I’m going to have a teenager in the house soon. I think most parents grapple with the first child reaching teen years. And one of the first obstacles: Planning a birthday party for said teenager. In case you’ve got a teen to plan for as well (who may or may not be highly-opinionated), I’ll share the ideas I’ve come up with for the best places for a teenage birthday party in Omaha and nearby.
Have a kid who loves playing video games? Game Truck brings the video game party to you (in Omaha, Lincoln and Council Bluffs). It's a mobile gaming truck with a Game Coach to run it all for you. Party last for two hours.
Omaha VR is a virtual reality gaming spot. You get Omaha VR to yourself when you book a party, and that includes two hours with four headsets (you can rent more). Multi-player and single player experiences.
Plus, bonus: You can bring in outside food and drink.
Infinite Loop VR is my kids' facorite virtual reality gaming place, and they offfer several tiers of party packages. Parties come with 45 minutes in the party room and at least one hour of gaming with 4-9 stations. You can even add Tower Tag and Free Roam.
Dave and Busters is known for its games that are less kiddie, making it a good spot for an older crowd. Each party guest gets a game card. The party package you book depends on how many teens and chaperones attend.
Papio Fun Park is locally-owned entertainment center, with packages geared toward older kids that include unlimited lazer tag, go-karts and more. Food packages can be added to your party (outside food is not permitted).
How many guests: Up to 10 guests
More Unique Teen Birthday Places
For the party venues and activity ideas that just don't fit well in another category, there's this one: The unique parties. This list includes places that offer private events.
For a low-key birthday party for a group, reserve a room a Spielbound. It's a board game cafe, with thousands of games to choose from. Card games, board games, dice games, whatever. Plus, as a cafe, there's flavored coffee drinks, pizza and pop to energize the teens.
When we had a party there, they allowed us to bring in our own snacks as long as we brought our own plates.
How many guests: 6-12 people
Cost: $-$$ (room rental does not include the day pass needed for each teen)
Creative types love The Makery, and the space is large enough for parties. Private parties are open for 8 or more teens and that includes a kids craft. Depending on the ages of guests, they may prefer adult crafts for something more complex to paint.
If you're bringing fewer than 8 teens to paint, you can opt for a drop-in session and just pay for the crafts they make. They'll even set aside a couple of tables for you. Outside food and drinks are allowed, too.
How many guests: Up to 8 for drop-in or 8+ for private party
Escape rooms are growing in popularity. Plan an escape room birthday party for your teen's group of friends at one of these locations:
Some birthday experiences can only happen a certain time of year, whether it's an outdoor pool party or a bonfire at a pumpkin patch. The following places are favorites among teens, but aren't open year-round.
Glamping is like camping but way more comfortable (and Instagrammable). There's a glamp tent at Lake Cunningham that sleeps 2-4 people (and one a little smaller), or you can have the glamping tent set up in your backyard.