Fresh ideas for Toronto kids’ birthday parties

Do you suffer from birthday party anxiety? There's no need to feel that way. With so many fresh and fun birthday party themes available in Toronto, you’re certain to find the ideal one for your child’s special day. And, when this party’s over, you might even look forward to the next one.

My Pop Star Party

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161 Deerhide Cres, North York, ON M9M 2Z2

Move over Selena. Step aside Justin. A new group of stars is about to be born at your child’s My Pop Star Party. Kids will love this: They get to sing along to their favourite pop song, record it in a genuine recording studio and leave with a copy of their hit CD. There’s plenty of space available for party refreshments and snacks.

Chocolate Tales

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519 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M5N 1B1

Here’s one for confirmed chocolate lovers. Chocolate Tales stages parties for children of all ages with chocolaty activities suited to each age group. Parties take place at your home, in your backyard or the location of your choice. After a quick introduction, kids roll up their sleeves to make Belgian bonbons and animal-shaped lollipops, and decorate cakes to take home. All chocolate is certified nut-free from Belgium. Plus, Chocolate Tales takes care of the cleanup.

Dynamix

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1703 Victoria Park Ave, Scarborough, ON M1R 1R9

Kids learn the meaning of the phrase ‘team player’ early on in exciting activities aimed at getting them to work together to complete tasks. Maybe they’ll build a magic cube, do a relay race or make a team puzzle. The possibilities are endless! One thing’s for sure, your child and guests will end the party laughing and with a sense of accomplishment, not to mention a big appetite for cake and ice cream.

The Circus Academy

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1300 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1Y7

Most kids enjoy the circus – except here, they’re the entertainers! A two-hour party for two- to-seven-year-olds starts with a warm-up and moves on to juggling, stilts, floor acrobatics and aerial arts. Guests get to look the part with personalized clown makeup and everyone goes home with a balloon animal. One hour and 15 minutes of circus time is followed by 45 minutes for party snacks and cake, gifts and face painting.

Ontario Science Centre

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770 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M3C 1T3

All you have to do is get the birthday boy or girl to pick the theme – chemistry, magic or space ̶ and you’re good to go. These two-hour interactive parties make science fun as kids examine and explore the wonders of the world in a party atmosphere. You can host up to 20 in a private room and the fun doesn’t end when the party does; guests can spend the rest of the day at the Ontario Science Centre.

Dazzling Divas

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310 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N6

Why not let the party come to you? Celebrate with the girls without stepping outside, as the pros at Dazzling Divas temporarily transform your home into a spa. Book a group package including facials, manis and pedis to treat your guests to an afternoon of pampering and glamour. You have the option of adding extras, such as light make-up. And, there's no travelling!

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