We all know how much work it is to throw a birthday party in your home. You might think that’s the only option when you’re on a budget, but having someone else do the hosting and even entertaining doesn’t have to break the bank.
Here are some great recommendations for places you can take your children and their friends to celebrate their birthdays that are affordable and fun. All of these options can be had for under $200, and in some cases much less.
If you have a child who loves to skate, your local ice rink might just be the perfect place to host their birthday party. Renting ice time and a room to have pizza and cake is far more affordable than you might think.
Who doesn’t love a pool party? Many indoor public pools host birthday parties, complete with time and space for food and cake, and lifeguards to keep your partygoers safe. Some cities even have cool features like water slides and wave pools.
Community centres and local public arts centres offer a surprising number of party packages for your children. You can simply rent a room or pay for support that will help you lead the perfect party. Many locations will offer various themes from which you can choose, all for very affordable prices.
Public Parks and Park Buildings
Though the season for outdoor park parties is way too short in Canada, some parks do have field houses and other indoor facilities for rent—at budget prices. In the warmer months, kids can play outdoors and and eat pizza right to the park! Open-sided shelters and fire pits are sometimes available for reservation, too. Call your local parks department to enquire about whether you need a permit to throw your party in a public park.
Tip: If you’re in the GTA, browse Toronto and the GTA Park and Beaches in this online directory.
For just $10 per kid, McDonald’s parties are not just affordable but they include everything: invitations, food, cake, loot bags, and everything in between. Choose a location with an indoor play space for on-site entertainment. Find a McDonald’s location near you.
Make your child’s next birthday party a pizza party. Reserve the party room at your local Boston Pizza and, as long as your bill totals at least $150, you have the privacy of the room and someone else do the cooking and clean up. Some locations offer make-your-own-pizza parties for $16 per child. Find a Boston Pizza location near you.
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At President’s Choice Cooking School birthday parties, your child and their friends can get dressed up as little chefs and make child-friendly foods like fruit kebabs, pizza or tacos, and decorate cupcakes to take home as a parting gift/loot bag! Packages start at $20 per child.
Bring your child and his or her friends to your local Longo’s and let them guide your children through a fun cooking class followed by cupcake decorating. Parties start at $20 per child. Find a local Longo’s store.
Sobey’s Extra locations host parties with packages starting at $200. Your children and their friends will have a blast making their lunch, decorating their loot bags and playing games. Find a local Sobey’s store.
This post originally appeared on Help! We’ve Got Kids