Children will remember a birthday party no matter where you have it: It’s friends and family (and cake and presents) that make the party memorable. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t places to have a party that not only increase the fun factor but also take some work off the parental plate. These are our favorite places to have a kid’s birthday party in Alaska.
What better way to spend a birthday than visiting all the awesome animals at the Alaska Zoo? The Coffee Shop Room is available for rental and makes an awesome space for a birthday party. As part of the package, the zoo will furnish food, activities, party favors, and admission for all of the guests—and then clean up afterward.
Active kids in the capital city will love a birthday party at the Rock Dump Indoor Climbing Gym. They have several party packages including late-night parties and even those that allow guests to “camp out” overnight in the facility. There are also several customizable add-ons, like a staff belayer in case the adults are otherwise occupied.
While the Alaska SeaLife Center—the state’s premier marine wildlife sanctuary and education facility—does not have birthday packages, per se, they will happily accommodate groups and offer facility rentals. It’s an awesome place for curious kids who love Alaska’s marine wildlife to spend their special day.
Kids of all ages will have a great time at a Fairbanks Children’s Museum birthday party. Packages can accommodate up to 35 guests, who are all encouraged to come early and play late, since the party invitation comes with an all-day museum pass.
Kids on the Kenai Peninsula can bounce into their birthdays at Jumpin’ Junction in Soldotna. They have inflatables, an arcade, mini golf, and an arcade to keep everyone occupied and having fun. The facility offers several packages that include different levels of activities and refreshments, suited to different age levels and party needs.
Nothing says “birthday” like waterslides—right? At H2Oasis Indoor Waterpark, you can enjoy the pools and slides no matter what month the birthday falls in. The water park offers a couple different packages for birthday parties that include passes, as well as party invitations and food.
Families in the Interior who are looking for a unique birthday party experience can find one at Aerial Yoga of Alaska. Birthday parties are two hours long, the first hour of which is guided instruction on the silks. The second hour is divided between free play and party time—i.e., cake and presents.
The Alaska Museum of Science and Nature can accommodate up to 25 kids for a birthday party. All parties include a two-hour reservation in the private event room and general admission for all of the guests. An educational tour of the museum can also be added to the party.
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For a bouncy kid’s birthday party in the Interior, Romper Room of Fairbanks is the place to be. This inflatable wonderland offers parties for up to 25 kids that include a private party room and two hours of playtime. Romper Room also provides plates, utensils, and other party needs.
The Extreme Fun Center in Wasilla is only Alaskan outpost for this chain of indoor game and adventure centers. They offer racing carts, laser tag, an arcade, a climbing wall, bumper cars, mini bowling, and a soft play area for younger kids. You’ll also find several party packages from which to choose.