Party Places for Kids in Connecticut
Sundae Spa is one of many great places for a party!
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Celebrating your child’s birthday at home with cake, ice cream and a few games to get the party started can be special. It can be all you need to make memories that’ll last a lifetime.
That being said, if you’re looking to get out of the house—and the responsibilities that come with cleaning, cooking, shopping and preparing for a party in said house—you’ve come to the right place.
Three years ago we did our first feature on the then-burgeoning trend to host kids’ birthday parties outside the home—and came up with some pretty spectacular options. Since then, there’s been no end to the pint-sized partying going on. From baseball parks to water parks, candy factories to karaoke bars, the number of Connecticut attractions ready, willing and able to do a bang-up job of hosting a child’s birthday party is pretty astounding—and maybe even a touch overwhelming.
Have no fear: we’ve done the legwork for you with this latest batch of favorites. All you have to do sit back, grab a little glass of something relaxing and browse your options.
Piece of cake, wouldn’t you say?
Off the wall
The folks at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, which opened its first Connecticut location in Bethel in February, have just one question: “Are you ready to fly?!” Known for having invented “all-trampoline walled playing courts” (a concept so unique it was awarded a U.S. Patent), Sky Zone is all about high-flying fun. Highlights include a main court with 42 individual trampolines, a foam pit and slamma-jamma basketball hoops as well as three private courts for 3-D dodgeball. A party package for 10 ($260 to $300, depending on the day) includes an hour of jump time, 40 minutes in a party room for pizza and soft drinks, a T-shirt for the b-day kid and SkySocks for each jumper.
(203) 428-4080, skyzone.com/bethel
I enjoy being a girl
The party rooms at Sundae Spa in Waterbury and its new location in Milford go by names like “cupcake,” “sweet treats” and “cookie creation.” Super-sized ice cream sundaes back the pedicure stations, big red cherries float from ceilings and daydream lollipops line the stylists’ chairs. Party packages include everything from facials, pedis and manis to making lotions and potions like nail polish, bath fizz and perfume. The “Cupcake Cuties” package ($625 for eight guests) includes a hair style/wrap, mini dessert mani, sparkling eye “kandy” application, make-your-own lip gloss or body spray and, once the girls are all glammed up, a runway photo shoot and spa gift bag for each guest. A yummy ice cream sundae, but of course, tops things off.
Waterbury (877) 737-3593 or Milford (888) 654-6577, sundaespa.com
Sing, sing a song
After listening to your mini Idina Menzel belt out “Let it Go” for the 900th time, do you have any doubt she (or he) would love a party at a karaoke bar? New Haven’s Karaoke Heroes is the first dedicated karaoke bar in the state, and just so happens to boast a super-hero theme. Picture an old-fashioned phone booth just like Superman’s, red phones for calls from the commissioner, a waitstaff that sports capes and bam! pow! comic-book art designed by an artist from Marvel Comics. Kid shindigs, held during the day on Saturday or Sunday, are $300 for up to 25 kids. There’s a special kid-friendly songbook and unlimited “mocktails” included all around (think lemonade “cosmopolitans” served in martini glasses).
(203) 848-8854, karaokeheroes.net
New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Car No. 2765 is all yours for a party at the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor. April through December birthdays aboard the 1908 wooden combine passenger car start at $200 for 25 guests and include use of the air-conditioned/heated car for two hours, a party coordinator and three-mile rides on the museum’s historic rail line—once part of the Hartford & Springfield Street Railway. You can also explore the trolley museum itself, featuring more than 70 pieces of rail equipment dating back to 1869, as well as the Connecticut Fire Museum and the Connecticut Motorcoach Museum, which are also here.
(860) 627-6540, ct-trolley.org
Swing batta batta
Birthday bashes at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, home of the Connecticut Tigers, the single-A short-season affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, are $20 per person (with a 10-person minimum). Included is early entry to the stadium to watch batting practice while celebrating with a hot dog or some pizza in the picnic area, reserved seats for the game, popcorn vouchers and a souvenir Connecticut Tigers wooden bat for each guest. The guest of honor also gets a Tigers’ “junk ball” set, recognition on the video scoreboard and the honor of throwing out the first pitch! After the game partygoers get to run the bases and have a catch on the field. Opening day is June 18.
(860) 887-7962, cttigers.com
The big screen
It’s easy to spot the Bank Street Theater in downtown New Milford—its Art Deco façade and retro-chic marquee make it abundantly clear that this is one neighborhood joint that’s been around for quite some time (since 1920 in various incarnations). No worries, silent films are no longer shown at the thoroughly up-to-date theater. Birthday-party packages include private rental (which is $15 per guest with a 10-guest minimum) as well as any movie currently playing, your own exclusive theater, popcorn and beverages. A “Bring Your Movie Option” rental is a flat fee between $200 and $400, depending upon the size of the theater (there are three that seat between 35 and 120). Private rentals are typically held on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
(860) 354-2122, bankstreettheater.com
“C” is for cookie
The Cookie Workshop in Trumbull has several hundred cookie cutters at the disposal of bakers-in-training who come to the nut-free bakery to whip up a batch of something sweet. Here’s how it works: The birthday baker picks out a party theme ahead of time. All matching paper products are included, as are a choice of two flavors of sugar-cookie dough and four icing and sprinkle colors. Each participant is given two balls of dough, which make 16 to 24 cookies. He/she rolls out the dough, cuts it with specially chosen cookie cutters and then, while the cookies bake (there’s a window into the kitchen to watch), celebrates with a cupcake tower while decorating a cookie box to bring home his/her creations. When the oven dings, the cookie decorating commences and the sprinkles (which you—glory be!—don’t have to clean up) fly. Parties are $24 per person, with a 10-person minimum.
(203) 452-8872, cookieworkshop.com