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Balloons & Tunes
Offering balloon deliveries, balloons to go, portable helium tanks, balloon decor, party supplies, cards, gift baskets, stuffed animals, and more for over 25 years.
208 W. Main St., Carrboro (corner of Weaver & Main).
(919)  967-3433.

Boomer Fun by Nita Lucinda
Offers parties, music classes, and work shops using her hand-painted musical contra-bass boomers (musical instruments made from pvc pipe cut to standard pitch). 
(919)  545-2390.

Bounce 'N Fun! Moonwalk Rental
Moonwalk rentals for parties  in many themes (for example, Disney Princesses, Spider-Man), and lots more. 
(919) 942-4242.

Bullwinkle's "Family Fun Center" and Restaurant (further afield in Cary, NC)
Amusement arcade center hosts birthday parties at restaurant tables with view of "theater" stage (with moving mechanical "Bullwinkle" cartoon characters appearing in windows and doors) and fountain light/music show.  Arcade games, rock climbing wall, indoor slide and climbing maze.  Click link for party rates and more information.
1040 Buck Jones Road, Cary, NC 27606.
(919) 319-7575.

Cely's House - Craft Parties
Celebrate your important event with imagination and creativity! Cely's House offers craft events that highlight your important birthday, anniversary or special day.  Choose your age appropriate activity from a diverse list of crafts. Pottery projects and crafts may be designed around your party theme. (Hand Building with Clay (Porcelain or Stoneware);  Dream Catchers; Jewelry and Bead Work; Paper Crafts; Painted Rocks; Sculpey; Tie Dye T-shirts.  Make your next birthday a day to remember with a craft party at Cely's House!  All ages welcome.  Times Offered: Saturday Morning 10am - 12:00 pm; Saturday Afternoon 3 pm - 5:00 pm; Sunday Afternoon 3 pm - 5:00 pm.  (Cely's house also offers after school art programs and summer camps.)
For more information email celyc@mindspring.com or call
(919) 929-3591.

F&M Entertainment - Bouncy House Rentals, Rock Climbing Wall Rentals, Pony Rentals & More!
F&M Entertainment is a locally owned operation that has been in business in the greater Raleigh area for over fifteen years.  They will help make your event a truly special occasion!  F&M Enterntainment rents rock climbing walls, dunk tanks, inflatable moon walks, inflatable kiddie crawl-throughs, inflatable velcro jumping walls, and more. 

Gymcarolina Gymnastics Academy - Tumbling Parties
(further afield) 9321 Leesville Rd., Raleigh,  NC  27613
Gymnastics classes for children 12 months - teens, Summer Camps, Tumble & Cheer Camps, Birthday Parties
(919) 848-7988.

Hill Ridge Farms - for a Birthday to Remember! (further afield in Youngsville, NC around 20 minutes outside of Raleigh, NC - and worth the trip!  Open year round; check website for current hours and days of operation.  Don't miss the Fall Harvest & Pumpkin Festival every day from mid-September through October 31st!)  Birthday party packages includes hayride, farm animal corral, fish feeding dock, picnic area, playground facilities, old-fashioned toy for the birthday child.  Additional services available:  bonfire, clowns, magician, pony rides, moon walk, train rides, DJ/Karaoke, catering available, and use of "Big Red Barn" for indoor parties.  Hill Ridge Farms has beautiful facilities and also hosts weddings, business retreats and more!
703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville, NC  27596.  (Located 2 miles east of Youngsville at the intersection of S.R. 1100 and S.R. 1105.  The farm is 20 minutes north of Raleigh, 4 miles east of US1/N. Capital Blvd.)
www.hillridgefarms.com
(919) 556-1771 or 1-800-358-4170.

Interactive Playgrounds
Games for special events, including rock climbing wall, moon bounces, sumo wrestling, giant slides, giant trikes, pedestal jousts, miniature golf, and more.
(919) 832-7209 or (866) PLAY-INC.

Magic of Dan Breeding
Magic shows with audience participation; the birthday child is the star; includes free magic set for birthday child.
(919) 279-8897.

Not Just Paper
1010 W. Main St., Downtown Durham, NC.  Birthday party and catering supplies (as well as office supplies, educational resources, and more.
(919) 688-6886.

Museum of Life and Science
433 Murray Ave., Durham, NC.  Offers "Super Science" birthday parties and lots of different party themes for ages 3-11.  Meet animals, unearth fossils, design and test rockets!
(919) 220-5429.

Paint the Earth -  The paint-it-yourself ceramic studio
Fun idea for birthday events, wedding showers and corporate outings.  Children and adults have fun painting ceramics and the finished products make great gifts!  You will need to leave your ceramics for a few days to be glazed and finished.
316 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill 27516.
(919) 968-0400.

Pump it Up - "The Inflatable Party Zone"
Pump It Up has inflatable designs that are engaging, challenging and interactive.  Kids can play on recreational inflatables in the indoor arenas, and the inflatables are available for private children's parties and other special events.  Bouncing, sliding, climbing, and tumbling for kids of all ages.  The indoor inflatables include a custom inflatable bounce house, inflatable slide, inflatable obstacle course, inflatable boxing arena, inflatable jousting arena, and many other interactive inflatables.
10700 World Trade Boulevard, Suite 112, Raleigh, North Carolina 27617.  (Located near the Airport.)
(919) 828-3344

Wild Dan the Animal Man
Wild Animal Encounters, Inc. is a non-profit animal sanctuary that offers entertaining, educational programs to the public.  At birthday party events children can meet an alligator, African serval cat, a python, a great horned owl and others.  
(919) 279-8897. 

Raleighwood, (further afield) Falls of Neuse & Sandy Forks Roads, Raleigh, 27615.
Special birthday movie party package includes movie admission, popcorn, cheese pizza, soda, and a hot fudge sundae; regular menu items are available for adults.  Advance reservations required.
(919) 847-8370.

Spence's Farm Birthday Parties
Includes horseback rides, hay maze and barnyard animal visits.  You provide the refreshments.  $150 for the first 10 children; $10 each additional child.  Advance reservations required.  Parties available Saturdays 11-1, 1-3, and 3-5 pm, and Sundays, 1-3 pm and 3-5 pm.
(919) 968-8581.

Special Events - Caricatures/Face Painting for Birthday Parties & Special Events

Caricatures for Birthday Parties & Special Events
Local artist Richard W. Cloudt offers caricature drawings for birthday parties and other special events.  (He also does commissioned portraits in pastel and charcoal, and teaches art classes at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro.)
Email:  rcloudt@bellsouth.net
(919) 942-6404

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