Richmond’s Most Complete List of Children’s Birthday Party Spots

Wondering where to have your child’s birthday party this year?   We’ve got you covered with this great Richmond birthday party list!  Whether your birthday child is an artist, a gymnast, a chef, a sports fan, an animal lover, a crafter, a science buff, or anything in between, there’s something here for you.  There are the good ol’ standbys like laser tag and gymnastics parties and some out-of-the-box ideas such as rock climbing and Arena Racing.  As always, we love your feedback, so please let us know if you have any birthday venues or vendors to add.  Here’s to some wonderful birthday parties in 2012!

 Alpaca Tours and Parties – Lots of fun with real Alpacas!

Abrakadoodle  Abrakadoodle art parties are offered at convenient community locations or in your home!  Many different party themes, all including an edu-taining ARTrageous art teacher, age-appropriate art activities and art lessons, and a framed piece of each child’s original art – the best party favor ever! For a great idea on a charitable gift idea for children from Richmond mom Mary Beth Cox, read her post on asking for donations to the Capital Diaper Bank instead of gifts.

Air brush gypsy  Interactive entertainment for any party!  Providing airbrush face painting and tattoos, along with “Funshops” on balloon animal making, tie-dye, and more.

All Fired Up  Celebrate your next birthday at All Fired Up! We have private party rooms and special activities for groups of all ages.  Each party package includes a private party room, a personal party assistant, a project for each child, all the supplies and firings and a complimentary gift for the guest of honor.  Carytown and Midlothian locations.

AMF Bowling  From bumper bowling for kids to delicious food and refreshing beverages to Xtreme bowling featuring a flood of lights and sounds, your party or event at AMF is guaranteed to be a total blast.  Contact your local AMF Bowling Center for specific pricing details.  Minimum of 8 people per party.

Arena Racing  Arena Car Racing is a kid-friendly, exciting sport series.  If you just wanted a fun place to take your family, have a birthday party for kids young and old, or just a new place to get out of the house, this is a very fun option.

Art Party LLC – Have an Art Party!  Take the stress out of planning and enjoy the party.  Birthday parties include games, prizes, hands-on activities, and Art Party shirts (upon request).  Pick a theme or create your own.  Party Themes: Magical Masks, Robot Portraits, Dolls n’ Dudes, Rad Recycled Sculpture, Nature Lovers, Accessories are Necessities, Picasso Party.  Art Party travels to homes and locations in the community loaded with art supplies for parties, events, festivals, lessons, workshops, classes, and more. Contact Art Party to plan your event or schedule classes! Call 804-714-8198 with questions.

Astro events  While we are known for our Original Astro Jump, we also offer a variety of bounce house rentals, moonwalk rentals and other inflatable games and entertainment.  You will be amazed by our selection of fun and often hard to find party rentals and supplies.

Ben Franklin  Choose from a variety of crafts, and your child and guests will enjoy a fun crafting experience while celebrating their special day.  Instructors will assist with craft projects and help serve whatever cake or refreshments you bring for the party.  Ages 6-12.

Boomer’s Bouncers  Boomer’s Bouncers is your premier source for inflatable party rentals.  We offer a great selection of party rentals including bouncers, obstacle courses, slides, combo units, carnival games and characters in the Richmond, Virginia area. Our party rentals are perfect for any event.

Bowl America  Kids love our parties–and it’s a piece of cake for the parents too! From setup to cleanup, we do all the work so that the whole family has time to enjoy the happy occasion. And with our all-inclusive Birthday Party Plans, all you have to do is select your food plan and a date and we’ll do the rest.

Build a Bear Workshop  Each guest makes their own stuffed animal friend!  Every scheduled party includes a photo and gift for the guest of honor, party favors for all party guests, printable invitations & thank you cards at buildabear.com, plus virtual party perks!  You set the price, starting at just $10 per guest.

Cartwheels and Coffee  Celebrate your child’s birthday at Richmond’s playland designed with parents in mind.  Birthday packages start at $89, which includes 1 hour of private party room time, admission, balloon and juice box for each child and pot of coffee for the grown-ups.  Upgraded packages available as well.

Center for Creative Arts  The Center offers unique birthday parties tailored to your child – choose from either an Art Party or a Kindermusik Party.  Activities are customized to your child and the ages of the children.  Party time slots are for 2 hours total.  The Center provides a separate room where you may serve cake and ice cream, and receive gifts.

Children’s Museum of Virginia  Enjoy an exciting, well-organized party in a one-of-a-kind learning environment! The party fun starts in a special celebration room, and continues with exploration of the entire Museum. Each party package includes a dedicated Birthday Buddy to run fun games and activities, full day admission for guests, a goody bag and balloon for each child and party supplies. Parties are available at CMoR Central and CMoR Short Pump.

Chuck E Cheese  Chuck E. Cheese’s features age appropriate games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment that children of all ages will love.  Birthday parties include 2 hours of reserved table space, a party host, 20 tokens per child, pizza and drinks, special goodies for the Guest of Honor.  Upgraded party packages available.  Two Richmond locations.

Color Me Mine  Richmond’s paint-it-yourself ceramics studio.  Multiple party packages tailored to your child’s age and interests.  Parties include private party room, dedicated staff member to assist, and all the supplies needed for artists of all abilities to create their masterpieces.

Color Me Rainbow  Bringing the fun to every event for an affordable price, Color Me Rainbow brands itself as being the finest children’s entertainment in Virginia. Specializing in face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon art, party hosting , and belly art, Color Me Rainbow is sure to put a smile on every guests face!

Core Kids Acamdemy  Choose to have your child’s celebration at our bright and whimsical facility with exciting gymnastics equipment that your child will flip for!  Or, choose Core Kids’ Mobile, In-Home parties to have the fun at your place!

Divas N Dudes  Divas-n-Dudes is the hottest place in town for parties & celebrations! Each party is designed to be  memorable & fun-tastic!  Parties include themed up-do, nail polish, glitter make-up, dress up, 2 party hostesses, juice boxes, 1:45 minutes in party room, karaoke, a special gift For The Birthday Girl and more.

Frostings  Throw your child a cupcake decorating party at Frostings!  The Short Pump cupcake bakery offers several party packages, all of which include a 90 minute party led by 2 instructors where children can learn the fun art of cupcake decorating – from wacky cupcake animals to sophisticated sugar flowers – along with other fun games and activities.  For ages 5 and up.

Fun Bus  Treat your child to a birthday they will remember forever. One of our unique and specially designed buses will pull right up to your house with FUN for everyone!  Children will be taught by two certified Fun Bus instructors on our child-safe equipment. A Fun Bus birthday party is 1 hour in length (more time can be purchased) and is appropriate for ages 2-7.

G Force carts  Be the envy of the neighborhood with the ultimate birthday party at G-Force Karts!  Choose from karting parties, laser tag parties, or inflatable parties in the Adventure Zone.  Multiple packages offered at different price points.

GymQuest  Your child and their friends will have a great time cartwheeling, flipping and flying through the gym!  Party fee includes 60 minutes in the gym, 30 minutes in the party room, custom invitations, gym rental, coaches fees, AND surprise for the birthday child.  Ages 4 and up.

Healthy Little Chef  Healthy Little Chef offers creative cooking classes using healthy and nutritional recipes that teach your child new skills.  We specialize in organic, natural and gluten free foods.  If you have a theme or menu in mind we will do our best to accommodate you.  Ages 4-12

Kangaroo Jac’s  This indoor inflatable party center for children 10-and-under (and height less than 60 inches) hosts birthday parties including clean-up and set-up and allows kids to burn off extra energy after eating their cake. Ages < 10.

Kids in the Kitchen  Celebrate your child’s special day with a hands-on cooking birthday party — invite their friends and we’ll make their favorite treats. We do the work so you can relax and enjoy the party. Ages 3 and up.

Kindermusik Richmond  Children and music go hand in hand, combine them both in a birthday party and leave the entertainment to us! Kindermusik parties include at least 60 minutes of musical fun using instruments, songs, movement, stories, and so much more! Activities are customizable to your child and the ages of the children.

La Petite Pazzazz  La Petite Pazzazz offers a variety of hair care and spa services for kids, and boasts several exciting birthday party packages to choose from, including Rockstar Princess, Sweetest Divas, Once Upon a Time, and Tween Dream.  Your birthday girl can pick from manis and pedis, hair styling, make up, dress up and karaoke!  All packages include cupcakes and drinks.

Laser Quest  This is the birthday party that takes the cake – an LQ birthday party is non-stop fun, whether you’re turning 7 or 40.  Party package includes two Laser Quest games, private party room, complimentary pass for the guest of honor and a Two for One pass for all other quests (for a future date) and more.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden  Our Birthday Party package provides a 45 minute reserved program that includes a guided garden experience for children ages 3-12 lead by an LGBG Play Pal. For more information and to reserve a Birthday Party, phone the Garden Registrar at 262-9887, ext.322.

Mad Science Laboratory  Be amazed by indoor fireworks, bubbling potions, spectacular chemical reactions, real rocket launches, vortex generators, movie special effects, ooey, gooey slime and much more!  Mad Science will come to your home, or you can do the party at their Innsbrook location.  Perfect for kids 4 to 12 years old.

Master Cho’s Tae Kwon Do  Each party is filled with specially designed activities and games, making it possible for every child to have fun while learning basic Tae Kwon Do skills. A trained instructor will supervise and coordinate everything from beginning to end.  No prior martial arts experience is required to participate, so everyone 4 & up will be able to join in.

Maymont  Kids love the animals, wide open spaces, carriage rides and the Maymont Mansion.  There’s a special package for every young member of the family.  Step back in time aboard a horse drawn carriage, enjoy a wild and wonderful party at the Nature Center, celebrate with a sweet tea on the Maymont Mansion porch or feed the friendly farm animals and take a hay wagon ride.  For more information on Maymont birthday parties, click here.

Michaels Crafts  – Book an arts and crafts party for your child! Michaels will create a party project just for you.  Parties include project preparation and set up, crafting assistance for party guests, a keepsake apron for the guest of honor, and fun invitations.

Patterson Sports Park  – Have fun at your child’s next birthday party without breaking the bank!  Basic party package includes exclusive use of our banquet pavilion that seats up to 80 people and 20 activity passes. You have your choice of activity passes for either miniature golf games or batting cage tokens.  Upgraded party package available as well.

PB&J Gourmet  – PBJ Gourmet hosts in-home cooking parties where children cook up FUN! Call 804-647-8355 or visit pbjgourmet.com.

Peak Experiences  – Voted by Style Weekly Magazine readers as the “Best Place to Have a Birthday Party”, you can treat your guest-of-honor and friends to an unforgettable experience!  Peak staff will outfit climbers in harnesses and helmets, tie their climbing knots and encourage them throughout an hour and a half of climbing, followed by 30 minutes of party time.

Playroom Fun  – Playroom Fun has a great selection to choose from – bounce houses, inflatable slides, water slides, obstacle courses, large inflatable movie screen with projector and sound equipment, chairs, tables, and concessions including: popcorn machines, sno-kones, cotton candy, and hot dog steamer.  We deliver to Fredericksburg, Richmond, and surrounding areas.

Pump It Up  – Celebrate in Pump It Up’s private indoor arenas, filled with gigantic inflatable slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and more. Celebrate in your own private party room that our party coordinators set up and clean up for you. Available options including pizza, drinks, balloons and goodie bags make party planning stress-free.

Putt Putt Fun Center  – Choose from multiple birthday packages, including “The Ultimate” which includes two hours of putt-putt golf, games and refreshments, and “The Extreme” which adds in Go-Karts and Bumper Boats.  “Teen Party Packs” are also offered for partiers age 12 and up.

A Real Life Studios Birthday Party includes photographic invitations. Real Life Studios This is a great way to capture your child’s birthday through photos while they’re partying—the Real Life team will customize the party to the kid-princess, rockstar, you name it–and their friends will play dress-up, have their photos taken together, and leave with their own decorated frame and photo to remember the event. **Save on this party with your Richmondmom.com Savvy Saver Card. To read a post on our personal experience with Real Life Birthday parties and a video, click here.

Regal Theaters  Looking for something special for a Birthday party?  Head to the movies at a Regal Entertainment Group theatre! Make your favorite person a “Star for a Day” with their own party at the movies!  Party rooms are available at most theatres.

Regency Dance  Celebrate your birthday at Regency Dance Academy.  Creative dance parties for children.  Jazz or Hip Hop parties for teens.  $150 for parties up to 12, call 804-740-4966 for further information or to make a reservation.

ReptileAdventures.biz – We bring a large variety of about 15 or so different reptiles to show and to educate. Each reptile is presented separately in a safe manner for each child to see up close and to touch. While showing each animal, the children are able to learn some of the interesting aspects of each one.

Richmond Ballet Birthday Parties! Celebrate your birthday with two real ballerinas, who will give you and your friends a private dance lesson and demonstrate ballet dances using costumes and props from real Richmond Ballet productions. Choose from Cinderella, Nutcracker, or Sleeping Beauty party themes. Also includes a party room session set up for cake and presents, and the birthday child will receive a pointe shoe and Richmond Ballet party favor. Upgraded packages available.

Richmond Flying Squirrels The Birthday Bash package is $210 and it comes with your choice of 3 pizzas or 10 hot dogs, cookies, soda, a visit from their lovable mascots, NUTZY and Zinger, Diamond Club (lower level) seats along the first base line, and even a first pitch for the birthday child. For questions or to book a party, email Chris Joyner or call (804) 359-3866, extension 318.

Richmond Indoor Sports Experience  Let RISE be the place for your son or daughter’s next birthday party.  Excellent party packages available!  Call 804.744.4600 to get more information and/or check availability for your child’s party today.

Richmond Olympiad  Richmond Olympiad offers your child exciting and unique birthday parties!  Your guests will have fun with balloons, a trampoline, foam pit, relay races, parachute and obstacle course.  Parties available for ages 2 to 12.

Richmond SPCA  Voted the second most popular place to hold a children’sbirthday party in Richmond in 2009 by the readers of Richmond Magazine.  Animal interaction, age-appropriate crafts and games, and an SPCA party administrator, plus we provide party supplies and an animal-related goody bag for each child!  To schedule a birthday party call 804-521-1327.

Richmond Squirrels  Your Birthday Bash will be held in the ORC Birthday Zone down the right field line. The party will run for one hour prior to the game and include a visit from Nutzy.  Each package includes 10 tickets; more can be added at an additional cost.  Party also includes Diamond Club seating, a ticket to the Kids Zone for each guest, the first pitch for the birthday boy or girl, and much more!

River City Youth Fitness  Give your child a rockin’ River City Gymnastics or Dance birthday party!  Parties held on Saturdays, and include 1 hour in the gym and 45 minutes in the party room.  Personal party coaches will assist the kids with obstacle courses, parachute games and musical fun.  Ages 4 and up.

Romp n Roll Richmond VARomp N Roll  The Romp n’ Roll Birthday Bash has been voted the best party for the under six crowd in Richmond. It is an hour and a half of action packed excitement including activities, a moon bounce, a trapeze, a rock wall and more. Our A+ staff does all the work so you can have all the fun.  Westpark 804.249.5001 • Midlothian 804.893.3142 • Virginia Center 804.249.1001

Schoodio  Let Schoodio come to your house for your next birthday celebration.  We will bring everything needed to entertain children of all ages in a fun and creative environment.  All you need to do is add cake!  Please call us for more information, 804-502-1067.

Science Museum of Virginia  Celebrate your child’s birthday with a unique experience at the Science Museum!  Parties are held on a vintage train car.  Party guests enjoy hands-on activities and then have a chance to visit the museum’s exhibits.  Guest of honor goes home with a special t-shirt!

Skateland, Ashland  Parties start at $85 and include admission, regular skate rental, small drink, popcorn, one reserved table for the entire session, birthday T-shirt for birthday child, microphone announcement & birthday song, and courtesy invitations.  Party upgrades and private rink parties are also available.

Skateland, Richmond  Parties held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, $5.00 per guest (minimum of 5 guests), includes skate rental, chips, and drink.

Skate Nation Plus  Choose from skating or laser tag parties for the bigger kids, or a moon bounce party for the little ones.  Basic packages include a party table reserved for 90 minutes along with a party host, arcade tokens and drink for each guest, and a special t-shirt for the birthday star.  Upgraded packages also available.

Space Walk  Regardless of your party needs or party size, Space Walk is sure to have everything you need to make your party memorable & successful. After all, we are the inventors of the first inflatable amusements. We also have one of the largest selections in the U.S. with hundreds of locations across the country.

Spirited Art  Spirited Art is a creative class for folks who want to learn the basics of acrylic painting.  You may choose your painting from among any kid’s paintings offered by Spirited Art or we can discuss other ideas that interest your child.  Our kid’s paintings are designed to take approximately 1 hour, so there will be plenty of time for socializing and cake and ice cream!  We require a minimum of 12 children for a children’s party, at $20 per person.

Sports Center of Richmond  Kids can enjoy one of our themed parties then adjourn to the “Papa John’s Party Zone” to enjoy a fun-filled celebration. Our goal is for you to relax in a safe family sports complex. Watch the kids have fun while we take care of the mess!  Choose from several fun party themes.

Sweet Spot  Sweet Spot is a modern reinvention of the traditional small-town sweet shop, where friends and families can gather, milestones can be celebrated, and memories can be made.  No matter what type of party you’re planning, Sweet Spot can help make it sweeter.  Whether you choose to host a party in our vibrant and inviting shop or incorporate candy into your party elsewhere, Sweet Spot’s Party Packages are sure to please!

The Little Gym  Your group will have the whole place to yourselves with games, music and fun activities created especially for your birthday kid. Our trained instructors will lead all the fun and The Little Gym team will handle everything from setup to cleanup.

The Playroom of Chester  The Playroom specializes in parties for kids 1-10 years old.  Kids can play, parents can relax, and you can enjoy the party.  Every party includes a Private Party room for your celebration.  Basic party packages start at $99 and can be upgraded to include pizza and drinks, a party host, goody bags and even a character visit!

The Science Place  The Science Place will bring a fun-filled science party to your home!  Basic party package includes 1 hour of action-packed science fun, goodie bags with take home experiments for everyone and a science gift for the birthday child.  You can also choose from upgraded packages with fun themes such as Space Blast, Dinosaur Dig, Glamour Girl and Scary Shindig.

Twist Gymnastics  Swing on bars, jump on trampolines, climb and tumble through obstacle courses!  Our experienced and energetic instructors will lead games and other activities appropriate to the ages of the participants for an hour, and then it’s off to the party area to continue the fun!

Village Dance  For children ages 3 and up, we offer birthday dance parties on Fridays and Saturdays.  One hour of dance instructor is provided followed by a half hour of party fun.  Call for more information.

Weinstein JCC  Choose from a pool party, sports party or dance party for your child aged 2 and up.

YMCA  Choose from a pool party, gymnastics party or rock wall party; see your local YMCA for offerings and details.

Young Chefs Academy  Come celebrate and be the chef of the day with us at Young Chefs Academy! All of our birthday parties are filled with interactive, hands-on cooking and delicious fun.  You supply the chefs, we’ll supply the rest.

 

 

Katie Mardigian

Katie is a freelance writer living in Richmond with her husband and three young children. She finds the joys and insanity of chasing around 3 little ones provide constant hilarious inspiration for her articles on motherhood.

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