When you’re party planning for your child’s upcoming birthday, it’s not always possible to host a fun get together at home, and frankly, many of us simply don’t want the stress that comes along with hosting. Instead, we turn to exciting birthday locations across the city. There’s no need to stray too far from home—we’ve rounded up party locations for kids of all ages that are right in your neighbourhood.
Kids Kingdom Play Centre
Kids Kingdom Play Centre will be the crown jewel of your child’s next birthday. This indoor play area is filled with activities from obstacle courses to an inflatable bounce area, but we think it’s the large, multi-level castle play structure that will really excite partygoers. A bonus for parents: there are two locations available for birthday parties; Kanata and Orleans.
Funhaven offers excitement for kids of any age, including teenagers and young adults. Plan to battle in the laser tag room, rock climb, or laugh it up on the bumper cars. Plus, with an arcade on-site, there is always a new game to play around the corner. Also, Funhaven offers escape room experiences, too!
Tracy’s Art Studio
In Stittsville, birthday guests can get creative and let their artistic side shine at Tracy’s Art Studio. The one-hour art lesson using paints, clay, mixed media or more will encourage everyone to use their imagination and their hands-on skills. We like that you can also opt to customize a special art and craft for the party theme.
Little Ray’s Reptiles
Future animal rescue rangers will love a Little Ray’s Reptile birthday party. Visit the Zoo and take part in a feeding demonstration and enjoy time seeing and petting the animals. For the very adventurous, book an evening flashlight tour! Prefer the snacks, rodents and creatures come to you? They’ll travel for a home birthday party as well.
Ottawa Humane Society
For the animal lover, the Ottawa Humane Society offers interactive birthday parties. Ideal for children aged 4-12, we love the hands-on approach that these parties offer. Guests can make dog treats or cat toys and visit some animal buddies.
He shoots, he scores the perfect birthday party with the Ottawa 67s! Included in the package are tickets to the game, the birthday child’s name on the video board, and what we think the highlight would be—a visit from Riley the Raccoon!
A Gym Tale
Children aged 9 and under may want to go on a fairy tale adventure at A Gym Tale. Beginning with some playtime on the pirate ship and castle playground and then moving into a gymnastics party in the Enchanted Forest, this party place is perfect for mini knights, heroes, princesses and champions. You can even book characters to attend your party!
The Children’s Museum
Kids can travel around the world, or take centre stage with a birthday party at the Children’s Museum. We love that the party includes museum admission for when the party is done and families still want to explore. The parties are available on specific days of the week and times.
Ottawa Gymnastics Centre
Tumble into a new birthday year at the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre. Gymnastic coaches will lead your activities, bouncing and rolling and more, in the gym before you head to the party room for cake and snacks.
Encourage the kids to go on an adventure for their birthday as they explore Bubblesea Adventures, Ottawa’s newest play gym for kids. The birthday party package includes playtime, as well as pizza and drinks. We know how hungry those party-goers will be after playing!
The Canadian Museum of Nature
The Canadian Museum of Natures looks like a Castle from the outside and is filled with learning activities on the inside. Children can explore with the dinosaurs, jump into ocean life or discover more about bugs. There’s also an a la carte offering. Every package is an opportunity to explore the Museum and wonders within.
If you are looking for a variety of options, look to Dovercourt. They offer party packages for the sports lover, dance crew, water lovers and crafters. We think the LEGO-themed party would be very popular with most guests!
Keeping kids active before they enjoy their cake might be a good idea. Head to Cosmic Adventures and explore what their all-inclusive party packages have to offer, including plenty of time on their multi-level play structure. From tunnels to slides to ball pits, we think guests will agree this party is out of this world.
Wild Child Coffee Project
Rent the entire space at Wild Child Coffee Project in Westboro and host a unique birthday party for children under 5 years old. The little ones can explore, climb, play and interact with the hands-on activities at the cafe, while parents enjoy a hot beverage.
Gloucester Pottery School
We love the idea of a hands-on birthday party where guests can create and use their imagination. The Gloucester Pottery School has birthday party packages for children aged 5-14. A professional teacher will assist guests in creating their own hand-built items that will be fired and glazed after the party.
Bowling doesn’t have to be competitive, but sometimes it’s fun to have a little challenge. The Orleans Bowling Centre party packages are a fun-filled way to include the kids and the adults at the party. Choose from lanes and party room only, or add on pizza and snacks. Extra lanes are available for everyone to get in on the fun.
My Gym Ottawa
My Gym Ottawa offers an all inclusive birthday party package where your little guests will run, tumble and climb on their equipment and they’re staff will keep them entertained! My Gym Ottawa can even provide food, tableware and party favours, depending on the package. As an added bonus, when you host your child’s party at My Gym Ottawa, you get exclusive use of their space so it’s a private party!