Birthday parties are a highlight for kids, but they can be a lot of work for the parents! Between sorting out food and presents, it can be a challenge to come up with fun ideas your kids will love for a memorable birthday party. But you also want something that won’t stress you out. We’ve put together this guide of parties kids love to help inspire you and make your life just a bit easier.
Planning a birthday party can add hassle and stress to a busy family’s life. Even if the party is planned at a special venue, it can be inconvenient to drive across town with the kids and all the party paraphernalia that you want to bring, especially if you’re planning a party for the younger crowd. Chinook School of Music solves both these problems! Offering parties for children from ages 6 months to 7 years, the Chinook School of Music party hosts come to you. Read more about it here.
What are your most important considerations when you’re planning a birthday party for your kids? Like many parents, two of my most basic considerations are whether my child will feel celebrated and how effortless the party will be for me, the reluctant party planner! My daughter recently turned 14 and loves crafting more than anything else in the world. Thankfully, Calgary is filled with options and only a couple of years ago the Pinnovate DIY Studio opened. They have birthday parties and all the projects that young teens love! Read more about it here.
Sugar! Excitement! Energy! All the reasons kids love birthday parties are the reasons I approach them with great trepidation. Looking for something that everyone (including me) could love, we booked a birthday party at InjaNation, an epic, indoor “playground” for all ages.
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Christopher Cool is Calgary’s birthday magician! Christopher is a full-time professional magician who specializes in entertaining children. He brings a high-quality experience to your parties, for this isn’t his part-time job or side hobby, but a dedicated passion. His age-specific programs are guaranteed to keep kids of any age engaged for the entire party. A one-hour package brings the magic right to you and is completely self-contained. All you need to do is supply the audience! Invite anyone you want as there is no limit to the number of children and no extra charges. The birthday child will feel fabulous and spoiled on their special day as the magician’s assistant. Read more about it here.
Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics specializes in high-quality parties that are planned with both kids and parents in mind. There is a low child-to-coach ratio and the parties start with time in the gym. The kids will receive a structured lesson from the expert coaches and then let off steam with free time to play and practice new skills. After the kids are done in the gym, the last hour is spent in the spacious party room where everyone can enjoy cake and snacks, and open presents while they enjoy each other’s company. Read more about it here.
Make your child’s party easy and unforgettable with the ultimate location for creating birthday party memories that will last forever, at the Big Fun Play Centre! The Big Fun Play Centre considers what the kids want in a birthday party: friends, fun, and food. But they also consider what parents want in a party. They want their kids to have a wonderful time, in a safe environment, with a minimum amount of stress. Consider it done at Big Fun Play Centre! Read more about it here.
Are you looking for a great idea for a birthday party? Make it easy for yourself, at Paint It Up Pottery Studio! Paint It Up Pottery Studio is a contemporary ceramic studio offering a wide variety of “paint-it-yourself” ceramics. They have an extensive selection of unfinished pieces that will spark anyone’s imagination and make hosting a birthday party (for adults or children) so easy! Read more about it here.
IDEA Lab has taken the STEAM learning from the classroom to parties in their unique and custom designed party experiences. IDEA Lab Kids offers birthday celebrations for children ages 4 – 15. The birthday concept is ideal for parents whose children have a natural curiosity about the world around them, and wish to provide a memorable event that honours learning as well as FUN all in the same experience. Read more about it here.
Sometimes (most times?!), you just want to throw a birthday party where someone else takes care of the mess and provides the entertainment! TommyKPlay, one of Calgary’s premier indoor playgrounds and family entertainment centres, provides good clean fun, geared towards kids ages 0 to 12 years old (although anyone can play!). That good clean fun becomes a fabulous party experience for your child and you. Read more about it here.
Laser City is the perfect venue for energetic kids who just want to get moving and have some active fun with their friends. A little competition never hurts, either, and with some great snacks and food to refuel, you’ve created the perfect party. Plus, it’s so easy for parents, with no cleanup! Laser City offers a couple epic options for your next birthday party. Read more about it here.
You know those kids who are just passionate about video games? Well, give them a birthday party they’ll never forget! The Gamers Fun Truck Mobile Video Game Party brings you the ultimate gaming birthday! Discover the joy of letting your child have their party AT your house, but not IN your house. You can join the fun or enjoy a couple hours of peace while your kids enjoy a couple hours of the best birthday party they’ve had. Read more about it here.
Let Me Bead is a Calgary company that will come to you and raise your regular birthday party to a whole new level. Shelley, the creator behind Let Me Bead, has been designing jewellery for several years. A few years ago, she started tutoring children, as well. When she decided to combine her passion for designing jewellery with her love of working with kids, the Let Me Bead birthday party was born! Read more about it here.
Altadore Gymnastics Club, with their large facility in southeast Calgary, has everything you need for a wonderful, fun-filled day. With bars, trampoline, foam pit, and games, kids of any age will have a blast with their friends at their gymnastics-themed party. Plus, you’ll love how easy it is, when all you have to do is bring your own cake and goodies so the kids can refuel in the Party Room when they’re done playing! Read more about it here.
Mountain View Bowling offers a fun and affordable option to host your birthday parties for kids of all ages. They specialize in entertaining and creating a day that’s just right for you. Groovin’ Kids’ Birthday Parties are available in 5 or 10 pin bowling, or even ‘glow’ bowling. Glow bowling is turned on Friday afternoon and evening, plus all day and evenings Saturday and Sunday. Choose which one is right for you, and let’s get the ball rolling! Read more about it here.
Let’s Bowl, in Calgary’s northeast, has party packages for all occasions. It’s an ideal setting to host birthday parties for any age, as even teens and adults can enjoy fun on the lanes. Let’s Bowl offers 10 pin bowling on 30 spacious lanes. Alleys come equipped with bumpers for young children (and the uninitiated). They also have video games and a concession in their Family Lounge Area. Read more about it here.
Located in northeast and south Calgary, Flying Squirrel is the World’s Largest Indoor Trampoline Park, a spring-loaded urban playground with a wide range of attractions. They have 44,000 square feet with wall to wall trampolines, performance trampolines, slack lines, climbing walls, Stunt Jump Airbags, rope swings, dunk hoops and more! They also have the ultimate birthday party experience, the kids will literally be bouncing off the walls to have a Super Fly Birthday Party! Read more about it here.
Have a little animal-lover in your life? Consider a Butterfield Acres Farm Birthday Party to celebrate their special day! Bring your party to the farm . . . OR have the farm come to you! Parties at the farm are available from April through September. There are four different party options to choose from (which can also be customized to meet your needs). The farm can come to your party year-round! There are four different party options for this too. Read more about it here.
I dread birthday parties. So, we checked out Breathe Parkour. Breathe Parkour is a space dedicated solely to the sport of parkour. Parkour is a sport that developed from military obstacle course training. It involves getting from one point to another, through complex surroundings such as an urban environment, as quickly as possible. It involves running, jumping, climbing, swinging, you know, all those things kids love to do! It was a party both kids and parents loved! Read more about it here.
Looking for an awesome birthday party idea that doesn’t involve hours of housework before and after the main event? The Calgary Zoo is the perfect venue for your child’s next birthday bash! What better way to celebrate your child’s big day than with their closest friends (up to 25 guests) and favourite animals too? Calgary Zoo birthday packages even let you choose your party activities and add gift bags or catering options. Best of all, you just need to book and show up; the zoo staff take care of the rest! Read more about it here.
Lucie Brouillard is the perfect pick for birthday party festivities. Living in the Calgary area, she is an internationally renowned and award-winning artist for face and body painting. Between corporate gigs, Lucie offers birthday party painting for children of all ages. A quintessential artist, she also loves beading and has collected quantities of beads from all over the world and has added beading parties to her birthday party packages. Read more about it here.
At the end of the day, most parents just want to give a satisfied sigh and feel like their child enjoyed themselves and felt special on their birthday. But whether the party is large or small, cliched or unique, doesn’t matter as much as creating a space to let your child know how valued and loved they are and that they hold a significant place in your family. Happy birthday!
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