The Ultimate Atlanta Birthday Location Guide for Kids and Teens

Planning your child's upcoming birthday party? We've got the ultimate list of the best venues in Atlanta.
  • Little girls love having a spa day or slumber party for their birthday. (Joleen Pete Photography)
    Little girls love having a spa day or slumber party for their birthday. (Joleen Pete Photography)
  • There are two birthday party packages to choose from at The Children's Museum of Atlanta. (Joleen Pete Photography)
    There are two birthday party packages to choose from at The Children's Museum of Atlanta. (Joleen Pete Photography)
  • Host a camping party at Piedmont Park or hiking adventure birthday party at Chattahoochee Nature Center. (Joleen Pete Photography)
    Host a camping party at Piedmont Park or hiking adventure birthday party at Chattahoochee Nature Center. (Joleen Pete Photography)

This blog post was updated in Aug., 2017.

Whether you live in Atlanta or are planning to visit for the special occasion, we want to help you find the best venue for your child's next birthday party. We've compiled this list and shared some of our ideas to help you plan the perfect celebration for your child or teen.

Little Kids

  • Party at the Park
    A birthday party at Piedmont Park could be as simple or elaborate as you want to make it. Some ideas might include a brown bag picnic party, a sidewalk chalk party, a party at the splash pad or a field day of fun lawn games.

  • Small Celebrations at Georgia Aquarium
    An all-inclusive birthday party at Georgia Aquarium includes a theme-decorated party area for 90 minutes with a personal coordinator, a sheet cake, ice cream and beverages for all guests, one $10 gift card for the birthday child and more, plus admission to the aquarium. The cost is $45 per person plus tax and there is a 15 person minimum. Annual pass members are eligible for a special rate.

  • The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
    Parties at The Children's Museum of Atlanta start at $299 for non-members and $249 for members and include 20 guests (adults and children). The basic party package includes 1 hour and 45 minutes of museum exploration, a host to assist with food setup and cleanup, and reserved lunch table. The ultimate party package, which costs $499 for non-members and $399 for members, includes the aforementioned as well as a private party room for 1 hour, a facilitated room activity, and one free museum admission pass for each attending child for a future visit.

  • Dinosaur party at Fernbank
    Rawrrrrrrr! Party with the world's largest dinosaurs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Children's birthday parties at the museum include admission for 10 children and 10 adults, two hours in the private party room, use of the birthday dinosaur throne, a T-shirt for the birthday child and goodie bags. The cost is $375 for members and $485 for non-members. Lunch is not included in the birthday package, but is available for purchase from The Fernbank Café. When purchased as part of a birthday party package, IMAX tickets are $8.

  • Tea Party at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tearoom
    The Two Hour Tea Party at Olivia's Dollhouse Tearoom offers the ultimate tea party experience and is geared toward groups of 9 (including the birthday girl). Each party includes time in the beauty parlor for dress-up, hair, nails and makeup, a fashion show and picture, and a treasure chest gift for each guest. The birthday girl will get her own special doll to take home. Food for adults is not included in the package, but adults may enjoy a complimentary pitcher of iced tea or lemonade, plus veggies and dip. Two Hour Tea Parties start at $375. 

  • Train Birthday party at Southeastern Railway Museum
    Chugga chugga choo choo! Does your child love trains? Consider renting out the gazebo or a retired train car at Southeastern Railway Museum for his/her next birthday party. Parties start at $185 and include admission for 10+ guests.

  • Art and Animal Party at Farmhouse in the City
    Farmhouse in the City is a creative venue in Roswell, Ga., that mixes art and animals for a unique experience. Art and Animal Parties are recommended for ages 2 through 6. Each party includes exclusive use of the farmhouse for 90 minutes, play and dress up time in the boys' and girls' playrooms, face painting and two creative projects. A themed table, including table decor, paper products are provided, and a party coordinator  will lead all activities, serve cake and clean up. The cost is $325 for up to 10 children and $15 for each additional child.

  • Leapin’ Lizards
    Leapin' Lizards is Atlanta's largest indoor inflatable playground and is geared toward children ages 10 and younger. Birthday parties start at $199, which includes admission for up to 10 kids, 75 minutes of play, 45 minutes of party in a private party room, one juice box per child and digital invitations.

  • Princess and Superhero Birthdays at Little House of Art
    The Little House of Art offers signature-themed birthday parties for ages 1 through 5 for 12 guests. The cost is $285 and includes open studio space, easel painting, chalkboard drawing and one specific craft theme of your choice. It includes play time in Arty's bouncing playhouse, Arty's play area and Arty's sensory area. This package includes a cake and buffet table, use of music system and a helper.

  • BabyLand General Hospital
    For a special day trip, why not consider visiting BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland, Ga., to witness the birth of a Cabbage Patch Kid and let your little one adopt a Cabbage Patch Kid?. Here are 5 Reasons to Visit BabyLand General Hospital. Regular admission is free and BabyLand offers a great budget-friendly birthday party package for just $100 for up to 20 guests. Parties include a visit with the Cabbage Patch Kids, special birthday announcement, a private party room for 90 minutes, party favors (for ages 3 and up), party setup and cleanup, and a Cabbage Patch Kids T-shirt for the birthday child.

Big Kids

  • “Grown-up” Tea Party
    For a fancy tea party with a few close friends consider getting dressed up and heading to the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead Cafe, The Gilbert House or Swan Coach House Restaurant.

  • Decorating or Baking Party at Cupcakelicious
    For a sweet experience, host your child's upcoming birthday party in the Castle Room at Cupcakelicious, a stylized children's wonderland with castle walls, windows and whimsical decorations. Choose between a decorating party and baking party. Each guest will wear his or her own professional apron and enjoy a tour of the kitchen, equipment and ingredient review. The specifics of each party differ, but every child will have an opportunity to decorate three cupcakes - one to eat at the party and two to take home. Parties start at $250.

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center
    Calling all LEGO-lovers! Host the ultimate building party at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta for $560 (up to 40 guests). The birthday party package will get you free entry, a $15 gift card for the birthday child, and an exclusive party room with host for 60 minutes including pizza, cupcake and drinks. Party guests will attend a private model builder workshop and will get to keep their model as a souvenir.

  • Sleepover at Georgia Aquarium
    If you have a child who is fascinated with all things under the sea and you're looking for a unique birthday experience, consider Sleepovers at Georgia Aquarium. This is an adaptable program for ages 7 to adult and focuses on the aquatic animals and their habitats. Wake up and explore the aquarium with a private tour guide. Sleepovers take place between 6:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. and include general admission. Cost is $100.95 for non-members and $91.95 for members; minimum of 10 children required.

  • Zoo Atlanta
    Hey party animals, did you know you can host a birthday party at the zoo? Zoo Atlanta offers two party packages, both of which include rental of The Publix Birthday Pavilion for 90 minutes, 16 general admission tickets (for children or adults) and catering for the same amount. Have a pizza party or enjoy a reservation of Splash Fountain (available seasonally). Packages start at $475 for non-members and $425 for members. Additional entertainment options include an animal encounter for $175, face painter for $230, caricaturist for $370, face painting clown for $380, kid's craft area for $370, or henna artist for $340.

  • Center for Puppetry Arts
    Birthday parties at the Center for Puppetry Arts are an exclusive privilege for members at the family level and above and start at $248.29. Parties include 10 tickets to a live puppet show, priority seating in the theater with a special birthday announcement prior to the show and a party room for one hour. Additional performance tickets can be purchased for $8.75 each. Consider adding on Create-A-Puppet Workshop to-go kits as party favors for $4.25 each.

  • Medieval Times
    For knights and jousting fun, take a trip back in time to medieval Spain through a dinner theater experience at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Experience action-packed sword fights in an authentic atmosphere all while enjoying a four-course feast. The birthday package is just an additional $7 per person for groups of 10 or more and includes a birthday announcement during the show, a group photo, a slice of cake, frozen slushie in a souvenir castle cup and a cheering banner.

  • Razz Dazz Girls
    Located in a turn-of-the-century cottage in Grant Park, Razz Dazz Girls is an all-girls salon and party center for girls ages 4 through 15. The upscale children's salon focuses on healthy hair and uses quality organic products. There are seven pre-packaged party options including an outdoor garden or tea party, fashion photo shoot party, karaoke party and luxurious spa party, starting at $299. All party packages include at least two hours in one of the private party rooms and party host for up to 8 girls. For a budget-friendly option, four girlfriends or fewer can participate in a mini dazzle day.

  • Chattahoochee Nature Center
    Does your child love exploring the outdoors? Chattahoochee Nature Center offers four birthday party plans for your favorite explorer ages 4 through 12. Parties include an engaging hike in the woods and live animal encounters. Party specifics vary depending on the age group, but each package includes a cookie cake from Ali's Cookies with your child's name on it and goodie bag for each guest. Birthday party plans start at $240. CNC members at family level and higher will receive a $15 discount.

  • American Girl
    American Girl has been an iconic pastime for little girls of the last three decades. If your daughter loves her Mini Me and you're looking for a birthday to make all her dreams come true, you're in luck. Located a short drive outside Atlanta is one of the nation's few American Girl Boutique and Bistro locations. Share a special brunch, lunch or afternoon tea and craft, schedule an appointment with a personal shopper and visit the doll hair salon. American Girl offers a Bistro birthday celebration for girls ages 3 and up, which includes a meal, cake and ice cream, and party favor bag. The cost is $31 per girl and $21 per adult. The deluxe birthday celebration, geared toward girls ages 8 and up, includes the above plus fun table activity, pretty craft, doll tiaras for each guest, and a special gift for the birthday girl -- all in a private dining room. These parties are 90 minutes long and cost $47 per girl and $37 per adult. Other party options are available.   

  • The Art Barn
    The Art Barn offers creative two-hour birthday parties at the farm year-round. The cost is $425 for up to 15 children and includes an opportunity to meet, pet, hold and brush friendly farm animals, create a cool art project, time for refreshments and a private hayride. Tables are already set up with linens and centerpieces, and each guest will take home a coloring sheet and their finished artwork. Hand-led pony rides are available for an additional $100.

  • Cooking Party at Young Chefs Academy
    Does your child love being in the kitchen? He or she will love being the chef of the day at Young Chefs Academy. There are several all-inclusive birthday party themes with a cost at $300 for 12 participants. Each includes interactive, hands-on cooking and delicious fun. Guests will be introduced to the essentials of cooking and have an opportunity to make something from scratch. Parties are geared toward children ages 4 and up and last 90 minutes.

Teens

  • Dinner with a View
    For dinner with a view why not "enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Atlanta's skyline" at Sky Lounge or visit any one of these restaurants with views.   

  • Hotel Slumber Party
    For the ultimate birthday of luxury, consider an upscale slumber party at St. Regis Atlanta or the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. Here are more luxury hotels in Atlanta.

  • Old Fourth Ward Skate Park
    Skaters of all levels can pop ollies and tailslide at Old Fourth Ward Skate Park, where Tony Hawk’s foundation contributed $25,000 toward construction. Sections of the park are marked as beginner, intermediate and advanced, and there are safety guidelines online. This is a great "free" birthday party with the option to offer lunch and refreshments to your guests at Historic Fourth Ward Park, where the skate park is located.

  • Movies at Atlantic Station
    Calling all movie lovers! Let your teen host his or her next movie night with friends at Regal Atlantic Station 18 IMAX & RPX. The theater is located in Atlantic Station near the hottest restaurants. You can receive a discount for groups of 25 or more. Discounts are 50 cents off during matinee hours; during evening hours it's $1 off for adults and 50 cents off for children younger than 11. For an extra special Sweet 16 why not rent out an entire theater for a private screening. 

  • Bowling Party
    You can never go wrong with a birthday party at the bowling alley. They're fun for all ages. Here are some of our favorite places to go bowling in Atlanta.

  • Hard Rock Cafe
    For the music lovers, head downtown for dinner at the casual classic Hard Rock Cafe.

  • Six Flags
    Thrill-seekers love Six Flags Over Georgia, and we've got some great insider tips for your visit. Also, you'll notice two exciting new developments in spring 2016 in our list of brand new things to do in Atlanta in 2016. This is the perfect year to grab your friends and head to the Southeast's largest amusement park for your child's next birthday.

  • Andretti Indoor Karting and Games
    For the ultimate in fun and games, teens will love the adrenaline rush of the Super Karts at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games, which go as fast as 35 mph. Also available on site: sky trail ropes course, cosmic rock wall, laser tag and a zip Line that propels riders over the Roswell track. Birthday parties range from $19.95 to $46.95 per person, with a 10 person minimum. Add-ons, or "turbo boosters," are available.

  • Fox Theatre
    Built in 1929, Fox Theatre is a beloved Atlanta institution. This is a great location to attend a show or catch a flick for a special birthday outing. The Fox also offers event space and accommodations for bar and bat mitzvahs, quinceañeras and sweet 16s. Welcome guests and give a special birthday shout out on the iconic marquee for $150. Private event pricing and recommended vendor information can be found on the website. 

  • Stone Mountain Park
    Does your teen love the outdoors? Head to Stone Mountain Park for gorgeous views and adventure. Hike or ride up the mountain on summit skyride and picnic near grist mill. For large parties, you can rent the Grist Mill Pavilion, which includes interior lights, electrical outlets and a water fountain with faucet. This facility is only available for rental with Stone Mountain Park Catering. After the day's festivities, be sure to catch the Lasershow Spectacular.

  • Enjoy the Arts
    See a play, take in a new exhibit or hear the orchestra play. Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, High Museum of Art and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

  • Centennial Olympic Park + SkyView Atlanta
    Centennial Olympic Park was built in 1996 to celebrate the Olympics in Atlanta and to revitalize an area of town that had been forgotten until then. The park is anchored by Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CCN Center, Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum and College Football Hall of Fame. Any of these attractions would make for a great birthday outing, including the park itself. Within walking distance are great food options you can take to-go, and your guests will love seeing Atlanta from atop SkyView Atlanta, a 20-stories tall tall Ferris wheel. Coming later this year are three new rides: The SkyTwist, SkyDrop and SkyShot.

Joleen Pete is a Southern California transplant, living and loving it in the ‘burbs outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and their toddler son. On the weekends, they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography, and lifestyle/family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

 

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