By Mary Fischer

There is no greater joy for parents than seeing our kids happy, and some of the best days of the year are definitely kids’ birthdays! Throwing the perfect birthday party for your child can be kind of a hassle if you aren’t sure what kind of party to have or where to have it. We’ve taken the guess work out of party planning for you by highlighting some of the best venues in Connecticut for kids birthday parties.

Bounce Town

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Bounce Town
97 Commerce Way
South Windsor, CT 06074
Party Times: Every hour on the hour
Party Prices: $190 – $300
Phone: (860) 757-3950

Birthday parties just don’t get much easier than parties thrown at The Bounce Town in South Windsor. Parties consist of an hour of bounce time for the kids, and 45 minutes of refreshments in the party room. The play area consists of five large inflatable themed bounce houses where kids can let loose and burn off energy. After bouncing their cares away, kids are brought into one of two party rooms, where they can enjoy pizza, cake, and cold drinks. The Bounce Town provides plates, napkins, and utensils.

The best part of having a party at The Bounce Town is that there is no clean up. The staff takes care of the party aftermath so parents can go home and celebrate more with their kids!

Insider’s Note: The only outside food that can be brought into The Bounce Town is the cake. Pizza and drinks need to be ordered through The Bounce Town.

Big Y World Class Market
135 West Rd.
Ellington, CT 06029
Party Times: Call your availability
Party Prices: $49.99 up to 10 kids – custom pricing for more attendees
(860) 896-0457
Reviews, Directions & More Info are Big Y World Class Market locations all over the state, and with a Big Y centrally located in Tolland County in Ellington, kids birthday parties are super fun, and economical. Party prices at the Ellington location start at only $49.99 for up to 10 kids, which includes two large pizzas, chips, juice boxes, and a cupcake for each child to decorate. The birthday child also receives a balloon bouquet.

Big Y parties are a favorite among kids because they get to take a special guided tour throughout the store. From seeing how pizzas are made, to touching live lobsters, to going inside the big refrigerator in the back room, kids love seeing what goes on behind the scenes of the neighborhood grocery store they visit with mom and dad.

PhotoCredit: Lutz Children’s Museum Facebook

Lutz Children’s Museum
247 South Main St.
Manchester, CT 06040
Party Times: Sat and Sun – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Party Prices: $175 members, $200 non-members – up to 15 kids
(860) 643-0949
Reviews, Directions & More Info of its central location in the greater Hartford area, the Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester, CT is a very popular spot for birthday parties. Parties at the Lutz are both fun and educational for attendees. Birthday festivities last two hours and include use of the party room, invitations, museum access for the entire day, and your choice of party activity. Activities vary from jewelry making and tie-dye, to animal activities where the kids get to see and pet live creatures! Lutz parties are always a huge hit no matter what the theme may be.

PhotoCredit: Kid City Children’s Museum Facebook

Kid City Children’s Museum
119 Washington St.
Middletown, CT 06457
Party Times: Call for availability
Party Prices: $175 – $190
(860) 347-0495 it can be tough to decide on a good birthday party spot for younger children. Kid City Children’s Museum in Middletown, CT, is the perfect place to celebrate for kids turning five years of age and under. Kid City has two party rooms to choose from depending on the number of children attending the party. The party fee includes use of one of the party rooms for two hours, full use of the museum, and they also supply all paper goods for the party. Younger birthday boys and girls will love exploring the many exhibits at Kid City with their friends!

Note: Birthday parties require a $50 deposit to hold your day and time slot. The deposit is transferrable, but not refundable.

Mary Fischer lives in Ellington, CT with her 5-year old son and husband of almost 8 years. She is the owner and author of a popular parenting blog, called The Mommyologist, where she features articles all about the changes in life that go along with being a parent.