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5 Best Birthday Party Venues In Phoenix

I’ll be honest. I R.S.V.P. to almost every birthday party invitation that comes home in my kids’ backpacks. Why? I like giving my kids a chance to be social with their friends outside of school. I like meeting the other mothers. Buying a present seems like a fair trade-off.

While I’ve been to my fair share of parties, some are a cut above the rest because let’s face it: we’ve had all the chaos at the pizza parlors we can stand. If you’re looking for a great place to hold your next party, here are the 5 best birthday party venues in Phoenix:

1.  Phoenix Zoo
Best for ages 1-12 years

By far the best birthday party my children have been invited to was at the Phoenix Zoo. Cake, crafts, a carousel ride and fun favors that included a wearable rubber animal nose. All of that and we got to explore the zoo after the party.

You can have an awesome celebration for your child too. A hosted birthday package is $300 for non-members, $250 for members, and includes:

  • FREE Admission to the Zoo for up to 10 children and 12 adults (additional guests for $20/$30)
  • Reserved party ramada for 1.5 hours
  • A personal party host
  • Craft activity with the party host
  • Party favor bag for each child, plus a T-shirt for the birthday child
  • Cake, ice cream, and lemonade for all party guests
  • Plates, napkins, spoons and candles
  • One carousel ride OR Stingray Bay admission for each child

Carousel at the Phoenix Zoo

One of the best things about a birthday party at the Phoenix Zoo is that you can customize it. Choose a venue with a picturesque lake view or select the Windmill House, best for the younger party goers because it’s at Harmony Farm. A carousel ride or admission to Stingray Bay is included in a birthday package, but if you want to do both you can add on the Stingray exhibit for $2 per person. Add a train ride to a party with at least 22 guests for $50. The biggest hit of the zoo party my son attended was the Private Animal Discovery Presentation. Available as a $50 add-on to party packages, this gives guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Arizona’s desert dwellers.

2.  Arizona SEA LIFE Aquarium
Best for ages 4-12 years

Shark Exhibit at SEA LIFELearn all about sharks and more at SEA LIFE Aquarium

My son loves SEA LIFE and what’s better than a visit to the aquarium? One that includes a birthday party! SEA LIFE offers two party packages. Their basic package for $275 +tax includes:

  • FREE all-day admission for 15 guests (additional guests $10/per person ages 3+)
  • Decorated party room for 1.5 hours
  • Personal party host for 45 minutes
  • Party favor bag for each child
  • FREE Annual Pass for the birthday child

The deluxe party package for $400 +tax includes:

  • FREE all-day admission for 20 guests (additional guests $10/per person ages 3+)
  • Decorated party room for 2 hours
  • Personal party host for 1 hour (choose Pirate or Mermaid host)
  • Themed craft activity with host + Under the Sea party games
  • Party favor bag for each child
  • SEA LIFE gift for the birthday child
  • FREE Annual Pass for the birthday child and one family member

If you host a birthday party at SEA LIFE, it’s the perfect time to purchase annual passes at a 25% discount. For more information and free downloadable activity packs, visit their website.

3.  Girly Girlz
Best for ages 3+

Girly Girlz Tea & Trinkets
Every little princess who loves pink, feather boas, pampering and getting dolled-up will love a Girly Girlz birthday party. Parties of 6 or more start at $299 and they’re all inclusive. They will even manage R.S.V.P.’s for you! The birthday girl can register for glamorous gifts in the boutique and guests save 10% on party day. Other cool things included in a Girly Girlz birthday party are:

  • Choice of over 25 themes
  • Custom invitations based on theme
  • 3-course party food from dainty tea parties to pizza and chocolate fondue
  • Party favors for all the guests
  • Games, dancing, karaoke – it’s all included and based on the party theme

Or, give your diva a day of pampering with a Girly Girlz spa party! Priced at $35 per person and offered for six or fewer girls, a spa party includes glittery hair twists, make-up demonstrations, and a super star photoshoot. If your birthday girl prefers tea parties, the enchanted Tea Parlour is available Monday – Thursday for 2 – 16 guests. The price of $12.95 per princess includes dress-up, dessert, and a keepsake photo.

4.  Pump It Up
All guests must be a minimum of 34 inches tall to use the equipment. Guests 17 years and younger must complete a waiver signed by a parent/guardian.

Pump It UpPhoto by Shardayyy

Choose from 3 party packages, available for up to 25 guests. Prices vary based on day of the week with weekends being more expensive.

Classic Party Package ($225 weekdays, $275 weekends) includes:

  • Party invitations
  • Private party room celebration
  • Festive paper goods
  • Set-up and clean-up
  • Lots of fun on the inflatables!

A Deluxe Party Package ($290 weekdays, $340 weekends) includes the classic party plus pizza and drinks for each child. The Ultimate Party Package ($350 weekdays, $400 weekends) includes the deluxe party plus goodie bags, balloons, and more.

That’s not all of the fun! Pump It Up offers a choice of 3 party add-ons for $30 each:

  • Go Glow: Have guests wear white or glow-in-the dark clothing to enjoy the special FX lighting a Go Glow party offers.
  • Pirate Quest: Your birthday child is the Captain leading their jolly buccaneers in pirate games and a search for lost treasure. Everyone gets to keep some loot and the Captain gets a special gift!
  • Superhero Training Camp: Guests complete superhero training exercises and earn their I.D. card and superhero mask. The birthday child gets a superhero cape, certificate, and a special gift!

5.  Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Best for ages 1-10 years

A museum designed for children and touching of the exhibits is permitted and encouraged. It doesn’t get any sweeter than that… unless you’re adding a birthday cake!

Phoenix Children's MuseumLeft: 11-foot tall rocketship that kids can help paint; Right: Gas Can Squarepants

The Children’s Museum has several party options. The first option is $345 for non-members, $295 for members, and includes:

  • Up to 15 children (1 parent required for every 5 children)
  • Up to 3 adults free
  • Extra children and adults for $15/$9 each
  • 15 party invitations
  • 1 hour in private party room with Party Pal
  • Museum time
  • Special gift for the birthday child

The second party option is $445 for non-members, $395 for members, and includes:

  • First level party options
  • 90 minutes in private party room with Party Pal
  • Hands-on children’s activity
  • 3 extra-large one-topping pizzas and 15 juice boxes
  • Cupcake dessert activity
  • Plates and napkins

The Children’s Museum can also accommodate an outdoor party on the lawn or a spectacular, after-hours affair. Contact an Event Coordinator for more information.

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