Buffalo is probably most well-known for its frigid winter temperatures and blizzards and its close proximity to Niagara Falls, but Buffalo is also a family-friendly city. For parents looking for a venue for their child's next birthday party, Buffalo has plenty to offer. If you can't find what you're looking for in Buffalo, you'll find even more venues within 20 miles or less.
For kids who want to explore animals from all over the world, visit the Buffalo Zoo (buffalozoo.org). The Buffalo Zoo opened in 1875, making it the third oldest zoo in the United States. The zoo, set on nearly 24 acres, is home to hundreds of species of animals including tigers, Asian elephants, alligators, birds and snakes. Kids can get a hands-on experience at the Children's Zoo which features pigs, sheep and chickens to pet and see up-close. A birthday party at the Buffalo Zoo includes a zoo party host, a private room, food and drinks for each child and a live animal encounter.
Education and Fun
Mix education and fun with a visit to the Buffalo Museum of Science (sciencebuff.org) which features natural and physical science exhibits. Kids can explore the museum's dinosaur exhibit which features fossils of a Triceratops and Allosaurus; the gems and minerals exhibit features thousands of gems and minerals from New York and Ontario. Birthday parties at the museum include a two-hour room rental decorated in a theme of your choice, a one-hour interactive experience and admission to the museum. Explore & More (exploreandmore.org/default.aspx) is Buffalo's children's museum dedicated to kid-friendly, hands-on learning. Kids can plant corn and carrots in the museum's pretend garden, explore far-off countries in the Culture Corner and learn how to build a house in the Building Curiosity exhibit. Birthday parties at Explore & More include handmade origami invitations, a decorated party room, crafts and cake and juice for each guest.
Bounce and Play
For kids who need to bounce, jump and get out all of their energy, these two locations will help them do just that. Bounce Magic (bouncemagic.com) is an indoor inflatable play center that features bounce houses, slides and obstacle courses. Bounce Magic offers birthday parties complete with bounce time, tokens to play games in the arcade and a party room for cake and celebration. Flip's Gymnastics & Sport (flipkids.com) offers gymnastics, dance and cheerleading classes for preschoolers to teens in a fun and positive environment. Flip's offers parties for birthdays, school events or any other celebration. Parties at Flip's include activities like obstacle courses, trampoline time, gymnastics and rock-wall climbing. For food and drinks, parents can choose from cake and pizza or chose a healthy option of sandwiches and milk.
The Buffalo area can reach frigid temperatures during the winter but that doesn't mean kids can't have a water-themed party during any season. Just 22 miles from Buffalo, Great Wolf Lodge (greatwolf.com/niagra/waterparks) in Niagara Falls is open year-round. Great Wolf features indoor slides and a water playground set at a cozy temperature. Have a party in the water park or have a spa-themed birthday party at Scooops Kids Spa complete with pedicures, manicures and updo's for each guest. The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark (fallsviewwaterpark.com) is 20 miles from Buffalo, also in Niagara Falls. The indoor water park is across the street from Niagara Falls and features three acres of indoor water fun. Kids can experience 16 water slides, a wave pool and an indoor sundeck. A birthday party at Fallsview includes guest admission, a reserved party table, lunch and cake.