Duluth locations for a first birthday party

I need a location idea for a first birthday party. Something affordable, with convenient parking, able to handle around 30 people (adults and small children). I’m looking for something unconventional, yet realistic.



about 13 years ago

One year old can be tough, but Hartley Nature Center  does a great job with kid's birthday parties.

Also the  Children's Museum.


about 13 years ago

Anchor bar ;)


about 13 years ago

The Clyde Iron restaurant has a nice space upstairs that may work well for something like that, but I have no idea what the rates would be. Is there still a Chuck E. Cheese at the mall?


about 13 years ago

The Valley Youth Center in West Duluth or Copeland Community Center right off Mesaba and Central Entrance both have very decent sized facilities and could easily hold 50+ people for birthday parties.  Check out their website:


Copeland has a small gym with basketball courts, a game room with pool and ping-pong tables, board games, arts and crafts supplies, a full kitchen, vending machines and rest rooms.  

The Valley Youth Center is similar but the gym may be off limits for private parties.  The VYC facility has two pool tables and two ping pong tables, a full kitchen, arcade games, a snack bar (Items are for sale), and rest rooms. 

Both places are very reasonable to rent out, price wise, and will provide a staff member to be on site.  

Also, both locations have ample parking.


about 13 years ago

I second Brian's suggestion.  The Hartley Nature Center does a real nice job, has a nice facility and interesting exhibits.


about 13 years ago

Call the Duluth Children's Museum, maybe they do stuff like that?


about 13 years ago

The Red Swan Events Center (old Lakeview Castle) has a variety of different spaces available.


about 13 years ago

We have a basement room at Chester Creek Cafe that will hold 30.  Includes a home theater (maybe 1 is too young for that).


about 13 years ago

I think Pineapple Arts does birthday parties.  (We went to a birthday party there when it was still Bohemia.)  The party we went to was a lot of fun, and the kids were a huge range of ages.  The project could be something really simple, like hand-print or foot-print based, that even the baby could participate in with help.


about 13 years ago

Great Lakes Aquarium

Danny G

about 13 years ago

We did the aquarium thing a little over a year ago and it was a rousing success.  They provided quite a bit (including a room in the back with a great view) and it really wasn't too pricey.


about 13 years ago

"...and if you keep eatin' that paste yer' gonna end up like that goddamn eagle!"


about 13 years ago

Plus, all the proceeds from the minimal renting fee go right back into producing quality children's programming at these sites!


about 13 years ago

I will also add Twin Ports Gymnastics to the list of places to have a birthday party.


about 13 years ago

Try the Edge Waterpark, Arcade, Swimming and Pizza for a low price. http://www.duluthwaterpark.com/resort/index.php


about 13 years ago

Zinema2 has venue rental. They list "Host an unusual birthday party?" in the list of reasons to rent the venue.



about 13 years ago

Remember, people, this party is for a one-year-old! Child proofed venue is the ticket!


about 13 years ago

Thanks for all of the suggestions!  I think I have enough ideas to get through the next 10 years now. :)


about 13 years ago

Just one more suggestion, Twin Ports gymnastics or the Gymnastics Academy, kids can play on the trampolines, they set up inflatable play areas, and TPG has a party room.


about 13 years ago

I was just at a toddler-ish age family and friends oriented birthday party at Sammy's Pizza downtown.  I am not sure they even charged for the room and they let them bring in a cake, party favors, etc.  It was great.  They let us push together 6 or 7 tables, a small amount of room for kids to run around but nothing got out of hand, either.  Putting a one year old party is really more about the adults than the kids anyway.  Plus, hey, Sammy's Pizza.

The Big E

about 13 years ago

We went to a kid birthday party at the Venue at Mohaupt some years ago. Of course it was the proprietors' kid, so I don't know how feasible that would be for someone else.


about 13 years ago

The Limit in Gary (aka Moldeez).  No joke, a sibling of my sister (sounds funny, it's a long story) held his son's first b-day there. It was like 8+ years ago on a Sunday afternoon.  There's a reason we call them the hillbilly side of the family.

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