When you’re a kid, turning a year older is an event that you look forward to for weeks. While that may not be the case for us anymore, we still get so much joy celebrating our children’s birthdays. When it comes to planning the perfect day, there are plenty of venues in the Denver area that will help make it a party to remember.
Whether this is the first birthday party you’ve planned, or you’re just looking to step it up a notch for this next year, we’ve gathered up our favorite venues around town. No matter what your little one is passionate about, we’ve got a spot for them on this list. Enjoy!
Photo courtesy of Adams Mystery Playhouse
This unique playhouse is located just minutes from downtown Denver. The Adams Mystery Playhouse is Denver’s only mystery mansion and premier mystery dinner theater putting on mysterious performances throughout the year. Your child will love helping solve the interactive mystery, with special time on stage reading clues and becoming a deputy detective. You can book your party on almost any Saturday of the year and you’re welcome to bring your own cake and snacks for the celebration!
Archery Games is an action-packed experience perfect for children ages 7 and up. Sometimes called “Archery Dodgeball”, this fun sport features two teams battling it out with bows and foam-tipped arrows. Not only is the archery dodgeball completely safe, but your child can have the birthday party of their dreams in the party zone — the picnic tables bordering the arena. You’re welcome to bring whatever food or cake your child wants or Archery Games has a list of pizza and catering suggestions to make planning your event easy and affordable.
When you’re looking for places and activities to entertain your children, you should be able to expect a safe, clean and interactive environment. That’s why you never need to worry about your children playing at a Bounce City location around Denver. They offer a fun, engaging experience that is safe for children up to the age of 10. Bounce City has several different birthday party packages to choose from so you can completely customize your party to your needs.
Photo courtesy of Casa Bonita
What would this list be if we didn’t mention Casa Bonita? This Mexican restaurant is more than just a place to grab a bite to eat — it’s a unique Denver experience. There are cliff divers, exciting stage shows, musicians and arcade games. Plus, since they handle the food, fun and all the fuss, all you have to do is show up!
Ceramics in the City is more than just a “paint your own pottery studio”, but a place where you and your child can go express yourselves through a variety of art forms. They offer plenty of pre-made pottery pieces or canvases for you to paint, along with glass fusing workshops! Ceramics in the City has a variety of party options for you to choose from for children ages 6 and up along with monthly storytimes perfect for nights out with the family.
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus offers a variety of art classes and experiences. Visit the Art Studio and make something at the Clay and Glazing Studio, bake with the Chef at the Teaching Kitchen, or discover other workshops offered during the month. From private parties in a decorated party room to private playtime in the whole museum before they open — no matter what type of party your little one is dreaming of, you can do it at the Children’s Museum!
Photo courtesy of the Denver Puppet Theater
Performances at Denver Puppet Theater are a special treat for both children and adults alike. Watch an amazing marionette show; play with over one hundred puppets; enjoy the lovely outdoor courtyard; or shop in their puppet gift shop. You can book a birthday party at the Denver Puppet Theater for children turning five years old or older. Each party allows your child and their friends the opportunity to watch the show from reserved seating, enjoy refreshments in a private party room, and make a puppet creation to take home.
The Denver Firefighters Museum is a non-profit that offers not only outstanding exhibits on the history of firefighting in Denver focusing on the Denver Fire Department, but innovative and exciting hands-on activities that allow visitors to interact with the traditional exhibits. If you have a birthday boy or girl that is ready to be fire chief for a day, you can book a birthday party for them at the museum, with party spots available on Saturdays.
Dinosaur Ridge is a National Natural Landmark located just outside of suburban Denver and is one of the world’s most famous dinosaur fossil locations. Here, there are several places where you and your little dinosaur lover can see real fossils, bones and tracks from creatures that roamed the earth long ago. Birthday party bookings are available for groups up to 40 people and include a reserved, covered space for your event, dinosaur decorations, a dinosaur track for each child to paint and take home, and time to enjoy a simulated dig site!
Photo courtesy of Downtown Aquarium
Denver’s Downtown Aquarium is not your average aquarium. At this entertainment complex and dining destination, you can wind through oceanic tunnels, watch swimming Bengal tigers, come face to face with sharks, and pet stingrays. They offer a wide range of birthday party packages and add-ons to make your child’s big day extra special, no matter their age.
JungleQuest is an exciting indoor adventure center full of zip lines, rock climbing walls and rope bridges. And there’s no need to worry about your child’s safety, JungleQuest staffs qualified safari guides who will make sure your child is safe during their jungle adventure. Since 1994, they have hosted over 30,000 birthday parties and have been named as a “Top Place for a Child’s Birthday Party” by the Rocky Mountain News — so you can rest assured that they’ll give your birthday star a great time!
Kids Dig provides hundreds of Tonka toys for kids to play with, including sand conveyors and diggers, in their massive indoor sandbox. All that plus the gigantic murals of actual digging equipment will make your child feel like they’re in an actual quarry! Kids Dig birthday parties include three hours of fun, divided in their sandbox and one of their private party rooms full of your child’s favorite foods and fun construction-inspired party favors.
Photo courtesy of Lava Island
Lava Island is an indoor park that is fun for all ages. The tropical-themed amusement park is filled with trampolines, climbing walls, ladders, slides and mazes. So whether you’re planning your child’s birthday party, a corporate function or a Friday date night — you’re bound to have a great time!
Lollipop Park has been in the birthday party game for over 30 years, so they know how stressful planning one can be. That’s why they’ve made it as easy as possible to book your child’s party at their one-of-a-kind amusement park. All you have to do is bring along your cake and pay for ride wristbands for each kid! There’s no deposit required, no time limit, no minimum number of kids required and you can order food directly from their snack bar — no muss, no fuss.
Ahoy ye mate! Show your child a swashbuckling good time at Pirates Cove Family Fun Aquatic Center. This unique water park features a leisure pool with a large play structure, a 25-meter, six-lane pool, a 35-foot slide tower with three slides, a lazy river, concessions and more. Choose one of their fun party packages that include unlimited swimming, a reserved table, cake and other snacks, pirate goodie bags and much more.
Photo courtesy of Waterworld
Water World is one of the largest water parks in the country. If you have little ones, there are kiddie pools, gentle slides and interactive games. For big kids and adults, don’t miss the chance for boogie boarding, lazy and not-so-lazy rivers, and stomach-dropping waterslides. Check out their extensive list of birthday party packages to see how they can help you celebrate your child’s birthday under the sun!
We’re wishing your kiddo the happiest of birthdays. Let us know how you plan to celebrate in the comments!