The Ultimate MacKID Birthday Party Guide ~ 2024

Charlotte Area Birthday Ideas, Venues, Vendors and More

By SEA LIFE Charlotte/Concord March 29, 2024

We have all the information you need to plan the best birthday party ever! The Macaroni Kid Birthday Party Guide is full of local resources to help you plan an awesome party for your child's next birthday in the Charlotte area. You will find this guide on our website year-round, for all your planning needs. Below you'll find information on venues, vendors and ideas for little and big kids that will make their friends (and yours) burst with joy! 

So grab your party hats and get ready to celebrate:

Our guide is sponsored by our friends at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord! Celebrate your special day with an underwater adventure!

A SEA LIFE Birthday Party is unlike any other and the perfect way to celebrate your big day. You will come face to fin with sharks, stingrays, turtles and more! We can't wait to celebrate with your child and dive into perfect underwater adventure! SEA LIFE offers 2 different party packages: 

Premium Party Package
'SHELL'ebrate with a Mermaid or Pirate and enjoy:
Access to our private party room for 1.5 hours!
Celebrate with up to 25 guests
Exclusive Themes: Mermaid or Ocean
Exclusive Mermaid, Pirate, or Sharky character Meet & Greet!
Themed crafts
Enjoy all-day access to SEA LIFE Aquarium
Plus! Enjoy stress-free planning with all of the following included:
Birthday refreshments (Choice between fruit punch, lemonade or water)
Party Host
All party supplies (tablecloth, plates, napkins, and utensils)

Standard Party Package
Celebrate your child's birthday at SEA LIFE and enjoy:
Access to our private party room for 1 hour!
Celebrate with up to 25 guests
Enjoy all-day access to SEA LIFE Aquarium
Color Themes: Blue or Pink
Plus! Enjoy stress-free planning with all of the following included:
Birthday refreshments (Choice between fruit punch, lemonade or water)
Party Host
All party supplies (tablecloth, plates, napkins, and utensils)

Below you'll find information on venues, vendors and ideas for little and big kids that will make their friends (and yours) burst with joy! 

Bowling/Mini Golf:

Spare Time I Pineville, NC is Pineville's hottest spot for Games, Lanes, Food & FUN! The perfect venue for family fun, unforgettable events and celebrations.

Luxury Bowling

Way more than just a bowling alley! Our luxury entertainment venue guarantees something exciting for everyone. Featuring swanky bowling lanes with plush seating, Elite Suite bowling lounge, and huge HD video walls over every lane playing your favorite music videos & sports.

Join us for a private and luxurious VIP experience, bring a date for Spare Time After Dark on Friday and Saturday nights, join a league or enjoy open play all week long. We have specials, deals, and discounts every day!

Game Zone Arcade

Our Game Zone and laser tag arena offer the most fun under one roof! All of our activities are family-friendly and are sure to spice up even the most boring day, night or weekend. Kids, teens, and adults can all spark up some fun & friendly competition for birthday parties, field trips, celebrations, fun family days, a unique date idea or night out! 

Escape Rooms

Experience a unique adventure with our Mind Game escape rooms! Featuring two - 30 minute escape rooms, and two - 60 minute escape rooms!

Laser Tag

Our Game Zone features tons of the latest state-of-the-art arcade games, an epic laser tag arena, and thrilling Escape Rooms– there’s no shortage of things to do here! Laser Tag is a unique, exhilarating experiences for all ages. We have a huge, high-tech arena that's sure to get your heart pounding with music, fog, LED lighting, special effects and laser guns. Each 15-minute experience is out of this world!

Restaurant & Bars

We’re serving up a full menu of handcrafted creations that your taste buds will thank you for! Our menus can please a crowd, featuring hand-tossed pizzas, lots of kid-friendly classics, sandwiches, burgers, and so much more.

Spare Time Pineville is located at 9600 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Pineville, NC 28134. You can find more information about them here. You can also find them on Facebook or Instagram.

More Bowling/Mini Golf: 

  • Bowlero | Matthews, NC
  • Fox's Alley | Monroe, NC
  • Sports Connection | Charlotte, NC
  • 10 Park Lanes | Charlotte
  • Pins Mechanical | Charlotte
  • Mr. Putty's | Lancaster, SC
  • High Seas | Lancaster, SC
  • Puttery | Charlotte, NC
  • Trails Dynasty | Indian Trail, NC

Gyms and Fitness:

  • Illumination Training Center | Stallings, NC
  • Mision Grit | Charlotte, NC
  • Perfect Balance | Charlotte, NC
  • Carolina Flipz | Pineville, NC
  • Charlotte All Stars | Matthews, NC 
  • Ninja Nation | Huntersville, NC
  • MyGym | Charlotte, NC
  • Little Gym | Charlotte, NC
  • Zenith Gymnastics | Charlotte, NC
  • Lifetime Athletics | Charlotte, NC
  • YMCA of Greater Charlotte | Multiple Locations
  • Levine JCC | Charlotte, NC
  • Inner Peaks | Charlotte and Matthews, NC

Bounce, Play and Jump:

  • Big Air | Charlotte, NC
  • Urban Air | Mint Hill, NC
  • Bounce U | Matthews, NC
  • Skyzone | Pineville, NC
  • Just Play | Charlotte, NC
  • Chuck E. Cheese | Charlotte, NC
  • Sports Connection | Ballantyne, NC
  • Superior Play Systems | Charlotte
  • Dave and Busters | Charlotte, NC
  • Frankie's Fun Park | Charlotte, NC
  • Spirited Sprout | Waxhaw, NC
  • Playland | Indian Trail, NC

Skating / Batting Cages / Pickleball:

  • Kate's Skate | Multiple Location
  • Extreme Ice Center | Indian Trail, NC
  • Pineville Ice House | Pineville, NC
  • DBat | Indian Trail, NC
  • Charlotte Pickleball | Ballantyne, NC


  • Monroe Science Center | Monroe, NC
  • Schiel Museum | Gastonia, NC
  • Discovery Place | Charlotte, NC
  • Museum of Illusions | Charlotte, NC
  • SeaLife | Concord Mills

Art and STEAM:

  • Small Hands Big Art | Charlotte, NC
  • IdeaLab Kids | Wesley Chapel, NC
  • Code Ninjas | Indian Trail, NC
  • Hands Create | Charlotte, NC
  • Creatif | Tega Cay, SC
  • Flour Power | Charlotte, NC
  • Dish it Out | Charlotte, NC
  • Noah's Art | Charlotte, NC
  • Discovery Place | Charlotte, NC
  • Matthews Play House | Charlotte, NC
  • The Gook Factory | Charlotte, NC
  • The Bean and Belle | Waxhaw, NC

Parks and Playgrounds:

  • Squirrel Lake Park | Matthews
  • Col. Frances Beatty Park | Charlotte
  • Crooked Creek Park | Indian Trail
  • Cane Creek Park | Waxhaw
  • Belk Towanda Park | Monroe
  • Marvin Efird Park (and barn) | Marvin


  • Hunter Farm | Weddington, NC
  • Wise Acres | Indian Trail, NC
  • Hall Family Farm | Lancaster, SC
  • The Union Exchange | Monroe, NC

Escape Rooms/Laser Tag:

  • Spare Time I Pineville, NC
  • Area 57 | Charlotte, NC
  • Waxhaw Escape | Waxhaw, NC
  • Masterpiece Escapes | Indian Trail, NC
  • Mission Laser | Charlotte, NC
  • Breakout Games | Pineville, NC
  • Timed Out Escape | Charlotte, NC


  • Cutie Patootie | Matthews, NC
  • Ben and Jerry's | Charlotte, NC 
  • iFly | Charlotte, NC
  • Great Wolf Lodge | Charlotte, NC
  • Ray's Splash Planet | Charlotte, NC

Ideas for Big Kids (10+)

In addition to any of the venues above, you might consider:

  • Stay in a hotel with a few friends
  • Catch Hornets Game ~ maybe get a suite!
  • Go to Panther's Stadium 
  • Head to a Charlotte FC Game
  • Sit on the glass at a Checker's Game
  • Rent a nail salon for a beauty party
  • Take some friends for a fancy dinner out
  • Get dolled up for High Tea
  • Carowinds is always a winner


From balloons to sleepover tents, here are some of the party vendors in the area:


  • Party Starters | Indian Trail, NC (Delivers)
  • Waxhaw Yard Cards
  • Charlotte Yard Cards
  • Queen City Yard Art
  • The Posh Balloon
  • Twist and Shout Balloons 
  • Celebrate You Designs
  • Sensational Sleepovers


  • Corky the Clown
  • Hayden the Magician
  • Children's Party Plus
  • The Magic Canvas
  • Adrian the Magician
  • Face art and More
  • Fun Filled Entertainment
  • Eventfully Yours
  • CreativeShare Group
  • Buck's Ice Cream and Magic

Bounce House Rentals:

  • White Bounce House
  • Carolina Fun and Festivities 
  • My Bounce'n'Play
  • HenDen Inflatables
  • B'z Bounce'n'play
  • Now It's a Party

If you are booking a party at one of these venues, please mention that you saw them on the Macaroni Kid website.