1. Creature Quest
Your child can hang out with a bearded dragon, a chinchilla, a hedgehog or one of 18 other animals at a Creature Quest party. Kids will get some hands-on time with the critters and learn all about them, too! The lizard, tortoise, and rabbit might even enjoy a light snack while the kids watch. Presentations are either 40 minutes for a visit with six to seven animals, or 60 minutes for a visit with nine to 10 animals for a max of 20 guests. The cost is $160 for the shorter time, and $175 for the longer time, and a gift for the birthday child is included in both. Creature Quest will come to your home or the birthday venue, but the event must be indoors.
2. The Brick Door
Kids aged four to 12 will have tons of fun building, playing games and competing in contests at a Brick Door Lego party. Parents can pick a package, which starts at $175 for up to 10 kids, and a theme like Ninjago, Minecraft, Star Wars or Harry Potter. Then, an instructor or two (depending on how many guests there are) will come to your home with all of the materials and lead everyone through some brick-tastic Lego activities! The birthday child gets a Lego set, a custom mini-figure and a builder’s license to keep. Take-home activity sets are available to purchase as goody-bag loot.
3.The Enchanted Fairytales Co.
Princesses and superheroes are part of the magical fun at an Enchanted Fairytales Co. party. On the princess side, little ones can interact with Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty for as little as 30 minutes with the sampler package, which includes two songs and one game (keep in mind that the sampler package is only available in certain areas—please call to find out more). For 90 minutes of princess fun, the True Enchantment Princess Party includes songs, three games, tutus for the guests to dress up, princess-style make-up and nails or temporary tattoos, and more! On the superhero side, performers teach superhero poses, play games, apply temporary tattoos and blow your child’s mind that their favourite crime-fighter is now in his own living room.
4. Scott Dietrich
If your child fancies herself a little magician, then hiring Scott Dietrich to entertain at her birthday party will be a real thrill, as both of his party options make kids the centre of the show. The Best Birthday Party is suited to little Houdinis aged three to 12. After Dietrich’s performance ends, the kids learn a magic trick and then get their own balloon animal. His Magic Class party is for older children (ages eight to 14), where they learn a number of sleight-of-hand tricks that use household items. You can bet the birthday girl will be showing off her illusion skills to all of her buddies.
5. Fantasy Fables
Your child will have a ball with any of the 10 princesses (who also perform at Disney Parks and on the Disney Cruiselin) you can book through Fantasy Fables. Their performances are designed for kids aged three to nine and feature one of two options: the Princess Wishes party, with songs, stories, games and makeup, and the Princess Dreams Dress-Up party, with all of the above, plus costumes for the guests to parade about in. Princess Wishes parties start at $185, and are 60 minutes long, while Princess Dreams Dress-Up parties start at $245 and are 80 minutes long.
6. Soli & Rob
Little musicians will have so much fun bopping away to children’s musicians Soli or Rob (who typically perform as a duo, but work separately at parties). Their rocking shows are interactive, and filled with singing (audience participation encouraged) and a bit of puppetry, too! Kids aged one to six can get their groove on at this birthday-themed show. The cost is $160 for 30 minutes or $190 for a 40-minute performance.
7. Applefun Puppetry
Chief puppeteer Mike Harding brings decades of experience to his funny, interactive puppet shows. At an Applefun Puppetry party, kids aged one to eight will get to enjoy a 45-minute show and then get to meet the puppets after the performance! Mike will teach the kids all about the magic behind puppets and then help them make their own paper puppets. The cost is $220.
8. Pockets the Clown
Face painting, balloon sculptures and a comedy-magic show can all be part of a Pockets Party! Kids aged 10 and younger will be charmed by Pockets, who has 25 years of clowning experience and comes from a clown family. Parents can choose from bronze, silver and gold packages, which feature either two or three of these activities, depending on the option selected.
9. Chris Westfall
For an illusion enthusiast, a visit from magician Chris Westfall would be a real birthday treat. Whether in your home or at a larger venue, Westfall’s humorous and interactive Birthday Party Magic Show will have your guests in stitches as they take part in the immersive and magical fun. For an extra charge, the magician will perform his Levitation Illusion (a great party photo-op), or make each audience member an animal balloon of their choice. He also offers a magic lesson session for a group of kids aged 9 and up–perfect for any magicians in training!