Beyond the Bouncy House: Active Birthday Parties for the Winter Months
Things may still be wet and chilly, but that’s not going to stop your little party animals from wanting to celebrate their birthday in true kid fashion–with lots of running and jumping and screaming. Luckily for Seattle kids (and parents) there are more than a few ways to get your kiddo’s bounce on without renting a jumpy house. We’ve rounded up some choice indoor playspaces with great birthday party packages that take care of almost all of the planning. They’ll even take care of setup and clean-up so you can enjoy the day with the birthday boy or girl.
With DizzyBus, you can have the Tumblebus come to you or take your party to Dizzy’s Bus Stop. With the Tumblebus option, you get the big yellow Tumblebus parked outside your house (how cool is that?), followed by cake and presents at your place after the kids are done tumbling. Or let someone else handle cleanup and take your party to the Bus Stop, where you’ll have the place to yourself and plenty of time in the tumbling room. Either way, the kids are guaranteed to have a tumbling fun time.
3205 148th Ave SE
Offering two different party options, WiggleWorks lets you rent out their private party room for your celebration before letting your little rugrats let loose with in the public play area. Or, if you want the complete birthday party package, you can rent out the entire facility (though this carries a steep price tag). But with the help of your party planning coordinator, the staff at WiggleWorks promise to make your kiddo’s birthday a memorable one. They’ll even give the birthday boy or girl their own special gift to take home.
15600 NE 8th Street (inside the Crossroads Mall)
The Jungle Gym
With a name like The Jungle Gym, it’s pretty obvious what active little kiddos can do here. Obstacle courses, climbing walls and games make for a roaring time for any birthday boy or girl. Let them channel their inner cheetah in the cheetah chair and get truly wild in this awesome birthday destination. Bring refreshments to serve to everyone and let the staff clean up. This place is more than just a ounce house or gymnasium, it’s a jungle!
191 SW 152nd St
The Little Gym
With locations throughout Puget Sound, The Little Gym is always a favorite. Get the run of the house with their “Awesome Birthday Bash,” where a professional instructor will lead the kids in gymnastics-based fun and games. Now with their Nickelodeon partnership, they offer Dora the Explora birthday parties where they can go on an adventure with Dora and her explorer crew. Bonus: they handle all of the setup and cleanup – all you have to do is show up!
Has skydiving ever sounded like a great birthday gig? Or is jumping out of a plane with little more than a thrill seeking instructor and parachute strapped to your back not what you would call…kid friendly? Not to worry, you can have you cake and eat it too with iFly. They bring to the table, an awesome indoor skydiving experience that is fit for persons of any age, and the kids just love it! So why haven’t you gone yet? Birthdays are a perfect event for skydivers in training, and highly qualifies and experienced staff make “flights” as fun and exciting as they are safe.
349 Tukwila Parkway (near Southcenter Mall)
At Great Play in Redmond there are three age-specific party themes to choose from (Field Day, Fun and Games, or Multi-Sport), and you can customize the theme based on your child’s interests. Parties include a photo greeting on their 100+ square foot scoreboard, activities led by three Great Play coaches, time in the Interactive Arena, and an awards ceremony at the end.
Great Play Redmond
16510 Cleveland St, Suite N
Great Play North Shore
6748 NE 181st Street
School of Acrobatics and Circus Arts (SANCA)
Where did kids bounce before there were bouncy houses? On trampolines, of course! Have your party at the School of Acrobatics and Circus Arts (SANCA), and the kids can bounce on a trampoline, juggle, walk the tightwire, and even hang from a trapeze. After the circus fun, continue the celebration in their upstairs party space – balloons included!
674 S. Orcas St.
What little ballerina wouldn’t want to spend her birthday dancing to her favorite ballet? Plan your party with Darrah Blanton, and she’ll customize a dance class to your child’s interests that includes scarves, hula hoops, parachute play, and an obstacle course.
As if this 10,000 square foot space needed another excuse to get you in the door, now the newest (and biggest) trampoline park has birthday part packages for your kiddo’s next special day. Their parties are fully serviced, meaning no more cooking, cleaning, and decorating beforehand. Between the trampolines, the basketball courts, play structures, slide, ball pits, obstacle course, and air-powered shooters, we think your kids will keep busy for more than a few hours. Party pricing starts at 3:00pm on Friday through Sunday, and holidays.
18311 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Suite #140
Have a super sporty party with Arena Sports indoor and outdoor fun spaces (5 locations throughout Puget Sound). Customize your party with soccer, flag football, dodgeball, t-ball, kickball, field hockey, and more. The birthday boy or girl scores a commemorative jersey.
As the home training ground for the Sounders, Starfire Sports knows how to party (birthday party, that is). The Big Day includes 50 minutes of age-appropriate games on an indoor or outdoor soccer field, a coach to run all field activities, and 1 hour in the Party Room.
14800 Starfire Way
Where will you be planning your kiddo’s next birthday party? Which of these indoor spaces do you think will be a big hit?
– Heidi Unruh & Aileen Sabbatani