Fall is birthday season at our house and by this time I’ve researched and planned a couple of birthday parties. For better or worse, birthday parties now are more involved. They’re usually held at a venue, and a little more planning is required. I’m all for it, though, and here’s why: hosting a bunch of amped up kiddos in my home isn’t something that particularly interests me. In that spirit, here are five favorites in the Des Moines suburbs that welcome the mess, noise and chaos that any kid’s birthday can throw.
8705 Chambery Boulevard #400 • Johnston, IA 50131 • (515) 278-5207
Cupcake Addict provides the perfect birthday party for bitty bakers. They offer two party packages including a Cake Decorating Party and a Cupcake Decorating Party. Their party packages include decorating kits with choice of house-baked cakes or cupcakes, toppings and decorations, all decorating tools plus a decorating assistant. Attendees will be able to either take their cake or cupcake home and will also get to enjoy a cupcake at the party. The Cake Decorating Party price is $35 per person with a six-person minimum and the Cupcake Party price is $175.00 for up to 12 participants.
555 S 51st Street • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 225-1193
Birthday parties are held in The Club Room, a large room located on the second floor of the Mills Civic Hy-Vee. Perfect and perfectly customizable for the birthday kiddo, this birthday spot offers several made-to-order themes. From Star Wars, to cupcake decorating, to LEGO, to princess, you name it, I bet they can make it happen. To schedule an event and for pricing information, contact Jessica Cashman at email@example.com.
1300 SE Gateway Drive #103 • Grimes, IA 50111 • (515) 986-2524
Looking for an easy birthday party that is guaranteed to tire the kids out? Head to Sky Zone in Grimes for some fun on the trampolines. Parties include one hour of jump time on the trampolines including the foam pit and dodge ball area. You also get access to their party room for 40 minutes where you can enjoy snacks and cake (which you can bring in). Also, included in the party package is either a paper or electronic invitation and plates, napkins, cups, and utensils. They offer four different party packages, which start at $150.
2202 SE Creekview Drive • Ankeny, IA 50021 • (515) 963-0215
Have a budding Gabby Douglas or Shawn Johnson on your hands? Why not throw a party that lets her show off her tumbling moves at Triad Gymnastics in Ankeny? Let them do the entertaining (and the clean-up!) while the kids run, jump, and bounce to their heart’s content. A qualified birthday party host will supervise gymnastics and trampoline activities. Parties are for kids ages 3-12. Their Standard Party Package is $180 for up to 10 children.
3927 121st Street • Urbandale, IA 50323 • (515) 278-3970
Is there anything cooler than a birthday party with a fire truck at it?! Any URBANDALE kid (must be an Urbandale resident) would love to party with the Urbandale Fire Department. They will have their big red firetruck show up at your home, park or other location in Urbandale, with its lights flashing, real firefighters and a variety of important safety info. for the kiddos. Visit their birthday party website to request a party date.
What’s your favorite suburban party venue in Des Moines? Give it a shout out!