13 Birthday Party Spots Kiddos Will Love

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

Photo courtesy of Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation

For gamers …

Put a modern twist on an age-old game of tag. Don a vest and grab a laser shooter before searching for friends-turned-foes in a dark maze at Ultrazone Laser Tag. Groups play at least two 15-minute games, separated with breaks for pizza and cake. You might want to bring some (read: a lot of) extra change because the arcade games are pretty tough to avoid, seeing as they’re at the entrance. Party packages, which have a 10-guest minimum, do include some game tokens, plus a private party space, pizza, soft drinks and goody bags. Plan to spend at least 90 minutes. $29.99/person // 3447 Carlin Springs Road, Falls Church


For young yogis …

If doing sun salutations to honor another trip around that great ball of fire is your kid’s jam, roll out a mat for a 45-minute yoga session at Sun & Moon Yoga Studio. Craft activities such as chakra bracelet-making are included, and there’s time for post-pose snacks that the host provides. Themes such as fairies and dinosaurs are also available. This may be the one time kids leave a party feeling Zen instead of riled up. Namaste to that. $250 // 3811 Lee Highway, Arlington (Cherrydale)


For future “Nailed It!” contestants …

Let them decorate cake! And of course, then let them eat it. Buzz Bakeshop offers party planners a space that fits 25 fans of fondant at any time on weekdays and after 3 p.m. on weekends. Depending on the package, a two-hour party includes cupcake decorating or tea parties. New this year is an optional craft add-on, such as decorating wooden mixing spoons. Chef’s hats and aprons are also available to ensure the best shots for your Insta feed. $300-$350 plus tax and service and administrative fees. // 818 N. Quincy St., Arlington (Virginia Square)


For firefighter fans …

A party at the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department means climbing into fire engines and checking out other emergency response vehicles, taking a tour of the firehouse and learning about what a firefighter does and wears (spoiler alert: a lot). Party-goers get a private space decorated with balloons and tablecloths, plus kiddos can take home a plastic helmet, coloring book and sticker badges. Hosts provide food and have access to a private kitchen with a stove, oven, fridge and microwave. Plan to have at least 12 children and at most 30. $25/child. // 6950 Little Falls Road, Arlington


For nature lovers …

For something that won’t put you at risk for credit card debt, head to the great outdoors, also known as a county park, to take advantage of playground equipment, roller rinks, swimming pools and splash pads. For $70, winter babies ages 5 to 11 can skate into their next year at Thomas Jefferson Community and Fitness Center, open from October through March. Or, rent a picnic shelter ($170 for Arlington County residents) between the first Saturday in April and Veterans Day, and let the kids climb and swing to their heart’s content. See website for cost// Locations vary.

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