5 Birthday Party Themes That Work for Both Boys and Girls in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

5 Birthday Party Themes That Work for Both Boys and Girls in Des Moines

Are you stumped for a theme for your child’s next birthday party?  No worries; we’ve got a few birthday party ideas that will please both your ladies and your gents.  From a vintage carousel party to food truck fun, here are five birthday party themes that work for both boys and girls in Des Moines.  

Vintage Carousel Party

The Heritage Carousel of Des Moines • 1801 Pennsylvania Avenue •  Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 323-8200

You can put just the right “spin” on your kiddos next birthday with a carousel themed celebration. The bright colors, fun animals and joy of riding are a magical combination for kids. The Heritage Carousel of Des Moines, which is located in Union Park makes for a great birthday party venue.  Bring your own cake, let the kids play in the park and ride to their hearts content.  The Carousel offers both Public and Private rental options.

Public Rentals include access to two tables outside of the Carousel pavilion.  Public Rental options include: $35 an hour ($20 each additional hour) for 1 – 12 riders; $45 an hour ($25 each additional hour) for 13 – 20 riders or Unlimited Rides and Riders $60 and hour.

Private Rentals include the use of the picnic table within the Carousel Pavilion during your rental time.  Picnic tables outside of the Carousel may be requested also for longer periods of time.  Private Rentals are offered before or after the Carousel is open to the public with unlimited rides and riders.  Private Rental options are: $75 an hour during the season or $100 an hour ($75 each additional hour) on Mondays or during the off season.

Donut You Know It’s a Birthday Party

Mahalo Donuts •  4800 Mills Civic Parkway #105 •  West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 218-8018

Perfect for any age this party is one you DO-NUT want to miss!!! With treats from the local donut shop and a group of excited kiddos, this Donut Decorating Party will be a cinch to organize. Mahalo Donuts will provide undecorated donuts, frosting and toppings and then party guests get to decorate them.   They can come up with their own creations or reproduce one of Mahalo’s popular favorites.

The Luau Party Package costs $149, which includes: mini donuts to decorate (and eat); a mini donut cake with candles; invitations and juice boxes for up to 10 kids.  The party will last one and a half hours.

Let’s Go Camping Birthday Party

Des Moines West KOA •  34308 L Avenue, Adel, IA 50003 •  (515) 834-2729

Make the birthday kid a happy camper! Depending on the age of your birthday boy or girl there are a few options for camping themed party venues.  If you have younger kids, you may want to stick close to home, literally pitching a tent in your backyard.  If you have grade schoolers and older, you may want to venture further off the beaten path to a campground like the Des Moines West KOA in Adel.

Depending on if you like to rough it or you’re more of a glamper, they have several different types of camping options.  They offer cabin rentals, RV sites and tent camping sites.  The campground also has several amenities to keep everyone entertained.

Rates will vary depending on the type of accommodations you choose, the number of people in your party and by the length of your stay.  Visit their website to get a quote and book your stay.

Presto! A Magical Birthday Party

Michael Oz Magic • (515) 554-1697

All kids looooove magic. If you want to bring a little wonder to your child’s next party, hiring a magician may just do the trick.  Mike Oz of Michael Oz Magic performs for the smallest crowds to the biggest stages and he doesn’t do your grandfathers old tricks, he is bringing a new light and redefining magic.  This young and enthusiastic magician strives to make every show unique and fit into your event perfectly.

From doing magic right under your nose, to producing live birds, to full scale illusions, Mike is truly one of a kind. Entertaining both young and old and incorporating the whole crowd in every show for a guaranteed good time.

Price: Dependent on event, ages and location.

Food Truck Fun

Food Trucks are trending everywhere and kids’ birthday parties are no exception. It’s a parent’s dream, really. Not having to buy, prepare, cook and clean does sound pretty great, doesn’t it?  Instead of hiring a caterer to do all the cooking for a birthday party, let a food truck do the work. Here’s a few trucks in the Des Moines area that cater:

515 Pi

(515) 975-2206

Serves up an ever changing and evolving menu of hot from the oven pizzas. Contact them to cater your next party or event.

Rita’s Italian Ice

(515) 987-4444

Here’s the scoop…. choose your favorite flavors and Rita’s will take care of the rest.  They’ll make your next event the coolest and tastiest with their Italian Ice Cart.

Roadside Tacos

(515) 943-8385

Offers tantalizingly tacos, burritos, nachos and quesadillas.  They cater birthday parties, school events, graduations, weddings, and more.



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