Don’t discount your local community center, nature center or park! Should your kid be blessed with a birthday month that begs for some outdoor fun most options are very reasonable price-wise. Most have reservable, covered spaces to gather for gift openings and goodies, and often kids are perfectly entertained with playground equipment. If a little more direction or theme is desired, nature centers offer naturalist-led programs during birthday parties and options for organized indoor/outdoor activities.
Thanks so much to Lynn’s Cake and Candy Supplies for sponsoring the 2019 Birthday Party Guide in the Twin Cities.
Lynn’s Cake and Candy Supply | Fridley
This is our favorite place to get all our birthday cake supplies. They know what they are doing and have helped me through a more than one tragedy. Lynn’s offers the perfect party for any skill level. This is a fun environment where each participant will learn how to fill a cupcake with delicious filling, then learn some fun decorating techniques with a piping bag and tip. Wait until you see their faces when they learn how to pipe out 3 colors at once! The group will then use those new skills to decorate their very own 4 cupcakes with our buttercream frosting. Each attendee will leave with their 4 cupcakes safely stored in a clear plastic container and the excitement to do more at home!
Limited to 8 participants, $20/child (excluding the adult chaperone). $50 deposit required. Parties are 60-75 minutes; please schedule your party at least 3 weeks in advance.
THREE RIVERS PARKS DISTRICT
- Wild Birthday Parties | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Eastman Nature Center at Elm Creek Park Reserve, Lowry Nature Center at Carver Park Reserve & Richardson Nature Center at Hyland Lake Park Reserve | $100
- Farm Birthdays | Gale Woods Farm | Ages 4+
- Golf Parties | Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center | $110
- Creative Play | Hyland Play Area | $80 (Closed for the remainder of 2019 season)
- Outdoor Skills Challenge Parties | $125
- Near-Wilderness Parties | Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement | $125 & up
- Art Parties | Silverwood Park | $100 & up
- FootGolf Parties | Baker National Golf Course, Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center | $110
Birthday Parties at Regional, City and County Parks
- Anoka County Parks | Bunker Hills Regional Park
- Blaine Parks | Lakeside Commons Park
- Dakota County Parks | Lebanon Hills Regional Park
- Edina Parks | Centennial Lakes Park
- Scott County Parks | Cleary Lake Regional Park
- Washington County Parks | Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Wheel Fun Rentals | Various Locations in Minneapolis and Como Park, St. Paul
Ages 8+ | 1-3 hours, May-October | Recommended to book 2 weeks in advance
Like parks, Nature Centers often rent out space for birthday parties. Some of them even offer naturalist-led themed parties.
Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center | Hastings
Naturalist-led activities and an animal presentation | Ages 5+ | $75
Dodge Nature Center | West St Paul
A naturalist leads seasonally-appropriate activities | All ages | $120
Maplewood Nature Center | Maplewood
Indoor and outdoor naturalist-led activities | Ages 4+ | $75 | Reserve 2 weeks prior
Springbrook Nature Center | Fridley
Ages 3-12 | $100 | Reserve one month prior
Tamarack Nature Center | White Bear Lake
Naturalist-led activities and time in Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area | Ages 3+ | $170 & up
Wargo Nature Center | Lino Lakes
Parties include a naturalist-led activity and party room time | $100
Give your local community or recreation center a call to see what they offer in the way of party room space and outdoor amenities. This can be a wonderful way to save money; room rentals can start as low as $30 per hour and there’s no charge to take advantage of playground facilities outside.