecture series. Birthday parties are geared toward kids ages 3 to 12 and include an aviation-themed craft, museum exploration, a private party room, and more. One of the most popular party activities is "I'm Flying", where children can dress up as pilots and get their picture taken in a Taylorcraft plane. Read more about the College Park Aviation Museum.
ComedySportz at the DC Improv
The comedy theater in Washington, D.C. offers a special afternoon show for kids. ComedySportz makes your child the star of the 60-minute performance. This is a great birthday party option for school-age kids. Read more about ComedySportz.
Nature Center Birthday Party
Kids love the hands-on opportunities at nature centers which make them an ideal birthday party venue. Most centers offer naturalist guided activities and a party room or picnic area. Choose a party theme: Scutes and Scales, Bugs Rule, Birds of Prey, Spiders, or Seasonal Themes, among others. Birthday party hosts bring the party food. See a guide to Nature Centers in Washington, D.C, Maryland and Virginia.
Chuck E Cheese
With many locations in Maryland and Virginia, Chuck E. Cheese is a fun place for kids where they can crawl through tunnels, play arcade games, enjoy kiddie rides and play in ball pits. Leave the party planning and cleaning up to the staff. Children of all ages from toddlers to big kids enjoy games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment. Read more about Chuck E Cheese.
CREATE! Arts Center
The art center in Silver Spring, MD offers birthday parties for children of all ages. CREATE will provide art teachers and all the art supplies needed for your project. Activities include mask making, beads, polymer clay, 3D collages, Book making, sewing, painting and more. Read more about CREATE!
Rock Climbing Birthday Party
Enjoy the rewards and challenges of rock climbing. The climbing centers offer birthday parties, private programs, summer camps and all levels of rock climbing instruction. This is a great party idea for older kids and teens.
National Capital Trolley Museum
The Museum preserves and interprets the heritage of electric railways of Washington, D.C. Visitors explore historical exhibits and can take a ride on a trolley. The Museum's classroom is available for on Saturdays and Sundays, January thru November, for birthday parties. Special programs can be tailored for kids. All food and beverages must be brought in or delivered. Read more about the National Capital Trolley Museum.
Do you have a child with a summer birthday? What's better than a lively party at a local water park. The Washington, D.C. area has some great splash zones with plenty of activities to keep kids entertained for hours. You can bring your own food or order from their dining facility. Enjoy a day of seasonal fun and be sure to invite some parents to help chaperone. See a Guide to Water Parks in Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Be With Me the Children's Playseum
Located in Bethesda, MD, the Playseum is an ideal birthday party destination for young children. The museum has several different themed playrooms including a sandbox room, a fire truck room, a dentist room, an optometrist room, a pet store room, a dress up room, a grocery store room, and more. You may bring in your own food, cake, and decorations. Several party packages are available. Read more about the Playseum.
ChildTime Magic Party Place
Located in Vienna, VA, this is a one of kind kids birthday party destination that combines a party room, inflatable fun, and a theater style magic show. Host a fun celebration and leave all the set up and cleanup to the staff. Read more about Magic Party Place.
Bowling Birthday Party
Bowling parties are fun for all ages. Most of the lanes around the region have upgraded with modern facilities and some offer music and private party rooms.
The yoga studio located in Washington, D.C., offers birthday parties for kids (recommended for ages 3 or older). Yoga parties, which last 90 minutes (60 minutes for yoga and 30 minutes for eating and gifts), can have a theme such as Beach Blanket, Space Travel, Animal Farm, and more. Families should supply the food & drink, cake, paper products, and party favors. Parties for up to 10 children cost $330, and for more than 10 (up to a maximum of 15), each additional child is $12.