It seems like it’s always time to plan a birthday party. The biggest challenge? Finding a way “out-do” last year’s celebration, especially with your little one’s ever-evolving requests (Pokemon cake, anyone?). This year, we’ve done the work for you and found some of D.C.’s most unique (and fun!) party rentals. Whether you’ve got a gamer or budding fashionista on your hands, these one-of-kind party picks will set your shindig apart.
Stupendous Events LLC
Kids, especially, tweens can be so hard to please. They’re not young enough for this or old enough for that… The best way to celebrate their birthday is through a super trendy, exclusive party experience from Stupendous Events LLC. Superhero Stu provides everything from costumed to custom-made games and activities! Choose from different party packages like Slime Party, Glow Paint Party, Dance Party or Haunted House. This rental is sure to be the talk of the block!
Rumor has it KidzArt parties are ARTrageously FUN! Your child and their guests will love this artsy party experience! A KidzArt specialist will come to your house and head up an animated art project for your budding Monets! They supply all of the materials, set-up and most importantly, clean-up. Choose from fun themes like Celestial Sparkle, Pirates Ahoy or Fantastic Flowers. The best part is your party-goers will leave with their own finished masterpiece!
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Bubbaville Fire Unit
Who doesn’t love a fire truck?! Bubbaville Fire Unit will park one right outside your house! They’ll set up a “safety zone,” have guests try on bunker gear, and even work the lights and siren. Some birthday packages even allow for a ride with the “firemen” on board. And when the DMV summer heat is scorching, the fire hoses come out! Fun times for all!
Flag Star Football
Energetic and dynamic coaches will come to your house and show your baller group a great time. You provide the kids and they’ll come prepared for fun, flags, field equipment and a ton of positive energy! Perfect for kids aged 5-13 and the FSF staff will tire them out for 60-75 minutes!
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My Reptile Guys
Tired of slime and Superman? How about inviting a boa constrictor to your party? Or a bearded dragon or blue tongue skink! Come on, you know you want too! My Reptile Guys provides you with the perfect way to put the party you’re planning above the rest. Your guests will learn about these often misunderstood creatures and even get to touch and hold them. The proof will be in the pictures!
Squeals on Wheels
Squeals on Wheels is definitely a DMV fave! It’s a mobile petting zoo that offers everything from 20 animals to just bunnies. And, yes, they come to you! Ideally, the zoo will be set up outside but they also accommodate for rainy days! Rumor has it, they’ve even given pony rides in a kitchen.
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Snap Entertainment’s Giant Light Bright
‘80s kids: Do you remember the light bright? There’s a bigger and brighter version of this vintage game available for your next celebration. Guests of all ages will enjoy creating cool designs or completing a custom challenge offered by a Snap Entertainment attendant. Create personalized birthday message and let the light shine on your little’s big day!
Great for budding scientists, Mad Science entertains kids ages 4 through 11 with hands-on experiments ranging from indoor fireworks to how electricity works. They come to you and bring along high-energy parties that not only entertain children but also leave them with an appreciation for how exciting science can be. Guests obvi get to take their experiments home.
Does your little love LEGOs? Bricks4Kidz will bring more than 20 pounds of LEGO fun to your celebration. With wheels and bricks at the ready, your crew can play games, conquer challenges, or make their own unique creations. Party packages also include LEGO-themed invites, t-shirts, and mini figurines for each guest to take home.
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Spoiled Rotten Kids Spa
Coordinating a spa-themed shindig can put even the most relaxed parent on pins and needles. Enter Spoiled Rotten Spa. Based in Northeast D.C., their spa on wheels brings the pampering right to your pad. After putting on their spa robes, party goers can indulge in mocktails while Spoiled Rotten’s crew gets to work on manis, pedis, and makeup application. Before you cut the cake, your glammed-up crew can show off their new looks with a strut down a custom-built runway.
The term “party crasher” will take on a whole new meaning when the U:bot invades your brood’s next birthday gathering. This seven-feet tall mobile menace features laser sounds, a voice synthesizer, and even a fog machine that’s controlled using a joystick. Put the guest of honor in charge or recruit a dramatic friend or family member to play the role of his very special attendee.
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D.C. Rock Wall Rentals
Calling all climbers! You can make a 24-free-standing rockwall from D.C. Rockwall’s the center of your next birthday celebration. Adventurous attendees can climb to their heart’s content, all while under the watchful eye of a D.C. Rock Wall Rental’s staff member. Color-coded hand and foot holds offer challenges for ages and skill levels. And of course, there’s the chance to race the birthday boy or girl to the top.
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From horses to hares, Ponies Plus can transform your backyard into a barnyard birthday bash. Kiddos can saddle up for pony rides or explore a backyard petting zoo featuring chicks, bunnies, goats, and more. Looking for a sweet ending to your fete? Ponies Plus can also arrange for an ice cream truck to stop by with frozen treats for your guests.
Have you used an awesome party rental? Tell us about it in the comments below.
—Guiomar Ochoa and Sarah Vogel