Eden Prairie, once a rural agricultural area with less than 2,000 residents, is now home to more than 60,000, according to the 2010 U.S. census. When it comes to planning your munchkin's birthday party, you'll find several venues near Eden Prairie that are perfect for partying little ones. Having a place to hold your kiddo's party can help lessen your workload -- and give you more time to enjoy the festivities.
1. Furry Friend or Doll Party
Drive 15 minutes to Bloomington -- and you can have your cutie pie's birthday party at Build-A-Bear Workshop (buildabear.com). Your party package will include a party leader, fun activities, a special gift for the birthday child -- all the guests will get to create a furry friend to take home with them. Do you have an American Girl fan in your family? Why not host her birthday party at American Girl (americangirl.com), just 21 minutes away from Eden Prairie in Minneapolis. Parties are available for children ages 3 and up and include a meal in the Bistro, cake, ice cream, goody bags for everyone, invitations, thank-you notes and a special gift for the birthday child.
2. Dance Party
Does your cutie pie just love to dance? Who doesn't? Have a dance party at Shana's Dance Studio (shanasdance.com), 15-minutes away in Savage. All parties include 2 hours in the studio, with dance instructions and a craft project. You just bring the cake, ice cream, drinks and tableware. Or, have a party at Platinum Dance Center (platinumdancecenter.com), 10 minutes away in Edina. Your munchkin can dance with all her little friends under a disco ball and lights -- and then enjoy themed games and activities such as dress-up, make-up and a runway show. Decorations, setup and cleanup are all included.
3. Gymnastics Party
Get your kiddo and all his friends moving with a gymnastics party. If you drive 22 to minutes to Burnsville, you can host your kiddo's party at Elite Gymnastics Academy (elite-gymnastics.com). Your party will include 1 hour of gym time with games and free play, as well as 30 minutes in a party room for cake and gifts. Packages also come with a trained coach, invitations, decorations, tableware and a juice box and balloon for each partygoer. Or, have the party at Minnesota Valley Gymnastics Center (mnvalleygymnastics.com), 15 minutes away in Savage. Parties can include games, races, trampoline time and an obstacle course. After the activities, the birthday child and guests can enjoy cake and refreshments.
4. Other Venues
You can also choose a party package for your sweetie pie at Skyrock Farm (skyrockfarm.com), a 15-minute drive from Eden Prairie in Hamel. Parties can include pony or horse rides for your party guests, cake and ice cream, as well as carousel, skyrocket and train rides. Or, have the party at Chuck E. Cheese's (chuckecheese.com), a 10-minute drive away in Edina. Parties include a reserved party spot for your guests, time in the Ticket Blaster, a jumbo balloon for your kiddo, tokens for all your guests, drinks, pizza, tableware and a party host. You can also add extras to your party, like a balloon for each of the guests, goody bags and a pinata.