Bethany Winston shares a list of almost twenty local birthday party venues and services that cost less than a $100 (some are even free). For even more birthday party ideas be sure to see our ultimate guide to birthday parties in Greenville.
Do you feel overwhelmed by the work involved throwing a birthday party completely by yourself at home?
But, don’t have the budget to spend hundreds on a venue or entertainment.
No worries! Here’s our list of inexpensive birthday parties to the rescue. We have over 11 ideas of venues and entertainers that offer budget options under $100. In fact, some of these parties are almost free and others include a venue and entertainment for one low fee.
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Three of the princess companies in Greenville offer a princess visit for a hundred dollars or less. While this option does not include a venue for the party, it does ensure that princess-loving little kids eyes will get wide open when one of their favorite characters walks in the room.
Once Upon a Dream Parties‘s lowest priced package is only $50 and it includes a royal greeting from a character of choice, a special song and dance with the birthday girl, opportunities for photos, and a special gift for the birthday girl. The character will visit for approximately 15-20 minutes. Once Upon a Dream Parties also offers a venue for princess parties as well, and that option is available for as low as $189.
You can arrange for a royal visit for just $95 with and this visit includes a 30 minute visit with fun activities such as a book, song, and a crown for the birthday girl (plus more).
Simply Enchanted Parties offers a 30 minute princess visit for $100 which includes a story time, song, and an autograph keepsake.
Greenville Zoo’s birthday party packages start at $290, but a cheaper and more informal option for a birthday is to purchase a Greenville Zoo membership. You can purchase a membership that has several guest tickets attached making it pretty affordable to take a group of kids celebrating through the zoo. The includes two adults and their children, plus two guests (at any time), and 8 tickets to be used at any time. This membership is only $90, so you could purchase it and bring an additional 10 people to the zoo by using your passes at no additional charge and then you would still have your membership to enjoy year round.
The adjoining Cleveland Park also has several small shelters (not the large ones right beside the big playground) available to rent for as little as $40/day.
A popular way in the warmer months to save money on a birthday party is to rent a picnic shelter near a fun playground. The price is typically dependent on the area and the size of the pavilion, so a good way to save money is to look for small shelters at the nicer parks. Some great choices are:
The McPherson Park Bandstand: This shelter is beside a small but decent playground and a shady mini-golf course (be sure to bring your own putters and balls). The park also features several nice walking trails (see our review of McPherson Park). The bandstand rents for $60/day.
: Century Park’s pavilion rental fees are so low that you might be tempted to pinch yourself to be sure you are reading correctly. From March through October, you can rent a pavilion at Kid’s Planet for as little as $10 for the smaller pavilion and $20 for the larger pavilion. The rental times are only for 2 hours but that’s really all you need for a party.
The playground at Century Park is one of our favorites and you can read more about it in our review of Kids’ Planet. This park is also has lots of mature tree coverage making it a little more bearable in the summer time.
– Greenville’s Downtown Airport’s Runway Park shelter is popular due to it’s location right beside an active runway and it’s airplane themed playground. The shelter rents for just $75/3rd of the day on Fridays-Sundays to $50/3rd of the day for Mondays-Thursdays.
This playground is very hot and has little shade though so plan an evening party if your party is in one of the hottest months of the year, otherwise you may find it too hot to really enjoy the play equipment. See our review of Runway Park for more information.
Of course, there are many, many more picnic shelters available in town. You can find a complete list of the websites for information on these shelters on our Birthday Party Guide to Greenville.
There are also several Community Centers available for not much more than $100. One reader mentioned that the Bobby Pearce Community Center was great and even came with a kitchen and easy access to a playground.
Some fire stations offer birthday parties for free, though a donation is typically requested. The best way to determine if your local fire station offers this benefit is just to call and ask. Clear Springs Fire and Rescue in the Five Forks area was recommended by several readers.
Ice Cream Shops
Ice Cream shops are an excellent place for a birthday party and it’s a bonus that the entertainment includes the food. Two ice cream shops that we’ve heard great things about their birthday party packages are:
offers a party package for just $4.95 a person with a 20 person minimum (so your party would cost at least $99). The package though includes not just ice cream for everyone but a private room and the ability to bring in your own food and drink and decorate the room.
has a birthday party package that starts at just $10/person and includes letting kids decorate their own pretzel rods, marshmallows, and take a tour of the kitchen. The package at $20 per child includes a slice of Kilwins ice cream cake, apple slices and juice box for each child.
While we haven’t personally tried it, Rock Springs Baptist Church Bowling Center offers a birthday party package that includes pizza, a drink, 2 hours of bowling, and even a room for just $10 a person. You are also allowed to bring in your own birthday cake.
Michael’s has craft themed birthday party options starting at just $50. This party option just mainly includes the room (not the craft supplies) but does provide a room for a party at a reasonable rate. The party option that includes craft supplies is $120.
Several fast food restaurants offer party packages or if not will allow you to reserve a table and bring in a cake if you make prior arrangements.
offers party packages that include a Happy Meal and even games for just $12/child.
Birthday Party policies and offerings vary from location to location, but Chik-Fil-A’s are also a popular place to host a kids’ birthday.
Chuck E. Cheese
Our readers also recommended Chuck E. Cheese for an inexpensive birthday party. Their party packages start at just $13.99/child and include pizza & drink and tokens for play. Only 4 children are required to book a party, so it’s a great location no matter how small or big your crowd. You could invite 7 children and keep your costs under $100. There is no private room, but instead the birthday parties are run in tandem which does add to the noise but also the excitement level for the kids.
Pepsi Party Pack
If you have a child turning 6, don’t forget to pick up their Pepsi Party Pack. This free special package is filled with tickets to area attractions and also includes supplies for a Pepsi Party. It’s completely free but there are only specific days that you can claim it.
Piano Central Studios
While Piano Central Studio’s normal party price is $175, they do run occasional rock-bottom deals during the year where you can purchase a party package for just $79 that includes 2 hours of studio time, birthday party activities, and more.
If you live on the Spartanburg side of the Upstate, be sure to also check out our list of Inexpensive Birthday Parties in Spartanburg.
What inexpensive birthday party packages would you recommend in Greenville?