Annual Birthday Party Guide
01/07/2013 10:04AM ● Published by Nancy Babin
Do you want to throw the perfect birthday party for your kids or loved ones? Don’t know how to break the conventional mold and do something other than cake, balloons and ice cream? Well in this birthday party issue of “On the Coast Magazine”, you can find unique party ideas for kids of all ages. This issue covers parties for every age and type of child from the pampered princesses to the aspiring scientist. The edition also gives party ideas for moms too!
For girls that love glitter and princesses and fun, why not throw her a party which incorporates all of her loves? Here are four ideas to help get a party rolling for your little princess.
Ever wanted your kid to meet a real live Disney princess without having to travel to Disney World? Well, Enchanted Parties gives you the opportunity to throw your little girl a party that will surely make you mom of the year!Enchanted Parties is a party service where actors dress and act as the Disney Princesses. The actors put on a performance for the girls at the party and each princess has a different talent. Enchanted Parties also comes with a variety of party packages where princesses will paint faces or can even cater the whole event. Call 850-830-3800 for details.
If you love parades or Mardi Gras, then being the star on your own float at HarborWalk Village might be the ticket to help make their birthday extra special this year. Ride aboard one of their 5 themed floats, dress up and throw beads as you meander down the street through Harborwalk Village in your very own celebration parade. Floats are large enough to hold your whole crew! There are many party packages available for all ages. To find out more call 800-676-0091.
Every little girl loves stuffed animals! Give your girls a fun and unique party experience building their very own stuffed animals. At Build-A-Bear, the staff will help your birthday princess and all her friends build fuzzy friends. Build-A-Bear is a great way for kids to engage their creative side and leave feeling happy with their new cuddly pal in lei of a gift bag! Call 850-654-6001 to find out more!
For those girls more interested in bling, So Stinkin’ Cute has great party venue opportunities. You can book an event for your little girls’ party and a professional assistant will help make the party the event of the year! The store offers an inclusive package which includes paints, canvas, supplies, gourmet cupcakes, drinks and a gift for each attendee. You can even plan a party for yourself as they offer adult cork and paint parties too! Call 850-279-3434 for more information.
Departments of Energy
Sometimes parents find themselves overwhelmed trying to find an active enough party venue to entertain their energetic kids. Finding active venues, however, can be easier than you think. There are many locations where kids can let out all that extra energy, and celebrate a fantastic birthday!
When kinetic energy that begins in toddlerhood, and continues for many years to come, just begs to be released try US Gold’s Gym for your next birthday party! The Gold’s Gym offers a wide assortment of different birthday party packages for kids of all ages. Kids can enjoy active party packages! Staff will help organize the event, handle preparations and even clean-up! Three locations On the Coast. Call 850-654-3124 for more information.
Kids can enjoy a fun obstacle course and more set up by the staff of Emerald City Gymnastics for their next birthday! Emerald Coast Gymnastics gives kids fun opportunities to play, explore and even do a little exercise all while enjoying their special birthday! The packages come with desserts, balloons and colorful party decorations! The kids will even have the entire gymnasium to themselves when having the party! Call 850-863-3991 for find out more.
For the older and more daring, Emerald Coast Dirt and Vert offers exciting party choices! Dirt biking can be fun for all, and your kids will get a sure kick out of this venue for their party. If your kid loves adventure, dirt, bikes, boards or blades, Emerald Coast Dirt and Vert is the place to book your event! Call 850-796-2326 for the details.
Kids of all ages can enjoy a fun party at The Track. From putt-putt to bumper cars, your kids can enjoy a fun filled birthday with an array of events. Plan your next birthday party at the Track, and don’t worry about food, events, or time. Kids can play at their birthday and ride on go carts, bumper rides, and mini-golf. Thrill your adventure seeking kid for his next birthday at The Track! Call 850-654-4668 for more information.
Fat Daddy’s Pizza and Arcade is 7000 square feet of fun, fun, fun! There are so many games for everyone to play! There’s something for everyone at Fat Daddy’s. You can choose different packages that will give each child a certain amount to play with, and can include pizza and drinks too, it’s up to you! Many of the arcade games award tickets which can be redeemed for valuable prizes. Call 850-650-7868 to plan your birthday details.
Wet and Wild
Does your son love pirates? Has he always wanted to find a buried treasure? If so, make sure to check out AJ’s Pirate Ship, The Black Beard II, for his next birthday party! You can rent the ship, dress up in pirate gear and sail out on open seas all while being entertained by some friendly pirate and smuggler actors! Call 850-837-1913 to plan your excursion.
For those wanting to be in the water instead of on top of it, Big Kahunas offers a great birthday party package during their season. You can book now to reserve (reservations required) your party space for the future. Birthdays include full day admission to the park, lunch, Honolulu Half Pipe and you can add on options such as a birthday cake to your package. Call 850-837-8319 to find out more!
Dive into fun at Emerald Coast Scuba and have the coolest pool party in town! At the Emerald Coast Scuba center, parents can decide how scuba-filled their child’s birthday party can be. Packages start with a normal pool party and end with a scuba diving party! For kids who can’t get enough of the water, this party package offers a variety of different events that just ought to wet their whistle. This party venue is available March through November. Call 850-837-0955 for more information.
Looking for another wet and wild idea? Try a GUSU Paddleboard party. They offer the perfect birthday package to make your birthday special. GUSU will provide an instructor, life vests, leashes, boards and paddles for the group and off they’ll go! This exciting venue provides the great outdoors and lots of exercise. Call 850-650-7999 for details.
Do your kids love animals? Do they dream of horses or other farm animals? If so, then the Rocky Bayou Stables is the place to host your kid’s next birthday party. Parents can choose from an assortment of party packages from renting a pony, having a hay ride, enjoying a petting zoo or even using the Stables barn for their entire birthday party. Treat your child to an equestrian party filled with fun! Call 850-729-8821 for more information.
For the little girls that love flowers and butterflies, the Butterfly House in Navarre is the perfect place for a party. The Butterfly House has hundreds of beautiful butterflies fluttering around a garden walkway. Take your child here for a fun filled day of gentle butterfly kisses and majestic gardens. www.panhandlebutterflyhouse.org for more information.
If your kids love the water, and can’t get enough of the local sea life, plan on having your next birthday party at the Florida Gulfarium! Kids can touch dolphins, and learn about penguins, stingrays, and sea lions! The Gulfarium offers many different party packages, and even provides lunch for all of the partiers in the Living Sea event room. Come enjoy your next birthday party with the sea animals! Call 850-243-9046 for more information.
Is your kid a music lover? An aspiring artist or actor? If so, the Pensacola Saenger Theatre may be the perfect place to have your child’s next birthday party. Throughout the year, the Pensacola Saenger Theatre hosts many different awe-inspiring performances from orchestras to Broadway plays. For a smaller party, the Saenger Theatre could entertain those who love music and performance. This venue may be more advisable only for older kids. Call 850-595-3882 for list of upcoming events.
The Pensacola Saenger theatre is not the only place to find excellent performances! The Mattie Kelly Arts Center also hosts a plethora of fun and exciting plays and performances. From the Northwest Florida Orchestra to more Broadway shows, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center hosts a variety of talented performances that your Birthday child is sure to enjoy. Call 850-729-6000 for a list of upcoming events.
Boys and girls alike can enjoy a variety of sports. For those kids who just want to get out and shoot some hoops, hit some balls, or slap a few pucks, here are some party venues for you!
Did you know that there’s a minor league baseball team over in Pensacola? The Blue Wahoos start their season in the Spring, and for those kids who love baseball, this is a great place to host a party! The Blue Wahoos host special group packages, so prices are affordable for you to take your kids and their friends to a game. Let kids enjoy a good baseball game for their birthday! For a schedule of upcoming go to: http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t4124.
Along with baseball, the Pensacola area also is home to the Ice Flyers minor league hockey team. If your kid likes a little colder sports arena, a hockey game is just for him! The Ice Flyers also offer special group packages making parties at the hockey games affordable! Watch the Ice Flyers glide to victory for your hockey fan’s birthday! For a list of their upcoming games, go to http://pensacolaiceflyers.com/.
Does your kid love science? Does he or she love the ocean, the airplanes, forts, or even just exploring the unknown? If so, look no further than this section of the birthday guide to book your next party!
At the Emerald Coast Science Center, children can have a fun, hands on experience and discover their love of science. The center offers party packages for kids of all ages. Kids can explore the world of science through fun activities such as making their own bouncy balls, make their own slime, or do a dinosaur dig! Call 850-664-1261 for more information.
If your kid enjoys building things, then look no further than Bricks 4 Kids for his or her next birthday party! Bricks 4 kids offers many different fun things for kids to do during their special day! With giant tubes of LEGOs, kids can build anything they can imagine! This party venue is perfect for children who love to build any and all things with LEGOs. Call 850-729-0096 for more information.
If your son or daughter has an interest in the sea, you should look no further than the Man in the Sea Museum to book your child’s next birthday party. The museum may appeal more to older kids, but includes a wide variety of interesting information about man’s exploration into the depths of the sea! Your kid can see the some of the oldest scuba diving equipment invented!Call 850-235-4101 for more information.
Did your family go to the Blue Angels show and want to see more? Well don’t worry- the Naval Aviation Museum is just around the corner in Pensacola. If your kid loves planes then have his or her next birthday party at the Naval Aviation Museum! The museum is free of charge and also houses a large Imax theatre! Let your kid explore his love of airplanes at the Naval Aviation Museum for his next birthday! Call 850-452-3604 for more information.
Want to throw a fun, relaxing party for your busy friends? Look no further than the Glass Slipper Tea Cottage. Moms will thank you for the quiet get away from the noisy bustle of everyday life. The Glass Slipper Tea Cottage serves quaint tea parties and snacks for those who just want a small party get-away. Surprise mom today with this great party venue. Call 850-362-6670 for more information.
Does your mom or one of your close friends have a sweet tooth? Well if she does, take her to Sugar Mill Sweets for her birthday! This venue isn’t just run of the mill- the Sugar Mill Sweets serves both delicious dinner and dessert. You can order up your scrumptious homemade cake here too! Treat mom to something nice at Sugar Mill Sweets this year! On a side note, this business was started 31 years ago by a single mom and now sons Jason and Will are there to help make your day with your mom special. Call 850-862-9431 for more information.
About the Author: Lauren M. Townsend is currently a Journalism student at Georgia Tech. She loves the Gulf Coast, fishing, and exploring the pristine beaches. Writing is her passion and she wants to bring a love of the Coast to all who read her work!