Sometimes the kindest thing I can do for myself and my family is paying for someone to operate the bulk of birthday party stress. The chaos at an organized venue is also usually a bit more contained, and my sanity stays mostly intact. I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching different venues for my own kids. Here are some you may not know about.
Birthdays at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
This is a great option for nature lovers. Located at the newly renovated Botanical Garden, this package includes full access to the gardens, plant themed crafts, and a garden attendant to help out. You get your choice of a log cabin, the beautiful Prickly Pear Pavilion, or the Education Tent. You’re allotted 2 hours, plus an extra 30 minutes before and after the party for set up/clean up. Click here for more info.
Address: 555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209
A bit more on the expensive side, but it might be worth it if your kid is obsessed with Legos. The least expensive package, which is $450, includes admission for 25 people, an hour in a private birthday room, a birthday attendant, access to all play areas/rides, cake/beverage, and all party supplies. It actually includes a lot, which might make the price worth paying. It’s located in Rivercenter Mall downtown near the River Walk. My six-year-old son loves it here. It’s a very unique experience and might be worth the money. Click here for more info.
Address: 849 East Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Clay Casa is so intimate and easy. Have the parents drop the kids off for 1 1/2 hours while the kids craft something out of clay. You bring the cake, and an experienced artist will guide the kids through the craft. Two chaperones are allowed, and space can accommodate about 15 painters, possibly more for an extra charge. Click here for more info.
Address: 502 Embassy Oaks #107, San Antonio, TX 78216
The Magik Theatre
My son has attended The Magik Theatre’s two-week summer camps for the past two years and thoroughly enjoys the program. This package includes a 1 1/2 hour party after a 2:00 pm performance. The birthday child is announced onstage, and you’re given a couple of free tickets for concessions. There’s also the option to pay an extra $100 to get your own personal teaching artist who leads 45 minutes of theatre games for all the kids. Click here for more info.
Address: 420 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205
The Kiddie Park has been around since 1925, but they recently got a bit of a facelift after they relocated to The San Antonio Zoo. With a much better location and the same affordable prices, it’s a really good option. For $200 dollars you get 2 hours for up to 12 children, unlimited rides during your party, birthday party invitations, and a gift for the birthday child. Such a simple but fun place. Click here for more info.
Address: 3903 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212
We Rock The Spectrum
I go here often with my boys. My youngest is 2 and the oldest is 6. They both love it. The facility has a small trampoline area, zipline, dress up, separate science room, arts & crafts room, toddler area, and a lot more. You can rent the whole facility out. Depending on which package you choose, it might come with a helper, birthday cake/pizza, party favors, and an organized craft. Click here for more info.
Address: 932 Coronado Blvd, Universal City, TX 78148
Jungle Jam Party and Play
Located in New Braunfels just outside of San Antonio, is Jungle Jam. This venue includes a huge play structure, a bouncy house, a designated toddler zone, and a hands-on play center. There’s also a little cafe with tables and free Wi-Fi for the adults! Party rooms can be rented for two hours and include tables/chairs, party invitations, and full use of the facilities. You’re allowed to bring any food/decorations you’d like. Click here for more info.
Address: 1269 Summerwood Dr #101, New Braunfels, TX 78130
This is great for older kids who love to craft. Abby’s Attic teaches sewing to kids starting at age 4. They also have classes for adults! Your kids will learn how to sew from a professional seamstress. They provide all the materials needed to create your item. From start to completion it takes about 3 hours. You can bring a cake and any decorations you’d like. Click here for more info.
Address: 2250 Thousand Oaks Dr #208, San Antonio, TX 78232
The San Antonio Aquarium
This is a really unique and interactive aquarium. Party packages are pretty reasonable. Depending on which package you choose it might include a helper/educator to take everyone on an aquarium tour, as well as help you set up/clean up. It might include a few dollars worth of free arcade games, a free T-shirt for the birthday child, and an opportunity to feed the stingrays and other animals. Click here for more info.
Address: 6320 Bandera Rd, Leon Valley, TX 78238
Party at the Farm
This is a farm dedicated to birthday parties and organized group activities. For $300 you get a petting zoo, pony rides, tractor-pulled wagon rides, carnival games, and covered seating with 6 picnic tables. You can even request a “unicorn” ride. Click here for more info.
Address: 12120 W Schaefer Rd, Schertz, TX 78108
Snooze Sleepover Company
This is a sleepover rental service that comes to you. You pick your package/theme and they take care of everything else. All packages include A-frame tents with custom fabric canopies and twin air mattresses with fitted sheets. Imagine the sleepover of your kid’s dreams. Party trays with goodies, plush pillows, party lights, garland, beautiful tents, balloons, and comfy blankets. They set up for you the day of and breakdown the next day. Some themes to choose from include Bohemian Dreams, A Night in Paris, Harry Potter, Simply Spa, NBA Ballin, Sweet Dreams Candyland, Avengers, and so much more. Click here for more info.
Rainbow Event Center
The Rainbow Event Center is a magical place for kids. Located just outside San Antonio, in Boerne, Texas. There are multiple spring-free trampolines, 20 different playsets, playhouses, a basketball court, cacoon hanging tents, and mini-golf putting greens. The 2 acres of the beautiful landscape is great all on its own, but all the activities for the kids make this unbeatable. Click here for more info.
Address: 25840 I-10, Boerne, TX 78006