Kids in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have plenty of venues to choose from when it's time to plan a birthday party. Whether you want an indoor or an outdoor party, an educational party or just plain fun, you can find a facility that meets your needs and your budget. Boys and girls alike have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to choosing a birthday party place in Albuquerque.
Rio Grande Zoo and BioPark
At the Rio Grande Zoo and BioPark, there are many ways that families can celebrate a birthday party. For noncatered parties during regular business hours, guests don't even need reservations. Areas to consider are the Botanic Garden's Festival Green, the grassy peninsula at Tingley, the plaza in front of the Aquarium or the Zoo's Cottonwood Park. Each member of the party needs a ticket. There are no group discounts, and as of 2009, admission for adults is $7 and children is $3. For the safety of the animals, balloons, Frisbees, alcohol and noisemakers are not allowed.
For catered parties inside the zoo, they offer two party packages: package B includes park admission, birthday cake and ice cream, and package A, which is only $2 more per child, offers a hot dog or chicken drumstick in addition to the contents of package B. As of the summer of 2009, for 12 children, package A costs $215 and package B is $185. Additional children are welcome at an additional fee. Discuss this when you make your reservation.
The Aquarium, also in BioPark, also hosts birthday parties in the Shark Reef Cafe. Admission is not included, and the party consists of a designated seating area and a birthday cake.
Albuquerque Rio Grande Zoo
903 10th St.. S.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87102-4029
Catered Birthdays at the Rio Grande Zoo
Aquarium Birthday Parties
Hoot's Ultimate Party Zone
Hoot's Ultimate Party Zone is an air-conditioned indoor play space with places to climb, bounce, slide and explore. The parties come with invitations, disposable plates and cups, a Hoots T-shirt, a party hero and two hours of fun. As of the summer of 2009, the party package prices vary from $239 to $399 for 15 to 25 guests. Party guests are required to have signed waivers of liability. Hoot's will supply balloons, and they do all the clean-up. Each guest must wear socks; they have some available for purchase if necessary.
Hoot's the Ultimate Party Zone
3501 Vista Alameda N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87113-2433
¡Explora! is a bilingual art and science workshop that allows kids the opportunity, supplies and expert help to perform science experiments or make fantastic gift-worthy art projects. They have several different developmentally appropriate parties with a variety of themes that work well for everyone from age 2 through adult. The basic party package comes with two hours in the party room, balloons, invitations, face painting, admission to ¡Explora! and the planned activity. The deluxe party package also includes pizza, juice boxes and gift bags. Party packages, as of summer of 2009, are $195 to $345 depending upon the party you choose and whether or not you're a member of ¡Explora!
1701 Mountain Rd. N.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87104-1396
The Little Gym
The Little Gym offers a noncompetitive, fun and nurturing party environment with a cheerful staff that encourages children while they play games and explore the gym equipment. They call their parties an "Awesome Birthday Bash," and the recommended ages are 1 through 12 years old. They supply the cake, decorations and take charge of the clean-up. Stacie Trembly, a Little Gym member, likes the fact that they send out the invitations too.
The Little Gym
8201 Golf Course Rd. N.W. # B1
Albuquerque, NM 87120-5804
A Build-A-Party cele-bear-ation is unique because they allow parents the opportunity to set their own price. A party leader guides children through the process of making their own stuffed animal and personalizing them with hundreds of different options for clothing, uniforms, accessories and shoes. Each party comes with a personalized photo, a party favor for each guest, plus a virtual party favor from the Build-a Bear website as well as free printable invitations and thank-you cards. As of summer 2009, party prices start at $10 per guest. Reservations are required.
10000 Coors Bypass N.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87114-4040