1. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Bring a little magic and a princess or two to your child’s next birthday party by hiring performers from Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo. Choose from characters like Cinderella, the Snow Queen and the Brave Princess, among many others, and select the best package for your little royal and her besties. Birthday party packages start at $85 for the Glitter Package, which includes 30 minutes with two princesses who will pose for photos, provide music that guests can sing along to, play games, paint nails or apply temporary tattoos for guests. The most elaborate package is the Fairytale Package, which costs $550 and includes two hours with two princesses and a fairy helper who pose for photos, play games, perform an interactive story and more! A ballgown and tiara for the birthday child to keep and a bouncy castle are all part of the fun.
Start planning: 306-384-4791 2325 Preston Avenue South, Unit #92 bibbidibobbidiboo.ca>
2. Bricks4Kidz One way to make sure your next birthday party is a success is to keep little hands busy. Bricks4Kidz has two totally awesome birthday party packages to entertain your kid and her builder buddies. The Deluxe Package, which starts at $225 for up to 10 kids, includes a host, creative playtime, a lay-and-go mat filled with Lego bricks, a Lego model build of your choice (like Mining and Crafting or Pocket Brick Monsters) and a game or challenge. The Premiere Package, which starts at $300, includes all of the same, plus an extra build or activity, such as Canvas Brick Painting or a Mini-Racer Build with a Bricks4Kidz ramp.
Start planning: 306-979-2749 bricks4kidz.com>
3. Balloon Funn Warren from Balloon Funn has been twisting balloons professionally for more than 15 years, so he can easily handle the most elaborate requests from little partygoers. When hired for a birthday party, he makes sure that each child gets at least three balloon figures. And, because it’s his special day, the birthday boy gets the biggest one of the bunch! Balloon Funn is $110 per hour.
Start planning: 306-341-FUNN (3866) balloonfunn.com>
4. Wrangler Elisa’s Reptile Adventure Add a few creatures to your kid’s next birthday with a Wrangler Elisa show! Elisa will bring the scaly and slimy animals to your home or party location and teach all the little wranglers about them. Holding and interacting with the animals is definitely part of the fun, as she’s dedicated to helping kids learn about all the animals that share our planet. She offers two packages: The $100 show is for smaller parties and includes six animals (lizards, snakes and tortoises), and the $150 show includes 10 creatures (lizards, snakes, tortoises and a tarantula) and is designed for up to 30 kids.
Start planning: 306-241-0041 wranglerelisa.com>
5. Wide Open Children’s Theatre This theatre company has been delighting families with their Muppets-style puppet shows for over a decade. They set up a small theatre in your home and entertain everyone with hilarious and interactive interpretations of stories like Little Red Riding Hood, The Frog Prince or one of their original tales. Then the puppets sing “Happy Birthday” to the birthday kid! The cost is $125 (plus GST) for a half-hour performance for up to 25 people. It’s best suited to kids ages one to eight.
Start planning: 306-683-9460 609 Dufferin Avenue wideopen.ca>
6. Engineering for Kids
Host a fun brain-building bash with help from Engineering for Kids. There are four base packages to choose from, but they’re happy to work with you to create the perfect party for your kid and her buddies. All of the parties are built around one of two main activities: building a straw rocket or making cars magnetically float on a track. Cool, right? Then there are add-on activities, such as make-your-own ice cream or DIY lip gloss. Prices start at $200 for the Sir Isaac Newton option (which is for up to 10 kids and includes one of the main activities and printable invitations) and go up to $375 for the Leonardo da Vinci party (which is for up to 15 kids and includes several activities, goody bags, pizza, cupcakes and more).
Start planning: 306-978-4186 engineeringforkids.net/saskatoon>
7. The Super Ron Show A staple of the Saskatoon magic scene since the 1990s and a parent himself, Super Ron is committed to making sure all the kids feel like part of the fun. He includes lots of interactive tricks so everyone can participate in a bit of the magic. The final routine is a special illusion that’s all about the birthday kid. If there’s a theme to the party, Super Ron is happy to incorporate it in his performance. And you can always ask him to include a magic workshop where mini-magicians learn a few tricks! The price for a typical Super Ron birthday show is $150.
Start planning: 306-653-8510 thesuperronshow.com>
8. Fantastic Face Painting Fantastic Face Painting offers whimsical fun for young partygoers. Of course, the main event is face painting, but there’s also balloon twisting with Twister Tim and Daizy Doodle and glitter tattoos, which are great for little kids. They also have a bouncy castle available to rent—it’s sure to make this a birthday party to remember! Manager Lloanne started the family business in 2006 with her three daughters, and her son runs the bouncy-castle side of things.
Start planning: 306-341-1203 fantasticfacepainting.webs.com>
9. Kenni the Clown Kenni the Clown, who was trained by Ringling Bros. Circus clowns, will charm little birthday party guests with his comedy magic show. There will be singing, dancing, audience participation, balloon animals and more! His performances are best for kids ages three to eight. Prices start at $100 per hour.