Ever feel like the birthday party you’re planning for your tot is more expensive than your wedding?! There are thousands of venues that offer kid’s birthday party options in the DMV but once you add in cake (a birthday basic, of course!) you find yourself over budget. Eek! Below are five options that won’t break the bank. And if all else fails, all Junior really needs is a slip and slide and ice cream sandwiches. 

Photo: cnishiyama

Kids Pizza Making Party at 7th Hill Pizza
Let them eat pizza! Kids love pizza so what better way to celebrate their birthday then a pizza making party?! For $14.95/per child, 7th Hill Pizza in Palisades will let the kids pick their favorite ingredients, create their own full size pizza, cook it for them and clean up afterward.

4885 MacArthur Blvd., NW (Palisades)
Online: 7hpizzapalisades.com

Fort Meyer Bowling Center
Located on the Joint Base Meyer Military Base in Arlington, the Fort Meyer Bowling Center is an awesome place for a kid’s birthday party and no, you don’t have to be military to use the bowling center! Perfect for a group of 12 or more guests ($13 per person), the two hour party includes a meal, one hour of bowling, shoes and a separate party room. Kick in an extra $3/person and get the Rock & BOWL option which includes music and a laser light show!

JBM-HH Bowling Center
Building 411, McNair Rd. (Fort Myer, Va)
Online: jbmhhmwr.com/bowling-center

Photo: Katie Levy

The Avalon Movie Theater
Need a venue that can hold over 100 people? Did you know you can rent the Avalon? Imagine a Saturday morning party where your fave five year old and her besties are jamming to a Trolls Sing-Along. The Avalon Theatre has been a D.C. keystone since it opened in 1923. The historic theater was restored about 14 years ago and remains a thriving part of the community. For $300, the upper theater, Avalon 2, is available for birthday parties on weekend mornings at 10 a.m. Drop off the DVD or Blu-Ray you plan to show and either bring cake or purchase popcorn bags ($1.50/person) and drinks ($1/person) at the theater’s concession stand. The Avalon does the rest. They’ll even put your child’s name on the marquee outside theater #2! This is a great way to support a local non-profit theater especially if you have a large invite list!

5612 Connecticut Ave., NW (Chevy Chase)
Online: theavalon.org

Photo: Ron McDonald

Fire Station Birthday Party
Is there anything cooler than a fire station party?! Any kid would love a party at the Falls Church Fire Department. All parties include a tour of the firehouse, a tour of the station’s fire apparatus, a chance to sit on the fire engine, and a safety talk and gear demonstration by one of their firefighters. The fire station sets up the room, provides tables and chairs, table cloths, plastic fire helmets, coloring books and sticker badges. They even have a kitchen! You bring the food. $25/child.

6950 Little Falls Rd. (Arlington, Va)
Online: fallschurchvfd.org

Roller Skating Party
Throw a roller skating party at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington. Parties may ONLY be booked October – March (great for planning in advance for your winter baby). The skating party is $70.00 for the birthday kid and nine guests. You get one hour of skating plus a party room for one hour, along with a server. Additional kids are $7/each. Two adults are free with each party.

Thomas Jefferson Community Center
3501 S 2nd St. (Arlington, Va)
Online: parks.arlingtonva.us

Do you have any ideas for budget-friendly kid birthdays? Share in the comments section below. 

–Guiomar Ochoa