The Premier Guide to Fun Birthday Parties: Columbia, SC (2023)

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Are you planning a birthday party in Columbia, SC? Maybe you’re looking for birthday party places in Columbia or maybe you’re looking for birthday entertainment that will come to you. If you’re planning a kid’s birthday party in Columbia, SC, you’ve come to the right place! Below you’ll find a huge list of birthday party venues in Columbia that you can view by category, or you can just scroll through the long list of birthday celebration ideas looking for a bit of inspiration.

Birthday party: Columbia SC

Plan the Perfect Birthday Party in Columbia, SC

Ready for an amazing birthday celebration? Are you looking for a specific theme or type of venue for your child’s next birthday party? Sort this huge list of Columbia, SC venues that offer birthday parties for kids and teens by category. We have parties with bowling, skating, animals, trampolines, sports, laser tag, mini-golf, themed parties, fun park parties, and so much more.

Just select the category button in the orange box below that interests you.

Want a “no-work for you” party where the venue handles all the setting up and cleaning after your party? You’ll find party packages including all the food, cake, and activities, or parties including just a few things where you can customize what you need for your party.

Looking for a picnic shelter or park facility to rent for a birthday party in Columbia, SC? We compiled a list of shelters to rent for parties in Columbia. These shelters are often very affordable birthday party options.

Just want to rent a bounce house? If you’re having a backyard party, a bounce house can be a great option for entertainment. Check out this list of places to rent bounce houses in Columbia, SC.

Columbia Birthday Parties by Category

Bring on the Columbia, SC Birthday Party Ideas

Scroll our huge directory of birthday party listings for some party inspiration. Too much? Pop back up to the orange box to sort by category.

Party Pals 4 Fun

803-216-5090 Columbia, SC

Have an exciting character show-up to your child’s next party! You can choose from Mickey Mouse, Sonic, CoCoMelon, Spiderman, Paw Patrol characters, and more.

There are 2 packages to choose from: 15 minute pop-in for $45 or 30-minute pop-in for $80.

Email or call to to schedule.


Odom's Mobile Petting Zoo

803-960-9855 Columbia, SC

You can have a mobile petting zoo and mini horse rides at your child’s next birthday party! Odom’s Mobile Petting Zoo brings all the animals straight to you!

Empire Gymnastics

116 S. Lake Court, Lexington, SC

Birthday party options at Empire Gymnastics include a bounce house, trampoline, foam pits, ninja course, and even nerf battle options.

Surge Adventure Park offers all sorts of adventure for kids and families including trampolines, a high ropes course, ninja obstacles, and even arcade games.

Birthday Parties: Surge Adventure Park offers trampoline park parties that range in size from 10 to 25 jumpers. Parties include 2 hours of jump time, 2 hosts, a t-shirt for the birthday child, and more.

Eudora Farms

219 Salem Lane, Salley, SC

Have a guided wagon ride through Eudora Farms safari complete with a tour guide! Decorate picnic tables and bring your own food.

  • Minimum of 10 people
  • Option for half-price pony rides
  • Unlimited time exploring the walkable exhibits

Emerald Artistry

Columbia, SC

Add face painting or balloon art to your birthday celebration! Artists come to your party location.

Chuck E. Cheese

1775 Burning Tree, Columbia, SC

Chuck E. Cheese offers a place for kids to play arcade games, play space, pizza, and more.

Birthday Parties: Party packages include pizza and drinks, add-ons available including cake.

Three Fountains Recreation

2724 Emanuel Church Road, West Columbia, SC

Throw a party at Three Fountains Recreation and your guests will enjoy unlimited skating and mini-golf, plus options to include pizza, soda and ice cream.

They also offer open skate sessions Friday through Sunday, including evening hours. Prices range from $6 – $8  depending on the day.

Laugh 'N Leap Amusements

3125 Bluff Road, Columbia, SC

Rent bounce houses, slides, obstacle courses, rides and games and much more to bring to your party location.

Once Upon a Princess

Columbia, SC

Once Upon a Princess has both princess characters and adventure characters that will visit your child’s birthday party. There are a variety of packages that include length of visit, plus options for sing-alongs, makeovers, stories, games, and more.

Once Upon a Princess serves Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Blythewood, Rock Hill, Camden, and Aiken.

Lake Murray Gymnastics

803.233.1460 110 Hunter Village Drive, Irmo, SC

Classes: Lake Murray Gymnastics offers gymnastics classes for all ages of children, from just walking through the 12th grade. Classes are offered during the school year and summer. They also offer Ninja, Cheer, and a parent’s night out program.

Birthday Parties: Lake Murray Gymnastics offers birthday parties that include one hour of time in the gym with balance, foam pits, trampolines, and more, plus 30 minutes in the party area.

Summer Camps: Lake Murray Gymnastics offers summer camps for preschoolers to school-age where campers will train in small groups and practice gymnastic skills. Kids will also participate in arts & crafts, games, and strength training.

Parent’s Night Out: Ages 4 and up on Friday nights from 6:30 pm to 10 pm. Register in advance.

Twin Farms Mobile Petting Zoo

Lexington, SC

Twin Farms Mobile Petting Zoo will bring animals to your birthday party location. Animals include chickens, goats, ducks, guinea pig, bunnies, a pig, cow, and a mini horse.


Columbia Fireflies Birthday Package 1640 Freed Street, Columbia, SC

Have a minor league baseball birthday party with the Columbia Fireflies. The package is for 12 people and includes tickets, hotdogs, drinks, Fireflies hats, birthday cake, autographed baseball, and a Fireflies batting helmet for the birthday child.

Ladybug's Facepainting Columbia area, SC

Bring some beautiful face painting to your child’s birthday party or your next family event. Ladybug’s Facepainting offers a variety of packages that include adorable face painting, balloons, and more. You can check out their work on the Ladybug’s Facepainting Facebook page. 

AMF Columbia Lanes

803.798.1310 1732 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC

AMF Columbia lanes offer bowling, bowling leagues, birthday parties, special events, billiards, and an arcade. They also have a full bar with food service laneside.

Lanes can be reserved ahead of time online.

Bowling party packages have parties that range from 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Some packages include pizza, ice cream, and more.

Flour Power

4525 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC

Weekly cooking classes for preschool age through teens. Master Chef advanced classes are available for teens.

Birthday Parties: Flour Power has several birthday options that include treats and cooking instructions. They offer parties for a variety of ages, including one, especially for tweens and teens.

Summer Camps (and school breaks): Cooking camps when school is out for kids. Learn new skills through cooking. 2023 Camps are out. Register by January 31st for free early drop off and pick up! Camps are available for kids ages 5 to 8, and kids ages 9 to 12.

Kids Night Out: Cooking classes and activities for kids on Friday nights, perfect for parents to plan a date night.

Balloon Squad

Columbia, SC

Balloon arrangements, arches, and more all delivered to your party location.

Classes: Legacy Martial Arts offers classes for young children beginning at age 4, all the way through teens and adults.

Birthday Parties: Legacy Martial Arts birthday parties are fun for all kids, whether they have marital arts experience or not. Parties include some basic instruction as well as activities and all set-up and clean-up.

Summer Camp: Legacy Martial Arts offers a Summer Camp for kids with fun and active educational activities of all kinds.

After School Program: Legacy Martial Arts offers an after school program that provides a positive place for kids to spend time after school.

Three locations: 

579 St. Andrews Road, Irmo, SC
494-4 Town Center Place, Columbia, SC
2627-B Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC



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Escapology offers private escape room adventures so you’ll never be solving your puzzles with a stranger. Just get your group together and book one of their 12 rooms, which are family-friendly. No jump scares, everything is PG. They also offer large group team building for groups as large as 180.

Birthday Parties: Book a birthday party or private event at Escapology. Call to discuss available options.

PlayMatters SC

803.321.5117 3685 Leaphart Road, Suite A, West Columbia, SC

Play Matters indoor play space in Columbia, SC

Indoor boutique play center for children ages babies, toddlers, and young children.
Birthday party packages are available, with pricing TBA.

Learn more about PlayMatters SC in our KA Review, including the cost of admission, activities, and more!

Laughing Cat

Columbia, SC

Face painting, henna, and balloon art options for private parties at your location.

Serves Columbia, Blythwood, and Lexington, SC

Columbia Marionette Theatre offers family-friendly puppet shows for kids and families.

Birthday Parties: Parties at Columbia Marionette Theatre include an hour in a themed party room, a gift for the birthday child, and admission to the puppet show.

Flight Adventure Park

1019 Broadstone Road, Irmo, SC

Flight Adventure Park in Irmo has tons of ways for families to have fun, including trampolines, bounce houses, an arcade, and even an ice skating rink.

Birthday Parties: Flight Adventure Park in Irmo offers trampoline parties, bounce house parties, and ice-skating parties. Various packages are available and they can be customized with options for pizza, beverages, and more.

BGR8 Martial Arts

7741 Broad River Road, Irmo, SC

Classes: Martial Arts classes for all ages, also self-defense classes for teens and adults.

Birthday Parties: BGR8 Martial Arts parties include games and a mini-lesson, cake cutting with a real sword, time to open gifts, and a group photo.

Nerf Commander

West Columbia, SC

Nerf Commander is a mobile nerf with pop-up bunkers, motorized nerf blasters, protective eyewear, and more. There’s a wide variety of packages to fit the number of players and desired accessories. Nerf Commander operates in Lexington County and Richland County.

Palmetto Mobile Arcade

Columbia, SC

Bring the fun to you with a mobile video game truck, flex video game, and nerf battlefields.

This bowling alley offers open play rates, shoe rentals, and Rock-N-Glow bowling Friday and Saturday evenings.

Anchor Lanes participates in summer Kids Bowl Free.

Birthday Parties: Anchor Lanes has several customizable parties for kids, teens, and even adults. Parties include bowling and shoe rental, plus various options for food packages, party host, photographs and more!

Kelly's Gymnastics Birthday Parties

108 Park Road, Lexington, SC

Parties are offered for kids ages 2 to 14 years old, with equipment like air ball, air tumble track, and air fit and fun wheel. Parties are led by staff and structured.

Studio Cellar

912 Lady Street, The Vista, Columbia, SC

Bring the kids any time Studio Cellar is open for “Freestyle at the Paintbar.” Just pick a package option and get painting.

Classes: Instructor-led family classes on the weekends!

Birthday Parties: Bring decorations and food, and celebrate while painting at Studio Cellar. There are paint package options to choose from, and you also have the option of selecting a private party when the venue is closed, or a separate party area while the venue is open.

AR Workshop Columbia

4711 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC

DIY projects, classes for adults, kids, and families to complete projects together.

Birthday Parties: Parties for ages 6 and up that include all materials, prep, and clean-up. There are a wide variety of crafts t choose from and everyone goes home with the project they have made.

Summer Camp: 4 day summer camps for kids 7 to 14 from 9:30 am to 12 pm. Each week is a different project and crafting focus. Complete projects like tie-dye, string art, pillows, dream catchers, and more.



Facilities to Rent for Birthday Parties in Columbia, SC

Need to rent a facility to host your child’s birthday party?  Below is a list of parks that have shelter and rental facilities, including premium facilities for large (and extra-large) gatherings. 

Picnic Shelters for Rent Near Columbia, SC

  • Pinewood Lake Park– Offers three picnic shelters for rent. With half-day and full-day rental availability. Half-day rental fees range from $50 to $100, while full-day rental fees range from $75 to $125. The picnic shelters are currently not available for rent.
  • Cayce Riverwalk– Offers covered picnic shelters and a pavilion available for rent.  Please contact City Hall at 803.550.9520 to reserve. 
  • Leo’s Landing Inclusive Playground– Offers rental for several picnic areas. This park offers inclusive play equipment. 
  • Saluda Shoals Park– Offers shelter rental with 8 different shelters to choose from. Shelters are large and have lights, fans, and grills to utilize. 
  • Sesquicentennial State Park– Offers three picnic shelter rentals. Other picnic tables around the park are considered first-come, first-serve. 

Neighborhood Center Rental Facilities in Columbia, SC

These facilities are available to rent for birthday parties, business events, banquets, and other small events. Renters must be 21 or older. Facilities are indoors and can be booked for blocks of time with ranges in the fee. Read through the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation guidelines before applying to rent a facility. 

  • St. Anna’s Park
  • Edisto Discovery Park
  • Emily Douglas Park
  • Hampton Park
  • Heathwood Park
  • Mays Park
  • Melrose Park
  • Arsenal Hill Park
  • Pacific Park
  • Sims Park

All rental reservations must be made in person at the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Administration Office between 8:30 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Premium Rental Facilities in Columbia, SC

Premium rental facilities offer large rental spaces (sometimes over 1000 people). If you are having an extra-large birthday gathering, these facilities are available for rent.  

  • Coble Plaza
  • Earlewood Park
  • Eau Claire Print Building
  • Ensor Keenan House (under renovation)
  • Finlay Park
  • Riverfront Park

Please read over the Columbia Parks and Recreation website’s other rules for information about rentals, deposits, cancellations, and all the rules before renting a facility.  

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