Brainerd Birthday Party Ideas


(This page is still under construction. I am still researching and adding new pieces of this puzzle weekly. Thanks for your patience!)

As a mother of 2, our kids are still young enough to want and appreciate birthday parties. I was “over” the have-parties-at-my-house idea YEARS ago because, let’s face it….it was stressful. And I had to clean my house. ‘Nuff said.

SO, I am always on the look-out for fun fresh ideas for Brainerd Lakes Area kid-friendly B-Day parties ideas.

Year Around:

Movie Theater: Local movie theater Lakes 12 has a very nice party room. For our son’s 10th birthday he thought it would be fun to have a few buddies come with to see a movie, then use the party room for pizza and cake. The downside to this is that you don’t know what movies are coming until about a week before. THEN, there’s no guarantees there will be a “kid-appropriate” one playing.


  • CONTAINMENT-Children sitting quietly in one spot for 2 hours. Need I say more?


  • Hard to plan. Movies don’t reveal until a few days before the weekend.
  • Could get spendy with a more than 5 kids (tickets, popcorn, beverages)


Jack’s House Bowling: This is an absolute family favorite. Our kids have each had 2 parties each at Jacks House and attended countless others. Jack’s House makes it soooo easy for parents with their Birthday Party Package. This package contains bowling for 10 kids, two large one-topping pizzas, party favors, game tokens, and 2 pitchers of pop. They also supply party-themed plates, napkins and cups. Basically parents just need to show up with a cake and gifts. How sweet is THAT?

Glaze and Amaze: Kevin & Trista Matthews run a wonderful creative pottery business. They are also have Birthday Day Party packages along with their Group Rates and Ladies Night activities. Read more details HERE.

Primo Art Spa: Sock Puppet Parties! (they also host adult events that include music, food, art, and connecting.)

Play-n-Trade Video game party: This sounds very cool and I would certainly consider this for our son. Play N Trade on Elder Drive is Baxter offers a very nice Video Game Party for up to 10 kids. With this $150 package, this is what you can expect:

  • Birthday kid gets a $20 gift card for Play-N-Trade
  • Pizza
  • “SwagBag” filled with trinkets and treasures (tattoos, candy)
  • 1 designated staff person to help
  • 2 hours of play on any game in the store


  • Super nice people. Contact Tina for details and other rates- 454-7529
  • Appropriate for ages 7-15 (all games with be age appropriate)
  • Supervised
  • Costumed Mario character can come out to visit


  • Would be an issue for families who’d rather not get into kids and video games.
  • May have to bring own party supplies (plates, etc)


Water Fun:

GrandView Lodge: Our personal favorite. Grandview Lodge has a wonderful pool that includes a huge slide and two hot tubs. They have Family Changing Area as well as spacious bathrooms with showers.


*The hospitality is awesome. Their staff is always polite.

*As a parent I like that I can see EVERYTHING from one vantage spot.

*Cheap: We love that it is $5 per kid to swim


*To respect the resort guest, birthday parties are not allowed on Saturdays.

Other Water Park Options:

Summer Only:

Pine Grove Zoo (Little Falls) Mid-April thru Mid-October (10:00-3:00 p.m)

  • “Wild” Birthday Parties are $80 for 10 people and include:
  • Free zoo admission for 10 people
  • A growly greeting from the birthday tiger
  • A birthday greeting over loudspeaker
  • Free stable pellets for petting zoo
  • A picture with the birthday tiger
  • An animal craft project for all participants
  • (**Private room available for $30)


Sledding at High School

Tubing at Charlie/ Ski Gull

Ski Gull



Balloons and Balloon Centerpieces

Photography: Capture those birthday moments Deb Mitzel Photography! Deb is offering a variety of services and specials for Mom Squad readers to capture their event moments. Connect with her for the full scoop. 

Party Cupcakes {need names-who do you know that does this?}

Custom Birthday Cakes {{need names-who do you know that does this?}

Cake Pops {need names-who do you know that does this?}

Ice Cream: Cold Stone Creamery or Culver’s in Baxter or The Chocolate Ox or Lake Country Crafts and Cones in Crosslake

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