Parties — they’re all fun and games until you have to plan and execute them yourself, right? Naturally, many aspects of planning a party for kids are quite different from planning one for adults, but the key to success for either one is, of course, organization.
In addition to budget and guest list, deciding on the location of the party is crucial to getting the planning process started. Whether you choose a DIY event at home, or find a party place with less heavy lifting for the host or hostess, we can help you out with some great local options.
RENTING A FACILITY
Having your event away from your house at a party facility means someone else does the prep work, keeps the party moving, and takes care of the clean up. Prices and packages vary, so be very sure you’re clear on exactly what the facility will and won’t provide, and if there’s additional cost per extra kid, who didn’t RSVP, but showed up anyway!
Here are some cool local party places to consider:
Adventure Quest Laser Tag (Harahan)
1200 South Clearview Parkway
(504) 207-4444; www.lasertagnola.com
All-Star Gymnastics (Harvey)
2073 Bonn St
(504) 328-3838; http://allstargymla.com/
Art Time (Mandeville)
705 Asbury Drive
(985) 674-2023; www.arttime.biz
Big Easy Sportsplex (Jefferson)
800 Webb Street
(504) 733-0046; www.bigeasysportsplex.com
Bookoo Bounce (Elmwood)
Year-round indoor inflatable playground and party place
(504) 835-6424; www.bookoobounce.com
Brushworks Academy (Covington)
330 Falconer Drive
(985) 234-9354; www.brushworksacademy.com
Cindy Ory Dance/GlowParties (River Ridge)
9029 Jefferson Hwy
(504) 737-3345; http://www.orydance.com/
Creole Queen (French Quarter)
1 Poydras St
(800) 445-4109; www.creolequeen.com
Crescent City Gymnastics (Mid-City)
7800 Earhart Blvd
(504) 861-1740; www.crescentcitygymnastics.com
Elevation Station Indoor Trampoline Park (Covington)
250 Northpointe Court
(985) 791-9838; www.elevationstation.com
Elmwood Gymnastics (Harahan)
700 Elmwood Park
(504) 733-4496; www.elmwoodfitness.com
Gymrompers (Nola, Metairie)
5212 S Claiborne Ave
(504) 481-0835; http://www.gymrompersfun.com/
Ivanov’s Gymnastics Academy (Harahan)
800 Webb St.
(504) 889-9800; http://www.ivanovsgymnastics.com
Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours (Marrero)
6601 Leo Kerner Lafitte Pkwy
(504) 689-4186; http://www.jeanlafitteswamptour.com/
Kids Arena Inflatables (Mandeville)
813 Florida Street
(985) 626-1414; www.thekidsarena.com
Louisiana Children’s Museum (Warehouse District)
420 Julia Street
(504) 523-1357; lcm.org
Mandeville Sports Complex (Mandeville)
(985) 727-7277; www.mandevillesportscomplex.com
New Orleans Baby Cakes Baseball Parties (Metairie)
6000 Airline Drive
(504) 734-7019; Cakesbaseball.com
NOLA Gymnastics (Garden District)
1725 Dufossat St
(504) 782-6462; http://www.nolagymnastics.com/
Ochsner Kidsports Elmwood (Harahan)
1200 S Clearview Pkwy
(504) 733-1600; www.ochsnerfitness.com
Pony Tales (St. Rose)
156 Bertucci Lane
(504) 469-0148; http://ponytalesbirthdays.com/
Posh Paint Pub (Metairie)
3218 Taft Park
(504) 835-4155; http://www.poshpaintpub.com/
Safari Quest Family Fun Center (Hammond)
200 Hewitt Road
(985) 340-5858; www.lasertaghammond.com
SkyZone Trampoline Park (Metairie)
6509 Riverside Drive
(504) 507-1677; www.skyzone.com/metairie
Spoil Me Too Spa (Metairie)
4521 West Napoleon Avenue
(504) 324-6726; spoilmetookidsspa.com
X Fusion (Covington)
1455 N Collins Blvd
(985) 705-2910; www.xfusionfitnesscenter.com
Yonsei Martial Arts Academy (Kenner)
2530 Florida Ave
(504) 465-5353; http://www.yonsei.us/
HOSTING AT HOME
Having a party at home allows you to add a personal touch and set your own pace, but it brings a completely different shopping list and set of tasks than having it at a separate facility. One of the major considerations is activities. You can certainly go old school with simple party games, or bump it up a little with entertainment for hire.
Here are some excellent mobile entertainment/activity/treat options:
About To Bounce
Inflatable bounce house and water slide rentals, plus laser tag, climbing walls, & more.
(504) 914-6489; www.abouttobounce.com
Art from the Heart Face Painting
Detailed cheek art and full-faced animals and masks, some with added glitter & jewels.
(504) 416-1430; artfromtheheartevents.com
Be Hooper Be Happy
Mobile hula hooping parties, including games, performances, music, and crafts.
(504) 957-2527; www.behooperbehappy.com
Bibbidy Bobbidy Bash
Costumed characters for hire.
(504) 432-3837; www.bibobash.com
Big Hungry’s Snoballs
Mobile unit that also includes hot dogs, nachos, and popcorn.
(504) 214-4626; https://www.facebook.com/Bighungryssnoballs/
Bounce World NOLA
Outdoor inflatable party rentals including slides, games & bounce houses.
(504) 467-9424; www.bounceworldnola.com
Dreamy Tee Pee
Indoor kids’ slumber party tent themes, with decorations and bedding options.
(504) 247-4960; https://www.dreamyteepee.com/
Family Time Inflatables
Bounce houses and wet/dry slide rentals, plus clowns, magicians, snoballs, and more.
(504) 858-8266; www.familytimeinflatables.com
New Orleans Rock Wall
A 24-feet-high portable climbing wall, suitable for ages 6 and up.
(504) 461-8550; www.aneworleansportablerockwall.com
Kiddie rides, inflatables, costume characters, and more.
(504) 905-6368; www.nolaamusements.com
Nola Wax Hands
Interactive craft that makes a mold of your hand using melted, colored wax.
Pony & wagon rides, merry-go-round. They have a party facility, or can come to you.
(504) 469-0148; http://ponytalesbirthdays.com/
Puppets, costumed characters, specialty acts & musicians
(504) 469-7019; www.theatricana.com/portapuppets
Interactive traveling animal show.
(504) 256-4731; reptilekrewe.com
Amusement rentals, snoballs to go, characters, photography, party rentals.
(504) 347-7156; riversideamusements.com
Tumblebus / Gym on Wheels
Mobile gymnastics unit, housed in a fully padded, converted school bus.
(504) 621-4617; email@example.com
Wee Bounce Inflatables
Bounce houses, waterslides, concessions, tables, chairs, & more.
(504) 352-7569; www.weebounceinflatables.com
Zoo 2 You (Both Shores)
Mobile petting zoo
(985) 796-8444 or (504) 756-1501; zoo2uparties.com