Another year has gone by (too fast, right?!) and suddenly your winter baby is about to have another birthday. It’s time to celebrate! You can’t stop the clock (we know, we’ve tried), but you can create a moment that will be remembered for years to come. These wow-factor party themes turn indoor spaces into vibrant and bright party places.
Photo: Magic Ground
Monkey See, Monkey Do
If you have a monkey for a munchkin, a jungle-themed party is in order. Tots who like to oo-oo-ee-ee their way around the great outdoors will enjoy an active, animal-filled birthday celebration at MagicGround. The DC-based indoor playground features a rock climbing wall, jumbo slides, a ball pit. a treehouse, a swinging bridge and more. The resident face painter can transform your party guests into jungle creatures like leopards, zebras and parrots. There is also a game room, a craft space and a toddler play area. Weekday packages start at $200 for 90 minutes of play for 10 guests.
3100 14th St., NW
Sound the Alarm!
Warm up a cold winter weekend with a party at the Friendship Firehouse Museum.Little firefighters will be mesmerized by hoses, ladders and shiny trucks of yesteryear. Party packages, which cost $250, include 90 minutes of hands-on, guided activities including firehouse-themed games and crafts. Each guest also receives a firefighter hat. After exploring the antique firehouse apparatus, head over to one of the two neighboring firehouses that will give your guests a tour of a modern facility (advanced reservations required).
107 South Alfred St. (Alexandria, VA)
Ice, Ice Party
If your little one wants the beauty of a snowscape without the actual chill, head to Falls Church-based BusyBees. This indoor playground would make a polar bear feel at home; sleek, Arctic-white vinyl with touches of icy blue, mint green (with pops of pink) make this indoor play place picture-perfect for a Polar Bear party. Your guests can slide down frozen-looking slides that light up (like Northern Lights!) or waddle like a penguin through ball pits. This polar-perfect party space also offers pre-planned party packages; prices start at $35 per child (there is a 12 kid minimum). BusyBees also has a Falls Church location.
6110 Arlington Blvd. (Falls Church, Va.)
Glow for It
The bright buzz of neon makes cold, dark days feel like sparkling, summer nights. And what better way to enjoy a (faux) summer evening then with a round of miniature golf. Glow Golf in Leesburg, Virginia is a fun space to get a birthday glow on! For added fun, ask your little party guests to come dressed in their fluorescent best! If your wee one is too young for putt putt, you can cozy up to a glow-in-the-dark party at one of the region’s Cosmic Bowling allies, where kids as young as three can help their game with bumpers.
1061 Village Market Blvd., SE F-100 (Leesburg, Va.)
Let the Sun Shine
Unicorns are mythological and, let’s face it, so are warm, sunny days in the (often) dismal months of January and February. But celebrating your pint-sized Sunshine requires something light and bright, like winged horses and colorful rainbows! If your little dreams of a party dipped in glitter and topped with sprinkles, check out Host and Toast a Reston-based party planning company that brings the level of detail and design usually reserved for weddings to children’s parties. If you want to tackle all things mythical and magical on your own, start with a bare-bones party room, like the one at Nook. These rooms are a monochromatic white, offering a blank canvas to create your fanciful vision.
5649 Lee Hwy. (Arlington, Va.)
Whether your little one likes Thomas the Train or The Little Engine that Could, The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum is the ideal place to host a choo choo party. Little ones will enjoy exploring the railroad-themed rooms and the miniature train tables, and don’t forget the picture-perfect backdrop for your party pictures: the little red caboose! Audio visual equipment is available to screen your little one’s favorite steam engine. Party packages start at $200.
11200 Fairfax Station (Fairfax Station, Va.)
Do you have a favorite indoor birthday party spot? Tell us in the comments.