Let's face it- it's hard to come up with a new idea every year! We all want our kids feeling special on their big day (since we know they've been counting down since the day after their last birthday), but this can be a lot of pressure for parents.
Luckily, Calgary is filled with plenty of options that will be a huge hit with the kids, AND you won't have to clean the cupcake frosting from your carpets!
Here's a whopping 21 awesome and unique kids birthday party ideas in Calgary, to suit all interests and ages!
21 Best Kids Party Ideas in Calgary 2014
Glitz & Glam
You Glo Girl
Offering mobile themed spa parties to the Calgary & surrounding areas, You Glo Girl has party ideas that are guaranteed to capture any girl's heart! They will take the work off your hands and create a unique party atmosphere complete with enticing and charmed decorations and decor. From glittery make up, fancy hair styles, manicures, pedicures, to dance parties and fun themes like a Beach Bash or Paris-Style! One thing is for sure: Your party will be exactly what you and your daughter hoped for.
SAVE: Mention ChatterBlock and receive 10% off your party package (must book by December 15, 2014)
Price Range: Parties range from $25 per guest to $70 per guest with a minimum charge of $150 per party.
More Info: youglogirlparties.com or phone 403-708-9029
Let Me Bead
Let Me Bead brings the party to you! Shelley is a licensed nail technician and has been making jewelry for 20 years. When you combine her knowledge with her love for children, you get some amazing party packages to choose from! Nail Parties are always a hit with the girls, with dozens of colours and images to choose from (you can get hearts, butterflies, ladybugs, and more!). At one of her Bejeweled Bead Parties, kids will make a necklace, bracelet, or a beaded bookmark, plus gets to keep their work of art in a shiny organza bag. There's loads of beads for boys too! Last but certainly not least is the Glitter Tattoo Parties. Choose from all sorts of designs and colours, each child will get 2 tattoos that will last a full week!
Price Range: Parties start at $15 per child
More Info: www.letmebead.net or phone 403-862-8922
Kids are natural artists, so simply choose a theme and Amaze Arts will help you host a creative Birthday party! Parties range for ages 4-15, and include themes like Candle Making, Canvas Painting, Soap Making, Beading Jewelry, Melted Crayon Art, T-Shirt Painting, and Polymer Clay. Each little artist will get to take home their masterpiece for a wonderful souvenir of the party!
SAVE: Mention ChatterBlock when you book and receive 10% off! (minimum of 10 kids)
Price Range: Inquire for pricing details.
More Info: www.amazearts.com or phone: 403-201-7226
Bricks 4 Kidz
Bricks 4 Kidz Birthday Parties ensure a unique, affordable, and fun experience for all with our engaging, hands-on projects for Preschool to pre-teens! They work with you to decide on a flexible and customized option for your son or daughter’s big day. From invitations, creative free play and motorized models to games, mini figures and loot bags…it will be an action packed experience to remember. At your location or the Creativity Centre, Bricks 4 Kidz are easily able to accommodate up to 20 friends!
Price Range: Parties start at $225 including gst.
More Info: www.bricks4kidz.com
Phone: (403) 457–5530
ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen
Get your kids cooking! A cooking party is a great way to celebrate, and this hands-on party will keep children engaged from start to finish. Parties are 2 hours long, include lunch, and are for children ages 8-14. You can have a Pizza Party, Pasta Extravaganza, High Tea Time, or a Mexican Fiesta! A unique party idea that is tons of fun.
Price Range: Parties are $35 per person plus gst, and there is a minimum of 10 kids.
More Info: www.atcoblueflamekitchen.com or phone: 403-245-7630
These are flipping fantastic birthday parties! The Main Gym Party Package is best suited for ages 4-14, and is non-stop FUN! Party goers have exclusive use of a 6000 square foot gym loaded with equipment: Trampolines, foam pit, gymnastics equipment, climbing wall and reverse bungee. Flip staff conduct the activities and keep the kids moving and safe. There's a party room for eats and treats afterwards. These parties are a blast for kids and parents! For ages 1-3 there is the Tot Spot Party Package. A completely separate 2000 square foot 2nd level preschool gym is loaded with soft mats, climbing equipment and a giant bouncy castle. Tot Spot party goers have exclusive use of this area which also includes an eating area and espresso bar. Both party packages are 2 hours with additional time before and after the booking to allow parents to move their food and gear in and out without being rushed. Downloadable invitations and a poster for the birthday child are included. These are high energy, fun parties that leave the kids tired out! Stress free for parents!
Price Range: Parties range from $240-$365 plus gst. Parties run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
More Info: www.flip-factory.com or phone: 403-265-2656
The Crux Climbing and Bouldering
Let The Crux drive your kids up the wall for a change! Birthday parties here include 1.5 hours of safe climbing under the supervision of experience staff, plus 30 minutes for pizza and cake in the party area. Have your birthday child feel on top of the world (literally) on their big day!
Price Range: Parties are from $25 per person to $35 per person plus gst.
More Info: www.thecruxclimbing.com/ or phone: 403-235-2789
Dance With France
Price Range: Parties are $195 plus gst.
More Info: www.dancewithfrance.com or phone: 403-243-2111
5 Elements Martial Arts
Kids attending 5 Elements Martial Arts birthday parties get to experience a mini martial arts lesson and play some games. A fun, structured environment where parents can relax (or help out, if they want, although it's optional!) The birthday kid can rock a special black belt and get to be made to feel like a champion on their special day, while all kids involved will get a chance to break some boards or learn some basic martial arts. Plus, the birthday kid gets a chance to cut their cake with a real sword (100% carefully supervised, of course!) So sit back and take out some of the stress that can come with your child's birthday and let 5 Elemetns help take care of you and your kid!
Price Range: Parties start at $180 plus gst. Half parties are available for $120 plus gst.
More Info: www.5elementscalgary.com or phone: 403-201-8825
Stir Crazy Family Fun Centre
From invites and thank you cards to loot bags and cake, Stir Crazy does it all for you. You can conveniently book online and package pricing starts at just $99.99! Enjoy a 2.5 hr reservation including 90 minutes in the private party room of your choice. All party rooms include a convenient in room sink and optional mini beverage cooler. We offer fun inclusions and add-ons like Edible Arrangements(r), Glitter Tattoos, Balloons, Loot Bags and of course CAKE! Stir Crazy is the only local fun centre featuring its very own birthday bakery AND we rent cake pans too! Party packages also include food, beverage and admission for your guests to the facility! Drop by our award winning fun centre or visit us online to book your party TODAY! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter too!
Price Range: Parties range from $99.99- $389.99 plus gst.
More Info: www.stircrazyfamilyfun.com or phone: 403-277-STIR (7847)
Hamlet the Clown
Hamlet the Clown is perfect for celebrating your birthday whether you are one or one hundred years old. Hamlet will come to your place for a full hour. The first half of the hour show includes mime, mimicry, juggling, (with hats, pins, and balls) clown magic, follow-the-leader, and tons of audience participation. The second half of the hour consists of creating balloon sculptures for everyone.
Price Range: Party package is $100 including gst. Must be 15 kids or less.
More Info: www.hamlettheclown.com or phone: 403-245-3168
Beaners Fun Cuts
Let Beaners Fun Cuts create a perfectly planned party in a snap with one of the Beaners’ Birthday Experiences, like The Hawaiian Luau, The Royal Princess, Glitter and Gloss, Doll Tea Party, and Princess and the Pirate. The girls will get pampered with mini-manicures, up-dos, make-up and more, depending on the theme. Kids get the party fun, and you get the party ease! Four locations in Calgary; availability may vary by store.
Price Range: Inquire for pricing details.
More Info: www.beanersfuncuts.com or phone: 403-245-3168
A local company providing the largest supply of inflatable party fun! Astro Jump is sure to get any party started. Choose from bounce houses, castles, inflatable trampolines, slides (wet and dry), obstacle courses, sumo wrestling, velcro walls, pedestal jousting, and even dunk tanks and bumper balls! They can bring this to you for indoor or outdoor parties, whether a home, park, community centre, they can deliver!
List of options: astrojump.ca or phone: 403-254-9668
Animal Lovers & Outdoorsy
Calgary Reptile Parties
Since 2008 Calgary Reptile Parties has provided quality educational programs for birthdays, schools, youth groups and events! Structured to appeal to different age groups and size, kids and adults alike will love reptile parties! Meet and pet Digby the bearded dragon, Serenity the Ball Python, Crestopher the Gecko, Wesley the Hogg Island Boa or one of our many other amazing animals! This is one party that the kidlets will be talking about for years to come.
SAVE: Mention ChatterBlock and receive $10 off your 2014 or 2015 VIP Package (must be booked by December 31st, 2014)
Price Range: AMAZING prices- Parties range from only $145-$175 plus gst
More Info: www.calgaryreptileparties.com or phone: 403-457-2202
Butterfield Acres Farm
Have your party here, there, or ANYWHERE! Year round the farm animals can come to you, and a few very special animal guests will come with them. You can have a mini farm, pony rides, or the mobile petting zoo at your party! From April through September, you can have a birthday party at the farm, with plenty of different packages to choose from. There will be lots of hands-on fun with the furry creatures here, as well as games and activities. Depending on the time of year, seasonal fun can be incorporated into the party (Easter Hunts and Pumpkin Hunts!).
Price Range: Parties start at $229.99 plus gst.
More Info: www.butterfieldacres.com or phone: 403-239-0638
Horsin Around offers several Birthday Party Packages for children of all ages. The convenient Calgary location makes it very easy for you and your guests to enjoy without ever leaving the City. The Pony Party is for the little tikes ages 2 to 7 yrs old includes Pony Rides, Hay Rides , BBQ , Petting Zoo and Hall rental for two hours starting at $ 250. The Arena Party is a 30 minute fun filled Western Riding Lesson, Hay Ride, BBQs, Petting Zoo and Hall rental for two hours starting at $ 350.00. The Trail Ride Party is 45 minute Horseback Ride, Hay Ride, Petting Zoo, BBQs and Hall rental for two hours starting at $ 400.00. The Sleigh Ride Party includes Horsedrawn sleigh rides to and from Tobogganing Hills, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, BBQs and Heated Hall starting at $ 250.
Price Range: Parties range from $250-$500 plus gst.
More Info: www.horsinaround.ca or phone: 403-263-7433
Everyone loves a trip to the zoo, so just imagine how much fun it would be to celebrate a birthday here. Your child will love the fun and excitement of a themed party in their favourite part of the zoo, with fun and games, a mini tour, snacks – and of course, a gift! The zoo’s lively education staff will be there to thrill and “edu-tain” all of your guests. Parties are designed for ages 3-12, snacks are included, and the birthday child receives a special gift!
Price Range: Parties start at $225 plus gst.
More Info: www.calgaryzoo.com or phone: 403-232-9353
Calgary Humane Society
Their experienced birthday party facilitator will lead birthday guests through a fun and engaging birthday program including fun activities, crafty creations and an interactive tour of the shelter. Your child's party is topped off with a visit from a special animal guest and then it is time for cake and presents. The best news? They take care of everything! You just show up with the cake. Parties are for kids ages 6-13, and are available on weekends. Looking to have an extra special birthday? Check out our Birthday Fundraising to see options on how to help the 7,500 abandoned, abused and neglected animals that the Calgary Humane Society cares for each year.
Price Range: Packages from $190-$295 + gst.
More Info: www.calgaryhumane.ca or phone: 403-205-4455 ext 6544
Science & Technology
Mad Science of Southern Alberta birthday parties entertain children age 5 - 12 with exciting, high-energy, interactive shows that come to you. Their no-mess, hassle-free parties typically last one hour. You also have the option to extend the length of your party with special add-ons, like cotton candy making, bubbling potions, & laser light demonstrations. Some of the amazing and fun activities the children may do is meet the legendary "Eggbert", experiment with electricity, learn the science behind magic, create indoor fireworks, and explore different types of chemical reactions! The birthday child will also be asked to act as a Mad Assistant, each child will make something to take home with them and a small gift and large color Mad Science poster is given to the Birthday Child for all the guests to sign. Mad Science has been doing parties since 1996 so have it down to a science!
Price Range: Parties start at $175 plus gst.
More Info: calgary.madscience.org or phone: 403-263-4140
Ignite a sense of wonder and excitement with a Birthday Party at TELUS Spark! With special Birthday Party Packages are designed for your guests to embrace the desire to create and explore - experience the intersection of science, technology and art in new and amazing ways. Take as much time as you like exploring over 150 Exhibits, Drop-In Programs and Demonstrations across five exhibit Galleries including an expanded and enhanced Creative Kids Museum, an Inspiration Stage, Calgary’s only HD Digital Dome Theatre, an Outdoor Park and more.
Price Range: $10.95 plus gst per child (maximum of 21 per party). For every 3 children, 1 adult is free. For private studio rental, it is an additional $75 per hour. Add ons available!
More Info: www.sparkscience.ca or phone: 403-817-6800
Get A Party Planner
At Party Bugs our Birthday packages include so much more than simply decorating for your event. Not only do we provide amazing decor and entertainment we do all of the prep for the party including invitations, booking venues and set up. During the party we are able to stay and help with the children and keep the party on schedule so parents can enjoy the party. We do all tear down and cleaning up as well.
Price Range: Services range from $75-$400 plus gst.
Something Cool to Consider :^)
The Happy Birthday Project
Such a wonderful concept. After your party, if you have any leftover supplies, gently used decorations, or gifts that your child didn't love, please consider donating them to this wonderful organization who helps gives kids a true birthday experience that come from families without the financial means to do so. Every child deserves to feel special on their big day! Other options include sponsoring a birthday, or requesting donations of party supplies and gifts at your next event to help build party packs for children in need.
More Info: www.thehappybirthdayproject.org