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Our Guide to the best Kids Birthday Party Ideas

Need to find some Birthday Party places?

If you are new to the area or new to parenthood, it’s still a minefield of possibilities with birthday places for kids!

There are so many different ways of planning a party and so many varied options, including these 20 new and novel birthday places in DFW.

Let’s start here:

  • How old is your child?
  • How many guests will you want to invite?
  • What is your budget?
  • Are you time-poor and need an easy experience, or ready to put some time and work in?
  • What interests does your child have?
  • Birthday party locations?
  • Clowns for birthday parties?
The Best Birthday Party Places for Kids | Plano Moms
The Best Birthday Party Places for Kids | Plano Moms

That’s enough of the questions.

Let’s look at the answers you might give and offer our suggestions. One thing kids love are having a big birthday party with all of their friends.

Finding the best location can be stressful for Moms. Plano and the surrounding areas have tons of great birthday party locations.

Here’s a list of just some of the best kid’s birthday party places and best kids birthday party locations in Plano and birthday parties in Frisco, Allen or McKinney.

Birthday Party ideas in Plano TX
Kids Birthday Party

Birthday Party Ideas for Ages 0-3

At this age, you are most likely to be celebrating for you as you will be for them, especially on that 1st birthday.

At-home parties are great and local Parks or Neighborhood Clubhouses are a great option too.

If you want to do something away from home, there are some great venues that are perfect for that age:

Play Street Museum, Little Gym, Gymboree and the Playard in Frisco. Most offer 1.5 hour private party options.

You might want to have a fun theme, as a backdrop for Photos or to delight your little one – and you can tie in your decor (tablecloths, plates, cups and balloons/decorations) with your Birthday Cake or Cookies. Consider Target Bakery Cakes as a great option! 

Extras: you can rent a Bounce House too! (Try Korey Mack’s Inflatable Party Rental’s or Hoot & Danny’s)


Birthday Party Ideas for Ages 3-5 (Pre School)

You can focus here on your Kid’s Interests. At this age, you can usually host a party at an entertainment venue. Time of year is also important!

In the Winter, these are great options:

  • Play Street Museum
  • American Ninja Warrior/Obstacle Warrior Kids (Indoor Obstacle courses/play equipment)
  • Gymnasiums (like Texas Dynamix, Metroplex)
  • Indoor Jump Play locations (Safari Run, JumpStreet, Jump Mania, Kid Mania)

Safari Run is a great party location! There is room to run, climb, and slide and is fun for a variety of ages.  

There are several party packages with the option to even rent out the facility. This is a great option for 4 year old birthday party places!

Kid Mania is also fun for a variety of ages and kids have a great time playing. This is also a favorite for 3 year old birthday party places and up in age. They have food and arcade games too. The party packages say that Moms and Dads get to enjoy the day while the crew of Kid Mania does all the work.

  • Bowling (Pinstack, Plano Super Bowl, Strikz)
  • Chuck-e-Cheese or Dave n Busters
Summer Fun pool party

In the Summer, there are more outdoor options:

  • Pool Parties
  • Rent a pavilion at the Park
  • Host a party at a Plano Rec Pool (Jack Carter Pool, Tom Muehlenbeck)
  • Adventure Landing (go karts/arcades/mini golf)
  • Crayola Experience (to skip the heat!)
  • Swimming parties – at your home or at a Pool (like Aqua Tots/Emler or your HOA pool)

Texas Pool: Have a summer birthday? Plan a pool party at the Texas Pool!


CHECK OUT OUR E-BOOK “GUIDE TO BIRTHDAY PARTIES” for tons of tips, ideas and suggestions around the area

Gymnastics in Plano

Birthday Party Ideas for Elementary aged Kids

You can either do fun smaller parties (at school age consider if you want to invite whole classes, or just select friends) or some kids prefer to do parties with girls only, or boys only – while some still love to mix it up.

This usually changes as they get older!

Most parents prefer to find a venue to host a party, and some also like to do days out and take some kids out in a small group.

Start with the kids’ interests or a theme and you can plan out from there.

Other ideas at this age are:

  • Gaming Trucks outside your home
  • Pool Parties (hiring a lifeguard if you’d like)
  • Aqua Shop Indoor Surfing
  • Thunderbird Roller Rink

Thunderbird has been in Plano for years and still makes for a great party. They have some very reasonable party packages that make for lots of birthday fun for everyone!

  • Indoor or Outdoor Swimming Parties: AquaTots, Emler (indoor) and City of Plano Recreation Centers 
  • Painting Parties: Color me Mine and Carefree Colors

Carefree Colors is a new painting place in Plano that kids 5 and up will love, They do amazing work at Carefree Colors and kids will come home with a beautiful painting that is a great party favor.


Birthday Party ideas for Tweens and Teens

At this age, many kids are very clear about what type of party they want, so follow their lead and see how it falls within your budget. The great news is that many don’t have the same type of larger scale birthday party as younger kids usually have.

Here are some ideas for them:

  • Urban Air
  • Nickelmania
  • Pinstack
  • Nerdvana Frisco
  • National Videogame Museum USA
  • NTX Gaming 
  • Dave & Buster’s
Kids birthday guests

How many Kids will attend your Birthday Party?

0-10

Depending on your budget, many venues which offer Birthday Party options have per-person pricing. By reducing the number of guests, you might be able to offer your child a super fun party at a venue like Dave n’ Busters, Aqua Shop Plano or Pinstack, which usually has higher price pricing but Pump It Up Coupons may be applicable.

You could also play a day out for this number, with enough trusted chaperones and spots in cars for transportation.

10+

If you choose an entertainment venue for this number, check carefully the number of guests they include in their packages. The costs can escalate dramatically and you have to consider if it falls within your budget.

At this level, a more open format might work best – a gaming truck, pool party, park pavilion are all ideas for this.


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What Budget do you need for your Birthday Party?

Birthday parties can get very expensive, fast. So, set a number and then work within it.

$150 and below – This is going to be your DIY option.

  • Bake Cookies yourself and decorate them (this could be a fun way to get your Birthday boy or girl involved) – you could do the same with the cake!
  • Cater it yourself
  • Plan fun party games or activities for the kids – a Bring-your-own Nerf Gun party is one choice.
  • Going home gifts can be fun gifts from the Dollar Store or bulk items from Amazon
  • Rent a Pavilion at one of our outdoor Plano Parks or Recreation Centers (Outdoor Swim Parties are available during the Summer season) and host a Party at the Park! Plan Sack Races, hula hoop contests, massive bubbles, 3 legged race, egg on a spoon race… and other similar ideas. Playgrounds are usually available too. Food can be simple – Pizzas and bring a Cooler with water and juice boxes. Cupcakes are usually a minimum mess option. Kites are a good option for guests to fly and send the kites home
  • California Pizza Kitchen offers small, fun parties for kids to make their own pizzas and they get to eat them too (usually at a cost of $10 per guest!)

$150 – $300

Some venues can offer you party options within this budget – this seems to be the average cost. But do not forget the cost of the cake, the catering and any take home gifts you offer. Find out whether the venue offers catering and tablecloths, plates, cups and other items you might need within the price.

$300+

The sky is really the limit here – by spending more, you can really bring your Party to the venue and have them take care of all the work for you..

Which leads us nicely to our next scenario:


Can you plan your Birthday Party DIY or have it done for you?

If planning and executing a party is something you love doing, then you likely are able to spend some time to research and much of the effort will come from you in a DIY fashion.

DIY Birthday Party Idea Options

  • Many have been mentioned, but party games are easy to find and copy on Pinterest, Amazon and in most craft stores you can find the items you need – for anything really, Pinatas, Arts, Crafts and more.
  • The Cake – you can make your own, obviously, but if you not blessed with baking skills a very cost effective option is usually Market Street or somewhere similar who do very good value, tasty and big cakes to feed your party guests (and their parents!)
  • Catering – you can either buy platters or put them together yourself at a low cost, or make finger sandwiches and have chips available.

If you are time-poor & need easy, convenient options, here are our suggestions:

  • Pay more and go with an all inclusive birthday party option at many of the venues we’ve listed
  • Use other extras:
    • Get somebody to help you organize it: La Fete Events and Decor or Simply Pretend Dress up Party Rentals, can help plan your party and co-ordinate it together; 
    • Use a Face Painter. We hear great things about Faces be me and Stacey – Fairy Face Painter
    • You can employ a Photographer to capture the memories of the day or look up Filled with Joy, a local Mompreneur who does custom make invitations and party decor
    • Have a Sno Cone truck or rent/buy a machine.
    • Have a Character come to your home – like a Princess or a Disney Character!
  • Cake – choose your theme and find a suitable Cake Maker or Bakery, other recommendations include Market Street. We have 45 ideas for you
  • Many places offer Birthday Party Packages at their location which provide some entertainment and catering too. Look outside the norm to find some interesting options: combining cooking lessons with birthday celebrations – and you get to eat what you make!
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Birthday Party Ideas by Interest

You might already know that your kid(s) love sports, or chess, or lego or jumping around!

Here are our suggestions based on Interests!

Active Birthday Party Ideas

Obstacle Courses (Lil Ninjas or Obstacle Warrior Kids)

Martial Arts (Warrior Martial Arts, Impact America Martial Arts, Premier Martial Arts)

Laser Tag (WhirlyBall Plano or NTX Gaming)

Powerkids Sports and Fitness (customized sports’ themed parties)

GymnasticsGolden Grip Gym, Texas Dynamix Plano Gymnastics, Woga, Metroplex, ASI Gymnastics

A party at Woga makes a fun birthday party for ages 4 and up and boys or girls. Activities are centered around the age of the child. WOGA will even provide all the paper goods for the party!

Multi Options – Adventure Landing Dallas is a great option! Mini-golf, arcade games, go-karts and laser tag, all in one place.

iFly Dallas

Extra Innings

Thunderbird Skating Rink

Kids Birthday Party Places – Trampoline Parks & Indoor Play

Urban Air

Nerfies

JumpstreetSix

Pump it Up Dallas

Kid Mania

Altitude Richardson

Bounce U


Kids Birthday Party Ideas for Gaming

Gaming Truck (NTX Gaming, xTreme Gaming)

The following venues also have gaming and arcades available: Pinstack, Dave N Busters, Nickelmania, Chuck e Cheese and Strikz

Heritage Farmstead Outdoor learning
Heritage Farmstead

Kids Birthday Parties with Imaginary Play & Culture

Play Street Museum, Heritage Farmstead Museum, and the Heard Museum all offer great ways to get the creative imagination going.

Play Street Museum always decorate for every party and Heritage allows up close and personal interactions with nature and farm animals in a historical setting.

Bricks & Minifigs

Snapology

For Younger Kids: Safari Run, My Gym and Little Gym and the super-cute – Little Harts Pony Parties, Lucas


Cooking or Food-related Kids Birthday Party Ideas

Chefsville

Young Chefs Academy

California Pizza Kitchen

Henry’s Ice Cream

Birthday party cooking party

Kids Birthday Party ideas for the Arts

Paint my Pottery TX

Carefree Colors

Crayola Experience Plano

Painting with a Twist

North Texas Performing Arts


Science or STE(A)M Kids Birthday Party Ideas

Camp at Perot Museum

Swimming Birthday Parties

Aqua Tots

Emler


Kids Birthday Party PlacesBowling

Main Event Entertainment

Strikz

Pinstack

Celebration Station

Plano Super Bowl

Bowling at Main Event Plano

Kids Birthday Party Ideas for Fashion & Beauty

Royally Yours Princess Parties

Sweet and Sassy

Sugar and Spice (McKinney)

Enchanted Parties DFW


Yard signs

Don’t forget the Extras, to really make a Birthday memorable!

Yard Signs and more

Book some Personalized Yard signs – from Card My Yard West Plano or Sign Gypsies.

You can also buy Helium Balloons too.

More Yard Sign options and ideas for fun freebies you can get

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What do you like?

Share your comments here and let us know if we missed any options – we try and keep our ears to the ground but sometimes miss the new options that pop up, so be sure to tell us here

Taylor Hansen

Monday 27th of July 2020

Thanks for mentioning remembering the cost of the cake and gifts for part of the party. My son has his birthday this weekend and we're thinking of taking him and his friends to an arcade and laser tag. We'll be sure to find a good place to book for his friends to have fun.