13 Places to Have a Sports-Themed Birthday Party

Get active at these sporty birthday party venues.
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AGES 2-4
Younger kids can have a ball at their very own Charlotte Knights birthday party. It includes tickets, ballpark food, a Knights T-shirt, a lanyard with birthday credentials and best of all, a visit from Homer the Dragon. Not quite ready for a big night out? Make it a daytime affair at an indoor gym like The Little Gym or Romp n' Roll specially designed for toddlers. Or simply create a basketball-themed party at home with a basketball-shaped cake (orange and black frosting) and party favors (Nerf ball or whistles) and of course lots of hoop games.

AGES 5-10
Are your kids bouncing off the walls? It's more fun to do it at Sky High Sports, the trampoline park with 360 degrees of trampoline-covered space and court supervisors. Astro Jump delivers themed parties such as magic, farm or princess. How about a hula-hoop party by Cara Zara? If blades and balls are more your style, sign your group up for cool fun and games at the Extreme Ice Center or get out there for a game of extreme dodgeball at Mighty Sports. The Carolina Panthers offer a Sir Purr-fect youth party package with time in Sir Purr's Play Den, tour of Bank of America Stadium and treats.

AGES 11+
Extreme sports enthusiasts might enjoy challenging themselves in new activities. Try a Peak Party at Inner Peaks, where kids 12 and older can climb and learn to operate specially rigged rope systems. Paintball also involves strategy, so enjoy a game at Paintball Paradyes, which offers a western-themed course, a military-themed course and a woodsball course. Looking for good clean fun? Check out the brand new Archery Tag at Canaan, an adventure program based on a Catawba River island. Unlike paintball, the foam-tipped arrows leave no mark or mess. Maybe a good round of golf is the ticket at Paradise Valley Par-3 Golf. Party participants get full use of the driving range, nine-hole play, instruction, arcade games, putt-putt and pizza.