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birthday parties for 1-5 year olds in Edmonton WRITTEN BY | DEANNE FERGUSON ...................................................... As a kid I had two options for my birthday parties: Tobogganing at a neighbour’s house (they were the only ones with a good enough hill) or Mcdonalds followed by a movie at the cheap theaters. I like to imagine that I would have had more options if my birthday was in July instead of January but I doubt it. As an event planner I love that there are so many options for parents now. Even a basic Princess Party can be customized and turned into something amazing! Whether you love to DIY or you hire everything out, kids parties can be fun and stress free! I always suggest to my clients to have the party somewhere besides your house. One reason is the set time limit for your guests. Parties are fun but after a while can be overwhelming for the child (and parents!) especially if the child is young. If you have the party outside your home you do not have to worry about guests staying all day and messing with naptime/bedtime. There are many options around Edmonton to host your child’s party. Java Mama, Cafe O’Play, Gymboree, and Treehouse Indoor Playground are all great options for a young child’s party. Places like these are fantastic for younger children since they are a safe, clean environment with equipment and play structures made specifically for younger kids. They can also help with set up and clean up allowing you more time with your guests. Java Mama and Gymboree also have party package options for a theme party complete with all the decorations and activities you need! The City of Edmonton also offers fun and original ideas for your child’s party. John Janzen the Zoo and the Muttart have the best options for younger kids. Party packages they offer include a Dinosaur Party, Nature Play, Fairy Parties, Animal Alphabet, and a Little Lady Bug party. Adding your own personal touches such as fairy wings for each child or special dino themed treat bags can create a custom party within a budget. If you would rather have the party in your own home there are so many options to keep the kids entertained! One of my favourite entertainers to work with is Mister Milo. Mister Milo is an educated fool, trained in the arts of tomfoolery, juggling, & wonder. He can be booked to appear at homes, halls, and all types of venues, bringing an engaging & hilarious show suitable for all ages.