Happy Birthday to you, you live in a zoo … oh wait, we’re adults here; we plan birthday parties instead of acting like monkeys at them. And, like many adult responsibilities, birthday party planning can be a bit stressful (especially with Aunt Betty on the RSVP list), but it’s much less so if you secure a stellar venue.
To make that first step a breeze for you, we asked Red Tri readers to send us tips on where they’ve had winning parties.We then hand picked the top options encompassing different age groups and price points (see the listed web sites for specific details). Start with these and let the madness, er, fun begin:
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Tips from readers via email:
From Amy P.: we love gatherings at the UW arboretum. spring and summer time birthdays with picnic foods, balls, strolls in the park and looking at all the plants and ducks. especially walking over the water overy by the university bridge. cupcakes are perfect for the birthday outdoorfest!
From Meritan L: My son really loves Kidzbounce in Issaquah. No worries about the weather in April and they can get their bounce on – not as crowded as Pump it up and less expensive, too!
From Abbysmom: I took my daughter to the Queen Mary Tea Room in NE Seattle for her third birthday with two of her friends. They serve a very special Princess Tea that they just loved! The three girls were treated like princesses with their own tiaras, real china tea cups, and a special afternoon tea made just for kids. The staff there was wonderfully accommodating to children. My daughter had a great day, and it was fun for us moms too, to relax with tea and scones while the girls had their tea party.
From vburnaby: We had a great party at Farrell-McWhirter Park in Redmond for my son. They have a great area full of animals (pigs, turkey’s, chickens, goats, sheep, bunnies, horses) that the kids can explore and do pony rides for the party kids. You can either get their cottage for the party or a picnic shelter. Lots of wide open grass space for running and games, play area but really nothing beats the pony rides!
From sarahhp: My son loved GREAT PLAY in Redmond. He had a ton of friends running through obstacles courses, having the speed of their baseball throws timed, playing basketball, etc. The perfect venue for my high energy boy!
From aupres: My kids love Little Gym and Gymboree parties. They are good choices for preschoolers.
From MamaJess: We love ROARING MOUSE! The staff there is really amazing and really know how to get the kids to bring out their inner creative! 5 stars for the ROARING MOUSE!
From Epiphius: My kids have summer birthdays, so we like the shelter area at Crossroads splash park!Kindermusik also does birthday parties and we’re thinking about that for next year!
From annabanana: We heard about this amazing birthday place called “Fox Hollow” in Issaquah. I booked a “Where the Wild Things Are” Party ….the kids bounced on huge inflatables and rode horses… plus enjoyed an amazing array of little critters to hold and play with….all in this gorgeous setting tucked in the mountains of Issaquah. Soooo cool!