Top 10 Kids’ Party Places in Southeast Michigan

Here are 10 sweet spots for children's birthday celebrations in the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.

Top 10 Kids' Party Places in Southeast Michigan

Looking for a primo spot for your child’s next birthday party? A few tips, if we may. First: Let them in on the planning. After all, there are so many options – 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 10 awesome venue ideas throughout the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.

1. Cupcake 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 sprouting up around the area, these bright, heavenly scented shops often offer kids’ parties. Check out our roundup of bakeries and cupcake shops, too.

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2. Pottery places

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 are a great option.

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  • Creative Arts Studio (pottery painting, beading, mosaics, glass fusing, wheel throwing, wax hands), 114 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak, 248-544-2234
  • Pewabic Pottery (includes a tour and tile-making; ages 4-5 plus, 10-25 kids), 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, 313-8626-2062 (talk to Mary)
  • 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, Rochester Hills, 248-852-6288
  • C.J. Barrymore’s (arcade, bowling alley, bumper cars, bowling, more) 21750 Hall Road, Clinton Township, 586-469-2800
  • Jungle Java (soft play center), locations in Ann Arbor, Canton, Clinton Township and Farmington Hills
  • Kids Gotta Play (swing sets, playhouses, hoops, trampolines), 53535 Grand River, New Hudson, 248-486-5300
  • Paradise Park (laser tag, arcade, mini golf, climbing wall, trampoline, go-karts, kiddie track, more), 45799 Grand River, Novi, 248-735-1050
  • Zap Zone (laser tag, glo-golf, arcade, go-karts, jump zone, bumper cars, more), locations in Ann Arbor, Canton, Farmington, Taylor, Utica and Waterford

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

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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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.

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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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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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  • Don’t forget about Out of the Box in Clawson. Great themed parties for both boys and girls!

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  • Sweet Intentions Parties for Girls in St Clair Shores, Is a new & Great Party Place for Girls- They host Pampering parties. spa & themed parties for girls

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