Birthday parties can be such an exciting and stressful experience, primarily for moms. From those of us who try to minimize birthday and party stress to those of us with grandiose party planning skills, we all feel the need to give our children a chance to celebrate. Personally, I think moms deserve the celebration just as much as the kids do, since we’re the ones keeping everybody alive and fed for another full trip around the sun.
The options listed below show the wide range of what Chattanooga has to offer, and I hope there’s something for everybody in this list. Obviously these locations and ideas range in price, but as is often the case, sometimes you get what you pay for. That said, if nothing beats your church fellowship hall, your backyard, or your neighborhood park, celebrate with your own style!
Here is my updated breakdown of birthday party spots, split up into various categories. Happy partying!
For the animal lover
If your child is an animal lover, Chattanooga has quite a few options to allow for an animal theme or experience!
- Tennessee Aquarium
- Chattanooga Zoo
- Noah’s Little Ark Petting Zoo and Pony Rides
- Build-A-Bear Workshop
For the artist
If your child is focused on creating, whether it is painting or drawing, Chattanooga has some great party spots!
- Painting with a Twist
- River City Pottery
- Art Creations
- Artsy U
- Uptown Art
- The Crafty Social
For the food lover
What’s a birthday party without some food? Why not plan a whole party around it? Check out these places to celebrate with a food theme!
- Sprouts Cooking
- Sweet and Savory Classroom
- Chuck E Cheese
- Sweet Frog
- McDonalds PlayPlace
- Polly Claire’s Tea Room
For the enthusiastic learner
If your child is more focused on science, hobbies, or learning experiences, Chattanooga has those to choose from as well! Take your astronaut or train conductor on an adventure!
- Creative Discovery Museum
- UTC’s Challenger STEM Learning Center
- TN Valley Railroad Museum
- Bricks 4 Kidz
- Challenge Island
- Pure Genius
For the water bug
What could be better than a pool party? Indoors or outdoors, Chattanooga has you covered.
- YMCA of Chattanooga
- Chattanooga City pools (including the Warner Park spray park)
- Choo Choo Diving and Aquatics Center
- UTC Aquatics and Recreation Center
For the outdoor enthusiast
Chattanooga is known for its outdoorsy feel, and there are plenty of places around to embrace that — why not include the outdoors in a birthday party?
For the sporty/active kid
Jumping, climbing, running, golfing, bowling — you can do it all! Check out these great locations for an active birthday adventure!
- Chattanooga Lookouts
- High Point Climbing
- Tennessee Bouldering Authority
- Lake Winnepesaukah
- Winner’s Circle
- Sir Goony’s Family Fun Center
- Holes to Go
- Pin Strikes
- Holiday Bowl Hixson or Holiday Bowl Brainerd
- Hamilton Skate Place
- Insane Paintball/Airsoft
- Air Bounce Chattanooga
- AstroJump Chattanooga
- Superfly Extreme Air Sports
- Dart Town Arena
For the dancer/gymnastic/expressive child
- Modern Play Gym
- Little Gym
- Scenic City Dance
- Tennessee Academy of Gymnastics
- Gymnastics Center of Chattanooga
- Chattanooga Dance Theatre
- Balance Studios
What about the ones that don’t fit in a category?
Seriously, there were so many other amazing option that didn’t seem to fit in one of these groups. It just shows how many opportunities you have to give your child an amazing birthday experience!
- Birthday Bash Chattanooga
- Pink Sparkle Spa
- Pigtails and Crewcuts
- Princess Nation
- Regal Cinemas – Hamilton Place 8
- Southern Sleepovers
So how did I do? Please tell me what I missed, so I can add it to this growing list of options. Enjoy all the planning and partying, friends, because the birthdays just keep coming!