It’s been almost a year since we shared our round up some birthday party venues here in the Tri-Cities. In the past year we’ve gotten a few more tips and ideas for great locations to celebrate. If you want to avoid all the fuss and muss of planning and hosting a party all by yourself, there are some great birthday party ideas here in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. Let someone else do it for you!
Did someone say cupcakes? Clever Cupcakes in Coquitlam offers some super-sweet birthday parties. You get two hours of fun, which includes two cupcakes per person, a chef hat to wear and take home, a guided tour of the baking area, a mini lesson on icing and decorating your cupcake, and then a chance to sample the treat in a tea party setting with apple or orange juice. Parties are $20 per child, and they accommodate groups of between five and fifteen children. Plus, as we told you in our post on the shop, with a commitment to using all-natural ingredients, these are treats you can actually feel good about.
More info: www.theclevercupcakes.com or 604.942.2872
Do you have a budding gymnast on your hands? If so, a birthday party at Club Aviva in Coquitlam may be just the ticket. The standard two-hour party starts at $155 for 10 children aged 18 months and up. It includes an hour of gym time and an hour in the party room, plus your choice of hot dogs or pizza for all the participants, as well as juice or pop and all plates, cutlery and napkins. Nothing could be easier! Or, if you want to save some money, for $85 you can have an hour of gym time for up to 10 kids aged 18 months and older, and take a pass on the party room.
More info: clubaviva.ca or 604.526.4464
Color Me Mine
This Port Moody ceramic painting studio says they put the ‘art’ in ‘party’, with their birthday party offerings. Their packages start at $20 per child for a minimum of eight children. For that you receive 1 hour and 45 minutes of party time. The first hour is spent painting, the last 45 minutes are for celebrating. Each guest will receive a ceramic piece from their basic selection of party pieces. You can choose any piece in the studio to create your own special and unique keepsake for 20% off. You can also use their fridge, microwave and freezer, and decorate their party room as you wish, but you’ll bring the food and cake. You can upgrade your package to receive a wider selection of ceramic pieces and paint, as well as access to their TV and DVD player.
More info: www.portmoody.colormemine.com/Party.tpl or 604.469.4386
My daughter is eight-and-a-half, and few things get her as excited as an invitation to a birthday party at Crash Crawly’s in Coquitlam. Weekday parties start at $99, and weekend parties start at $109, for the first eight kids. For that you get 90 minutes on their indoor playground, 45 minutes in a party room with a party leader, pizza or a hot dog with juice or pop, a big bowl of popcorn, and a gift for the birthday child. Extra kids are $15.99 each. Laser tag parties start at $159. There are lots of upgrades available, too, like laser tag for a playground party, or playground time for a laser tag party, as well as goodie bags, balloons, build-a-teddy, or upgraded food choices.
More info: www.crash-crawlys.com/parties.html or 604.526.1551
Do you like the idea of holding a birthday party at home, but need a hand keeping the kids entertained? If so, give Par-T-Perfect a call. Based in Coquitlam, they “bring the party to you”. Services include inflatables like bouncy castles, face-painting or temporary tattoos, games, balloon animals, crafts and party leaders, among other things. They also offer a wide variety of themes to choose from. They don’t publish their pricing online, but you can contact them for a free quote before you book.
More info: par-t-perfect.com/services/birthday-parties or 604.931.1913
Port Moody Arts Centre
Are you raising a little artist-in-training? If so, you may want to hold your child’s next birthday party at the Port Moody Arts Centre. The kids will participate in an hour-long art activity in the clay or art studios, as well as spend an hour in the decorated party room. You’ll get helium balloons, in your choice of colours, plus the party room tables are covered in paper that the kids can draw on with the crayons the centre provides. There are a variety of projects to choose from, taught by their experiences instructors. You provide the food. Birthday parties start at $155 for up to 10 children, and additional kids (up to a maximum of 14) are $7.00 each.
More info: www.pomoarts.ca/activities/birthday-parties or 604.931.2008
If your child’s birthday falls between May and September, you may want to consider booking a picnic shelter at a public park. Of course, if you have a small group you can always just show up and take your chances, but if the weather gets a little wet or the park gets busy, you may find yourself out of luck. Picnic shelters rent for between $32 and $135 for groups of 50 people or less. Fees vary with the park and the city, but in most cases they’re under $100, making this a more affordable option. With a playground nearby, and in some cases a spray park, the kids will entertain themselves.
Rocky Point Ice Cream
We love ice cream, and we adore the revamped Rocky Point Ice Cream. If your kids are fans, you may want to consider holding their next party at the shop. Parties last for 1.5 hours, and accommodate a minimum of 6 and maximum of 10 children. For $20 per person you can have a “Sundaes in the Kitchen Party”, where everyone will load up on toppings and create their own crazy sundae. Or, for $30 per person choose a “Make Your Own Ice Cream Party”. You’ll become a part of the team making small batch, hand crafted ice cream. This is your chance to create your own signature flavour, as the kids call the shots. Plus, each participant will get their own take home pint. In both parties, each participant will get a soda jerk hat to wear and decorate, and the birthday child will receive a special goodie bag.
More info: rockypointicecream.com or [email protected]
The website says it’s in Vancouver, but this innovative birthday party solution is actually headquartered right here in the Tri-Cities. A compromise between an in-house party and going somewhere else, the Tumblebus is a gym on wheels that brings the party to the curb in front of your home. Kids start off with Yoga warm up, then circuit training and age appropriate games. After two more circuits and games, everyone cools down and the party closes off with a medal ceremony. The birthday child stands on the pedestal while they play the Olympic theme song and they receive their medal. Ideally suited for kids aged 2-10, there are two packages available. The Silver Party Package is $175 for up to 12 kids, and includes a one-hour Tumblebus Party, two instructors, and a T-Shirt for the birthday child. The Gold Party Package is $250 for up to 12 kids, and adds on gift bags for everyone and an optional group photo.
More info: vancouvertumblebus.com/birthday or 604.726.0856
The Zone Bowling
For something a little different, have a bowling birthday party. Birthday party packages start at $75 for 1.5 hours of 5 or 10 pin bowling on one lane (they recommend five bowlers per lane). You’ll also receive a large pizza, a pitcher of pop, and shoe rental. You can extend your party to two hours for $10 more. Other party packages run $17 or $19 per child, and include additional food and treats, as well as a party leader. Or you can just rent as many lanes as you need for $32 per hour per lane on weekdays, and $35 on weekends.
More info: www.zbowl.com or 604.525.2695
This is by no means an inclusive list – there are too many great birthday party options here in the Tri-Cities to write about them all. If we’ve missed one of your favourites, though, let us know. We may write another post with more great places to party in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, and we’d love to hear your suggestions!