Places in Salt Lake City for a Kid's Birthday Party

by Nicole Brown

Salt Lake City is nestled on the shores of the Great Salt Lake and against the picturesque Wasatch Mountains. Salt Lake City takes pride in its natural surroundings and is also very family-oriented. The area provides numerous family-friendly activities and is the perfect place to plan a kid's birthday party.

Discovery Gateway Children's Museum

Discovery Gateway Children's Museum ( is an interactive museum with exhibits including a news studio, helicopter simulation, art studio and water play. The museum offers birthday party packages that include 60 to 90 minutes in a private party room, a party host and access to the entire museum. Parents can choose optional themes such as a Pirate's Adventure, Wizard School or Fairy Tale. Bring your own cake or let the museum provide one for you.

Fat Cats

Fat Cats Bowling Alley ( offers bowling entertainment for all ages in a smoke-free atmosphere -- something you won't find in many bowling alleys. If you want to book a party at Fat Cats, one of their party specialists will do all of the work for you, from providing the invitations to setting up the party space at the bowling alley. Birthday party packages include bowling and shoe rentals, drinks and tokens for guests, and a free pass for guests to bowl on their next visit. Add pizza and ice cream, and all you have to do bring is the cake.

Hogle Zoo

There is no better place in Salt Lake City to celebrate the birthday of a child who loves animals than at the Hogle Zoo ( On the zoo's 42 acres, kids can see elephants, birds, wild cats, reptiles and more, and ride the zoo's train and carousel. The Hogle Zoo doesn't provide a structured birthday party program, but it offers plenty of resources to make a birthday party a success. The zoo has a number of picnic tables across from the primate building at which you can set up food and presents. The zoo offers a wide selection of food options, but guests are welcome to bring their own food. Decorations aren't allowed, but who needs decorations when you have the zoo as your backdrop? Groups are also eligible for discounted tickets when they enter together.

The Front Climbing Club

The Front Climbing Club ( is an indoor rock-climbing club for kids and adults alike. The Front offers birthday party packages that include rock-climbing sessions with a climbing instructor, harnesses and shoes, and tables and chairs at which you can celebrate with food and gifts. In some package options, the Front will provide a climbing-themed cake, pizza, goodie bags and party decorations.

Jump Around Utah

Let your kids jump out their energy at Jump Around Utah (, an indoor inflatable activity center. Kids can run and play on inflatable slides, bounce houses and jungle gyms. Booking a party at Jump Around Utah means renting out the entire facility -- invite up to 30 kids and all of their parents if you choose to make it worth your while. Party packages also include servingware and cake or ice cream for all of your guests. Outside food is welcome for an additional charge.

About the Author

Nicole Brown has been a freelance writer since 2007. She works as an administrative professional in the legal field and does freelance writing part-time. She has an associate degree in business administration from American Intercontinental University and a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix.