Planning an outdoor birthday party in Houston can be quite risky due to the weather, from scorching heat to pouring rain to even the occasional chilly winter day, it’s often hard to know what to expect. For parents who prefer to take the safer, climate-controlled, route, Houston offers many indoor venues that are great for throwing a unique party. The Downtown Aquarium and Children's Museum of Houston are always great options for parties, but we’ve rounded up some other lesser-known and exciting options in a range of prices for celebrating kids of all ages! Whether your birthday child is athletic, artistic, a chocoholic, or all of the above, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for throwing a memorable birthday bash on this list. An additional bonus is that many of these locations offer all-inclusive packages that make hosting a birthday party stress-free for parents.
Little Gym of Houston
The Little Gym is known for fun gymnastics classes and was also named Best Gym Party by Parents Magazine, and there are 11 locations spread out across the greater Houston area. Book an Awesome Birthday Bash at The Little Gym and your birthday boy or girl and his or her friends will get to take over the facility for an hour and a half (one hour of in-gym activities and 30 minutes in the party room). You can book parties online and have the option to choose a playful theme, such as a pirate, princess, superhero, or favorite cartoon character-themed party. Parties include instructor-led games, music, and LEGO-building activities, as well as a juice box for each child, paper goods, invitations, and a Little Gym t-shirt for the birthday child. The Little Gym also takes care of set-up and clean-up, which will help make the event enjoyable and stress-free for everyone!
Parties start at $295 for members and $320 for non-members.
Gymboree Play & Music
Gymboree Play & Music specializes in birthday parties for kids aged 1 to 5 and has six Houston-area locations. They offer customized parties with themes such as princess playhouse, dinosaur adventure, sports, arts, and music. Your party-goers will have exclusive use of the facility for an hour and a half or more with a trained, enthusiastic instructor leading the group in fun activities. Set up and clean up are included as well as party supplies, Gymboree party invitations, a gift for the birthday child, and a gift bag for all his or her friends.
Party packages start at $350
767 N Shepherd Drive, Ste. 400
Wonderwild is a three-story indoor play space for little ones where they can explore their creativity and physical abilities. Birthday parties here include 45 minutes of play in Wonderwild (ages 8 and under) or Wonderwild(er) (ages 5-11), and 45 minutes in a private party room for the birthday kid and up to 30 friends and their parents. The basic package includes 20 complimentary invitations and paper party supplies. For additional costs, there are many ways to customize and upgrade your party, such as additional playtime for all the guests, utilization of both play spaces, decoration set up, and even a sweet treats candy bar. There are also theme party options including a Nerf Battle party, a superhero party, or a princess party.
Packages start at $270 for a Friday party (play area shared with general public, private party room) and $320 for a weekend party (private playtime and party room).
747 N Shepherd Drive, Ste. 400
A birthday party at Discover Gymnastics includes one hour of instruction and 30 minutes to eat as well as paper goods for the children, candy, a gymnastics medal for each child and set up and clean up. For an additional cost, add on a Superhero theme with a ninja-training course and spider-man climb or a cheer theme with a specialized instruction on basic jumps, stunts, and a fun routine. Discover gymnastics can accommodate parties from 8 to 60+ guests.
The basic package starts at $255 for the first 12 children.
Houston Dance Works
3500 E T C Jester Blvd, Suite G Houston, TX 77018
At Houston Dance Works, your tiny dancer can have a Ballerina Princess Party for ages 3-7 or a Jazzy Jazz or Hip Hop Party for ages 7-11. The party includes a dance instructor who will lead the children in activities, a dance class, and a dance routine to a song selected by the birthday child. Houston Dance Works will decorate the space, clean up, and supply party favors and a gift for the birthday dancer. You provide the cake, refreshments, and utensils.
Pengu Swim School
984 Wakefield Dr. Houston, TX 77018
A party at Pengu Swim School will make any child feel special and takes pressure off parents as the staff will make sure everything goes smoothly. Packages include balloons, paper goods, and two hours of exclusive use of the facility (one hour and 20 minutes in the pool and 40 minutes in the party area) with three certified lifeguards on duty. Pizza can also be served for an additional fee. The staff will lead the children in water games and races or your guests can have free rein in the pool and a chance to play with the many aquatic toys.
Prices start at $450 for a party of 1-24 children (adults are not included in the guest count), parties of up to 46 children can be accommodated for an additional cost.
Hunter Dance Center
747 N. Shepherd, Suite 100 Houston, TX 77007
Hunter Dance Center will work with you to plan the perfect aerial, hip-hop, or ballet dance birthday for your little one. Birthday parties, which require the kids to be at least 3-years-old, include one hour of instruction, followed by 30 minutes of celebration and cake time, basic party supplies and decorations are also included. You can choose your own theme or select one of the themes they offer such as Circus Arts, Hip Hop Hero, Under the Sea, or Princess Parties. Parties can be held Saturday afternoons or all day Sundays.
Prices start at $300 for 1.5 hours and up to 15 kids, additional time and guests can be added for an additional cost, face painting, balloon animals, and crafts can also be added for an extra fee
Pump It Up
Pump It Up offers many options for you to customize a bouncy birthday at their indoor inflatable play land, and there are three locations in the greater Houston area. You can add on bubbles, glow activities, and even a character visit. Food options include pizza, wings, and trays of spaghetti or lasagna. Party packages for 12 kids start at $159 on the weekdays and $259 on the weekend.
14031 Southwest Fwy, Suite #620 Sugar Land TX, 77478
For a birthday for your littlest little one, Majestkids Playland could be the perfect venue as it specializes in playtime for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. This indoor playground has a variety of entertaining indoor play structures and activities that encourage motor development and social skills. All parties include a party host, three hours of playtime and two hours in a private party room. Balloons, flatware, napkins, and set-up and clean-up are also included. Meal options, theme parties, decorations, face painting, and more guests can be added for an additional cost. To play, guests must be under 47 inches tall.
Prices start at $450 for 15 kids (only over 9 months counted) and 30 adults.
Monkey Joe’s has three Houston-area locations filled with wall-to-wall inflatables, lots of arcade games, and a dedicated party room. Their party packages cover set up and clean up, invitations for your guests, a Monkey Joe’s party host, drinks in souvenir cups, paper plates, tablecloths, utensils, and a gift for the birthday child. Add-on options include pizza, balloons, and goodie bags. You bring the cake.
Party packages start at $209 for eight kids ages 12 and under.
Jump On In
21155 State Highway 249
Book a party at Jump On In for lots of bouncing, sliding, climbing, and tumbling for kids and kids at heart. Party packages are either one and a half or two hours and include supervised time in both gyms and time in a private party room. A party host takes care of set-up and clean-up, and plates, cups, napkins, and utensils are included. You can order food from Jump On In ahead of time and bring in your own cake and ice cream.
Parties start at $199 for 15 children on weekdays and $299 on weekends.
Giggles and Fun
20117 Park Row
At Giggles and Fun, both active and imaginative play are encouraged through age appropriate toys, activity tables, dress up, and climbers. Birthday parties include one hour of playtime and 45 minutes in a private party room with a staff member to help set up and clean up. Invitations, paper goods, napkins, and flatware are included. Add-ons of extra guests, extra time, and food options, as well as upgrades to themed parties and private play time, are available at an additional cost. Mini parties and open play parties are also available during weekdays.
The basic party package for up to 15 guests starts at $300 for weekdays and $345 for weekends.
6982 FM 1960 W.,Ste F
For a very special day for an energetic kid, throw him or her a birthday party at Iron Sports, where guests will get the opportunity to try American Ninja Warrior obstacles appropriate for the age and skill level of the participants. The first hour and a half of the party held on the gym floor, where coaches lead the kids through challenges and fun group activities. The last 30 minutes of the party is time for pizza and juice, utensils and plates are provided and additional pizza can be ordered.
Pricing starts at $285 for 15 guests and parties are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, advance booking is recommended. Ages 6 and up.
3115 Allen Parkway, 832-291-0977
1014 Wirt Road, Ste. 290, 281-413-0272
For little yogis, a BIG yoga birthday party is the way to go. You can have a two-hour party at one of the BIG yoga studios that includes a kids yoga class, a smoothie or juice from the juice bar, and a celebration in the studio space. For an additional cost, you can get the all-inclusive Rock n’ Roll Package, which also includes decorations, pizza, drinks, and cake. Another option BIG yoga offers for birthdays is for one of their energetic teachers to go to your home or another venue of your choice to teach a 45-minute or 60-minute kids class.
Pricing starts at $150 for 10 kids for an in-home class or $250- $450 for the studio packages.
Texas Rock Gym
1526 Campbell Road
For an exciting day that guests won’t forget, throw a birthday party for your child at Texas Rock Gym. There are two party options; both include a large party room for up to 2 hours and a Climb Safe course and basic skill instruction. The Pinnacle Party includes everything; from food (even the cake or cupcakes), decorations, and paper goods, and party bags, to climbing gear and staff assistance with climbing, and all the clean up. Texas Rock Gym will customize the birthday party with contests and challenges based around a theme of your choice. The other option is a BYOP (bring your own party) package, which is a more affordable option. You bring your own decorations, food, and cake and your adult guests will need to belay for the younger climbers.
Pricing for this package starts at $250 while the Pinnacle Party starts at $350 for 10 climbers. All climbers must be age 7 or older and all belayers must be at least 14 years old.
3701 W. Alabama, Ste. 250
Give your young artist a birthday bash at Art Mix, where an instructor will guide kids in creating their own artwork. Art Mix staff will work with you to plan a unique art project for your party based on a master artist or a theme, such as Outer Space or Dinosaurs on the Prowl. Art Mix provides staff, set up, clean up, and art supplies, you bring decorations, food, beverages, and cake. Art Mix can also travel to your home or other location.
Prices start at $280 for 6 kids at the Art Mix studio. Ages 2-9.
Mad Science of Houston
6300 Westpark Dr., Ste. 500
For a creative and imaginative event, throw your little scientist a birthday party at Mad Science, where your child and his or her guests get to see a live 45-minute science show. The awe-inspiring experiments seem like magic until the science behind them is explained to the audience. The birthday child also gets to wear and keep a Jr. Mad Scientist lab coat. They offer a special party geared to preschoolers and for parties for children over 5, each child receives a cup of gooey slime. The two-hour parties can be held any day of the week. The party includes printable invitations, a fully decorated Lab, drinks, paper goods and candles. Staff will also set up, clean up, serve cake (and pizza, which can be purchased through a selected vendor), and assist with unloading and reloading your car. Exciting finales and treat bags can also be added for additional fees.
Prices start at $325 for up to 10 preschool age kids and $350 for up to 15 school age kids. Ages 3-12.
The Chocolate Bar
1835 W Alabama St., 713-520-8599
2521 University Blvd., 713-520-8888
For a super sweet birthday party, consider The Chocolate Bar, where guests will get to indulge in delicious homemade chocolate, ice cream, and other desserts. You can bring your own decorations and beverages but no outside food. For kids under 12, $8.95 per child includes bite-sized brownies and cookies, ice cream, and drink, at the University Blvd location, you can also choose a “make your own chocolate bar” party, which includes the chocolate bar you make, ice cream, and a drink for $12.00.
Kegg’s Chocolate Factory
8168-A Westpark Drive
For a sweet, candy-filled party, Kegg’s Chocolate Factory is a unique Houston find. Parties are 2.5 hours and include a chocolate factory tour, private party room, candy/chocolate crafts, games, balloons, cup cakes, ice cream, and beverages. Parties for up to 6 children start at $275. Ages 5 and up.
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