Are you making plans to celebrate that special day for your little one? Check out some interesting and hopefully affordable options to make sure that your child’s birthday is indeed a special day! 
 
  • Host a Roller Skating Birthday Party at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center for kids ages 4-15. For $60, the birthday child and 9 guests will be able to skate from 6:30-8:30 pm. Each additional guest is $6. 2 adults skate free with the party. The party room (including a waiter) is available from 6-7pm; parents may come in at 5:30 pm to set up and decorate the room. Food is available onsite (you must provide the cake), but parents are welcome to bring in outside food. For an additional $20 you can get balloons & face painting! Parties can only be scheduled on Saturdays. (3501 2nd Street South|Arlington, VA)
  • Host a Swimming Birthday Party at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex for kids ages 3-12. There are a variety of packages available for non-MD residents, ranging from $185 for 1-10 kids and up to 10 adults to $300 for 21-30 kids and up to 20 adults. All standard packages include tablecloths, plates, flatware, cups, & napkins. Each party also receives a take home sign–in sheet; 1 hr of swimming; 1 hr in Party Room; Party Invitations; and 1 Complimentary Pool Passes per child. All applications are accepted 3 months in advance starting on the 1st day of the month. (e.g.  for a party in May, they begin accepting applications in February). Contact the Birthday Office at 301-583-2654 or download the Birthday Party Application.
  • Host an Ice Skating Birthday Party at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena. For $125 , get skate rental & admission for 10 skaters ($7 each for 11 or more skaters/30 max), a private party room with a view of the ice arena, and a designated hostess for food orders.  The birthday child receives a skating pass for 4 people to skate free at another public skating session.  Outside food and drink are not permitted except for birthday cake, ice cream and juice boxes.  Refreshments are available at the snack bar; select individual items or meal packages ranging from $5-6/person. The party room is available from 4-6:30pm Sat and 1:30-4:00pm Sun (3779 Ely Place|SE DC) Book Today!
  • Chuck E. Cheese is always a big hit for kid birthday parties.  Party packages include pizza and beverages as well as tokens for each child to play a variety of kiddie games where the guests can win tickets to earn free prizes. Decorations are included and kids can watch a special performance by the Chuck E. Cheese band. You can provide your own cake or purchase one from the menu along with other party foods. $12.99/child for Star package; $17.99/child for Superstar package. To save a few bucks, you can always walk-in to celebrate and just purchase individual items off the menu; make sure you have a small party because there is no reserved seating. Register for coupons and free tokens. (1100 Shoppers Way|Largo MD * 13807 Outlet Dr|Silver Spring MD * 5270 Randolph Rd|Rockville MD)
  • Choose your child’s favorite theme and Gymboree will create a private, personalized party experience filled with kid friendly activities guaranteed to be 100% fun with zero clean up! Themes vary by location: 1st Birthday, Farmyard Fun, Ocean Adventure, Construction Zone, All Aboard Trains, Princess Playhouse (includes dress up), Little Super Heroes (includes dress up), Dinosaur Adventures, Jungle Safari, Sports Galore, Arts party, Music party, and more! They specialize in 1st -5th birthday parties. Packages vary by location and may accomodate up to 20 kids, 0-5 years, each accompanied by an adult. It includes the exclusive use of the facility for 1 ½ hours or more, an enthusiastic Gymboree teacher, all party supplies (plates, cups, napkins, spoons, candles, balloons), invitations, a special gift for the birthday child, and take home gift bags for all guests. (921B Ellsworth Dr.|Silver Spring MD * 6831 Wisconsin Ave., Below Trader Joe’s|Bethesda MD * 318 S. Pickett St.|Alexandria VA)
  • Reserve Jonah’s Treehouse for your 3-4 year old’s birthday party! Kids run, jump and climb on safe and challenging equipment in an immaculate, colorful studio. It costs $395 for a 90-minute party package which includes tablecloths, place settings, decorative balloons of assorted colors, party hats, and staff assistance (before, during and after the party.) They handle everything from set-up to clean-up, so you can relax and enjoy the celebration!  Parties can be reserved for Sat & Sun: 11:30-1:30; 2:00-3:30; 4:00-5:30 and Fri: 1:00-2:30; 4:00-5:30. (2121 Wisconsin Ave, C1 Level|NW DC) 
  • Jump!Zone is your party headquarters for kids 2-12. Have a Pirate, Super Hero, Princess, Sponge Bob Birthday Bash, or Dinosaur Party at this indoor center that feature moonwalks, inflatables, bouncers, obstacle courses, giant slides, ball and other interactive games for your special birthday child. Kids play for the first 75 minutes and spend the last 30 minutes in a party room. Packages range from $215 for 15 kids – $295 for 25 kids. Pizza and juice boxes or soft drinks available, but outside food and drink are not permitted except for birthday cake. Balloons and party bags are also available for an additional charge. (7175 Oakland Mills Road|Columbia MD) Book Today!
  • PlayWiseVillage partners with Andy’s Parties to run fabulous theme parties( Princess, Superhero, Pirate, Dinosaur, Glamour and Detective).  for your children. For $275, the Themed Play Party Package for the birthday child and up to 14 guests includes:a 45 min interactive themed program of your choice, including a themed craft and interactive games and activities, 45 min of play in the indoor playground, use of online invitation system, and party room set-up & clean-up. Each additional child is $15.  For $425, the Full Service Theme Party Package includes a 1.5 hour interactive theme party, 30 min of play in indoor playground, all food service, including pizza, juice and a themed cupcake cake, themed paper products and party favors/goodie bags, use of online invitation system, and set-up & clean-up. Each additional 5 children are $80. No outside food or drink may be brought with the exception of nut-free cakes.(6570 Dobbin Rd|Columbia MD)
  • Port Discovery Children’s Museum party packages for kids 1-12 range from a walk-in celebration that includes a T-shirt, balloon bouquet and return pass for the birthday kid for $25 (all others pay regular $12.95 admission) to an extravaganza that includes admission, a party room, food, invitations, return passes for all children, balloons, a host and more. Activities such as making your own finger paints (ages 1-4) or discovering the science behind cotton candy (ages 5-12) are part of deluxe party packages. Port Discovery will even take care of the party bags for an additional fee. (35 Market Place|Baltimore MD)
  • Pump it Up! Jump into your own private arenas filled with gigantically fun inflatables. When everybody’s joyfully worn out, the festivities continue in a private party room. From pizza to goodie bags – dedicated staff handles everything from set-up to clean-up. You may only bring cake, cupcakes, prepackaged dry snacks, candy, vegetable trays, and fruit trays to your party. Weekend party times: 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm, 5pm, 6:30pm, and 8pm. (4230 Forbes Blvd|Lanham MD)
  •  The National Building Museum offers exciting birthday parties for kids. Craft Activity parties for kids 3-11 lasts 1.5 for 3-6 and 2 hours for 6-11 and include a building orientation, a hands-on craft activity (each child takes home their project), and a birthday celebration. Building Zone Play parties for kids 2-6 last 1.5 hours and include 1 hour of private play time in the Museum’s Building Zone and a birthday celebration. All parties include use of the Museum’s party space including tables and chairs for the celebration, guest party favors, Museum patch, and pencil), and a Museum t-shirt for the birthday child. A Museum Teacher is present at all parties, to lead the activity at Craft Activity parties, and to read a story and help supervise children at the Building Zone Play parties. Refer to museum party guidelines and FAQ. Party times are Sat at 10:30am or 2pm or on Sun at 2pm. (401 F St.|NW DC)   
  • For kids ages 4-8, party at the National Zoo! For $295, the birthday child and 9 guests will have a 2 hr blast starting with games in the party room, followed by a walking zoo tour, then dessert and Zoo-themed goody bags, including a safari hat. Each additional child is $20. Choose between 3 indoor decorated party rooms: the Rainforest Room, Otter’s Den, or the Bear’s Lair. Snacks are provided (juice, goldfish crackers, and ice cream) as well as tablecloths, napkins, plates and forks. Parents are welcome to bring additional food including birthday cake or cupcakes and to add personalized decorations that can be hung with removable tape (no balloons or piñatas allowed). The birthday child receives a special gift related to the tour you choose, including a plush animal, a Fujifilm photo, and a personalized certificate. You must be a FONZ member to reserve a party. Parties are held Sat or Sun from 10am-12pm. (3001 Connecticut Ave.|NW DC)