We’ve all been there: Our child’s birthday is fast approaching, and we are completely out of ideas for this year’s party.

Never fear. We’ve put together 30 ideas ranging from Austin classics to sizzling summer hot spots sure to get your wheels turning. This list is by no means comprehensive. Have more ideas? Email kfinan@statesman.com.

CLASSIC AUSTIN

Playland Skate Center: Ready for some fun on four wheels? Make your way to North Austin’s Playland Skate Center, an Austin institution since 1973. Parties are available Friday-Sunday. 512-452-1901, playlandskatecenter.net

Blazer Tag: If you’re in the mood for laser tag, head to this locally owned South Austin arena recommended for ages 7 and older. 512-462-0202, blazertag.com/birthdays

Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex: Birthday parties at this East Austin entertainment complex include a choice of bowling or roller skating, activity tokens, food, drinks, ice cream and reserved seating. 512-472-6932, myec.net

Peter Pan Mini Golf: A birthday party at this beloved downtown Austin miniature golf joint will include photo ops with fun statues (Peter Pan among them) as well as a round or two of golf — your birthday girl or boy will even get a shoutout on the facility’s front sign. 512-472-1033, peterpanminigolf.com

Dinosaur aside, Peter Pan Mini Golf isn't the largest attraction in Austin, but it's a longtime favorite with youngsters and families. There are two mini-golf courses and video games at the Barton Springs Road facility.

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Austin’s Park n’ Pizza: Head to Pflugerville for this sprawling indoor-outdoor entertainment complex that’s home to go-karts, bumper boats, mini-golf, batting cages, a climbing wall and more. 512-670-9600, austinspark.com

Capital Cruises: Trek down to Lady Bird Lake and spy some of Austin’s famous Mexican free-tailed bats while you’re at it with a group or private tour with Capital Cruises. 512-480-9264, capitalcruises.com

RELATED: 5 tips for planning a bat-centric Austin staycation

Chaparral Ice: Cool off and chill out with a party at this North Austin ice skating rink, which offers party packages that include admission and skate rental, a group lesson, a reserved table and more. 512-252-8500, chaparralice.com

Alamo Drafthouse: Whether you’re seeking a pajama party with a breakfast buffet or a monster mash complete with costumed hosts, Alamo Drafthouse likely has a movie-themed party to fit your needs. drafthouse.com

The Austin Bouldering Project has a private area specifically for parties. AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016

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ACTIVE AND ADVENTUROUS

Austin Bouldering Project: Take your party to new heights at the Austin Bouldering Project, an indoor climbing facility with its own dedicated space for birthday parties. Parties here are ideal for ages 5-10. 512-645-4633, austinboulderingproject.com

Altitude: This South Austin trampoline park includes a foam pit, climbing wall, trapeze, battle beam, tumble tracks, trampoline basketball, extreme dodgeball and more. 512-814-0090, altitudeaustin.com/birthday-parties

Dart’em Up: Ready? Set? Go! North Austin’s Dart’em Up is an indoor foam dart sports arena that allows groups ages 5 and older to play dart-tag games in a fun atmosphere. 512-735-1919, dartemup.com

Sky Candy: Sky Candy’s mission is to share its love of the aerial and circus arts with Austin, and your budding aerialist can embrace that with a birthday party here. Parties typically include an introductory-level tour of static trapeze, lyra (aerial hoop), silks and hammock but can be tailored to all ages and interests. 512-800-4998, skycandyaustin.com/youth/parties

Stunt Ranch: During a birthday party at this 22-acre Dripping Springs event venue, guests can conquer a low ropes challenge course, test out a zip line, dive into a high-fall airbag like a stuntman or stuntwoman and more. 512-898-9386, stuntranch.com/birthday-parties

IFly Austin: Take flight at this North Austin indoor skydiving facility that’s open to ages 3 to 103. iflyworld.com/austin

The Dinosaur Park in Bastrop would be a fun place for a young paleontologist’s birthday party. AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2009

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Dinosaur Park: Have a roaring good time at this dinosaur-themed Bastrop park, which is open Friday-Sunday. New friends ranging from a 2-foot-long Compsognathus to an 85-foot-long Brachiosaurus await. 512-321-6262, thedinopark.com/birthday

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: The Wildflower Center offers various spaces for outdoor picnic birthday parties — picnic tables, shaded areas and natural areas — on a first-come, first-served basis. General admission costs apply. 512-232-0100, wildflower.org/rentals/birthday-parties

If you have your birthday party at the Austin Zoo, you can meet its rescue tigers. ANA RAMIREZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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PARTIES FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Austin Zoo: This zoo in Southwest Austin is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit home to more than 300 rescue animals representing 100 different species. Have a birthday party in the picnic area or in one of three on-site venues. 512-288-1490, austinzoo.org

Green Gate Farms: Booking a party here is a win-win — guests will experience life on an authentic, certified organic working farm 8 miles east of downtown Austin, and a portion of your farm rental payment will be donated to a scholarship fund allowing neighborhood children to participate in environmental and farming programs. 512-484-2746, greengatefarms.net

Austin Humane Society: Treat animal lovers to a two-hour dog- or cat-themed party that includes making toys and enrichment items for shelter animals; crafting or an animal-themed game; and a special visit with an animal at this no-kill, nonprofit pet and adoption center. 512-646-7387, austinhumanesociety.org

CRAFTY AND CREATIVE

Foodie Kids: Have a young chef on your hands? Consider an event at Foodie Kids, where party themes include Rainbow Unicorn, Hawaiian Luau, Emoji, Pirates and more. 512-346-3333, foodie-kids.com

Art Garage: From pottery to jewelry to tie-dye, if you dream it you can make it at the Art Garage. Various party packages are available. 512-852-9900, theartgarageaustin.com

RELATED: Keep up with Austin family events at Raising Austin

Smudge Studios: Slip into the Smudge Studios splatter room, where your child and his or her closest friends can create abstract expressionist masterpieces. Screen printing, record art, pinch pot parties and other themes are also available. 512-777-1742, smudgestudiosaustin.com

Rock’N River Water Park in Round Rock regularly hosts birthday parties. NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2017

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SUMMER FUN

Zilker Summer Musical: Pack a picnic and some cupcakes and head to the free Zilker Summer Musical at Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre in Zilker Park. This year’s musical, "All Shook Up," runs Thursdays-Sundays July 6-Aug. 18. 512-479-9491, zilker.org

Rock’N River Water Park: This jam-packed Round Rock water park is home to the Splashville water playground, numerous slides, a 12-foot jumping platform and much more. Various party packages are available. 512-218-5540, roundrocktexas.gov

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Round Rock Express at Dell Diamond: Take your party out to the ballgame — there might even be peanuts and Cracker Jack. Various party packages are available. 512-255-2255, milb.com/round-rock

Bonzo Crunch entertains children during last year’s Bubblepalooza at the Long Center. He is also available for private parties. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman 2017

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BRING THE PARTY HOME

Austin Bounce House Rentals: What house party isn’t more fun with a bounce house? At Austin Bounce House Rentals, select from a variety of colorful and themed options, and they’ll bring your choice to your door on the day of the party. 512-765-6071, austinbouncehouse.rentals

Austin Scoops: Ice cream social, anyone? Hire the Austin Scoops ice cream truck to come to your house and serve up a variety of flavors and toppings to guests. 512-535-4489, austinscoops.com

Bonzo Crunch: This family-friendly entertainer (and former Ringling Bros. clown) will have your guests in stitches. 512-912-0067, bonzocrunch.com

Carly’s Critter Camp: This traveling petting zoo is dedicated to teaching children to love and respect animals and nature. 512-461-3330, facebook.com/CarlysCritterCamp

Princess Parties and More: Delight your prince or princess with a visit from a favorite character or even a magical tea party. 512-328-4878, princesspartiesandmore.com