Birthday Party Planning Just Got Less Complicated

Use our Grand Rapids Kids’ Birthday Party Guide for stress-free, birthday fun!

Is your child’s birthday approaching? Before you spend hours upon hours party planning, check out our roundup of West Michigan local birthday venues, entertainers and suppliers.

Our West Michigan Birthday Party Guide features fun options for kids of all ages. Are you celebrating your baby’s big first birthday? Or maybe you have your teen’s Sweet Sixteen coming up! Browse all the options below and you’re sure to find the perfect birthday venue for your child of any age.

Need gift inspiration? Check out our Clever Birthday Gift Experiences for Preschoolers or Gift Experience Ideas for Grand Rapids Kids.

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Visit The Mud Room and you’ll see why this creative studio is a favorite party spot. Their many years of experience will ensure a FUN party for the kids and an EASY experience for you! Keep your choices flexible with an Art a la Carte party, or choose from simple and affordable Party Packages designed for busy parents like you! Packages include artsy activities like Pottery Painting, Glass Fusing, Canvas Painting and the Potter’s Wheel.

The Mud Room has been voted the best for multiple Grandtastic Awards, and they will help anyone feel like an artist. Book their semi-private Party Room for your next birthday party, scout troop, bachelorette party, corporate retreat or family outing… it’s not just for kids! You can stop in during open studio hours and their friendly staff will be there with tips and inspiration to help you create masterpiece of your own.

The Mud Room first opened its doors in Ada in 1996 and soon became a popular destination for those looking to get creative in West Michigan. They are now conveniently located at Knapp’s Corner and welcome all ages for parties, workshops and even more of the creative fun our readers have enjoyed for the past 21+ years!


1971 E Beltline Ave NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49525 | 616-259-7269

“Took my son and daughter here ages 9 and 10 and we all loved it. Lots of pieces to choose from and very helpful staff around painting and process!!! We will be back!”


Hudsonville Lanes

We offer three different birthday party packages that can be customized to fit your needs and desires. We also offer a family friendly atmosphere (No Bar) that you’ll surely appreciate. So you just bring the kids, we’ll supply the weatherproof fun and do the cleanup!!!

See our website for a full description and costs. (We have no minimum or maximum number of children requirements). Afternoon, evening, and weekend times are available. Bumpers are available on EVERY lane. Ramps are also available for those who need them.

Contact us at 616-669-9380 to reserve your party spot!!


5775 Balsam Dr | Hudsonville, MI 49426 | 616-669-9380

Looking for a great location to host your little critter’s birthday? Let them go wild at the John Ball Zoo! Kids will have a roaring good time.

Choose the party package that best suits your needs.


1300 West Fulton | Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 616-336-4300

Come celebrate your birthday like an All-Star at MVP Sports Clubs! Play your favorite sport, splash in the pool, enjoy a game of dodge ball or parachute play and share your favorite birthday treat with your friends! MVP offers an ultimate ACTIVE FUN birthday party experience that is sure to make your next party a hit!


4035 Burton St. SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-575-6220

A Whitecaps Birthday Package is one of the best values you’ll find in West Michigan for your child’s next birthday party!

Each package includes 12 tickets, the opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch, 12 souvenir items, a crowd rendition of “Happy Birthday,” and a special delivery of donuts or cupcakes from Marge’s Donut Den from one of our mascots! Call 616-784-4131 to book your party.


PO Box 428| Comstock Park, MI 49321 | 616-784-4131

Host your party ‘where the fun never ends!’

Craig’s Cruisers offers two birthday packages that include food and fun. Your guests will enjoy 3-hour access to our buffet. Choose from our full salad bar, pasta, breadsticks, pizza, gluten-free pizza (available upon request), meatballs, roasted chicken, mac n’ cheese, dessert pizza, cookies, ice cream, Pepsi products and more!

Celebrate rain or shine with indoor and outdoor recreation. Indoor fun available: full arcade, go-karts, laser tag, ropes course, bumper cars and frog hopper. Outdoor fun available: go-karts, kiddie-karts, mini-golf and bumper boats (weather permitting).

Book online or call (616) 530-2900 x10.


5730 Clyde Park Ave. SW | Wyoming, MI 49509 | 616-530-2900


A birthday party on horseback? No problem at Karin’s Horse Connection!

We begin by introducing you to the world of horses and ponies. Then we brush and learn fun facts about them. After that, it’s time to ride! We offer a wide range of horse related activities and games. You can even try your hand at equestrian vaulting! We have a beautiful indoor riding arena and a heated viewing room, so rain, snow or shine, the party is on!

The basic party package offers 2 hours with one horse for six participants ages 2 & up, with the option of adding additional participants and horses.


8001 Patterson Ave SE | Caledonia, MI 49316 | 616-570-1106

holland community aquatic center

Make your child’s next birthday party one to remember at Holland Community Aquatic Center! Our party package includes one hour in a private party room, admission for 15 people, a t-shirt for the birthday kid, and as much swim time as you can handle!

The Aquatic Center is open year-round, 7 days per week, and includes: The Splash Zone (indoor water park), 150-foot Water Slide, Diving Boards, Water Cannons, a Vortex Pool and MORE!


550 Maple Ave | Holland, MI 49423 | 616-393-7595


Catch Air is the ideal place for your child’s birthday party! Our party coordinators take care of all of the details so you can have fun with your child, playing on, and climbing in, all of the amazing toys in a clean, safe and fun environment! Party packages start as low as $149!


2978 28th St SE | Grand Rapids MI 49512 | 616-200-6956


Let GRG throw you a party the kids will flip over! Walk into our gymnastics center with only your food and drink (birthday child too ) and everything else is done for you. A parent’s birthday dream!

PARTY TIME includes table setting with paper products, balloon bouquets, special present for the birthday child and party favors for each guest. BIRTHDAY CHILD IS FREE.


1601 Galbraith Ave Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-975-2992

Celebrate your birthday at R-Athletics!

Gym time includes:
Obstacle courses, trampolines, foam pits, zip-line, rock-climbing wall, parachute games, and time in both gyms.
Party Room:
Choose your own decor with coordinating paper products, balloons, decorations, deluxe goody bags, and a custom name sign.

OR. . .

Choose one of our premium Themed Parties
Princess: gowns, crowns, up-dos, make up and a princess presentation, plus gym time
Glitz and Glamour: dress-up clothes and accessories, up-dos, make up, nails, a runway show, and gym time
Ninja: Headbands, Ninja Missions, obstacle Courses, zip-line and rope swing contests
LaserTag/Nerf Gun: team headbands, fort-building, target-shooting, laser contests, gym time


2845 Thornhills Ave | Grand Rapids, MI 49546 | 616-957-4900

Our parties are full of climbing, bouncing, sliding, and jumping fun for kids 12 years-old and younger. You can sit back, relax and enjoy the party while we do all of the work. We offer a variety of party packages accommodating up to 50 children. If your party exceeds 50 children, a private party might be more suited for your larger group.

Experience Jester’s Court for your next birthday party venue. With four packages to choose from and the ability to add upgrades to any package, we can fully customize your party.


3707 Northridge Dr NW | Grand Rapids, MI  49544 | 616-784-5437

BATTLEGR offers a laser tag birthday party experience like no other.

You can have exciting, realistic battle on your turf or at our facility. With a wide variety of missions to play, tactical laser tag is an active adventure! With our mobile laser tag we bring the action to you and set up in your backyard or a park. We have a laser tag birthday party package to fit every budget.

Whether we come to you or you come to us, let us provide you with an experience you won’t forget.


4735 Lake Michigan Dr NW | Grand Rapids MI 49534 | 616-345-0698

Calling all kids ages 15 months – 12 years old…Get ready to have some outrageous FUN! Your child will have a ball with the parachute, playing soccer, chasing tigers and more! Let Soccer Buddies be a part of your child’s special day!

Click HERE for more info!

Want to try before you buy? Come see what Soccer Buddies is all about by attending a FREE TRIAL CLASS, no strings attached. Call to schedule it today at 616-259-0233 or email us at [email protected].


596 Baldwin Street | Jenison, MI 49428| 616-259-0223

Birthdays are better at Altitude! A birthday party at Altitude Trampoline Park includes two hours of jump time on every attraction that our park has to offer. We also include a table for all the party guests, pizza, and best of all, a party host to take care of the whole thing. Our party hosts do all of the work for you—from setup to cleanup. Party parents can sit back and enjoy the party as much as the kids.

Altitude features high energy equipment such as a trapeze swing, battle beam, and more. This place is jumping!


3495 Alpine Avenue NW | Walker, Michigan 49544 | 616-419-3146

Teusink's Pony Farm

Your private birthday tour will take you to five different activities. You will enjoy a pony ring ride, a hayride, feeding the sheep and goats, petting the barn animals, and a trip through the hay maze. The tour will last an hour and fifteen minutes. Then you can finish your celebration or gathering at our outdoor picnic area.


1468 W 32nd St | Holland, MI 49423 | 616-335-6226

Tarry Hall birthday parties are the best in roller skating fun. We offer a clean, family friendly environment for your party. We offer both private parties and parties during our public skating sessions on the weekends. We have a party to fit your needs. We take the hassle out of entertaining your group and clean up when your done.


3330 Fairlanes SW | Grandville, MI 49418 | 616-534-8235

  • Al Munro | 616-241-5091
  • Brad Lancaster Entertainment | 616-243-5771
  • Dee Jay the Clown | 616-874-6844
  • Magic Bob & SuZie | 616-975-9988
  • Vander Wal Magic Shows | 616-204-0302
  • Fun Stuff Productions | 616-874-6844
  • Tom Plunkard Magic | 586-558-0108
  • PJ Weber Magic | 616-243-7469
  • Dave Storms Stormy the Magician | 616-558-8611
  • Maciek the Magician | 616-914-5755
  • Aaron Vande Wege (Mr. Picklehead) | [email protected]
  • Kevin Kammeraad | 616-364-5870
  • Mary’s Country Critters | 269-792-2929
  • La-La Land Facepainting | 231-755-8160 or 616-696-4237

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By | 2018-06-13T07:10:36+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Categories: Birthday Parties, Play Fun|11 Comments

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  1. Tasha April 27, 2018 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Hello I’m looking for a good place for my sons 8th bday that doesn’t brake the bank he wanted to go one place but it’s partly price was too high for my budget.they are a very active bunch if anyone knows of coupons too that would also be a great help!

  2. cristina March 3, 2018 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    I am trying to plan my daughters 5th birthday which is memorial day weekend. I understand the weather can be unpredictable, but hoping to find a fun park to have the party at. Any super fun parks in the Caledonia area to have a party at?

  3. Sadie Johnson October 21, 2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Hello Everyone,

    I am one of the Owners of Once Upon a Tide Mermaid Entertainment. We provide mermaid entertainment for children’s birthday parties, events, book readings, corporate events and more in the West Michigan area!

    Check out our website for party prices, pictures and more!

  4. jen June 24, 2017 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Does anyone know a magician or party entertainer for toddler’s/children’s party?

  5. Lisa January 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Dave and Busters are the ones for me have been going there since the past two years for my daughter’s 2nd and 3rd birthday. Am not too much into experimenting but your list has tempted me to experiment this year.

  6. Megan Welsh January 24, 2017 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Joanne Fabrics have birthday parties too. $125 up to 8 kids. You come in some day before the party and pick out one craft for them all to do. You can also bring in cupcakes without icing and they provide frosting and cupcake decorations.

  7. Sai Bharath January 6, 2017 at 1:56 am - Reply

    Hey nice ideas. I am looking for birthday party ides for having my daughter’s birthday party in 2nd week of Jan. These ideas are really helpful, thanks for sharing.

  8. amber peterson December 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Really need some suggestions for my son who will be 3 on Christmas. Im on disability with lil family. Dont need much just something fun w a cake. Somewhere around 28th st and the mall.

  9. Vanessa December 8, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

    I hired the Princess Ballerina person for my daughter’s birthday party and she was a no show. PLEASE be warned. It was awful!!! Luckily I did get my money back, but so not worth it for a highly disappointed 6 year old. 🙁

  10. Beth November 15, 2016 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Perfect timing!! My sons first birthday is at the end of December – thank you for ideas!!

  11. Ali October 30, 2016 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    I am just loving this website more and more! This first time mama and her 9 month old thank all those who work to make it happen!

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