Photo courtesy Portland Goat Parties

More and more birthday venues are opening back up to give kids parties to remember. We’ve got the scoop on indoor and outdoor venues hosting parties — plus local kindie performers who will bring the party to you.

Come On In: Party Places Open for Indoor, In-person Celebrations.

Your birthday kid and up to seven of their friends can learn to cook tacos, sushi, sweet treats and more at The Merry Kitchen. (Pro tip: They eat their creations outside.) In-home and virtual options are also available.

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Let the kids hang out — literally — at Aerial Dance PDX. Parties for up to eight kids include a dance warm-up, an aerial lesson on fabric and trapeze, and time to open gifts.

STEM-loving littles will revel in the kid-friendly lab experiments from Mad Science of Portland/Vancouver. It’s open for parties at its facility, but the staff can also bring the science to you, or do parties virtually.

Beloved play gym The Wiggle Room is back open for parties! Get the latest information on party guidelines from its website.

Let kids get creative at Owl & Bee Clay Company. Visit the studio or have the clay, tools and glazes brought to your home.

The Great Outdoors: In-person, Outside Party Venues.

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Want to pet baby goats at a birthday party? We’re not kidding when we say Portland Goat Parties will let you do just that at their farm. (They will even bring baby goats to your yard!)

Have you heard of FootGolf? Colwood Golf Center’s got special courses for this combo of soccer and golf — and it’s a perfect party activity for sports-loving kids.

If your kiddo loves big machines, check out the tractor-ride birthday party option at Topaz Farm. Kids will experience a hay ride around the farm and get to explore the inside of the tractor, too. (There’s a farm animal option as well!) Pro tip: Parties are only offered seasonally from May through the end of September.

Visit Triskelee Farm for an outdoor farm party, which involves petting and feeding goats, alpacas, ostriches, bunnies, pigs, chickens, horses and more. For its indoor horse-riding parties, kids can even ride a magical unicorn!

Kids can have a U-pick farm party at Bella Organic. Depending on the time of year, kids can pick berries or veggies in addition to riding the cow train around the property.

Local Kids’ Performers Bring the Party to You!

Penny’s Puppets has several interactive show choices for birthday parties and will work to make your event truly memorable.

Call Matt Lynch, aka Tallulah’s Daddy, to bring perennial kid songs, classic rock hits and original tracks to your kiddo’s party.

It doesn’t get more Portland than tall-bike-riding clowns OIive & Dingo. They’ll offer up stories, silly songs, incredible balloon animals and lots of laughs at your kid’s party.

Local treasure, Mo Phillips, is back to singing for the littles. He’s got a Supa Dupa list of songs to keep kids jamming.

Kelli Welli will perform her whimsical, tongue-twisting, kid-pleasing songs at your kid’s celebration.

Kindie folk-rock icon Red Yarn will travel to outdoor parties with his guitar and sassy critter puppets. His foot-stomping tunes are sure to turn any party into a barn dance!

Magic, comedy, juggling, balloon animals — Spencer Sprocket does a little bit of everything to keep his audience entertained.

Editor’s note: As we all know, COVID-19 closures could happen again. As of press time, these businesses were confirmed to be open. Be sure to also check with each place for its masking guidelines. (Per the governor’s August mandate, masks are now required at indoor businesses.)

Denise Castañon

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