There are lots of ways and places (and prices!) to do a birthday party at Mall of America. Here are our favorites.
Moose Mountain Adventure Golf
At most malls, an 18-hole miniature golf course would be a big draw. At Mall of America, it tends to get overlooked, what with the aquarium, amusement park, zip line and ropes course. Which is all the more reason to do a birthday party here—it’s a fun course, overlooking Nickelodeon Universe. We recently took a group of Twin Cities kids (who get a bit jaded about riding indoor roller coasters), and were delighted that none of them had golfed at the mall before. A party room is available for rentals. But for a really economical party, just pay the $8.99 admission per kid. Freeziac is right next door for a post-game treat. Easy add on: Amazing Mirror Maze is nearby. It’s $7.95 per person. The kids are likely to stay in 15 minutes or so.
Price: $8.99 per child (without private room)
Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium
The staff does a great job of making these parties a lot of fun for kids of all ages, and even for those who have been to the aquarium before. Start in a party room with crafts, games, educational activities, and cake. Then go on a guided tour of the aquarium that can include a peek behind the scenes. For bigger kids, 9 and up, the “extreme” package includes snorkeling. Plan ahead—dates do fill up.
Prices: $119.99 to $595
The ultimate girl’s party, complete with finger sandwiches, and miniature glasses of lemonade for the dolls. Parties include a meal and cake, goody bags, invitations and matching thank-you notes, and a keepsake for the birthday girl. Or, spring for the “deluxe” party in a private room, and with a table activity.
Prices: $28 per child ($18 per adult) or $45 per child ($35 per adult)
Dutchman’s Deck Adventure Course
If you’re trying to entertain a group of monkeys, the ropes course can be the best bang for the buck. Kids (at least 48 inches tall, or 42 inches with a paid chaperone) can climb and slide as long as they like for one admission price, and in our experience, kids will climb and slide as long as you let them. For a thrill among bigger kids, add on the zip line, which takes off from the top of the rope climbing course. After, Hard Rock Café is a fun place for a birthday party—the kids’ meals are affordable, a free sundae is included for the birthday kid, and the waiters do a good job of making them feel special.
Price: $10.99 per person; add $7.99 per person for the zip line
It’s the obvious choice—for a reason. Big thrills, under one roof. It does pay to buy a birthday package: the birthday child is free when you purchase for at least seven. A three-hour wristband is $18.95 per person (compared to $31.99 for an all-day wristband). Our advice: pick an off time so you don’t have a heart attack trying to keep track of a herd of other people’s children.
Price: $18.95 per person
Theatres at MOA
It’s show time! Pick your flick, and make it a party. The theaters offers a basic birthday package that includes movie tickets for at least 10 people, kid’s concession packs, and gift for the birthday child. The premium package includes pizza, souvenir cup with unlimited drinks, popcorn, ice cream bar, and a movie ticket, plus a t-shirt and markers to create a souvenir for the birthday child.
Prices: Basic package is $130 for 10 ($13 each additional guest); Premium is $225 ($18 each additional guest)
Sky Deck Sports Grille & Lanes
Bowling and video games are always crowd pleasers. This fourth floor bar, grill and bowling alley makes it easy, with one of the more affordably priced packages, considering it includes two hours of unlimited cosmic bowling, a $5 game card per guest and $10 for the birthday child, pizza, chicken tenders, fries, and bottomless soft drinks.
Price: $15.95 per person
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