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Birthday Guide 2014!!!

09/01/2014 07:00AM ● Published by Nancy Babin

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Let’s Get Moving!

Is your child always on the move? Why not choose a venue that encourages physical activity? These party places are sure to be lots of fun and keep kids moving! 

For an exciting, fast-paced and active party, try Bounce Party Play Zone! This indoor playspot in the Santa Rosa Mall in Fort Walton Beach offers great bounce house selections, an arcade and themed parties that will bring huge smiles to your birthday child and guests! Another plus is the air conditioning! There are 4 different party packages to choose from with lots of extras you can add too! There is something for every price range and moms will love this...they all include set-up and clean-up! Call 850-865-3191 or 850-428-9091.

Does your child love Cirque du Soleil? Love to hang upside down and monkey around? Then an Aerial Silks birthday party at StudioE is your ticket to loads of fun. Your child and guests can climb and wrap themselves in these silks that hang from the ceiling. They will learn to fly and dance up in the air, all with the guidance of trained instructors. Party packages available. Call 850-460-7300 for more info.

Tumble on in to one of these fun party venues for an unforgettable gymnastics party. U.S. Gold Gymnastics can make your child's birthday a memorable event. They provide the set-up (table & tablecloth) and an exciting time of entertainment (obstacle courses, trampolines and fun fitness activities) in their Destin and Crestview gyms. They also do all the clean-up and they even have free helium for your balloons, goody bags for your guests and a special t-shirt for the birthday child. You can reach the Destin gym at 850- 654-3124 or the Crestview gym at 850-306-3298. 

Does your child fancy being a king or queen while spinning and twisting around a bouncy floor or through an obstacle course? Plan it at Emerald City Gymnastics in Fort Walton Beach where your child can be birthday royalty as they and their party guests have the entire floor to themselves! For your king or queen, a 1⁄4 sheet cake, ice cream, drinks, and paper supplies are provided. If you're looking to just have floor time for your party, look at the Prince and Princess party options. Emerald City Gymnastics will supply two coaches for your party and provide each guest with a helium balloon. Set-up and clean up are provided, of course, for royalty. 850-863-3991. 

Let’s Get Pampered! 

Lots of girls love to dress up, put on makeup and do "girly" things, so what better way to celebrate a birthday than with a pampering session and loads of girly fun. 

Pamper your princess at Darling Divas Nail Salon just past the Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Ester. Spa party packages let your little miss be waited on hand and foot while wearing her beautiful tiara! Guests can create their own lip gloss, lotion or soap on this special day. Lovely ladies leave refreshed and relaxed! Call 850-581-0304 for information about booking this pampering party.

Let's Get Wild!

Go wild and celebrate your child's birthday with an animal-themed party. These party ideas will turn all your guests into party animals!

Make a splash at your next party! Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park birthday parties include live marine shows and animal exhibits. You'll also be greeted by a mascot(s), at the included lunch for photo opportunities in the living searoom. A variety of lunches also includes chips, beverage and 1/4 sheet Hershey's ice cream cake. Call 850-243-9046 ext. 24 for reservations. 

A horseback riding party or a pony ride party is a great way to celebrate a special occasion for your horse enthusiast. Gulf Coast Trail Rides has a party room dedicated specifically for your scheduled birthday event. They even have a bounce house available to keep the party going! There are several different birthday packages to choose from and they can personalize your party just about any way you like.  Call Gulf Coast Trail Rides at 850-208-3114. 

If you love animals and like to be up close and personal with them, then Nonie's Ark Animal Encounters has the party for YOU! This program is fun, educational and hands-on. That means you can touch! Nonie will present a zoo-type show with live animals at your home or other location where animals are permitted. She can also hostess your birthday party - decorate, lead games, bring prizes and even bake the cake! Call Nonie at 850-862-9588 to schedule an animal adventure. 

Let’s Have an Adventure! 

If you're looking for fun and adventure, you can find the perfect locale for your next party from these fun-filled and adventurous locations.

For a swashbuckling grand time, high-stake adventure and a booty full of goodies, the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise is your ticket to a birthday bash your child won't ever forget! Music and excitement fill the air as you and your mates board our ship and the crew prepares for departure. Sword fighting, water gun battles, dancing, storytelling, and treasure hunting await. They provide a private area on the quarter deck, paper products, decorations, a group photo, a flag-raising ceremony, a souvenir flag, and the birthday child gets to steer the ship. Call 850-269-0896 if you dare. 

If your little is into slime, robots and the world of science then the Emerald Coast Science Center is guaranteed to amaze and entertain your child and their friends. They will do all the decorating, set-up and clean up. Emerald Coast Science Center birthday parties are for children ages 5 years and up and have packages to choose from. Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, this will be unforgettable! Call 850-664-1261 ext 204. 

Fat Daddy’s Arcade is a wonderful place to plan your child’s next birthday bash. Kids of all ages will have fun playing more than 65 arcade games. Many of the featured games award tickets which can be redeemed for amazing prizes. Make it a party to remember with delicious pizza from Fat Daddy’s Pizza, ice cream from Mother Fud’s Ice Cream and tons of games in Destin's largest and newest arcade. To schedule your birthday celebration at Fat Daddy’s Arcade, call 850-650-7868. 

Climb aboard the Southern Star with all your friends for a deep sea adventure on a glass bottom boat! You'll have a chance to see marine life, search for dolphins and even captain the boat! Pick your party package. Most include Junior Captain Awards and soft drinks. You can even add hot dog meals and more! To get the skinny call 850-837-7741.

Let's Get Physical!

These party places keep the energy levels up and the kids moving and loving every minute of the party. 

The Baytowne Adventure Zone in The Village of Baytowne Wharf gives you three reasons to choose this location for your next action-packed party. Get an aerial view of the Village and its surroundings as you and your guests soar 300 feet across the lagoon, not once but twice, on the zip line 40 feet up in the air! Everyone can then head over to the Ropes Course to test their balance and agility and from there make their way over to the Eurobungy where they can bounce so high while doing flips so fast it will make your head spin. If all that isn't thrilling enough, they can climb the rock tower that tops off at nearly 40 feet in the air! For a more kicked-back time, enjoy the golf challenge or a tug boat experience that puts them at the helm of the coolest tug boats in The Village. All are included in your package. Call 850-428-2736. 

Emerald Coast Dirt & Vert is a great place for extreme fun. They have ramps, a street course, dirt jumps and an NBL-sanctioned national caliber BMX racing track. It really is a BMXer’s heaven. They also include a challenging skate park with your package. You can reach Emerald Coast Dirt & Vert at 850-796-2326 for more information. 

Make your next party a splash with Big Kahuna’s Island Birthday Party. The Island Birthday Party is available in season only and you can book ahead. It includes all-day water park access including the Honolulu Half Pipe, lunch for the birthday child and guests which includes pizza and drinks plus 10% off purchases at the Big Kahuna Trading Company. For reservations call 850-837-8319 ext. 30 or 31. Reservations must be made at least 7 days prior to the party date.

For non-stop action, kids of all ages will enjoy a fun party at The Track in Destin. From putt-putt miniature golf to bumper cars and bumper boats to exciting go-karts to Kids Country rides, kids can enjoy a fun-filled birthday with an array of choices. Plan your next birthday party and don't worry about food - the Kids Country party package includes access to multiple rides in Kids Country and miniature golf as well as provides pizza, ice cream, and soft drinks and a party room all to yourself! Call 850-654-4668 to reserve your exciting party at The Track. 

Let's Make Memories!

Capturing those special moments so they will last forever always takes you back in time and makes you smile. Photo booths will make everyone say “cheese!”

Strike a pose in the portable Lumi Pod Photo Booth at your birthday party. A great way to get your party rolling and put a smile on every party guest is with instant photos. The beauty of this is you can have the booth set up at any comes to you! This portable pod is not only fun, it's cool looking. So climb on in with your friends and start making those memories. Photos make a great party favor gift too. For all special occasions book your date by calling 850-496-6739

Let's Eat!

Nothing says birthday better than cake. Synonymous with all special events, cakes are a delight so make them special this year. 

Creative and Bonnie Vie Specialty Foods makes the best mouth-watering memorable cakes in all sizes that you can imagine. Whether you’re looking for princess cakes, monster cakes, fun or elegant cakes, they can deliver. This is the Emerald Coast’s local "Cake Boss" we’re talking here! Handmade every step of the way, and you can taste the difference. Available for every occasion.  To start creating your masterpiece call 850-376-7779.

Yummy cupcakes are all the delight at birthday parties. At Small Cakes in Destin, you can order up not only a plethora of different flavors but can choose from three different sizes as well. Small Cakes, which has been featured on The View and Food on the Road, specializes in decadent gourmet cupcakes baked fresh daily.  Call 850-460-7487 to make your tase buds sing. 

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