But there are some particularly big bonuses for parents who choose the Grand Strand as the destination for the big day, as our stretch of the Carolina coast is chock-full of opportunities for family-friendly adventure and fun. If you’ve got a little one having a birthday during a trip to the Myrtle Beach area, consider these destinations where fun is on tap for guests of all ages and your celebrations are sure to create some long-lasting birthday memories:
Rockin’ Jump: Located on North Oak Street in Myrtle Beach (and less than 10 minutes south of Long Bay Resort), this trampoline park is a perfect spot to throw a birthday party with some bounce. Attractions such as the Slam Dunk Zone basketball court, the Ninja Challenge obstacle course, the X-Beam jousting pit and the Vertical Ops rock-climbing wall will have all your party-goers jumping for joy. Other fun areas include the air-filled Stunt Bag for safe flipping and jumping, as well as the Dodgeball Arena and the Open Jump Arena. An in-house pizza parlor can provide all the party favors, and Rockin’ Jump offers a range of party packages. Visit rockinjump.com to learn more.
EdVenture Myrtle Beach: Formerly known as the Children’s Museum of South Carolina, this attraction with additional branches in Columbia and Hartsville puts its primary focus on shaping a new generation of kids who love to learn. While the details on the Myrtle Beach location haven’t yet been fully revealed, the sister centers offer hands-on educational experiences through exhibits such as a mock hospital/ambulance that includes a life-sized Operation game, a pretend grocery store where kids can fill their carts with nutritious food choices and scan all their items at checkout, and a makers’ space that allows children to assemble their own imagination-fueled creations while learning about the importance of recycling. Learn more at edventure.org.
WonderWorks: Found at Myrtle Beach’s popular Broadway at the Beach shopping/dining/entertainment complex — and hard to miss in its instantly recognizable “upside-down” building — this 50,000-square-foot “amusement park for the mind” offers fun a “edu-tainment” experience for the whole family. Among the attraction’s 100-plus hands-on exhibits and activities are the Light & Sound Zone with its jump-on-the-keys giant piano and motion-activated video walls; the Space Discovery exhibit where kids can explore replicas of an astronaut’s space suit, reenact a Space Shuttle Landing and more; and the Imagination Lab where visitors can create a giant Lite-Brite masterpiece. The attraction also offers birthday-party options that will have your crew head over heels. Visit wonderworksonline.com to learn more.
Fun Warehouse: Located on the south end of Myrtle Beach off Highway 17, this family entertainment hot spot boasts mini-golf, a 50-plus-game arcade, a roller-skating rink, a two-story, 3,500-square-foot Urban Quest Laser Tag Arena, an elevated go-cart track, and an area dedicated to inflatable slides and bounce houses. To make the venue choice even more attractive, staff here can also make the planning easy with the attraction’s set party offerings. To learn more about Fun Warehouse’s long list of birthday-worthy attractions, visit funwarehousemb.com.
Go Ape! Treetop Adventure: This high-ropes course and zipline adventure found at the North Myrtle Beach park & Sports Complex takes grown-up participants into the treetops for 2-3 hours of high-elevation thrills — and the Go Ape! Treetop Junior Adventure offers similar high-elevation thrills for younger adventurers. Each version features suspended obstacles, wire-connected walking bridges, high-speed ziplines and more, all of which come together to create an immersive and visually stunning forest adventure. Of course, both also include a comprehensive safety briefing and safety gear designed to keep participants safe from spills. To learn more, visit the Go Ape! website.
The Simpsons in 4D: This new Simpsons-themed attraction at Broadway at the Beach is sure to delight fans of the long-running animated sitcom set in Springfield. Visitors can rub elbows with Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie in a 4D lobby and theater experience, then head next door to the Kwik-E-Mart to grab a selection of treats from the show, including multiple Squishee flavors, cold Buzz Cola, heat-lamp hot dogs and Lard Lad Donuts. Visit the Broadway at the Beach website to learn more.
Broadway Grand Prix: For those looking to get on the fast track to family birthday fun, Broadway Grand Prix offers seven go-kart tracks, six kids’ rides, two 18-hole mini-golf courses, a huge arcade and more exciting attractions are sure to kick the enjoyment into high gear. The attraction’s staff will also take the wheel on the party planning with its range of birthday-party packages, Learn more at broadwaygrandprix.com.
After all the candles are blown out, all the presents have been opened and the birthday fun is in the books, head back to Long Bay Resort on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront to enjoy your comfortable accommodations and the resort’s long list of fun, on-property amenities. Book your birthday getaway at Long Bay Resort today — and get ready for an experience that will make your birthday girl or boy’s wish come true on the Grand Strand.