Nola Family’s ULTIMATE Party Planner! Trying to plan the perfect birthday party for your child? Need a face painter but don't know who to call? Searching for the most delicious cupcakes in town? Well, look no farther! Nola Family has done all of the work for you, compiling more than 80 of the best party places, people and products all in one spot! ACTIVE PARTIES (NO SITTING ALLOWED!) Adventure Quest Laser Tag 1200 Clearview Parkway, Ste. 1106, Harahan 504.207.4444 lasertagnola.com Play laser tag in ancient Mayan surroundings, as well as Cosmic Golf and bumper cars under black lights. Plus, arcade parties for younger kids. Airline Skate 6711 Airline Drive, Metairie 504.733.2248 airlineskatecenternola.com Have public or private skate parties, bring your own cake and purchase pizza. All Star Gymnastics 2073 Bonn St., Harvey 504.328.3838 allstargymla.com With a mission to provide a fun and safe environment where children can learn to enjoy and benefit from physical activity. Parties held on Saturdays and Sundays. Big Easy Sportsplex 800 Webb St., Jefferson 504.733.0046 bigeasysportsplex.com Includes time on the field or court (your choice), plus soft drinks (water is free). A games facilitator will help with on-field play, while a host or hostess will coordinate everything else. Bookoo Bounce 5604 Blessey St., Harahan 504.835.6424 bookoobounce.com Indoor inflatable playground and party place. Parties are private and the professional staff takes care of everything. Just mail the invitations (which are provided). Bounce de Lis 4001 General DeGaulle Drive, Ste. J, New Orleans 504.570.6385 bouncedelis.com Open play and private party venue with inflatables, jumps, hoops, slides, TVs, Internet, etc. Various party packages available. Colonial Lanes 6601 Jefferson Highway, Harahan 504.517.9908 colonialbowlnola.com Two hours of bowling fun, with two or four lanes available for your party. Bumper bowling for children ages 7 and younger. Elmwood Gymnastics Academy 700 Elmwood Blvd., Ste. C, Harahan 504.733.4496 ochsnerfitness.com Be the next Olympian and play on trampolines, bars, rope swing, balance beam and spacewalk. Fulton Alley 600 Fulton St., New Orleans 504.208.5569 fultonalley.com Bowl in style and book a lane for your next event. Bowlers younger than 21 are welcome before 8 pm. Gymrompers 5212 S. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans 504.481.0835 gymrompersfun.com Kids will enjoy singing, musical instruments, puppets, bubbles and more than 50 pieces of equipment to play on. ICE Computer Café 5928 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie 504.309.5333 icecomputercafe.com Explore 20 high-end gaming computers loaded with 100s of games and a console area with 20 Xbox Ones, all networked together so guests can play in matches together. Party packages include unlimited gaming, plus pizza and soft drinks. Jewish Community Center - Uptown 5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504.897.0143 Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Center 3747 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie 504.887.5158 nojcc.org They set the tables, hang the balloons and clean up after these 90-minute affairs, which are designed for children ages 3 and older. Parties can include karaoke, gymnastics, sports, arts and crafts, swimming, and many other kid-friendly activities. Kidsports 1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan 504.733.1200 ochsnerfitness.com Combine fitness and fun in a safe and friendly atmosphere for your child’s next birthday. Options include (but not limited to) XRKADE, Splash and Adrenaline Rush parties. Love Swimming 5221 S. Front St., New Orleans 504.891.4662 loveswimming.com Have a swim party at its indoor facility in warm saltwater. For kids of all ages (even the littlest tots with their parents), and staffed by lifeguards and a game-master to lead fun activities. The Monkey Room 1501 Religious St., Ste. C, New Orleans 504.301.2695 monkeyroom.net Contains a huge, custom-designed play structure for toddlers on up with slides, climbs, obstacles and other fun elements to explore. Palm Tree Playground 3011 N. Interstate 10 Service Road East, Metairie 504.828.8164 palmtreeplayground.com The ultimate party place for kids 8 years old and younger. Toddlers love the large, enclosed play area, while the big kids have a custom play structure to climb and slide down. The facility has three private party rooms (and seven themes), and 25 kids are included in the price. Rock ‘N’ Bowl 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans 504.861.1700 rocknbowl.com Even if they’ve never tried the sport, they’ll be sure to have a blast at this party. For kids ages 7 and older; bumper bowling is available. Sector 6 612 Distributors Row, Harahan 504.539.4224 sector6.us Extreme “air” sports, including gutter run, floating beams, rock wall, and a huge foam pit. Birthday packages include one hour of flight time and 45 minutes in a party room. It even offers an Extreme slumber party package. Skate Country Westbank 1100 Terry Parkway, Gretna 504.392.2227 skatecountrywb.com Party packages include food, drink and skating. It’s extra to have the rink to yourself. Sky Zone 6509 Riverside Drive, Metairie 504.900.9663 skyzone.com Enjoy high-flying fun and choose from one of three available party packages that fit any occasion. Surge Trampoline 6930 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 318.680.0744 surgeneworleans.com Get energized at this exciting trampoline park. Opening soon and accepting advance bookings. ADVENTUROUS PARTIES Audubon Aquarium of the Americas 1 Canal St., New Orleans 800.774.7394 auduboninstitute.org Have your birthday celebration with the penguins, fish and sharks. The private party room offers a porthole window looking into the Gulf of Mexico exhibit. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium 423 Canal St., New Orleans 800.774.7394 auduboninstitute.org Enjoy a special party room in addition to the spectacular butterfly garden and hands-on bug encounters. Cajun Encounters 55345 U.S. Highway 90 East, Slidell 504.834.1770 cajunencounters.com The birthday party package includes a private, one-hour swamp tour hunting for gators, followed by a two-hour party on the grounds. Note: Parties are only offered Nov. 20-Feb. 28 and June 15-Sept. 20. Global Wildlife Center 26389 Louisiana Highway 40, Folsom 985.796.3585 globalwildlife.com The new, private Pinz tour in a 4X4 Pinzgauer accommodates up to nine guests and reaches places the safari wagons cannot, allowing for a one-of-a-kind safari experience. Insta-Gator Ranch 74645 Allen Road, Covington 985.892.3669 insta-gatorranch.com Experience the life of Louisiana’s most ancient residents -- alligators. Parties include a tour of the ranch, photo and T-shirt for birthday child, cake, ice cream, and lemonade. Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour 6601 Leo Kerner Lafitte Parkway, Marrero 504.689.4186 jeanlafitteswamptour.com Experience a real-life Cajun encounter on comfortable and spacious swamp boats while meandering deep into Louisiana’s mysterious and picturesque bayous. Louisiana SPCA 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans 504.368.5191 la-spca.org A fun and educational, hands-on animal experience. An extra bonus for animal lovers, the “Birthday Pawty” booking fee will help the thousands of companion animals in the facility’s care each year. New Orleans Paddlewheels 1 Poydras St., New Orleans 504.529.4567 creolequeen.com Have your party aboard the Creole Queen or take a thrilling ride through the swamps with the Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour. NOLA Motorsports Park 11075 Nicolle Blvd., Avondale 504.302.4875 nolamotor.com Have a Geaux Karting party this year. Parties include a reserved karting heat for up to 15 people, as well as a party room and pizzas. NOLA Paddleboards 3536 Toulouse St., Ste. B, New Orleans 504.717.8847 nolapaddleboards.com Bring your party to Bayou St. John for smooth water paddling in the middle of New Orleans. Sessions last for 75 minutes and begin with a complimentary lesson. Groups of eight or more will receive a discounted rate. Pony Tales 156 Bertucci Lane, St. Rose 504.469.0148 ponytalesbirthdays.com Ponies delivered to you for all occasions, or have a pony -- or wagon -- riding party at the barn. Splendor Farms 27329 Mill Creek Road, Bush 866.543.2767 splendorfarms.com Kids ages 6-14 can ride horses, fish, visit the petting zoo and swim. Girls ages 10-19 also may have slumber sleepovers. CREATIVE PARTIES (ARTS, CRAFTS, TREATS AND MORE) Art BaYou Studio 4422 Shores Drive, Metairie 504.264.2788 artbayou.com The perfect artistic adventure for your next birthday party. Bricks 4 Kidz Parties held at Mellow Mushroom in Metairie 985.705.0805 bricks4kidz.com/louisiana-covington-mandeville/ With a variety of themes and model builds available, enjoy a party package tailored to your child’s interests. Calliope Puppet Center 623 Vallette St., Algiers 504.913.8486 calliopepuppets.com Experience the magic of puppet theater inside a working puppeteer’s studio. Parties include a performance and a puppet craft activity for kids ages 3-11. They’ll also bring the show to you. Chez Clay 862 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans 504.522.3240 504-522-3240 chezclay.com Offers parties for all ages. Choose to paint bisque from the shelves or customize a hand-building clay class. Kids' parties last 1 1/2 hours. Bring your own birthday cake and drinks without incurring a studio fee. Cop A Donut 2321 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner 504.305.4858 copadontnola.comChildren get to play chef and can roll and cut their own donuts, and decorate them. Creole Creamery 4924 Prytania St., New Orleans 504.894.8680 6260 Vicksburg St., New Orleans 504.482.2924 creolecreamery.com Have a party at this ice cream parlor, where children can create their own ice cream sundaes. La Petite Tea Room 5928 W. Metairie Ave., Ste. 3, Metairie 504.733.1001 lapetitetearoom.com Your birthday princess, fairy or fashionista will enjoy a private party with dress up, games and tea; a painting party; an ice cream sundae party; and, even parties for boys. Lolli’s Chocolates 1827 Hickory Ave., Ste. 1, Harahan 504.739.9020 lollischocolates.com It’s a fun “dipping party” where everyone gets to make -- and take home -- their own box of treats. Aprons provided. Louisiana Children’s Museum 420 Julia St., New Orleans 504.523.1357 lcm.org Choose from three party packages, the “Birthday Blast,” “Birthday Blowout” or the “Big Time Birthday Party.” Painting with a Twist 700 Dublin St., New Orleans 504.541.9062 1900 Lafayette St., Ste. 2A, Gretna 504.521.7747 www.paintingwithatwist.com Parties for kids turning ages 7 and older. The birthday child chooses the painting. Guests are free to bring food and drink. Posh Paint Pub 3218 Taft Park, Metairie 504.835.4155 poshpaintpub.com Great pottery, canvas painting or clay parties -- for kids and adults. Prytania Theatre 5339 Prytania St., New Orleans 504.891.2787 theprytania.com Rent the Uptown, single-screen movie theater for special Saturday morning screenings. Sip and Paint 3350 Ridgelake Drive, Ste. 105, Metairie 504.208.9420 sipandpaint.com Kids ages 5 and older can have their birthday party at the studio and select from the “Student and Young at Heart Paintings.” FAIR WEATHER (OUTDOOR) PARTIES Audubon Zoo & Cool Zoo 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans 800.774.7394 auduboninstitute.org A magical place for a celebration with the animals. With indoor private birthday party rooms near the Gottesman Family Endangered Species Carousel, or hold out for the sunny, hot days and have a wild and wet party at the Cool Zoo. Lafreniere Park Carousel 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie 504.838.4389 lafrenierepark.org Rent the Carousel or Spray Park -- and picnic tables -- for your private party on a Saturday or Sunday for two hours of fun. Longue Vue House and Gardens 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans 504.488.5488 longuevue.com Discovery Garden birthday celebrations offer children interactive activities that allow imaginative exploration. Dig for worms, design a garden, investigate insects, plant seeds, play with bubbles and more. New Orleans Baby Cakes 6000 Airline Drive, Metairie 504.734.5155 cakesbaseball.com Choose from three great packages, all of which include the birthday child’s name on the scoreboard and announced at the game. New Orleans City Park 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans 504.482.4888 neworleanscitypark.com Have your child’s next birthday at Storyland, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, City Putt or the Train Garden. Woodlake Backyard Parties 82 Sequoia St., Kenner 504.274.1404 clubwoodlake.com Choose from its pools, sport courts, covered decks and spacious clubhouse to create your perfect party plan. PARTIES AT HOME (TALENT AND RENTALS TO MAKE YOUR PARTY AMAZING) About to Bounce 504.914.6489 abouttobounce.com Full-service inflatable party supply rental company that also offers a variety of games, carnival food machines, and tables and chairs. A-maze-ing Mazes 855.262.9346 a-maze-ing.com Life-size mazes built for your birthday parties, field days, camps, festivals and more. The Andes Extreme Portable Rock Wall 504.390.8558 andesrockclimbingwall.com Make your next party a memorable one with this 24-foot-tall climbing wall. Suitable for all ages with an instructor’s guidance. Art from the Heart 504.416.1430 artfromtheheartevents.com When “face painting” becomes beautiful art. Detailed “cheek art” and “full-faced animals, masks and butterflies” -- some with added glitter and jewels. Bounce Factory 504.269.7057 bounce-factory.com Combo units, dry slides, water slides, slip & slides, and basic spacewalks, plus popcorn and cotton candy. Drone Party Planet 4436 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 504.684.7076 dronepartyplanet.com The only provider of the Drone Birthday Party. Parties can be hosted onsite or at your home, with classes and air time rentals available. FunFlicks 504.304.0815 funflicks.com A wide selection of inflatable screen sizes for fun outdoor movie screenings for your next birthday party. GoGoBooth 504.224.9801 gogo-booth.com This photo booth company with more than 20 years of experience provides quality and professional service with a flair for fun and design. JD Sports 469.585.9510 jdsportsmobilegymnastics.com Delivers fun, safe sports instruction throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Party sessions last 90 minutes and can include its famous gymnastics obstacle course. JoJo the Magician and Clown 504.866.4400 jojothemagician.com Wow the kids with some amazing magic. JoJo has been entertaining the Greater New Orleans area for more than 40 years. NOLA Amusements 504.905.6368 nolaamusements.com These amusements are the perfect addition to your child’s next birthday party. Choose from inflatables, Ferris wheels, cartoon characters or many other options. NOLA Games On Wheels 504.237.3157 nolagamesonwheels.com They bring the ultimate gaming experience right to your front door with a luxury, limo-style theater on wheels featuring seven huge high-definition TVs. NOLA Rockstar 504.684.5256 nolarockstar.com Have a rockstar party, where highlights include the birthday child staring in her own birthday video along with her guests at your home or other venue. Party Peeple 504.421.0348 partypeeple.com They’ll come to you with games, storytelling, magic, balloon sculpting, face painting and characters. Some performers also speak Spanish or French. Plum Street Snoballs 1300 Burdette St., New Orleans 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie 504.866.7996 plumstreetsnoball.com Tired of the same ol’ party? This New Orleans tradition will bring a snoball stand to you. Or, bring the kids to its well-known stand. Pop Up Party Town 504.952.8828 popuppartytown.com The variety of themed tents are great standalone entertainment options for parties or events. Tent sizes range from 5-by-6 feet to 6-by-12 feet. Porta-Puppet Players 3141 Michigan Ave., Metairie 504.669.4159 theatricana.com/portapuppets Storytelling with puppet packages, caricaturists, musicians, magicians, princesses and more. Riverside Amusements 504.347.7156 riversideamusements.com Amusement rentals, characters, clowns, snoballs, party photography and more. Rolling Video Games of New Orleans 504.417.4368 rollingvideogames.com They’ll bring the ultimate in fun to your child’s birthday party: video games. If you want them more active, go for the laser or water tag, or way crazy -- a human hamster ball. Thinkerella 260 Hickory Ave., Ste. D, Harahan 504.232.1394 mythinkerella.com Children get to participate in cool experiments in a controlled, non-messy, safe environment. They even get to bring home a science favor. Tumblebus 5620 Arts St., New Orleans 504.891.9615 tumblebusbigeasy.com Provides on-site party fun for kids to learn basic gymnastics and self confidence in a safe, non-competitive environment. One-hour party for up to 12 kids. When You Wish Entertainment 504.208.HERO whenyouwishentertainment.com Providing the most professional and authentic princesses, superheroes and fairy tale characters in the greater New Orleans area. Zoo 2 U 504.756.1501 zoo2uparties.com They provide a complete petting zoo and pony rides. A great way to educate kids about animals while having fun. LAGNIAPPE: CAKES AND PASTRIES Girls Gone Vegan 504.510.3590 girlsgonevegannola.com A gluten-free and vegan bakery dedicated to making delicious renditions of classic treats. Gracious Bakery 1000 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, Ste.100, New Orleans 504.301.3709, ext.1 7220 Earhart Blvd., New Orleans 504.301.3709, ext. 2 2854 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504.301.9949 graciousbakery.com Bakery offering breakfast and brunch, pastries, sandwiches, salads, breads and dessert. Catering packages are available with free delivery for orders of $100 or more. Haydel’s Bakery 4037 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson 504.837.0190 or 800.442.1342 haydelbakery.com Create your own masterpiece and make this birthday extra special and extra delicious with a unique-themed birthday cake. JCB Creations 4836 Magazine St., New Orleans 504.324.9933 jcbcreations.com Cookies, cakes, cupcakes and more. Personalize your party with these specialty items. The Kupcake Factory 3319 Williams Blvd., Kenner 504.464.8884 6233 S. Claiborne Ave., Uptown 504.267.3328 911 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 504.570.6420 thekupcakefactory.com Special cupcake orders, specialty cakes and other treats. Laurel Street Bakery 2701 S. Broad St., Uptown 504.897.0576 laurelstreetbakery.com Cakes, cupcakes and other wonderful baked goods. Maple Street Patisserie 7638 Maple St., Uptown 504.304.1526 maplestreetpatisserie.com The bakeries of Europe are filled with handcrafted extraordinary creations. No need to bake ever again, with its delicious cookies, pastries, breads and cakes. Sucre 3025 Magazine St., New Orleans 504.520.8311 3301 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 504.834.2277 622 A Conti St., New Orleans 504.267.7098 shopsucre.com Offering cakes, desserts and macaroons for your next party.