The Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in Waco


Dear Waco mama,

You have enough on your plate! To make planning that next kiddo’s birthday party a little bit easier for ya, here’s a list we’ve compiled of the best venues around. Now that that’s taken care of, start putting together the invite list, food, party favors. . . on second thought, sit back and enjoy a glass of wine. Party planning can wait until tomorrow 😉

Love, WMB

      1. LANSharx3126 Franklin Ave

Food tables and the latest video game consoles; what more can you ask for? Any teen gamer will absolutely love this idea, and their packages vary to accommodate any party size. Includes, but is not limited to, Xbox Ones, PS4s, and Wii U’s. If you aren’t sure what those are, you probably aren’t the mom of a teenager.

      2. Cameron Park Zoo ~ 1701 4th N St

Three wonderful outdoor venues to choose from. Each package includes free admission for your guests, ice cream, and a t-shirt for the birthday kid. This venue comes with the bonus, uh, restriction of buying less party decor, because no balloons, confetti, or streamers are allowed for the animals’ safety. Don’t worry, you can still have a cute theme on your plates, napkins, cake, and tablecloth!

      3. Mayborn Museum ~ 1300 S University Parks Dr

This hands-on educational museum on Baylor’s campus is perfect for kids of any age. Included in birthday packages is admission to all the exhibits, a private party room, decorations, and a t-shirt for the birthday kid. If you have been here before, or even hosted a birthday party here already, they have an exhibit room that changes multiple times a year, so be sure to check it out again.

      4. Urban Air Trampoline Park ~ 5701 W Waco Dr

If hearing “wall-to-wall trampolines, Urban Warrior course, trampoline dodgeball, slam dunk zone, and foam pit” doesn’t exhaust you, then this party venue is for you! Let the kids work off that birthday cake sugar high BEFORE taking them home. Good for all ages because of a “7 and younger” zone and a Glow in the Dark party option for older kids!

      5. Urban Acres ~ 1560 Rogers Hill Rd

Birthday parties for kids of all ages; package prices depend on number of riders and length of time. Your party will be customized to your child, but include grooming time, learning how to saddle/prepare the horses, riding time, and mounted/unmounted games! They cater to all skill levels and make sure that every party goer enjoys their experience.

      6. AMF Bowling ~ 4565 W Waco Dr

This is not just any bowling birthday party. AMF’s customizable packages can include pizza, soda, french fries, a signable bowling pin or even an ice cream station! It doesn’t end there: pool tables, an arcade, and full service bar are also available. Excuse me while I go book an adult birthday party…

      7. Practically Pikasso ~ 4310 W Waco Dr

An hour and a half of fun creativity for both kids and their parents alike. Selected piece, supplies, glazing, instruction and supervision from a Pikasso party coordinator provided at a very reasonable price. Since each person takes home their own creation, you don’t have to worry about party favors!

      8. McLane Stadium ~ 1001 S Martin Luther King Blvd

Enjoy party options including running through the players tunnel and field access, or relaxing by the Brazos in the tailgate area with plenty of room to frolic. McLane Stadium catering is available.

      9. Bouncing Fun Factory ~ 211 W Panther Way 

Inflatables, 8000 square feet of padded play area, foam pit, wifi, and sound system included at this fun and affordable option.

      10. Jump-N-Place ~ 7005 Woodway Dr

Huge jump arena with a variety of party options to fit preferences. Always included are over 1 hour of supervised jump time, 45 minutes party time, tablecloths, napkins, forks, plates, juice, water, and clean up! This family owned and operated center has won awards for 7 out of the 9 years they have been in business.

      11. Critters Exotic Pets ~ 600 S Valley Mills Dr

Any animal loving kiddos out there? THIS is the place for you. You can “Join the Jungle” by holding your party here or even “Bring the Jungle to you” by renting out an animal encounter. Get a demonstration of a monkey, a bearded dragon, prairie dog, tortoise, and snakes of all sizes, and even pet them if you wish!

      12. Hawaiian Falls ~ 900 Lake Shore Dr

Beat the Texas heat by renting a personal cabana, eating ice cream, riding waterslides, and hosting the coolest party of the year! 3 all-inclusive package options that take care of food, clean up, and even invites.

      13. Painting with a Twist ~ 1621 N Valley Mills Dr

Ideal for those older children who think they are “too cool” for a party. You will select your painting from a collection of over 3,600, schedule for any time or day, and can decorate the room prior if you wish. The prices will be the same as a regular public class, but you have your own room and artist-instructor. Art supplies, cups, napkins and plates provided.

      14. POSH ~ 4551 W Waco Dr

PJ’s and pedicures? Yes, please! Perfect for pampering your little diva, and let’s be honest, YOU. Your mom friends and their girls will love this option just as much as you. 

      15. Your own home or a nearby park

Yup, you heard me. If any of the options above aren’t just right, or if you are trying to save some money, don’t despair. Pack some fun tablecloths and head to a park, or transform your backyard into a party that will last for a week instead of just one day! Lucky for you, we already have Tips & Tricks to Hosting a {Fun} Party on a Budget for your reference.

16. Shipley Donuts

Order some donuts, bring a few activities, and have a Pajama & Donuts party at your local donut shop!

17. Hat Creek Burger

Speaking of pajamas, Hat Creek offers Pajama parties! Delicious food, outdoor play area, and zero clean up for mom and dad. This is a win/win for everyone.

18. Slow Rise Slice House

Another family favorite hot spot. Slow Rise offers an outdoor play area, cold beverages, delicious pizza, and more. All you need to do is bring the cake and decorations!