A Guide to Children’s Birthday Parties in St. Louis – Advice Eating

For young creatives

The magic house

The Kirkwood Children’s Museum can host parties for up to 50 guests and offers one hour of private playtime in one of the exhibits and one hour access to the facility’s party room for a DIY celebration. The Magic House also accommodates themed parties for up to 20 kids with cupcakes, museum playtime, party room access, and a staff-led program focused on art, fairy tales, science magic, or planes, trains, and cars. Theme packages start at $15 per child with a minimum of 10 children. 516 S. Kirkwood. 314-822-8900.

The Magic House, MADE for Kids

Designed for kids ages 4 to 14, this 7,000-square-foot space offers young creators the chance to design a rocket, try screen printing, create art on a digital easel, and more. Party packages include all-day admission to MADE and 45 minutes in a private party room to open gifts and enjoy treats. Packages start at $50 for room rental and are $5 per person for groups of 10 to 24 people. 5127 Delmar. 314-328-0561.

Eckerts

Children learn the basics of cooking as they prepare their own main courses and side dishes. They also have the option to design their own sweets, from smoothies to cupcakes. Fun Thyme Cooking Parties, designed for budding chefs ages 4 to 12, include a 1-hour ingredient cooking class and 1 hour of eating and gift-opening. Packages start at $250, or $20 per little cook. 951 S. Green Mountain, Belleville. 618-233-0513.

city ​​Museum

With its many mosaics, slides, tunnels and even a circus, the City Museum lets revelers choose their own adventures while offering a pizza or hot dog party in a reserved space for groups of 12 or more. The cost, which includes general admission to the museum, is $32 per person for participants ages 3 and older. 750 North 16. 314-231-2489.

Artscope art parties

Artscope offers teacher-led programs for preschoolers and up, but its wide range of themes — witches and wizards, pour painting, and “ooey gooey” parties that explore the science behind slime and other squishy DIY projects — could definitely appeal tweens and teens. Parties for 10 people start at $150. Party planners can bring their own snacks. 2929 Tower Grove. 314-865-0060.

Edwardsville Children’s Museum

The Edwardsville Children’s Museum offers parties when the facility is closed to the public, giving attendees two-hour access to the space. Party planners must provide their own refreshments, but museum staff will help set up, serve, and clean up. Member pricing starts at $225 for up to 15 participants. Non-member pricing starts at $250. 722 Holyoake, Edwardsville, Illinois. 618-692-2094.

play street museum

There are multiple options for parties at this interactive children’s museum. Bring your own decorations and party favors, or rely on the museum’s party experts to take care of the invitations, treats, and decorations. Birthday packages, starting at $375 for 90 minutes, cater to gatherings of up to 20 children. 1650 Bele. 314-471-0065.

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For young scientists

Challenger Learning Center

Party programs at the Challenger Learning Center include private access to the facility for either a 1-hour or 2-hour simulated space mission for children ages 5 and up. Just remember that the longer mission is recommended for ages 12+. Both events also include a rocket building activity, as well as a cupcake and party favor for each explorer to take home. Packages start at $350 for 12 mission participants. Parties can include up to 20 participants. 205 Brotherton. 314-521-6205.

health works! children’s museum

This wellness-focused museum features self-guided exhibits, including one for the world’s largest fiberglass teeth. Party packages start at $300 and include access to the party room and kitchen, a health educator-led show, themed decorations, a private screening of Mouth Movie, and time in the exhibit floor for up to 30 guests. 1100 Maclind. 314-241-7391.

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For nature lovers

The Butterfly House by Sophia M. Sachs

The Butterfly House offers themed parties that include staff-led activities, hour-long room rental, admission to the Butterfly Conservatory and Exhibit Hall, and an “Earth and Worms Treat” and juice box for each participating child. Ideal for children ages 3 to 8, themed party packages are $15 per child for 10 to 20 children and include free entry for up to 12 adults. 15050 Fist Park. 314-577-0888.

Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center

Wild Kids Birthday Parties are two-hour events for up to 20 children that feature an adventure on the private nature trail. There, staff guide participants in search of wildlife and the clues these animals leave behind. Birthday celebrations also include a nature-inspired art project, a behind-the-scenes tour of the professional wildlife sanctuary, and eco-friendly decorations and paraphernalia for party planners to serve up their own snacks. Participants must be of kindergarten age or older. Costs start at $325. 1128 New Ballwin. 636-394-1880.

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For active kids

Kinetic Park

This St. Charles County park features a 33,000-square-foot skate park and a 30-foot rock climbing wall, among other things. Formerly known as Youth Activity Park, it offers basic party packages starting at $50 for 10 participants. Groups can also sign up for staff-led gatherings with themes like X Games and Flashlight Fun, starting at $100 for 10 participants. 7801 Town Square, Dardenne Prairie. 636-561-4964.

The main event

With bowling, laser tag, video games and interactive activities all under one roof, this Chesterfield entertainment complex has something for everyone. Birthday packages, starting at $11.99 per guest, include options like all-you-can-play activities, unlimited fountain drinks, reserved party space, and a dedicated party host. 17027 North Outer 40. 636-536-9999.

National Transport Museum

For families with young children (ages 1 to 5) looking for streamlined fun, the Transport Museum offers an hour of private playtime at its Creation Station for up to 30 guests. The cost is $150 for museum members and $175 for non-members. 2933 Barrett Station. 314-965-6212.

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