Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties

Which chains throw the coolest celebrations for kids? To find out, Parents unwrapped all the details about activities, packages, and prices at 40 popular party spots. Our picks do the work (so you'll enjoy yourself as much as a guest!), and most have private rooms for cake and presents. Plus, they'll tailor the bash to your kid's interests. It's our wish come true!

#10: Young Chefs Academy

66 locations; youngchefsacademy.com

Ideal birthday age: 4 to 12

Fun, Games, and Food: You pick from one of a handful of themes (pasta and pizza are the most popular for young kids). Budding apron-clad chefs make all the food from scratch and then dig in! You bring the cake.

Price Range (Varies by Location): $200 to $395 for 10 guests; includes invites, thank-yous, partyware plus recipe card, and chef's hat for each kid

#9: Pigtails & Crewcuts

30 locations; pigtailsandcrewcuts.com

Ideal birthday age: 3 to 6

Fun, Games, and Food: Kids dress up in adorable costumes, play games, and make crafts based on the theme you choose; cowboys, luau, princesses, and pirates are some of the cool choices. You supply food and cake.

Price Range (Varies by Location): $150 to $200 for up to 8 kids; partyware is included. Some locations can add favors and invites for an extra fee.

#8: A.C.Moore

136 locations; acmoore.com

Ideal birthday age: 4 to 8

Fun, Games, and Food: Kids create a craft or two that you select in advance. Popular picks: bubble-gum machines and T-shirts the kids decorate. You supply the party-room decorations, food, and cake.

Price Range (Varies by Location): $50 room fee plus supplies ($5 and up per kid). With no minimum number of guests, it's super for small parties.

#7: Color Me Mine

110 locations; colormemine.com

Ideal birthday age: 5 to 12

Fun, Games, and Food: You select pottery for kids to paint (dolphins and puppies are among the many choices). There's an amazing array of colors, brushes, and stamps. You bring cake; most locations supply pizza and drinks.

Price Range (Varies by Location): $25 or so per guest but varies with the pottery you pick; includes food and drink, where available

#6: American Girl Place

7 locations; americangirl.com

Ideal birthday age: 6 to 10

Fun, Games, and Food: Kids bring their dolls (or borrow one from the store) for a "fancy" meal ordered from a menu. The food, like Tic-Tac-Toe Pizza, is good, but the layer cake is incredible. Dolls get their own high chair and tiara.

Price Range (Varies by Location): $25 to $33 per guest in the dining room; $40 to $55 in a private area. Includes food, cake, favors, invites, and more

#5: Brunswick Bowling

90 locations; bowlbrunswick.com

Ideal birthday age: 5 to 12

Fun, Games, and Food: Guests bowl on adjoining lanes with bumpers (no gutter balls!). Don't worry about the kids being loud -- this place is noisy. The pizza and drinks are taken care of; you supply the cake.

Price Range (Varies by Location): $12 to $18 per guest; includes food, partyware, balloons, and a bowling pin-shaped bottle for the guest of honor

#4: Pump It Up

165 locations; pumpitupparty.com

Ideal birthday age: 3 to 12

Fun, Games, and Food: Plenty big if your child wants to invite the whole class, it has super-cool inflatable structures -- like slides, bounce houses, and obstacle courses. Most locations supply pizza, drinks, and cake.

Price Range (Varies by Location): $165 and up for 14 guests; includes cake, food, invites, and partyware. Packages for larger groups are available.

#3: Michaels Arts & Crafts

More than 1,000 locations; michaels.com

Ideal birthday age: 5 to 9

Fun, Games, and Food: Select a craft from hundreds of options; kids could make pennants or memory boxes, for example. You bring food and dessert -- guests can even decorate plain brownies, cupcakes, or cookies if you'd like.

Price Range (Varies by Location): $50 booking fee plus an average of $12 per kid for a craft; includes an apron or a T-shirt for the guest of honor

#2: Gymboree Play & Music

250 locations; gymboreeclasses.com

Ideal birthday age: 1 to 4

Fun, Games, and Food: Kids play on cushy mats and colorful soft equipment like crawl-through tunnels. The highlight: a cute parachute that kids sing about, run underneath, and pop bubbles on. You supply the snacks and cake.

Price Range (Varies by Location): $200 and up for 20 guests; includes adorable plates, napkins, and cups featuring "Gymbo the Clown"

#1: The Little Gym

260 locations; thelittlegym.com

Ideal birthday age: 3 to 6

Fun, Games, and Food: Instructors lead themed activities on scaled-down gymnastics equipment like balance beams and uneven parallel bars. Then, in a balloon-filled room, guests enjoy the cake and food that you bring in.

Price Range (Varies by Location): $175 to $500 for 14 kids; includes partyware, invites, thank-yous, juice, and a T-shirt for the guest of honor

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