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!

Glen Echo Park

This magical park dedicated to creating vibrant arts and culture projects is one of D.C.’s greatest family-friendly gems. A place where you can indulge in a multitude of creative projects from pottery classes and dance lessons to puppet shows and carousel rides. When it comes to birthday celebrations, Glen Echo maintains the magic and wonder with art-themed parties. Choose from three fabulous birthday party activities: creating magical mosaics, constructing mixed media treasure boxes, or designing handmade books. Parties are designed for ages 6 to 12 and packages include 1.5 hours of project time, and 1.5 hours of snack and play time ($325 flat fee for 12 kids).
7300 MacArthur Blvd (Glen Echo, Md)

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