From the tried and true to the hip and new, here are some ideas for your child's next birthday party. Some of these birthday party places are more suitable for younger children, some for older children, and some are great for kids of all ages.
Please note that the prices mentioned are subject to change. Always check with the location for current prices before booking your party. Most have several types of party packages available at different price points.
Also, pay attention to the rules and limitations. Some allow only a birthday cake to be brought in, some limit the type of decorations you can use, and most limit the number of people attending.
Your kids can have a wild birthday party at the Memphis Zoo. The Zambezi River Hippo Camp is popular allows the kids to see hippos, Nile crocodiles, okapi, flamingoes, and more. Don't forget the giant pandas in the China exhibit!
Party packages start at $425 for non-members and include up to 20 people (It costs $10 for each additional guest.) Zoo admission is included plus a party room for two hours. You can bring your own food or use the zoo's caterer. Note: alcohol beverages are not permitted and you must bring your own utensils, plates, cups, flatware, cake knife, etc.
The Children's Museum of Memphis offers a fun and educational way to celebrate. Party packages start at $375 for non-members and include museum admission and use of the party room.
There are indoor exhibits and hands-on activities, plus a splash park for the summer. The museum is home to the Grand Carousel of Memphis, a stunning antique carousel that kids of all ages will enjoy riding. The carousel is even ADA-accessible.
Birthday packages can include the carousel and splash park for an additional price.
Bring your own food, decorations, and utensils.
Party with the Grizzlies at FedExForum. Your party of 10 people includes game tickets, vouchers for the food concessions, reversible jersey, a photo on the Grizzlies home court screen, and more.
You might even get to participate in the Anthem Buddies Fan Experience, where the kids in your party stand on the court with the Grizzlies players during the National Anthem (based on availability).
Prices range from $25 to $80 a person depending on what type of game it is (premium games are the most expensive, for example.)
"The hottest place in town for a birthday party!" Party packages start at $225 (Saturday) and $250 (Sunday) for up to 20 people and include a museum tour, party room, and balloons.
The first hour is spent exploring and playing in the museum. The second hour is spent in the party room. You provide the refreshments.
For an additional $50 charge, have one of the Memphis Fire Dogs, Izzy or Astro, as a special guest at the party.
The Memphis Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of birthday parties for your child. The "My Big Backyard" area of the gardens is the perfect birthday party place for the kids.
Party themes include Jungle Journey, Pirate Adventure, Flower Power Hour, and Royal Party. Parties start at $200 and include a three-hour room rental, instructor, and supplies. It costs more to incorporate activities or themes into your party.
For all parties, you provide food, decorations, plates, cups, etc. They have a list of caterers.
Give your child the star treatment with a movie birthday party. There are two options for parties: the first option includes reserved seating for the movie and a private party room, the second option includes a movie screening in a private auditorium.
Malco Theaters operates an official IMAX 3D Theater out of its Paradiso East Memphis Cinema, for added excitement for your child's party experience.
Parties start at a $50 reservation rental fee for the party room option plus $12 per person for their birthday package ($15 if you want an evening ticket): ticket, drink, and a box of popcorn.
At Cedar Hill Farm in Hernando kids can feed the farm animals, ride a pony, enjoy a hayride and more. Parties start at $300 for up to 20 kids.
Basic parties include a ride on the Cedar Hill Rail Road, a tour of the Petting Zoo where the kids get to pet and feed goats, sheep, cows, pigs, miniature horses, donkeys, and rabbits.
Then everyone washes their hands and the group watches the farm's singing chickens sing happy birthday to the birthday kid. After that, all of the kids (under 100 lbs) get to ride a pony, and then the whole group goes on a hayride around the back of the farm.
The tour takes about 1 hour, then you can eat and open presents in your shaded picnic area, and let the kids play on the playground. You can bring your own food, order pizza out, or talk to the farm about caterers.
Putt-Putt has been a favorite Memphis birthday party destination for years. In addition to miniature golf, Putt-Putt offers go-kart rides, bumper boats, arcade games, and more.
Party packages start at $152 (plus tax) for eight children and include pizza, ice cream, party favors, mini golf, and $10 tokens for the game room. You can pay extra and have the kids play laser tag.
No outside food permitted except for the birthday cake.
River City Gymnastics
Is your birthday child an Olympic hopeful? If so, then River City Gymnastics might just be the perfect place for a party. Parties include one hour of gym time plus 30 minutes in the party room. Party packages start at $250.00 for up to 15 kids.
The children will expend plenty of energy in the gym loaded with all sorts of high flying, balancing, jumping, and climbing equipment. The festivities continue for 45 more minutes in the party room where the kids can enjoy refreshments and opening gifts.
Got a kid who is into technology? Bits, Bytes, and Bots is known for their fun and educational activities.
This unique party concept will allow your child and his/her guests to get their hands on things like robotics, video game creation, and more.
They offer the robotic parties using Lego Mindstorm NXT and for little gamers, a Minecraft themed party will fit the bill.
This "Inflatable Party Zone" offers inflatable bouncers, slides, and climbers to entertain kids ages 2 and up. Pump It Up has locations in both Bartlett and Germantown. Party packages start at $279 for up to 15 guests.
They have packages for all party sizes, so birthday kids can bring all their friends to a private party.
Everybody loves Build-a-Bear and with a Build-a-Bear party, each guest can assemble and take home their own furry friend! Party packages start as low as $18 per guest, making it one of the more affordable party options.
There are now two Build-a-Bear Workshops in the Memphis area -- one at the Wolfchase Galleria and the other at the Avenue Carriage Crossing.
Paintball is a popular pastime for many older kids and teens and the Paintball Park is a great place for a party. The park, however, is exclusive to kids ages 10 and older. Party groups must have a minimum of 10 guests and packages start at $22.00 per person.
They have a party room, outdoor fire pit, and picnic tables for a group to use. All Private Groups have the option to select a private, dedicated referee for the group and the referee will officiate your group's private matches.
Choose from three different bowling party packages, starting as low as $199.00 for up to 10 kids.
All packages include bowling and shoe rentals, as well as decorations, and other assorted extras. Arcade game-play is extra with a basic party package.
You bring in your own cake and ice cream.
"Put the ART in pARTy" with a pottery party. Party-goers get to paint their very own piece of pottery that will be ready to take home in a few days. They offer a private party room and parents may bring party food and accessories if they wish.
Supervised activities can include canvas painting or pottery painting. You can order pizza for your party through Paint-a-Piece.
Is your child a nature lover? Then they are sure to enjoy an outdoor party at Lichterman Nature Center! Party packages start at $220 and include crafts, activities, instruction, and admission to the center. Parties can be indoors or outdoors and your party can invite two animals from the Nature Center to stop by.
After your party, spend the rest of the day exploring the Nature Center. Naturalist notebooks are available as party favors.
The Memphis Jewish Community Center offers a wide variety of parties including pizza parties, glamor parties, lego parties, and more. Basic parties include birthday cake and ice cream along with a beverage.
The Art House Party is fun. They have an art specialist to help you come up with the perfect age-appropriate project for your party. Art activities will last one hour, then party goers will move to a party room for cake and ice cream.
A favorite birthday destination in Memphis for years. Chuck E. Cheese parties include pizza, cake, tokens, souvenir cups, and more. Pricing is determined by the number of guests, the date, and time of the party.
For a party that is easy on you and your budget, you just can't beat McDonald's.
While prices and specifics vary by location, you can expect to pay about $120.00 for ten kids and that price includes each child's choice of happy meals and private time in the McDonald's Playland.
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