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Winter may be behind us for the most part, but the weather in Portland is unpredictable. If you’ve got a winter baby, you are likely struggling to figure out how to celebrate them. It may be a colder, wetter season in the PNW, but that doesn’t mean your child’s birthday has to be a drag! From indoor bike parks and gyms with acrobatic equipment, to businesses that cater to scientists and young cooks, it’s easy to throw an unforgettable party even when it’s dark and frigid out. Read on to find out where the best venues for winter birthday parties are.
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 a special space for birthdays and other celebratory activities. The rate is $295 for a 2 hour party after normal business hours. Outside food is always welcome. Contact The Wiggle Room for pricing for your unique event.
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 $305 and include a party room in the Mad Science Laboratory, a one-hour science show, a make and take for each child, a full-color signed poster for the birthday child, and mad scientist invitations. Feel like doing the party at home? The Mad Science Lab will come to you as well!
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, personalized Happy Birthday card from Lumberyard Staff, a water bottle for each rider, and a ClifKid snack for each rider. Starter packages begin at $195 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.
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 $125 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 $7.50 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.
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. Call for party package pricing.