No need to turn a peaceful home into a birthday party warzone when the city is full of indoor venues. We searched and compiled a list with everyone in mind from thrill seeker to inner artist and everything in between. Yes, that even includes those kids who want to eat edible light sabers.
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
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. Call Andretti’s about picking an arcade party for younger kids.
Location: 11000 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell
Cost: $325 to $425 for two to three-hour parties for up to 10 kids. Parents can also customize their own options at $24.99 to $29.99 per person.
Zealous and inexperienced climbers alike can climb the walls at Atlanta Rocks. With the distinction as the most popular indoor rock climbing gym in the Southeast, it houses over 12,00 square feet of seamless climbing surface. There are also plenty of top-rope stations and routes from easy to challenging depending on how adventurous you’re feeling.
Parties include facility use for up to two hours and offers one belayer for every six climbers. If you’re stuck on goody bags, pick-up T-shirts, camping chairs, flying discs, caps or key chains. Merchandise ranges from $2.50 each up to $22.99 for a Crazy Creek Camp Chair.
Ages: There’s no official age, but the staff suggests 5-years on up.
Location: 1019 Collier Rd NW, Ste A
Cost: $25 per child. Parents can rent the mezzanine or party room at no additional charge, but a minim of 10 climbers is required to hold it.
Perfect for winter or rainy day birthdays, Catch Air houses slides, ball pits, climbing structures and a dance floor where Elmo and other characters come out to party with the little kids. The facility also has plenty of adventurous areas for older kids complete with winding and obstacle course. Party packages include a private room, pizzas, good bags, free passes to come back, ice cream, balloons and more.
Ages: 12 and under
Location: The shops at Amsterdam Walk at 560 Amsterdam Ave. off Monroe.
Cost: 8 kids run $169 on weekdays and $229 on weekends. Up to 16 kids runs $239 on weekdays and $269 on weekends. Up to 27 kids runs $279 on weekdays and $319 on weekends. Weekend rates are Fridays 4pm and later and holidays.
Center for Puppetry Arts
The largest organization in the country devoted to puppetry art is located at 18th Street right in the heart of Atlanta. If you grew up in Atlanta, you might remember a certain Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson cutting the ribbon to open the center. Anyone on the fence about joining the Center for Puppetry Arts or upgrading to a family membership should act now. Birthday parties are an exclusive privilege for Center Members with a family membership at $90 and above. Party packages come with priority seating, a special birthday announcement before the show and throne for the birthday prince or princess.
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.
Location: 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th St.
Cost: $200 includes 10 tickets to a live puppet show and an hour in a private party room.
An indoor playground with obstacle courses, play houses, slides, air hockey, inflatables and areas for older kids to hang-out, Hippo Hop is also a green facility that recycles and reuses whenever possible.
Get hopping with a Build Your Own party or get a Deluxe package. Get 75 minutes of hopping and 45 minutes in a private party room, party host to help set up and clean up, juice boxes, birthday crown, invitations and thank you notes and face painting session.
Ages: 12 and under
Location: 1936 Briarwood Ct NE
Cost: 6 kid parties run $169 to $259 on up to 30 kids for $339 to $499 depending on the choice of a Build Your Own or Deluxe Party.
Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Dubbed a Smart Place to Play, Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta focuses on learning through creative play and fun. Kids can drive a life-size toy crane, role-play at a grocery store and truck and go “fishing” in a pond with magnetic fish and poles.
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 to 8
Location: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr.
Cost: $200 for member ($250 for non-members) for up to 23 guests total including all adults and the birthday child.
See everything iconic in Atlanta in one miniaturized place. LEGOLAND Atlanta features a Minland exhibit, 4-D cinema, Kingdom Quest Lego ride and more. The staff recommends roughly two to three hours for playtime, though admission offers unlimited fun.
Party packages include free admission for the birthday child and a party room for 75 minutes with a party host. LEGOLAND also provides pizza, drinks and cake, model builder workshop where everyone gets to take home their creation and party invites.
Ages: 3 to 10
Location: Inside Phipps Mall at 3500 Peachtree Rd. NE
Cost: $35 per child. For every 5 kids, 1 adult goes free and additional grown-ups are $19. Parties must have at least 10 kids to reserve a party room.
Little Shop of Stories
Throw a bookworm bash at this charming independent bookstore catering to “children and their adults.” Get a flavor for the bookstore’s story time by attending one of their three weekly readings. Their Thursday at 7pm reading includes free milk and cookies.
Packages include two hours in the party room and a 1/2 hour themed story time of choice. They’ll also make 12 custom Little Shop of Stories birthday invitations and provides juice and all the paper goods like plates and tablecloths.
Ages: All ages that are still interested in story time
Location: 133A East Court Square in Decatur right on the historic square
Cost: $175 for up to 12 kids and $5 for each additional child.
Get the kids bouncing off the walls at Sky Zone’s indoor trampoline park. A sea of trampolines forms one giant surface where kids go wild and jumping supervisors keep an eye on the controlled chaos.
Party packages include pizzas, unlimited soft drinks and water in the party room and complimentary sky socks for bouncing. The sky’s the limit and can easily drop up to $700 for extra pizzas, a room upgrade, T-shirts, cake, party picture video DVD and cake and food add-ons.
Ages: No age limit, but they recommend 6 year olds and under come during slower times of day.
Location: 1425 Market Blvd. in Roswell
Cost: Packages start at $170 for a minimum of 10 jumpers for an hour of jumping.
Young Chef’s Academy
Aspiring chefs hone their hands-on training with fun cooking classes and birthday parties. Kids as young as 4-years can be found in the kitchen decorating cupcakes and whipping up custom recipes under the watchful eye of the staff.
With a motto, “you provide the chefs and we provide the rest,” birthday packages include a 1 1/2 hour celebration, gift for the birthday child, recipe for guests, personalized invitations, drinks, paper goods, balloons and other decorations. There are plenty of themes to chose from like Pretty in Pink featuring pizza and cupcake decorating. Or pick the Jedi Knight Party with planetary pizza and chose of edible mini light sabers or star wars cupcakes.
Ages: 4 on up for most party themes
Location: 2903 North Druid Hills Road NE
Cost: $299 for up to 10 guests. Cupcake decorating is an additional fee for $2.50 per guest.
Have you hosted an indoor birthday party in Atlanta? Tell us where below!
Photos courtesy of Joe Boris for Center for Puppetry Arts, Andretti Carting via Facebook, Young Chef’s Academy via Facebook, SkyZone via Facebook, Little Shop of Stories via Facebook, LEGOLAND via Facebook and Atlanta Rocks via Facebook