Planning a birthday shindig is easy when the sun is shining, the air is warm, and kids and parents alike seem happy just hangin’ outdoors. But if a bouncy house and burgers on the barbie have you saying, “been there, done that,” then oh, do we have a list for you. These awesome outdoor birthday spots will put the thrill back into your kid’s birthday celebration, and not just the younger guests. Some of these venues promise to put a capital F in Fun for parents too!

The National Zoo

Make it an unforgettable day of wild animal fun with a birthday party at the National Zoo. You and your child’s friends will put on safari hats and explore the zoo with your very own expert guide. You can personalize one of the zoo’s three indoor party rooms (the Rainforest Room, Otter’s Den or Bear’s Lair) with decorations and your cake, and the zoo will provide all utensils, juice, snacks and ice cream, plus a zoo-themed goodie bag of party favors for each child to take home. Parties are held Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to noon and start at $375 for 10 children.
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW

Do you have any outdoor birthday party places that you love? Tell us about it in the comments section below. 

—Tricia Mirchandani and Jamy Bond