Party Places for My Two-Year-Old in Texas

by Melissa Gagnon

Planning a birthday party for your two-year-old can be stress-free if you consider booking a party at a venue. If you have your party at a venue, you won't have to worry about cleaning your house, planning activities or cooking food. You will be free to show up and enjoy the fun with your toddler. Whether you prefer an outdoor party or a party where toddlers can explore and learn inside, Texas has a variety of venues for you to consider.

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Indoor Play Areas

Indoor play areas provide a toddler-friendly atmosphere for your two-year-old's birthday party. Chuck E. Cheese has locations across Texas, including Dallas, Allen, Grand and Plano; the company website (chuckecheese.com) offers a complete list. If you're inviting a range of ages to your party, this is a good choice. Chuck E. Cheese locations typically include toddler play areas for two-year-olds as well as games and rides for older children. Pump It Up (pumpitupparty.com) also has many Texas locations, including some in Houston, San Antonio, Arlington and McAllen. Pump It Up provides a private room filled with inflatable slides, bouncy houses and climbing structures for your party. This works well for young toddlers because they will have the room to themselves; adults and older kids from your party are allowed to play, but you won't have to worry about bigger kids from outside your party intimidating the little ones.

Children's Museums

Children's museums are a good choice if you want a more structured, educational experience. The Austin Children's Museum (austinkids.org) and San Antonio Children's Museum (sakids.org) offer party packages. They both offer a private party room where you can have cake and ice cream and open presents. The museums offer exhibits that are appropriate for kids and adults of all ages to explore and play. All packages include an assistant to help with set-up and cleaning after the party and a T-shirt for the birthday child.

Outdoor Parties

Outdoor parties can be very successful if you choose the right venue and have good weather. Birthday parties at the Sam Houston Equestrian Center in Houston (learnhorse.com) offer an indoor place for party games, eating and presents, plus outdoor activities for your party guests, including a visit to the barn and a pony ride. Children of all ages can ride the ponies if they wish. Bring carrots for the toddlers to feed the ponies.

Themed Parties

Gymboree (gymboree.com), with many locations throughout Texas, including in Dallas, Plano, Allen and Lewisville, offers toddler-appropriate themed parties. You are free to pick from available themes including: music, ocean, jungle, sports and princess parties. The themes may vary depending on the location you choose. A Gymboree teacher leads your party-goers in fun-filled activities. All party supplies, including treat bags, balloons and paper products, are included in the party package.

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