A child's first birthday is a special occasion for parents and child. By this time, most children have learned to walk and are starting to say new words. Children might also begin to show an interest in certain colors, shapes, cartoon characters or animals at this age. Parents can use these interests as a guide when planning a birthday celebration that their 1-year-old and the rest of the family can enjoy.
St. Louis Zoo
The St. Louis Zoo is a great place to celebrate a first birthday because it offers attractions that are safe and appealing for young children, such as the Emerson Children's Zoo. This attraction features a variety of activities including the "Just Like Me" play area where children can pretend to be animals and a "backyard" where children and families can get up-close with meerkats, guinea pigs, goats, owls and tree frogs. Children under two are free at all zoo attractions.
Parents can also choose to book the Wildlife Wonders party package, which offers three different party themes (Pet Protectors, Backyard Explorers or Zoo Discovery) designed specifically for children as young as 9 months old.
Jolly Jumps of St. Louis
If you already have a party venue for your child's first birthday but are in need of ways to entertain the guests, Jolly Jumps of St. Louis is a great option. Jolly Jumps of St. Louis provides giant interactive, inflatable activity rentals for parties held either at your home or at a large venue. Choose from residential rentals like "Fun Express," "World of Disney 5 in 1 Combo," "Bouncer Maze" and "Balloon Combo with Obstacle Course," or large venue rentals like "Sports Bungee Challenge," "Wacky Jr. Obstacle Course" and "Wacky World."
Jolly Jumps of St. Louis also offers large water inflatables for water activities, tents for outdoor parties and game and concession stands. The cost of each activity rental includes delivery and set-up.
City Museum offers a number of child-friendly attractions and activities that parents might find appealing for their child's first birthday. Spend the day enjoying the many attractions the museum has to offer. Children enjoy pint-sized tunnels and slides in Toddler Town, experience interactive circus entertainment in Circus Harmony, play in the belly of a whale or a treehouse, get up-close and personal with more than 10,000 water creatures at the world aquarium, go for a ride on the Tiny Train Town Model Railroad or bounce in thousands of rubber balls in the Baby Bob Ball Pit.
Parents can also book a private birthday party that includes a pizza buffet, drinks, chocolate chip cookie cake and all-day access to the museum. Balloons, decorations and other party items may be brought into the party room and there is also a clown for rent.
Whether you choose to have your child's birthday party at a large venue or at home, choosing a party theme can add extra excitement. A "color party" is a great idea for children who love shapes and colors. Decorate the home or venue with large, brightly colored shapes, numbers and alphabets that appeal to young children. Serve rainbow cupcakes and give a coloring book and large crayons as party favors to each toddler.
A storybook party is also be a great idea. Choose your child's favorite book as inspiration for the party. Decorate the home or venue with scenes or characters from the book. If the book is well-known, such as Dr. Seuss or a book about Elmo, you might also be able to find decorations, party favors, costumes and cakes that fit the theme.
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