We’ve all faced it – the idea of throwing yet another birthday party at one of the old stand-bys. If loud music, meltdowns, and flashing lights aren’t your idea of a good time, check out our list of unique birthday party ideas for kids. They take the ordinary to extraordinary!

photo courtesy of Sky High Sports

Everybody is Kung Fu Fighting!
If your little guy or gal has a penchant for Kung Fu Panda (or Chuck Norris for that matter) roundhouse your way over to The Dragon’s Way in Durham. This kid-friendly dojo offers up parties complete with instruction, martial arts games and best of all, board breaking for every guest! This husband -wife team makes the party fun and brings it down to your little ninja’s level. Bonus – the birthday boy or girl gets a Gi and belt to take home!

Maybe your kiddo wants a sports themed party, a princess party, a spy party, the sky’s the limit at Fancy That! From birthday cakes to party favors and decorations, Fancy That has everything to throw the ultimate themed party, making it a true one-stop party shop. Even more awesome, Fancy That will even host your little one’s birthday party at their store location, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the party while the experts at Fancy That take care of everything from set up to clean up.

Tea Anyone?
Leave the mess at home and take your little ladies over for a spot o’tea at The Dollhouse Tea Room in Milwaukie, Oregon. From extravagant dress-up teas to delightful luncheons, this adorable tea house will customize a party fit for a Queen (of England, that is).

Ssssuch a Cool Sssssnake Party
Is he into all that slithers? Is she in love with lizards? Do they regale you with tall tales of tortoises? If so, three words are all you need to know – Oregon Reptile Man. The Oregon Reptile Man does so much more than teach your animal lovers about reptiles, he brings a traveling “petting zoo” to your event.  Party guests get up close and personal with snakes, lizards, geckos and turtles. Insider note: Not ready for the expense of a private party? Check out his website calendar for public events around town.

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The Finest of the Fairies
Is your pixie into glamming it up? Unique FX in NE Portland has her number. Their Fairy Fantasy Makeover package will have her channeling Tinkerbelle in no time. It begins when the girl of the hour and her fairy friends come into the spa in their favorite costume. The staff at Unique FX then does their nails, makeup and hair to match.  Not ready to give up the mirror as it tells her she’s the fairest of them all? Unique FX rounds out the package with photos to take home as favors!

Take them to New Heights
Instead of chastising your kids for bouncing off the walls, encourage their behavior at Sky High Sports in Tigard.  Sky High Sports Arenas are outfitted with floor and wall trampolines, creating a party that will have your guests jumping for joy, literally. Too frazzled to plan another shin-dig? Not a problem!  Sky High Sports will take care of set up and clean up, as well as provide invitations, table settings, pizzas, drinks and gift bags in one clean sweep. (Or is that one clean jump?)

Slugs, Bugs and Butterflies, oh my!
Does she like banana slugs more than banana splits? If so, a hiking party at Tryon Creek may be just the ticket. The festivities begin in a classroom where a nature guide shares facts and games about animals found on the trail. A guided hike through Tryon Creek follows with lots of time for animal exploring and games along the way. Bonus – the room used for parties often houses aquariums filled with frogs and other creatures found in the forest for up close and personal viewing.

What type of extraordinary birthday party does your kid want for their special day this year?

— Laurie Halter