While Atlanta weather makes being a parent typically pretty great, planning an indoor birthday party is sometimes the safest bet. And lucky for us, our safe bets are also awesomely fun. From cooking classes to parkour parties, keep reading to find everything you need to know to please your party people. 

Photo: S. Massey

Young Chefs Academy

If you’re looking to cook up some fun—but without the mess of turning them loose in your own kitchen—then look no further than Young Chefs Academy. 90-minute parties in brightly-colored kitchens with instructor-led cooking classes are a foolproof option for a seriously sweet birthday memory.

Ages: All ages

Cost: $350 for 12 place settings, but decorations, ingredients, and instructors are included.

857 Collier Rd NW#18
Atlanta, Ga 30318
Online: youngchefsacademy.com

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Georgia Tech

Pool parties include full use of the Crawford Pool, adjacent locker rooms, spa, current channel, water slide and lap lanes in accordance with pool rules. In addition, lifeguard supervision, life jackets, toys, tables and chairs are provided during all pool party reservations, but you must be a student, faculty, staff, or alumni (who is a current CRC members) to reserve the party. But heads up—there is a minimum height requirement to ride the (epic) slide of 48″.

Ages: All ages


Cost: $100 – up to 24 children for two hours

750 Ferst Drive
Atlanta, GA 30332
Online: crc.gatech.edu

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College Football Hall of Fame

If your birthday boy or girl is a huge college football fan, take them to the Hall of Fame for their own all-access passes to the Hall, including time in the Touchstone Tunnel, Indoor Playing Field, and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone. You’ll score big with this party, where they’ll get to kick field goals, throw like QBs, and take on an obstacle course. Packages do not include food and beverage, which may be purchased (but not brought in) for and additional cost. You can, however, bring in your cake.

Ages: 6 & up

Cost: $500 for 18 All Access Passes, the birthday boy or girl’s name on the video board, an area on the field, and a $25 gift card to Hall of Fame store for birthday boy or girl

250 Marietta St. NW
Atlanta, Ga 30313
Online: cfbhall.com

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Georgia Aquarium

You and your guests can enter the aquarium as early as you would like on the day of your party, and now you are welcome to bring your own decorations, cake, drinks, or refreshments. Standard parties are held on Saturdays and Sundays.

Ages: All ages

Cost: $35 per person, and a 15 person minimum.

225 Baker Street NW
Atlanta, Ga 30313
Online: georgiaaquarium.org

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Andretti Karting

Little racers can skid into Andretti’s for a day of indoor birthday karting and games at the 100,000 square foot facility. Party packages include a mix of six-minute junior races, game card, rock wall experience, kids meal and customized Carvel car cake.

Ages: 8 and older and 50+ inches tall for junior racers. Arcade parties are available for younger kids.

Cost: Customizable from $19.99 per person to $49.99 per person.

11000 Alpharetta Hwy.
Roswell, Ga 30076

1255 Roswell Rd.
Marietta, Ga 30062
Online: andrettikarting.com

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The Little House of Art

Perfect and perfectly customizable for kids of all ages, this little house makes your hearts happy, with crafts that range from the simple to canvas and pottery creations that you’ll proudly display at home. Oh, and there’s a bounce house, an art studio space, a play area, and a sensory station. You provide the food, they provide the staff and activities.

Ages: All ages

Cost: $285 for a 90 minute craft party

5522 New Peachtree Rd. Ste 109
Chamblee, Ga 30341

349 Decatur St. Ste. D
Atlanta, Ga 30312
Online: thelittlehouseofart.com

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Atlanta Rocks

They don’t have to climb your walls when you take them to an indoor climbing party at Atlanta Rocks. Housing over 12,00 square feet of seamless climbing surface, there are plenty of top-rope stations and routes from easy to challenging—depending on how adventurous your climbers are. Staff is on-hand to assist in proper equipment use and technique, so you can sit back and enjoy the fun.

Ages: There’s no official age, but guests 5 and older have more successful climbs.

Cost: $20 per person for up to 20 climbers, and parents provide refreshments and party favors themselves.

1019 Collier Rd NW, Ste A
Atlanta, Ga 30318
Online: atlantarocks.com

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Catch Air

Perfect for any weather, Catch Air houses shiny, clean, and sherbert-hued slides, ball pits, climbing structures and a dance floor where Elmo and other characters come out to party with your people. Locations vary in layout, but all are similarly stocked, staffed, and run. Older kids will enjoy the netted climbing structure and obstacle course, while little’s rock their own separate section.

Ages: 12 & under

Cost: From $169-$319, depending on day and package inclusions.

6 locations in Metro Atlanta, including:
5920 Roswell Road, Suite c-212
Sandy Springs, Ga 30328
Online: catchairparty.com

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Center for Puppetry Arts

The largest organization in the country devoted to puppetry art is located in the heart of Midtown, and they know how to throw a party. While members are exclusively allowed to book parties here, the show—with priority and front row seating, puppet workshop, and party room makes the $90 family membership fee worth it.

Ages: Workshops and other activities are generally recommended for 4 on up, though 2 and 3 year olds are also welcome with an accompanying adult.

Cost: From $211.25 for 10 guests, including show tickets and a party room. Post-show puppetry workshop is an additional fee per person.

1404 Spring St. NW at 18th St.
Atlanta, Ga 30309
Online: puppet.org

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The Children’s Museum of Atlanta

There’s no doubt about it. The Children’s Museum is a smart place to play, with creative, interactive exhibits that educate as well as entertain. Kids will love driving the crane, working at a Waffle House, hitting the grocery store, and exploring the incredible climbing structure in the heart of the museum. Birthday parties include a private room for one hour with an assistant to help setup and clean, and one free parking space in the staff lot (free parking in downtown Atlanta?!). Pizza, juice boxes, ice cream and party supplies can be added-on for an additional fee.

Ages: 2-8

Cost: From $249+tax for up to 23 guests, and up

275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr.
Atlanta, Ga 30313
Online: childrensmuseumatlanta.org

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

See everything iconic in Atlanta in one miniaturized place. LEGOLAND Atlanta features a Minland exhibit, 4-D cinema, Kingdom Quest Lego ride, climbing structure, and more. Party packages include free admission for the birthday child and a party room for 75 minutes with a party host, pizza, drinks and cake, model builder workshop where everyone gets to take home their creation, and party invites.

Ages: 3 to 10

Cost: $604 for up to 40 guests.

Inside Phipps Mall at 3500 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, Ga 30326
Online: atlanta.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

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Peach Pit

Perfect for everyone in your rough-and-tumble set to your princess-ballerina babes, the Peach Pit offers parties that range from parkour to break dancing to gymnastics and tumbling. Parties include free play along with instructional time, and there’s room for cake and ice cream. They even offer a Posh Princess package, that comes with all the bells and whistles for families looking for full-service planning.

Ages: 2 & up

Cost: $295 for up to 20 kids, with add-on options for refreshments or additional time
1019B Collier Rd.
Atlanta, Ga 30318
Online: peachpitgym.com

Where’s your favorite spot to host an indoor birthday party in Atlanta? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey & Susan Finch