With the start of school comes the beginning of another parental duty: the birthday party. But between the who, where and how, planning a party for 20 kids (or more!) can get overwhelming. To help sort through the many options in South Florida we turned to Munchkin Fun founder Valerie Schimel. Here are her picks for what’s hot (and cool).

 

Venues

Artists at the Falls

Treat your mini-Matisse to two hours of painting on canvas, clay, and music hosted by a professional artist at Artists at the Falls Studio. Upgrade the basic package with a photobooth, super spin art or other add-ons.

Artists at the Falls

12974 SW 89th Ave., Miami

305.278.2690 | artistsatthefalls.com

 

Cool de Sac

Busy little ones will love crafting, building, dressing up, dancing and swinging through Cool de Sac Dolphin Mall. Convenience is king – invitations, goody bags and hours of entertainment are included in the basic package. Upgrade to a themed art, cooking or spa party.

Cool de Sac Dolphin Mall

11401 NW 12th St., Doral

305.477.5505 | cool-de-sac.com

 

Silly Monkeys Playhouse

Monkey dreams come to life at the sparkling Silly Monkeys Playhouse in the Grove. Kids ages 1-4 will love running, jumping, climbing and swinging through the colorful indoor playground. Two hours of play time, party space and balloons – plus an indoor confetti machine (trust us, it’s worth the upgrade).

Silly Monkeys Playhouse

3310 Virginia St., Coconut Grove

305.444.4448

sillymonkeysplayhouse.com

 

Furia Flamenca 

Coral Gables

Put a different spin on the dance party with a visit to Furia Flamenca in the Gables. Your birthday girl – and a gaggle of her closest friends – will sing, dance, play with instruments and enjoy a taste of authentic flamenco. Bonus – the theme options are endless – we’re thinking paella and piñatas. 

Furia Flamenca Coral Gables

4704 Le Jeune Rd., Coral Gables

305.298.4316 | furiaflamenca.com

 

Gymboree Coral Gables

We love any excuse to visit Merrick Park. Gymboree Coral Gables offers a sparkling, turnkey party for little ones. Choose from a variety of themes (think farmyard fun, jungle safari, ocean adventure, construction zone and princess playhouse) and settle in for 90 minutes of open play, guided singing and toddler heaven. Parties are recommended for kids ages 1-5 and include just about everything an exhausted parent wants – all party supplies, party invites and take-home gifts for guests. 

Gymboree Coral Gables

358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables

305.476.9500

gymboreeclasses.com

 

Entertainers

Fairy Tale Favorites

Princesses and pirates come to life courtesy of Fairy Tale Favorites. The mobile entertainers bring your favorite character to your venue with games, songs and plenty of photo-ops.

Fairy Tale Favorites

305.281.7517

fairytalefavorites@yahoo.com

 

Jam with Jamie and Friends

Rock out with your very own concert. Jam with Jamie and Friends brings singing, dancing and live guitar to the venue of your choice – and spices up the fun with shakers, scarves, puppets, parachutes and bubbles. Great for kids ages 1-6 or a mixed aged crowd.

Jam with Jamie and Friends

917.822.0186 

jamwithjamie.com

 

Miami Kids Music

Make music together in your space of choice! Miami Kids Music delivers the full package – singing, dancing, props and a “rousing” Happy Birthday finale. Great for a mixed aged party and venues with limited space. A complete “plug and play” option.

Miami Kids Music

305.439.4444 | miamikidsmusic.com 

 

Planet Kids Indoor Playspace

Bring the party to your house courtesy of Planet Kids’ mobile party service. Pick a location (house, park, beach, etc.) and relax as the Planet Kids team delivers themed decorations and balloons, candy displays, a bounce house, arts projects and staff members to entertain the kids. It’s a turnkey solution at the venue of your choice.

Planet Kids Indoor Playspace

305.573.1379

planetkidsplayground.com

 

YogaMusic

YogaMusic is pure munchkin magic. Yogi, mom and entertainer Cynthia Zak Preuss brings songs, puppets, live music and instruments to the yoga mat while teaching kids yoga games and poses. One party can plant the seed for a lifetime love of yoga. Bilingual and Spanish-only parties are available.

YogaMusic

305.431.814

yogamusic19@gmail.com

 

About Munchkin Fun

 

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