Houston, Texas, is known for its Southern hospitality and family friendly atmosphere. The city is home to dozens of kid-friendly venues perfect for your 4-year-old's next party. Whether you have a girly-girl, a boy who likes action and excitement, or kids who love to learn while having fun, Houston has a venue.
Bounce and Play
Jumpin' Jak's Party Center (jumpinjaks.net) is an all-inclusive party center that caters to children's birthdays and other party events. Choose from party themes such as a gold rush, western town or jungle. Party packages include all food for kids (and adults), decorations and activities. Parties are held in a private decorated room or a shared room with other parties, depending on which package you choose. Monkey Joe's (monkeyjoes.com/westheimer) is an inflatable playground sure to bounce the energy right out of your kids. Parties include playtime on the inflatable slides, jumps and obstacle courses, party time in a private room, decorations, and food and drinks. Parents bring the cake and Monkey Joe's does all the hard work.
Houston offers several party venues for kids who love animals. The Houston Zoo (houstonzoo.org) is situated on 55 acres of land where guests can view exotic birds, African wildlife such as tigers and wild dogs, elephants and reptiles. A party at the Houston Zoo takes place at one of three outdoor pavilions decorated by the zoo staff. Parents only have to bring cake, and everything else is taken care of. Add on an animal encounter, scavenger hunt and/or carousel tickets. Dinosaurs Rock (dinosaursrocktx.com), Houston's own dinosaur-themed museum, is the ultimate destination for dinosaur-loving kids. A group of 4-year-olds is treated to a Little Raptors party, which includes a presentation of dinosaur fossils, a fossil dig during which kids can find real fossils, a dinosaur egg hunt and a T-Rex-foot ring toss.
Tumble and Twirl
The Little Gym (thelittlegym.com/houstonbellairetx/Pages/default.aspx) caters to children ages 1 to 12 with instructional dance and gymnastics. The Little Gym will structure a party around your child's age group by providing age-appropriate activities. Party packages include everything, even setup and cleanup. Let your birthday kid and guests get all of their energy out at Discovery Gymnatics (discovergymnastics.com) during a gymnastics-themed party. Whether you want a party of 12 or 50, Discovery will provide the facilities and entertainment for you; all parents have to bring is the cake, drinks and food. Kids will be treated to gymnastic games and activities, plus time in a party room for food and gifts.
If your child loves to learn while having fun, consider the Children's Museum of Houston (cmhouston.org). The museum features exhibits such as an invention workshop, water factory, building zone and art hall, at which kids create and showcase their art. Parties at the museum include everything but the cake; the museum takes care of the rest, including the party room, invitations and guided tours. It'z Family, Food and Fun (itzusa.com/houston) is a family entertainment center for kids and adults. It'z has 150 games, rides and attractions, including video games, carnival midway games, ski ball and air hockey. Parties at It'z include a private party room and host, pizza buffet, decor, and tickets or coins to redeem in the fun center. Keep cool in the hot Houston sun with a party at Splashtown (splashtownpark.com), a waterpark with pools and rides for kids, including an area suitable for 4-year-olds, and adults. Party packages include admission to the park for each guest, 60 minutes in the indoor party area, pizza, drinks and ice-cream sandwiches for guests, plus a free ticket for the birthday person to come back to the park.
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