Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Over 50 Children's Birthday Party Ideas for Mom and Dad!

Last year, after Acadia's birth, we decided to have one big summer family party instead of expecting our family and friends to come from hours away 3 times per summer for each girls birthday. In having one party, I thought we could make it more grand and special for the girls, so I started researching ideas on the internet (of course). I quickly realized that was no one source for New Hampshire birthday party ideas, so I spent hours picking over different sites to find entertainers that would come to our home or places we could go have a birthday party. We ended up with a face painter and a caricature artist at our house and the party was a huge hit. We will be having another one this year which means I need to start planning now; a lot of the places/ artists book really early for the summer. And as a favor to my friends, I thought I would post my list of ideas here to save someone else the trouble of researching like I had to.

This is a pretty comprehensive list broken into 3 categories: In-home entertainers, chain locations and local NH locations. If we have any experience with the entertainer/ facility, I have included a note after the name. Otherwise, do not hold me accountable if you try a place and hate it since I am making no specific recommendations here, got it?

Enjoy, and if you have kids in New Hampshire, you should seriously bookmark this page since it will absolutely save you hours of time and headache. Also, please let me know if I have missed something that you recommend.

Invite an entertainer to your party:
A Party Palace- This is a fantastic party planner that will bring a princess to your little princess. They offer Cinderella, Belle and more. They also offer tea party, spa parties or diva parties. Sit back and let them do the work for you so you can relish the joy of the day. (Full review here.)
Liane Leblanc: a caricature artist (She is fantastic- we used her at our party last year and it was a huge hit. See one of our caricatures here.)
Jujubee the clown
Trading Faces Face Painting (We have used her and she is great!)
Make A Face 4 U Face Painting
Anderson Magic
Steve Thomas Magic
Amy Conley, Family Musician
Princess Parties
Noah's Arc Work Shop: Children can stuff their own stuffed animals.
Ultimate Treasure Hunts
Mad Science
Steve Blunt, Family Entertainer
Kids Party Productions: Balloon twisting, magicians, face painting and more.
Remarkable Blackbird: Henna Artist
Musing Henna
Rhythm & Ribbons, Concord - offers 45 minutes of music and movement- dancing, singing, musical instruments, and musical craft. Unique, fun experience for boys and girls!!

Birthday parties at remote locations (NH locations):
Cowabungas Indoor Play Center- A great facility with a large selection of bouncys along with games like hover baseball and air hockey. A hit with my 3 and 6 year olds.
Coppal House- A Corn Maze and gorgeous scenery. Each child takes home a pumpkin.
Krazy Kids- A great indoor play center in Pembroke and they even offer overnights!
The Children's Museum of New Hampshire
Nothin' But Good Times: A great climbing facility that keeps my kids entertained for hours! LOVE it!
Chuckster's: (Awesome outdoor fun with mini golf, a climbing wall, jumpsters, batting cages and more!)
Charmingfare Farm
Whales Tale Water Slides, Lincoln
The Currier Museum of Art, Mnchester
Fun World, Nasua
Fisher Cats: Baseball
NH Monarchs: Hockey
Cranmore Fitness: Rock climbing wall, pool, bouncy houses and more
Party Playland, Hampstead
Flipz Gymnastics: Concord
Concord Sports Center: baseball, softball, wiffleball, kickball, flag football or soccer
Chunky's Cinema, Nashua, Pelham
See Science Center, Manchester
Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, Concord
For Kids Who Cook: Derry NH
Vertical Dreams: Rock climbing wall, Manchester.
Rumble Tumble Gym: Portsmouth
The Discovery Stop, Londonderry, NH. (Indoor play facility, great for ages 5 and under)
Space Center, Hooksett, NH (Homepage says now serving beer and wine... what more could you ask for?)
FunSpot- Laconia
Kindermusik: Locations throughout the state and many offer birthday party options.

Bring the animal adventures to your home:
Reptiles on the Move
Curious Creatures
Critters and Creatures

Birthday parties at remote locations (chain locations):
You're Fired: Pottery
Smitty's Cinema (Ariana attended a birthday party here and loved it.)
Build A Bear
Bounce U: Bouncy houses
Michaels: Craft store

Some more ideas that can be found all over the state:
Glamour shots party
Karate studios often offer birthday parties.


  1. Wow! You have really done your research! Amazing---and such great ideas.

    And I may have given you a Awe-summm award on my blog! :)

  2. Thanks for the great ideas! Always looking for creative suggestions and this definitely helped.

  3. Woah! What a great resource! Great ideas, too! Glad we made the list, too! Always love a blog mention -- we appreciate the support! Keep in touch!
    -Kelly, Cowabunga's

  4. Chuck E. Cheese - Manchester
    Funspot - Laconia

  5. Rhythm & Ribbons- offers 45 minutes of music and movement- dancing, singing, musical instruments, and musical craft. Unique, fun experience for boys and girls!!

  6. Festive Party in Manchester NH millyard. We had our son's 4th birthday there and loved it! All in one room and can bring all your own food. No bouncing from room to room. It was easy to keep track of everyone and if a child got thirsty or hungry they could stay in the same room and grab a snack or drink. http://www.festiveparty.com

  7. How can I get you to add Jump N Joy in Laconia NH for a fun party place? We have five bounce houses, even a toddler unit with air hockey and lots of fun.

  8. My cupcake and cookie van is a great birthday party option. I have a number of party packages that involve my van and its vending window. Another option I have is for kids to decorate cupcakes that I bring. My cupcake van is a great addition o a party and also a great attraction.
    I'd love your support.

  9. Jump On In, Nashua NH Indoor bounce party place. Party packages

  10. Happy Kids Entertainment offers all kinds of fun characters for children's birthday parties. Interactive magic, colorful parachute games, and more!

  11. THANK YOU for this list! I just stumbled across it in my search for what to do for my 2 older kids whose birthdays are only a day apart. Still can't decide what we're doing but I am so happy to have found your list! You rock!

    Also, I'm a custom cake baker/decorator in southern NH and I specialize in kid's birthday cakes! You can find me on Facebook at facebook.com/KimsSweetTreats or my website is kimssweettreats.webs.com :)

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