Party Places & Entertainment 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. « Previous Kristen J. Gough • February 16, 2017 Read Comments (7) Tweet Looking for the best kids birthday party 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. 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). Consider: Angel’s Bake-n-Cakes, 3969 Fort St., Lincoln Park, 313-408-8038 Cake Crumbs, 28569 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, 248-281-6456 Happy Cake Lady (in-home classes), home-based in Chesterfield, 586-436-CAKE (2253) Livonia Bakery and Café, 33615 W. Seven Mile Road, Livonia, 248-474-0444 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. Consider: 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. Consider: 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 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! Consider: AirTime Trampoline & Game Park, locations in Canton/Westland, Troy, Sterling Heights and Novi Bounce House, locations in Detroit and Sterling Heights Bounce U, 1101 Rochester Road, Troy, 248-626-5867 Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, locations in Brighton, Canton, Shelby Township and Taylor Jump Station Family Fun House, 31514 Grand River Ave., Farmington, 734-223-4420 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. Consider: Aqua-Tots, locations in Auburn Hills, Canton, Farmington Hills, Novi, Sterling Heights and Troy Beverly Hills Club, 31555 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills, 248-642-8500 Goldfish Swim School, locations in Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Canton, Clarkston, Farmington Hills, Macomb and Rochester Franklin Athletic Club, 29350 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, 248-352-8000 Liberty Lagoon Indoor Waterpark and Activity Center, 2975 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor, 734-665-3738 Warren Community Center Indoor Water Park, 5460 Arden Ave., Warren, 586-268-8400 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. Consider: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor, 734-995-5439 Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit, 313-577-8400 Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, 248-645-3200 Mad Science of Detroit, 12413 Stark Road, Livonia, 734-266-9444 Michigan Sea Life Aquarium, 4316 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, 866-622-0605 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. Consider: 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. Consider: Tea Party Castle, 52261 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township, 586-731-3312 My Girly Party, 30006 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, 248-298-2220 Fairytale Entertainment, princesses/live characters service all of southeast Michigan, 888-510-0513 Sweet Intentions Parties for Girls, Macomb Mall, 32233 Gratiot Ave., Roseville, 586-244-8109 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!) Consider: Alley 59, 44925 N. Groesbeck Highway, Clinton Township, 586-469-6411 Brighton Bowl, 9871 E. Grand River Ave., Brighton, 810-227-3341 Ford Lanes Bowling Center, 23100 Van Born Road, Dearborn Heights, 313-292-1700 Lucky Strike Novi, 44320 12 Mile Road, Novi, 248-374-3420 Super Bowl Lanes, 45100 Ford Road, Canton, 734-459-6070 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. Consider: Bonaventure Family Skating Center, 24505 Halsted Road, Farmington Hills, 248-476-2200 Lincoln Park Skating Center, 1419 Southfield Road, Lincoln Park, 313-381-RINK (7465) Skatin Station II, 8611 Ronda Drive, Canton, 734-459-6400 The Great Skate, 29100 Hayes Road, Roseville, 586-777-4300 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.