Colorado Springs is a family-friendly community of nearly 400,000 residents. The city's main attractions include the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Garden of the Gods and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Whether you have a boy who wants an action-packed party, a girl who wants something fanciful or a group of boys and girls who all have different wishes for the perfect birthday party, Colorado Springs has plenty of options.
Animals and the Outdoors
Colorado Springs has several venues that let children get close to nature and animals. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (cmzoo.org) features animals from all over the world including giraffes, Mexican wolves, snakes, elephants and birds. A birthday party at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo includes a choice of themes: River Otter, Primate, Giraffe or Pony. Party packages include guests getting to meet the animals of the chosen theme. If you want to meet your own choice of animals, the zoo lets guests create their own party package. The zoo even offers sleepover parties where guests get to explore the zoo after dark; dinner and activities are included with a sleepover party. The Fountain Creek Nature Center (adm.elpasoco.com) is a place where kids can explore the outdoors and animals including white-tail deer, birds, frogs and lizards. Birthday parties at Fountain Creek include two hours in a room at the center, a guided tour of the facility, a puppet show and games. Choose from themes including Big Bugs, Nature Detectives and Walk the Wetlands.
Tumble and Play
Colorado Springs offers venues for active 5-year-olds. My Gym (my-gym.com) is a children's fitness center specializing in age-specific gymnastics, karate and martial arts programs. My Gym offers birthday parties that are targeted toward a child's age. During a two-hour party, guests will experience games, songs, puppets, gymnastics and activities all led by a trained staff member. Parties include exclusive access to the gym so the attention is completely on the birthday party. Colorado Aerials (coloradoaerials.com) is a gymnastics facility that offers classes and lessons to children of all ages. Colorado Aerials offers birthday parties led by a "party meister" who directs guests with tumbling, swinging and trampoline activities. After gymnastics activities, guests get to spend 30 minutes in a private party room for cake, refreshments and gifts; the gym provides drinks and paper goods so all parents have to provide is the cake.
Games and More Games
For a 5-year-old who loves games, consider two venues for the birthday party. Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center (mrbiggsffc.com) offers bowling (bumper bowling if needed), miniature golf, an arcade and Little Big Town, a play area for kids 5 and under includes a giant sand box, a sunken pirate ship with foam guns and a reading room. Parents can choose from a variety of themes for their child's birthday at Mr. Biggs: Hawaiian beach party, dinosaurs, circus or pirates. All parties include fun center play passes, one hour at a party table, cake and unlimited soda. iT'Z USA (itzusa.com) is a family fun center with games and attractions for kids of all ages. Five-year-olds can enjoy the carnival midway games, bowling, the Speedway that has miniature cars kids steer around a track and a bounce house. A birthday party at iT'Z includes a party host, over one hour in a private party room, a pizza buffet, tickets to iT'Z rides and attractions, and invitations.
Sertich Ice Center (springsgov.com/Page.aspx) is an indoor ice skating rink that offers lessons and open skating for kids 8 and under on Friday afternoons. The center offers birthday parties year-round; the parties include 90 minutes of skate time, a birthday cake, drinks and balloons. For an additional fee, have a pizza or hot dog party and a private party room. If your 5-year-old is an artist at heart consider having their next birthday party at Monart (csmonart.com), a children's art and drawing school. When you plan a birthday party with Monart, guests receive personalized invitations. The party includes a drawing lesson, art stations and canvases for each child to paint and take home. After art projects are completed, guests finish the party with refreshments and gifts.