Our Annual Birthday Party Guide
08/30/2013 01:51PM ● Published by Nancy Babin
Our area provides so many options for fun, it can get quite overwhelming trying to plan a party! On the Coast makes it our mission to simplify the process. We have created our annual Birthday Party Issue as a starting point to create the perfect birthday whether it is for a princess, a pirate, or a pet lover! Take advantage of everything the Emerald Coast has to offer and get outside the box with a creative party for your child, or take some time to pamper yourself on a special day with our adult party options. The opportunities are endless; get planning!
An ARTrageously good time can be had at Abrakadoodle for your next birthday! With themes like Mini Matisse, Party Pirates and Crazy Cakes there is something for all creative types at this venue, even adults! Abrakadoodle will also bring the party to you at any location. Call 850-424-5058 for more information.
All-A-Board Surf School
Hang ten and learn how to surf the waves of the coast with All-A-Board Surf School lessons! A quick run-through of surf safety precedes the real fun, where the party guests will emerge with the motion of the ocean under their feet! Three hours of instruction and one hour of surf is provided, as well as surfboards and all other gear. 850-699-2455 has all the info for the beach bros and bikini babes.
AJ’s SeaQuest- Snorkel and Dolphin Cruises
If you’re looking for an undersea adventure, look no further than AJ’s SeaQuest snorkel and dolphin cruises out of Destin Harbor. It boasts guaranteed dolphin sightings as your special birthday child and their guests snorkel, sunbathe, and sightsee in the beautiful emerald waters! Three-hour or all-day trips are available and kids can even captain the boat. Call 850- 837-2222 for trip reservations.
AMC Destin Commons 14
Lights, Camera, Action! If you’re planning your little star’s party, turn to AMC to make it shine! AMC Destin Commons 14 has it all! Their large theaters and fully-stocked snack bar are a great addition to the blockbuster movies they offer. 850-650-4539 has showtimes and booking information.
ATA Martial Arts
The Karate Kid in all of us can chop his or her way out at a party with ATA Martial Arts! An hour and a half gives all your guests (as many as you want) a party full of kicks, punches and an intro to their karate classes! They offer parties at both locations in Ft. Walton and Destin for your convenience. Call 850-269-2821 or 850-581-2821 for options.
Baytowne Ice Skating (for winter birthdays)
If your child wants to skate in a winter wonderland for his or her big day, Baytowne Wharf Ice Skating rink will put everyone in the seasonal spirit! Open from November to January, several packages are available that include the zip line and arcade as well. Call 816-682-1003.
Beach Elite Cheerleading
Birthdays are better at Beach Elite Cheerleading in Fort Walton Beach! Three birthday party packages are available, all including tumbling time and great treats! Starting at just $100 for 12 kids, this party is sure to keep your partygoers active, energized and excited! Call 850-387-3031. For all the details.
Beachsandsculptures.com- Sandcastle Building Lessons
One of the best-kept secrets of the coast is a Beach Sand Sculpture’s sandcastle-building lessons given from Destin to Rosemary Beach! Kids can learn how to build creative sand castles and sculptures that will impress anyone the next time they hit the beach with a bucket. Contact Rick at 303-681-2631.
Big Kahuna’s (for spring and summer parties)
Splash into a world of watery fun with a party at Big Kahuna’s! From May to September, birthday reservations include access to all the exciting rides and a pizza lunch. Spots are limited and fill up fast, so book today by calling 850- 837-8319.
Looking for a virtual adventure complete with over 60 games, a laser maze, and a shooting gallery? BLAST! Arcade in Baytowne Wharf has party packages available that allow you to bring your own food, drinks, and cake into the party rooms at no cost! Locals also qualify for a VIP program with extra discounts available. Call 850-654-3333 to book your party today.
Buccaneer Pirate Cruise
For a swashbuckling good time, your child can raise the Jolly Roger and steer the Buccaneer ship all while the booty is provided for their friends! For those kids who want to be the next Jack Sparrow, the pirate cruise will have them sailing in no time. A complimentary group photo and pirate flag is included in the loot. 850-269-0896 has all the information to plan their adventure on the high seas.
Carmike Cinemas Boulevard 10
This isn’t your average movie theatre. With a special “Big D 3D Experience” theatre, attached restaurant, and luxurious atmosphere, Carmike Cinemas located in Grand Boulevard in Santa Rosa Beach has everything to wow your party guests! They even have a special Ovation Dining Theater equipped with refreshments for the moms and dads in attendance. 850-460-3288 has more information.
Pamper your princess at Darling Divas nail salon! Spa party packages let your little miss be waited on hand and foot complete with a tiara and create their own lip-gloss, lotion or soup. Lovely ladies leave refreshed and relaxed! 850-581-0304 gives more information.
Emerald City Gymnastics
Does your child fancy being a king or queen while spinning and twisting around the bouncy floor or onto the obstacle course? Plan it with Emerald City Gymnastics, and your child can be birthday royalty as they and their party guests have the entire floor to themselves! Reservations ahead of time are required and more details can be found by calling 850-863-3991.
Emerald Coast Dirt and Vert
For the extreme sports fanatics in the family, Emerald Coast Dirt and Vert’s bikes, boards, and blades offer a party that caters to their need for speed! With professionals standing by and helmets required, all will have a safe and sporty time. Call 850-796-2326 for more information.
Emerald Coast Martial Arts
Emerald Coast Martial Arts offers three different birthday packages that combine fun karate games with a quick lesson in defense. Options like a Chinese dragon piñata and a cake-cutting samurai sword can be added, with all set- and clean-up completed by this venue! Located in Fort Walton Beach, 850-664-5425 has more information.
Emerald Coast Science Center
Digging up dinosaurs, making slime, and bouncy ball creations are just some of the fun activities Emerald Coast Science Center offers to kids in its party packages! Completed with a museum tour and a festive party room, kids can have a fun and hands-on educative experience. Contact 850- 664-1261 for party options.
Emerald Coast Scuba
An aquatic adventure will be sure to impress with a party at Emerald Coast Scuba! Whether a pool party, a snorkel party, or a full-out scuba dive party, they have party packages for all ages to enjoy. The staff outfits all partygoers with scuba gear, lifeguards, and underwater toys. This venue is available from March to November. Call 850- 837-0955 for availability.
Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park
Your child can be transported to the African savanna, the Brazilian rainforest, and the mountains, all while never leaving the Emerald Coast! The Sasquatch Zoo located in Crestview has all the animals to keep the kids entertained! They even accept private reservations so the birthday kid can be the king of the jungle! Contact Susan at 850-650-1880 for more information.
Does your birthday royalty want a real-life princess in attendance on her big day? Enchanted Parties can make that happen. Several customizable packages are offered, and inquiries on specifics are welcome! Let Enchanted Parties bring a magical touch to any party. Booking can be done by calling 850- 830-3800.
Fat Daddy’s Arcade
Feeling Fundominal or Ultra Fudtastic on your big day? No problem! Fat Daddy’s has two separate packages that include game tokens for the arcade, a birthday photo with a real alligator, and much more! Both packages are less than $20 per child and can be reserved by calling 850-687-5181.
For the mini Picassos in the family, Fired Up! has pottery party options that will have them creating masterpieces! They can paint a purple turtle, a dotted dolphin, or anything else they fancy. Located in Fort Walton Beach, Fired Up! has an exclusive party room that accommodates up to 12 guests. A 2-week advance booking is suggested. Call 850-231-3211.
Fort Walton Beach Bowl
Strike out with a party by Ft. Walton Beach Bowl! Cosmic lights and karaoke create a fun atmosphere, and your party kids can throw strikes and spares like a pro! 850-863-5603 has all the details to plan the slammin’ party.
Fort Walton Skating Center
With three different party options, Fort Walton Skating Center caters to all celebrations and budgets. Want a skate rave in the neon room? How about a private soiree with a DJ blasting the best jams? This party venue has more details available by calling 850- 863-1223.
Fun 4 All Inflatables
For a bouncing good time look into Fun 4 All Inflatables. Serving areas on the coast from Navarre to Freeport, it offers bounce houses (including a Disney themed house), and water slides for rental as well as other add-ons such as a cotton candy machine! Call 850-582-5003 for availability.
Bounce into a party for those kids who are bundles of energy! Funplex of Gulf Breeze and its new location in Fort Walton Beach has options for every tireless tot and up! They can jump around and romp in the gym area ‘til their hearts’ content. Funplex also offers a party for those energetic princesses and princes. Reservations and inquiries can be made by calling 850-932-2297.
The Glass Slipper Tea Cottage
Put on your fascinator and sip tea like the queen or Princess Kate at the Glass Slipper Tea Cottage located in Fort Walton Beach. Special events like birthdays are held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Relax, eat a delicious lunch, and visit the prim and proper gift shop. Reservations are required and can be made at 850-362-6670.
Gulf Breeze Zoo
For a safari, a jungle adventure, and a train ride all in one day, book a party at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. Guests will get to feed the animals, receive a credit to the gift shop, and experience wildlife firsthand! 850- 932-2229, ext.101 offers two different affordable options.
Gulfside Trail Rides
“Kids and horses were made for each other,” says Gulfside Trail Rides. With a bounce house, a ride to the beach, beautiful horses and experienced guides, this venue is perfect for any animal lover’s birthday. 850-208-3114 for more information and availability.
For those who love the water and want to get out and get active on their big day, GUSU (Get Up Stand Up!) Paddleboards provide 1.5-hour harbor tours that are open to all ages and skill levels. Instructors provide life vests, boards, and paddles so the only worry is your guests won’t want to get out of the water! With plenty of exercise and lots of fun in mind, 850-460-7300 will make planning this wet and wild party a breeze!
Hang ‘Em high Parasail
The sky’s the limit at a Hang ‘Em High Parasail trip. View the beautiful emerald coast from the best point - above the sparkling waters! With affordable rates and a lively staff, this will be a birthday they’ll never forget. Call 850-699-7581 for details.
For the GI Joes on the coast, Hurlburt Paintball offers different terrains and bunker courses to give them a black ops mission for their big day! Paintballs must be the center’s, and other equipment can be rented at an affordable price! Birthday parties are available with prior reservation, and more information can be found by calling 850-797-0086.
Offering two party packages, Hurricane Lanes is a top Destin entertainment spot! Both party packages offer 2 hours of bowling, unlimited soft drinks, and 2 pizzas! Be sure to check out the arcade and game room as well. One quick call to 850-654-5251 can make planning this party quicker than the hurricane winds.
Just Chute Me Parasail
To have a high-flying good time look no further than Just Chute Me! Parasailing in Destin. With trained instructors and a safe environment, parents can rest at ease while their birthday child soars high above the coast. Call 850-650-4630 for more information.
KidSail Sailing Academy (ages 9-15)
For children ages 9-15 who can’t get enough of challenging and thrilling activities, KidSail Sailing Academy seeks to bring a love of sailing to the coast. With parties available for up to eight children, they combine affordability with action as kids learn a prestigious skill. Party options can be explored with a call to 850-267-7777.
Meyer Boarding Company
Skaters and skimmers will love Meyer Boarding Company’s “paint your own board” parties! Their specialists will help the party guests pick out the skateboard or skimboard that suits them best, and then customize them to reflect their personalities! A creative and cool party will be the perfect way to celebrate their birthday. 850-830-1893 for more info.
Murder Mystery Performance Troupe Act4Murder-
A three-course meal and comedic murder mystery performance are the perfect accompaniments to a glass of wine and a good time! At Act4Murder, adults can relax as they help actors solve the crime. For upcoming shows and to plan your party event call 850-862-2885.
Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters
If you absolutely love animals, Nonie is the girl for you! She provides the animals that kids are able to touch and play with, decorates, brings prizes, and will even bake the cake! From Pensacola to Panama City, she will come to you and bring the animal excitement! 850-862-9588 has all the details.
Swing Dancing is a perfect opportunity to get back in touch with your spicy side! Classes can bring friends closer and leave everyone upbeat and a little sassier! 850-437-5465 for more information on planning your event.
Take ‘em out to the ball game! The Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ minor league baseball season runs from April to September – visit http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t4124 for the schedule. Some peanuts, Cracker Jacks, and a few pop flies can complete the perfect birthday, and off-season birthday parties are offered as well! These include a visit from the Blue Wahoos’ mascot and hitting in the official batting cage. The booking form can be found on the Blue Wahoos’ website.
Seaside Repertory Theatre
Northwest Florida’s premiere theatre, The Seaside Rep, has a troupe of talented actors that performs a spectacular show. With new shows constantly being produced there are many opportunities to enjoy the theater as a birthday group or an evening out. Call 850- 231-0733 for a schedule that coincides with your birthday.
Studio By the Sea Destin
Awaken your inner artist at Studio By the Sea’s parties for all ages. They cater to both kids and adults and you can even bring your party to paint on the beach! They offer affordable packages and can be reached at 256-263-8478.
For nonstop action, The Track in Destin offers birthday parties that include go-kart rides, miniature golf rounds, and an arcade! They have two different packages to accommodate younger and older children, and all parties provide pizza, ice cream, and drinks. Booking is recommended 2 weeks in advance by calling 850-654-4668.
UA Santa Rosa 10
Whether your birthday child likes comedies, animation, or action packed films, at UA, located right next to the Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther, they will find them all. This theater has been a community favorite for years and offers stadium seating and surround sound that lets your party guests have the best experience possible. Call 850-243-5260 to make your party special.
Cartwheel, flip, and fly your party guests towards U.S. Gold Gymnastics for their next party! Two party packages and two locations, Destin and Crestview, offer all ages a tumbling good time. Get some of that pent-up energy out with great exercise! Call 850-654-3124 or 850-306-3298 for the full scoop.
White Sands Bowling Center
White Sands Bowling Center has 32 rockin’ lanes and special birthday party rates available! Located on Beal Pkwy in Fort Walton Beach, they cater to make your birthday party a smashing good time! Contact Mr. Butch at 850-200-0646 for birthday packages and to book your special day.