10 Top Kids’ Party Places in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Looking for top kids party places for birthdays and more? Check out this roundup of sweet celebration spots in the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.

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 top 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 kids party places 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).


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.


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 kids party places are great for kids who want plenty to do at their next party.


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!


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.


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.


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.


8. Princess palaces

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


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!)


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

10. Skating rinks

There’s something a little retro special about hanging out at 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.


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

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