Birthday parties happen all year, but the better weather makes us a little more eager to throw one. So we’ve gathered some resources to help you with your little one’s next annual shindig. Parties are fun to have at home, but if you want to avoid the clean-up, here’s a list of area venues and what they offer. >>
11th Ave. Ballet. Birthday boy or girl can invite seven other “Luckiest Guests in the Land” for dancing and celebration, at the studio or your own home.
Cost: $180 for 2 hours, 1-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Packages designed for up to eight children. A $50 nonrefundable deposit is required; full balance due one week before party. Food, favors and other products are provided by the host family.
Custom-fit parties with a wide variety of theme options, spanning ballet classics, fairy tales, around the world, fables and stories, and holiday and seasonal selections. Parties include mini ballet class, storytelling, and dance lessons. Costumes, props, and music bring each theme to life.
The birthday boy or girl takes home a tiara, crown or pirate hat.
Extras available: autographed pointe shoes, $25; additional children (up to 12) at $10 each; 30 minutes extra time, $50; art projects, $5 each; live accompanist, $65 (for 45 minutes).
Contact Noël: 509-457-6791. 1014 S. 11th Ave., Yakima.
Have the ArtsVan come to you.
Basic package: $150 for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, for up to 12 kids. Teaching artist brings the ArtsVan, a mobile arts classroom to your location. Choose up to two projects. Party package is designed to be custom-made for various ages and ideas. Projects can be split up by age, gender and themes.
Allied Arts of Yakima Valley, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima; 509-966-0930. alliedartsyakima.org
Children’s Activity Museum in Ellensburg. Party room and museum play. Basic party package includes access to museum for 90 minutes, and “Birthday Room” (30 minutes additional prep time allowed).
$50 for members, $65 for nonmembers for up to 15 children and four adults. $3 extra per additional child. Bring your own food and food supplies.
118 E. Fourth Ave., Ellensburg. 509-925-6789. childrensactivitymuseum.org
Flying Hat Ranch. Pony parties! Two ponies for one hour for $125; $50 more for each additional 30 minutes.
1090 Cabin Lane, Yakima. Call 509-480-0017 for scheduling, or 509-698-4426 for questions. flyinghatranch.bravehost.com
Franklin Pool. Outdoor pool with slide, grassy area and tables with large umbrellas. Opens for the summer in June. 2101 Tieton Drive, Yakima. 509-575-6035. ci.yakima.wa.us
Kids’ Castle. Private party rooms, games & indoor play structure; pool available Saturdays in the summer.
Basic party package: Monday-Friday reservation for up to 10 children; $65, $6.50 for each additional child. Saturday & Sunday; $90, $9 for each additional child. Includes 1½ to 2 hours of play, helium balloons for each guest, a Mylar balloon for birthday child, invitations, tables and chairs, and party host.
Super Party Room package: Weekdays for up to 15 children; $100, $8 per additional child. Saturday and Sunday, up to 15 children; $135, $11 per additional child.
Extra party options available: Baskin Robbins ice cream cakes; soda; tableware; extra play time; special superhero or princess characters.
A $25 nonrefundable reservation deposit is required for Circus, Castle or Jungle Room, or $50 for the Super Party Room.
Inside Gymnastics Plus, 2121 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima. 509-453-8126.
Lions Pool. Party at a pool — inside! Rentals are available during nonprogram times.
Another option is to host a birthday party during recreational swims. Renters must call the Wednesday before an event to reserve during recreation swims. General admission price: $2 youth, $3.75 adults, $10 family (up to two adults, four children), seniors $2.25. Groups of 30 or more receive a 20 percent discount.
Fifth Avenue and Pine Street, Yakima. 509-575-6046. ci.yakima.wa.us
Meadowbrook Family Fun Center. A basic party package starts at $56 ($7 per child). Requires a minimum of eight children for 90 minutes in the party area, which includes balloons and other decorations. Each child receives 12 arcade tokens, two slices of pizza and a drink. Invitations are included in price. A $10 deposit is required, and full payment is due two days after reservation.
In the spring, “basic plus” party package is available, which includes everything in the basic package plus three hours of unlimited bumper boats and miniature golf. Package starts at $120 ($15 per child, minimum eight children).
Meadowbrook has discounted add-ons, including go-karts, more time in the party room and extra food and balloons. If you’d rather bring your own balloons, the staff will blow them up for $0.50 each.
7200 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima. 509-966-3836. yakimafamilyfun.com
Monkey Dooz. Glamour and princess parties! Other options include makeup, manicure and hair and Best Friend parties.
Glamour Party: $35 per girl (minimum four girls); includes dress-up, hairstyle, makeup, nail polish and drink. Princess Party: $30 per girl (minimum four girls); includes hairstyle, makeup, nail polish and drink. Best Friend Party: $25 per girl (minimum 2 girls); includes hairstyle, makeup and drink, or hairstyle, nail polish and drink.
Glamour and Princess parties require $50 deposit one week before party, and 20 percent gratuity will be added to party total. Best Friend Party requires $25 deposit one week before party, and 20 percent gratuity will be added to party total.
A craft table is set up during all parties to let girls make bracelets or necklaces while they wait to be styled.
4904 Tieton Drive, Yakima. 509-853-4247. monkeydooz.net
The Museum Soda Fountain. Old-fashioned sodas, ice cream — and atmosphere.
Private facility rental available before and after business hours. Call for hours, as they change throughout the course of the year.
2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima. 509-457-9810. yakimavalleymuseum.org
Nob Hill Lanes. Birthday packages available 12:30-2:30 p.m. & 3-5 p.m. Saturdays; 12-2 p.m. & 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. $35 per lane for two hours, which includes shoes and a pitcher of pop per lane. Birthday package must be paid in full before party at bowling alley.
3807 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima. 509-966-1070.
Northern Pacific Railway Museum. Caboose birthday parties, individually scheduled. $100 minimum. Contact Mary at 509-877-3894 for more info and scheduling. 10 Asotin Ave., Toppenish. nprymusuem.org
Selah Gym Kids. Birthday parties include 45 minutes in the gym and another 45 minutes in the party room for food and gifts. Each child receives a balloon. Party director and assistant included.
$110 for up to 10 kids. $10 for each additional child. Saturdays at 12, 2 or 4 p.m.
709 N. Park Centre, Selah. 509-698-5437. selahgymkids.com
Selah’s J. Francis Pool. This outdoor pool in Selah is available Saturday mornings and evenings during summer.
214 S. Third St., Selah. 509-698-7306.
Skateland Fun Center. Can you “shoot the duck” and sing Happy Birthday at the same time?
Standard package does not require reservations, and regular admission fees apply per person. Reservations required for Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Birthday group gets photographed and the birthday child’s name and age are announced.
Deluxe package: up to 10 skaters. Friday & Saturday reservations: $77.50 (each additional skater is $7.50); Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Wednesday evenings: $72.50 (each additional skater is $7). Includes admission, regular skates, 20 minutes in party area, cupcake, ice cream sandwich and Pepsi for each guest and coupons and discounts.
No outside food or drink allowed. Cash only. Called for private birthday party package info.
2506 Old Town Road, Union Gap. 509-575-6446.
The Cake Decorator Shoppe. Cake and candy-making supplies, classes and parties.
Basic party package: $150 for two hours. Includes instructor time, balloons (three color choices), beverage (2-liter soda, juice, lemonade or water), to-go boxes, and aprons for in-class use.
Four themes: Cake Party for six students, and Cupcake Party, Cake Pop Party, and Paper Doll Cookies for eight students each.
Additional students (up to 12-15) for $15-$25. Outside food accepted; allow for extra time.
5679 Summitvew Ave., Yakima. 509-494-0975.
Yakima Family YMCA. Rent the indoor pool and a party room at the YMCA in downtown Yakima.
Kids can party for two hours: one hour in the party room and one hour for an activity. Activity options: pool, bounce house or fun room (with games).
Basic: $100 members, $120 nonmembers. Includes invitations, setup and white tablecloths. Two hours.
Premium: $140 members, $160 nonmembers. Includes basic party package items plus decorative birthday tablecloths, party coordinator and plates, cups and silverware.
Add-on options: Pool blow up slide for $30; “Lights OUT! Music ON!” pool party for $25; extra bounce house time for $35; two bounce houses for $35.
Swimming accommodates up to 50 people. Youth room includes shuffleboard, darts, pool table, video games and basketball hoops.
$50 nonrefundable fee required to reserve (price goes toward total party cost). Parties available on Saturdays and Sundays only.
5 N. Naches Ave., Yakima. 509-248-1202. yakimaymca.org
Yakima Ice Rink. Public or private parties available. Public parties occur during public sessions. $10 per child, includes three hours of skating, skate rental, two large pizzas and two liters of soda. Public skate sessions: 7-10 p.m. Fridays, 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Public session open October through March, but call for specific public session season dates.
Private: $125 per hour, includes exclusive use of ice rink. $1 skate rental per pair. Concession stand open for purchasing food, but renters can bring in outside food.
1700 E. Beech St., Yakima. 509-469-0597. yakimaicerink.com
Yakima Speedway. Bring your partygoers to watch the race cars. Call for more information. 1600 Pacific Ave., Yakima. 509-248-0647. yakimaspeedway.us
Yakima Valley BMX & Indoor Track. Indoor and outdoor tracks available for young partiers on the move! 1000 Ahtanum Road, Union Gap. 509-833-4293. genesbmx.com/YakimaBMX.html
Yakima Valley Trolleys. Charter a nostalgic trolley ride through Yakima. Streetcars available for $110 per hour.
Third Avenue and Pine Street, Yakima. 509-249-5962. yakimavalleytrolleys.org
Whether your birthday party is at home or not, here is a list of places where you can find all the frills.
Track 29, 1 W. Yakima Ave., Yakima. 509-853-2980.
Balloons By Design
Designer balloon bouquets and character rentals. Clown party option. 509-575-8698 or 509-945-0987.
The Cake Decorator’s Shoppe
Cake and candy-making supplies and classes.
5679 Summitvew Ave., Yakima. 509-494-0975.
Piñatas and cakes.
1008 E. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima. 509-928-2274.
Free Cakes for Kids
Contact: Tara, 509-969-1970. yakimafreecakesforkids.webs.com.
It’s a Blast
Superheroes, princesses and other character entertainment.
J & S Jumpers
Inflatable jumpers; table and chair rentals.
Jumper prices start at $90 (or $75 Monday-Friday)
Sunnyside. 509-391-5761. jandsjumpers.com
201 S. Third Ave., Yakima. 509-469-5867. jumpersinc.com
Just Ask Rental
Helium, cotton candy, dunk tanks and more.
1722 Morgan Road, Sunnyside. 509-837-3737. sunnysidejar.com
La Bodega Yakimex
511 N. First St., Yakima. 509-469-6194.
Miles of Smiles
Tambow the Clown.
Tammy Danforth: 509-930-4527. clowntoday.com
Costumes, balloons, decorations and party rentals.
2807 W. Washington Ave., Yakima. 509-453-7877. party-connection.com
Decorations, balloons and rentals.
2011 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima. 509-453-0048. partypalaceyakima.com
Ruben’s Tortilleria & Bakery
Piñatas, jumpers and cakes.
1518 S. First St., Yakima. 509-454-5357.