Many parents with young children will experience the years of endless birthday parties for classmates, neighbors, and family members. There are a number of venues that are frequented because of their all-inclusive party packages or highly-engaging activities that parents are hoping will tire their kids out for the ride home. However, Houstonians know how to throw a party. There are tons of unique places across the city to consider booking for your next kid party.
Get ready for a swampy adventure at Crocodile Encounter! Don’t worry, these hungry creatures won’t eat your part guests as a snack but you will have the chance to observe their wildly exciting mealtime with your privately guided tour. You can also see other exotic animals and reptiles such as lemurs, kangaroos, hogs, and tortoises, many of which you can feed and pet. Onsite party packages start at $350, and offsite parties begin at $250.
When Nature Calls
Only 45 miles from downtown Houston is Brazos Bend State Park, loaded with adventures that excite and educate young minds! Start your party with a birding scavenger hunt or nature walk where you’re sure to observe a multitude of creatures that call our state park home. Just lookout for the free-roaming crocodiles! If you visit on a Saturday, explore the wonders of the night sky at the George Observatory. This large dome houses the 36” Gueymard Research Telescope, one of the largest telescopes in the United States open to the public. End your party with a sleepover, camping under the stars.
Lights! Camera! Party!
Take your young party crew to a show in the city. Check out your local high schools or community theaters for the most affordable ticket prices that don’t cut short on entertainment value. Main Street Theater, Pearl Theater and Miller Outdoor Theatre all put on kid-friendly productions throughout the year.
An Interactive, Cultural Experience
Express Children’s Theatre is the way to go if you’d rather the show come to you! The touring theater company has been a Houston favorite since 1991 and offers an interactive cultural experience at children’s parties. Aztec Princess is a one-woman show, sharing two Classic Mexican fables told in English and Spanish by a time-traveling Princess. Children are invited to participate in the bilingual performance, which runs about 45 minutes in length and starts at $295.
A Book Lover’s Party Paradise
Technically, Gulf Coast Cosmos Comics isn’t a party venue; however, consider hosting a small and intimate celebration on the deck while supporting a local business. The Black-owned comic book store located in Third Ward has become a beacon of hope for fiction readers, and fans often overlooked in the fantasy world. Once you’ve finished browsing the unique collection of comics, take your party outside to read, eat and celebrate.
Animal Parties for Party Animals
Take your party to Bayou Wildlife Zoo and bring wildlife to your wild child. Party packages start at $150 and include a 30 to 40 minutes tram ride where you can see and feed many deer, antelopes, buffalos, camels, zebras, and more. Guests are welcome to walk the venue, observe the animals, and enjoy lunch (or birthday cake!) under the covered picnic area.
Low Cost, Loads of Fun!
Kid parties can be expensive but they don’t have to be! With an open mind and a little creativity, you can find party spots in everyday places.
• Take your party to a local park to feed duck (oats, rice, birdseed, and chopped lettuce are all safe options)
• Visit your local fire station for a tour then stop and grab ice cream at a local shop!
• Head to one of Houston’s 27 local breweries, many of which are kid-friendly and have plenty of space for little legs to run and play!
• Take the kids around the city on the Metro Rail. For $1.25 per ticket, you can create your own adventures for a few hours through downtown, midtown, The Museum District and more.
Think outside of the box and look around the city for your next kid party! Houston offers endless fun and opportunities for unique party experiences. Invite your guests, bring the cake, and let one of our local businesses take care of the rest.