Toronto is an amazing city with an array of kids’ birthday party options. For those looking to keep their child’s party out of the house, here are a few fun kids’ birthday party ideas that range from fascinating to out of this world. Many offer on-site staff to help manage or completely manage your child’s birthday, taking the pressure off you so you can be a guest and enjoy the party too. Check out our favourite places to host children’s birthday parties in Toronto.
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Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Everything’s better under the sea, take it from me. Celebrate your child’s birthday with over 16,000 fish at Ripley’s Aquarium! Birthday parties start at $500+ HST, including up to 20 guests, free admission for the birthday kid, two hours in a private party room (with your choice of themed decor), pizza with pop and juice, your choice of cake or cupcakes (with optional themed cake upgrade for additional cost), fun crafts and, of course, access to the aquarium. Before you send out invitations be sure to check here for details on the required child to adult ratios based on the ages of party guests.
Need a birthday party planner and venue in one? At RINX you can enjoy laser tag, mini golf, a roller rink and more. Best of all, the creative team at RINX is also available to plan, host and execute your kid’s birthday party while you relax and watch your little one have a ball. If you’re on a budget, RINX offers reasonable prices for your party. Three party options are available (classic, deluxe and extreme) ranging from $18-30 per child, including time to play games and time in a party room. Bring your own food or add on a fun RINX food package to your party.
Does your kid love the beach? Beach Blast might be the perfect venue for their birthday party! At 30,000 square feet, Beach Blast is Toronto’s biggest indoor beach. The venue is used often for child parties. Kids can enjoy a variety of sandy games including beach Olympics, treasure hunting and tug-of-war in this year-round beach paradise. Beach Blast offers a variety of birthday packages to choose from—all of which are a minimum of two hours, include playtime in the sand, room for up to 25 guests, serving supplies (plates, napkins and forks) for birthday cake, a treasure hunt for kids under eight and a special gift for kids over nine.
Pirate Life Centre Island
It’s the pirate life for me—or your child! Pirate Life Centre Island is the perfect venue for your little captain. This redesigned vessel was built to look like a real pirate ship (while still retaining the modern safety of a diesel engine). Board the ship and get transported to another time. Crew members are experienced actors in full costume. They’ll put on an interactive show, as well as a song and dance, for your little one and their guests. The ship cruises around the Toronto Island before docking to let you and your guests enjoy the island as well. Two birthday party packages are offered—one that allows you to bring 20 guests on the regular cruise, the other that lets you seize the entire ship! With room for 33 guests, this is one unforgettable birthday party! You can even tack on a pizza lunch!
Does your kid love to fly or dream of becoming a pilot some day? At Flight Master, children get to experience what it’s like to be a pilot for a day. Your party guests get to enjoy an authentic simulator cockpit and fly over any country in the world without leaving Toronto! They can also test out a wide variety of aircraft. Your guests will choose from a variety of different missions like finding a missing boat in the Bermuda Triangle or landing a jet on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean! Best of all, there’s no waiting anxiously for a turn—while the children take turns in the cockpit the others will be able to explore the entire facility, so no temper tantrums or boredom here. Hosting your birthday party at Flight Master includes a lot of perks like a fully set up party room (the table is a jet wing!), flight simulators, air traffic control simulators, pilots, tour guides, access to the full facility, free admission for toddlers and infants, a Certificate of Flight Performance award ceremony at the end of the birthday party, pictures with pilots and airplanes and purchasable loot bags.
Price: starting at $250
Location: 155 Uxbridge-Pickering Townline, Pickering, ON L4A 7X4
If there’s a heaven on Earth for kids, it may just be Earthbound Farm. This 12-acre facility boasts an indoor craft loft, sports fields and courts (soccer, basketball, floor hockey, beach-volleyball), a picnic tent and animal petting areas. There really is something fun for every kid at this popular venue, and the prices are fairly affordable compared to the other venues on this list. There are many kids’ birthday party package options at Earthbound. The basic party package includes two hours for up to 20 guests at the farm facility for $250. Party add-ons are available for extra fees and include horseback riding ($60), pottery or t-shirt painting ($100), face painting ($150/hour), loot bags ($5 per child), peanut-free birthday cupcakes or cake ($3/person), a jumping castle ($200-250) and supervised zip lining ($175/hour).
Sprouts Kids is a large Leslieville area venue. Though slightly pricier than venues like Earthbound (the basic package starts at $325), Sprouts offers a wide variety of themed parties, a very large party room that seats up to 30 guests, an indoor playground, and a six-to-one child to staff supervision ratio that allows adult party guests to mingle carefree while children play and even boasts a parents’ area for them to chill out in. The basic party package includes 90 minutes of party time, access to a private party room, 10 children plus the birthday kid ($18 per extra child with additional staffing fees past 16 children), plus coffee, tea and hot chocolate for guests. Seven hundred dollars will buy you an all-inclusive party with everything from invitations to food and drink taken care of. Adding $145+ to the basic party package will buy you a themed party—everything from yoga parties to sports to tiaras and tutus! Best of all, each activity is supervised by specialized staff.
Go skydiving indoors at iFly! Perhaps the most unique venue on this list, iFly offers indoor supervised skydiving simulation. Though this Oakville area venue doesn’t explicitly offer birthday party packages, it does offer group flight packages where you can bundle a number of flights into a discounted rate. While two flights will run you $82, four will only cost $120 so there is definitely a volume discount in place. Talk to the friendly staff if you plan to bring a large group. This venue is very accessible, and guests with disabilities can also take part safely.
Though this venue is not very affordable for a large group, the experience will make a very memorable party for a small group of children.
The Circus Academy
The Circus Academy at the Centre of Gravity is the ideal venue for any child drawn to the theatrical world. Kids over five get to enjoy all circus arts—juggling, stilt walking, floor acrobatics, mini-trampoline, hula hoop, aerial trapeze, aerial hoop, aerial rope and aerial silks. Each kid will also receive an original face painting and a balloon animal for the road! Two hours of circus fun will cost you $295+ HST for 10 children ($12 extra/child). Your littlest birthday kiddos can enjoy a special Kinder Birthday upstairs in a smaller private studio at the east location of The Circus Academy. Parties for little ones feature special equipment better suited to children age two to five years old. A Kinder Birthday will cost you $245+ HST for 10 kids ($12 extra/child).
Update from November 2, 2015 below.
Beach Cheer Athletics
Operated by two mompreneurs, BCA is so popular it has tripled its size over the past two years. The owners are well-experienced in cheer leading and they provide a safe, fun, and challenging environment for athletes to develop and grow their love for the sport. Kids are building their fitness level, developing self esteem, cultivating teamwork skills, and making lifelong friends. And because this place is where positive atmosphere is created, BCA organizes various activities for all ages and levels, including birthday parties. So if your kids enjoy gymnastics, dancing, jumping, and they love to be active, this might be another great place to celebrate their birthday.
These venues are perfect for your child’s next birthday party. Most of them are fairly affordable for a large group, include friendly staff, specialized activities and optional yummy food and drink options. Parties at these venues are either easy to organize or effortless, and super simple to supervise. Best of all you won’t be left to clean up the mess!