Let’s face it, not all kids want Unicorn or Paw Patrol themed parties. Did your tot memorize the lyrics to “Hail to the Redskins” before “The Farmer in the Dell”? Does your back yard look more like a ballpark? Don’t fret when birthday party time comes around, as the DMV is chockfull of fun, active sporting ideas. And, don’t worry, you’re not limited to bowling! Our list of birthday party venues for young sports fans is guaranteed to score a major homerun!

Photo: Kicks Karate

Kung Fu Fighting
For over twenty years, Kicks Karate has been Maryland’s Main Family Martial Arts Academy. With locations stretching from Bethesda and Rockville, through Gaithersburg and Germantown, and into Urbana and Frederick, there’s sure to be a outpost near you. Their fun filled karate parties can accommodate up to 25 guests and make the birthday boy/girl an honorary Black Belt for the day! Games include Karate Dodge-ball, jump kicking, Sensei Says and an obstacle course. Your guests will each get a goody bag with a gift certificate for classes, a headband and other fun stuff. Your little and his/her guests are sure to get a kick out of Kicks Karate!

Various Locations around Maryland
Online: kickskarate.com

Vertical Birthday Adventures
Got a climber? Earth Treks is a climbing center with local spots in Maryland and Virginia. You might have a stroke watching your child and their friends climb the rock walls but they’ll have a blast! ET’s party includes two hours of instructor-supervised climbing (no experience necessary) and a private climbing area. Don’t panic too much, harnesses are included. A party at Earth Treks will give party climbers new skills, a restored sense of adventure and incredible stories to share!

Locations in Rockville, Timonium and Columbia, Md and Crystal City, Va
Online: earthtreksclimbing.com

Photo: Nationals MLB

Parties with Natitude
Does your son think he’s the next Bryce Harper? If he does, then a Nats party will blow it out of the park…..Nat’s Park that is! This birthday party at Nationals Park is all inclusive and super fun. Not only do you get a party but you’ll also get to watch a game. It’s a win/win all the way…even if the Nats loose! Your party will begin an hour before the first pitch and includes a party space, games for guests, pizza and cupcakes, a mascot visit and photo ops, party favors, and a gift for the guest of honor. After your personal birthday party, the fun continues in the Mezzanine Level, where you have a view of the game, a personalized birthday scoreboard message and a video

1500 S Capitol St., SE

Online: m.mlb.com

Hangin’ Around
Does your daughter like to hang among the trees? Throw her a party she’ll never forget at The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring which literally takes place in the trees. Rope courses and zip lines make up this gigantic forest, and circumnavigating it is a remarkably fun quest for thrill-seeking kids. There are two party options for the 5-8 year old set and the 8-12 year old crowd. Caution: It might send you over the edge! Also, the park isn’t open in winter so keep that in mind.

16701 Norwood Rd. (Sandy Spring, Md)
Online: sandyspringadventurepark.org

Photo: Super Soccer Stars

Super Soccer Stars
Super Soccer Stars turns your child’s birthday into a memorable soccer showstopper! Their birthday parties include a full hour of fun, soccer activities that can even be adapted into other exciting themes, such as superheroes, princesses, or anything that your child can imagine! After they play ball, the kids will sit down to eat food and cake, sing, and celebrate your child’s big day. SSS’s extraordinary coaches teach and amuse the kids, set up, serve the food and cake, and also clean up. Score!

2029 P St., NW
Online: dc.supersoccerstars.com

Where have you hosted your sports fan’s birthday party? Share ideas in the comments below. 

—Guiomar Ochoa