Epic Birthday Party Venues for Kids

Epic Birthday Party Venues for Kids

Kids’ birthday parties are a big business in our area with some parents spending more than $500 each year on extravagant events for their children. Parents who host parties at venues outside the home say it’s well worth the money to avoid cooking, cleaning, managing the details of the event and the inevitable spills that go along with having a house full of kids. Some families keep it simple with a bowling or skating party and some go for broke with novel parties sure to impress their children’s friends. Here are some of the most “epic” children’s birthday party venues in Northern Virginia.

CHUCK E. CHEESE’S
multiple locations
chuckecheese.com
Best for: Toddlers through pre-teens
There’s a reason why this chain remains hugely popular: Inexpensive arcade games that guests of all ages (including adults) can play plus tot-only areas for the wee ones.

MY GYM
multiple locations
mygym.com
Best for: Ages 1-10
Popular for its children’s fitness program, My Gym also hosts birthday parties where kids can enjoy active play and games, often with themes based on popular cartoon characters.

LEESBURG ANIMAL PARK
Leesburg
leesburganimalpark.com
Best for: Toddlers through early teens
In addition to its popular outdoor petting zoo, Leesburg Animal Park has indoor attractions including a multi-level play structure, a toddler play space, an arts and crafts room and indoor animal exhibits.

MONKEY JOE’S DULLES
Sterling
monkeyjoes.com
Best for: Ages 1-12
This indoor playground boasts huge inflatables, some with big slides and mazes, plus an arcade area. Little ones can play safely in their own separate play area for toddlers ages 3 and younger.

CHILDREN’S SCIENCE CENTER
Fairfax
childsci.org
Best for: Ages 4-12
Science is great fun at the Children’s Science Center. Birthday parties here include full exploration of the Lab’s innovative exhibits plus an exclusive interactive science activity for the party.

FARM PARTIES
multiple locations
Best for: All ages
Local farms are popular party spots. Great Country Farms in Bluemont (greatcountryfarms.com) offers playgrounds, a big jumping pillow, mini-golf, gem mining and more. At Amazing Farm Fun at Ticonderoga in Chantilly (ticonderoga.com/about), activities include a hayride, hill slides, pedal carts and mazes. During its popular Fall Festival season, Cox Farms in Centreville (coxfarms.com) also offers birthday packages.

SWEET AND SASSY SPA
Leesburg
sweetandsassy.com
Best for: Girls, ages 4-13
Treat your princess like royalty for a day at this spa just for kids with parties focused on primping and pampering. You can even add on the Hot Pink Limo to any package to have your guests arrive in style.


TEA WITH MRS. B.
Falls Church
teawithmrsb.com
Best for: Toddlers through preteens
Another “fancy” option for kids is a tea party just for them. Tea with Mrs. B hosts elegant high-tea parties for girls and boys with themes such as “royalty” or “intergalactic.”

THE LITLLE GYM
multiple locations
thelittlegym.com
Best for: Ages 1-10
Gymnastics, games, music, and fun activities keep kids busy at birthday parties customized by age.

SPORT BOUNCE OF LOUDOUN
Ashburn
sportbounce.com
Best for: Ages 2-10
Known best for its giant inflatables (some with obstacle courses) and slides, Sport Bounce also now has a huge jumping pillow and inflatable basketball hoops.

JUMPING JACK SPORT
Ashburn
jumpingjacksports.com
Best for: All ages
With a 70-foot inflatable obstacle course and sports arena, electronic sports wall, traverse rock wall, and games like dodgeball, there is plenty to do at this indoor entertainment center.

LASER TAG
multiple locations
Best for: Ages 5 through adult
A laser tag “battle” is a fun, exciting, and safe indoor activity that guests of all ages can enjoy. Shadowland Adventures (shadowlandadventures.com) hosts parties for guests ages 6 and up at its Chantilly and Springfield locations, while Sudden Combat in Sterling (suddencombat.com) hosts parties for ages 5 and up.

PAINTBALL
multiple locations
Best for: Ages 10 to adult
Celebrate a birthday – and your tactical and defense skills – with a paintball party. Locally, Hogback Mountain Paintball in Leesburg (hogback.net) and Pev’s Paintball in Aldie (pevs.com) host birthday parties that are fun (and safe) for all ages.

iFLY
Ashburn
iflyworld.com
Best for: Ages 3 and up
The birthday boy or girl (and guests) can experience the thrill of flying weightlessly at this indoor skydiving venue.

THE ZONE
Ashburn
thezoneusa.com
Best for: All ages
Bowling, laser tag, arcade games and more are available at this family entertainment complex. You can customize birthday packages to select your preferred activities. A restaurant serving food and cocktails can keep parents happy too!

AUTOBAHN INDOOR SPEEDWAY
Manassas and Sterling
autobahnspeed.com
Best for: Ages 8 and up
Experience the thrill of driving a highperformance vehicle in a safe, comfortable and fun environment at this indoor race track. Autobahn uses state-of-the-art, Italian-made, third-generation electric karts on Grand Prix-style tracks. Adult karts can reach speeds of up to 50 MPH while junior karts can go as fast as 25 MPH.

DAVE & BUSTER’S
Springfield
daveandbusters.com/kidsbirthdays
Best for: All ages
Dave & Buster’s features large, state-of-theart games to entertain guests of all ages.
There are also huge HDTVs to watch sports and extensive menu options.

ROPES COURSES
multiple locations
Best for: All ages (height and weight requirements apply)
Kids can reach new heights, literally, by exploring an aerial course. The Harpers Ferry Adventure Center in Purcellville (harpersferryadventurecenter.com) offers a ropes course and zip line party package, as does Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg (evergreensportsplex.com/ birthday-parties), which also has a rock climbing wall and various sports fields. Coming soon is a Go Ape course (goape. com) at South Run Park in Springfield.

TRAMPOLINE PARKS
multiple locations
Best for: Toddlers through adults
Jump for joy at one of our area’s huge, super-fun trampoline parks: Rebounderz in Sterling (rebounderzsterling.com), Atomic Trampoline Fun Center in Leesburg (atomictrampoline.com), Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield (flighttrampolinepark. com), and Sky Zone in Manassas (skyzone. com) all offer birthday packages.

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PATRICIA HALL is a freelance writer and consultant who began her journalism career at The Miami Herald. She is the founder of FairfaxFamilyFun.com. She lives in Fairfax County with her husband and son and can be reached at editorialpro@gmail.com.