Birthday parties are expensive. I get it! Everyone knows that having a birthday party at home often saves you money but sometimes our kids don’t cooperate. They want a FUN birthday at a cool venue. Here are venues where you can host a birthday party for under $200. I’ve included ideas where parties *can* come in under $200 but any additional options or changing the dates/times may mean your price is higher.
Calgary Birthday Party Venues for $200 or Less
Black Dog Bakery – Choose from a Cookie, Cupcake or Cake Decorating Party that comes to you. Parties start at $200 for a 90-minute party for up to 8 guests.
B-Line Indoor Bike Park – Parties start at $24 per child ($14 for kids from 4 – 7-years-old) without bike rental. The party includes 3 hours of bike park use, 3 hours of party area use and 5-minute park orientation. Minimum charge for the party is $150 and must be done in one transaction.
Bow Habitat Station – Parties start at $190 plus tax for up to 25 guests ages 2 and up. This price includes a private party room, Discovery Centre admission for a maximum of 25 guests, hands-on, staff-led activities and gift for the birthday child. You can also add an optional goodie bag. Food and beverages are not provided. You can read my review of parties at the Bow Habitat Station here!
Bowling Depot – Parties start at $25.99 per child (12 and under only, adult supervision required) which includes bowling, shoe rental, food for kids at the party (adults order from the menu) and party room. Bumper bowling is available for kids less than 10 years old. (Party of 7 kids is under $200)
Bowview Outdoor Pool – Private pool rental with a lifeguard is $100 for less than 25 people, and $115 for 25 – 50 people. Use of toys, stereo system, and BBQ is included. (Prices need to be verified once pool re-opens next summer)
Brilliant Beginnings – Parties start at $199 including 1½ hrs for up to 10 children (ages 1-4) including supervised free play stations (sensory, pretend, creative, craft etc.) and circle time (songs, group activities and a story). There are 8 themes to choose from. Additional party packages are available for maximum customization of your party.
Brite Studios – Dance parties start at $195. 2 hours is included (45-minute class, 1 hour for cake and present opening, and 15 minutes for clean up). You can choose a theme for your party. Popular themes include Dancing Diva, Hip Hop Holla, and Dancing Princess. No parties available in July & August.
Calaway Park – A minimum of 8 guests are required to book their Come As You Are party starting at $189 + GST. This includes unlimited rides, birthday hats and prizes for all guests, and a storage room for cake and presents. Catering is optional. Book their Calaway’s Birthday Club House party for 10 ppl starting at $339 + GST. Includes private club house for 1 hour, pizza & pop and admissions for 10 people. You can read my review of parties at Calaway Park here (offerings have changed a bit since the review was written).
Calgary Climbing Centre – 4 locations in Calgary. Parties start at $17 per person for an hour of climbing, with a 4:1 staff/climber ratio. For an additional $25, you can rent the party room for 45 minutes after you climb (Chinook and Stronghold locations only). Parties for 8 people are less than $200.
Calgary Corn Maze – Parties start at $12.95 per person for a minimum of 10 people. Includes all standard corn maze attractions and a gift for the birthday child. Food can be provided, and a party tent can be booked if you want to guarantee a covered shelter for your group. We have a variety of non-covered picnic areas available at no charge on a first come-first serve basis for parties to use.
Calgary Safety Council – The Pedestrian Safety program can be booked for birthday parties for $7 per child. It’s for kids from 4 – 6 and runs April – June and September – October.
Century Bowling – Bowling parties at Century Bowling start at $135 for 6 kids. It includes 1 hour of bowling, shoe rental, 1 hot dog and bag of chips each and 1 jug of pop. Blacklight Bowling is $149 and includes the same things as the regular party as well.
Century Mini Golf – Mini golf parties start at $117 for 5 kids. Includes party room for 1 hour before or after golfing, 1 hot dog and bag of chips per kid, 1 jug of pop and water, and one round of mini golf. Glow mini golf and mini golf and bowling packages available.
Canyon Meadows Cinemas – Parties start at $13.50 per child for movie admission and kid’s snack pack (popcorn, drink and treat). A private party room is available at $30 per hour (max 12 people for a minimum of 1 hour). 10 people with party room is under $200
Chinook Bowladrome – Parties start at $16 per child for an hour of bowling, shoe rentals and a gift for each child. For $17 per child, 45 minutes in a party room can be added. Food can also be added to your party for an additional charge. Party with 10 people is under $200.
Chinook School of Music – Instructors come to you with music games and crafts, instrument play, and kazoos for all attendees. For ages 6 months – 7 (though some party themes are for ages 3-7). Parties start at $175. Themes include Music Kids Birthday Party (6 months – 5), Pirate Party (3-7), Beach Party (3-7), Royal Ball Party (under 7).
Clay for Kids – Choose from several types of parties: clay-building, clay building plus & glazing, pottery wheel boot camp plus fused glass project, fused glass, paint and go or glaze. Ages 4 and up. Parties start at $170. Options also available for the party to come to you.
Crescent Point Regional Fieldhouse in Okotoks – I know this isn’t “officially” in Calgary but our friends in South Calgary tell me it is a hot birthday party venue. Parties are for kids ages 3 and up. Choose between Nerf Capture the Flag (ages 7+), Themed Party (5 choices for ages 3-5), Themed Parties (5 choices for ages 6-8), Themed Parties (2 choices for ages 8-12) or Cooking Parties. Parties start at $195 for 12 kids.
Dance with France – Ages 4 and up, you choose the style of dance. $195 for an hour of instruction and an hour in a party room for up to 14 guests. Parties available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only.
Decidedly Jazz Danceworks – Parties include 1-hour dance class + 1 hour in the lounge before or after for up to 10 kids. Cost starts at $200 plus tax.
Deerfoot Inn Kids Pool Party – Parties are $22.95 per child and include a1-hour swim and lunch at the Mohave Grill (from the kids menu) and cake. Parties available on Saturdays and Sundays. Party with 8 children is under $200.
Evolutions School of Dance – Parties start at $195 and include the use of the dance studio for 2 hours, 45-minute dance class of your choice, one hour of gift opening, cake (provided by you) and party games or free play for up to 12 guests (includes the birthday child).
Fire Station Tours – Book a tour of your local station to meet firefighters and learn about the equipment they use. Kids (4 and up) receive a free fire safety activity book at the end of every tour. Tours should be booked 6 weeks in advance and can take up to 3 weeks to confirm. Tours are only available at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Check out this post all about Fire Station parties in Calgary.
FitKids – Parties start at $200 for 10 kids for a 2-hour party. Includes 45 minutes in a private party room, peanut-free snacks provided by you.
Flames Community Arenas – You can rent ice time at the arenas, starting at $108.36 per hour for non-prime- time.
The Hangar Flight Museum (Formerly Aero Space Museum of Calgary) – Parties include a private room and access to the Museum for $145 for up to 15 people. Check out my review of parties at the Aerospace Museum of Calgary here!
Highwood Outdoor Pool – You can rent the entire pool for just $80 / hour (for less than 50 people). You get lifeguards, pool toys, and use of the BBQ. (Prices need to be verified once pool re-opens next summer)
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary – Party options are: Bird Day, Nature Investigators and Weird & Wonderful Wetlands. Parties are $200 for a maximum of 20 kids including 1.5 hours nature activities + 1 hour use of party room (2.5 hours total).
Inglewood Aquatic Centre – Pool parties are available including three slides, poolside climbing wall and a selection of toys. A poolside party room for up to 20 guests. One hour in the pool and one hour in the poolside party room is included for $169.05 + GST.
Injanation – Parties start at $179 for 90 minutes of playtime, 45 minutes of party room time and trampoline socks on Mon-Thurs for 10 guests. Weekend or holiday parties start at $229. Catering is available for an additional charge. Make sure to check out their new teen and tween parties.
Jewish Community Centre – Parties start at $191 for use of half the gym and plus party room. Parties are only available on Sundays. There are also options for the full party room and an indoor playground. You can also rent the lanes in the pool. More info on their booking request form.
Joso’s Play & Learn Centre – Parties are for kids 1 – 6 years old. 2-hour birthday parties include admission for up to 8 children (incl. B-day Child) for $124.99. Add food (pizza and juice) for a party total of $164.99. Semi-private parties are available at an additional cost.
Jumping Jellies – One hour parties start at $150 for 5-10 kids. Pick from 8 themes. Hula Hoop parties (include making your own hula hoop) start at $200 for a 1-hour party for 5-10 kids. Options for additional children and longer parties are available.
Kayben Farms Sunshine Adventure Park – Parties start at $16 per person (minimum 8 kids. 4 adults get free admission to chaperone) and include 2 hours in a birthday barn or shelter. Guests are welcome to stay in the park after their 2 hours in the shelter are over. Food, wagon rides, and loot bags are available at an additional cost. Parties available May-October only.
Kidz Go – Party packages start at $120 for 5 kids and include private room rental for 1 hour, 5 – 10 game cards, 1 pitcher of pop, 5 kids meals, party assistant and unlimited play before and after party.
Krazy Monkey – Parties start at $188 for 10 kids and includes 8 tokens for each child, 90 minutes of party time, setup assistance, and unlimited play time after party. Food can be purchased for an additional cost from Krazy Monkey. Birthday cake can be brought in or ordered through Krazy Monkey.
Laser City – Laser Tag parties for 9 guests plus birthday child start at $169 on Wednesdays & Thursdays and $199 on Friday, Saturday or Sundays. Parties include 2 games of Laser Tag (takes 1 hour with a 10 minute gap between the games), 2 hours of party picnic table use (1 hour after your games), One large bottle of pop or water per four players, Plates, napkins, spoons and cups for players (1 each per player). Outside food is welcome
Laser Quest – Classic Parties include two laser tag games and a private party room, minimum of 8 players for $16 per person Mon-Thur or $19 Fri-Sun. Additional food and activities can be added. I have a review of parties at LaserQuest here!
Michaels– Kids create a special craft at the store. Prices start at $120 (supplies included) for 8 guests. There are tons of themes to choose from for every age range from 4 to 14. Can’t find a theme that fits? Design your own party for $50 plus the cost of supplies.
The Military Museums – Parties for ages 6 and up are $140 for 8 children and 2 adults (required). The 2-hour program includes a marching drill and uniform try on, learning to spell their names using naval flags on a banner that’s theirs to take home afterward and artifact handling.
Millican Ogden Outdoor Pool – Pool rental is $200 for 2 hours, for up to 50 people. Includes lifeguards, cash concession, and access to BBQs. (Prices need to be verified once pool re-opens next summer)
Mountain View Bowl – Parties are $14.99/person and include 1 hour of 5 or 10 pin bowling, 50 minutes in a party room, shoe rental and a trophy for the birthday kid. Additional catering is available for your party at an additional charge. Outside food is not allowed other than a birthday cake.
Mount Pleasant Outdoor Pool – Private pool rental is $90 per hour for up to 50 people. Includes use of BBQ and pool toys. (Prices need to be verified once pool re-opens next summer)
Paradise Lanes – Bowling parties for $50 – $90 per lane, depending on the package. 1 – 2 hours of bowling. Food available but no party room.
Ralph Klein Park – For ages 5 and up. Parties include a nature program (Bird Day, Mysteries of the Marsh, or Weird and Wonderful Wetlands) and craft. Maximum of 20 kids for $200 (refreshments and clean up not included) for 1.5 hours nature activities and 1 hour in the party room (2.5 hours total).
Ripe Tomato Pizza – Parties includes up to 2 hours, chef’s hat to decorate, balloons, pizzas for kids and adults and a unique loot bag. Parties are a $20 fee plus the price of food, drinks and loot bag. Prices are listed on website and you can book your party online.
Shakers Fun Centre – Party packages include go-karts, an arcade, mini golf, laser tag, and a climbing tower. Parties start at $189.99 for 4 attraction tickets per attendee, pizza, and pop. Additional options available. Outside food not allowed other than a nut free birthday cake. Party will be assigned a time slot for one of the party tables in the common concession area. Read a complete review of parties at Shakers!
Southland Leisure Centre – Party options under $200 included the Bouncer Party ($161.00 / group of 10 (max group size: 20), Kinder Room Party ($175.00 / group of 10), Surf’s Up Swim Party ($114.00 / group of 10), Sport-o-Mania Party ( $195.00 / group of 10), Ninjas and Zombies Party ($195.00 /group of 10) or Skating Party ( $75/group of 10).
SpacePort – With unlimited play and learning, children of all ages will be captivated by exciting exhibits and interactive displays showcasing the high-tech world of aviation, communications, and space. See a moon rock from NASA and much more. SpacePort Birthday Parties start at $50 for an hour in the party room. The party room provides space to blow out candles, eat cake, exchange gifts etc! Booking more time in the room will be an additional $50/hour. Can include a stage show for an additional fee.
Thorncliffe Community Centre Bowling – Bowling parties start at $140 for 8 children and include 2 lanes of 5-pin bowling, 1- 14″ pizza or 8 hot dogs, 1 jug of pop or 8 juice boxes, shoe rental and 1 hour of party room rental. Larger packages for more kids are available.
Tommy K Play – Parties start at $225 for a weekend party for 12 guests (includes kids and adults). Weekday parties get a 20% discount. Parties include two-hour reserved party booking, including a private party room with TV/DVD, event host for room set-up and clean-up, room decorations (banner and streamers), place settings (cutlery, plates, napkins, cups) and playground admission (excluding K-Zone). You can buy food from Tommy K Play for the party. Book a weekday party to keep it under $200.
TopplerBowl – Bowling parties are $40 per lane per hour. You can have up to 5 bowlers per lane. The party room is $6 per person and includes a hot dog, chips, and pop. Birthday kid gets a trophy.
Treehouse Calgary – Parties start at $195 admission to the play center, an hour in the party room and 10 tokens. Additional party options and food available. Have your party during the week for 20% off birthday package price!
Vecova Recreation Centre – Swim Parties, Gym Parties, and Play & Splash Parties are available. Parties start at $123.75 and include themes such as dance, swimming, sports, and magic. All parties have a max of 12 children and kids must be 4 years and above. More info in pdf form.
Village Square Leisure Centre – Parties include: Surf’s Up Swim Party, Jump ‘N Dodgeball Party, Jungle Gym Party, Sport Party, Obstacle Course Party, and Jungle Bouncer Party. All start at $166 for 10 kids.
Vivo for Healthier Generations (formerly Cardel Place) – Party themes include sports, bouncy castle, climbing wall, and swimming. Cost starts at $71 /hour plus the room rental fee. Check out my complete review of parties at Vivo.
Westside Recreation Centre – Offers 13 different themes to choose from, involving combinations of skating, swimming, wall-climbing, time in the gym, and gaming for kids from 5 years to 12 years old. Packages start at $130 for a 2-hour party for non-members.