One of our most asked questions from our readers is about birthday parties — and how to make them amazing! From venues to ideas, we have curated a list of the best ideas for kids’ party places in and around Madison, WI! These businesses represent some of the area’s best venues for entertainment, activities, and birthday cakes!
*Updated in September 2022
Spartan Day Camp is the perfect location for: Birthday Parties, Office Gatherings, Holiday Celebrations, Team Practices and more!
Bring your own food and decorations and make your event your own. Our space can accommodate up to 300 people.
- $375 for use of entire facility for up to 3 hours (1/2 hour free of charge before and after reserved time for set up and clean up)
- $125/hr for non-party rentals
- Bounce House and Tumble Track included! Perfect for Toddlers to Teens.
Email SpartanDayCampRentals@gmail.com for more information.
Ash & Arrow Events
As Madison’s original slumber party experts, Ash + Arrow will transform your next party into the ultimate sleepover experience that your guests will never forget! Each child will receive everything they need for a magical night: a custom tent, luxe mattress, plush linens, lanterns, breakfast + activity tray, twinkle lights(!), and styled decor.
Their team will setup, stage, and style the locally-crafted tents in your home for a night of whimsy, and return the next day to pack it all away. All you have to do is select one of the boutique themes and a party date – the rest is taken care of!
Urban Air Adventure Park
Make your kid’s birthday party a little bit more EPIC at Urban Air Adventure Park in Madison, Wis. They offer birthday packages for adventurers of all ages. Plus, you can build your perfect party by selecting the ideal combination of attractions you won’t find anywhere else, like unlimited laser tag, unlimited sky rider, unlimited spin zone bumper cars (e.g., bumper cars that flip!), ropes and warrior courses, climbing walls, APEX trampolines, the battle beam and so much more.
All parties include a 2-hour hangout, a party host, Urban Air socks, a t-shirt for the guest of honor, digital invitations, setup, clean up and party basics like balloons, party favors, plates, napkins and forks. Book a private room party for additional perks.
Madison’s premium birthday venue for groups of any age! We specialize in themed birthdays ages 5-16 and BYOB adult events, (for the young at heart!) Packages are $35 per player, and include Rosati’s Pizza, unlimited soft drinks, three semi-exclusive games of laser tag, and two hours in a fully decorated private party space! Ask us about our full facility rentals.
Goldfish Swim School
Nothing says “party” like a warm 90° pool and tropical environment that’s exclusively yours for your child’s special day. A unique experience for every child who attends by creating an environment that’s safe, fun and interactive. Goldfish Swim School can put together the party of your child’s dreams and take care of all of the details, setup and cleanup for you.
Their special party package includes:
- Two hours of private access to the facility
- Certified lifeguards on duty to oversee all pool activities
- Cupcakes and beverages for the children
- Table decorations and utensils
- Balloons and tropical decorations
Boulders Climbing Gym
Come celebrate your birthday with Boulders! No previous climbing experience necessary!
With this 2 hour party, you will have plenty of time for climbing, gifts/snacks, and celebrating.
Parties accommodate up to 15 climbers + adult supervisors. Ages 3 – 133 are the best climbers!
We have gear so that everyone can climb – ask about our Adaptive climbing. Boulders has two Madison, WI area locations.
Email Steffi@BouldersGym.com if you have any questions or to book your party at Boulders!
Forward Athletics offers a turfed baseball/softball area equipped with batting cages and pitching machines, a basketball and volleyball arena and a state of the art golf simulator.
The birthday/events party package includes exclusive use of the entire Forward Athletics facility for $150/hour.
Our Forward Athletics staff will setup/take down tables and chairs in our studio where you can have food and beverages. Fun for all ages!
Infinity Martial Arts
Our goal with every Birthday Party is to make sure your child is the star of the show… and you don’t even need any martial arts experience to join in! Our professional instructors are offering hands-on coaching and tons of fun martial arts challenges. We’ll help every child learn something new and we’ll give your child the chance to show off their new skills.
Birthday Party packages include: Invitations, Goody bags, Kid-Friendly Entertainment, PLUS all of the setup and clean up!
Pint Sized Parties
At Pint Sized Parties, we believe in celebrating the little things in life! Specializing in custom party decor and activities to help you celebrate! Need help with a theme or looking for a bit more help?
Consultation packages start just at $50!
La Fleur Stables
We celebrate year-round FUN TIMES, introducing people to the world of horses. We offer approximately two hours of fun-filled horse time at the stables. This is a truly special and interactive experience for all ages. Your friends will never forget the experience of having a FUN time at the finest horse facility in Dane County.
Animart Pet Store
All Inclusive Birthday Parties include: one-hour store tour and an hour in our upstairs party room! Animart will provide plates, cups, utensils, napkins, tablecovers, popcorn, music and a coloring book for each child. Parties are $300 for 12 kids ($5 per additional child).
DIY Parties Include: one-hour store tour and an hour in our upstairs party room. You will be responsible for decorating the room and cleaning up afterwards. DIY parties are $150 for up to 12 kids ($5 per additional child).
We encourage families to bring pizza, birthday cake, or anything else that you think would provide happiness to your child’s birthday!
Madison Children's Museum
Celebrate your imaginative, creative child in a place as unique as they are! Schedule your next birthday party at Madison Children’s Museum and don’t worry about planning games, DIYs, or crafts; the museum has four floors of hands-on exhibits and play space readymade. You get use of our Celebrations room for eating and gift opening—and unlimited play all day in the museum for you and all your guests. We offer two party packages ($325 & $425): both help make your planning and party prep as easy as possible. MCM members get a 10% discount! (Best for ages 1 to 10.)
Explore Children's Museum
Explore Children’s Museum’s mission is to provide meaningful opportunities, inspire participation in purposeful play, and promote lifelong learning. To accomplish our mission we create opportunities for individuals to take an active role in learning environments that inspire creativity, exploration, engagement, shared learning, collaboration, communication, critical thinking skills and fun. We have 12 interactive exhibits and find that our museum is most engaging for birth to age 9. The cost of admission is $8 per person for everyone over 12 months of age.
Come customize a plastic vinyl toy or squishy with paints or markers during open studio times Fridays through Sundays at Meep’s Workshop!
Enjoy time together with friends and family members in this new welcoming space, a flight of stairs up from Meep Meepleton’s World of Fun on the 1st floor.
Recommended for ages 8 and above!
Items range from $5-$30. OPENING SPECIAL: No charge for supplies or studio time!
Yes! Birthday parties can be scheduled for groups of 10 or fewer.
Let’s Bounce specializes in luxurious white bounce castles for any occasion. Our White Castle bounce houses are great for any age, adults included! Setup and take down is included.
Our prices are:
$275 for 4 hours
$325 for 6 hours
$375 for 8 hours
Check out our website and book for your next event today!
Dane County Humane Society
Children ages 6 years and older can party like an animal at Dane County Humane Society! Birthday parties include interaction with DCHS’s classroom animals, an animal craft or shelter service project, a gift for the birthday kid, and more. Cost is $250 for two hours and up to 15 kids.
Book your child’s birthday party today!
Frios Gourmet Pops
Frios loves being the life of the party, bringing you joy, happiness and hopefully some fun! Book us for your kiddos birthday party.
We live to make things easy. We are a no-fuss or mess food truck, with no need for water or electricity hookups (usually).
Happy Axe + Splatter Factory
Happy Axe offers indoor ax throwing parties for up to 25 people. Think darts…but with axes!
At Splatter Factory, you’ll receive a canvas, paint, and protective gear. You can prop the canvas up on our shelving and then splatter neon paint from squirt bottles onto your canvas, and also at the walls, ceiling, floor, and even your friends! The canvas is yours to keep.
Happy Axe and Splatter Factory are located in the same building so patrons can go back and forth to have different experiences!
Comprehensive List of Madison Area Birthday Party Ideas
Celebration Yard Designs
Chuck E Cheese
DiVentures (fka Madison Swim Academy)
Foggy Bottom Farm Pony Parties
Funny Faces Family Entertainment
Looking for a Birthday Photographer?
There are SO many awesome photographers in the area – way too many to list! But we do have some that we have personally worked with and would highly recommend. Each offers a different style and price point.
Check out our Guide to Local Photographers here!
Help Give a Birthday Party to a Child!
Check out Box of Balloons, a local non-profit that provides birthday boxes to families in need. Parents/Caregivers are given a box of party supplies customized for their child for a memorable celebration!
Thanks for putting this great resource together for parents in Madison. These are some great ideas, especially for the Winter.
How do I go about getting my business listed on your Birthday Party Guide? I offer in-home it on location parties with a variety of small furry animals, insects and reptiles. The name of my business is Ms. Kim’s Amazing Animals. I also do school programs, libraries, day cares, senior living and Scouts.
Thanks for listing Fired Up Pottery, on Monona Drive. We love hosting Birthday parties in our private room. Pottery painting or glass fusing have always been popular, and now we are offering pottery wheel birthday parties too.
I would love to share my Our Vibrant Community artshops for all ages. I have a few adult+child paint events in Middleton coming up. How can I promote them with you.
Do you have any ideas for an 11 year old boy’s birthday celebration during this time of families quarantining? I’m thinking of some type of entertainment to observe, done outside with no contact with the family.