It’s time to celebrate one more time around the sun with your little one. From mobile music parties at home to gentle pony rides, we found some cool programs where kids of all abilities can be comfortable with their friends and family for the best birthday parties ever. Read on to see six of our favorites.
photo: Evergreen Wings and Waves by Cathy R. via Yelp
Evergreen Wings and Waves
At this water park, planes and waves reign supreme. Parties here include access to the water park and and hands-on science exhibits, plus food, ice cream sandwiches, drinks and 90 minutes in a private party room with Wii and XBox. Even better, the waterpark is ADA compliant; the leisure pool is available for wheelchair users via hoist, and the wave pool area is wheelchair accessible.
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
500 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way
Small groups of young children coming together to make music and learn and discover together. But it’s not just that—teachers are music therapists, and work with all ages through Chirp and Earthtones Therapy. Chirp can come to you, as a fun way to bring joy to a small party at home. They’ll bring the musical instruments and props for a 30 or 60-minute musical appearance that can be as gentle or as raucous as your little one wants and needs. Home appearances start at $75.
photo: Portland Children’s Museum
Rain or Shine
Portland Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum is dedicated to providing access to all children. The Outdoor Adventure area was designed with accessibility in mind. Children in wheelchairs can easily access work spaces in the the clay studio and garage. For a calm introduction to the Museum, try out one of the monthly Access Play times. This low-sensory time is open to families experiencing disabilities and their friends, and admission is extended to the remaining open hours. Birthday party packages start at $250.
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
4015 SW Canyon Rd.
Bounce It Out
Pump It Up
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, this inflatable bouncy house mecca offers Sensory Nights for kids with disabilities, including children on the autism spectrum. If it’s just a low-key event you’re looking for, drop in to one of those nights. Otherwise, you can plan a private party, starting at $150, and let your party planner know of any special needs. Party room time and play time are separate.
Hours: Vary by day. See the calendar for specific hours.
9665 SW Allen Blvd. Ste 110
Dig a Pony
This therapeutic horseback riding outfit offers everyone the opportunity to learn horse skills and develop confidence—no matter their ability or any special needs. Bring along a friend or a sibling for a private lesson for a birthday memory that will last for years. Private lessons start at $70/person.
18218 SW Horse Tale Dr.
photo: The Children’s Gym
The Children’s Gym
Tumble your way to a fun party! This gym offers a parent participation sensory open play time, so kids 2 to 14 years-old with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD or other sensory needs can have fun jumping, swinging and climbing in a calmer environment. They happen every Sunday, but if you’d like to attend, make sure you make reservations ahead of time. Birthday parties are available for up to 15 kids, wherein a staff member will lead the little hoppers through games and activities.
Hours: Sensory Open Gym, Sundays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
1625 NE Sandy Blvd.
What are the most accommodating birthday party venues you’ve found? Let us know in the comments!