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Birthday Party Guide 2015

09/01/2015 10:58PM ● Published by Nancy Babin

The very first time you sing “Happy Birthday” to your child brings such joy! Birthdays carry so much meaning - joy, hope, wonder and celebration all wrapped up on this very special day. Creating childhood memories together, sharing special moments and piecing together all the stories your child will reminisce over and talk about one day when they are older matters so much in their precious lives. Birthdays are even more special because they are milestones they can call their very own. 

Our area provides so many options for fun, it can be overwhelming at times, especially when trying to plan a birthday party! On the Coast Magazine makes it our mission to simplify the process! Our annual Birthday Party Guide is a starting point to create the perfect birthday party. 

You can finder options on our Facebook page and our website.  The opportunities are endless: so get planning! 

Make a Splash

There are plenty of places that offer a wonderfully wet good time here On the Coast. If your child is all about water, you might want to check out some of these venues for the special day.

For a swashbuckling grand time, high-stake adventure and a booty full of goodies, the Barefoot 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 the 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.

Dive into your next birthday party with Big Kahuna’s Island Birthday Party.  This party will be one worth planning for, so book ahead because it is available in season only. The Island Birthday Party package includes all-day water park access to the Honolulu Half Pipe, adventure time in Big Kahuna’s 40 different play areas, pizza and drinks for the birthday child and guests, 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.

An aquatic adventure with a party at Emerald Coast Scuba will be sure to impress. Whether a pool party, a snorkel party, or a full-out scuba dive party, there are party packages for all ages to enjoy. The staff provides the scuba gear, lifeguards, and underwater toys. This venue is available from March to November. Call 850-837-0955.

Looking for another wet and wild idea? Try a GUSU Paddlesports party.  They offer the perfect party package to turn your child’s party into one they’ll remember forever.  They provide an instructor, life vests, leashes and of course the paddleboards for the group and off they’ll go. This exciting venue provides the great outdoors and lots of exercise. Call 850-650-7999.

Dance Party Magic

If your kids are Happy and Like to Move it Move It, or are just ready to Shake it Off or Get Low, then a dance party will be a great way for them to show off their moves with their friends!

The Ballet Conservatory is teaming up with Sammy’s Pizza and Subs to provide exciting themed parties with all the food included. These parties can be for boys, girls, or both and definitely are for kids of all ages. Choose from Princess Ballets, Pirate Adventures, Broadway Bound, Happening Hip Hop, Preschool Dance, Kicking Karate, or just create your own! Parties include a structured fun-filled class with additional time to be creative followed by a yummy meal. Let the Ballet Conservatory and Sammy’s Pizza and Subs help you plan your next party!  


With a 1,000 sq.ft. dance room for parties plus an additional space for cake and presents, Rise Dance Center keeps your party-goers on their toes with dancing, games and lots of fun! For your little ballerina, the Tutu Cute Ballet Birthday Party offers dress-up tutus, wands, a cute warm-up and simple ballet dance and games. The Pop, Lock & Drop Hip Hop B'day Celebration is a great party choice for both girls and boys. Instructors will teach a simple hip hop routine, breakdance moves as well as popular dances, and get the party going with games for everyone. The Just Dance Birthday package includes dances to your child's favorite pop songs, karaoke and games for a fun-filled event. Personalize the details for your dancer including your theme, music selections and games. Packages include drinks, themed decor for the food table, paper goods and goodie bags, and crafts may be added. Call 850-214-7095.    

All Around Fun 

If you're looking for variety, from a daredevil experience to fantastic arcade gaming and fun,  you can find the perfect locale for your next party from these fun-filled and adventurous locations.

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 zipline 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 their heads 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. 

Make your next birthday an adventure and have your party at Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone. They offer discounted party packages which include a private room, arcade play, half-price add-on attractions, pizza and soft drinks from Salvati’s Pizza Factory and a Creamy Cool Creation from Yogo Mogos!  At Wild Willy’s, your child can enjoy a 4D movie, an inflatable zone, Ptero Jump, Adventure Golf, Spin-o-Saurus Coaster, boat battles, and more.  850-400-3300 to get all the information.

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, bumper boats to exciting go-karts, Kids Country rides to arcade games, kids can have 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 pizza, ice cream, and soft drinks, plus a party room all to yourself! Call 850-654-4668 to reserve your exciting party at The Track. 

Friendly competition, fascinating games, florescent lights, and fantastic pizza is exactly what Fat Daddy’s Arcade birthday parties have to offer. Kids of all ages will have a magnificent time playing more than 65 arcade games in Destin’s newest and largest arcade. 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 and ice cream from Mother Fud’s Ice Cream.  To schedule your birthday celebration at Fat Daddy’s Arcade, call 850-650-7868. 

Departments of Energy

Sometimes parents find themselves overwhelmed trying to find a party venue active enough to entertain their energetic kids. The great news is there are many locations On the Coast where children can let all that excess energy out and end up having a fantastic birthday they’ll remember forever.

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 four different party packages to choose from with lots of extras you can add, too. There is something for every price range and parents will love this...all include set-up and clean-up. Call 850-865-3191 or 850-428-9091.

Does your child dream of being a king or queen while jumping around a bouncy floor or racing through an obstacle course? Then plan a birthday bash at Emerald City Gymnastics in Fort Walton Beach! Here, your child can be birthday royalty as they and their party guests have the entire floor to themselves.  Two party packages are offered, King/Queen and Prince/Princess, that combine an hour of gymnastics and games in the gym and half an hour for refreshments and presents. With the King/Queen package, everything is provided – coaches, gym time, paper goods, balloons, a ¼ sheet cake, ice cream, and drinks. The Prince/Princess package includes gym time and coaches; parents provide refreshments and decorations. With either package, clean-up is included!  Call 850-863-3991. 

Tumble onto a fun-filled gymnastics party with U.S. Gold Gymnastics. U.S. Gold will surely make your child's birthday a memorable event by providing the set-up (table & tablecloth) and an exciting time of entertainment (obstacle courses, trampolines and fun fitness activities) in their Destin and Crestview gyms. As an added bonus, don’t worry about clean-up because it is all included along with 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. 


Exploring the unkind is so fascinating and exciting. You can guarantee the fun with hands on in the lab, exploring the unknown and even building robots.  Weird science is what it’s all about!

Slime, robots, animals, electricity, and the world of science… sound interesting?  Then the Emerald Coast Science Center is guaranteed to amaze and entertain your child and their friends. Emerald Coast Science Center birthday parties are for children ages 5 years and up and will give your child the opportunity to choose among six different mind-blowing themes: the Dino Dig, Animal Safari, Science Rocks, Superhero Science, Cinematic Science, and Mad Scientist!  The Emerald Coast Science Center will do all the decorating, set-up, and clean up, so whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, this birthday party will be unforgettable. Call 850-664-1261 ext 204. 

Animal Lovers

Does your child love animals? Do they get excited about seeing anything from squirrels to dolphins? If so, you’ll want to throw your animal lover an animal party! 

Make a splash at your next party! Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park birthday parties are sure to delight your child.  During the party, your child will have the unique opportunity to witness live marine shows and amazing animal exhibits.  Among these animals are dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, sea lions, and even penguins! At the included lunch in the living searoom, you'll be greeted by a mascot (or two!) for photo opportunities. The variety of lunches includes chips, a beverage, and ¼ sheet Hershey's ice cream cake. Call 850-243-9046 ext. 24 for reservations. 

If you love animals and absolutely enjoy being up close and personal to these creatures, Nonie's Ark Animal Encounters is the way to go. This program is fun, educational, and hands-on. That means you can touch and get to know the animals. Nonie has the necessary koalafications and will present a zoo-type show with live animals at your home or other location where animals are permitted. Additionally, she can hostess your birthday party by decorating, leading games, bringing prizes, and even baking a delicious cake. Children will bearly be able to contain their excitement!  Call Nonie at 850-862-9588 to schedule an animal adventure.

Let's Make Memories

Capture those special moments so they will last forever!  They will always take you back in time and make you smile. Photo booths will make everyone say “Cheese!”

Strike a pose in the portable Lumi Pod Photo Booth at your birthday party. The Lumi Pod is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face and are a great way to get your party rolling.  The pod is entertaining, super stylish, and provides high quality photos on the spot. Lumi Pods can apply any message to your prints with a personalized background in photos and a custom strip with your party information.  You can even choose among 6 different photo filters! It is social-media friendly, so you can print your pictures, tweet, or post them on Facebook.  The beauty is you can have the booth set up at any comes to you! So start making those memories and even use your fun photos as great party favor gifts, too. For all special occasions book your date by calling 850-496-6739.

Want your child to look their best on this very special day? Look to Pink and Blue Avenue for the perfect party outfits for your child’s birthday! With name brands such as Joyfolie, Beaufont Bonnet and Mayoral to choose from, your child will feel extra special from head to toe!  Pick up one-of-a-kind party hats and fun toys too. Call 850-424-5707 to find out more.

Artsy Party 

If you have a budding artist or a little Rembrandt, you might want to consider an artsy party! Let their creative sides flow and you won't have to worry about the clean-up! Party guests go home with their own creative party favors and a fun time to remember.

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 or you can have it at their studio. Call 850-424-5058 for more information.

Young Rembrandt will bring the party to you and offers your child and their friends a choice of any theme they'd like! Let those creative minds go to work from princess castles to trucks to anything in between.  850-733-2715 is the number to call to get the kids enjoying making their creations.

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