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5 unique birthday party ideas for elementary-aged kids in Utah Valley

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The Rainforest room at Thanksgiving Point's Museum of Natural Curiosity will open in the spring.

The Rainforest will be one of the new attractions at Thanksgiving Point’s Museum of Natural Curiosity, which will open in the spring. (Photo by Amy McDonald)

Planning a kid’s birthday party can be intimidating, especially with the picture-perfect parties of Pinterest and mommy blogs to contend with. But when it comes to party venues, Utah Valley has plenty of options. Whether you’ve got a princess-obsessed kindergartner or a 6th grader who’s sure he’ll be an astronaut when he grows up, these venues will simplify your job as party host and make for an unforgettable time with your child and his or her friends. We can’t promise a completely stress-free party, though — that depends on whether you decide to make those unicorn-shaped cupcakes from Pinterest or not.

1. For the little gymnast

Let your party group loose in a huge warehouse full of trampolines, inflatables, foam pits, balance beams, bars and a rock wall at Areté Gymnastics. For $99, kids of any age get to play for an hour and a half. You’ll also have access to the party room for cake and presents. More daring kids will enjoy Get Air Hangtime in Orem, which has 3D Dodgeball and Slamball (basketball on trampolines). Party packages start at $124.

2. For the future astronaut

The Discovery Space Center in Pleasant Grove offers private space missions for children 9 years old and up. Choose between a 2.5- and 5-hour mission in one of Discovery’s four starship simulators. Team members will be faced with problems they must solve together as they go to infinity and beyond. Parties start at $100 per mission.

3. For the curious cat

Thanksgiving Point’s Museum of Natural Curiosity opens on May 15 and promises to be an incredible hands-on discovery experience for kids and a foolproof party plan. The museum, a $2.6 million project, features a rain forest structure where children can compare their abilities to animals and trade goods in an international market. At the waterworks station, kids put on waterproof suits and build pipes and dams before walking through a tornado wind tunnel to get dry before moving on to Kidopolis — a kid-sized city. Check out our sneak-peek slideshow of the Museum of Natural Curiosity here.

4. For the princess

For $5 per child, your daughter and her friends can get the royal treatment at Renaissance Hair Academie with a formal princess hairstyle, a mini manicure and glitter tattoos. Add princess pedicures for an additional $7. Bring the girls to the salon front in Provo (next to Macey’s) or have the professionals come to you, often at no additional charge.

5. For the animal lover

The Monte L. Bean Museum at Brigham Young University reopens this Spring to reveal 30,000 more square feet. The museum exhibits hundreds of animals, plants, insects, shells and eggs and provides hands-on experiences, including live animal shows. The museum currently offers traveling live animal shows for $45. Scales and Tales is another traveling live animal show that provides age-specific party packages starting at $75 an hour.

 

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