What are the perfect spots in Greenville for a baby’s birthday party? Let’s be honest. Babies are a little tricky. They need a lot of supervision and a safe space. That’s why we came up with this list full of venues, parks, and other creative spots that would be perfect for a baby’s first or second birthday party. For even more ideas of where to throw the perfect party for your kid see our comprehensive guide to parties in Greenville.
Birthdays are supposed to be fun. But let’s be honest – sometimes they’re not. I am usually so stressed out on the day of my kid’s party. I find myself counting down the minutes until it’s over.
It doesn’t have to be that way. I’ve compiled a list of (what I feel are) ten of the best party ideas for your baby (infant and/or toddler) that won’t break your budget. These ideas include both easy DIY birthday ideas for home and venues that specialize in parties for babies.
Sponsor: Gymboree Play & Music of Greenville
Gymboree Play & Music of Greenville | 864.288.1774 | 980 Batesview Road, Greer | Facebook
Gymboree Birthday Parties are 1 1/2 hours of fun on our newly-renovated play floor with special equipment designed for small children! Activities include parachute time, bubbles, songs, and special birthday activities on our play floor.
Party Times: Saturdays, 2:00-3:30 pm & 4:30-6:00 pm
Parties start at $195 for 1 1/2 hours and include up to 12 children under the age of five. Price includes a trained instructor, an assistant, activities centered around the birthday child, time in our secondary room for refreshments, invitations, plates, napkins, utensils, and a gift for the birthday child, plus tons of fun.
We offer parties for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th birthdays.
Book your Gymboree Party today by calling 864.288.1774.
Greenville Venues that Offer Parties Designed for Babies
Gymboree Play and Music
Gymboree Play and Music (Batesview Rd in Greer) offers birthday parties for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th birthdays. Their venue includes a special play floor with equipment that is designed for small children. Activities include parachute time, bubbles, songs, and special birthday activities on the play floor. Parties start at $195.
Piano Central Studios
Piano Central Studios offers Kindermusik® parties for ages 1-7 at their two locations (N. Pleasantburg Drive and Woodruff Road). Each party includes dancing, singing, creative play, musical instruments, parachutes, bubbles, and more. Parties start at $175.
Local Parks that Are Perfect for Baby Birthday Parties
Assuming you live in the Greenville area, you’ve probably been to Herdklotz Park. Or at least heard of it. Located off Rutherford Road, it’s the perfect party destination. I would gear this one more towards your toddler child. There are two ways to do it: 1) Call Greenville Rec and reserve the large shelter at the top of the hill or the smaller shelter at the toddler playground. Or 2) pick a time that is less crowded and set up under the shelter in the little play area. Personally, I am in favor of the latter. When my son turned three we packed up picnic table covers, sidewalk chalk, balls and cars. He had a blast! The best part? It doesn’t cost a dime!
For more parks that might be good for a baby/toddler birthday party, check out our list of parks with fenced-in playgrounds.
The Greenville Zoo
This zoo is perfect for ANY age and they offer a number of great party packages on their website, but if you ask me (and you did, right?), for a baby’s birthday, I would stroll through the zoo with my friends and finish up with cake and ice cream under the picnic shelters in Cleveland Park. Children 2 and under can visit the Greenville Zoo for free and several of the membership packages come with extra tickets for friends and family.
Falls Park is the perfect idea for an infant party. I say infant, because if you carry a group of toddlers, the likelihood of your blood pressure sky-rocketing into the danger zone is high. And that would defeat the purpose of this list. I’m not signing up to chase two year olds around in an attempt to keep them out of the creek. No thank you. But count me in for a picnic lunch and playing on a blanket with other mommies and their babies. Stop by the Dollar Store, grab a few bottles of bubbles and head downtown. Don’t forget the cupcakes! Also, remember to pack paper products, juice boxes and lots of wet wipes. The only downside is, you’ll need to have a back-up plan if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Greenville Main Library
This may sound a little unconventional. You wouldn’t want to invite twenty friends, but if you are willing to keep it small (up to 3 friends & their babies), the library could be a really cool place for a party! There are computers and an entire room for your toddlers and/or babies (be sure to check the PAL schedule to be sure it’s open during your party time). If the weather is nice, make sure you have your blanket packed and serve up your cupcakes (or cookies) on the front lawn. In the event of rain, there is a small café inside the library right beside the main entrance. Note: Outside food is not allowed in the cafe.
At the very least, I hope this list will alleviate some of your birthday party anxieties. All that really matters is that our children feel loved and celebrated on their special day.
DIY Home Party ideas for Babies
Bring Your Own Book
This party takes place in the comfort of your own home. Invite your guests to wrap their favorite children’s book. Have a special guest or “storyteller” read a handful of the books to your tiny audience. If you’re feeling really energetic and creative, have a few friends lined up to perform a puppet show. Your baby will have a fresh new library at the end of this party!
Kidz Bop Dance Party
Obviously this one is more suitable for kids who are walking or toddling around. Who doesn’t love music?! Kidz Bop is awesome because it allows you to enjoy all the current tunes without being exposed to inappropriate lyrics. Toddlers LOVE to move! Music and dancing is always a crowd pleaser.
Water Table Fun
Splish! Splash! You might suggest that your friends pack a towel and an extra pair of clothes. Put out a large tarp in the middle of your living room floor. Fill the table with luke warm water. Add a drop of baby soap for bubbles or bath colors for a more exciting look. On the invitations you can ask that each friend bring a bath toy as their gift. Your child will have fun opening their new toys before playtime. *This can also be done outdoors on a deck or patio.
Paint & Play Doh Party
Let’s get creative! This is sure to be a hit with your two (maybe 3) year olds. Crayola makes paint that is completely safe for little hands. Spread a LARGE white piece of paint paper on the kitchen floor or table. (I would tape it down if I were you). Squirt a few different colors onto the paper and watch them (closely) as they go to town! After about 30 minutes, clean them up and transition to the table for Play Doh fun. Like with the other parties, you can ask your guests to bring their own Play Doh and/or Play Doh accessories and leave them for the birthday girl or boy.
Find more fun birthday party ideas for babies on our Spectacular Party Ideas Pinterest Board.
Where has your child’s favorite birthday party been held?
If you are looking for birthday party ideas for babies in the Spartanburg region of the Upstate, see our list Birthday Parties for Babies in Spartanburg.