If you have a kid you will one day have to throw a kid's birthday party. And since most Vancouverites don't live in a place big enough to host 12 or more kids (and attendant parents), that means choosing a party venue in Vancouver that's up to the task of entertaining a gaggle of young ones.
Use this guide to the best kids birthday party venues in Vancouver to find the top spots for kids' parties in Metro Vancouver.
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Fun4kidz at Aberdeen Centre in Richmond
Located on the third floor of Aberdeen Centre (one of the top malls in Vancouver), this indoor play zone--which includes a playground, mini sports, and an area for toddlers 3 and younger--offers themed birthday parties that kids really enjoy.
Fun4kidz parties include invitations, utensils, and dishes, and can include food (for an extra charge) or you can bring your own food (for an additional "clean up" charge). It's also one of the easiest venues for kids parties in Vancouver since you can have them do everything and just show up.
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Ideal party venues for toddlers and young kids, Vancouver Community Centres offer a wide array of party activities, including toddler gyms and bouncy castles or games led by VCC staff. You will need to bring the decor and food; activities and costs vary widely at different Centres.
Use the Parties at Vancouver Community Centres Search Engine to find openings and party options. Book well in advance, as the time-slots fill up quickly!
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Kerrisdale Arena: Ice Rink or Kerrisdale Play Palace
Located in the heart of Kerrisdale Village, the Kerrisdale Arena is one of the top spots for a kid's birthday party in Vancouver. From September - March, families can rent the ice rink for ice skating parties; from April - August, the rink is converted into an indoor playground--the Kerrisdale Play Palace--with giant bouncy toys.
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Gymnastics & Trampoline Venues
Gymnastics and trampolines make these kids party venues in Vancouver top spots for birthdays: Jump Gymnastics in Yaletown (good for babies and toddlers), Flicka Gymnastics in North Vancouver (kids 4 to12 only), Club Aviva in Coquitlam (in-ground trampolines and a giant foam pit), and Extreme Air Park in Richmond (the largest indoor trampoline park in Canada).Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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The Miniature Burnaby Central Railway (Easter - Thanksgiving)
One of the best venues for toddlers and younger kids' birthday parties in Vancouver is the Miniature Burnaby Central Railway in north Burnaby (in Confederation Park, just east of the PNE); this is especially true if you have a kid who loves trains!
At the Burnaby Central Railway, kids (and adults) get to ride working miniature trains around a six-acre railway park. You will need to bring your own party supplies and food.
Note: Because the Burnaby Central Railway is only open in a limited capacity (Saturday and Sunday only, Easter through Thanksgiving), you must book parties far in advance.