We understand just how important the perfect birthday party is to you and your child. Whether you are celebrating big or small, there are memories to be made! But where do you start? Bring an entertainer to your home? Head to a great spot and party? Plan a themed celebration?
Making all the party-planning decisions can feel intimidating. Thankfully, we’ve done the work for you! We’ve rounded up some of Boston’s best and have them all here for you in our Birthday Party Guide. Our Guide, below, details a variety of local venues, entertainers, and party planners.
Now let’s party!
Boston Fire Museum
The Boston Fire Museum is a child’s dream for a birthday party. It’s located in a beautiful circa-1891 firehouse, and the staff takes good care of you from the moment you walk in the door. And for two full hours of this great service, it’s less expensive than many indoor party places, especially in the city. Parties include 30 minutes down in the Fire Museum (kids can climb on one of the old fire engines, try out the bunker gear, and put out a make believe fire) and exclusive use of the entire second floor. All the kids get their very own red plastic fire helmet as a gift. The museum also supplies a host/hostess to help with the party.
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 11–1 and 2–4 p.m.
How long: 2 hours
You bring your own food and supplies. You can also have pizza delivered from a local pizza parlor.
Starland Sportsplex & Fun Park
Songs for Seeds
Songs for seeds, a rockin’ interactive music class in Hopkinton with a live, three-piece band, is a great addition to your birthday party or event! You have the choice of a one-, two-, or three-piece band. Mix and match our lead vocals/guitarist, vocals/keyboardist, and drummer/djembe player. Children’s instruments and props are provided, and we guarantee a super fun and interactive performance! The band is great for all ages, but we specialize in children newborn to 6 years old. By mixing our original kids rock ‘n’ roll with popular tunes, the band is sure to please little ones and their adults!
GameTruck is committed to delivering experiences party-goers will never forget. From the moment you book your party to the instant the truck rolls up to your house, everything GameTruck does is about ensuring your peace of mind and confidence that this was the right choice. GameTruck’s diligently maintained equipment, certified GameCoaches, and Online Party Manager are just a few of the ways they work to bring you the best party possible.
JCC Greater Boston
JCC Greater Boston offers fun, creative, and active parties for children of all ages and interests. Choose from one of many options — or design your own. From dance and gymnastics, to sports and S.T.E.M., to Magic Ark Performing Arts shows and pool parties, JCC Greater Boston’s unique programs, attentive coordinators, and high-quality staff will make your child’s next birthday party a wonderful experience!
JCC Greater Boston is a nonprofit organization where families can access a wide range of learning, fitness, camping, and enrichment resources while connecting with a vibrant local Jewish community. All are welcome.
Sky Zone (Boston and Everett)
Sky Zone Boston and Sky Zone Everett focus on giving you the best and easiest birthday celebration ever! Sky Zone has packages to fit any need or group size, as well as awesome party extras. When you book with Sky Zone, your group gets its own Party Pro to handle set up and clean up, so you can focus on having a great time. Your birthday group gets an hour of jump time, plus pizza and drinks for hungry and thirsty jumpers! Want to learn more? Call an Event Specialists today at (857) 345-9693 or email for more info: [email protected] or [email protected].
Little Groove Music
Little Groove birthday parties are fun and festive for the whole family — and a perfect way to celebrate your child’s special day! One of Little Groove’s talented teachers will come to your home or venue and set up a portable music class for the children. All of the teachers are professional musicians and fabulous entertainers who play acoustic guitar and sing. Parties include drums, maracas, tambourines, bubbles, colored scarves, puppets, and a parachute. Our birthday parties start at $250. Please visit Little Groove at http://www.babywiggle.com/birthdays.
Little Groove Music specializes in music education for children from 3 months to 6 years old. Learn more at www.babywiggle.com.
Inspired by the hit TV show “American Ninja Warrior,” Gymja Warrior ensures a one-of-a-kind, stress-free, birthday party experience, whether you are turning 5, 15, or 50!
All celebrations include a supervised 60- or 90-minute session of Gymja Warrior activities for a minimum of 10 kids, 30 minutes in the dedicated pizza party area, one slice of pizza per kid (additional food can be ordered), candles, and a free Gymja Warrior T-shirt for the birthday boy/girl. Gymja Warrior also sets up and cleans up!
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Carousel Family Fun Center
The Carousel Family Fun Centers of Fairhaven and Whitman, MA, provide a safe, clean, fun, and friendly environment for families, schools, and the community.
Services include a full array of activities, including roller skating, birthday parties, private parties, school field trips, scout programs, company outings, and many other types of special events.
The Carousel Family Fun Centers also have a full snack bar that features their own Pattino’s Pisa Pizza as well as many other food offerings. Their arcade games are fun to play, with a redemption shop stocked with prizes. They play music videos, and you can even purchase your roller skates there!
A Fire Truck For All Occasions
A Fire Truck For All Occasions is entering its 17th season — they have done more than 1,800 birthday parties, visited numerous daycares, and taught fire safety to more than 10,000 children. They have also done specialty events, like grand openings for Walmart, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Subway. A Fire Truck For All Occasions has worked with the New England Patriots and Boston Celtics. They have done weddings, specialty parties, and have even been in a movie!
Please go to afiretruckforall.com to make a reservation today. A Fire Truck For All Occasions works year round, so no matter when the party or event is, they are your 911 for party emergencies!
A birthday party filled with stories by Tony Toledo is a birthday party full of laughter and joining in. That birthday party is one folks will always remember. Kids will share their favorite stories with their parents. Every child will get a free bookmark, and the birthday child will also get a magical dollar coin from a leprechaun. A half hour of great stories is a bargain at $195. If you would like the help, Tony is happy to dish ice cream, cut the cake, and play with the kids after the stories.
Jam Time is the ultimate birthday party destination for kids ages 1 through 6. Full-service parties include everything you need to make this the bounciest, most imaginative, and jammin’ fun party ever! All Jam Time parties come with setup, cleanup, decorations, paper goods, drinks, and a visit from JT the Moose. With tons of party packages to choose from, there’s something for everyone, including character visits, cotton candy, balloon animals, and more! Jam Time’s premiere party includes everything you need for a 20-kid party, including theme, favors, cupcakes, pizza, face painting, and even coffee for the adults! Jam Time has two locations, with a third opening this winter. Visit www.jamtime.com to view packages and to book online.
For more than 20 years, Teamworks has been providing birthday party packages that are FUN for kids and EASY for parents! Whether it’s playground games in Teamworks’ Tiger parties, NERF Blaster games in their Turf Wars party, or one of their seasonal Pool & Ropes Course Adventure parties, your child and his/her guests will have a blast while you sit back and let the Party Coordinator(s) do all the work! Teamworks is dedicated to making your child’s day special! For more information on Teamworks’ parties, visit www.teamworksacton.com.
For more than 20 years, Teamworks has been providing birthday party packages that are FUN for kids and EASY for parents! Whether it’s playground games in Teamworks’ Tiger parties, NERF Blaster games in their Turf Wars party, or one of their seasonal Pool & Ropes Course Adventure parties, your child and his/her guests will have a blast while you sit back and let the Party Coordinator(s) do all the work! Teamworks is dedicated to making your child’s day special! For more information on Teamworks’ parties, visit www.teamworksnorthboro.com.
Circle of Songs
In the “Circle of Songs” programs, Hugh Hanley draws on more than 30 years experience as an early childhood educator and children’s music specialist to provide an engaging, hands-on music/play experience for children ages 2 to 7 years. Hugh visits more than 20 early childhood education programs in the Greater Boston area monthly to engage with children and teachers in musical play. He also travels nationally to present concerts, curriculum workshops, and school visits. Please visit www.hughhanley.com for information about him and his work. You will find specific information about entertainment at your child’s party on the “Music Programs” page. Please email [email protected] or call 781-643-6362 to schedule a program. Keep singing!
Zoo New England
CALLING ALL PARTY ANIMALS!
For a truly wild experience, host your next birthday party at the Zoo! A variety of packages fit for children of all ages are available. And the festivities don’t end there – explore the Zoo before and after your party!