If you’re feeling like Junior’s birthday party needs something peppier than Pin the Tail on the Donkey this year, boy, do we have the list for you! From princesses to petting zoos, gymnastics to mad science, these entertainment companies from all over southeast Michigan bring the fun straight to you – and can make any child’s birthday wish come true.
And if you’re still in need of a location for your big celebration, check out our roundup of Top Local Outdoor birthday spots.
- Phone: 586-790-3700
- Serves: Southeast Michigan
Offers magicians, party clowns, costumed characters including princesses and superheroes, inflatables, popcorn/cotton candy/snow cone machines and more. Educational programs also available for parties.
- Serves: Based in Canton
Offers 2- or 3-hour private studio parties with trained and engaging teachers. Pick an age-appropriate project for your party and let kids create a unique piece of artwork. Balloons, face paining and invites included with select packages. Each kid takes home a piece of original artwork.
- Phone: 248-693-2420
- Serves: Based in Lake Orion; call for availability
Baffling Bill and his sidekick, Gus the Bunny, wow kids with their magic. Card tricks and mind reading are just a few of their specialty stunts. There’s plenty of audience involvement, too.
- Phone: 248-437-PONY (7669)
- Email: email@example.com
- Serves: lower Michigan and northern Ohio; open 364 days a year
If your little one has a passion for furry friends, look no further for a party that’ll fit his or her interests perfectly. This South Lyon farm brings the barnyard to you with its educational animal presentations featuring a variety of critters. Reindeer (they exist!) and mobile pony parties also available.
- Phone: 734-780-5800
- Serves: All areas of Michigan
Brings pony rides, petting zoos (including grain so kids can feed the animals), pony cart rides, llama rides, horses and more to your home. Heated tents are included during the winter months.
- Phone: 248-877-4291
- Serves: based in West Bloomfield; call for availability
This magician is a triple threat as he brings juggling, puppet shows and magic to the table for kids’ parties. Featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Late Show with David Letterman, this wizard puts on a show that entertains all ages.
- Phone: 734-525-4335
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Serves: statewide, year-round
If you have a child who’s ever wanted to run away to join the circus, this is the perfect party for him! Kids learn the basics of juggling, balancing and other circus acts, then give a performance (complete with costumes, makeup and music) to show off what they’ve learned.
- Phone: 248-385-2686
- Email: email@example.com
- Serves: southeast Michigan and other regions
This company is celebrating 11 years of live character entertainment. Princesses, pirates, superheroes and more can come right to your house. Offered seven days per week.
- Phone: 517-898-6261
- Serves: metro Detroit area and other counties; operates year-round
Sit back, relax and have a girls’ day with this traveling spa party. Young gals get pampered with facials and nail treatments while gossiping about the latest celeb news and listening to rockin’ party music. Guests can also get beauty tips and create their own spa favors to take home.
- Phone: 866-886-6640
- Serves: southeast Michigan and beyond; operates year-round
These kooky and creative sketch artists visit your party and doodle your guests’ caricatures. With an average of 10-15 face sketches in black and white per hour, these speedy artistes will be sure to wow crowds of all ages. The website lets you find an artist near you.
- Phone: 248-288-5888
- Serves: Located in Royal Oak, serves Oakland County and surrounding area
Bring the party home by renting out a wide variety of inflatables, slides, obstacle courses, inflatable movie screens, dunk tanks, concessions equipment, carnival games and lots more. They’ve got “Open Bounce” at their building location (5160 Meijers Drive) too; check it out.
- Phone: 586-412-1253
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Serves: performs statewide in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana; year-round
Little ones will be ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the tricks this magician pulls out of his hat. Written for children ages 5-7 but appropriate for 4- to-10-year-olds, the show features tricks that’ll make even adults wonder, “How’d he do that?”
- Phone: 313-362-0400
- Email: email@example.com
- Serves: southeast Michigan; operates year-round
It’s all fun and games at this local venue that rents party equipment like a water-tag maze and photo booths plus offers live entertainment including clowns, magicians, face painters, costumed characters, balloon twisters and more.
- Phone: 248-302-8594
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Serves: metro Detroit area; operates year-round
These theme parties can take care of every aspect of party planning, from invitations to set-up and party favors to cake – plus clean-up! Choose a princess tea party or take a walk on the wild side with a dinosaur theme. Maybe tell your kick back and relax with a luau theme? The choice is yours.
- Phone: Varies by club
- Serves: Locations in Bloomfield, Canton, Novi, Rochester Hills, Shelby Township Troy and West Bloomfield
Two-hour party packages at this fitness chain gets you two party hosts, one hour in the party room and pizza; plus rock climbing, swimming or a sports activity of your choice. Ask about themed parties. Reach out to your local club for details.
- Phone: 734-266-9444
- Serves: metro Detroit area; operates year-round
What do cotton candy-making, potions and rocket launchers have in common? They’re all part of the Mad Science parties that can come to your child’s special celebration! Bring out your child’s inner scientist as the wonders of home-friendly entertaining experiments unfold.
- Phone: 313-273-6716
- Email: email@example.com
- Serves: metro Detroit area; performs year-round
Magic, puppetry, music and balloon art abound as this local clown entertains at kids’ parties. Audience members will be called upon to provide sound effects and narrate parts of the script during her shows. Watching her create wacky balloon animals is part of the fun! Face painting and storytelling also available.
- Phone: 248-291-7735
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Serves: Based in Oak Park; serves the metro Detroit area
David Rodgers is a former K-12 music teacher and summer camp song leader. Book him to hear some original kid’s songs at your next shin dig.
- Phone: 248-298-2220
- Email: email@example.com
- Serves: metro Detroit area
Your girly girl will love the travel diva and spa parties that this Oakland County spot boasts. They’ll get makeovers, walk in a fashion show, sing karaoke, dance and much more.
- Phone: 248-808-3174
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Serves: metro Detroit area
If your child is an aspiring sous chef, this is the party for them. Your kid and his or her guests get to be master chefs as Nanny helps them frost and decorate individual cakes. Kids get to wear cloth aprons as they channel their inner Emeril and create elaborate cake creations.
- Phone: 269-720-9999
- Serves: All of Michigan; $.50 per mile charge for parties more than 20 miles outside of Kalamazoo.
Offers princess parties with activities such as storytelling, dancing, face painting, games, photo sessions and more. Costumes are handmade by a local costume maker. Your party guests can even enjoy a lesson at “princess school.”
- Phone: 586-532-5406
- Serves: Macomb, Oakland and parts of Wayne and St. Clair counties; operates year-round
You’ll go crazy over everything this party company has to offer. Attractions for-rent include bounce houses, obstacle courses, giant slides, dunk tanks, carnival games, a trackless train, airbrush tattoos and face painting. Magicians and clowns also are available to give your child’s party an extra little spark.
- Phone: 888-590-1934
- Serves: Detroit and Grand Rapids areas
This national chain has locations in Detroit and Grand Rapids to make all of your party dreams come true. Choose from packages that offer a dramatic princess entrance and greeting, storytime, magic wishes, charm school, makeovers and more. Princesses include Elsa, Anna, Belle, Sofia, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Ariel, Merida, Tiana, Aurora, Snow White and Tinker Bell.
- Phone: 810-329-3391, 800-617-9080
- Serves: Macomb, Oakland and northern Wayne counties; call for availability
Look out as the Tumblebus rolls into town! This gymnasium on wheels has all the equipment needed to let your little climber have an awesome birthday.
- Phone: 800-668-2660
- Serves: based in Livonia; serves all of Michigan and beyond
With the inflatable party products for rent from this venue, your child can have a bouncy birthday! Check out the various themed moonwalks, slides, obstacle courses and even kiddie rides. Also offers live entertainment.
This post was originally published in 2011 and is updated regularly.