Updated on 12/10/18 at 12:27 AM
If you’ve been following Light Passing Through you know that around Christmas time I posted an article called Best Experience Gifts to Give in Omaha (ish) to give ideas for people who did not need one more thing.
Along the same lines, I was recently discussing kid’s birthday parties with some friends and it occurred to me that as my kids get older, my trusted party places won’t cut it anymore. They had older kids and started throwing ideas out so instead of trying to mentally keep track, why not put it in a public list for you all to use?
*Note: No one pays to be on this list. Hyperlinks will go directly to their party page if available. Also, if I happened to use any of these places I might interject my opinions 🙂
AT HOME IDEAS
Balloon Artist– We’ve been to a party where they hired a balloon artist and it was pretty neat for the kids to see. Some options in Omaha include The Balloon Brigade, Colors Da Clown , or Tom the Balloon Guy.
Bounce Houses– This is obvious, but if the weather cooperates then it’s always fun to rent a bounce house for a birthday party. We’ve heard good things with Bounce Omaha , Bobo’s Bouncy Town, or Premier Bounce.
Game Truck of Omaha– The only birthday package is for $299 and it includes 2 hours of play for up to 20 guest (recommended for 7 and older).
Kona Ice Truck– For $125, guest will receive 25 regular (12 oz) cups or 40 kiddie (8 oz) cups of Kona Ice. Birthday guest gets 24 oz Souvenir cup, Flowered Lei, and Kona Ice gym bag with goodies.
Omaha Street Percussion– These guys are really fun to watch and definitely know how to work a crowd. No pricing is available on their website so you’ll have to contact them directly to arrange.
Pancake Man– For the price of $3.35 per person, it’s a highly affordable birthday party idea.
Prince/Princesses/Heroes– Ranging from $150-$375 you can have characters come to your house from 30 minutes up to 1.5 hours.
Sparkle Spa Party– Mobile spa party for girls ages 3 and up! Parties include manis and pedis, clip in hair colors and makeup! Pricing ranges from $200-$300 and includes 5 girls. Each additional guest is $10.
Wildlife Encounters– Their birthday parties are $275 which includes a 40-45 minute presentation with at least six animals. While I’ve personally never used them, I know that those who have rave about the experience.
YOUNGER KIDS (0-5 years)
Activity Center at Mahoney- Price $60 for the first 10 (this is counting adults and children) and then $3/per person after that with a max of 30. Includes access to activity center and 90 minutes in party room, party supplies, and ice cream cup for each guest and t-shirt for birthday boy/girl. The nice thing is you can stay at the activity center as long as you want thereafter, but you only have the party room for 90 minutes.
Baby Maestro- Birthday packages range from $175-$275 depending on which activities you want to include and all packages include up to 12 children.
Backyard Playworld– The only package offered is $349 and includes 2 hours of party time for up to 20 children. All paper products are provided including water bottles and private use of a party room.
Barreras Family Farm– Birthday Party Packages starting at around $150 (for 15 people) up to $200 for 50 people including 2 hours at the farm. Animal critters, play area, and picnic area are included.
BounceU– Packages range from $179-$299 depending on the amount of kids and day of the week. They also offer “add on” packages which include paper products, food, drinks, and party favors. We’ve personally done a party here and while it is fairly steep, they do a pretty fantastic job of managing the flow of the party!
Clara’s Closet– Price for parties is between $175-$200 for up to 10 guests including birthday child. The price includes a party favor, 4×6 photo of each child, and nails/makeup session.This is ideal probably for kids between 4-6 and while the name indicates more of a girl’s theme, they actually have costumes that are superhero/masculine.
Go Kids Gym– Parties are 1.5 hours including 1 hour of “free play” and 1/2 hour of food/presents. The price ranges from $210-$300 depending on the package with some including cupcakes. All packages include paper eating products.
Goldfish Swim School (Opening March 2019)– The cost is $450 for a 2-hour private event- 1 hour of swimming and 1 hour of birthday events. Cupcakes are provided. If you purchase a “Charter Membership” (One year worth of lessons) then the birthday party package is included.
Henry Doorly Zoo– The price of the “Close Encounters” birthday party is $300 for members and $325 for non-members which is for 12 people total (children and adults). This includes full admission into the Zoo, 1.5 hour party room, craft, animal encounter, ice cream/juice, and animal-themed activity.
Jumpin’ Jax– The price ranges from $99-$159 for a birthday party, however, the cheaper package doesn’t allow or provide food, presents, or party favors. The birthday package only allows for cake (no outside food), no paper products (bring your own), but they do provide one juice/water per child.
Kid’s Body Shop– Price ranges from $140-$240 depending on the amount of kids and includes 1 hour of gym/pool time and 30 minutes for refreshments and gifts. They provide invites, a party sign and access to fridge/freezer, but plan on bringing all paper supplies and utensils.
Majestic Movie Theatre– The cost is $25 to rent the party room for 1 hour and $13/child for a movie ticket and kiddie popcorn pack. Adults were $8/person with a free adult ticket for every 6th child. You’ll need to bring your own decorations for the room and it’s a low-key party for kids!
Metro Stars– I feel this teeters the 4-7 age range for birthday parties. The packages range from $199-$249 with discounted pricing for members. Includes gym time and 30 minutes in the party room. We’ve done a party here (and attend gymnastics here) and while it’s fun, I think that the 30 minutes in the party room feels rushed.
Omaha Children’s Museum– They offer two packages ranging from $215-$450 depending on if you’re a member. It really depends on how many people will be attending the party, but they offer lots of options including train/carousel ride tickets and full access to the museum.
Omaha Parks & Rec (Community Centers and Pools)– There are tons of places available to fairly cheap through the Omaha Parks and Recreation including 15 community centers and 18 pool locations. Prices vary by location but are considerably cheaper than other places.
PE 101– Birthday parties are in 1.5 hour increments at $210 from Monday-Friday and $260 on Saturday and Sunday. The cost includes 20 children with up to 30 children for an additional $10/child. The cost also includes plates, napkins, utensils, and use of their refrigerator/freezer.
Pigtails & Crewcuts– Pricing information is per franchised location, but I believe it’s $250 and includes girls getting their hair and nails done.
Premier Gymnastics- Price for their party is $156 for up to 12 kids and includes 30 minutes in party room and then 1 hour of play. No supplies are included (they will do setup) and each additional child is $10.
Pump it Up– Depending on the party package, amount of children, and day of week the pricing ranges from $190-$475. There are several other add-ons including glow stick, digital party photos, party favors, etc.
Romp N’ Roll– Depending on the party package, birthdays are currently $225-$350 (members save $25) and accommodate up to 20 children for 1.5 hours. This includes balloons, party favors, and eating supplies.
Rose Theater– Not much info is available other than to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for party package details.
Scatter Joy Acres– The party package is $250 for up to 12 children and an additional $10 per child. Includes 2 hours with a “ranch hand”, hands on tour with animals, and outdoor themed activities. Extras such as horse/pony rides, bonfires, and horse/cart can be added on.
The Steppe Center– $225 for a 1.5 room rental, 30 minute high energy class, tables and chairs, pizza and drinks included!
Tinkergarten– Party packages range from $175-$255 and depends on whether you have 10-20 kids. This includes all the supplies for the party, t-shirt for birthday child, and seed packet as party favors for attendees.
Turtle Doves Event Center- Rent this place starting at $35/hour for weekday pricing and weekend blocks from $150-$175. This space can hold up to 45 people and you can purchase additional things such as additional tables, chairs, etc.
Vala’s Pumpkin Patch- It cost’s $12-$22/per person for admission into Vala’s for a birthday party (depending on day) and $35-$450 to rent spaces for your birthday party. This ranges from a single campfire on a non-busy weekday up to the entire pavilion with two campfires.
YMCA Pool Party– Non-Member costs for a party is $150 for up to 15 guests (only counting children) 1 hour in pool and 1 hour in community room. Members only pay $125 and I called the Armbrust Acres location for this info so it may vary by location.
OLDER KIDS (6-10 years)
Altitude Trampoline Park– Starts at $230 for 10 guests and includes 2 hours of party/play time, staff member, bottled water, jump socks, setup and clean up, and XL Pizzas. Price for 20 guests is $439.
Amazing Pizza Machine– Parties range from $140-$230 depending on party packages, but they all include up to 8 guest. Discounted pricing is available for members.
American Legacy Complex– Ideal for kids who love horses! The price of the party is $15/child with a minimum of 6 and includes a 2-hour total time including a tour, basic horse room, mini-rides, and 30 minutes for refreshments and gifts.
Approach Rock Wall- The price is $255 for 8 people for 1.5 hours of climbing and 30 minutes in the party area. Additional guest are $25/per person. The party includes setup and clean up, one small favor per guest, and a chalk bag for the birthday boy/girl.
Board & Brush– Book parties for this age group or teens ranging from $25-$35 per person and includes 1-2 hours of studio time and all materials. Bring your own paper products and food.
Bricks and Minifigs– The price is $125 from Monday-Friday and $150 on the weekends for a 90-minute birthday party. It includes up to 15 guests and includes all paper products and each child builds their own minifig to take home.
Cabela’s– You can rent a 1/2 room for $50 and can accommodate up to 10 kids or full room for $100 which can accommodate up to 20 kids. Each room is a 2-hour rental time, 6 tokens per child, and a group scavenger hunt. No outside food/drink is allowed, however, you can purchase kids meal at the rate of $4.99/meal.
Collaboratory– Ideal for kids who love STEM. Parties packages range from $225-$325 with all of them having up to 10 guests. Each party includes a hands-on activity (either 1 hour or 1.5 hours) and 30 minutes in the party room. $15 for additional children up to 20 total.
Family Fun Center XL– Birthday party packages that range from $80-$170 for 8 guests (you can add on more). The weekend rates are higher and most includes
Fun Plex– You have to pay a room rental rate of $55 which includes $10 in game tableware, tokens, pizza, and drinks for 90 minutes for up to 10 people, but you have to purchase the price of admission separately.
Hotel Birthday Party– I fondly remember as a kid going to friend’s birthday parties at hotels where we could swim all night, eat pizza, and eat the free breakfast in the morning. Some hotels will even let you book a meeting room and use the pool instead of booking a hotel room if you didn’t want to do an overnight.
ICC Bowlatorium– It’s a gymnasium, bowling alley, and party room all in one. Outside food is allowed, however, you have to buy drinks there.
It’s Your Pottery– Ranges from $16-$20 per child (with a minimum of 8) and includes 1.5 hours party time/access to facility, party coordinator, party plate for birthday child, etc. You are responsible to bring your own food, however, you can order pizza through them.
Kids Warrior Gym– Party packages range from $275-$350 for up to 15 kids, 2 hours of play, and birthday room. Higher end packages include food options and party favors.
Let’s Go Putt/Mini Golf– Party room rentals at $75/hour and 20% off mini golf for the entire party. Depending on which room you select it can seat between 20-30 people. They have locations in Omaha, Elkhorn, and Council Bluffs. The themes range from dinosaurs to medieval to pirate.
The Mark– The party packages range from $159-$349 and vary from bowling only to entire packages with food, arcade, and bowling. Most packages allow for up to 10 guests.
Miracle Hills Ranch– Parties in 2 hour increments with 1 hour spent riding horses and 1 hour in the party room.
Motto Mclean Ice Rink– Cost is $90 for 10 people (or less) and $9 for each additional skater. The package includes admission, skate rental, party room, pizza or hot dog, popcorn, pop, and two discount passes.
Moylan Ice Plex– Price ranges from $10-$16 per person and most of their birthday packages include a food or snack item. All pricing includes party room for 1 hour, rental skates, and use of ice rink.
Nebraska Humane Society– The party package is 2-hours for $250 and includes a guide, tour, scavenger hunt, and up to 15 guest. You have to bring all the food, decor, paper products, etc.
Omaha Ballroom– All the parties are priced at $275 for 2 hours and up to 10 kids with different dancing themes and they all include a craft and games.
Ralston Arena– The cost is $5/skater and then $50 to rent the conference room. You bring your own food and drink and this is much more economical than other skating places. Note: No balloons, confetti, or glitter. Contact them for more info.
Skyzone– Party packages range from $199-$499 depending on the amount of participants, food, day of the week, and type of access to the facility.
Skate Daze– Party packages range from $140-$170 with all packages for up to 8 guest (additional guest are between $17-$22 per person). All packages include pizza, drinks, ice cream cups, table settings, and $10 “FUN” cards.
Urban Air– Party packages range from $200-$280 for up to 10 kids and 2 hours of play. Depending on the package, some include food, drinks, and party favors.
Werner Park– Rent a 2-hour package from between $100-$150 and then there are several options to add food/cupcakes at a price per person.
OLDERER KIDS (11-15 years)
Flying Timber Axe Throwing– You must be at least 12 years old to come here and they can hold parties from 6-100 people. There are no specific packages, however, when you reach 12 people there’s an hourly discount of 25% and a free shirt for the birthday person. (Otherwise, with 11 people or less, it’s a normal booking of $20/hr per person.)
Going Vertical– The party costs $199 for 10-15 kids which is 1.5 hours on the field/30 minutes for cake/presents. Additional kids past 15 are $10 each and they provide all sport equipment to play in their indoor field.
Go Ape– Located at Mahoney, participants must be at least 4 feet 7 inches to use, max weight of 285 lbs, and 4:1 child to adult ratio. Prices start at $49/adult and $39/youth but there is a 10% and 20% discount based on group size.
Infinite Loop VR– Depending on how many bays you want to rent it would cost anywhere from $165-$300 (entire place) and rental of the party room is $35 hour with several nearby food options.
Le Smash– You can rent the space to use for 2 hours includes tables and blue tooth speakers. Basic smash experience is groups of 5 or more at $25/person for 12-15 small smashable items per person.
Gift Cards– Self-explanatory
Did I mention money?
Some of the ideas previously mentioned in the other age categories would fit well for this (Escape Room, Axe Throwing, etc.)
Big City Scavenger Hunt– Do a scavenger hunt with a group of friends for a total cost between $22-$110 based on the number of players. (up to 10)
Discover Omaha Tours- Take themed 4-hour tours with a group of friends including limo transportation, host/guide, and all the planning. You show up and are responsible for your food/drink (although each tour has a complimentary something). Price is around $95/per person with up to 4 guests.
The Dinner Detective Murder/Mystery Dinner Show– A 3-hour experience including a four-course dinner and a murder mystery. The actors may actually people seated among your table and you try to solve the mystery. The costs is $60 + 10% for taxes for each person.
If there’s anything that needs to be added or is inaccurate, please contact me.