Whether you're a parent who loves or dreads planning birthday parties, there are a lot of options in St. Louis. Sure, we have your typical chain restaurants and play areas, but there are also plenty of more uniquely St. Louis destinations too. Here's information on some of the top spots for kids birthday parties in the St. Louis area.
Birthday parties at the Creation Station at the Transporation Museum in St. Louis County are designed for young children ages one to five. The party includes 90 minutes in the Creation Station play area, snacks, party bags, balloons, paper products and a special gift for the birthday boy or girl. Parents are expected to provide the birthday cake or cupcakes. Parties are held on Saturdays or Sundays. The cost is $175 for 10 children and $15 for each additional child.
Vetta Sports offers birthday parties at six locations in the St. Louis area. Younger children may enjoy the inflatables or inflatables/soccer party. For older kids, there's laser tag and multi-sport parties. The cost varies depending on location and type of party but ranges from $195 to $275 for up to 25 children. Paper products and drinks are provided.
The St. Louis Carousel in Faust Park can accommodate larger groups. Daytime parties include rental of table and chairs, plus unlimited carousel rides for up to 50 people for two hours. Evening parties include unlimited rides for up to 75 people. Parties are held Tuesdays through Sundays. You will have to contact them for availability and pricing.
For an outdoor birthday celebration, there's Suson Park in St. Louis County. Picnic areas and shelters are available to rent. The park has a playground and everyone can also visit the Animal Farm for free.
World Bird Sanctuary
Have a "birdday" party at the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis County. The 90-minute party includes a live animal encounter, birthday cake, drinks and gift for the birthday boy or girl. The cost is around $300 for up to 15 people. Each additional person is $10.
The St. Louis Science Center offers several themed birthday parties. Kids can choose from dinosaurs, creepy chemistry, icky sticky science and more. The party includes a private room, themed experiments, cake, pizza, drinks, and five parking passes.
St. Louis Zoo
The St. Louis Zoo has several party packages for children of all ages. The parties are held in a private area and feature live animal encounters, crafts, games, cupcakes, and drinks. There's also a special animal adoption gift for the birthday child. Parties for 20 to 30 children are offered year-round on weekends and on weekday afternoons in the summer. The cost is around $300 to $500 depending on the type of party.
The Magic House is a fun option for birthday parties. The popular children's museum has party packages on Saturdays and Sundays for 10 to 30 children. The parties include admission, use of a party room, crafts, games, cupcakes, drinks, and paper products. The cost is $15 per child.
The Butterfly House in Faust Park offers birthday parties on Saturdays and Sundays for children ages eight and younger. The party includes admission, a one-hour adventure led by staff, cookies, drinks, paper products, and treat bags. The cost is $15 a child for 10 to 20 children.
Have an ice skating party at the Brentwood Ice Arena. The party includes the use of the party room for two hours, plus admission and skate rental for up to 17 people. The cost is around $140 to $160. Pizza and sodas can be added for an additional cost. Parents must provide a birthday cake or cupcakes.
Blast off on a space mission during a birthday party at the Challenger Learning Center in St. Louis County. The two-hour party is recommended for children five and older. It includes exclusive use of the Challenger Learning Center facility, rocket building, mini-mission with a comet, cake, drinks, and party favors. The cost is around $350 for up to 12 children. Additional kids are $20 each. There is also a party package for older children (ages 12 and up) that includes a two-hour simulated space mission. That's $650 for up to 30 kids.
Purina Farms hosts birthday parties on Saturdays and Sundays. The parties include rental of a party tent, box lunch, cupcakes, ice cream, wagon rides and admission to the Pro Plan Performance Team Dog Show. The cost is around $100-$200 with several add-on entertainment options available.
Young train engineers can hop aboard for a birthday party at the Frisco Train Store in Valley Park. The 90-minute parties are held in a private playroom with a 16-foot train table. They include invitations, games and a special train car for the birthday boy or girl. Parties are held on Saturdays and Sundays and cost around $180 for up to 16 children.
Eckert's Orchards in Belleville offers a Fun Thyme Cooking Birthday Party. Kids get to make their own meal and decorate cupcakes in the classroom kitchen at the Country Store. The two-hour party is designed for kids ages four to 12. The cost is around $20 per child, with a $260 minimum spend.
For a unique birthday experience, there's the City Museum in downtown St. Louis. The museum no longer rents out rooms for birthday parties, but it's still a fun way for your child and their friends to spend their special day. Even though there are no room rentals available, if you have a group of 15 or more, you can still take advantage of the discounted group admission rate.