Bounce houses and party clowns can get old, and scary, after a few years. And with kids getting their own iPhones at a younger and younger age, they need activities that will really capture their attention. We’ve compiled a list of the most awesome and active venues — from a new ninja obstacle course to the Dallas Cowboys world headquarters — that will make kids the envy of the Dallas birthday party set.
Impress the kids and the other parents with a VIP Guided Tour of Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters. There are four tiers of parties depending on how much you’re looking to spend and what you want included in your child’s special day. If you’re looking to really go big, purchase the Hall of Fame package ($1200), which includes a party room, drinks, a 45-minute tour with an hour of field play, a group photo, and souvenirs for the birthday kid.
For your little Jordan Spieth or Michelle Wie, book a party at this point-scoring driving range. It costs $25 a kid and includes two hours of play, catered meals, unlimited drinks, and your own personal bay host. You can also enhance the experience with goodie bags or swinging tips from a Top Golf coach.
Flag Pole Hill
Speaking of Jordan Spieth, the golfer’s Family Foundation recently played part in the opening of a new inclusive playground in Lake Highlands. Inspired by his sister, who is on the autism spectrum, the park has elements designed to accommodate autistic kids. With picnic tables, grills, and an outdoor restroom, it’s a great place for all children to celebrate their birthday with friends.
Texas Rangers Ballpark
Hit a homerun (couldn't resist) with a kid-friendly party at The Kid’s Zone at Rangers Ballpark. The venue is equipped with an interactive playground to let the kiddos run around for hours. There’s also a larger than life baseball bat and slide, a mini rock climbing wall and PlayStation game stations.
Young explorers or scientists can spend the day discovering and celebrating at the Perot. The party package includes all day admission for 30 guests and a themed party room on Saturdays and Sundays. Themes vary by age, but include bugs (members only), dinosaurs, and astronauts. You can also add on food, drinks and gift bags if you wish.
Young Chefs Academy
With this one, your kids can learn a useful skill and have fun doing it. All-inclusive cooking party packages vary by age. For 4 year olds and younger, there’s a choice between pizza and calzones. The Perfect Pasta Party and Birthday Brunch are available for ages 8 and up. And the big kids, ages 10 and up, can have a made-from-scratch cupcake party.
Geppetto’s Marionette Theater
Through November 4, the "Out of This World" variety marionette show will be playing on weekends. Bring your birthday boy or girl and their friends to the theater for a one-of-a-kind experience. The basic party package ($225) includes 10 children and 2 adult tickets, popcorn, drinks, a backstage tour, and a group photo sesh. Private party rooms are available with the higher tier packages. And if your child has a holiday-time birthday, the Winter Wonderland show returns on November 24.
Opening on October 13 in Frisco, this obstacle course will allow your kids to climb, crawl, and swing like a ninja. The standard birthday party ($375) includes 75 minutes of ninja training and 30 minutes to refuel and celebrate in the party area. You can also add on pizza and drinks for $5 a child.
Frontiers of Flight Museum
Fulfill your child’s dream of being a jet pilot for the day at this flight museum at Dallas Love Field. Party rooms are available for two hours and include play in The Children’s Discovery Area, an in-flight movie, admission into the Wind Tunnel lab, and practice being an air traffic controller.
Painting With a Twist
Celebrate your little Picasso with a party at Painting With a Twist, without the twist (alcohol). Kids parties are available for ages 8 and up and can be booked weekdays or weekends. The kids will learn to paint an entire work of art, step by step, by a local artist. The birthday boy or girl can also choose which picture they want from over 3,900 options.