BY KARI OLFERT, THINKSASKATOON
Today we are going to look at new or traditional birthday places here in Saskatoon. We both know that this topic has been covered at least twice in the inter webs of the world, so we added a few birthday places.
Our kids like to have fun at birthdays, we like them having fun at their birthday, we like to not be stressed at their birthday so where can we go to increase their fun and decrease our stress.
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Choose any of our public pools, call first because they take turns cleaning and doing maintenance on them. They have a pretty sweet set up if your kids like to swim, you choose a theme, they give you an hour and a half in their party room, they provide a gift bags for the kids and you and the group can swim for as long as you like before and after the party. Just make sure you have enough adults to supervise depending on the swim skill level and the age of the kids. Our favourite kids pool is Shaw Center because they have a water slide, a safe kids pool and a youth hot tub. Every pool has their own highlights.
Popcorn Parties!! What child (or adult) doesn’t like movies and junk food! This is great birthday spot, even for those kids will a little extra spunk in their brain activity centre. They set up a row of seats for your party and give you the party room to do as you please after the movie. The cost is $13 or $15 per child ($91 vs $105 with the minimum of 8 kids). Affordable and nice and easy for the parents.
I love the idea of build a bear and I think that if we were properly set up here, I would highly recommend what they have to offer. The best part of build a bear is that each child takes home a stuffy that they made themselves which includes a heart energized and chosen by them! The birthday child gets a cloth heart from all of their friends and places each one inside their special stuffy. It’s really an amazing and unique experience for the kids. As a parent they have a set up where you can send an e-card for the birthday party or print out invites from their site, which is a nice little perk. Now for the other side, both of our locations (I attended midtown) do not have a birthday room so having cake and presents adds a little extra ‘gong’ to your birthday show. If you like to juggle and enjoy being a parent of adventure then this is the birthday venue for you er your child. Based on attendance of 6 children (in our Saskatoon location), you are looking at a cost of approximately $75, which includes a stuffy and very basic clothing.
I have done a birthday party at only Ruckers and have had one with Fudd’s included. As your kids get a little older, I think the combo is a fun birthday idea because then they are not as dependant on their parents for entertaining purposes and can hang out by themselves (sad ;)). Fuddruckers (as you know), has delicious (super low cal) food and Ruckers is like being in Vegas for kids. Wait, we were going to look at the positive aspects first! Ruckers is great because you dole out the money for the coins and the children scatter to play all of the games and you can monitor everyone by walking around the arcade/’gambling for kids’ hangout. They cash in their chips er tokens and collect prizes. I have yet to see sadness on the face of a child as they are looking up at the wall and cabinet of post game prize choices, similar are the looks of adult faces at slot machines in Vegas, how could I not compare and love the two?!
You can run the party yourself or hire a host. If you have a group of younger children, the host could be an asset for you. It DOES cost a little more, which really should come as no surprise. For a self hosted deal, kids under 12 are $6.79 for their meal and yours will be around $12. Fuddruckers will reserve your table (if you call ahead) and let you bring in your own cake and presents (which is completely awesome of them). Ruckers is as much as you would like it to be. You pay for the tokens and they will dole them out to the birthday party children, you can buy a lot or just a few; basically for $60 you get 212 tokens and most games are 3 tokens to play.
For all of you crafty peeps out there who produced equally crafty children, Michaels is a perfect birthday party location. You are looking at 2 hours, 1 hour devoted to the craft of your child’s choice and then second is for ‘refreshments’ aka juice and cake, just give me the goods! The price ranges from $5-$10 per child, with a minimum of 6 kids, the max being 12. This can end up being relatively inexpensive, if cost is a consideration.
You’ve heard of it, I’ve heard of it. Tried and true birthday place of choice! We have 2 locations, that you already know; Eastview and Fairhaven! You are looking at 2 hours of goodness for kids, one hour of bowling and of course one hour in the ‘party’ room. They offer 3 packages, Silver ($64.99 just refreshments), Gold ($79.99 pizza included) and the Diamond package ($99.99, extra-large pizza and longer bowling time). All in all birthday affordable goodness.
Let’s Get Cooking!
I would LOVE to recommend a place, really I would, unfortunately my daughter took a cooking class as a summer camp, here in Saskatoon and I was quite disappointed. So while I LOVE the concept of a cooking party for kids, I have yet to see a teacher that I would want kids taking an example from. If you know of a great one, or one that is better than terrible, feel free to add in the comments! 🙂
Never mind your child’s birthday, I am pretty sure I need a hair party for my next birthday! Beaners offers up-dos, manicures and makeup for your little bundle of diva joy. They range in price from $100 (basic, no theme) to $160 (nothing but the best for your princess) , the minimum number of children is 6, 1-1.5 hours of pampering good times!
I am focusing on Can-Am for this birthday party option, as I have had two birthdays here, well not me personally because no one likes to spill their drinks. This birthday set up is for an hour and forty-five minutes. One hour for your kids to use their abundance of energy and 45 minutes to scarf down cake and rip open coloured paper for the materialistic hope of joy. $175 and 12 of your child’s favourite friends is a decent price point. You provide the cake and drinks (don’t buy ice cream as you do not have access to a fridge or freezer). The kids from what I have experienced, have a great time and are usually on a nice birthday high after the party.
Jumping ($12 per child), putting ($12 per child) or racing ($22 per child). They are only available for summer birthdays but what they offer is unique, especially the racing package. I don’t think you can have a bad time whipping around in a race car, but add that to the hype of a birthday and you have a special day!
I have seen and had MANY birthday parties hosted by the Fun Factory and I would like to recommend a name change on behalf of all tired parents out there, but I digress. This place is a perfect set up for a winter birthday party for kids under 7, imo one of the best. The kids go crazy on the play centre for as long as you need a break ;), then you have your party room, which can include your cake, presents and food if you would like to add that. For price you are looking at $14.25 (for 45 minutes in a party room basically) up to $21.75 (includes a game of laser tag and some game tokens, as well as the party room). I have had both options and laser tag is a great addition for the party.
Maybe your child is a skating star or LOVES to skate, once I share the price with you it will become more clear why little Johnny must LOVE skating. You can rent a room to have the cake and presents for $35 an hour and if you are looking for private skate time, it is $262 per hour. How much do you love your child our society asks you. This would be a great birthday if you also invited your large family and then essentially the cost would be engulfed by the wicked party you threw. Take a bow.
Pottery or Canvas Time!
Maybe your little or not so little one, is an artist. If your child oozes with creativeness this is an ideal place to throw their next party! The cost is $8 per child (minimum 8 kids) the pottery choice is extra, starting at $9. For a painting party the cost is $22 (minimum 6 kids) and everyone gets to take home their masterpiece. Art Gallery here we come.
For your hockey lover or to show Saskatoon pride, this party is for you. The packages range from $138.50 (8 kid seats, 2 adult, treat bags and mini sticks), $152 (additional; ice cream cake and pop in the DQ birthday zone) and $160 (additional; tour of the Blades changing room). I can already hear the music playing!
I know the birthday lists have been done and done but this one is better. If you want to add or critique any of the birthday party places mentioned, please do so.