Don’t want a dozen kids running around your house, decorating the walls with their sticky, chocolatey fingers? Let someone else do the work for your child’s next birthday party.
Hilton Head Island and Bluffton have plenty of options for fun-filled celebrations the kids won’t soon forget. From bounce houses to zip line tours, the sky’s the limit.
Some of these vendors provide food, cake, decorations or even a gift for the birthday child. Some require reservations weeks in advance, and some only offer parties certain times of the year. Make sure to ask questions before scheduling your party.
BAKE UP SOME FUN
Plan a cupcake party at Twisted European Bakery in Bluffton. The bakery offers cupcake decorating parties for children ages 3 to 12. Parties include lunch, games, a 30-minute baking and decorating class, and two cupcakes for each child to decorate. Each child can choose what design they would like to make.
“It’s fun,” bakery owner Stephanie Pisano said. “We do it outside because we have our porch, and it’s ideal for cupcake classes because kids make a mess. … They can make all the mess they want. It works out great, and for parents, you don’t have to have it in your house.”
SCOOP UP A CELEBRATION
Located at Mameem & Maudie in Old Town Bluffton across from DuBois Park, the charming Crabby’s Corner serves up a wide variety of flavors of ice cream, smoothies and shaved ice. Co-owner Morgan Johnston said she and staff can be as involved in the party — and the planning — as their customers want. She can even make a cake for the birthday boy or girl.
“It’s a super fun time, especially for kids,” she said. “We have a bunch of games and different activities for them to do. It’s nice for parents because they can sit and enjoy coffee.”
A WHALE OF A GOOD TIME
Celebrate your child’s inner mermaid at Mermaid of Hilton Head. These unique birthday parties can accommodate between 15 and 32 participants and include a 75-minute Mermaid Encounter Boat Tour and the use of a shaded picnic area for an hour afterward. The birthday child will also receive a plush mermaid doll.
REACH NEW HEIGHTS
Chase adventure at ZipLine Hilton Head & Aerial Adventure. Daredevils ages 5 and older will love soaring through the air on the zip line course or climbing the ropes at Aerial Adventure, which features six different courses at three levels of difficulty with more than 50 different obstacles. Parties include two hours of adventure.
PLAY AND PARTY HARD
For some indoor fun, book a party at Island Playground. Located on the mainland just before the bridges to Hilton Head, Island Playground give kids of all ages a chance to bounce, climb and play. Parties include the use of a private party room and the help of a personal party coordinator to set up, clean up and facilitate the event.
LAUGH AND LEARN
For a party that’s both fun and educational, head to The Sandbox: An Interactive Children’s Museum. This Hilton Head spot offers fun, hands-on exhibits and activities for elementary school children and younger. Birthday parties include museum admission for up to 12 children, free admission for adult chaperones, the use of a party room for 90 minutes, party supplies and a gift for each child.
Ignite the Senses Gym offers several party packages for the younger crowd. The sensory gym in Bluffton was designed for children on the autism spectrum, but it can be loads of fun for all. The gym features an enclosed trampoline, jungle gym with rock climbing wall, swings, slides, a zipline and even a quiet room for kids who need a break from it all.
TEE UP THE FUN
Celebrate your child’s next birthday on the course. Legendary Golf offers parties for ages 6 to 12, with a minimum of six guests. Parties include a round of miniature golf and one soda or juice per child.
RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET
Lawton Stables is a great option for your little animal lover. Pony birthday parties are available for children ages 7 and younger who weigh 55 pounds or less. Party guests will have one hour of unlimited pony rides, plus another hour at the animal farm and picnic area. Each child will receive a cup of animal feed.
PAINT AND PARTY
Artists of all ages can celebrate with a pottery painting party at The Art Cafe on Hilton Head. Owner Ginny Whitehead said she and her staff can accommodate any party theme at the studio’s festive party area — and there’s a wide selection of pieces to decorate.
“You dream it up; we can fulfill that dream with fun pottery,” Whitehead said. “The Art Cafe loves to party.”