September is my favorite month because it’s my daughter’s birthday month. I have had birthday parties on the brain for several months now because every time her birthday rolls around I start thinking about how we are going to celebrate – what kind of party we should have and of course, where!
Last year we had my daughter’s party at a local park. It was inexpensive and fairly easy. Due to my semi-controlling nature, however, the abundance of variables I couldn’t control caused me more anxiety than I would like to admit.
To be completely honest, hosting parties is not my favorite. I agonize over whether or not anyone will come and if things will run smoothly. This is why in my adult life I do not make a big fuss about birthday parties or celebrations for myself.
Children’s parties are different. When I had my daughter I knew that I would have to get over my reluctance to host parties. Children’s birthdays are supposed to be fun and carefree. They are a huge hallmark of childhood.
There’s a video of one of my husband’s birthday parties that warms my heart every time I think of it. The theme was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Everyone looked like they were having so much fun and my husband still laughs whenever we talk about it.
I want my daughter to have fond memories of her birthdays too. I truly want her to know what it feels like to be celebrated. Because of that, I work hard to push past my anxiety about parties to create a magical and joy filled experience for my daughter.
While I do think my daughter’s party last year wasn’t a huge flop, this year I decided to go the more expensive and less unpredictable route. After a year of attending her classmates’ parties and getting ideas about different venues, I decided to have her party at a gymnastics gym that she loves.
Over the past year we went to a lot of great parties in the Boulder area. I thought it would be fun to do a list of potential birthday party venues. I hope this list is helpful to anyone who might be feeling lost about what options there are in the area. These options are also great because none of them include cleaning up your house after a wild party.
Xtreme Altitude (Lafayette) – My daughter loves their Preschool Open Play times, and it’s one of her favorite places to go. I used to work here too so I know firsthand how fun the parties are. They offer 2 different party packages (Xtreme and Basic) starting at $205 and up. The cost of each package depends on how many guests you have. Each party includes an hour of play time in the gym and 30 minutes for cake and food in the party room complete with a personal birthday party attendant.
ABC Kids Climbing (Boulder) – We went to a birthday party here last February and my daughter had so much fun. It was a great winter activity to tire my daughter out. Even though she wasn’t quite coordinated enough to do some of the climbing, she still found plenty to do. They offer deluxe and basic birthday packages for 2 age groups (preschool and standard). Depending on the package and age group, their prices start at $20 per child and up.
Broomfield Bay (Broomfield) – The season for Broomfield Bay closes on Labor Day and reopens Memorial Day 2018. I wanted to include this one in case anyone with summer birthdays is getting a head start on their list. Two of my daughter’s classmates had their parties here this summer and they were a huge hit. The prices for birthday parties depend on the number of guests and whether or not you are a Broomfield resident. Prices start at $30 (residents) and $54 (non-residents), which includes 1 or more reserved tables for 2 hours. The prices listed are for 2017 so if you are planning for next summer check back in on their website later for updated information.
PoshSplat Paint (Boulder) – Think Canvas and Cocktails without the cocktails. I loved the setup of this party and it’s a great indoor option for a party. The picture the kids recreated at the party we attended was a cupcake. Seemed easy enough but some of the results were hilarious. They offer 2 hour parties for kids ages 3-15. Parties start at $250 for up to 10 kids and $15 per child after that. You can also add on face painting for an extra $50.
Great Play of Superior (Superior) – Great Play offers interactive birthday parties for ages 1-10. You can choose the theme for your party out of 6 themes, and there’s lots of room for customization. Prices start at $249 for members and $299 for non-members for up to 18 children. Each party is 90 minutes. The birthday party we attended there was similar to the classes my daughter has attended, which made it a great experience for her.
Tinker Art Studio (Boulder) – I had never been to Tinker Art Studio before we attended a birthday party there this summer. It’s a cute little art studio in North Boulder, and I was really impressed with the art project the kids completed. All parties include a themed art project (my daughter decorated a treasure chest). They start at $175 and up and are designed for children ages 3-13.
These are some of the places that stood out from our year of attending birthday parties. I’d love to hear if you know of any other great party venues in the comments!