Yesterday my son turned four years old. In honour of the occasion, the time seemed ripe to round up some birthday party venues here in the Tri-Cities. We usually opt for a home party in our family, but if you want to avoid all the fuss and muss, there are some great birthday party spots here in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. Let someone else deal with the set-up and clean-up!
With two studios in the Tri-Cities – Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam’s Austin Station – there are lots of chances for a fun and creative birthday party at 4Cats for kids aged three to 16. Make your own fairy, knight or pirate. Splatter paint. Make some pop art. Follow Georgia O’Keeffe’s lead. There are many options to choose from. Parties start at $195 for up to 10 children. Parties last an hour and forty-five minutes, and include instruction and the use of a private studio for food and gift opening, as well as materials used during the party.
More info: www.4cats.com/shaughnessy/parties or www.4cats.com/austin/class/children-parties
City of Coquitlam
Coquitlam Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of birthday party options for kids from toddlers to teens. Prices start at less than $100, and vary depending on the venue and number of children. You can skate, swim, play sports, make crafts and a whole lot more. Most packages include a party leader to keep the fun rolling. There’s not a lot included, but this is one of the most affordable birthday party options in the Tri-Cities.
More info: signmeup.coquitlam.ca or 604.927.4386
City of Port Coquitlam
Whether toddler rumble and tumble is just the birthday party ticket, or celebrating at the Jelly Bean Dance is more your speed, you’ll find lots on offer through Port Coquitlam Parks and Recreation. You can swim, craft, skate and more. Parties start at $125 for most parties, for 12 guests and no food. Parties include a recreation attendant, party room set-up and and clean-up. food, goody bags and balloons are also available for purchase.
More info: www.portcoquitlam.ca/recreation or 604.927.SWIM
City of Port Moody
Not to be outdone, Port Moody Parks and Recreation has some fabulous birthday party offeringss as well. There are lots of options to choose from, for kids aged one to 14 years. Party at the complex, at the jungle gym, in the studio, on the hill, on the mountain or on the ice. Most parties start at $140.00 for up to 16 participants. Parties run two hours, and include a party leader and various theme options. You’ll bring your own food, beverages, plates, napkins and cutlery. Plus, for an extra $25, you can upgrade to the eco-friendly party package.
More info: www.portmoody.ca or 604.469.4556
Evergreen Cultural Centre
If you have an art-lover on your hands, you may want to head to Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam for your birthday party. There are six options to choose from: art, drama, dance, musical theatre, music and rhythm, and clay (starting in the fall). Prices start at $175 for up to 15 kids. You’ll have 75 minutes of supervised activity with a professional instructor, plus 45 minutes for snacks, birthday cake, opening gifts and wrap-up. PLUS you have half an hour to set up and decorate before your guests arrive. If you really want to kick things up a notch, combine it with a play from their Family Series, for a birthday party that is sure to wow everyone.
More info: www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca/ or 604.927.6565
Koko’s Activity Centre
There’s not a kid in the Tri-Cities who doesn’t love Koko’s in Port Moody, which makes it a natural choice for your birthday party. Prices start at $12.50 per child (a minimum of eight kids is required) and you’ll get a party room for two hours, plus unlimited play time after your party ends. You know your kids will sleep well after this one. There are also optional food packages, goodie bags and the choice to do a paint explosion party. Just remember that socks are required for everyone, because you’ll be taking your shoes off when you play.
More info: www.kokos.ca or 604.469.3357
Leigh Square Community Arts Village
Be a star with a theatrical birthday party at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam. You’ll enjoy improv, theatre games, crafts, interactive storytelling, dancing, music and more. Parties include a host, props, supplies, music and games. Prices start at $175 for up to 12 children, and you’ll have your choice of theme. Pick from princess, pop star, Project Runway, pirates, superheroes, choose your own adventure, wild west and welcome to the jungle.
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.927.8400
If jumping off a trampoline into a big foam pit sounds like your idea of a good time, you may want to hold your birthday party at Omega Gymnastics in Coquitlam. Certified coaches provide supervision, so your kids can have fun in a safe environment, and you can relax while they do the work. Two hour parties start at $125 for up to 12 children, and optional upgrades include a private room to eat, as well as pizza and drinks.
More info: www.omegagymnastics.com or 604.464.1555
Port Moody Station Museum
If your birthday girl or boy is a train buff, Port Moody Station Museum is just the ticket. Their parties are geared towards kids aged four to ten, and feature a railway scavenger hunt, heritage or railway games, and private time for cake and gifts on the railcar. They’ll gear the activities to your child and your guests. Parties start at $175 for up to 16 children, and include two hours at the museum, a leader to act as host, use of a small kitchen, free parking and all materials used during the party.
More info: portmoodymuseum.org/rentals/childrens-parties/ or 604.939.1648
Young Wizards Academy
Looking for a magical birthday party? Whether your child dreams of joining the Jedi, attending Hogwarts, visiting Middle Earth, immersing themselves in the world of Minecraft or a whole lot more, Young Wizards Academy has got you covered. They bring the party to you. Parties start at $185, and recommended ages range from 3 to 16 depending on the party. Parties accommodate 10 kids – you will pay extra for additional guests. The parties include favours and lots of interactive fun. And these are not just for boys. There are “Girl Power” themes geared specifically to girls, and most girls will really get into the more gender neutral parties as well.
More info: youngwizardsacademy.com or 778.846.9400
This is by no means an inclusive list – there are too many great birthday party options here in the Tri-Cities to write about them all. If we’ve missed one of your favourites, though, let us know. We may write another post with more great places to party in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, and we’d love to hear your suggestions!