Spring may have sprung but when it comes to celebrating you kid’s birthday, indoor and active is what they crave. Lucky for you, Seattle has a ton of birthday party places that fit the bill. From venues where kids can skydive inside to arenas where bouncing off the wall is a good thing, we’ve got the dish on the city’s best offerings. Did we mention the best part? Most of these places will take care of the party planning, prep and cleanup. Read on!
Outer Space Seattle
Book a party through Outer Space Seattle to guarantee the kids have a blast! Choose one of two party options for your future astronaut at this new hot indoor play spot. Sundays are reserved just for parties, and throwing one is super easy. Just pick a two-hour window and your theme (outer space, dinosaur and unicorns & rainbows are a few). They'll provide the decorations, set up, tableware, coffee & water and clean up, too. And although no outside food or drink is allowed, there are lots of delish options you can purchase through them for your party. Parents can also go with a low-key route and book the Tuesday Open Play Party (for up to 20 kids). Book in advance for this one and you'll get a reserved table near the Rocketship, as well as clean-up, tableware and coffee & water. These parties are available from 5-7 p.m. No matter what your choice, it'll be out of this world!
2820 Alki Ave. S.W., Suite #2
If you've got a little American Ninja Warrior fan, then a birthday bash at DEFY Seattle (formally known as Flying Circus) is going to be a blast! During the one-hour flight, partygoers can tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses (like the ones seen on American Ninja Warrior), try their hands on the trapeze bar and fly down the zip line, plus flip into foam pits, play extreme dodgeball, swing on aerial ribbons, climb walls and jump on over 60 trampolines, including the famous angled wall trampolines! In addition to all the high-flying fun, all birthday packages include exclusive use of the party room for 45 minutes, a dedicated party hostess to help you with set up and cleanup, party table covers, plates, utensils, cups and napkins (you can bring in your own decorations), a birthday surprise for the guest of honor and DEFY Seattle grip socks for every partygoer. Parties can accommodate 10-30 jumpers and take place all week long. DEFY Seattle does not provide food or drinks, but you're welcome to bring in your own. With over 50,000 square feet of extreme attractions, we're pretty sure this party will give you "parent of the year" status with the birthday boy or girl and all of his or her friends.
455 Andover Park E.
Tukwila, WA 98188
The Tag Zone
If you've got a Nerf gun fanatic, a birthday party at The Tag Zone is going to be a blast! Referees hand out Nerf guns, ammo bags and protective eye-wear and divide partygoers into equal teams for supervised open-play sessions, where they can choose from four different games to play: Squad vs. Squad, Protect the Leader, The Prison or Capture the Flag. Private parties allow up to 12 guests to launch and dodge Nerf darts for two hours as well as use a designated party space for cake and presents.
Good to Know: Party packages include use of the Nerf guns, eye protection and a safety briefing as well as tables and chairs; food and party supplies are not provided, but you're more than welcome to bring in your own. A referee is on hand at all times to monitor the rules of the game as well as make sure everyone stays safe. Parents and younger sibs (you must be at least 6 years old to play) who are not participating are welcome to watch and take pictures at no extra charge.
Note: The Tag Zone recently relocated from its home in Des Moines to Bremerton. But don't worry. You'll still find all the same fun at its new location!
3627 Wheaton Way, Suite C
Bremerton, WA 98310
Does your little Russell Wilson’s favorite sport change with the season? Football in the fall and baseball in the spring? Arena Sports can customize an action-packed party for your multi-sport marvel. Choose from soccer, flag football, dodgeball, t-ball, laser tag, bowling, rock climbing, kickball or bounce in the Inflatable FunZone. Packages include nearly an hour of energy burnin’ play time with an enthusiastic party host to entertain your crew, followed by time in the party room. Arena Sports does all the work, including set up and cleanup, so sit back, relax and enjoy the fun.
Good to Know: Outside food and beverages are not permitted, with the exception of birthday cake and ice cream, but you can add pizza, snacks or drinks (selection varies by location). Party packages are similar at each of the five Seattle-area locations, but call for specifics.
Issaquah: 425-270-2030 x 5503
Magnuson: 425-985-8990 x 1495
Mill Creek: 425-341-7050
Has skydiving ever sounded like a great birthday gig? Or is jumping out of a plane with little more than a thrill seeking instructor and parachute strapped to your back not what you would call...kid-friendly? Not to worry, you can have your cake and eat it too at iFly. They bring to the table, an awesome indoor skydiving experience that is fit for thrill seekers ages three and older, and the kids love it! So why haven't you gone yet? Birthdays are a perfect event for skydivers in training, and highly qualified and experienced staff make "flights" as fun and exciting as they are safe.
349 Tukwila Pkwy.
Tukwila, WA 98188
What do you get when you combine basketball, hockey and jai-alai and add in electric-powered bumper cars called WhirlyBugs? WhirlyBall, of course! This five-on-five team sport played on an indoor court offers unique fun for partygoers over age 8. Still not able to envision what Whirlyball might look like? Check out this video. The basic party package includes time on the Whirlyball court and a personalized cake for ten friends. Add pizza and soda to enhance the fun.
Good to Know: No outside food or beverages are allowed, but if you want to bring in a special cake, you can do so for a $15 fee. The fee includes paper products, candles, balloons and cleanup. There is a 1.5 hour minimum for 10 people Monday through Saturday; Sunday is the only day you can make a one hour minimum reservation for 10 people.
23401 Hwy. 99
Edmonds, WA 98026
The Jungle Gym
With a name like The Jungle Gym, it's pretty obvious what active little kids can do here. Obstacle courses, climbing walls, a zip line, tumble track, trapeze and games make for a roaring time for any birthday boy or girl. Let your party goers channel their inner cheetah in the cheetah chair and get truly wild in this awesome birthday destination. Psst! Bring refreshments to serve to everyone and let the staff clean up. This place is more than just a bounce house or gymnasium, it's a jungle!
Good to Know: The Jungle Gym can tailor games and activities to your child's interests or special theme. Pricing is based on parties for up to 30 kids for one hour and 45 minutes. However, additional time can be added to any party for an additional fee. If you'd rather not schlep in your own food, pizza delivery is available from Round Table Pizza and all orders qualify for a 20% discount. And if your birthday boy or girl absolutely insists on a bouncy house, a jungle bounce house can be added to any party for an additional $30.
191 SW 152nd St.
Burien, WA 98166
Score big and celebrate with your little soccer star at Starfire Sports, official training facility of the Seattle Sounders FC. Starfire’s parties deliver one hour of high-energy, on-field activities with a coach and one hour in the party room. Serve up a delicious meal by ordering food from one of the delectable on-site eateries (think: Cafe Siena and Watershed FC) or bring in your own food. (If you would like to serve pizza, it must be ordered from Watershed FC.) Psst! Schedule extra coaches if your guest count exceeds 16 kids. These popular parties book out far in advance, so make your reservations now!
Good to Know: There is a parking fee for the facility on most weekends. If desired, you can pay in advance to cover your guests’ parking. There are no evening or weekend party options from mid-November to mid-March.
14800 Starfire Way
Tukwila, WA 98188
With DizzyBus, you can have the Tumblebus come to you! With the Tumblebus party package, you get the big yellow Tumblebus parked outside your house (how cool is that?), followed by cake and presents at your place after the kids are done tumbling. Kids are guaranteed to have a tumbling fun time and be all tuckered out when the party's over. Score!
Good to Know: Dizzy’s Tumblebus parties include one hour of tumbling and games in the Tumblebus for up to 12 kids (additional kids are $5 each), two Dizzybus teachers to lead the games and activities, birthday party invitations or insert cards for your own invitations, a Dizzybus t-shirt for the birthday boy or girl and plastic gold medals for all kids.
5833 119th Ave S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98006
As if this 10,000 square foot space needed another excuse to get you in the door, the trampoline park has awesome birthday party packages for your kiddo's special day. Their parties are fully serviced, meaning no cooking, cleaning or decorating beforehand. Between the trampolines, the basketball courts, play structures, slide, ball pits, obstacle course and air-powered shooters, we think your kids will keep busy for more than a few hours. Parties take place on weekdays, weekends and holidays during regular hours.
Good to Know: All party packages include one hour of jump time and time on the ninja course or fun in the Kidz Adventure Area, one hour in the party suite, two freshly baked pizzas and your choice of drinks, plus one pair of Grip Socks for the birthday guest of honor, birthday party invites, a balloon bouquet, all party goods, set up and cleanup.
18311 Bothell-Everett Hwy., Suite #140
Bothell, WA 98012
In addition to an 8,500-square-foot indoor play space, PlayDateSEA has three party rooms available for celebrations. It’s a one-stop shop for a fab (and painless) bash, since almost all of the details are handled in-house including name tags to keep track of your little guests. Each room is decorated with a hand painted, underwater-themed mural and can accommodate about 10-20 guests comfortably. If you’ve got a larger party in mind, two of the party rooms can easily be combined, so that as many as 75 guests can help you celebrate. Food and drink is ordered straight from the café menu. All you bring is the cake!
Birthday Party Perks: Plan your party on a Friday evening and everyone in your party crew can enjoy a complimentary puppet show. Book your party on a weekday (Mon. through Thurs.) and save 20%.
1275 Mercer St. (entrance on Yale)
Seattle, WA 98109
Southgate Roller Rink
For the kiddo who loves to go 'round and 'round, a birthday party at Southgate Roller Rink is just the ticket! Partygoers will get to strap on some skates, and roll the night away to their fave tunes and a whirling disco ball. Southgate Roller Rink offers two different party packages on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and will even take care of the pizza, soda, ice cream and place settings. You just bring the birthday boy or girl and the cake!
Good to Know: Party packages include a two-hour table reservation, skate admission and rentals. Parties take place on Saturdays and Sundays from noon-4:30 p.m.; Friday nights from 6-8 p.m.; and Saturday nights from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
9646 17th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98106
School of Acrobatics and Circus Arts (SANCA)
Where did kids bounce before there were bouncy houses? On trampolines, of course! Have your party at the School of Acrobatics and Circus Arts (SANCA), and your birthday boy or girl and his or her besties can bounce on a trampoline, juggle, walk the tightwire and even hang from a trapeze.
Good to Know: Choose from two different party packages: Flying Trapeze (4 & up) or Circus Party (5 & up). After the circus fun, continue the celebration in the party room-balloons included!
674 S. Orcas St.
Seattle, WA 98108
Offering party options to please wiggly kids, WiggleWorks Kids lets you rent out their private party room (for 90 minutes) for your celebration before letting your little rugrats let loose in the public play area. That's the base package. Then it's up to you to decide if you want to add on extras for a special touch. Adding themes and decorations, pinatas, giant balloon characters and more can be added a la carte or as an all-inclusive package for a standard upcharge.
Good to Know: All WiggleWorks kids parties offer admission for up to 16 children (15 guests + birthday child), unlimited play time (with in and out privileges) for all guests under 48” in height, the option to bring in your own food, 10 latex balloons (two bouquets of five balloons each) in your choice of two colors, colored paper products and utensils for party guests (excludes adults) in your choice of two colors and a WiggleWorks Kids party coordinator to assist with party set up and cleanup.
15600 N.E. 8th St., Suite G2
Bellevue, WA 98008
South Hill Mall
3500 S. Meridian, #215
Puyallup, WA 98373
The Little Gym
With locations throughout Puget Sound, The Little Gym is always a favorite for birthday parties. Get the run of the house with their Awesome Birthday Bash, where a professional instructor will lead kids (ages 1-12) in gymnastics-based fun and games along with music and LEGO Junior or LEGO DUPLO building activities created especially for the birthday boy or girl.
Good to Know: The Little Gym staff will handle all the set up and cleanup-all you have to do is show up!
Seattle Bouldering Project
Climb, slide, jump, roll and experience the exhilaration of rock climbing. With activities ranging from climbing instruction to challenge games, kids of all ages are sure to have a blast. The two-hour parties include 75 minutes of directed climbing activities with instruction for up to 15 climbers and 45 minutes of celebrating in the private birthday party room. SBP provides the climbing supplies and instruction, a birthday sign and white paper and crayons for a "kids' design" tablecloth; you bring in the food, cake and decorations to make your party one-of-a-kind. Plan ahead! You must book the party at least 17 days in advance. No exceptions.
Good to Know: Party packages are best for children celebrating their 4th-10th birthdays. Birthday parties are available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.–noon and 2-4 p.m. There is a fee of $30 per additional participant over 10 climbers (with a maximum of 15 participants).
900 Poplar Place S.
Seattle, WA 98144
The newest indoor aerial arts park, Defy Tacoma, makes the most of its expansive 30,000 square foot warehouse space. Attraction density was the goal when the park was designed, and it shows. Everywhere you look, there’s something new and engaging for kids to try. There's the requisite open jump space where kids can bounce from one tramp to the next, until they can’t bounce anymore. There’s also a netted dodge ball court, complete with a referee who not only keeps a watchful eye on things, but also establishes some rules so players can make the most of game time. The basketball court is great for kid dunks and the adjacent ninja warrior course is challenging no matter what your age. Other familiar attractions include circus favorites like the slack line, cloud swings and trapeze bar. However, it's the not-found-anywhere-else attractions that your little party goers are really going to love. Wipeout, a mechanized attraction, pits a staff-controlled machine against kids of all ages; Battle Beam, a suspended balance beam, is where players use padded bats to try and knock each other off balance and into the pit below; and the Log Roll is just like it sounds and perfect for lumberjack wannabes.
Defy Tacoma’s party packages include everything you'll need for an easy-peasy bash. Book one of their four party rooms and the staff will take care of everything from the decorations, to the food and drink, to all the paper goods. The only thing you bring is the cake! But if planning is your thing and you want to throw a coordinated or themed bash, they can help you do that, too. Reach out to the Event Coordination Team to bring your perfect party vision to life.
1680 S. Mildred St.
Tacoma, WA 98465
—Allison Sutcliffe, Kristina Moy & Abbey McGee
featured photo: Bounce U