Planning a birthday celebration can feel overwhelming, no matter what age your child is. Luckily, Portland has a variety of great locations for parties, with packages to help reduce your workload and your stress. There’s something for every age, interest, and energy level. Read on to get inspired for your kid’s next birthday!
A first birthday party is a big deal, but since the guest of honor is small, it can help to keep the guest list short and the activities simple. Head to the whimsical play area at the back of Hammer + Jacks toy store, where your one-year-old can climb the carpeted stairs to a sweet wooden castle and slide down its slide. A bank of picnic tables on the opposite wall allow for a modest group of party-goers, and there are plenty of toys, blocks, and dress-up gear to keep the littles entertained between the cake and presents. Party packages start at $175 for two hours, and clean-up’s on them. You supply the food, but add-ons can include decorations, balloons, and even a balloon drop!
6416 SE Foster Rd.
With locations all over the city, community centers are a great option for a first birthday party. Keep things affordable and accessible for your child and friends by renting a party room or gymnasium for active fun. This is a great choice when a birthday falls during the winter months, or during the unpredictable transition months in late fall and early spring. You’ll have the option of hitting the outdoor playground after, but you’ll also have a festive place to party in case it rains. Party packages start at $147 for two hours, including 15 minutes before and after for clean-up. Indoor park parties include the use of ride-on toys, balls, and gymnastics equipment, and you can add-on extras like bouncy houses at select locations. Or, check out the list of themes for guided Nature Birthdays!
Little Kids (2-5)
The Portland Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum is the perfect location for kids reaching the age of “Why?”, with plenty of hands-on play stations to satisfy their insatiable curiosity. Celebrate with cake and presents in one of the museum’s indoor party rooms, or the Outdoor Adventure pavillion, and then head off to explore the museum! Party guests receive admission to the museum for the rest of the day. Party packages start at $260 for 15-19 guests for 90 minutes, plus 30 minutes before and after for set-up and breakdown, and include mural paper and crayons for kids’ tables. Members receive 15% off!
4015 SW Canyon Rd.
The Little Gym
Want to go all out for your kid’s big day, but outsource the work? The Little Gym does it all! For $350, they’ll take care of invitations, setup, cleanup, drinks for the children, all paper goods, and decorations. Kick things off with 60 minutes of active play in this Lake Oswego gymnasium, with activities led by a trained instructor, then celebrate with 30 minutes in the party room. Now all you have to do is bring the cake and the birthday child!
5820 Jean Road
Lake Oswego, OR
Big Kids (5-8)
Owl and Bee Clay StudioThis sweet clay studio in the Beaumont neighborhood offers a hands-on creative party experience. Guests get to make something out of clay and glaze it in their choice of colorful glaze. This 2-hour studio package includes instruction, tools, clay materials, glazes, and firings, plus space to enjoy cake and snacks. The cost is $200 plus $10 per person. Guests can pick up their finished creations later, once they have been fired in the kiln, or you can add on delivery of finished works.
3506 NE 57th Ave.
Portland Rock Gym
For kids 6 and up, check out the Portland Rock Gym, where your kids can enjoy two hours of rock climbing with up to 12 friends. Two staff belayers (trained staff who help anchor, secure, and spot climbers) will be on hand to keep things safe and fun. Party guests get shoe and harness rentals, and access to the private party room to enjoy any food, presents, and party favors you choose to bring. Pricing starts at $299 for two hours.
21 NE 12th Ave
Photo:Lake Oswego Play Boutique via yelp
Got a pirate-obsessed kiddo or a little one who won’t stop singing “Let it Go?” Theme parties shine at Play Boutique, a Lake Oswego favorite that combines active play in a 3,000 sq ft play structure with full-service party packages. They’ll take care of party set-up and clean-up, decorate the party space, provide kid-friendly snacks and cupcakes, birthday candles, and even party favors– plus a “play specialist” to assist during the party. Enjoy unlimited use of the play structure and bounce house. You can add on things like theme-related crafts, performers, even a marshmallow bar!
464 First Street
Lake Oswego, OR
Ready Set Grow
Treat your tween to a yoga party at this yoga and movement studio, with locations in Portland and Vancouver. Rent their bright 850 sq ft studio space for a ballet, dance, or yoga party– or another theme of your choosing. Kids’ birthday party packages start at $215 for three hours, with add-ons for 30 minutes of yoga, dance, or craft instruction. A recently renovated space adjacent to the studio rents for $185 for 3 hours, with the same add-ons available. Ready Set Grow also has a list of instructors for hire, who can teach yoga, dance, and movement classes at parties and parks.
5433 NE 30th Ave.
Portland, OR 97211
605 Esther Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98660
Photo by Kimmi Burk, Ready Set Grow Yoga Studio
The Merry Kitchen
Do you have a budding chef in the house? Plan a hands-on cooking party with Merry Kitchen, where guests create an entire meal together to enjoy, and take home recipes. You can even cook the birthday cake in class! With a variety of themes and menu items to choose from, your tween can be in charge of just about everything. Maximum attendees is 8-10, with two-hour parties starting at $30-$35/child.
5202 NE 72nd Ave.
Win points with your older child with a full-service party at Kingpins Bowling. They’ll get pizza and drinks, 90 minutes of bowling, and a “fun card” for use in the arcade. Book your party on a Saturday at noon or 2:30 p.m. to enjoy Cosmic Bowling, featuring black lights, music videos, and laser lights. Packages range from $19-$25 per guest.
3550 SE 92nd Avenue
2725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
For older teens, let them party in a safe space. For teens 14 and older, adult chaperones are not required, so your teen and their friends can enjoy an alcohol-free karaoke party in a private room. Food, beverages and desserts are available with special party package pricing. Packages include two hours in the karaoke suite, a dedicated server, clean-up, cake kit, party lights, and a disco ball. Group rates start at $60/hr.
734 SE 6th Ave