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The Ultimate Kid's Birthday Party Guide for Northwest Arkansas

by Angela Forsyth

We know there are a lot of parents out there who want to plan a fun birthday party for their child, but are in need of some inspiration, especially those parents who are new to the area and don't know where to start. You might be surprised by how many choices we have in Northwest Arkansas for party venues, entertainment and rentals!

FamilyLifeNWA has a directory - we call it The Hub - which includes hundreds of local businesses categorized by what type of service they provide. In The Hub, you'll find birthday party venues, entertainment and rental equipment - everything from balloons to mechanical bulls. This is a free directory. We've listed every business we know of, and companies do not pay to be on our list.

Whether you're new to the area or just looking for ideas, here are some of the resources you can find for birthday parties in Northwest Arkansas.

For Gamers

Arkadia Retrocade - You'll feel like you went back in time to the 1980's, and you'll understand why this place has a cult following. This old-fashioned arcade is located in Fayetville. You can rent out a private party room for two hours and have all day access to the whole arcade for your entire party. Contact Arkadia for pricing.

Fast Lane Entertainment - Parties include a 2-hour private room, all your paper goods, balloons, candles, drinks and pizza. Each guest gets a $5 arcade card. Package prices start at $149. Located in Rogers.

Fun City Pizza - Located in Springdale. Party packages start at $149. Private party room for 1.5 hours. Pizza, game tokens, birthday wheel spin for birthday child, mini golf for additional fee.

Chuck E. Cheese - Located in Fayetteville and Rogers. The basic package is STAR, which is $13.99 per child. Your birthday child can choose from one of the following themes, "Dressed in Pink Party" with a light-up headband and bracelet ; "Sports, Sports, Sports" with a mini sports ball and 2 thunder sticks; "Party Like a Rockstar" with an Echo phone and light-up wristband, or "Chuck E. SuperFan" where your birthday child would receive a birthday shirt! Also in the basic package is: ticket Blaster experience for the Birthday Star, star recognition in the birthday show, 30 Play Points per child, email invitations, 2 slices of a 1-topping pizza and a drink with free refills per child, and a host/hostess for 2 hours.

For Skaters

Great Day Skate - Skating parties are still a thing! Prices start at $9 per skater (all ages) for a 2-hour party. Drinks must be bought at the snack bar, but you may bring in approved catered pizza.

Great Day Skate in Bentonville

Roller City - Public parties start at $135 for up to 10 people and include skates, reserved table for 3 hours, glowsticks, 3 large pizzas, 4 pitchers of sodas and ice cream. Private parties start at $250.

Starlight Skatium - Located in Fayetteville. The basic party package starts at $100 and includes admission & skate rental for up to 12 skaters. Birthday person skates Free. Three pitchers of soft drinks, invitations, paper products, reserved party table for three hours, glow sticks for each child and fun games (limbo, dice game, red light/green light, snowball, Cha-Cha slide).

For Swimmers

Bentonville Community Center - Kids have access to the indoor pool and slides. Rent out the pool party room for $150/ 1.5 Hours.

Rogers Aquatic Center - (Seasonal) This outdoor waterpark has several large slides, a younger child play area, lazy river, lap pool, splash pads and a concessions area. A birthday party package costs $250 and includes a 2.5-hour pavilion rental, 12 park passes and 12 beverage tickets, Add a group meal option for $4.00 per person that includes choice of slice of pizza or hot dog, chips and a drink.

For Gymnasts

Gymnastics Joe's - $250 for 1.5 hours of fun. You manage your party time and bring your own food. Gymnastics Joe's (in Fayetteville's NWA Mall) supplies the music, tables, chairs, bounce house, trampolines, popcorn, water and Capri Suns.

High Rise - Packages start at $225 for parties at this indoor trampoline park in Rogers. You'll get 1 hour trampoline time, 45 minutes in a party room, all paper goods. You bring food and drinks.

Hopes and Dreams Gymnastics - Prices start at $200 for up to 20 kids. Parties include 2 spring floors, in- ground trampolines, in-ground tumble track, air track, bars and beams. You bring your own party supplies.

Infiniti - The Bentonville location has various party themes available starting at $225 for up to 20 guests. You get 60 minutes of play time, 30 minutes for cake & presents, access to the gymnasium area, birthday invitations, all paper goods and balloons.

The Tumble Bus - This is a school bus converted into a safe and fun gymnasium that will drive to you. Inside kids will be led by a certified instructor to use the bars, beam, vault, trampoline, rings, zip line and monkey bars. There is no web site for the Springdale Tumble Bus. Call (479) 872-8287 or email for more information.

For Everyone

Golf Mountain Mini Golf - Located in Lowell. The covered pavilion is free for the first hour (with min. of 4 paid players) and only $25 for each additional hour. Birthday parties get to play unlimited mini golf on the 18 holes closest to the pavilion. Mini golf is $6.50 per child, 11 years and younger; $7.50 for 12 and up. A gas grill can be rented for $20. You may bring your own food, drinks and decorations. There is a snack bar available as well.

Lokomotion - Packages start at $149 for this family entertainment center in Fayetteville where there's mini golf, go karts, laser tag and bumper boats. You get a party room for 1.5 hours, 2 medium pizzas, drinks, 20 attractions of your choice, $5 game cards for guests and $10 game card for birthday child, party invitations and all paper goods.

Rogers Bowling Center - 1 Game and Shoes is $5.75 (including tax) per person. A group add-on is available for 2 pizzas and 2 pitchers of soda for $25.

Little Gym in Rogers

Amazeum - Located in Bentonville. Prices start at $250 for members and $275 for non-members. A basic package includes 2 hour private party room rental, use of freezer, refrigerator, sink, tables and chairs, play at the Amazeum for guests after the party, party host/hostess, basic decorations including table coverings and all paper goods, balloons, party crown for the birthday child, party favor for each child and a gift from the Curiosity Corner for the birthday child.

The Little Gym - Starting at $195, a party at the Rogers location includes 1.5 hour with a party leader and assistant, paper goods, drinks, balloons and invitations. Kids engage in instructor-led games, music and Lego-building.

For Creatives

Imagine - This is a children's play center, designed to encourage creativity, imagination, and cognitive play located near James on the Mill in Johnson. Birthday parties start at $200 for 10 kids and include 2 hours total in the facility, 30 mins in private birthday room, a drink for each child, paper goods and invitations.

Pigtails & Crewcuts - Located in Fayetteville and Rogers, these salons offer unique spots for your next birthday party where kids can play dress up, create arts and crafts, and have fun with friends. Each salon offers different party themes (from "Sweetheart Spa" to "Ahoy Matey") and can customize the event so it's perfect for your friends and family. Parties are 1.5 hours and $250 (for up to 10 guests).

Princess Party Palace - With a locations in Fayetteville and Bentonville, these upscale party event centers specialize in custom children's birthday parties and events hosted by your favorite fairy tale characters. Party packages start at $200 (for the "ONE-derland" party) and come with standard Palace decor to give your child's party a truly magical look. Drinks and paper goods are included. Upgrades are available for more Fairy Tale decor.

Violet's Boutique & Formals - Located in Fayetteville. The birthday party package is $300 for 2 hours of party time for up to 12 girls. Included are full make-up and hair for all the girls, decorations, paper products, party favors and birthday gift for the party girl. Girls will play dress-up in petticoats, aprons, jewelry and flower crowns, and they'll play games.

Young Chef's Academy - party packages for children ages 4 and up where kids enjoy a fun cooking lesson and create their own foods. Party packages start at $285 and are for making pizzas, pasta, desserts or Mexican food. $20/each additional guest, up to 20 guests. Packages include party Invitations, drinks, chef aprons for use during party, paper chef hats for each guest, recipe card including recipes prepared during party. Extras include Cupcake Decorating and party favors.

For the Artsy

Community Creative Center - Start the party with a fun and engaging clay project, and end it with cake and presents in the studio. Choose from a wide selection of party projects. Price is $250 for up to 12 guests. The birthday child is free. Each additional guest is $25.

Painting with a Twist - Located in Fayetteville and Bentonville, these art studios provide the easels, canvases, paint brushes and aprons for each child. Prices start at $35 per child for a 2-hour painting session. A private party room with your own artist-instructor is available for private parties. Kids must be at least 8 years old.

For the Action-Seekers

Modern Mission - At this outdoor laser tag and indoor battlefield, your birthday party will be greeted by a Field Marshall who will help you and your party get trained and into the battle. There are various party packages. The starting price is $230 for 10 players. You get at least 4 missions, online invitations, 30-minute party room and a weapon upgrade for the birthday kid. Food and drinks are included in the more expensive packages.

Angela Forsyth, free lance writer with Firefly Marketing, LLC

Angela Forsyth, Freelance writer with Firefly Marketing, LLC