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Birthday Parties for Children in Orlando

by Sarah Bourque

Orlando is located in Central Florida and attracts tourists from all over the world. With sunny skies and warm temperatures, Orlando offers a variety of kid-friendly venues that will host the birthday party of your kiddo's dreams. Whether your child wants to spend his special day watching a play, splashing away at a water park or learning about the world around him, you are sure to find the perfect party destination in Orlando.

Outdoor Parties

Enjoy your child's next birthday bash in the sun. CoCo Key (cocokeyorlando.com) is a 54,000-square-foot water park with party packages that include a private party room and access to an arcade and water park, which includes 14 slides, pools, rides and a pool-side bar for the grown ups. Fun Spot Attractions (funspotattractions.com) is an amusement park with go-cart tracks reaching four levels high, seven thrill rides and an indoor arcade. Parties include unlimited rides and arcade fun with many add-on options. Discovery Cove (discoverycove.com) provides a unique sea-life experience, where kids can celebrate a birthday swimming with dolphins. They can also feed birds and relax on a beach or by the floating river. Birthday packages include a special message delivered by a dolphin, party favors, a private cabana and a photo package.

Educational Parties

WonderWorks (wonderworksonline.com/orlando) is a unique children's museum with more than 100 interactive exhibits including a bubble lab, earthquake and hurricane stimulator, a light-and-sound tunnel, laser tag, a 4D movie theater and more. Themed parties include activities, food and drink, admission and souvenirs. The Orlando Science Center (osc.org) offers four floors of kid friendly exhibits that explore nature, dinosaurs, the planet, our universe and more. Birthday parties include a cake, ice cream, admission for the birthday child and his guests and 90 minutes in a party room. The Orlando Museum of Art (omart.org) is home to several notable visual-art exhibits, both permanent and rotating. Your child can have an artful party including an art instructor and materials to create a project, a museum tour and cake. Themes include Art Dog, Pirate's Treasure Hunt, Dig and Discover, Art Detectives and African Adventures.

Indoor Fun Parties

On days when the heat is too much to endure, head indoors for a purely fun birthday bash. Monkey Joe's (monkeyjoes.com) features bounce houses with slides and lots of room to jump. Parties include two hours in a party room, a host and t-shirt for the special kid. Add on pizza, balloons, goodie bags or ice cream if you desire. Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center (alomabowlingcenters.com/boardwalk) offers party-theme choices of pirate, princess or sports and all include two hours of bowling, a round of miniature golf on a glowing course, a balloon artist and optional food. An arcade is on site with many games to choose from. Nick Hotel (nickhotel.com) will take care of everything with party packages that include a host, food, games, favors and a character meet-and-greet with your choice of Dora, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or SpongeBob. You can even add on sliming and karaoke.

Watch a Show Together

The Orlando Repertory Theatre (orlandorep.com) is a professional theater for kids and families with top-notch performances like "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Cat in the Hat." Reserve the lobby to host a private birthday party, then watch a production at a discounted rate. Pirate's Dinner Adventure (piratesdinneradventure.com/orlando) includes an exciting live show set in a replica 18th-century ship. Audience members sit in one of six smaller ships in a 300,000-gallon indoor lagoon with night-sky lighting. Birthday party attendees attend an interactive show; the birthday star even gets an announcement during the show and a special gift. Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows (sleuths.com) offers detective-agency birthday parties. Kids get to enjoy pizza and cake while cracking a case. The interactive dinner show includes fingerprinting, unlocking codes and clues, and disguises.

About the Author

Sarah Bourque has been a freelance writer since 2006 and is based in the Pacific Northwest. She writes and edits for the local publisher, Pacific Crest Imprint and has written for several online content sites. Her work recently appeared in "The Goldendale Tourism and Economic Development Magazine" and "Sail the Gorge!" magazine. She attended Portland Community College where she studied psychology.

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