Central Vancouver Island Birthday Party Locations Part 2

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After writing the first list of Central Vancouver Island Birthday Party Locations, I had some great feedback on places that I missed.

The first list was created using locations I have had experience with. So some of the locations mentioned by my readers were missed by design. For although I knew the businesses had party packages, I haven’t had the opportunity to use them for hosting my own child’s birthday, nor have attended a party with them. I didn’t feel right recommending a business I have no prior experience with.

However…

My readers were adamant that the following businesses do in fact host great parties!

So part 2 of this list is brought to you by recommendations of others.

Central Vancouver Island Birthday Party Locations: Part 2

Art Inspired Parties - a great list of Central Vancouver Island birthday party locations.

Art Inspired Party

BumbleBees Creative Studio

BumbleBees Creative Studio – located on a 10 acres family farm at 2525 Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay.

BumbleBees has three party options.

Option #1: Cost is $24.00 per guest

  • 2.5 hours of party time (2 hours of studio time and 30 minutes to open gifts and serve cake)
  • Popcorn, water and lemonade provided
  • Gift for the birthday child

Option #2: Cost is $28.00 per guest

  • 3 hours of party time (2.5 hours of studio time and 30 minutes to open gifts and serve cake)
  • Outdoor time (weather permitting)
  • Popcorn, water, lemonade and treat bag for each guest
  • Gift for the birthday child

Option #3: Cost is $35.00 per guest

  • 3.5 hours of party time (3 hours of studio time and 30 minutes to open gifts and serve cake)
  • Outdoor time (weather permitting)
  • Popcorn, water, lemonade, cupcakes and treat bag for each guest
  • Gift for the birthday child

Birthday parties are geared towards children ages 5 – 12. There needs to be a minimum of 8 children attending the party, but a maximum of 12.

Each birthday party at BumbleBees is individual. Every student takes home their own beautiful Mixed Media Painting (approx. 12 x 16) stretched canvas on a wood frame. All supplies are included and aprons are provided, but please wear appropriate clothing. A $100.00 deposit is required at the time of booking and the balance is due the day of the party. There is a 48-hour cancellation policy.

Creative Escape

Creative Escape Art Programs – located in the Nanaimo North Town Centre (Rutherford Mall – 4750 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo).
Robyn at Creative Escape offers three party options to choose from.
  • Artrageous Party – $169.00
    • Up to 10 kids
    • Additional kids are $7.00 each
  • Ceramics Party – $189.00
    • Up to 10 kids
    • Additional kids are $7.00 each
    • Includes sculpture, glaze and firing
  • Tie Dye & Jewelry Party – $225.00
    • Up to 10 kids
    • Additional kids are $10.00 each
    • Includes shirts, dye glass beads, and jewellery material

The great thing about parties at Creative Escape is that each child attending the party gets to take home their very own unique creation. As well, each birthday party art project is customized and based on the birthday child’s interests.

Parties are 2 hours long, with one hour of studio time and one hour of party time. You are able to bring in snacks, cake, drinks and presents, as well as any plates, cutlery, napkins, that is required.

 

 

Michael’s

Michael’s Craft Store – located at 6677 Mary Ellen Drive, Nanaimo.

Micheal’s has many different kid-friendly party themes to choose from. Themed parties are $120, and include the following:

  • Party for up to 8 guests (including the birthday child) – $10.00 for each additional guest.
  • Craft supplies
  • Eight blank invitations and eight thank-you cards
  • Drawstring party bag for the guest of honour
  • Associate to lead the craft activities
  • Use of their classroom for 2 hours
  • Ability to bring in your own snacks, drinks, plates, cups, cutlery, decorations, etc.

Face painting can be added to your party for additional $25.00, and includes a face painting kit, as well as an associate to help.

Available Themes:

Ages 4 – 6

  • Pirate Adventure
  • Pretty Princess
  • Superhero Squad

Ages 7 – 10

  • Animal Safari
  • Magical Fairy Fest
  • Monster Mania
  • Polka Dot Party

Ages 11 – 14

  • Make Colourful Memories
  • Doodle It Yourself

If you don’t want to have a themed party, you have the option of just renting their classroom, and designing your own party. Please note: this party option does not include craft supplies.

The ‘Design your Own Party’ package costs $50.00 and includes the following:

  • Eight blank invitations and eight thank-you notes
  • Drawstring party bag for the guest of honour
  • Associate to help host the event
  • Use of the classroom for 2 hours

 


 

Spa Inspired Party - a great list of Central Vancouver Island birthday party locations.

Spa Inspired Party

Lush

Lush – located in Woodgrove Centre, #115-6631 Island Highway, Nanaimo.

Lush has two party packages available.

Party #1: Beauty School – Cost is $300, and is based on a minimum of 6 guests (each additional guest is $50, with a maximum of 12 guests).

Guests will enjoy:

  • A 2-hour private shopping experience
  • Personalized consultations
  • Learning about ingredients and products
  • Learning about how to make a bath bomb

Party Details:

  • Introduction to Lush/shop tour (15 minutes)
  • Skincare experience (25 minutes)
  • Finishing touches (25 minutes)
  • Break (15 minutes)
  • Making Bath Bombs (25 minutes)
  • Goodie bags/shopping (15 minutes)

Party #2: Lil’ Lush Fans – Cost is $300 and is based on a minimum of 6 guests (each additional guest is $50, with a maximum of 12 guests).

Guests will enjoy:

  • A 2-hour private shopping experience
  • Learning how to make a Bath Bomb
  • Trying out a Fresh face mask
  • Games, FUN and more!

Party Details:

  • Introduction to Lush/shop tour (15 minutes)
  • Making Bath Bombs (25 minutes)
  • Fresh face mask demo (25 minutes)
  • Break (15 minutes)
  • Games and FUN demo (25 minutes)
  • Goodie bags/shopping (15 minutes)

Things to note:

  • The cost of the party will be loaded onto a gift card and can be spent however you choose
  • Additional guests must be verified and paid for prior to the day of the party
  • A parent or guardian must be present for party-goers 12 years and under
  • Guests may bring their own food and drinks (no alcohol permitted), and can request a table for presents, food, etc.
  • Product purchases will occur at the end of the party
  • Cost of the party does not decrease if guests are fewer than 6

 


 

Martial Arts Party - a great list of Central Vancouver Island birthday party locations.

Martial Arts Party

 

SHAKU Family Martial Arts has two locations. One in Nanaimo, and the other in Ladysmith. Both offer a birthday party package.

  • 109 Finlayson Street, Nanaimo
  • 25 High Street, Ladysmith

Martial Arts Birthday Party Package 

The cost is $249 and includes the following:

  • Up to 16 kids ($10 for each additional child)
  • 1.5 hours of supervised fun, including games, activities, challenges, and some basic Martial Arts training (with the birthday child leading the way)
  • Pizza and drinks
  • Decorations (your child can select a favourite theme)
  • A free uniform and classes for all guests (in the form of a gift certificate)
  • Set-up and clean-up

Parents are welcome to sit back and relax, or you are welcome to join in on the fun!

 


Great birthday party location ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

Gym Party

Jumpin Jiminy’s

Jumpin Jiminy’s – located at Rock City Centre (#400 – 2980 Island Highway North, Nanaimo.

This indoor playground and cafe is always a hit with kids. Jumpin Jiminy’s offers one party package with a few varying options.

Birthday Party Package:

  • Weekend rate (Friday – Sunday) is $129 for up to 6 kids, with each additional child $10.00 each
  • Weekday rate (Monday – Thursday) is $89.00 for up to 6 kids, with each additional child $10.00 each

Party includes:

  • Admission and unlimited play
  • 50 minutes in the party room
  • Cutlery, plates, and napkins
  • Staff will set up and clean-up the party room

Additional options:

  • For an extra $4.50 per child Jumpin Jiminy’s will provide either hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, or Mac & Cheese, and a choice of juice, milk and/or bottled water.
  • For an additional $20 Jumpin Jiminy’s will provide a party host
  • For an extra $20 their mascot JJ will visit the birthday party

Things to note:

  • With the exception of a birthday cake, no outside food and/or drink is permitted.
  • Casual clothes are recommended. Socks are required!

 

Nanoose Hall

Location: 2489 Nanoose Rd, Nanoose Bay.

While the Nanoose hall doesn’t offer any gym equipment, the extremely cheap rate of $10.00 per hour makes this hall a popular spot for birthday parties.

The cost includes the following:

  • accommodate up to 99 people
  • kitchen facilities
  • tables and chairs
  • plenty of parking
  • yard area

At the time of this publishing the Nanoose Hall’s website was being updated and wasn’t available, but the contact person (Stormy) mentioned that there will be an online calendar to check for rental availability.

Please contact nanoosehall@gmail.com for further information.

 


 

Great birthday party location ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

Dance Party

Vibe Dance Studio – located at 1969 Boxwood Road, Nanaimo.

Nanaimo’s premier Hip Hop and Break Dance school also rents out their studio for birthday parties!

The rate is $150 (includes GST) for a two-hour party.

Party includes:

  • 1 hour of dance class, plus 1 hour of party time
  • 2 dance instructors
  • party games
  • tables and chairs for the party hour
  • music catered to the likes of your child

You have the ability to bring in food and drinks of your choice.

Birthday parties at Vibe Studio are recommended for ages 3 and up.

 


 

 

Great birthday party location ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

Barnyard Party

 

Hamilton Hobby Farm – 2679 Alberni Highway, Coombs.

Several people recommended Hamilton Hobby Farm to me, so this one must be good!

Birthday Party Package – $120 for up to 10 kids, with each additional child $5.00 each.

  • 2-hour party
  • separate covered picnic area (with a sink if needed)
  • decorations are included (but plates, napkins, cutlery, etc. are to be brought in)
  • pony rides
  • a bag of chicken feed per child
  • unlimited hay rides or barrel rides
  • guided tour (upon request)
  • coffee for the parents
  • staff clean up the mess

There is also an additional option of renting a BBQ for an extra $20.00.

  • Birthday parties are from either 11:00am – 1:00pm, or 2:00 – 4:00pm.
    • Other times may be requested if given ample notice
  • You have the ability to bring in food and drink of your choice.

 


 

For the full list of the best Central Vancouver Island birthday party locations, please also read Part 1 of this article.

!CLICK HERE to read the first part of this list!

Great birthday party location ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

Part 1

 

All prices mentioned in this article are posted as of March 2016 and may be subject to change at any time. Please assume taxes will be charged on top of any price mentioned unless otherwise stated. It is always advised to contact the individual location for exact pricing before booking. Please note: the businesses mentioned in either Part 1 or 2 of this list have not paid an advertising fee to be included in this resource. They are mentioned only due to genuine recommendations from myself or others.

 

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on Mar 31, 2016

Comments (7)

  • Carrie

    I’d love to see some ideas for further south on the island….Duncan? Lake Cowichan? Cowichan Bay?

    • Kim

      I hear you…unfortunately I’m not quite as familiar with those areas.

  • Barbara Strachan

    Arrowsmith Potters Guild also does birthday parties…great creative experience for kids. Check out the website at arrowsmithpottersguild.bc.ca for details!
    I’m assuming some of the locations are only available in the summer months, but the article doesn’t say. Lots of good information!!

    • Kim

      Thank you so much for the information, Barbara! I will look into adding Arrowsmith Potters Guild to the list. I think the only location that is seasonal would be the Barnyard party at Hamilton Hobby Farm. The rest would be great at any time of year.

  • Shelly

    Thank you for adding Hamilton Hobby Farm to your page.We love our life here on the farm and its shows.All ages welcome!

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