When your active and engaging child has a birthday coming the search for the perfect birthday party, and venue, is top of mind. That search for a creative and fun party venue can become difficult when the temperatures begin to drop and outdoor venues are no longer available. You are not limited to the chain-restaurants and piling children into your home when it comes time to celebrate your winter-born child . We’ve compiled a variety of Portland-local birthday options that are sure to impress your child and their friends— whatever their interest! Scroll down to find out more.
Exploration and discovery of the unknown makes for a fantastic time for all involved. Mad Science brings the excitement that only science can bring to your child’s birthday party. Basic science parties in the lab begin at $304 and include a party room in the Mad Science Laboratory in North Portland, a personal Mad Scientist to assist your group, paper products, kid-friendly beverages, a full-color posgoogleter and certificate for the birthday child, and a take-home party favor for every child. Feel like doing the party at home? The Mad Science Lab will come to you as well!
There are a lot of great options out there for parties for older children but parents of little ones are left with very few choices. Thankfully, The Wiggle Room has helped to fill a void for birthday locations built for little-ones and their parents to enjoy. The new North East Portland play cafe offers their entire space for parties after hours on weekends. The space includes a two-story indoor play structure with a slide geared for children aged 2-7. Party rentals are for a 2 hour block of time, for 18 people, and includes the entire 2,000 square foot space. Rates vary by party. Contact The Wiggle Room for pricing for your unique event.
Bike riding doesn’t have to be a summer-only activity. If you have a little mountain-biker in the making then perhaps a party at the giant 70,000 square feet indoor and outdoor North East Portland Lumberyard Bike Park is in order. The Bike Park has hosted gangs of 3-year-olds on balance bikes all of the way up to 50-year birthdays and even a wedding. Party packages at the Lumberyard include a two hour reserved table in the Fox Event Room, a party hostess, paper goods, a free photo tag for the option of viewing and purchasing photos from the day, a water bottle for each rider, and a ClifKid snack for each rider. Starter packages begin at $220 and pricing is based on the number of riders.
Do you have a future chef on your hands? Celebrate your child by giving them a gift that will continue to give (perhaps even to you in the future) by hosting a cooking lesson party at Merry Kitchen in North East Portland. A party at Merry Kitchen can be any theme from their website or one of your own creation. The two hour class may include the creation of an entire meal that can be eaten at the end. You can even choose to bake the birthday cake in class. The Merry Kitchen will also host events in your home. Party pricing starts at $30/person. See The Merry Kitchen website for full list of pricing options and to book your party.
When your child’s favorite look is “covered in paint” then the decision to throw an art-centered party is an easy one to make. However, if the thought of 12 little ones crafting away in your home makes you uncomfortable, Portland Child Art Studio in Northwest Portland (PCAS) is here to help make your child’s party dreams come true. Parties at PCAS start at $195 and include teacher-led art activities including those such as play-based drawing, collage, painting, fingerprinting, and more.
Want high-flying fun for your little one? Parties at Echo Theater include trapeze, acrobatics, and physical theater class. The space offers several party packages, but are also happy to stretch imaginations to include a specific vision! Echo Theater Company parties are enjoyed by attendees from ages 3 – 100 (no really)! Beyond the standard children's party, they offer parent-child classes or adults only classes, we can create a unique party experience for the young and young-at-heart! Party packages begin at $240 for up to 10 participants.
Vibe of Portland hosts amazing creative art parties for children ages 3 and up at the Vibe Studio. Their 2-hour birthday party package includes 1 hour of art with a Vibe teaching artist and 1 hour of parent-led food, cake, presents and whatever their family traditions are for birthdays. The studio can accommodate up to 20 children along with some parents. We try and incorporate any themes into the art projects that our birthday child is excited about. My favorite to date was a Freddy Mercury themed painting party for a 9 year old girl last year! Different project ideas could be preschool art stations, painting, collage, duct tape sculptures, air-dry clay, etc.
The cost for a party starts at $200. The studio is available most Saturday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. and Sundays from 10-Noon, 1-3 or 4-6 p.m.
The appeal of indoor skating rinks did not die off in the 90s. Skating birthday parties are just as popular, and FUN, as ever. Oaks Park has brought the fun since 1905 so they know how to throw a party. Skating parties begin at $140 and includes session admission, conventional skates, 30 minutes at a reserved table, ice cream, cotton candy, soda, photo with chipper the Squirrel, and a special gift for the birthday child.
Perfect party location for the mini movie-buff, Academy Theater in SE Portland offers children’s party packages starting at $200. The costs include admission for 12 to one of the regularly scheduled family movies, use of the upstairs private party room, small soda or juice for each guest, two 16” flying pie pizzas, and a kiddie-sized popcorn for each guest. Your little Siskel or Ebert will get to enjoy a VIP party experience with their guests, complete with a roped off section of the theater where the party will get to sit together. Note: The theater itself is not an event rental option.
Planning a party, creating activities, and cleaning up before and after said party is enough to make any parent feel a bit overwhelmed. Little Loft Studios in South East Portland has taken the effort out of party planning. Parties at the Little Loft begin at $275 and a story and guided project, paper goods, art supplies, and project clean up. The space is great for smaller parties of creative kids.
Giving your guests an opportunity to be creative and work their imaginations is a gift in itself. The Craft Factory is a craft studio and birthday party specialist located in the heart of Multnomah Village in SW Portland. At a Craft Factory birthday party you and your guests will enjoy a one of a kind celebration! Your private event includes birthday decorations, serving-ware, party hosts and a craft for each guest. Make a choice of over 20 crafting opportunities and endless embellishments for decorating it. See the website for pricing and crafting options.
It is often overlooked during the winter-months, but Portland Parks and Recreation has incredible offerings for birthday parties! Portland Parks and Recreation offer 11 area community centers with birthday party rental options as well as five indoor pool options. Party options vary depending on location, but many can include party hosts, themes, and activities.
(Live in the suburbs? Don’t forget to check out your area Parks and Recreation website for information about birthday party offerings.)
Creations of Lego bricks and mini-figures (mini-figs) seems to transcend the ages and is still a popular interest for children of today as well as the young-at-heart. Make your lego-loving kiddo’s day by hosting their birthday at Bricks and Minifigs in Beaverton, Oregon. Birthday packages start at $175 and include 90 minutes in the Minifig Hideout Room, plenty of Lego bricks to play with, a birthday certificate and shirt for the birthday child, and a favor option of either a container of Lego pieces or 2 build-your-own-minifigs. Want to make it even easier on yourself? You can hire a Party Host for an additional $50 and they will run all the activities and games for the first hour of the party!
Bricks and Minifigs also has a NE Portland location as well as several locations throughout Oregon.
The classic pizza party will never get old. But, hosting a pizza party at Pietro’s Pizza in Beaverton or the Milwaukie location will still set your party apart. Party package are $7.25 per child and include a Kid’s one-topping pizza, soft drink, four game tokens, ice cream cone, and themed table decorations. Add mini golf, laser tag, or a swashbuckler-pirate to make your party even more enjoyable.
Make your kid’s jaw drop as they walk into what is claimed to be the largest play structure in Oregon at Safari Sams, located just outside of Portland in Sherwood. The venue boasts a jungle gym, challenge course, mini golf, bounce houses, game room, and sports gym. Birthday parties start at just $16.95 per child and includes gym passes, tickets, reserved seating, jungle gym entry, and more.
Sometimes you just need the party to come to you. Game Truck Portland offers a variety of mobile party entertainment that can come to your location. Give your little gamer a party of a lifetime when a a big-rig truck shows up filled with high-definition TVs and over 200+ age appropriate video game titles. Have access to a large space and want something more active? Laser Tag and Bubble Soccer are other popular Game Truck party options. Party packages begin at $349.
Up to 12 kids get to play for a one hour party on the bus that has a trampoline, monkey bars, high bar, rings and an assortment of tumbling mats. The party begins with a brief introduction then some warm-up stretching and games. For the remainder of the party it’s free play! Kids love the Tumble Bus because it’s all about fun! The Tumble Bus can come to your home or any location you choose! For $200 you can reserve the Tumble Bus for your party or special event by calling or e-mail.
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