Kids' birthday party guide, 2013
Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Jan. 7, 2013 at 3:01 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.
Having your child's birthday party at home has its advantages. It's usually less expensive and provides an intimate environment. However, most kids eventually want to have their birthday party at a locale other than their own backyard. That's where this guide comes in handy.
Whether your kid is more bouncy or craft-oriented, there's a Brew City birthday party that can accommodate his / her wishes. The beauty of the away-from-home birthday party is that you don't have to clean up after the festivities.
Here's a list of Milwaukee businesses that offer birthday parties, and feel free to add your own via the Talkback feature.
At A Hair For Kids Salon
14023 W. Greenfield Ave., New Berlin, (262) 938-5999
Parties include a dress-up trunk full of prom dresses and evening gowns, hair styles with fairy glitter dust, nail polishing, make-up, karaoke and a fashion show. The salon offers make-your-own glitter body lotions and glitter lip gloss, too. Call or check the Web site for prices.
2500 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 453-2327
Prices vary greatly at a Build-A-Bear party, but a "pawsonal" party planner helps keep it within your budget. Each guest gets to "build" a bear in a pretend bear factory and can add outfits and accessories for an additional price.
Chuck E. Cheese's
2701 S. Chase Ave., (414) 483-8655
there are a variety of party packages at The Chuck, but in general, guest receives tokens for games, live entertainment, pizza and soda.
S105W15585 Loomis Dr., Muskego, (414) 425-2937
This family farm features lots of party options, including petting zoo parties, craft parties, theme parties ("Little House on The Prairie," cowboy / cowgirl, etc.) and more. Hay rides, pumpkin picking (seasonal), bonfires, pinatas and farming demonstrations can be included in the event.
Hoffer's Tropic Life Pets
7323 N. 76th St., (414) 760-2257
Kids get to observe fish and reptile areas, and will meet a bunny, chinchilla, rat, millipede, beaded dragon and / or snake. Parents may bring in food, beverage and party favors, and can set up in a large party room.
Hula Hoop Party from Hoop Vive
Milwaukee hula hoop queen Anna Stone will comes to your home / yard and provide two hula hoop performances and a hula hoop making workshop. Each child gets a hoop to keep. Recommended for kids at least 7 years old. Stone brings all of her own supplies and can provide a sound system if needed.
Kid-do's Glamour Partyz
N81W15042 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls, (262) 251-8060
Glam up your next party with a special makeover, hairstyle and nail polish application at one of the few hair salons just for kids in the Milwaukee area. The party is approximately two hours long and includes fun music to dance to and a "modeling show."
Koz's Mini Bowl
2087 S. 7th St., (414) 383-0560
Weekend bowling parties are available in this one-of-a-kind duckpin bowling alley with human pinsetters. Soda and chips available for purchase. Call well in advance. Remember to tip your pinsetter!
Lucky Bob's Raceway
5822 W. Forest Home Ave., Greenfield, (414) 327-4003
At Lucky Bob's, a slot car racing party includes practice race time, a 30-minute race and a T-shirt for the birthday child. Pizza, treats and sodas available for purchase.
Milwaukee County Zoo
10001 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 771-3040
Prices and packages vary, but the zoo offers a fun, educational environment for birthday parties of all sizes. Call for more information.
2040 W. Bluemound Rd., Waukesha, (262) 549-3866
Monkey Joe's indoor inflatable playground offers party rates that range depending on the number of guests and whether the party is held on a weekday or weekend. Parties include use of a party room, and you can bring in your own cake. Food and drink must be purchased from Monkey Joe's vending area.
Murray Hill Pottery
2458 N. Murray Ave., (414) 332-8828
Murray Hill offers small-scale kids' parties where each guest makes and paints a clay bowl. Bring in your own food and drink. Call Murray Hill for more information.
Organ Piper Music Palace
4353 S. 108th St., (414) 529-1177
Call ahead to make a reservation for your child's party. Organ Piper doesn't offer party packages, but can accommodate large groups and offers pizza, a game room and free organ entertainment.
Pettit National Ice Center
500 S. 84th St., (414) 266-0100
Ice skating parties are available in three packages, and all include skate rental, admission and food and drink. Multiple party packages are available, depending on food and drink choices. Call at least one week in advance.
Pump It Up
195 N. Janacek Rd., Brookfield, (262) 780-1010
Pump It Up features an array of indoor bouncy structures. Party package prices range depending on if it's on a weekday or weekend and the number of children. Call for exact prices. Drinks and use of party room are included.
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Bayside, (414) 352-2880
Have your birthday at the center, or have the center come to you. Naturalist-led nature parties starring three or four of Schlitz Audubon's reptile and amphibian friends include a two-hour nature program for up to 15 kids.
StoneFire Pizza Company
5320 S. Moorland Rd., (262) 970-8800
StoneFire offers a variety of party packages. The restaurant and game center features bowling, bumper cars, indoor rock climbing, video games, play space and more.
Urban Ecology Center
1500 E. Park Pl. (Riverside Park), (414) 964-8505
1859 N. 40th St. (Washington Park), (414) 344-5460 urbanecologycenter.org
The Urban Ecology Center offers a variety of "b'earthday" parties. Themes include rock climbing, birds, maps, edible plants, water adventure and more. Staff-led, themed birthday parties with guided activities are available, or parents can rent a room and facilitate their own party.
Wee Imagine has been hosting Children's dress-up Princess Parties since 1993 ! We have a fabulous location in Oak Creek in the Storybook looking Village Marketplace Shopping Village built to resemble 1800's Village. Wee Imagine has hundreds of beautiful costumes, a dinning room with child sized chairs and tables and the BEST mini Disco for dancing! Check out the web-page http://www.weeimagine.com for information and prices. Imagine the Most Wonderful Parties.
We have used the we have used the services of Half Twisted - Half Knot in 2012 The balloon guys is very entertaining and I have never seen such elaborate and huge balloon creations. We are definitely calling him again this year. Also, last year we used the magic services of a Waukesha magician Jeff Campbell (He owns the Joke Shop in Waukesha). He is very entertaining and the kids loved him. We have not tried Great Scott, but we may check him out.
Great Scott | Jan. 14, 2013 at 9:21 a.m. (report)
Magician Great Scott here. Someone let me know about these postings. Thank you all for your words of praise. I do absolutely love performing at birthday parties (among other types of events). It is wonderful to hear back from parents such as yourselves who appreciated my work and the fun I bring to their children's parties. Kids are so naturally joyful -- it's a labor of love to entertain them and their families all across Wisconsin.
And we had Magician Scott last year--he was a HOOT--the kids loved it!
Don't forget Uihlein--we had a great soccer-themed party there--lots of room for the kids to run and play--private party room, too. http://www.mksc.org/page/show/313017-birthday-parties
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