If your birthday boy or girl is past fish crackers and pinatas in the shape of Thomas the Train or Lightning McQueen, it’s time to shake up your party planning. But where to start? From rock climbing to indoor sky diving to high-tech laser tag, we’ve got the scoop on where to throw your party animal’s next birthday bash.

Rock Climbing or Zip Lining Party
For the birthday boy or girl who prefers a dose of thrill with their cake and ice cream, Clowns Unlimited offers a variety of extreme attractions. From mobile rock walls and zip lines to bungee trampolines and mechanical bulls, Clowns Unlimited can take your birthday bash from 0 to 60 in less than 10 seconds! Prices range from the hundreds to the thousands for these extreme attractions; check their website or give them a call for the party deets. One thing is for sure… partygoers will be talking about your party for weeks or even years to come.

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Clowns Unlimited
Online: clownsunlimited.com/pageHome
Facebook: facebook.com/ClownsUnlimited

Cooking Party
Future chefs unite. At Frog Legs Academy the birthday boy or girl can choose from a variety of themes, including cupcakes, individual pizzas, smoothies and more. Party packages start at $395 for 8 children; $10 per additional child. Similarly, on-site catering service Lovin’ from the Oven offers children’s cooking classes for birthday parties for kids ages 6 and up. Parties are held in either your own home or at a licensed kitchen space in the Seattle area. Call for details.


FrogLegs Kids Culinary Academy: 206-954-9094 or email froglegsskca@comcast.net
Online: froglegskca.com

Lovin’ From the Oven: 206-371-5961 or email bridget@lovinfromtheoven.net
Online: lovinfromtheoven.net

Party Busses
Don’t have enough consoles in your house for all the little gamers? Now you can have the party roll up to your front door – literally. Seattle-based GameTruck offers climate controlled trucks for the MVP and up to 15 of his BFFs, at least four 55-inch high definition flat screens, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and PlayStation games, an on-site game coach, and all the newest games kids love. Prices for the game buses start between $249 and $319 for a two-hour party. Similarly, the Games2U party bus offers 4D virtual reality rides, mobile gaming theaters, high-tech laser tag, even life-size hamster balls!

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Game Truck: 888-602-4263
Online: gametruckparty.com

Games 2U: 1-800-71-GAMES
Online: g2u.com

Pottery Painting
Bring in your own cake and have your ceramics too! Paint the Town in University Village and Creatively Yours at Crossroads in Bellevue will have the kids fine tuning their fine art for hours. A minimum spend of $130 on pottery is required for birthday parties at both locations, which includes paints, clear glaze and firing. Finished art can be picked up in 3-5 days.

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Paint the Town
4611 Village Court N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98105
Online: ceramics-painting.com

Creatively Yours
Crossroads Bellevue
15600 N.E. 8th, #G-1
Bellevue, Wa 98008
Online: paintedbykathy.com

Bounce or Fly Party
For bouncy house graduates, big kids can spend their birthdays jumping, rolling, swinging, pit plunging – even flying! Seattle Gymnastics Academy – with three different locations in BallardLake City and Columbia City offers structured gymnastics time and party rooms. SkyMania Trampolines in Kirkland is the place to go for jumping galore. All trampoline frames and springs are covered by two-inch thick safety pads so there’s no falling off in these facilities. Still want to go higher? Check out iFly, where kids can do some indoor skydiving! A wind tunnel moves air up inside a vertical column, creating the indoor skydiving experience. All group packages include classroom instruction, flight gear, and a DVD of everyone’s flight. Party packages start at $249 and go up to $699.


Seattle Gymastics Academy Lake City
12535 26th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, Wa
Online: seattlegymnastics.com/lakecity

Seattle Gymastics Academy Ballard
5313 Shilshole Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa
Online: seattlegymnastics.com/ballard

Seattle Gymnastics Academy Columbia City
5034 37th Ave. S., Suite 200
Seattle, Wa
Online: seattlegymnastics.com/columbiacity

SkyMania Trampolines
11801 N.E. 116th St., Suite B
Kirkland, Wa
Online: skymaniatrampolines.com

iFly Seattle
349 Tukwila Pkwy.
Tukwila, Wa
Online: iflyseattle.com

Swim Party
North of Seattle, you have two awesome choices for an aquatic bash to remember! The newly opened Snohomish Aquatic Center has a giant corkscrew water slide, a FlowRider surf machine, a lazy river, and a rad recreational pool with basketball hoops. Party packages on Saturdays and Sundays start at $195 and are worth every penny. The Mountlake Terrace Pool has an over-sized shallow leisure area with a fun island and plumbed spray toys, as well as a lazy river, deep water and shallow lanes. Several party rooms are available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; prices start at $135. The pool at the Federal Way Community Center is another great option. In addition to a two-story corkscrew slide and a lazy river, this pool has a play structure with two small slides, water guns, and several spray toys, plus basketball hoops for water b-ball and an additional six-lane lap pool with a diving board. Pool party packages start at $135 and go up to $279 for a party of 30.


Snohomish Aquatic Center
516 Maple Ave.
Snohomish, Wa 98290
Online: snohomishaquatic.com or on Facebook

Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion
5303 228th St. S.W.
Mountlake Terrace, Wa 98043
Online: cityofmlt.com/cityServices/recreation/facilityRentals/pool.htm

Federal Way Community Center Pool
876 South 333rd Street
Federal Way, Wa 98003
Online: itallhappenshere.org

Science Party
Weird Science? You bet. Staff from the Pacific Science Center will put on a 40-minute interactive science activity followed by a 20-minute liquid nitrogen ice cream demonstration (and yes, you can eat the ice cream!) When the party’s over, guests have free range of all Pacific Science Center exhibits. Choose from Spy Academy, Spa Lab, Weird Science, Astronomy, Dinosaurs or Bugs & Butterfly themes. Packages start at $155 for 15 people.

Pacific Science Center offers Parents' Night Out events all year round. Spend a night out (or in!) while your child enjoys private, after-hours exploration of our exhibits, hands-on activities, and a live science, planetarium or laser light show. Your child will enjoy a light snack upon arrival and a science-themed treat later in the evening. This month's theme is Join the Circus! Run away to the circus and join us under the big top. Come along as we explore the curious creatures and astonishing feats of the circus. Get to know our clever reptile friend at a live show on the science stage, and learn to train your own circus animal. Test your juggling talents and learn the physics behind this performing act. Finish up by making a classic circus treat: caramel corn. See you at the circus!

Pacific Science Center
200 Second Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Online: pacificsciencecenter.org

Movie Party
Give a flick! At the Thornton Place Theatres near Northgate, up to 20 kids can celebrate a birthday in their party room before or after watching a favorite movie. Hourly rental for the party room is $50 and prices are $18 per child – which includes a movie ticket, snacks and a projection booth tour. Fill out this form online for additional details.


Regal Cinemas Thornton Place Stadium
301 N.E. 103rd St.
Seattle WA 98125
Online: regmovies.com

A Day with a Knight Party
Knights in shining armor unite! At Equine Life Solutions in Bothell, up to eight kids can enjoy A Day with a Knight birthday party celebration. Kids will spend 30 minutes on horsemanship and riding, 60 minutes on archery or swordsmanship and 30 minutes in the party room. Party packages start at $350 which includes one horse for every two riders, lessons with a trained professional, and party décor. For an extra fee, you can add additional horses, pre-party photos with a knight, and extra participants. Parties take place on Saturdays during the fall, winter and spring months.

Equine Life Solutions
19329 51st Ave. S.E.
Bothell, Wa 98012
Online: equinelifesolutions.com

What are your favorite big kid birthday party spots? Let us know in a comment below.

–Kristina Moy & Allison Ellis

Photo credits: GameTruck Facebook page, Paint The Town Facebook page, Kenna Konoske, Snohomish Aquatic Center & Pacific Science Center