It’s one of the biggest days of your kid’s year: their birthday party. And while at-home parties can be tons of fun, sometimes it’s nice to mix things up and host the big day at a spot designed for entertaining children and making parents’ lives a little easier.
Here are 17 places in and around Toronto that we’re sure will put a smile on the birthday kid’s face and will leave you with little-to-no mess to clean up.
17 Birthday Party Places in Toronto
1. Active Kids Zone
951 Alness St
This North York party place is perfect for parents who don’t want to deal with lugging around décor, food and loot bags. If you want, it’ll take care of every detail, from tables to the birthday cake candles. But best of all, it offers a ton of different ways for your children to celebrate her big day. Options include karaoke, the Eliminator obstacle course and all kinds of different sports. There’s even a 3,000 square foot fun zone playground that’s ideal for kids one through five.
Vaughn Mills & Square One
Technically Toronto doesn’t have any Build-A-Bear Workshops but these parties are so cute that we’re letting that slide (plus Vaughan Mills and Square One aren’t that far away). Various packages are available, all of which include a “furry friend” for each guest. Also included are special games and events, including a “heart ceremony” that happens when guests build their stuffies and a fun photo op complete with props.
3. College-Montrose Children’s Place
180 Shaw St
Throw your kid a great party and support an important community agency with an event at this EarlyOn site. Designed for kids six and under, this spacious venue offers two party packages. This first includes exploratory playtime and a personalized circle time led by one of CMCP’s staff members. The second includes playtime, circle time and a fun take-home craft activity. CMCP doesn’t offer catering but you are allowed to bring in food and a large kitchen is available for your convenience.
1850 Avenue Rd
Crafty kids will adore celebrating their big day at this hands-on design studio. Over two hours, guests will get to complete two project, one jewellery and one that the birthday kid gets to pick out. Available projects include backpack charm, picture frame and tote bag. In addition to taking home their craft, all guests also get to take home a candy treat and gift bag while the birthday child will receive a $50 gift certificate and special gift. Parties are available for kids age five and up and yes, that includes teens.
5. Fairyland Theatre
11838A Finch Ave W Unit 2
Dozens and dozens of different themes are available at this party place. Options include pretty much every superhero to ever grace a movie screen, all kinds of princesses and of course Paw Patrol. Each party includes a visit from a least one theme-related entertainer who will provide 45 minutes worth of entertainment. All parties also include private use of the party room, face painting and one adult per paid child. Fairyland Theatre also takes care of all your food needs and offers a surprisingly large catering menu.
6. Flight Master
401 Magnetic Dr, Unit 34
Now this is a party that your guests will remember. Using a walk-in size flight simulator, kids can see what it’s like to fly a real plane as well as do fun missions such as finding a boat that’s gone missing in the Bermuda Triangle. For an extra fee, you can upgrade to the Jumbo Jet or Dreamliner simulators. All packages also include a fully set up party room where you can serve snacks and cake and an “awards ceremony,” which includes certificates for each guests so that they can commemorate their first piloting experience.
7. Groove School of Dance
491 Eglinton Ave W
This might be a dance school but its birthday party offerings include everything from mad scientist to karate to a visit from the Pawsitively Pets (and yes, there is an option that’s all about dance). All parties start with some fun welcome activities and end with a visit to the “Food Room.” There you can serve your own meal or have Groove order in pizza. Also available for rent is a lounge where parents can hang out and even drink wine.
8. Happy Kingdom
1980 St. Clair Ave W
One of the west end’s best indoor playgrounds can be found inside Nations grocery story. It offers five different party packages that vary from 10 kids and adults to 40 kids and adults (excluding the birthday kid). All the packages include playground admission for all the kids, two hours in the party room, a pizza and pop lunch and several $5 game cards that can be redeemed at Happy Kingdom’s on-site arcade. The birthday kid also gets a free playground pass for a future visit. For more details on Happy Kingdom, read out review here.
9. Jumping Clay
Unit 1A- 1412 Kennedy Rd
At Jumping Clay parties, each guest will build and take home a colourful clay creation. Parties are available for kids as young as three and all packages are two hours long. The first hour will focus on the clay while the second hour is all about the food, which you get to provide. Theme parties are encouraged and Jumping Clay will work with you to come up with the perfect, theme-matching craft.
10. Legoland Discovery Centre
Vaughan Mills, 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr
Fans of LEGO will love this option that gives the birthday kid and their guests the opportunity to check out the Legoland Discovery Centre, which features two rides, 10 build and play zones and a 4D cinema. Two different party packages are available and both include access to a private, LEGO-themed party room, where guests will enjoy pizza, cake and beverages. The premium party package also includes a private model build workshop in which each child will get to take home a LEGO model.
836 Danforth Ave
This fun and physical option is great for younger kids. Both an hour-and-a-half and a two-hour package are available, and each features an instructor-led gymnastics class that can be tailored to the birthday kid’s interest and skills level. Afterwards, guests (which includes unlimited adults) can gather in the party area for snack and cakes, which you get to provide.
12. North Beach Volleyball
74 Railside Rd
Does your child want a tropical-themed party but she was born in December? Then consider throwing the bash at this indoor beach volleyball centre that includes a minimum of one hour of “sand play time.” During sand play time, guests can learn how to play beach volleyball, have a treasure hunt or play another fun game, such as water balloon fight. All packages also include an hour in the food party area, where menu you can supply your own food or pay extra for the pizza party package. North Beach Volleyball also has its own indoor climbing wall and offers a package where you can swap out sand time for climbing wall time.
13. Oaks ‘n Acorns
3217 Dundas St W and 1856 Danforth Ave
At Oaks ‘n Acorns, “It’s like having a party at home, but with disco lights and much more wiggle room.” Sounds great to us! At this venue, which is aimed at kids under eight, you bring in your own food and décor and can choose such add-ons as a self-serve coffee/tea station. There are also a number of entertainment options including an open craft table and instructor-led dance, art and gym classes.
14. PC Cooking School
Guests will literally cook up their own meal while attending a PC Cooking School party. Several themes are available including Mexican, where kids will make salsa and chicken quesadillas; hockey, where they’ll whip up nachos and hockey stick garlic bread and Scientist Birthday Party, which uses the preparation of calzones to teach kids a science lesson or two. All parties also include cake, a take-home treat and several additional food options, including build-your-own sundae bar. Parties are available for kids age four-17, making this a great option for even older kids.
15. Pirate Life
333 Lakeshore Blvd E
Sorry winter babies, this super-cool party option is only available for those with summer birthdays. This immersive theatre experience will see your guests each getting a new pirate identity, complete with face paint and a new name. They then get to embark on an hour-long cruise on Pirate Life’s 50-foot ship, an experience that also includes plenty of singing and dancing. Also onboard is a BBQ that you can rent for lunch or order some pizza to eat at the ship’s many picnic tables.
65 Orfus Rd
Calling itself “Toronto’s #1 birthday party place,” Rinx is packed with different high-energy ways to keep your guests entertained. Different packages and add-ons are available and to be honest, it might be hard to choose which activities to offer your guests. Options include laser tag, mini-putt and something called Cyber Ball that looks like a cross between bumper cars and lacrosse. All parties also come with access to a private party room where you’ll find juice or pop, table décor and a party pro to oversee your whole experience.
17. Ripley’s Aquarium
288 Bremner Blvd
Party with the sharks with a birthday celebration at Ripley’s. The aquarium’s standard, two-hour birthday party package includes access to a private party room where guests will create a craft and dine on pizza, pop and nut-free cupcakes and get to take home a loot bag and Photo Port picture. Guests can also explore the aquarium either before or after the party. While the party room can hold up to 24 people, please note that the standard package only covers 16 guests and additional admissions must be purchased for parties larger than 16. For the health and safety of the animals, no outside décor is allowed but you do have your choice of four different décor packages including mermaids and pirates.