LOOKING FOR PARTIES IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES...

 

The price of throwing a birthday party for your kid in Yakima has gone up considerably. I found this out the hard way when my soon-to-be 12-year-old told me she wanted to have a party for her and 10 of her friends “at the trampoline place.” My birthday party budget is only $150 and from the looks of it, unfortunately, her party is going to have to be someplace else. I decided to do a little digging around to find the best birthday party experiences in Yakima for my daughter that won’t leave me looking at borrowing something from “Uncle Money Tree.”

1 . YAKIMA FAMILY FUN CENTER (FORMERLY MEADOWBROOK)

Yakima Family Fun Center (Formerly Meadowbrook)
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Birthday Parties: Starting at $100 and up

Your party will be in the reservation area and you get 2 hours. They provide some 12-inch pizzas and pitchers of pop (two of each), plus $10 arcade game cards for up to 6 kids.

For an additional $50, you can get the above package with $20 for the arcade games for up to 6 kids. (Additional kids are $15 each.)

 

2 . ROTARY & YMCA AQUATIC CENTER

YMCA & Yakima Rotary Aquatic Center
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Birthday Parties: $250

Includes an hour and half of swimming time, lifeguard, and a party room. You can bring in outside food and drinks to the party room (but not inside the pool area).

 

3 . CREATIVE YAKIMA

Creative Yakima
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Birthday Parties: Starting at $50 and up

This party allows kids to express their creativity through painting pottery pieces. Includes a kiln-baked finished product to be picked up at the shop when it’s finished. Available on Saturdays and Sundays only.

 

4 . Play/Cafe

Play Cafe Yakima
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Birthday Party Packages: Starting at $270.75 and up

2 hours of unlimited play time for up to 13 children ages 1 to 6 years old. ($10 each additional child.) Includes 12 personalized digital invites, iced water, help setting up and clean-up, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages available for purchase, and plates, napkins, cutlery if you bring your own food. Additional packages available if you want them to cater your event and provide decorations.

 

5 . GET AIR YAKIMA

Get Air Yakima Trampoline Park
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Weekday Birthday Parties: $275.99 for 2 hours

Party for up to 10 kids: Includes 2 hours of jumping and a pair of jumping socks, 2 large pizzas and 2 2-Liter drinks, plus cups, utensils, plates, and napkins, set-up and clean-up. If you want to bring your own outside food there is a $50 fee. You are allowed to bring a birthday cake, fruit, and vegetable trays along with water for free.

 

6 . TACTICAL TAG

Tactical Tag Yakima
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Birthday Parties: $300 for 2 hours for up to 10 people ($25 each for an additional person)

You can bring in your own food and non-alcoholic drinks.

“First hour is designated to check in, eating food/cake, and opening gifts. Second hour is designated to game play.”

 

7 . NERDS LASER TAG

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$275 for 2 hours for up to 10 players

Each player gets a wristband good for 3 laser tag games and use of console game room. Tables and chairs are available and you can bring your own birthday cake plus any utensils and plates you need. Games start every 15 minutes. $10 for each additional player. Arcade games are “quarter-operated.”

 

8 . SKATELAND

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If you don’t wish to do a private birthday party rental for your child ($350+), you can simply invite kids to join your birthday child at the Public Sessions. Just pay for each kid and adult that plans to skate. Also plan to cover cost of food from the Skateland concession stand.

Public Session prices are:

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS: $9.95 per person from 6-8 p.m.

Friday & Saturday Evenings: $10.95 per person from 7-10 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Afternoons: $9.95 per person from 1-4 p.m.

 

9 . ESCAPE THE MADDNESS ESCAPE ROOM

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$20 per person with a minimum of 4 for an hour and a half. (A $40 non-refundable deposit and an advance reservation are required.)

NOTE: The escape rooms are not recommended for kids under 12 years old! Children under age 13 must have a paid accompanying adult in the group. Maximum space for each room is 6 people for the “Pharoah Tomb” room and 8 for the “Pirate” room. Inquire about the available size for the “Slaycation” room here.

 

10 . HIGH STEPPE CLIMBING CENTER

High Steppe Climbing Center in Yakima
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Birthday Party Recommendation: Get a “Day Pass” that is $24 per child over age 11 and $20 for kids ages 4-10.

The Day Pass includes Rental Gear (climbing shoes & a harness). If a child has their own climbing shoes and harness then the Day Pass is $18 per child over age 11 and $14 for kids ages 4-10. See rental gear prices here.

 

11 . CLAIRE’S ACCESSORIES

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Birthday Parties: Cost will vary by how many kids are in the party and the store availability to host your child’s birthday party in the store.

I had my daughter’s birthday parties at Claire’s and she and her friends had so much fun. You pay to have a private party before the store opens in the mall. Claire’s staff will provide theme options along with themed party games and you can select a gift card for each guest as a party favor. Theme choices include Princess, Rainbows, L.O.L. Surprise, Unicorns, and “Makeover.” Click here for more information.

 

 

OTHER COOL LOCAL IDEAS FOR YOUR CHILD’S BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR $300 AND UNDER

  • Manicures/Mani-Pedi
  • Bowling
  • Paint Night-style parties
  • Use your own backyard or ask a friend with a huge house to host a jumper party
  • Use your own backyard or ask a friend with a huge backyard to host a kid’s birthday party barbecue
  • Host a kid’s birthday party food feast at your child’s favorite restaurant and have guests bring presents and play party games
  • Host a “Movie Night” at The Majestic in Union Gap ($7 each ticket) or Hallet Cinemas in Sunnyside ($6 each ticket). Pay for your guests’ food and snacks at a nearby restaurant and bring your birthday cake, candle, and ask guests to bring in birthday gifts. An added bonus is that you won’t have to worry about cleaning up! Win-Win!

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