The Busy Parent’s Birthday Guide
We did the research on go-to party venues so you don’t have to.
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Most of these options offer reduced rates for weekday birthday parties. The rates listed below are for weekend birthday parties.
Charlotte and Matthews
Cool factor: Jumping, bouncing and sliding, but this is more than your average bounce house.
Details: $199-$329 for a one-hour, 40-minute party with eight to 24 children age 2 and older with the option to pay for extra kids. Participants must be 34 inches tall.
Who’s cooking? Add $51 to $144 and BounceU provides your choice of pizza, wings, chicken fingers, snacks, cake and/or drinks. You can bring your own cake, but no other outside food or drinks permitted.
Note: There is no extension on time so make sure everyone is punctual for maximum enjoyment.
Gastonia, Matthews, Pineville and University City
Cool Factor: Indoor play center with slides, jumps and obstacle courses.
Details: $229-$359 for two hours with eight to 24 children, ages 3-12, with the option to pay for extra kids. There is a separate play area for children younger than 3.
Who’s cooking? They are! Each party guest gets two slices of pizza. Most packages include ice cream, but you bring cake. No outside food, including ice cream cakes are permitted.
Ballantyne, Huntersville and Southpark
Cool factor: Ball pit, “sausage” swing and a zip line.
Details: $275-$325 for members; $325-$375 for nonmembers for up to 16 children for 90 minutes to two hours of play. All ages are welcome, but children age 2 and under must be joined by a parent in the play area.
Who’s cooking? You are. My Gym supplies plates, napkins, forks and a tablecloth
Notes: Call to learn more about bringing the party to your house. Prices start at $150 for 11 kiddos and one teacher.
Myers Park, Ballantyne and Huntersville/Lake Norman|
Cool factor: Lego-based activities with theme options like Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go, plus music and games.
Details: $250-$280 for members, $275-$305 for nonmembers for up to 13 children (ages 1-12) for 90 minutes. Additional guests can be added for $10 per child.
Who’s cooking? They cover cake or cupcakes, and a juice box.
Notes: The Little Gym can also handle a gift registry if you choose to open gifts at the party and can provide personalized e-invitations.