10 Top Kids’ Party Places in Southeast Michigan

Looking for great local birthday party places for kids? Check out this roundup of sweet celebration spots in the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.

Looking for the best kids birthday rarty places for your child’s next shindig? A few tips, if we may. First: Let them in on the planning. After all, there are so many prime kids party places and options in southeast Michigan – whether your child is a princess wannabe or just a ball of energy needing an outlet. Second: Let Metro Parent be your guide! Here are some awesome ideas for birthday party places for kids throughout the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.

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1. Cupcake and bake shops

Colored sprinkles, gobs of frosting and a choice of yummy cupcakes – these are the makings for a birthday party for kids with a sweet tooth (or two!). With bakeries all across the area, these bright, heavenly scented shops often offer kids’ parties. (Or, if you want a great cake or cupcakes for your upcoming celebration, check out our roundup of bakeries and cupcake shops, too).

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2. Pottery and art spots

Children love to get their hands messy. And if they can make unique creations while doing it, all the better. For a memorable party complete with favors guests create during their time together, pottery shops and art studios are a great option.

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  • Abrakadoodle Art Studio (Arty Birthday Parties with an art teacher plus art activities and lessons), 8016 Sheldon Center Road, Canton, 734-738-6287
  • Creative Arts Studio (pottery painting, beading, mosaics, glass fusing, wheel throwing, wax hands), 114 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak, 248-544-2234
  • Pewabic (includes a tour and tile-making; ages 6 plus 10-25 kids. Over 25 kids and parties get an additional instructor, though additional fees of $17/child apply), 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, 313-626-2000
  • The Bee’s Knees Studio & Gallery, 149 E. Main St., Northville, 248-347-6718

3. Action arenas

Whether you’re looking for hands-on fun and disco dance parties or sports-geared spots with go-karts, glo golf, arcades and laser tag – these action-packed kid zones are great for kids who want plenty to do at their next party.

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  • Boogie Babies (disco dance, Wii/gaming stations, tree house play area), 1928 Star Batt Drive, Suite B, Rochester Hills, 248-852-6288
  • C.J. Barrymore’s (arcade, bowling alley, bumper cars, more) 21750 Hall Road, Clinton Township, 586-469-2800
  • Jungle Java (soft play center), locations in Ann Arbor, Canton, Clinton Township and Farmington Hills
  • Paradise Park (laser tag, arcade, mini golf, climbing wall, trampoline, go-karts, kiddie track, more), 45799 Grand River Ave., Novi, 248-735-1050
  • Zap Zone (laser tag, arcade, jump zone, bumper cars, and at some locations, glo-golf, go-karts and more), locations in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Canton, Farmington, Taylor, Utica/Sterling Heights and Waterford
  • Jeepers! (indoor roller coasters, arcade games, face painting), 14600 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights, 586-247-1400
  • The Hub Stadium (Fowling arena open to kids 7-plus on weekdays and weekends before 9 p.m.), 2550 Takata Drive, Auburn Hills, 248-364-4000
  • The Fowling Warehouse (Football meets bowling at this spot which is open to kids 10-plus on Saturdays and Sundays from noon-6 p.m.), 3901 Christopher St., Hamtramck, 313-264-1288

Plus, check out even more indoor fun spots around southeast Michigan, some of which may also offer birthday party options.

4. Bouncing bonanzas

Does your child always seem to be bouncing around – whether on her bed or on the couch? If so, you might want to schedule some time letting your child venture into an inflatable haven. Don’t forget to have the kids wear their socks!

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5. Splash zones and swim spots

For parents with water bugs on their hands, don’t miss out on some chlorinated local fun. Little swimmers will love having a party poolside.

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6. Science centers

Budding scientist, or maybe just an astronaut wannabe? If so, book your child’s next birthday bash at an area science center.

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7. Private theaters

Everyone likes going to the theater, whether for movies or plays. But how often do you get to have a theater all to yourself or reserved seating? It sure could be arranged for a special birthday boy or girl.

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  • Emagine Theatres, locations in Birmingham, Canton, Macomb, Novi, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Woodhaven and Saline (rent a party room for 10 children or more).
  • Genitti’s Hole-in-the-Wall, 108 E. Main St., Northville, 248-349-0522 (interactive children’s comedy show with lunch).
  • Goodrich Quality Theaters, locations in Ann Arbor and Canton (with party room), Oxford (no room, but discount on kid’s concession tray).
  • Marquis Theatre, 135 E. Main St., Northville, 248-349-8110

8. Princess palaces

For little girls looking for the chance to be a princess for a day, there are several party places to indulge her inner royalty.

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9. Bowling alleys

If you’ve got kids who love to stay active during the party and down a few pins, a bowling party is the ticket. Remember to ask for the staff to put up kids’ bumpers (and read up on these how-to tips!)

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You can find a bunch of other spots, too, by browsing our bowling alleys directory. Just make sure to ask if they offer birthday parties!

10. Skating rinks

There’s something a little retro special about hanging out a roller rink. Strap some skates on your birthday kids and watch them take a spin around the rink. Be sure they get in a game of hokey-pokey, too.

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Looking for more? We’ve got a whole roundup of local skating rinks to check out.

This post was originally published in 2010 and has been updated for 2017 by Aleanna Siacon.

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Comments
  • Bowling is a great activity for kids of all ages. Super Bowl in Canton, MI host the best parties. They even customize event depending on age. Cosmic Bowling can’t be beat!

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    • Stacey W.

      Thanks for your comment and the information on Super Bowl.

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  • How about slot car racing? Not only at a slot car track, but even a track that comes to you? Slot car racing is fast and fun for big kids (read: adults) as well as the younger crowd. Check out Races2U for some ideas.

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  • Every Girlz Dream is a place where we allow you to dream big in order to reach the right vision through expression, creativity and character. We offer a variety of personalized, fun filled, unique experiences for your dream girls & her friends. Custom Birthday Parties, Etiquette Classes, Dance Classes, Pre-Teen Life Skills Classes, Storytime, Tea Parties and so much more.

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      • Stacey W.

        Hi Elaine, many of the places listed here would have things for 10-year-olds. What sort of party are you interested in having? Do you have a theme in mind?

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  • High Velocity Sports in Canton is a great place for a sports-themed party. We offer Fields for soccer, flag football, dodge ball, kickball, or nerf wars, Courts for basketball or volleyball, and an Inflatable Fun Zone for bouncing and running around. Each party includes a private party room, a host to run activities and help in every way, Snacks (pretzels and popcorn), Pizza, Pop, Plates, Napkins, Silverware, Cups, and Tablecloths. Veggie and Fruit Trays, Salads, Wings, Goodie Bags and more can be added to your party as well. You just bring the cake, but we can even order that for you from Carvel or Dairy Queen.

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