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Aiming to offer a memorable experience, these indoor venues take birthdays to a new level with their unique themes, activities and spaces. Check out the best indoor party locations in Orange County.

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Specializing in the birthday party experience, Scooter’s Jungle makes the planning process seamless for families looking to make their celebrations memorable. The indoor inflatable family fun destination features larger-than-life, custom-made inflatable jumpers and structures that include some of the tallest and longest indoor inflatable slides in the area. During a 2 1/2 hour private birthday party, adults and kids can run, jump, slide, zip and “monkey” around until their heart’s content. Depending on which room is chosen, guests will break either mid-way or at the end of playtime for food, cake, and other activities. The best part is that parents can sit back and actually enjoy their children’s birthday party without having to worry about setting up or the after-party clean-up.

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Celebrate your child’s birthday at Orange County’s largest children’s museum, which spans 28,000 square feet and houses kid-sized structures representative of a small city. Pretend City Children’s Museum is the first educational facility of its kind, offering a variety of community resources including access to educators and health care professionals who routinely offer developmental check-ups, screenings, and information. A one-hour private birthday party includes admission to the museum, basic amenities, and two party hosts to help facilitate set-up, party service, and clean-up. Packages build up from the standard option and can include themed cakes, goody bags, tableware, activities, and more.

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Get crafty while exploring the artist within at one of the only Paint Your Own Ceramics Studios in Orange County. A 2-hour private birthday party can be accommodated, including the time and space to paint and celebrate. The price of each ceramic piece includes everything needed to complete your work of art such as paint, stencils, stamps, brushes, glazing, and firing. While the venue does charge a nominal fee to accommodate private parties, personal attention to the group is provided and there are no additional fees to bring in food and drinks.

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Childhood favorites Tag and Hide and Seek converge into a high-tech, fast-paced laser tag game played in a large, multi-level arena. The entertainment center features the most advanced laser tag equipment available and combines specialty lighting, fog, and music to create an action-packed experience. The starter package includes two Laser Quest games and a private party room to enjoy food and drinks. While the recommended age is 7 and up, younger children may enjoy the venue, provided they are able to wear the pack and hold the laser. Parents have the option of bringing their children in for a tour prior to booking a birthday party.

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The Young Chefs Academy is doing more than simply introducing children to culinary arts. Their hands-on cooking classes incorporate such principles as math, science, teamwork, creativity and more. Additionally, the academy offers inclusive parties for up to 24 children which include 2-3 chef instructors who guide children through the creation of a recipe (recipe card included), drinks, paper products, chef’s hats for each child, set-up and clean-up, and a special shirt for the birthday child. Parents can select from several party options which vary based on theme, and targeted age group. Tip: Instead of bringing a cake, why not opt for the Cupcake Decorating option?

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With four different themed party rooms and service that takes the burden of prepping and clean-up off of parents, WowZville was named Best Birthday Party Place in Orange County. Each two-hour party is geared towards children ages four and up and features one of four themed rooms which include Fairyland, Racing Zone, Crime Division, and Alien Adventures. Children can engage in a variety of activities such as dress-up, simulators, games and more, depending on the theme of the party. The basic package includes invitations, a designated staff member to assist with set-up/clean-up, paper goods, and the allotted time and space. Extras such as balloons, goodie bags, face painting, and more can be added on to this package.

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Chill out at one of the coolest OC venues to have your child’s birthday party. The Aliso Viejo Ice Palace, which features public skating, freestyle skating, broom hockey, a hockey program, and a skating school, offers both weekday and weekend birthday parties. Packages include sufficient skate time and rentals for 10 guests, use of their private party room, a host to assist with service during the party, hot and cold drinks, balloons, paper goods, and a pass for each guest to come back to the rink. A 15 minute lesson, which is included in the weekend package, can be added on to the weekday package.

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Specializing in private dress-up tea parties for girls, Olivia’s Dollhouse Tearoom seeks to provide an authentic princess experience. The venue is ornate and exudes elegance. The dollhouses, which come to life with interactive birds that talk to each other and teddy bears that sing and tell stories, feature plush Victorian carpets, lacey drapes, collectable dolls and museum quality pieces on display. A two-hour tea party includes dress-up, hair, nails, makeup and accessories for a fashion show, photos, lunch or dinner, drinks, veggies and dips for the adults, dessert, cake for the birthday girl, a trip to the treasure chest for each guest and two gifts for the birthday girl. The hostess at the venue are theatrically trained to offer children an experience they won’t forget.

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This three story indoor play area, which was chosen best playground, best birthday entertainment place, best indoor play place, and best entertainment center by Parenting OC, is a favorite among locals for both it’s open play times and themed birthday party packages. Inside you’ll find bouncers, slides, and obstacle courses which will keep your children active and entertained. Private parties are held on weekdays and weekends and include designated play time, set-up and clean-up, paper products, and more depending on the package selected. Bonus: Parents can enjoy free coffee and wi-fi while their children get their wiggles out.

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This former 1920’s vintage home was converted to a retail store which now houses jewelry and paintings from local artisans, trendy, boutique-like fashions, and an array of unique ideas for the home. Be sure to take a walk through the gardens with their changing selection of herbs, succulents, topiaries, and more. If you’re looking for a crafty, intimate party check out the venue’s Miniature Fairy Garden Party, ideal for children over the age of three. During this private party, children will create a miniature garden with the help of the fairies. Alternatively, a private craft or altered art party can be arranged, which is appropriate for older children over the age of 8.

Caryn Bailey knows how to party. She runs the blog Rockin’ Mama.