The Ten Best Places for Kids’ Birthday Parties when you’re on a Budget

Let’s face it. Throwing your kid a birthday party can be expensive. Even if you plan the event at home, the costs add up with decorations, party favors, food, cake and ice cream, entertainment and more. Before you know it, you’ve spent a couple hundred dollars…and you still have to set up and clean up. And when it’s over? You’re exhausted! We’ve all been there. But what if you could spend the same amount of money but, not have to set-up, clean up or entertain the kids? Here’s a great list of Sacramento-area party venues that won’t break the bank and will leave the birthday child and all his or her friends very happy. Best of all, YOU will be happy, because you won’t be exhausted when it’s all over! Happy birthday planning!

*Prices based on a group of 8 unless otherwise stated.

Big Spoon Yogurt/$20 to $40

Big Spoon offers two party packages – the “yogurt party” starts at $2.50 per person and includes reserved seating for 90 minutes and mini yogurt cups for all. For just a few dollars more – $5 per person, you can add pizza and a drink. Bring your own decorations, games and fun. Locations in East Sacramento, Land Park and Natomas.

Fairytale Town/$50

For just $50, you can rent Fairytale Town’s Sherwood Forest for one hour. Bring in your own food, celebrate and open presents, then the kiddos can explore the park for as long as they like afterwards. This price does not include entrance into Fairytale Town, though, so you’ll want to add that into the cost. Sacramento.


If you are open to having your party on a weekday at 4:00 pm, you’ll have one full hour in the party room, and a full hour of play for up to eight children and eight adults. You can bring in your own bakery items (cakes, cookies, etc.), but no homemade food is allowed. Sacramento.

Laguna’s Awesome Party Palace/$99

Again, if you are open to a weekday afternoon, the kids will enjoy a half hour in the party room, followed by a full hour of play time for up to 10 children. Also included in this package is a pitcher of punch, invitations, paper plates, cups, napkins, utensils and candles. You may bring in your own pre-cooked food except for pizza and ice cream. Elk Grove.


Michael’s birthday package includes invitations and thank-you note cards, drawstring party bag for guest of honor, use of classroom, craft supplies and team member to lead craft activities for up to eight guests. Locations in Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Sacramento and Woodland.

Mardi Gras Lanes/$130

For just $15.99 per person, party-goers will receive cheese pizza and soda, and have two fun hours of bowling. For $5 per person more, you’ll be able to choose two menu options in addition to French fries and soda. Also included is partyware, signable bowling pin and a $5 gift certificate for each child. Sacramento.

The Princess Party Co./$125

The 30-minute Basic Ball package includes the dramatic appearance of a princess, Signature Storytime, Princess Picture time, Happy Birthday Celebration and Magic Wishes. No venue provided, though with this one.

Laser Tag of Carmichael/$149

The Knight’s Crusade party package is a 90-minute celebration that includes three games of laser tag for 6 guests, 20 video game tokens per player, one fountain drink and refill per player, a T-shirt and 100 arcade tickets for the birthday child, and buy-one, get-one party favors. Carmichael.

Fast Track Hobbies/$149

The Slot Car Play Party provides an hour in the party room, ½ hour of slot car play time on the Red Kingleman slot car track for up to ten guests. Also includes Fast Track Cup for the guest of honor and a fifteen-minute Track Pass for each person. Rocklin.

Funderland Amusement Park/$170

For $16.95 per person, you’ll receive use of the party area for one hour with a party host or hostess, birthday invitations, Funderland birthday shirt for birthday child, special coupon for a free wristband for a future visit, and two hours of unlimited rides for 10 people. Sacramento.

* For a complete list of children’s birthday party venues in the Sacramento region, Click here.


5 thoughts on “The Ten Best Places for Kids’ Birthday Parties when you’re on a Budget

  1. The train at Cordova park is awesome u can either do a donation on the first weekend of the month and have a park party then everyone head to the train or they do private parties!!!

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