10 Experiential Birthday Parties with “Cool Factor”

Today’s birthday parties are about more than cake and presents, they are all about experiences. The more “hands on” the better. Read on to experience ten places in Rutherford County offering unique experiences that are sure to make your child’s birthday party the talk of the town.

FOR ADVENTURERS

Wilderness Station

The Wilderness Station, which is located on the grounds of Barfield Park, is an outdoor education and recreation center with a retreat room that is available to rent for birthday parties.

Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation staff provides two possible party programs from which you will need to choose one.

Animal Adventures (ages three and up) which provides partiers with the chance to learn all about local wild animals, take a hike to look for one local animal in their natural environment (weather permitting), do a related craft, and then meet the Station’s resident “animal ambassador.” If the weather is not human-friendly, then participants will do a fun activity inside. Choose what animal you think will appeal to your group from turtles, snakes, insects, frogs or salamanders.

Owls Love the Night (ages five and up) will allow day or night enjoyment of this party by your child’s friends. Kids will learn about the many animals that come out and play when the sun sets. The retreat room becomes a star-filled night where the children encounter fireflies, lunar moths, frogs, owls, and more. The party includes a take home craft and a hike to look for animals that may be sleeping.

697 Veterans Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
615-217-3017
https://www.murfreesborotn.gov/176/Wilderness-Station

The Ascent

A hot new party option is rock climbing. The Ascent offers a rock climbing wall and other activities for birthday partygoers requesting adventure. A “Party Captain” takes the lead and guides everyone through the experience, acting as safety expert, trainer, and cheerleader. He or she will get the group “geared up” and ready to enjoy the activity.

Young climbers are introduced to the tread wall, transverse cave, and auto belays. Those 14 years old and above have the option to learn full belay. For those younger than ten, party size must be less than 15 members.

After everyone gets the hang of the process, the Party Captain will teach everyone climbing games, or help them find the different routes up the wall.

One happy parent said on their website that it was“…the easiest, most fun, and least stressful birthday party we ever pulled off… It was a blast!”

831 Park Avenue
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
615-796-6545
https://climbyourrock.com/parties/


FOR EXPLORERS

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

We all know that the Discovery Center is a great place for kids to have fun and learn about how the world works through hands on activities, but it is also a great place to have your child celebrate his or her birthday.

The Center offers a number of birthday party options. The king of these party options is to rent the entire building for an after 5:00 p.m. Signature Party. The Signature Party can have one of six themes suggested on their, or you can design your own. Either way, one of their educators will make sure that all participants have a blast!

Party themes include Animal Safari; Birthday Blast-Off; Dino-mite Party; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Princess and Pirates; and Tea Party.

Each of these parties includes time in the center and a themed activity. The Safari Party offers interaction with resident animals, like petting a snake (eek!). At the Blast-Off Party your child and their friends get to make alien slime and shoot off rockets. And the kids get to go looking for buried treasure at the Pirate at the Pirate and Princess Party.

Two other on-site party options are the Adventure Party and the Discovery Party. Both of these options take place during the Center’s regular hours of operation. They take place in the Adventure Room and include time to explore all the activities in the building, as well as one of the themed activities.

The coolest option is to have Discovery Center come to your house. Their 50 ft. mobile lab, called the STEAM Bus, will come to your party. The bus is full of all kinds of fun things to do and learn about. Center staff can even customize the experience just for your child. This experience will include hand-on activities and exciting demonstrations.

502 SE Broad Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
615-890-2300
https://explorethedc.org/plan-a-party/#birthdays

Lucky Ladd Farms

Once Rutherford County was a rural farm community, but today most kids have no idea where their food comes from. Allow them to explore a farm and learn about what happens there by having your child’s birthday party at Lucky Ladd Farms.

Lucky Ladd offers a petting zoo, pony rides, and fossil excavating activities. There are three party packages available based on your choice of activities and the number of guests.

The petting zoo has pigs, goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, ducks, chickens, rabbits, cows, horses, donkeys, turkeys, and more! Farm-themed exhibits and activities cover many acres of the farm providing fun and learning experiences for the whole family. Activities include a massive sand yard, a barn slide, racing slides, tricycle races, a tractor train, cow milking, and a wagon ride through Cedar Glade.

Educational exhibits cover bee keeping, plant based foods, how a plant grows, where food comes from, all about chickens and eggs, and fun animal facts.

4374 Rocky Glade Road
Eagleville, TN 37060
615-274-3786
https://luckyladdfarms.com/birthday-parties-tn.html


FOR BUDDING ARTISTS

Painting with a Twist

Painting with a Twist offers fun elementary acrylic painting classes in a private event room where your child and their friends can learn to paint from a real artist. There is plenty of room to bring food, cake, and other refreshments to share before, during or after the class. At the end of the party each child will be able to take home a completed masterpiece on canvas of their own creation.

No prior art training is necessary. Painting with a Twist teachers know how to make art in a way that is fun for everyone, no matter their skill level.

2615 Medical Center Parkway, Suite 430
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
615-895-8181
https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/murfreesboro/partyinfo/

Board and Brush Studio

Like Painting with a Twist, Board and Brush offers a fun environment to try your hand at a new creative skill. In this case it is painting a stylish wood sign or farmhouse style home decor. They offer two different birthday parties, one for kids ages six to12, and another for those 12 to 15.

The Wood Sign Workshop Party is for the younger set. With over two hours of staff guided instruction, boys and girls will be able to complete a fun painted wood project of their choice and take it home with them. Project options include a door sign or a desk supply holder.

You can bring the cake and refreshments; Board and Brush will provide all the necessary project supplies. They also do all of the clean up!

Older children have a much larger choice of signs to create, or the option to o print on a pillow. There are options that will appeal to both boys and girls.

1500 Medical Center Parkway, Suite 1E
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
615-266-0477
https://boardandbrush.com/private-events/

The Pottery Place

If acrylic painting or wood sign making don’t appeal to your child, Pottery Place offers the opportunity to paint a cup, bowl, or fun sculpture – like a princess. They also provide exploration into making fused glass.

There are two party packages: Orange Ya Happy Party and the Hot Tamale party. Which party you choose all depends on the number of participants and whether you bring your own refreshments or The Pottery Place Provides them. No matter which choice you make, each child will get to paint his or her choice of item from the party wall. After painting, each item will be glazed and fired to take home as a keepsake.

For older kids who might want to paint a more difficult item, or try their hand at fused glass, there will be additional charges.

2615 Medical Center Parkway, Suite 470
Murfreesboro, TN 27129
615-893-5556
http://thepotteryplaceavenue.com/parties-classes/

FOR ACTIVE KIDS

ETC Gymnastics

ETC Gymnastics has six different parties to choose from, including a traditional party, but the two that are perfect for the sports-minded are the Extreme Sports party (for ages six through13 only) and the Mix and Match party (available for those ages three to five and six to 13). From June 1st until August 31st a Summer Slide party is available for all ages.

The Mix and Match party provides one hour in the gym to engage with the following: a zip line, bounce castle, rope swing, trampolines, tumble track, obstacle course, and a rock climbing wall.

A member of the ETC staff will act as host to insure all of the activities are used properly and to guarantee that everyone has a great time. They will also make sure there is plenty of time to open presents and eat cake.

For those wishing something other than the traditional party, but one requiring less athletic prowess, ETC offers a Princess Party and a Superhero Party.

1137 Haley Road
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
615-867-6900
http://etcgymnastics.com/birthday-parties/

Harris Riding Academy

The coolest thing about the riding parties at Harris is that everyone gets to paint a horse. Yep, you heard that right. The kids get to paint a horse.

Their Riding Themed party includes the horse painting, the chance to ride (must be at least three years old to ride), and an opportunity to make pony pizzas. Their Western Party is the same, only with old west style decorations.

For the All Things Pink Party, participants not only get to paint a horse, they get to turn one into a princess!

Every party includes decorations; use of a helmet; the use of their climate-controlled party room and riding arena; a seasoned riding instructor; and staff to make sure everyone is safe and has a good time.

4024 Barfield Cresent Road
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
615-556-7370
http://harrisridingacademy.com/birthday-parties/


FOR THE SOPHISTICATES

The Social Chair

By the time this party is over, each young lady will have the elegance of a little socialite. The stylists at The Social Chair will provide a dry style, braiding, and light make-up on each child. For an additional charge, they can also apply colored hair extensions, weave in feathers, employ hair chalk, and paint on a sprinkling of glitter.

This package includes private use of the salon for up to two hours, where there is plenty of space to have food and celebrate your princess’ special day.

1500 Medical Center Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 27129
615-900-1559
https://www.socialchairdrybar.com/event-packages/princess-party/


As the Millennial generation continues to seek experiences, their craving is seeping into the collective consciousness and causing experiential birthday parties to gain attention. There are sure to be more creative thinking businesses that will develop one-of-a-kind activities to help children learn about the world while celebrating their birthday.