13 Birthday Party Spots Kiddos Will Love

From live-action gaming to high teas, you've got options.

Photo courtesy of Arlington Arts Center

Kids’ birthday parties run the gamut from casual get-togethers to full-on fetes. Whatever your child’s preference (or yours), this area is sure to offer just the place. Bounce houses? Check. Escape room? Check. High tea with a Lego theme? Check. (Seriously!) Many options don’t come cheap, but there are ways to party hard without taking out another mortgage—although letting someone else handle setup and cleanup may be worth the price of admission in and of itself. Check out these 13 venues.

For challenge-seekers …

Star in your own theme-park-style adventure at the 15,000-square-foot 5 Wits, which opened in February at Ballston Quarter. Recapture an escaped dragon in Drago’s Castle, stop a rogue company in Espionage or help uncover a pharaoh’s crypt in Tomb. Each experience has hidden secrets and tech-driven challenges. Party length and team size depend on the package you choose. And though the adventures are open to all ages, 5 Wits says they’re best for kids 7 and up. $329.99-$589.99. // 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Ballston)

For Olympic hopefuls …

A party at the MedStar Capitals Iceplex will warm the hearts of hockey players, speed and figure skaters, or anyone who enjoys rapidly gliding across ice while perched on thin blades. Here, partygoers can glide around the rink and then replace those burned calories with pizza, lemonade and cake—all included. So are plates, cups, silverware and candles, and dedicated staff members to help both on and off the ice. $275-$375. // 627 N. Glebe Road, Suite 800, Arlington (Ballston)

For littles …

The newly opened Nook at Ballston Quarter is best for celebrants up to age 5. The space is divided into (wait for it) nooks, which are essentially small areas for art, building, climbing, imaginary and sensory play. Party options are aplenty, including a private event in which you can get the 3,500-square-foot facility to yourself from 3 to 6 p.m., or a semi-private party with your own party room but shared play space, and themes such as Care Bear and Garden. Nook also has a party package that includes decor, party favors, pizza, cake and organic juices, plus coffee and oat milk for the adults. $240$800, plus $375 for the party package. // 4238 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1295, Arlington (Ballston); additional location at 2905 District Ave., Suite 115, Fairfax (Mosaic District)

For artsy types …

Calling all Picassos, Van Goghs and Brittos ages 5 and up: Arlington Arts Center offers two-hour parties that start with an hour-long art class—all materials, such as canvas, paint, pastels and paper, provided. The second half is self-run by the hosts, usually with time for food, cake and games. Parties max out at 15 kids, and the center requires one adult for every 10 children, with a total capacity of 25 in the classroom. Art-themed goodie bags are available for an additional fee. $350. // 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Virginia Square)

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