Slumber parties remain a favorite teen birthday party option. Amp it up by hosting a sleepover at one of these spa resorts and hotels, where (responsible) teens can order room service, watch movies in the room, and enjoy pool and spa services.
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If your teen’s birthday falls during the summer months, rent tubes to float down the Chattahoochee River. Outfitters providing equipment and shuttle service include Shoot the Hooch and Nantahala Outdoor Center. After getting out of the water, serve food and birthday cake at Paces Mill Park before taking the shuttle back to Powers Island.
Older kids and teens love challenges, and obstacle courses offer a great opportunity. Check out these ziplines and ropes courses sure to please all teens. Many of the indoor facilities offer adventures such as laser tag, bowling, and go-karting.
Concerts and Live Performances
Atlanta is a mecca of live music. City Springs offers free outdoor concerts through the summer, Fox Theatre presents Broadway shows, and Cobb Energy Performance Arts Centre hosts the Atlanta Ballet’s entire season line-up. Younger teens may prefer watching jousting matches at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament.
During the summer, head to one of these 16 best swimming pools in Atlanta for a teen birthday bash. If your teen wants a pool party but has a birthday during the colder months, check out these indoor pools and water parks available any time of year!
For a dinner celebration, eat family-style at Maggiano's Little Italy or watch a hibachi show at Nakato Japanese Restaurant. If you’d rather dine al fresco, check out these restaurants with great outdoor patios.
Now that teens have better balance and coordination than their toddler counterparts, ice skating can be the perfect birthday activity. Head to Center Ice Arena or The Cooler for indoor skating. If your teen’s birthday is in winter, one of these outdoor ice skating rinks fit the bill.
Don't let logistics deter you from hosting the perfect party. Hire a limo to let teens ride in style while transporting them between the house, restaurant, spa, or a specific birthday venue.
Try an axe-throwing birthday party for your teen's big day. Photo courtesy American Axes
Teen Birthday Parties in Atlanta - Local Venues
Book a lane for up to six people at American Axes. Guides teach participants how to throw axes and offer assistance during the throw session. The company can bring a mobile trailer with two targets to host an axe-throwing party at your home, too.
Tag a member of the opposing team while teens duck behind a bunker at Paintball Atlanta. Game play includes equipment rental and 500 paintballs per player. Check out the low-impact version that uses smaller (and less painful!) paintballs. You can bring in outside food and birthday cake to celebrate at the outdoor picnic tables.
Teens don't need a driver's licenses at Andretti Indoor Karting! Photo courtesy of the company
Book the Teen Octane Package at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games. In addition to racing go-karts and playing laser tag, this birthday party package offers participants an hour of arcade play, pizza, beverage, a string bag, and choice of one additional activity.
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Topgolf - Midtown, Alpharetta, and Buford
Choose from over a dozen games using a microchipped golf ball at Topgolf, where the teen birthday party package includes two hours of game play and food for up to 12 guests.
Escape rooms are great ways to bring teens together. Photo courtesy Escape Game Atlanta
Allow teens to unplug and work as a team to tackle a complex puzzle within 60 minutes. At Escape Game Atlanta, select from six games with varying degrees of difficulty. Escape Game is located at The Battery, a great venue to let teens walk around the shops and enjoy dinner or dessert afterward.
For teens ages 16 and older, the flight simulator at the Delta Flight Museum offers a unique experience. As the only Boeing 737 flight simulator open to the public, up to four guests can pick out airports they want to take off and land during the one-hour session, led by a trained pilot.
Bowlero - Multiple Locations
All Bowlero locations offer a teen party package that includes two hours of bowling, arcade credits, gift certificates, and food to satisfy the hungriest of teens. For a unique twist, try duckpin bowling at The Painted Duck with smaller balls and pins.
Splatter Studio - Virginia-Highland and Sandy Springs
Have paint, will splatter! With two locations, the Splatter Studio offers private parties for up to 15 guests to don disposable protective clothing and unleash their inner artist. In addition to painting on a group 24x30-inch canvas, each guest takes home their own 16x24-inch masterpiece.
Ride the wheel! SkyView Atlanta is an exciting teen birthday venue. Photo courtesy of SkyView
See the Atlanta skyline from 200 feet in the air at SkyView Atlanta. Each gondola of the Ferris wheel holds up to six people. For maximum fun, book a longer ride in the VIP gondola that seats five people and features glass floors and leather seats. Top off the event with a sweet treat from The Yard Milkshake Bar nearby.
Rent one- or two-person kayaks at the Paddle Shack for a fun birthday party at Morgan Falls Park. For something different, book the stand-up paddleboard yoga class. Designed for teens ages 13 and up, the one-hour session requires no previous experience.
Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own city. Appropriate for teens ages 14 and up, glide past the Margaret Mitchell House, Piedmont Park, and the High Museum on a guided Atlanta Midtown Segway Tour. The company also offers an Eastside Atlanta Segway Tour that includes Inman Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Park, and the Atlanta BeltLine.
By the time they're teens, most have visited the Georgia Aquarium...but how many can say they've slept there?! Book the Sleep Under the Sea package, where guests explore the aquarium at night, enjoy special tours, and sleep in front of the fish. The following morning, guests receive breakfast and full-day admission.
Atlanta is becoming a hotspot for film production. Book the three-hour, Upside Down Stranger Things Film Locations Tour with Atlanta DTours. Other film-themed tours include The Walking Dead and Gone With the Wind. If your teen isn't a film buff, look into personalized custom tours to match your teen's specific interests.
Indulge in high tea in the private room at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party. Teens receive individual tiered trays featuring an assortment of quiche and sandwiches, a fresh-baked scone, and several mini-desserts. A picnic tea-to-go menu is also available if you’d rather host at home or in a park.
Atlanta United games are super exciting, especially in the luxe Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Photo courtesy Atlanta United
Gather up to 15 people for an Atlanta United game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In addition to mezzanine seats at the goal line, the birthday party package includes a $10 credit for food and beverages. Be sure to watch the halo board at halftime where your teen's name and birthday greeting is displayed!
With two locations, Treat Your Feet allows you to book a room for up to four people with reclining leather chairs. The one-hour foot scrub and massage is topped off with a five-minute neck and shoulder rub.
For thrill-seekers, head to Six Flags Over Georgia where teens can ride roller coasters, including the newly restored Great American Scream Machine. The birthday party package includes a meal, sweet snack, and unlimited beverages.
Host a teen birthday party in the comforts of your own home. Photo by author
Teen Birthday Parties in Atlanta - Home Suggestions
Sleep in a Tent or Teepee
Pitch tents and have guests bring their own sleeping bags for a backyard sleepover. Before bedtime, roast marshmallows for s’mores. For an indoor sleepover, teen can pick a theme and Three Little Teepees will set up twin-size air mattresses with individual teepees complete with string lights, a throw rug, and a breakfast tray.
Teens get pampered and treated like royalty during a SpaPartyz birthday party. Photo courtesy SpaPartyz
Glam and Pamper
SpaPartyz brings a spa experience to your house including decorations, a sparkling beverage for each guest, and clean-up. Teen party packages offer choices of mani-pedis, mini-facials, and make-up bar. Add on the photo booth, candy buffet, and spa robes to wear during the party.
Hire a Game Truck
A mobile game truck is always a hit with teen gamers. A cool alternative is Gameplex from GameTruck. A game coach brings all the equipment, such as Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and PlayStation, and leads video games for the entire group to play together inside the home.
GameTruck also offers mobile laser and GellyBall parties for up to 12 guests. The game coach sets up the course with obstacles, provides equipment, and referees the games. Bonus: Parents don't have to clean anything up!
Break out the formal china and host a fancy dinner party. Let teens dress up or create a theme with a complimentary menu. Order to-go food from your teen’s favorite restaurant. If you want breakfast for dinner, hire the Waffle House food truck to cater the birthday party.
Watch a Movie (or Three!)
Show movies at home and save lots of money by serving your own concessions and popcorn. If the weather is mild, check out our guide to hosting an outdoor movie party.