The best way to celebrate your kiddo’s spring birthday is by getting outside. Here are eight of our favourite outdoor birthday party venues in Metro Vancouver. We’ve got something for everyone — from trains to trout to roller coasters to ponies.
Stanley Park Ecology Society
The Stanley Park Ecology Society offers educational and fun birthday activities for kids of all ages. They’ll even customize the party to your kid’s interests. Explore Stanley Park during a guided, hands-on nature adventure and then head to the historic dining pavilion for cake! This is the perfect party spot for your nature lover.
Arrrrrgh, matey. Set sail for the seven seas aboard a pirate ship where you’ll search for sunken treasure and sing along to sea shanties. Each birthday party at Pirate Adventures includes a 75-minute on water sailing adventure leaving from Granville Island. You’ll be treated to songs, dancing, activities, face painting and tons of fun! This is the perfect party for the kiddo who loves make-believe.
image via Pirate Adventures
If you’ve got a late-spring birthday to celebrate, head to everyone’s favourite Metro Vancouver amusement park for an unforgettable party. Birthday parties at Playland include access to all rides and lunch and you can customize your party package with game tickets, or mini donuts! We think a spring birthday party at Playland would be awesome. After all, who wouldn’t want a roller coaster at their party? Playland opens on May 6th this year and that’s the earliest you can book a party. This is the perfect party for your thrill-seeking kid and their friends!
Burnaby Central Railway Model Ride-On Trains
Choo-choo! All aboard an awesome birthday party at Burnaby Central Railway, where kids get to ride on 1/8 scale miniature trains! With over 2 miles of main line track going through tunnels and over bridges, mini train enthusiasts will get a kick out of a day spent here. This is the perfect party for your aspiring train engineer or any kid with a Thomas the Train obsession.
WildPlay Maple Ridge
Climb, jump, slide, zip, and swing to new heights at WildPlay Element Park in Maple Ridge. This awesome outdoor adventure park takes your kids through an obstacle course in the trees. They will navigate log ladders, cargo nets, rope swings, tightropes, swinging logs, wobbly bridges, and more aerial surprises that gradually become higher and more challenging. They have three different courses for kids based on their age, height and ability level, so no one will get left in the dust. This is the perfect party for your climbing monkey!
Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery
The Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbotsford is a bit of a hidden gem. They have a great interpretive centre, full of awesome information on trout and their habitats in Metro Vancouver. But our favourite part of the Hatchery is their birthday party experience. The 2.5-hour party includes a guided tour of the hatchery, hands-on catch and release fishing in their stocked ponds, and a special fishing rod gift for the birthday kid! They supply all the bait and equipment for the kids to fish and there’s a great party room for cake and gifts after the fishing adventure. This is the perfect party for your mini-angler.
Zip and zoom around Western Canada’s largest go-kart track and the only outdoor facility in Metro Vancouver. Party packages include go-kart rides, game tokens and use of their outdoor picnic area, plus you can customize your party with pizza or hot dogs. You can even add on a cake if you want. Kids need to be at least 10 years old and 4’8” tall in order to drive a kart by themselves, but Richmond Go-Karts has double karts that allows kids as young as 4 to go along for a ride! This is the perfect party for your need-for-speed kiddo.
image via Richmond Go-Karts
Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver is a fun and educational place to visit for the whole family and the ultimate place to celebrate a spring birthday. Choose from a variety of birthday packages and enjoy a fun day on a farm surrounded by 200 farm animals and birds! You can celebrate under the big gazebo or in Maplewood Farm’s brand new 1,200 square foot function room. They even have party packages that include a pony ride. This is the perfect party spot for your little animal-lover.
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By: Michelle Hughes