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-area businesses that offer birthday parties:
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.
2801 S. 5th Ct., (414) 312-4357
Bounce offers an inflatable sports arena, laser tag, climbing wall, ax-throwing, vintage video games, 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 offers 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 – 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. Packages run between $185 and $390. Pizza and soda is available for an extra price. Call for more information.
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 $120 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
Rockin' Jump - The Ultimate Trampoline Park
9009 N Deerbrook Trail, Brown Deer, (414) 522-1945
Rockin' Jump allows children and youth of all ages to soar in open jump areas or in limited tots-only areas, play trampoline dodgeball, do flips and somersaults, or dunk in a game of bouncy basketball. The facility also includes a rock climbing wall. Rockin' Jump provide private party rooms for birthdays, family gatherings, fundraisers, church groups and corporate retreats.
16-year-old Levi Edler can solve the Rubik’s Cube in under 10 seconds. He created his own curriculum and taught numerous classes to kids and adults. Now, Levi is offering Rubik’s Cube birthday parties or "game nights." This unique party package is ideal for a group of eight people or fewer. Age range depends on the individuals, but he recommends ages 8 to 108.
Levi offers two options:
Solve the 2x2 Rubik’s Cube: For this one-hour party, Levi will wow people with "party tricks" as well as teach them how to solve a smaller, easier "2x2" Rubik’s cube. The cost is $75 and the cubes, handouts and follow-up communication are included.
Solve the 3x3 Rubik’s Cube: For this two-to-three-hour party, Levi will also wow people with "party tricks" and teach them how to solve the traditional 3x3 Rubik’s Cube. The cost is $150 and the cubes, handouts and follow-up communication 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, check the site.
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, 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. Prices range, check the site.
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.
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, check the website.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.