When birthday time comes around, the search for the perfect venue can be intense. And while Atlanta weather usually makes outdoor parties pretty awesome, an indoor spot is always a sure bet, especially with options like virtual reality adventures, skydiving, robot battle tournaments, and dramatic theatre productions as options. Keep reading to find everything you need to know to pick the perfect indoor spot for your next birthday bash. 

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Xdrenaline

This trampoline park, ninja course, and rock climbing center has just amped up the fun with their new Virtual Reality booths, which take users inside of their favorite game with the use of virtual reality headsets and a state-of-the-art gaming computer. Virtual experiences include over 20 options, including walking 80 floors high in the sky, drawing in space, visiting Paris, or being a Space Pirate Trainer. Parties include 75 minutes of activities, Jett’s Piza, cake from a local bakery, dedicated private rooms, and a dedicated party host.

Ages: Parties for all ages (toddler & up), but VR experience best suited for ages 6 & up

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Cost: Packages starting at $169

1611 Roswell Rd.
Marietta, Ga 30062
770-604-1367
Online: xdrenaline.com

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Adventure Air Sports

With a ninja warrior obstacle course that’s no joke, your kiddos will be (literally) jumping off the walls on the Mad Maxx super trampoline, swinging from the rafters (with a trapeze over a foam pit), and flying high on plenty of indoor trampoline courses, as well. Every party package includes full access to all of the attractions, plus the Dunk Zone, Tumbling area, and Extreme Dodgeball. Best news? Trained party hosts, pizza, soft drinks and an adventure-themed table decoration comes with every party.

Ages: All ages

Cost: Packages start at $279 for 10 jumpers.

425 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW,
Kennesaw, Ga
678-384-2020
Online: adventureairsports.com

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iFly

For your thrill-seekers, try an indoor party at iFly, Atlanta’s only indoor skydiving facility. Guests as young as 3 can try soaring in the specially-designed wind tunnel, and party packages come with a take-home digital video of your time in the tunnel. iFly takes care of the party details, with a party host, pre-flight instructions, and gear (suit, goggles, helmet and earplugs)—plus 30 minutes of flying, balloons, paper products, pizza and drinks. All you need to bring is the cake and a sense of adventure.

Ages: 3 & up

Cost: Custom packages available; contact iFly to price your party.

2778 Cobb Parkway,
Atlanta, Ga
678-803-4358
Online: iflyworld.com

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Once Upon a Ballet

For those with a flair for the dramatic, Once Upon a Ballet stages indoor parties at your home or in studio. Parties include technique instructions, costumes, props, and a final performance. The birthday kiddo can choose from 70 stories, including Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and more, and the packages include costumes and props. Musical theater or acting parties create and perform their own show. Professional teachers provide entertainment, learning experiences and set up.

Ages: 3 & up

Cost: Packages start at $200 for 12 children.

PO Box 674422,
Marietta, Ga
404-964-0529
Online: onceuponaballetatl.com

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The Little Gym

This movement and obstacle course party gives your guests the full run of the facility, filling the celebration with instructor-led games, music, and fun LEGO® Juniors or LEGO DUPLO® building activities, created with your birthday boy or girl in mind.

Ages: 1-12

Cost: Packages start at $285

Alpharetta/Johns Creek, Smyrna, and Snellville Locations
Online: thelittlegym.com

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Brainy Bytes

Party planners guide your guests, in teams of two, through building, creating and mastering their battle bots or spinners to prepare for head to head competition in the Robot Battle Ring in this STEM themed party. Brainy Bytes supplies everything needed for a robotic adventures, but you provide the —including a location for the party.

Ages: 6 & up

Cost: Packages start at $250 for up to 10 party guests (including birthday child), with a minimum of 6 attendees required.

Online: brainy-bytes.com

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Circus Camp

Jump, twirl, and soar at this circus-arts themed party. Guests receive one-on-one instruction on the trapeze and web, plus a session with expert face painting. Parties are for up to 24 guests and last 2 hours, which includes one and a half hours in the Aerial Room and access to a party room for a half hour. You provide the kids, refreshments, and decorations.

Ages: 5 & up

Cost: Packages start at $450 for up to 12 guests.

Decatur and Dunwoody
404-370-0001

Online: circuscamp.org


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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
404-633-2633
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
404-894-8825
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
404-880-4800
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
404-581-4000
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
770.992.5688

1255 Roswell Rd.
Marietta, Ga 30062
678.496.9530
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
470-299-8578

349 Decatur St. Ste. D
Atlanta, Ga 30312
470-428-4797
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
404-351-3009
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 $229, depending on day and package inclusions.

6 locations in Metro Atlanta, including:
5920 Roswell Road, Suite c-212
Sandy Springs, Ga 30328
678-882-1205
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 $240.50 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
404-881-5149
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
404-659-5437
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: $560 for up to 40 guests.

Inside Phipps Mall at 3500 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, Ga 30326
404-848-9252
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: From $350 for up to 20 kids, with add-on options for refreshments or additional time
1019B Collier Rd.
Atlanta, Ga 30318
404-697-3697
Online: peachpitgym.com

—Shelley Massey