Let’s celebrate! The 2018 Des Moines Birthday Party Guide is here to help you plan the best party for your child. We’ve gathered the best local resources and compiled them in one ultimate guide. Whether you need treats, locations, and entertainment or are looking for something new and unexpected, look no further!
The 2018 Des Moines Birthday Party Guide is sponsored by our featured partners, but it is a comprehensive guide to all things birthday in Des Moines. We so appreciate the support of the community and the opportunity to present our readers with these valuable resources.
Cupcake Addict would love to help create a unique and memorable experience with your child at one of their cake or cupcake decorating parties! They are the only cake company in town that offers a one-of-a-kind cake and cupcake party experience. They also offer cake decorating classes each month where you can learn skills to create your own cake masterpieces for years to come. Their party room is also available for rent for your baby showers, bridal showers, anniversary parties, surprise parties, and so much more!
Science Center of Iowa
Celebrate-Like-A-Scientist with a Science Center of Iowa birthday party! Choose from a standard party, which includes admission to SCI’s exhibits and access to a private party room – or make it a themed party to get the VIP treatment at a live science program. SCI’s newest party option is a “Star Theater Movie Party,” where you can watch one of your favorite flicks on the planetarium dome. Best of all, SCI party-ologists handle all of the setup and teardown so you can enjoy the celebration!
Over The Top
Over the Top is central Iowa’s BEST ice cream shop, featuring 36 homemade flavors made in-store daily! Looking for a great birthday party idea? Enjoy their private party room and an interactive “ice cream tour” where children of all ages have fun making (and tasting) ice cream with their experts! Reservations required. For more information on our Party Packages, visit their website at www.overthetopiowa.com or call 515-266-3313.
Zap Laser Tag
Central lowa’s mobile event specialists featuring state of the art laser tag, water tag, combat archery, AV equipment rental, and mobile movie theaters. They handle everything from backyard birthdays with 10 players to large festivals with 1000s. Check them out at www.zaplasertag.com or visit their birthday specific page at www.lasertagbirthdays.com.
AR Workshop Ankeny
AR Workshop® is a boutique DIY studio that offers hands-on classes for creating custom, charming home decor from raw materials. Join an instructor-led workshop where you can make custom wood plank signs, photo frames, canvas pillows, canvas wall hangings, canvas tote bags, and more! Bring your own food and drinks to enjoy and leave with your completed project the same day which doubles as a party favor! Age 6 and up. Register online at www.arworkshop.com/ankeny or contact Laura Reed for more details at [email protected].
Painting With a Twist
Pump it Up
Pump It Up is the premier party facility in Des Moines. All parties at Pump It Up are private, supervised, and fun. Pump It Up does all the work so you don’t have to do anything but show up for all the fun.
The Playground for Kids
The Playground For Kids in Ankeny is an indoor party and play facility for kids up to 12 years old! The Playground For Kids features more than 9,000 square-feet of inflatables and boasts an enormous tree house play structure, too. The clean facility features open play times, private party opportunities — and no obnoxious arcade games or time restraints!
Animal Rescue League of Iowa
Enjoy two hours of animal fun for your child’s birthday party at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa! The birthday guests will enjoy animal-themed games, a special visit from an animal guest, and will get to ‘adopt’ a plush pet to take home. Make your child’s birthday one to remember, while also supporting the homeless animals at the ARL.