Kids love to bounce, especially on giant inflatable structures. Bounce U offers a variety of party options for ages 3 and older, which include bounce time in your own private bounce room, and party time in a private room with staff members managing all the details of your event. Food and other add-ons are available. Cost begins at $139 for eight participants.
Bounce U, South County and Chesterfield, 314-845-7529
Birthdays take flight at the Butterfly House in Chesterfield's Faust Park. Guests enjoy admission to the conservatory, activities suited for those ages 3-8, and butterfly cookies to decorate. The Butterfly House offers two themes for partiers: Bug Safari or Fairy Flutterbye. Parties are $15 per child.
Butterfly House, 15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, Mo., 63017, 636-530-0076.
Pictured at right: Admission is included with a Butterfly House birthday party package.
Chesterfield Sports Fusion
Wear out your party animals with a high-energy birthday at Chesterfield Sports Fusion. You and your guests can choose to participate in up to four of the five party activities: mini-golf, laser tag, dodge ball, rock-climbing and "The Grind" obstacle course. All activities are indoor, taking St. Louis' rapidly-changing weather out of the party planning equation. Cost varies and starts at $200 for 10 guests.
Chesterfield Sports Fusion, 140 Long Road, Chesterfield, Mo., 63005, 636-536-6720
Chuck E. Cheese's
What adult didn't grow up going to Chuck E. Cheese's birthday parties? Through the years, not much has changed about these parties, and the kids still love the games, rides, ticket blaster, prizes and of course corny mouse Chuck E. Cheese's. Parties start at $11.99 per kid and include pizza, 20 tokens and table space.
Chuck E. Cheese's has four locations in the metro area including Ellisville, Fairview Heights, South St. Louis County and St. Charles
Dierbergs School of Cooking
If you can stand the heat, cook up a birthday party in the kitchen of Dierbergs Schools of Cooking. Up to 15 kids can get busy preparing a meal or dish during these unique parties. Call for fees and menu choices.
Dierbergs School of Cooking, various Deirbergs locations , 636-812-1336
Horse around during a Pony Palooza Party at Dublin Farms. Meet the horses, take a pony ride and make a craft during these equestrian parties. Prices start at $350.
Dublin Farms, 8498 Byrnesville Road, House Springs, Mo., 63051, 636-285-2800
Whether you want to ride the farm wagon out to the fields or spend time cooking in the kitchen, Eckert's has a down-home party in store for your birthday boy or girl. Kids can make their own meal during the Fun Thyme Cooking Party at the Belleville farm. In the fall, birthdays at the Millstadt farm include apple or pumpkin picking, pony rides and access to the attractions at the fun farm. Parties start at $150.
Eckert's is located at Millstadt and Belleville, Ill. Call 618-233-0513 for details.
The Event Fairies
Want a home party without the hassle? The Event Fairies provide event assistance, help with themes and decorations and even offer "parties in a box" — a hand-delivered box with everything parents need to throw the party themselves. You'll find table decorations, favors, cupcakes, banners, drinks and glassware, and more in a "Fairy in a Box" package.
Contact The Event Fairies at 636-223-0034.
Pictured at right: An Event Fairies cake and party favors.
Besides your hungry party guests, you can also feed goats and camels during a Grant's Farm birthday party. Enjoy all the animals on the farm, and party in their private gazebo. Prices start at $250 and include children's meals, cake, ice cream, prizes, animal feedings and parking passes.
Grant's Farm, 10501 Gravois Road, St. Louis, Mo., 63123, 314-843-1700
Gypsy Rose Pirate Ship
Climb aboard for what might be one of St. Louis' most unique birthday party experiences. The Gypsy Rose, a realistic pirate ship helmed by a swash-buckling captain takes little ones on their own voyage. Parties include setting course along the Mississippi River, launching Nerf cannonballs and docking along a private beach where kids can dig for buried treasure. The ship can hold about 30 guests, and cruises begin at $350. Partiers may bring their own food and drink aboard.
Gypsy Rose Pirate Ship picks up passengers in both Grafton and St. Charles. Call 314-541-7394 for details.
Pictured at right: The Gypsy Rose will take your pirates on a rides along the Mississippi River.
JumpBunch Sports and Fitness for Kids
You pick the location and JumpBunch Sports and Fitness for Kids will bring the party. Sports related themes involve quarterbacks, cheerleaders, ninja training, the circus and more. Parties are designed for kids 2 and up, and party packages start at $110.
Call JumpBunch at 314-974-379.
Little Fishes Swim School
Want a pool party but have no pool? No problem! A two-hour party reservation at Little Fishes Swim School includes 45 minutes of free swim with pool toys and a lifeguard. The rest of the time guests are free to enjoy a play area and party room. Little Fishes provides invitations, juice boxes, forks, plates, napkins and tablecloth — all you bring is the cake! A supervised craft is optional for an extra charge. Prices start at $200 for 10 guests.
Little Fishes Swim School, 8200 Brentwood Industrial Drive, St. Louis, Mo., 63144, 314-647-7946
The Lodge Des Peres
Kids have a splash at pool parties at The Lodge Des Peres. The party room is located just off the pool deck and can hold up to 30 people, and guests have access to the indoor pool, including the wave pool, kids play area and slides, and when open, the outdoor pools, including the lazy river, slides and spray garden. Parties start at $155 for members.
The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Road, Des Peres, Mo., 63131, 314-835-6150
The Magic House
Little fairy tale princesses, super sleuths, construction workers and artists will love magical parties at The Magic House, St. Louis' children's museum. Parties can accommodate up to 30 children, and Magic House staff facilitate party activities, serve refreshments and handle all of the clean up. Parties include all-day admission to the 50,000-square-foot museum. Prices start at $15 per child. For a true extravaganza, consider renting the entire museum on Sunday mornings and evenings for you and your 50 closest friends. Magic House parties are best for kids ages 2-10.
The Magic House, 516 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, Mo., 63122, 314-822-8900, ext. 10
Monkeys always seem to be having fun, and so will your kids at a Monkey Joe's birthday party. Bounce, slide and jump through the inflatable play center. Parties are for kids 12 years and younger and can accommodate up to 24 kids. With full service parties, the only thing you'll need to bring is socks, which are required in the play area.
Monkey Joe's, 9061 Watson Road, St. Louis, Mo., 63126, 314-962-5637; and 10855 Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights, Ill., 62208, 618-398-7800
Kids will climb, swing, throw, jump and bounce during an action-packed My Gym birthday party. Parties include exclusive use of the gym and its equipment, including ball pits, trampolines, swings and gymnastics equipment. Party hosts also plan activities, games, rides and puppet shows around the interests of the birthday child. Experienced hosts make sure each guest has a fun and safe experience. Cost starts at $195 for 12 children.
My Gym, 482 THF Blvd., Chesterfield, Mo., 63005, 636-536-9949
Bowling may feel like an old standby, but these folks know their birthday parties. Fun for children ages 3 and up (and their parents), Olivette lanes can host events for as few as six and as many as 144 guests. Basic party package includes one game of bowling or one hour of play—whichever comes first. Rental shoes and sodas are also provided, and food may be purchased or brought by hosts. The price per child is $10.95.
Olivette Lanes, 9520 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63132, 314-991-0365
Once Upon a Bash
If you can dream up a custom birthday party, Once Upon a Bash, can make it a reality. Whether the party is held at your home or their Maplewood party venue, Once Upon a Bash won't skimp on any details. You help determine the theme and party activities, and the staff will coordinate the entire event, including decorations, live entertainers, party favors, food and invitations. Popular parties include their Fashionista, Pop Star, Superhero and Pirate parties. Cost varies, but generally starts at about $300.
Once Upon a Bash, 2732 Sutton Road, Maplewood, Mo., 63143, 314-645-2386
River City Rascals
Imagine your child getting on-field access and announcing a batter from the press box during a professional baseball game. That's exactly what birthday boys and girls get to do when they have their birthday parties with the River City Rascals. In addition to going on the field, the party also includes tickets, souvenirs, food, drinks and birthday cake. Guests also receive vouchers for the speed pitch booth, and the birthday kid gets an autographed baseball. Cost starts at $150 for 10 guests.
River City Rascals, T.R. Hughes Ballpark, 900 T.R. Hughes Blvd., O'Fallon, Mo., 63366, 636-240-BATS
Saint Louis Zoo
Sure, your kids may have been there dozens of times, but they've probably never been this up-close-and-personal with some of the zoo's four-legged inhabitants. The zoo pairs parties with a member of its education department for fun, guided activities and animal contact. Parties can be designed for preschool or school-aged children. A variety of themes and venues are available, and for a fee, the zoo can provide everything from train tickets to goodie bags for your guests. Costs vary considerably depending on venue, chosen options and number in party, but begin at $300 for up to 20 guests.
Saint Louis Zoo, One Government Drive, St. Louis, Mo., 63110, 314-781-0900
What do you get when you mix athletic courts and trampolines? Some pretty happy party-goers! Sky Zone welcomes jumpers of all ages, but it is a particularly good choice for school-aged boys who won't get enough of games such as 3-D dodgeball. Party packages include either open or private jump time on the playing courts as well as time in a private party room with pizza, paper goods, drinks and special gifts for the guest of honor. Costs vary based on party package but begin at $200 for 10 people.
Sky Zone, 17379 Edison Ave., Chesterfield, Mo., 63005 , 636-530-4550
Shaw Nature Reserve
Sometimes it's best to forgo the conventional birthday party trappings and opt for something a bit more natural. Look no further than Shaw Nature Reserve. Bring a group to the 2,500-acre reserve and experience the beautiful Ozark landscape. For older children, consider a picnic and one of the many self-guided hikes. For younger children (ages 3 to 5) enroll your party in one of Shaw's Little Acorn classes, which includes guided activities, snack, story and craft. Admission is $5, and kids and seniors are $3. Picnic areas are free to use but require reservation, self-guided pamphlets begin at $0.50, and Little Acorn classes are $17 for a child and adult.
Shaw Nature Reserve, Hwy. 100 & I-44, Gray Summit, Mo., 63039, 636-451-3512
Yucandu Art Studio
Feeling artsy? Yucandu is the perfect spot for crafty kids ages 6 and older. Party includes two hours in a private room, handmade invitations, and an art instructor and helpers to oversee a group project. Pricing starts at $200 for 8 people.
Yucandu Art Studio, 20 Allen Ave., Webster Groves, Mo., 63119, 314-963-4400
Meredith Boggess, Rachel Mefford, Lori Barker and Jessica Pupillo contributed to this list.
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