We recently wrote an article on birthday parties for girlie girls. This time around we’re concentrating on the lads. Luckily for Des Moines parents, there are lots of great ways to celebrate your birthday boy. Whether your little dude likes to play sports, be outdoors or is a gamer, we’ve rounded up some of the best birthday party ideas for boys (and girls;) in Des Moines.
Beaverdale School • 2706 Beaver Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50310 • (515) 255-0095
Waukee School • 215 N. Warrior Lane • Waukee, IA 50263 • (515) 978-3000
If your little guy (or gal) has a penchant for Kung Fu Panda (or Chuck Norris for that matter) roundhouse your way over to one of Farrell’s Martial Arts two locations. This kid-friendly dojo offers up parties complete with instruction, martial arts games and best of all, board breaking for the birthday boy! Ninja parties start at $249 for up to 12 guests plus parents. Note: the birthday boy/girl does not need to be a current Farrell’s student.
655 NE 56th Street • Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 • (515) 263-1700
Bowling and laser tag under one roof? Done. Great Escape offers birthday party packages for kids, teens and adults. Basic party packages start at $169.99 for 10 kids and includes one hour of bowling, shoe rental, $3 Play Pass, a souvenir bowling pin, two large pizzas and two pitchers of pop. They have several other party packages and add-ons to choose from or they can also design a custom party package just for you.
Turn your backyard into a barnyard! Put the words “petting zoo” on a birthday party invitation and you’ll be the cool mom on the block. Hovick Family Farm Petting Zoo is a fully licensed and insured traveling petting zoo out of Roland, IA. They feature a variety of farm animals from llamas, donkeys, and goats to a miniature cow, potbellied pig, four-horned sheep and more. Call them to schedule and to get a quote.
Wells Fargo Arena • 730 3rd Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 633-2255
Your little guy will surely get excited about a party centering around one of his favorite sports…football. The Iowa Barnstormers have kicked off their 2017 season and offer birthday party packages that include a visit from their mascot, game tickets, soda and popcorn and a special birthday shout out on the video screen. Score! Birthday party packages start at $140 and include 10 tickets to the game.
209 SE Main Street • Grimes, IA 50111 • (515) 986-3317
Got a kid who loves video games? Then take him to a real arcade to play Donkey Kong or Ms. Pac-Man the old-school way for his b-day. The best thing about having a birthday party at Old School Pinball and Arcade is that the party is as much for the adults as it is the kids! A kids party package is $15 per kiddo and includes an Unlimited Play wristband and your choice of milkshakes or pizza for the group. You can also reserve tables for 12 in two hour increments and bring your own cake or cupcakes.
For even more birthday party ideas visit our Birthday & Party Guide 4 Kids in Des Moines.
Have any other suggestions for birthday party venues for boys in Des Moines? Please share in the comments!