9 Great Birthday Party Places
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
Strap into your very own high-speed kart and get ready for a speedy good time. Not only for racing-enthusiasts, Andretti’s Marietta and Roswell locations have attractions like arcades, laser tag arenas, Dark Ride motion theatres, a zip line over the track and more. The staff member assigned to your child’s party will guide the guests to each activity area, and will help set up food and drinks, which are included in each party package. The food is freshly made by an on-site chef, and they can accommodate health and allergy requests. andrettikarting.com; Marietta, 678-496-9530; Roswell, 770-992-5688.
Swing like a monkey through the treetop obstacle course in no time. The self-guided activity, with staff ready to jump in if needed, is full of obstacle and climbing areas as well as a zip line to ride. Bring your own cake, decorations, goody bags, or food to the pavilion in Buford, or to the picnic areas in Dunwoody. Pre-made goody bags are available for $7, and include Treetop Quest souvenirs and a drink. treetopquest.com; Dunwoody, 770-365-0356; Gwinnett, 404-277-6113.
Stars and Strikes
Bowl, play in the bumper cars, or play laser tag at this fun-filled space. The arcade is filled with games to play, and each party can be customized to fit the guests, including one or all activities. A party team host sets up the party, and guides the kids to each area of play. Each guest gets entry into the Fun Machine to collect free tickets for prizes. Invitations, paper products and balloons are included, as well as a meal and soft drink for each guest. Add-ons are available such as a private party rooms and more upscale food options. starsandstrikes.com; 678-965-5707.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Play in the Magic Tree House Exhibit, make a “meal” in the diner, paint on the walls or do science experiments. Geared towards children 2-9, guests will have almost two hours of personalized museum exploration and play including the special exhibits or events happening during the party. Some packages include a private room with a party host to conduct a science or art project with the kids; others include using the museum’s picnic tables for food and cake. childrensmuseumatlanta.org; 404-527-3693.
College Football Hall of Fame
Are your kid’s eyes glued to the TV during football season? Do they never take off their favorite team’s jersey? The Hall of Fame can host birthday parties perfect for your football-loving child. Each child is given an All-Access Pass to the museum, which includes free play in most areas like the 45-yard replica football field, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone and The Quad plus AT&T Game Time and more. All interactive content will be saved to access after your visit by way of the All-Access Pass online. Chick-fil-A is available for purchase and cake is provided. Party area also provided on the field. cfbhall.com; 404-880-4841.
Experience the largest indoor ninja playground in the U.S., visit the interactive bowling area and play in the arcade. Go high-speed go-karting, jump on 30ft jumping pillows and climb through a tri-level netted play structure complete with a maze and slides. Kids birthday parties start with the PLAY experience and customize from there. All parties include a party host, pizza and beverages. The facility has a full restaurant. Paper products, utensils and a table covering are set up, and guests can bring any decorations they choose. slingshotplay.com; 678-585-2268.
Vinings School of Art
Whether it is traditional canvas painting, painted sculpture making or clay work, partygoers will enjoy the personalized atmosphere that Vinings School of Art birthday parties offer. The trained instructors will design a custom, one-of -a-kind art project for your guests. The package includes a private room with personal art instructors, art supplies and decorations. To do a test drive, attend one of the drop-in classes they offer 6 days a week for only $15. viningsschoolofart.com; 678-213-4278.
Tiny Towne – Drive Safely
Practice your driving skills, hop on the train and even earn your very own Tiny Towne permit. Kids ages 3-15 drive on different courses, stop at traffic lights and even meet a Tiny Towne police officer to make sure he or she is following the rules. Enjoy the full arcade and high-tech driving simulators. On-site chefs make a variety of tasty and healthy foods. The building has private safety and driving themed rooms, food packages for purchase and a personal party coordinator. tinytowne.com; 470-545-7227.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Have a face-to-face encounter with an owl, snake, tortoise, or more, which are hand-picked by the birthday kid, and learn to love being outdoors. A naturalist will lead your party around the center to help you learn more about what lives in your back yard, play fun nature games and conduct the cake festivities. Choose from the Outdoor Explorer, Wildlife Wonders, STARLAB or Discovery packages, which include exciting activities suited to each interest, as well as an animal encounter and nature goody bag. Each party also comes with a cookie cake from Ali’s Cookies, plus drinks and paper goods. chattnaturecenter.org; 770-992-2055, ext. 237.