Let’s face it. Parents of kids with summer birthdays have it much easier. Metro Vancouver is chock full of awesome outdoor destinations for summer celebrations. For those parents planning fall, winter and spring birthday shindigs, our options can seem limited, especially when we think of hosting a dozen jumping beans in our house! So here are a few unique locations to host the best indoor birthday party in Metro Vancouver.
image: Vancouver Tumble Bus
This big yellow bus has been converted into a mobile gym that comes right to your door. As the party is on the bus, no additional space is needed. They entertain and supervise the little ones so you can do something else. Like laundry. Or reading a book. Or finally having a nap. They come rain, snow or shine and the bus is air-conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. Best for early elementary aged kids. vancouvertumblebus.com
Cupcakes. This place makes cupcakes. That alone should be enough. Add to that a tour of the facility, decorating lessons and tiny chef’s hats for the party goers and your little ones will be over the moon with delight. Also, cupcakes. Best for toddlers and early elementary aged kids. theclevercupcakes.com
Like the aforementioned Tumble Bus, these guys bring the party to you. The themes are plentiful…love art? Love science? Why not both? Crystals and chocolate, Lego and tea. There is sure to be something to please your little explorer. Great for kids of all ages. creativecube.ca
image: Langley Rivermen
The good old hockey game is the best game we can name. Langley Rivermen games are great for hockey lovers and much more affordable than a Canucks game. Your sport-loving kiddo can invite their whole team. The fun begins one hour before puck drop and goes until the end of the game. Fun for the whole family! Looking for something in Vancouver instead? The Vancouver Giants also have great birthday party packages! Great for kids of all ages. langleyrivermen.com
image: Vancouver Circus School
Ever wanted to run away to the circus? Or maybe send the kids off to one? Join the Vancouver Circus School for an afternoon of unforgettable birthday fun. Participants engage in a variety of activities including Aerial Silk, Trampoline, Juggling and much more. Located in North Vancouver and New Westminster. Best for kids aged 6 and up. vancouvercircusschool.ca
image: Climb Base5
Kids like to climb. Everything. Why not set up a birthday party in a place that shows them how? Parties include climbing time and a party room and a great way to get their energy expelled on someone else’s walls. Best for kids aged 6 and up. climbbase5.com
Let someone else handle the discipline when you host a birthday party at a karate dojo. Food, games, puzzles and some karate training for party goers. Previous karate experience not necessary. Best for ages 5 – 12 years. hawkesmartialarts.com
Kids go crazy for arts and crafts, especially when they are allowed to make a huge mess in the process. Enter 4Cats and their awesome Paint Splatter parties. At these Jackson Pollock-inspired parties, kids get to decorate a huge group painting for the birthday kiddo, and each party attendee gets to make and keep their very own splatter art too. Birthday party fun, awesome take-home art and paint splatter we don’t have to clean up? Sign us up! Best for kids aged 3 and up. 4cats.com
image: Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.
Few things go together like pizza and kids, which is why a party at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. is always a great idea. Kids will roll out and create their very own personal pizza. Add some yummy organic apple juice and a warm double chocolate brownie topped with ice cream and now you’ve got a party. Great for kids aged 6 and up. rockymountainflatbread.ca
With so many party options, it’s too bad your kids only have one birthday a year. Of course, there’s no reason why you can’t start celebrating half-birthdays too!
By: Erin Jeffery