Kids' birthday party guide, 2015
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Sept. 13, 2015 at 11:15 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.
Having your child's birthday party at home has its advantages. It's usually less expensive and provides an intimate environment. However, most kids eventually want to have their birthday party at a locale other than their own backyard. That's where this guide comes in handy.
Whether your kid is more bouncy or more craft-oriented, there's a Brew City birthday party that can accommodate his / her wishes. The beauty of the away-from-home birthday party is that you don't have to clean up after the festivities.
Here's a list of Milwaukee businesses that offer birthday parties:
A Hair For Kids Salon
14023 W. Greenfield Ave., New Berlin, (262) 938-5999
Parties include a dress-up trunk full of prom dresses and evening gowns, hair styles with fairy glitter dust, nail polishing, make-up, karaoke and a fashion show. The salon offers make-your-own glitter body lotions and glitter lip gloss, too. The average price for a party is between $120 and $175 and includes set up, themed decorations and gratuity.
The Big Backyard
2857 S. 160th St., New Berlin, (262) 797-9117
This indoor playground allows party guests to run, climb, slide and ride all year 'round. Go to the web site for more information about party prices, which range from $100 to $400.
2801 S. 5th Ct., (414) 312-4357
Bounce offers an inflatable sports arena, laser tag, climbing wall, vintage video games, rock climbing, an "adrenaline zone" and healthy, kid-friendly food. Party packages vary, but all include almost two hours of access to the facility and access to a private party room. Parents can buy locally-made ice cream and cupcakes or bring in their own. Call or check the website for more information and pricing.
2500 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 453-2327
Prices vary greatly at a Build-A-Bear party, but a "pawsonal" party planner helps keep it within your budget. Each guest gets to "build" a bear in a pretend bear factory and can add outfits and accessories for an additional price.
Chuck E. Cheese's
2701 S. Chase Ave., (414) 483-8655
There are a variety of party packages at The Chuck, but in general, guests receive tokens for games, live entertainment, pizza and soda.
Dave and Buster's
2201 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 454-0100
Birthday packages for kids and teens are available. A bar and restaurant seating area separate from the playing floor offer other adult possibilities in addition to the array of games. All birthday packages include family style menu or buffet, unlimited soft drinks and a Power Card for each guest. Parties can be booked online.
6544 S. Lovers Lane Rd., Franklin, (414) 765-2800
Fun-Timez! offers a virtual playground, laser tag, adventure jump, rock wall, inflatables and more. Go to the web site for more information and prices for birthday parties.
S105W15585 Loomis Dr., Muskego, (414) 425-2937
This family farm features lots of party options, including "Fun On The Farm," "Nature Escape," "Little Cabin On the Farm" and more. Activities include hayrides, butter churning, farm animals, etc. Parties range in price from $175 to $275. Go to the website for more information.
Helium Trampoline Park
16235 W. Beloit Rd., New Berlin, (262) 777-2100
Helium offers two party packages that include a private party room, an hour of jump time, T-shirts, plates and utensils and more. The Fun Air package accommodates up to 12 jumpers and the Extreme Air package accommodates up to 25 jumpers. Package pricing runs between $185 and $390. Pizza and soda is available for an extra price. Call for more information.
Kid-do's Glamour Partyz
N81W15042 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls, (262) 251-8060
Glam up your next party with a special makeover, hairstyle and nail polish application at one of the few hair salons just for kids in the Milwaukee area. The party is approximately two hours long and includes fun music to dance to and a "modeling show." Pricing begins at $20 per child.
Koz's Mini Bowl
2087 S. 7th St., (414) 383-0560
Weekend bowling parties are available in this one-of-a-kind duckpin bowling alley with human pinsetters. Soda and chips available for purchase. Call well in advance. Remember to tip your pinsetter!
Lucky Bob's Raceway
5822 W. Forest Home Ave., Greenfield, (414) 327-4003
At Lucky Bob's, a slot car racing party begins at $100 and includes practice race time, a 30-minute race and a T-shirt for the birthday child. Pizza, treats and sodas available for purchase.
Milwaukee County Zoo
10001 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 771-3040
Prices and packages vary, but the zoo offers a fun, educational environment for birthday parties of all sizes. Call or visit the website for more information.
Milwaukee Public Museum
800 W. Wells St., (414) 278-2728
The museum offers themed parties, including butterflies and dinosaurs, ideal for kids ages 4-10 years old. Prices vary, call or go to the website for more info.
2040 W. Bluemound Rd., Waukesha, (262) 549-3866
Monkey Joe's indoor inflatable playground offers party rates that range depending on the number of guests and whether the party is held on a weekday or weekend, but basic packages begin at $179-299. Parties include use of a party room, and you can bring in your own cake. Food and drink must be purchased from Monkey Joe's vending area.
Murray Hill Pottery
2458 N. Murray Ave., (414) 332-8828
Murray Hill offers small-scale kids' parties where each guest makes and paints a clay bowl. Parties require at least 5 kids and begin at $150. Bring in your own food and drink. Call Murray Hill for more information.
Organ Piper Music Palace
4353 S. 108th St., (414) 529-1177
Call ahead to make a reservation for your child's party. Organ Piper doesn't offer party packages, but can accommodate large groups and offers pizza, a game room and free organ entertainment. Organ Piper is consistently voted "best kid-friendly restaurant" by OnMilwaukee readers and editors.
The Party Room
7505 Harwood Ave., (414)897-0785
The Party Room is a Wauwatosa-based space that is available for birthday party (and other event) rentals. It features a variety of amenities, including a custom-built photo booth, "test kitchen," large screen TV with gaming system, a personal assistant to help with set up, clean up and more. Call for pricing.
Pettit National Ice Center
500 S. 84th St., (414) 266-0100
Ice skating parties are available in three packages, and all include skate rental, admission and food and drink. Multiple party packages are available, depending on food and drink choices. Call at least one week in advance.
Pump It Up
195 N. Janacek Rd., Brookfield, (262) 780-1010
Pump It Up features an array of indoor bouncy structures. Party package prices range depending on if it's on a weekday or weekend and the number of children. Call for exact prices. Drinks and use of party room are included.
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Bayside, (414) 352-2880
Have your birthday at the center, or have the center come to you. Naturalist-led nature parties starring three or four of Schlitz Audubon's reptile and amphibian friends include a two-hour nature program for up to 15 kids. Prices range from $250 to $350 for members; $250 to $370 for non-members.
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
W229 N1420 Westwood Dr., Waukesha, (262) 696-1600
Sky Zone offers three different trampoline party packages and multiple party add-ons. All packages include pizza and drink. Prices range from $225 to $449; call or go online for more information.
StoneFire Pizza Company
5320 S. Moorland Rd., (262) 970-8800
StoneFire offers a variety of party packages. The restaurant and game center features bowling, bumper cars, indoor rock climbing, video games, play space and more. Starting prices range from $169.99 to $299.99.
Urban Ecology Center
1500 E. Park Pl. (Riverside Park), (414) 964-8505
1859 N. 40th St. (Washington Park), (414) 344-5460
The Urban Ecology Center offers a variety of "b'earthday" parties. Themes include rock climbing, birds, maps, edible plants, water adventure and more. Staff-led, themed birthday parties with guided activities are available, or parents can rent a room and facilitate their own party. Prices vary, call or check the website.
Willie Fun Events
9575 Brenwood Park Dr, Franklin, (414) 425-9459
Want to host a party in your home or yard? Willie Fun events has rentable bounce houses, concessions, outdoor and indoor movie screens, casino party rental, air dancers, carnival games and more. Call or check the website for prices.
Wisconsin Humane Society
4500 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 431-6153
630 W Dekora, Saukville, (262) 988-5947
All birthday packages include a party host, invitations, cake, juice, decorations, a tour of the shelter and interactions with animals. Pizza parties and T-shirts are available upon request. All proceeds benefit the animals. Prices range from $225 to $275, not including T-shirt.
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