June is my birthday month and it got me thinking about birthdays. In some ways, I wish my son's birthday was in the summer since you could bring the party outdoors. His birthday is at the beginning of January and outdoors is just not an option. I spent a lot of time trying to find a place to have his 2nd birthday party. I didn't want it at the house since I just had family over for all the holidays. Having more people in the house and more cleaning just didn't sound like something I wanted to do. So I surfed the internet and racked my brain to come up with some alternatives. We ended up at the Children's Museum of Tacoma. It was great fun!
However, summer birthday friends, I got your back. June birthdays can be hit or miss with the weather. Summer really doesn't seem to hit the Pacific Northwest until July 4th. Yes, that specific. Then in the summer months, it can be uber hot and practically none of us have air conditioning. So, I hear you when you say I don't want it at the house. Or maybe, you'd just like to avoid toddlers destroying every square inch in your house. I get it. This list is also for you.
In fact, this birthday list an everyone and any time of year list of places to have a kid's birthday in and around the Tacoma area. It's indoor and outdoor places. It's places with packages or just places to go. It's for young kids and for older kids. I'm sure there is more out there. I tried to stick mostly to Tacoma although admittedly there are a few outliers (like Gig Harbor and Puyallup). Please comment if you have even more and better ideas!
Playing - Indoors
Children’s Museum of Tacoma (Tacoma) - Two party packages with add-ons starting at $200.
WiggleWorks (Puyallup) - Three party packages starting at $125.
Pump It Up (Tacoma) - Three party packages starting at $189.
Odyssey One (Tacoma) - Three party packages starting at $175.
Bounce E House (Tacoma) - Three party packages starting at $259.
Discovery Village (Gig Harbor) - One party fits all starting at $275.
Chuck E. Cheese's (Tacoma) - Three packages but the pricing is not listed on the website.
Chalet Bowl (Tacoma) - Two packages starting at $16.50 per bowler.
Bricks 4 Kidz (Tacoma) - Three party packages starting at $195.
Tinkertopia (Tacoma) - One party fits all starting at $150.
Ocean 5 (Gig Harbor) - Four party packages starting at $300.
Climb Tacoma (Tacoma) - No packages listed, but it's $15 per climber.
Edgeworks Climbing (Tacoma) - One package fits all starting at $300.
Playing - Outdoors
Tower Lanes (Tacoma) - Bowling or Mini-Golf starts at $12 per child. There is a party room available as well.
Parkland Putters (Tacoma) - Three packages plus add-ons starting at $25 per person.
Mike N Terry's Outdoor Fun Park (Puyallup) - There is Mini-Golf, Go-Karts, and Batting Cages. It doesn't list parties, but I'm sure you can have one there.
Toys & Animals
Build a Bear (Tacoma) - Six packages starting at $18 per guest
Point Defiance Zoo (Tacoma) - Two packages starting at $300 for members or $325 for non-members
Debbie Dolittle's Indoor Petting Zoo (Tacoma) - You can have your party at the Party Barn for $150 or at your home/venue of choice for $200.
Outdoor & Nature
7 Seas Brewery (Tacoma & Gig Harbor) - No pricing listed on the website, but I've heard it's about $50 for two hours.
Round Table (Tacoma, Multiple Locations) - No pricing listed, but a great casual place. Pac Man and whatnot for fun.
Rhein Haus (Tacoma) - Several options within the resturant for the party. There is no rental, but there are food/beverage minimums. There is bocce ball, TVs, and a fireplace.
Black Bear Frozen Yogurt (Tacoma) - They don’t allow in-store exclusive reservations during business hours, but you can have it at the store. Or, they can bring it to you.
Arts & Crafts
Throwing Mud Gallery (Tacoma) - No pricing listed on the website, call to find out more.
Open Art Studio (Tacoma) - Note that your kids need to be age 6 or up. Price for a party starting at $275.
Art Studio 27 (University Place) - Note that your kids need to be age 6 or up. Price for a party starting at $250
Art and Clay Studio (Lakewood) - Three packages starting at $177
Java Clay Cafe (Gig Harbor) - There is $30 room fee and then $100 pottery minimum
Red Tricycle has more ideas outside of Tacoma like in Olympia & Renton.
Spaces, Museums, & More
The Pod Works (University Place) - A cute co-working space that will also rent out for events. There is a toy room in back and a nice open area up front.
YMCA (University Place, Multiple Locations) - The website does not have much information, but I've heard there are some community rooms you can rent. Here's information on the University Place YMCA community room.
LeMay Museum (Tacoma) - No pricing listed on the website, but they have a party package.
Blue Mouse Theater (Tacoma) - One package fits all starting at $175. You bring the movie!
Parks (Tacoma)- Metro Parks Tacoma is a great place to start. Here's a narrowed down list that includes parks with restrooms, ability to have picnics reserved or drop-in, and has a playground. Some of my favorite parks: Titlow Park, Wright Park, Puget Park, Kandle Park, Sunset Park, Fircrest Tot Lot, and Point Defiance.
Jefferson Field House (Tacoma) - Three party packages starting at $260.
Center at Norpoint (Tacoma) - A themed party package starting at $250.
People’s Center (Tacoma): Room rental starting at $35/hour or a party package starting at $150.
Portland Avenue Community Center (Tacoma) - Room rental starting at $30 or a party package starting at $200.
Titlow Lodge - Rent the lodge starting at $215/hour.