Birthday Party Venues in Houston – Where to have your Kid’s Next Birthday Party!

Birthday PartiesIt’s clear from BigKidSmallCity reader feedback… Houston parents want to know where to host their child’s next birthday party!  Below is a working list that will get updated frequently.

If you want to recommend a spot, just send me a couple sentances on your experience (Jill @ BigKidSmallCity . com)!

From the research I’ve done, there are hundreds of options for birthday party venues in Houston.  If you have a place you like, contact them and see what they have available (and then tell BigKidSmallCity about it)!

For help planning a party, check out Crowning Details and see an example of her beautiful (and affordable) party HERE.

BigKidSmallCity is not responsible for bad birthday party experiences.  This page is a resource to help Houston parents.  Please work directly with the business to coordinate your party and fix issues.  Thank you!

Any venue with a “*” was recommended by the business and not by a parent.  If you are a Houston parent and want to endorse the “*” venue, tell us!

Updated 11/4/16

Planners/Themes:
Crowning Details
Party concepts and ideas, DIY party projects, party printables, unique gift ideas, party favor ideas and more.

Let’s Plan It Events
Start to finish event planning company that specializes in organizing kids birthday parties are your location or through party packages at the Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium.

 

Theaters:
Edwards Cinema – Wesleyan

 

Farms/Ranches/Parks/Outdoors:
Hermann Park – Museum District
Private party room with patio with dedicated party host. Includes gift pack of train tickets or a private train ride.

Discovery Green – Downtown
Rent the HEB Family Celebration Tent, the Stedman West Birthday Veranda or the Lake House Cafe.

Houston ArboretumMemorial Park
Two hour parties every day of the week.

Nature Discovery Center – Bellaire
Parties on Tuesday through Sunday.  Includes options of guided tour of Russ Pitman Park, live animal or puppet program or a picnic.

Local Houston Park 

Oil RanchHockley
Admission includes all activities. Bring your own cake, decorations, and party favors.

Dewberry FarmBrookshire
Reserve a spot in the pavilion or rent a tent.

Blessington FarmSimonton
Parties include all regular Farm Funland activities.  Reserve picnic tables for 2 hours.

Old MacDonald’s Farm Humble
Includes train rides, pony rides, petting zoo and pool.

Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary –  Houston Audubon, 440 Wilchester Blvd, 77079
2 hour program with a guided walk in the woods, pond dip-netting, nature games, live animal encounter, and a nature craft. Weekdays & weekends, 10:00am-5:00pm.  16-child maximum, ages 4-10 years old.  Parents furnish all food, supplies.

Crocodile Encounter – Angelton, or Comes to You
See the crocodiles, feed tortoises and meet lots of other animals.

Sports:
Minute Maid Park – Downtown

Parties offered on game days and non-game days.

The Vault Houston
The Vault Houston Heights
Circus arts and Aerial skills and Trapeze. The children should be at least 7 years old. The party was $13 per participant.

Gymnast Factory – Rice Village
Parties for 3 and older.  Kids do gymnastics, trampoline, foam pit and games for 1 hour and eat pizza and cake for 30 minutes.  The venue is not super fancy, but the kids have a lot of fun!

Discovery Gymnastics – Heights
Parties on Saturday and Sunday.

Westwood Gymnastics – Katy

Rowland Ballard Gymnastics – Atascocita and Kingwood
Parties on Saturday.

The Little Gym – Multiple Locations
Parties get the entire space.  Parties for ages 1 -12.  Readers recommend this for the younger kids… maybe 1-5 years old.  The Little Gym Pearland would love to host your child’s next birthday party! The Little Gym was recently named Best Gym Party by Parents Magazine! Your group will have the whole place to yourselves with games, music and fun LEGO® Juniors or LEGO® DUPLO® building activities created especially for your birthday kid.*

Quantum Leap Gym – Clear Lake
2 hour party, kids 1-12 years old, weekend parties.

JC SportsHumble
Rental of entire facility, 2 hour party for up to 20 kids, 60 minutes of coach led activities.

Iron Sports – Spring 
Ninja Warrior Course!

Kicks Soccer Heights

SoccerTots – Multiple Locations

Beltway 8 BMX – Gene Green Beltway 8 Park
Bring any bike and helmet to ride on the track for 2 hours.

Wake Nation – Rosharon
Min age is 7 years, learn wakeboarding, there is a ropes course, paintball, and an aqua glide park etc.

Pengu Swim (Close to 610 & Ella Blvd)
Indoor heated pool with large foam toys for the kids. Two hour party. AC controlled party area with play corner, party tables and chairs with decoration. Lifeguards included!

Bellaire Town Square Aquatic Center – Bellaire 
Reserve the pool or just rent tables for 2 hours sessions.

Conroe Aquatic Center – Conroe
Contact Conroe Aquatic Center for rental of the pools. One pool has a beach entry, play structure, mini slides, water curtain and more.

Salle Mauro Fencing Academy – West University
Two hour fencing party.

Sam Houston Equestrian Center Pony Party – Almeda Genoa and 288
Parties for all ages.  Two hour party with access to party room, tours of the barn and pony rides.  Bring carrots to feed the horses!

Palace Lanes – Bellaire
Bowling Party

BowlMor (Formerly 300 Lanes) – Bunker Hill
Bowling Party

Ice Skate USA – Memorial City Mall 
Party room for 1 hour and ice skating for each guest.

Ice at the Galleria – Galleria Mall
Party room for 45 minutes and ice skating for each guest.

 

Play Places:
Wonderwild/Wonderwild(er) – Heights/Woodlands
Parties for kids up to 8 years old at Wonderwild and kids 5-11 at Wonderwilder on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
The new Wonderwilder has a ropes playscape that is great for the bigger kids.

Sky High Sports – Memorial
Two hour birthday party with pizza and jumping in 1 of 3 trampoline arenas.

Jumpalooza – Humble
Jumpy Houses.  Parties on Saturday and Sunday.

Pump It Up – Central Houston
Jumpy Houses.  Parties all week.

Putt-Putt Fun House – Webster
Party with 1.25 hours of games, balloon art in the party room and then 1.5 hours of attractions (putt-putt golf, laser tag, bumper boats, bumper cars, rock climbing, 3D Motion Theater, Ballocity).

Dave and Busters – Fountain View, Katy Freeway
Video games, bowling, billiards and more.  Family style menu or buffet, drinks and power card for each guest.

Itz – Willowbrook, Pasadena
Choose between a hosted party with a reserved seating area or a bowling party.  Buy party packages, per guest that include food and games.

Chuck E Cheese – Several Houston Locations
Celebrate with Chuck E. and eat pizza and play games.

Houston’s First Baptist Church Fitness & Recreation Center – Memorial Area
Renting their venue includes a 6 lane bowling alley, game room area, indoor playground, and banquet room – all for a reasonable price!

 

Water Parks:

Schlitterbahn Galveston

Parties year road.  Winter is cheaper and less crowded in the heated indoor water park.

Noah’s Ark/Quillian Center Pool Parties – Westchase
Two hour pool parties.  Discount for parties on Monday through Thursday.
Noah’s Ark is a shallow pool with a slide and equipment and is great for young kids.  There is also a full size pool for the bigger kids.

 

Science Centers:
Mad Science – Westpark
Parties for kids 3-12 years old.  Hour long interactive demonstration

Little Beakers – Cypress 
Hands on experiments followed by a party in a private room.

 Idea Lab – Multiple Locations
2 hour party for 14 kids.  Includes 2 activity guides, themed props and decor.  All ages.

 

Girly-Girl/Salons:
Sweet and Sassy – Woodlands, Cypress, Sugar Land, Pearland

Parties designed for girls 4-13.

Snip Its – The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Katy, Pearland, Spring, Voss, Memorial, Rice, Kirkwood

Glamour Avenue Parties – Comes to You
Stylish spa and beauty themed parties for girls ages 6- 14

Princess and Tiaras – Spa Truck Comes to You
Spa Themed Parties on wheels that can be held at home or any venue of your choice.

Sassy Lola – Galleria Area
They do hair/make-up/fashion show for girls.

 

Painting/Crafts:
McCheek’s Academy – Heights

Parties for ages 6-12.  Limited to 8-12 kids.

Mud Pie Paint Your Own Pottery – Kingwood
Parties for all ages.  $12-20 per child, depending on project.

Michael’s
Make a craft at Michael’s

Home Depot Kids Workshop
Contact your local store manager to arrange.

MiPottery & Ceramics – Tomball
One and a half hour party. Each child receives a “mighty tot” to pain, ice cream and a drink. Birthday child gets a keep-sake.

Tinderbox Craft CollectiveMidMain
Available for event rental/craft parties. They will work with your group and customize a craft especially for you.

 

Restaurants/Shops:
Menchies – West University, Heights

Keggs Candy – Westpark Drive
Ages 5 and older.  Private party room, tour, candy crafts, cupcakes, ice cream, drinks and name on the marquee.

Clay’s – Clay Road, West Houston
Reserved area for 2 hours, kids meals, name on marquee and pony rides.

Kona Ice – Any metro Houston location
Let the Kona Ice truck come to you!  One hour party that serves up to 75 small servings at any metro Houston location.  Also includes a souvenir cup for the birthday/graduate person. Limited Saturday availability due to contracts.

Snowie Snow Balls & Ice Cream – Vendor comes to you

Space Cadets – The Woodlands
Comic Book Collection Store will organize a 2 hour party with a selection of themes, including Lego, Pokeman, Rainbow Loom, Princess… or you can use the space and organize your own party.

 

Museums/Attractions:

Houston Fire Museum – Midtown
Parties on Tuesday through Saturday last 1.5 hours.  Held in Junior Firehouse area with fire helmets, coats and overalls, truck cab, fireman pole and more.  Note that the museum does stay open to the public and other kids could come to the play area during your party.

Houston Museum of Natural Science – Museum District & Sugar Land
Party Smarty is for 11 years and younger. Pick one of 4 themes. Parties last 2 hours (30 minutes crafts, 45 minute tour, 45 minute celebration). A staff member organizes the party and several readers have reported that they were very friendly and professional.

Health Museum – Museum District
Two hour parties on Saturdays and Sundays.  Tour the museum, visit the 4D theater return to private party room.

Children’s Museum of Houston – Museum District
Kids go on a tour of the exhibits and then return to a private room. Food can be ordered from the Fresh Cafe.

Children’s Museum – The Woodlands
Parties on Saturday and Sunday. Suitable for children between 1 and 6 years old.

Houston Zoo – Museum District
Parties for toddlers to 12 years old. Private rental of 1 of 3 zoo pavilions with tables. Food can be purchases. Includes 30 admission tickets.

Downtown Aquarium – Downtown
Parties for ages 2-14.  Reserved dining area for 1 hour plus access to Aquarium.  Ages 6-14 can also chose the Sleepover Birthday Party.

Orange Show – Telephone and Gulf Freeway
Call to set up party in this unique space.

Rosenberg Train Museum – Rosenberg
Historic rail cars and museum are the place for train lover’s party.  Several packages available.

The Antique Firehouse – Humble
Dress up as firemen, climb around on trucks and play in the fire-themed moonwalk!
 


Comments

  1. You should mention the Train Museums in Galveston and Rosenberg.

  2. For mobile kids party entertainment – I suggest Glamour Avenue Parties

  3. Crocodile encounters off 288 south of the city, best party ever!

  4. Olive Ann has closed

  5. Thanks to share informative information about best birthday venue for kids

  6. Jennifer says:

    Does anyone know any nice Houston parks with pavilions around the southwest area. tia

  7. Anyone know of a park with a clubhouse available to rent on the West side? My son has a December birthday. Looking for a place to go indoors if necessary.

  8. Is paintball too rough for most teens? I didn't see any paintball places listed. Any input would be helpful, thank you!

  9. This is so helpful!!!

  10. Any comments on the Clay Road Rest?

  11. Anyone know of a pool venue to rent for my daughter’s 4th bday that doesnt have a time limit and can be private? Tia

    • Jill Jarvis says:

      I have been to a party at Evergreen Pool in Bellaire, before it opened for Memorial Day. We had the pool to ourselves for a long time. That is the best idea I have to right now!

  12. Angel Armadillo-Macias says:

    My daughter is turning 5 in July, I”m looking for a splash pad to rent. I know there are a few scattered around houston, but how do we go about having a party there? Is it just public? Our total budget is under $500 that includes food and drinks.

    • Jill Jarvis says:

      Angel – A lot of people just go to public parks with splashpads… but then it’s not a private splashpad. You can rent Noah’s Ark at the Quillian Center. You can also have parties at the Bellaire Town Square pool/splash area… but I’m not certain if they close the entire pool. Jill

  13. I’d like to do a cupcake decorating party for my daughter in Sept. Do you know of any bakeries that have private rooms where we could do this. I tried Ooh La La but they said no (too messy). Thanks!

  14. Hi! Thanks for the great list! My son is turning 2 at the end of September, and I’m at my wit’s end trying to find a place to celebrate his birthday 🙁

    I have some pretty specific things that I’m looking for. Most importantly, we have a lot of guests (nearly 40 adults and 20 kids, ranging from 2 months to 16 years old). I need somewhere to accommodate all of these people. We had his first birthday at our house with 40 guests, and I think it was just too many people. I don’t want to do that at home again. One of my top choices was Wonder Wild, but we would need to book two separate rooms next to each other (that aren’t connected), which I feel would be awkward splitting the party in half like that.

    I have also looked at placed like Pump It Up, the Children’s Museum, Gymboree, and the Little Gym but had issues with each of them. For example, I think my son is too young to enjoy Pump It Up, and I don’t remember there being adequate seating for adults, either. The Children’s Museum would be just TOO expensive, especially since you have to order food from them and cannot bring in outside food. Then there’s the hassle of parking, and they can only accommodate 50 guests. Gymboree is only geared towards kids age 1-5 (only 8 of our 20 kid guests fall into that age range). The Little Gym has been a hassle to deal with already, and we haven’t even gotten to the party booking stage, so I’m reluctant to deal with them any further. Also, my husband feels like they don’t have enough for the kids to do, and again, it seems like they’re geared towards kids in the 1-5 age range.

    My last resort is a local park, but then there’s still the issue of the heat and potential rain! I’ve been thinking about his birthday since May and still haven’t found a good solution. We’re only about 6-7 weeks away from his birthday, so I’m desperate at this point!!

    Another major issue is that I want a location IN HOUSTON, not Sugar Land, not Katy, not the Woodlands, etc.

    Please please please help!!

    • Jill Jarvis says:

      Melissa –

      This is tricky. 🙂 I asked the Facebook group but the only suggestions were the Children’s Museum or Zoo. (https://www.facebook.com/BigKidSmallCity/posts/938771062899916)

      Parks and pools might be a good option because of the numbers, age range and price tag. I know you can rent the Quillian Center, which has a big pool and a splashpad and seating for everyone. You could also do a park (with a splashpad in the heat). Like you said, you need to bring in a lot of stuff… but the price is better than somewhere like the Children’s Museum.

      Good luck!

      Jill

      • Jill Jarvis says:

        Oh, and another idea suggested was Clays Restaurant (or another restaurant). It will have room for lots of people and good for all ages. Clays is outside inner Houston… but maybe another big place or party room?

    • Jill Jarvis says:

      Melissa –

      Another suggestion is: http://houstonsfirst.org/the-loop/ministries/fitness-recreation/parties

      Moms say that renting their venue includes a 6 lane bowling alley, game room area, indoor playground, and banquet room – all for $200 – an after hours party is $300.

      Jill

    • Hi Melissa,

      We are in the same boat. Thought you werever posting about us, difference our son turns 2 at the end of October. Did you end up finding anything? Our last resort is Chuck E. Cheese…yikes!

  15. Rachel Massey says:

    Any suggestions for a one-yr olds party in Houston? I don’t want anything big or fancy (aka expensive) but thinking about a cupcake party. Any suggestions on places (except Crave cupcakes — not a fan)

  16. Tim Sinyak says:

    The fish gallery on fountainview is a great place for a child’s bday party

  17. Please add Houston Party Playland under the indoor play areas! It’s bigger than Wonderwild.

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  19. Any suggestion for a one year old’s birthday party? I’ve got a lot of guests to accommodate and it’ll mostly be adults with about 20 kids, so total 60-80 people. We will probably have a gold and pink theme with kids entertainment like a magic show or a clown. Mostly, it’ll just be grown ups socializing and eating since we don’t have many friends with kids. I’ve been looking for a venue that’s like a clubhouse or a reception hall but we have a budget of $300 for the venue rental and I can’t find anything in that. We live in Sugar Land and I looked at the Sugar Land Banquet Hall connected to the Tempura restaurant but they are quoting me above $2000. I wanted to see if I could have the party at the Riverstone Clubhouse, but I need to be a resident there. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • Jill Jarvis says:

      Amber –

      I’ll ask around… For the budget, my first thought is a City of Sugar Land building. I know there is something at Lost Creek Park… right next to the playground. (But I don’t know what it looks like.) Maybe this or something similar would work for kids and lots of adults.

      Jill

  20. Any new place in town for a 11 year old boy birthday party? It seems that they have done it all and I have no new idea…. Maybe a near laser tag place for tween?

  21. You forgot to mention indoor rock climbing and Texas Rock Gym for kids birthday parties.

    They also do team building and group events.

    http://www.texasrockgym.com/kids-birthday-party/

  22. Speedy’s Fast Track is a great place to have your kids party. They have go karts, laser tag, mini golf and a wide selection of arcade games. We’ve had a few parties there and we love it. They can accomodate small potries of 5 to big parties of up to 60 or maybe more. We were also able to bring in ouregards own food and drinks and decorations. And not to mention their prices are sooo reasonable.

  23. Great list! Thank you very much. Is there any feedback on what a party at Keggs is like? It seems like a really fun, unique option! I’d love to have feedback on what a party there really looks like. Thanks!

  24. Wonderful post! For the biggest day of your life, treat yourself to a birthday party worthy of a tale in an enchanting and welcoming location for birthday hall Houston TX which will make your big day memorable.

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