Places to Have Kids' Birthday Parties in Charleston, West Virginia

By Maria Magher
Spa packages and sports games are just some birthday options in Charleston.
Spa packages and sports games are just some birthday options in Charleston.

If you're looking for a place where kids can have a blast at your child's birthday bash, you're sure to find s venue in the Charleston area. As West Virginia's capital and largest city, Charleston offers a range of party activities. You'll find a number of fun, birthday options in and near Charleston that don't require cleaning up cake and gift wrap after your guests leave. Party places are available for the sports lover in your life to the princess.

Creative Activities

If you have a budding Picasso or Rodin on your hands, you can arrange for a birthday party that appeals to his creative side. At the Capitol Clay Arts Company, kids can sink their hands into some clay and create items such as mugs, decorative plates and bird houses. Birthday parties are available for a minimum of six people and include guided instruction for a project, a wheel demonstration and a personalized cup or bowl for the birthday guest of honor. There's a table for you to set out any snacks, cake or other refreshments that you bring to the celebration. Alternatively, younger kids might enjoy the simple creativity of putting together a special friend at the Build-a-Bear Workshop. Kids can choose the outfit and all the accessories for their bear, bunny or other stuffed friend. Party packages include party favors for all the guests, invitations and a keepsake photo of the festivities.

Sports and Recreation

Sports lovers have a lot of options to celebrate their birthdays in Charleston. At the Appalachian Power Park, kids can watch a West Virginia Power baseball game and hear a special birthday wish announced over the loud speaker. The birthday guest of honor also get to throw out a first pitch, a special birthday gift from the Power and a visit from the mascot, Chuck during the game or the party. Parties start an hour before the game and include a meal and unlimited play in the Game Stop Party Zone where there are video games on 120-inch screens. At Quantum Sports Center, kids can spend time on the indoor field playing dodge ball, soccer, flag football, T-ball or kick ball, or in the indoor inflatable playground. Birthday party packages include two hours of play and a personal coach to oversee activities. Food and drinks are available for an extra charge.

Gaming Centers

Kids of all ages will love a few hours playing games to celebrate a birthday. At the South Ridge Grande Prix Family Fun Center, they can race go karts and pretend to be the pros, play a game of laser tag, or spend some time on the roller skating rink. Other activities include mini golf and arcade games. Party packages offer pizza, refreshments, as well as rides or games. At Scary Creek Paintball in Scott Depot, about 13 miles from Charleston, kids can enjoy extreme paintball on an outdoor field with a variety of obstacles. The space is available for birthday parties, which you can customize to suit your needs.

Pampering Parties

Young girls have a few special options for celebrating their special day in the Charleston area. At Spa La La, services are available for children. Parties are available for groups of six or more and include services like manicures, pedicures, massages and facials. Party Wishes hosts girls-only parties for princesses at heart. Party themes include a spa party with mini facials, manicures and pedicures, a rock star party with karaoke and a dress-up session, and a fairy party with costumes, sparkling makeup and a visit from Tinkerbell. Birthday packages also include invitations, snacks, drinks, and extras like a photo CD, depending on what options you choose.

About the Author

Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since 2001. She has worked as an ESL teacher, a freshman composition teacher and an education reporter, writing for regional newspapers and online publications. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites. She has a Master's degree in English and creative writing.