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 us be your guide! Here are some awesome ideas for kids party places throughout the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas.
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).
- Address: 28569 Northwestern Highway, Southfield
- Phone: 248-281-6456
- Address: 3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-761-2095
Here are some kids cooking classes in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor that are sure to be a hit, as well.
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.
- Address: 8016 Sheldon Center Road, Canton
- Phone: 734-738-6287
- Address: 114 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak
- Phone: 248-544-2234
- Address: 924 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth
- Phone: 734-453-8797
- Address: 149 E. Main St., Northville
- Phone: 248-347-6718
- Clinton Township: 17420 Hall Road #124, Clinton Township; 248-890-7277
- Rochester Hills: 1659 W. Hamlin Road, Suite D, Rochester Hills; 248-890-7277
- West Bloomfield Township: 4783 Haggerty Road, West Bloomfield Township; 248-859-5230
Here are more pottery studios in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, some of which may also offer birthday party options.
Whether you’re looking for hands-on fun and dance parties or sports-geared spots with go-karts, glow-in-the-dark golf, arcades and laser tag, these action-packed kids party places are great for kids who want plenty to do at their next party.
- Address: 2124 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills
- Phone: 248-335-6770
- Address: 1928 Star Batt Drive, Suite B, Rochester Hills
- Phone: 248-852-6288
- Address: 21750 Hall Road, Clinton Township
- Phone: 586-469-2800
- Address: 46245 Michigan Ave., Canton
- Phone: 734-487-7678
- Canton: 6481 Canton Center Road, Canton; 734-927-6680
- Clinton Township: 44595 Enterprise Drive, Clinton Township; 586-203-0500
- Farmington Hills: 27658 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills; 248-919-3284
- Address: 18602 Fenkell St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-296-1741
- Address: 45799 Grand River Ave., Novi
- Phone: 248-735-1050
- Address: 380 E. Second St., Rochester
- Phone: 248-650-PLAY (7529)
- Hamtramck: 3901 Christopher St., Hamtramck; 313-264-1288
- Ypsilanti: 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti; 734-499-3695
- Auburn Hills: 2550 Takata Drive, Auburn Hills; 248-364-4000
- Novi: 44325 W. 12 Mile Road, H-160, Novi; 248-946-8888
- Locations: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Canton, Farmington, Taylor, Utica/Sterling Heights and Waterford
Plus, check out even more indoor fun spots around southeast Michigan, some of which may also offer birthday party options.
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!
- Address: 36901 Warren Road, Westland
- Phone: 734-215-2400
- Address: 39080 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights
- Phone: 586-264-2720
- Ann Arbor: 800 W. Eisenhower Pkwy., Ann Arbor; 734-423-8718
- Novi: 44255 12 Mile Road, Novi; 248-671-1700
- Locations: Auburn Hills, Shelby Township, Taylor and Wixom
- Canton: 42550 Executive Drive, Canton; 734-981-0007
- Shelby Township: 50810 Sabrina Drive, Shelby Township; 586-930-0600
- Address: 44855 Hayes Road, Sterling Heights
- Phone: 586-788-7800
Check out these other inflatable parks in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, some of which may also offer birthday party options, as well.
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.
- Locations: Auburn Hills, Berkley, Canton, Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Novi, Sterling Heights, Troy and Woodhaven.
- Address: 31555 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills
- Phone: 248-642-8500
- Address: 29350 Northwestern Highway, Southfield
- Phone: 248-352-8000
- Locations: Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Clarkston, Farmington Hills, Macomb, Rochester and West Bloomfield
- Address: 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights
- Phone: 248-858-0918
- Address: 3425 Civic Center Drive, Troy
- Phone: 248-524-3514
- Address: 5460 Arden Ave., Warren
- Phone: 586-268-8400
We’ve compiled a list of swimming pools in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, some of which may also offer birthday party options.
Budding scientist, or maybe just an astronaut wannabe? If so, book your child’s next birthday bash at an area science center.
- Address: 220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-995-5439
- Address: 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
- Phone: 248-645-3200
- Address: 24371 Catherine Industrial Drive, Suite 207, Novi
- Phone: 248-773-8570
- Address: 5020 John R. St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-577-8400
Be sure to check out our list of planetariums in metro Detroit as well.
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.
- Locations: Auburn Hills, Clinton Township, Dearborn, Livonia, Madison Heights and Sterling Heights
- Locations: Birmingham, Canton, Macomb, Novi, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Saline and Woodhaven
You can check out a larger list we’ve compiled with some of the top movie theaters in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.
For kids looking for the chance to be a princess for a day, there are several kids party places to indulge her inner royalty.
- Location: Service all of southeast Michigan
- Phone: 888-510-0513
- Address: 32506 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills
- Phone: 248-298-2220
- Address: 52261 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township
- Phone: 586-241-8192
- Address: 7127 Dixie Hwy., Clarkston
- Phone: 248-297-5131
- Address: 3085 Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills
- Phone: 248-707-2485
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 bumpers (and read up on these how-to tips!)
- Address: 9871 E. Grand River Ave., Brighton
- Phone: 810-227-3341
- Address: 23100 Van Born Road, Dearborn Heights
- Phone: 313-292-1700
You can find a bunch of other spots by browsing our bowling centers list. Just make sure to ask if they offer birthday parties!
There’s something a little retro special about hanging out at a roller rink. Strap some skates on your birthday kid and watch them take a spin around the rink. Be sure they get in a game of hokey pokey, too.
- Address: 24505 Halsted Road, Farmington Hills
- Phone: 248-476-2200
- Address: 6995 Grand River Road, Brighton
- Phone: 810-227-2010
- Address: 16611 Schoolcraft St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-837-7680
- Address: 1419 Southfield Road, Lincoln Park
- Phone: 313-381-RINK (7465)
- Address: 29100 Hayes Road, Roseville
- Phone: 586-777-4301
Here are some more roller rinks in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, some of which may also offer birthday party options.
If your child is really into animals and the outdoors, then a farm birthday party may be the perfect fit. Be sure to check ahead because a lot of the farms close to the public for the winter months.
- Address: 12803 Paradee Road, Taylor
- Phone: 734-374-5946
- Address: 50165 Eight Mile Road, Northville Township
- Phone: 248-374-0200 ext. 110
- Address: 481 Lake George Road, Oxford
- Phone: 248-628-1611
Check out the other petting farms in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor. Be sure to ask if they do anything special for birthdays.
Take your kids to play miniature golf for their birthday at one of these local attractions. You can even find glow-in-the-dark miniature golf.
- Address: 29060 Ford Road, Garden City
- Phone: 734-425-9816
- Address: 22381 Van Born Road, Taylor
- Phone: 313-277-9156
- Address: 45799 Grand River Ave., Novi
- Phone: 248-735-1050
Check out these other putt-putt courses in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, some of which offer birthday parties.
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