Local Kids Birthday Party Places, Entertainment & Rental Options
Celebrating birthdays is one of the most fun things to do with kids in Grand Rapids! But, planning a kids birthday party can be a big task.
Busy parents know that booking a local venue for your next birthday party can make all of the difference in the party planning process.
In addition to providing the entertainment for the birthday, these local venues have everything needed to pull off a fun birthday party for your child.
Add in our local experience gift ideas, and wrapping up your kid’s birthday could be a slam dunk.
These local birthday venues, entertainers, and suppliers will take the stress out of birthday party planning this year.
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Featured Kids Birthday Party Places
These birthday spots offer unforgettable experiences
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Full List of Birthday Party Place Ideas
From active to artistic, here are your full options for a great birthday experience in Grand Rapids.
Retro Electric Arcade
Salvation Army Kroc Center
Skyzone Trampoline Park
Southside Ice Arena
Spectrum Entertainment Complex
Stop, Drop and Play Arcade
Tarry Hall Roller Rink
The Comedy Project
The Lost City
THE MUD ROOM @ KNAPP'S CORNER
Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park
VanAndel Institute for Education
Walker Ice Arena
Wenger's Bowling Center
West Michigan Whitecaps
Kids Birthday Party Entertainers & Characters
Want to bring the party to you? Or maybe you want to add an element to party at your favorite venue. Here’s the entertainers kids love in West Michigan.
Magicians, Balloon Artists, Face Painting, Clowns
★ Al Munro, Magician (616-241-5091 • Kentwood, MI 49512)
★ Brad Lancaster Entertainment (616-243-5771 • Grand Rapids, MI)
★ Dave Storms – Stormy the Magician (616-558-8611 • Hastings, MI 49058)
★ Fun Stuff Productions – Balloon Artist, Clowns (616-874-6844 • Rockford, MI 49341)
★ La-La Land Facepainting (231-760-3114)
★ Magic Bob & SuZie (616-975-9988)
★ Mary’s Country Critters (269-792-2929)
★ PJ Weber Magic (616-243-7469)
★ Tom Plunkard Magic (586-558-0108)
★ Vander Wal Magic Shows (616-204-0302)
Live Character Rentals – Princesses, Superheroes, Etc.
★ Fairytale Entertainment – Live Character Rentals (616-278-0411 • Headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI 48326)
★ Golden Rule Events – Live Character Rentals (616-965-1954 • Grand Rapids, MI)
★ Olivia Grace & Company – Live Character Rentals (Holland, MI)
★ EGR Princess Party – Princes & Princesses available for parties, fundraising (East Grand Rapids, MI)
★ 501st Star Wars Characters – Accept charitable donations for appearances, run by volunteers (Grand Rapids, MI)
Birthday Gift Ideas for Kids
When people ask me for gift ideas for my kids, I tell them, “Take them somewhere and make a memory!”
I am thrilled to see this happening. My parents took my kids to a show at DeVos and my in-laws took them to a hotel with a water park. The kids still talk about these adventures and ask when they can do it again.
Last month I took my niece out to Detroit Cookie Co for her choice of whatever wild cookies caught her eye.
When I dropped her at home after the adventure, her sister asked me very sweetly, “Auntie, could I get a certificate for fun with you for my birthday?”
Spending time with special adults means everything to kids.
Here are our favorite Grand Rapids gift experience ideas for kids.
1 – Take Them on an Outing With You
Chances are that special kid in your life would enjoy a day out with you. And the fun part? You can pick something that you would both enjoy together!
Entertainment kids would dig concert tickets or a show at GQT Movies.
If your child likes glam, treat your kid to pedicures together.
Love the theatre? CARE ballet is a great stage idea, as these shows are specially geared toward little kids. Musicals are great fun at The Civic Theatre.
Try a throwback experience with bowling, rollerskating or arcade fun. Kids and adults both love Pinball Land in Rockford.
2 – Give a Museum or Activity Center Membership
I love our memberships! It’s so nice to be able to take the kids to different places around town without having to pay admission.
This is also perfect for families with toddlers or preschoolers who may only last an hour or two before they need to eat or sleep.
If a family membership isn’t in your budget, simply getting a one-day pass for the birthday kid and his family would be fun.
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is a magnet for little kids as well as the Children’s Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens.
Kids love the Grand Rapids Public Museum where they can ride the carousel after walking around in the “Old World Grand Rapids” exhibit.
No matter their age, there is always something fun to do at John Ball Zoo. Whether it’s exploring outdoor play areas, watching a favorite animal or tackling their ropes course, it’s sure to be a hit.
Let your kids loose with your camera at the Grand Rapids Art Museum! Talk about the things they saw and what it reminded them of and what kind of art THEY would like to make.
3 – Give them a Class Experience
If your kid aspires to be the next Master Chef (Junior or otherwise), check out one of these cooking and baking classes.
Artist kids would love a kid’s art class at Pour-D or pottery fun at The Mud Room.
Swim Classes. Learn the name of their favorite swim facility and give them money toward a class. Or opt for a day trip to an indoor pool like Holland Aquatic Center.
Gymnastics (or Ninja Skills) is a healthy class that wears kids out. It’s easy, you don’t have to buy a lot of equipment or uniforms for it, and anyone can do it. Try one of these local gymnastics centers.
Your dramatic dancer, musician or artist may benefit from a music, theatre or dance program.
4 – Sign them Up for an Activity Center or Sport
Kids who love to watch a good game would enjoy tickets to see the West Michigan Whitecaps in action. The Grand Rapids Griffins and Grand Rapids Drive are also great adventures. Be sure to give them vouchers for snacks, too!
Would your kid rather be part of the action? Sign them up for their favorite sport! In addition to common sports, there are lots of unique sports for kids and even lessons like horseback riding.
A great one-time “athletic” idea is a trip to Altitude Trampoline Park or Craig’s Cruisers.
Would you AND your kid rather be part of the action? Sign up for laser tag at Battle GR or virtual reality adventures at Amped Virtual Reality.
5 – Find an Interesting Summer Camp or Day Camp
This is a gift that will have Mom and Dad thanking you, too. (Or if you’re Mom or Dad, here’s your top gift idea!)
Camps are great ways for kids to explore their interests without making a big commitment. Many of the birthday experiences already mentioned offer day camps.
Our Summer Camps Guide lists dozens of camps around West Michigan.
(Tip: Check with Mom or Dad first before booking a camp.)
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