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Lichterman Nature Center
The Big Attraction: A 70-acre nature park in the middle of Memphis.
Party Options: During this two-hour party, children do a craft activity (based on age and interest of birthday child) and go on a guided nature walk to view animals (turtles, bunnies, reptiles, birds). Saturdays only.
Kids Love: Getting to feed the fish in the lake, and seeing animals in their natural habitat. Price: $200 for 25 children plus the birthday party family. Indoor and outdoor party spaces available.
The Fire Museum
The Big Attraction: Fire trucks, the history of Memphis firefighting, an improved Fire Room, and the new Arcade Room.
Party Options: Themed parties with the use of a party room for two hours. The first hour children tour and play in the museum, the second hour is party time.
Kids Love: Climbing on the fire trucks!
Price: Four Alarm Party: $175 for up to 20 guests, party room has red tablecloths and 20 helium balloons. The Five-Alarm Party: $225 for use of party area plus party place settings w/fire truck and Dalmatian theme, plastic firefighter helmets, and a Fire Museum T-shirt for birthday child.
Memphis Botanic Garden
The Big Attraction: Beautiful gardens with different areas to explore.
Party Options: There are a variety of different parties to choose from, including fairy, pirate, dinosaur, princess, and flower power themes. During this two-hour party, kids do craft activities related to their theme or go on a garden exploration. Some themes also include a tie-dyed T-shirt or kiddie parade.
Kids Love: Romping in My Big Backyard, a child-friendly garden where you can play in fairy houses, wade in a creek, and enjoy a bird’s-eye view from a giant tree house.
Price: $100 (canopy rental only, you provide party theme), plus $7/adult, $4/child admission. $425 for a themed party with 15 guests, includes admission.
Cedar Hill Farm
The Big Attraction: A tranquil farm setting plus playground/picnic area.
Party Options: This two-hour party includes a ride on the Cedar Hill Railroad, a tour of the petting zoo, with cows, sheep, bunnies, pigs, and miniature horses, and a horse or hayride.
Kids Love: Petting farm animals and going on the hayride.
Price: $250 for up to 25 children, $10/each additional child. Other party options available.
The Big Attraction: Cool animals, a fun playground, and several carnival rides.
Party Options: These two-hour birthday parties take place in the party room; invitations, parking and zoo admission are included. Guests receive zoo admission tickets. Unused tickets are good for one year. NOTE: Parties take place rain or shine.
Kids Love: Petting stingrays and riding the train — all aboard!
Price: $300 for members from 1 to 20 guests (includes adults), $350/nonmembers. You can also add a six-ride punch card ($5 per person) and Stingray Bay tickets ($3 per person).
Children’s Museum of Memphis
The Big Attraction: Kid-friendly exhibits, lots of hands-on activities.
Party Options: Two-hour parties include celebrating in one of several party rooms, then exploring this popular museum.
Kids Love: Seeing the plane cockpit and floating boats down river.
Price: Sunday-Friday parties: $225/members, $375/nonmembers, for one hour in party room with 30 guests, plus playtime in the museum. Saturday parties: $250/members, $400/nonmembers. Add $125 for a themed party. Outdoor H2Oh! Splash parties also available (summer months only).