Planning summer birthday parties across Metro Vancouver is usually a breeze given our access to hundreds of beautiful parks & beaches. But with colder temperatures and unpredictable weather (is it really going to rain that much?!), planning birthday parties for kids can be extra challenging. Luckily for us, Metro Vancouver is full of great indoor birthday party options for busy parents who are looking for help planning & hosting healthy, active, educational birthday parties for their kids in the winter and all year long!
This year’s Metro Vancouver Indoor Birthday Party Guide includes great options like Rocky Mountain Flatbread, 6Pack Indoor Beach, Fun GymBus, Maplewood Farm, BrainSTEM Learning, Sportball, Climb Base5 and Artmania (see full guide below), and we’re also giving away birthday party packages from each venue on our 2018 Healthy Family Expo Facebook Event page from December 4 – 8, 2018!
To ENTER to win the birthday party giveaways, visit our 2018 Healthy Family Expo Facebook Event page and click “GOING”. Then watch for daily giveaway posts on that page from Dec 4-9. Entry requirements will appear in each post. Good luck and happy birthday party planning!
INDOOR BIRTHDAY PARTY GUIDE
FOR METRO VANCOUVER FAMILIES
Suitable Ages: 2 years +
Location(s): Kitsilano (1876 W. 1st) & Main (4186 Main St), Vancouver
Why They’re Awesome: Rocky Mountain Flatbread is a family-friendly gem of a restaurant that prides itself on providing sustainably produced, local food that connects the farm, family and community. And their birthday parties are awesome, because every child loves to be a chef! At a birthday party at Rocky Mountain Flatbread, your personal host guides young chefs in creating juice cocktails, hand crafted pizzas (rolling out their organic dough & adding their favourite toppings) & creamy frozen yogurt from scratch. Leave the mess to your host and just enjoy the celebrations – what more could you ask?!
What’s Included: Colouring their own chef hats, cocktail making with fresh juice, pizza making (personal organic pizza dough + favourite toppings), frozen yogurt making from scratch, and platters of warm double chocolate brownie with a birthday candle (or serve your own nut-free birthday cake!).
Pricing: $18.50 per child, plus tax & 18% gratuity.
Suitable Ages: 1-18 years
Location(s): Richmond (under the Knight St Bridge)
Why They’re Awesome: Do your kids miss playing at the beach during our long & rainy fall, winter & spring seasons? 6Pack Indoor Beach has you covered for birthday parties with non-stop indoor fun! At their 18,000 square foot indoor facility in Richmond, you can choose between a beach party (with 2600 sq ft of real sand!) (for ages 1-18) or an archery tag party (for ages 12-18), and both options are a blast. You can customize your booking to include optional food & drinks, a counselor for coordinated activities, table settings, balloons, invitations, and even inflatable bouncers!
What’s Included: Beach parties for up to 12 kids are 2 hours long (with 2 reserved tables for the duration of the party), including 1 hr 30 mins of free play fun & games on the beach court (sand toys, nets, balls & sports equipment provided). Guests may bring food & decorations, but no outside pizza is allowed.
Pricing: Starts at $208 for up to 12 kids.
Suitable Ages: 2-9 years
Party Locations: The Fun GymBus comes right to your door or meets you at any other place of your choice!
Why They’re Awesome: The Fun GymBus (formerly “TumbleBus”) is the only mobile Fun & Fitness birthday party option that caters to multi-ages. Two energetic instructors lead the kids through fitness/tumbling activities, age appropriate games, lively music and more! The kids jump for joy when they see the Fun GymBus coming down the street and have tons of fun on the monkey bars, balance beam, incline, rings, trampoline, ball pit slide and the ever so popular ZIPLINE, and parties close with a medal ceremony where the birthday child gets on the pedestal and receives a medal and a certificate! The Fun GymBus comes rain, snow or shine, and the bus is heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer.
What’s Included: Basic package includes up to 12 kids for 1 hour, 2 instructors, t-shirt, Fun GymBus medal & certificate & ceremony for birthday child. Optional add-ons include face painting, balloon twisting, spa manicures, and princess or hero of your choice.
Pricing: Starts at $294 (including tax) for up to 12 kids. $12 for each additional child.
Suitable Ages: 1 year +
Location: 405 Seymour River Place in North Vancouver
Why They’re Awesome: Maplewood Farm offers a unique and enjoyable time for all ages in a rural heritage setting on 5 acres in North Vancouver, with a wonderful collection of over 200 domestic and friendly farm animals and birds. Families can host outdoor birthday parties at the farm year round using the covered picnic table area for the cost of general admission per guest, and their new reservable function room provides a fantastic indoor option for rainy season birthday parties! All packages include a one-hour room booking for food, cake, presents & games, and endless free time to roam the farm. Optional pony rides can also be booked in advance for an extra special treat at your party!
What’s Included: All indoor birthday parties include farm admission for up to 8 children, scenic views of farm animals from their bright, new party room, tables & chairs, fridge & microwave, stress-free set-up & clean up, and 8 bags of birdseed. Optional add-ons include birthday theme of your choice with goody bags, balloons, cutlery, plates, cups, napkins, cake candles & tablecloth, food (pizzas from Panago), endless regular potato chips, apple juice & bottled water.
Pricing: Bronze Package starts at $154 (including tax) for up to 8 children.
Suitable Ages: 4 – 14 years
Party Locations: In your home or other location of your choice across the Lower Mainland, or at BrainSTEM centre in North Vancouver
Why They’re Awesome: BrainSTEM Learning Canada offers great options for your child’s birthday parties, where the kids have a lot of fun and learn about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Through fun birthday party activities using rockets, roller-coasters & robots, kids always use their creativity, curiosity, and learning concepts to face amusing challenges. Using team work and the engineering design process, kids have a blast building, testing and improving their projects!
What’s Included: 1.5 to 2 hour parties including instructor-led science experiments and 1/2 hour of refreshment time
Pricing: Starts at $350
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Facebook Prize: Birthday Party for up to 15 kids (up to $550 value)
Suitable Ages: 2 – 12 years
Party Locations: Onsite parties hosted at Sportball Locations throughout the Lower Mainland, check their website for location details. Offsite parties at the location of your choice in Vancouver, North Shore, Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, and Langley.
Why They’re Awesome: Sportball offers high-energy, action-packed birthday parties! Kids enjoy a variety of sports and supervised games in a fun, structured and safe environment; festivities finish off with a traditional birthday celebration. The kids will need to catch their breath before they blow out their candles! Party times are flexible and the coaches bring all the equipment to play the sport of your child’s choice – make your party planning easy this year!
What’s Included: Experienced coaches leading 1.5 to 2 hour parties at onsite locations across the Lower Mainland or location of your choice
Pricing: Starts at $175
Suitable Ages: 6 years + (but younger can be accommodated)
Party Location: 98 Brigantine Drive in Coquitlam
Why They’re Awesome: With over 16000 square feet of climbing space, a 1000 square foot “Tsunami Wall” for bouldering, and custom programs for kids, groups and adults, Climb base5 is committed to educating, inspiring and connecting people to have a healthy lifestyle. Their friendly and enthusiastic staff are always ready to make birthday parties ROCK! They manage the ropes and provide movement coaching while you take your party to the next level. After some big renovations, their brand new party room is finally open – just in time for some active, indoor fun for your child’s birthday party!
What’s Included: 1.5 hours of climbing, all required equipment, experienced staff at a 4:1 ratio, Climb base5 sticker & washable tattoo for each climber, and 1 hour in party room for presents, snacks & cake. Parents should bring snacks, and cakes may be brought in by parents or arranged through Climb Base5 for a fee.
Pricing: Starts at $279 for up to 8 children
Suitable Ages: 4 years +
Party Locations: Artmania Studio located at 2432 Marine Drive in West Vancouver, or at your home or other location of your choice.
Why They’re Awesome: Artmania offers fun and exciting art classes for children & adults, and their birthday parties are a blast! Their home base is their storefront studio and gallery in the heart of West Vancouver’s beautiful Dundarave Village. Their studio provides the creative setting for a hands on art experience through classes and workshops, and their gallery showcases and supports local Canadian artists. Artmania birthday parties at their studio or in your home are custom designed to suit your needs, and options include printmaking, painting, wacky crush t-shirts, funky sculptures, cool screen-printed bags and more!
What’s Included: 2 hour party includes a 90-minute art class with high quality art supplies, plus 30 minutes of parent supervised snacks, cakes and presents.
Pricing: $26 + GST per child (minimum charge is $260 per party).