Rebooting birthday parties – with safety measures!

In the early stages of the pandemic, drive-by birthday parades became a trendy way to mark a child’s special day. But thankfully it’s no longer the only safe birthday party option.

Local party entertainers and venue owners have created unique ways to ensure kids can celebrate their special day with friends, while still respecting pandemic protocols. In all cases, indoor parties are only permitted if there is enough space to meet current public health recommendations for physical distancing and other protocols.

PARTY ENTERTAINERS

ALAN GREENBERG: MAGICIAN

Options: Indoor, outdoor, and online
Venue: At home, in a park, or at a venue booked by the parents
What’s the same: Magic tricks with humour. He’s still a pro balloon-twister, but now inflates the balloons with an air compressor while wearing gloves and a mask before the show.
What’s new: His basement has been converted into a TV studio, complete with backdrop, lighting, and TV monitor to enable virtual classes and shows via Zoom or FaceTime. For outdoor events, he sets up a screened teepee for protection from the weather — and to keep the live birds from flying away!
For more information, call 514-341-9472 or email houdinimagicclub@hotmail.com

AMAZING TODSKY

Options: Indoor, outdoor, and online
Venue: At home, in a park, or at a venue booked by the parents
What’s the same: Magic (and comedy) shows tailored to various age groups, with balloon sculptures and optional magic loot bags.
What’s new: Children will be the magician’s assistant from the place they are sitting, rather than coming up ‘on stage.’
For more information, call 514-951-8633 or email todskymagic@gmail.com.

CREATIVE T-SHIRT PARTY

Options: Indoor or outdoor
Venue: At home or at a venue booked by the parents
What’s the same: Unique, no mess method of T-shirt art.
What’s new: Work station set up outside the home to finish the process of adhering the artwork onto the T-shirts. The participants enjoy colouring and creating while in a safe home environment using materials that have been sanitized and not used for seven days. Also, now offering COVID-19 mask art parties.
For more information, call 514-444-6437 or email info@t-shirtparties.com.

DINOVERSAIRE

Options: Indoor or outdoor
Venue: At home, in a park, or at a venue booked by the parents
What’s the same: Live animals, magic potions and science
What’s new: Animators wear a visor, disinfect the equipment and bring hand sanitizer.
For more information, call 514-652-5303 or email junior@dinoversaire.com.

ERICA SAMM

Options: Indoor and outdoor
Venue: At home, in a park, or at a venue booked by the parents
What’s the same: Party supplies, themes and entertainment including arts & crafts, cotton candy, caricature artists  and  mascots.
What’s new: Respect all public health regulations put forth by the government.
For more information, call 514-746-7266 or email ericasamm@hotmail.com

EVERBLAST

Options: Indoor, outdoor, and online
Venue: At home, in a park, or at a venue booked by the parents
What’s the same: A variety of active Everblast games including laser tag, wacky challenges, obstacle courses, and more.
What’s new: Physical distancing during games and all equipment is cleaned between groups. Animator will wear a mask indoors.
For more information, call 514-333-8326 or email info@everblastMTL.com

LULU / MONTREAL CLOWN

Options: Indoor, outdoor, and online
Venue: At home, in a park, or at a venue booked by the parents
What’s the same: Silly magic shows, bubble clowning, balloon sculptures and other clown activities.
What’s new: giant bubble-making activity, wacky hairdos with temporary hair colour spray, feathers, butterflies, spiderwebs, ocean waves, and spikes, temporary artistic tattoos (face painting alternative). Online face painting and balloon-making tutorials are also available. All artists wear visors, apply hand sanitizer regularly and sanitize gear between events.
For more information, call 514-677-9222 or email lulu@montrealclown.com

MICHELLE THE BEAD LADY

Options: Outdoor, online
Venue: In a park or venue booked by the parents
What’s the same:  Jewelry-making parties
What’s new:  Michelle the bead lady is functioning on a case-by-case basis, while keeping people at a safe, recommended distance. Extra effort is being taken to prep and individually pack materials as well as disinfect everything. Zooms, live appearances on Tik Tok and Facebook, and small socially distanced affairs. An online shop will be launched shortly.
For more information, call 514-817-2322 or email info@somethingfunky.ca

MY STUDIO PARTY

Options: Indoor, outdoor, and online
Venue: At home, in a park, or at a venue booked by the parents
What’s the same: Large variety of party themes, including art, dance, music, science, magic, and more.
What’s new: Parents must provide a hand-washing station, and all party guests must disinfect hands. Photo shoot accessories no longer provided (kids can bring their own accessories or parents can provide some in the loot bag).
For more information, call 1-833-677-2825 or email info@mystudioparty.ca.

REPTIZOO

Options: Indoor, outdoor, and online
Venue: At home, in a park, or at a venue booked by the parents
What’s the same: Exotic animal show-and-tell featuring reptiles, amphibians, snakes, small mammals, birds, and spiders.
What’s new: Staff must complete a health screening questionnaire and have their temperature taken. Animators wear masks and face shields. Audience must wash hands before presentations.
For more information, call 450 452-4966 or email reptizoo@outlook.com.

SPORTBALL

Options: Outdoor only
Venue: At home, in a park, or at a venue booked by the parents
What’s the same: An hour of sporty fun led by an experienced coach.
What’s new: Reduced numbers, minimized equipment sharing, and sanitizing equipment after every class.
For more information, call 514-331-3221 or email adminqc@sportball.ca.

SPORTLIFE

Options: Indoor or outdoor
Venue: At home, in a park, or at a venue booked by the parents
What’s the same: Young athletes get a taste of what it’s like to be a pro player in a championship sports event, with mock-interviews, trophy presentations, and even a dramatic entrance (complete with smoke machine).
What’s new: Handwashing before and after each activity, temperature checks, symptom-screening questionnaire, physical distancing when not participating in sports activities.
For more information, call 514-941-840 or email evan@sport-life.ca.

PARTY VENUES

iSAUTE

Options: Indoor venue
Venue: Laval, Brossard, Kirkland, Anjou, Quebec City
What’s the same: Trampoline party packages for up to eight kids. Birthday child gets an iSaute T-shirt and golden socks, as well as a coupon for a free hour of jump time for a future visit.
What’s new: Operating at reduced capacity to maintain physical distancing. Common area party tables will be set up to make it possible to stay apart (one empty table between each party). No shareable platters, bowls, etc. Individually wrapped, store-bought cupcakes are permitted (brought in by party parent/guardian), but no other cakes or desserts are permitted. Presents are not to be opened in the park.

iSaute has also added new hand sanitizer stations and additional cleaning protocols, including a water-based antimicrobial fogging system. Regular temperature checks required. Face masks required at all times except when during physical activity, eating and drinking (seated). Young children and people with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a face covering are exempt.

For more information, call 514-667-7644 or email infomontreal@isaute.ca.

JUKEBOX BURGERS

Options: Indoor venue (take-out food and curbside pickup available)
Venue: 11798 Salaberry Blvd., D.D.O.
What’s the same: Retro-cool restaurant offering burgers, hot dogs, and a variety of ice cream treats including sundaes and milkshakes.
What’s new: Maximum 10 guests per reservation. New sanitizer stations and additional cleaning protocols, employees wear masks and gloves. Menu viewable on your smartphone by scanning a QR code. Plexiglass divider barriers between booths. Seasonal car hop service available: eat in your vehicle with retro trays that hang off your car window.
For more information, call 514-542-3222 or email info@jukeboxburgers.com.

KART-O–MANIA

Options: Indoor venue
Venue: 5196 de la Savane St., Montreal
What’s the same: Kid-friendly indoor go-kart racing. Age 8 and up.
What’s new: Hand-sanitizing stations and mandatory masks. Equipment disinfected after every use.
For more information, call 514-725-0909 or email info@kart-o-mania.ca.

KAZOOM CAFE

Options: Indoor venue.
Venues: 2169 Marcel Laurin Blvd., suite 160, St. Laurent
7250 Taschereau Blvd., suite 39B, Brossard
What’s the same: Indoor play centre with separate toddler area for kids under 3.
What’s new: Reduced capacity to 50 people. Additional cleaning protocols, hand sanitizer stations, floor markings to indicate minimum physical distancing requirements. Masks required for ages 12 and up.
For more information, call 514-331-4386 email info@kazoomcafe.com

LAURENTIAN LANES

Options: Indoor venue
Venue: 222 Montée de Liesse, St. Laurent
What’s the same: Bowling parties.
What’s new: Physical distancing between groups, including space barriers and extensive disinfecting. Gloves supplied at no charge for bowling if requested. Food service continues; however, buffet sharing style is now available only for families.
For more information, call 514-341-4525.

NEMESIS

Options: Indoor and outdoor
Venue: 298 ch. du Bord du lac Rd., Pointe-Claire
What’s the same: Two-hour parties with access to more than 300 game titles to play on a variety of consoles and gaming PCs. Mobile gaming tent available for outdoor parties (must provide electricity).
What’s new: Physical distancing reminders, masks required, hand-sanitizing stations, more frequent cleaning.
For more information, call 514-692-4611 or email info@nemesislan.ca .

PEEK-A-BOO

Options: Indoor, outdoor and online
Venue: 3857 Decarie Blvd., or in parks or at home
What’s the same: Art and Lego Robotics parties as well as music and movement parties (for kids 1-4).
What’s new: Art Experience at Home where supplies are delivered to a person’s house or he/she can pick up at the centre. Pre-recorded video with step-by-step instructions on how to do the project. For parties, social distance, thorough cleaning and good hygiene measures in place.
For more information, call 514-394-1091 or email info@peekabooactivitycenter.com.

PUTTING EDGE

Options: Indoor venue
Venue: Laval (105 Promenade du Centropolis), St. Laurent (3500 de La Cote Vertu Blvd.  #140), and Montreal (1259 Guy St.)
What’s the same: Two hours of glow-in-the-dark indoor mini-putt course and credits to use at arcade.
What’s new: Groups limited to 15 people, including parents. Masks required for age 12 and older unless seated to eat. Parties recommended for age 7 and up. Hand sanitizing stations and extra cleaning measures in place.
For more information, visit puttingedge.com/make-a-reservation

VIVA VIDA ART GALLERY

Options: Indoor and outdoor
Venue: 278 ch. du Bord du lac, Pointe-Claire or at home, in a park, or at a venue booked by the parents
What’s the same: Start with an interactive tour of the gallery before making cool, one-of-a-kind art and receiving a birthday surprise. Choose from a variety of themes, such as painting, graffiti art, mosaic, funky jewelry making, mask sculptures, mixed media, clay, or suggest your favourite artist and design a project to fit your needs.
What’s new: Physical distancing required. Masks and special table barriers supplied upon request. All materials sanitized, and participants have their own individual art supplies to use.
For more information, call 514-694-1110 or email info@vivavidaartgallery.com.

WOWMOMS LAVAL

Options: Indoor
Venue: 3020 Curé-Labelle Blvd., Laval
What’s the same: Party-planning services and animation.
What’s new: New sanitizing stations and cleaning protocols. Regular temperature checks and symptom screening for employees and customers. Face masks required for everyone age 12 and up. Guest list tracks all people entering the facility in case contact tracing is needed.
For more information, call 450-687-6667 or email infolaval@wowmomsworld.com.

WOWMOMS MONTREAL

Options: Indoor and outdoor
Venue: 5155 de Sorel St., Montreal, or at home, in a park, or at a venue booked by the parents
What’s the same: Six event spaces for rent, as well as party-planning services and animation.
What’s new: At-home party planning, decor and entertainment services. New sanitizing stations and cleaning protocols. Regular temperature checks and symptom screening for employees and customers. Face masks required for everyone age 12 and up. Guest list tracks all people entering the facility in case contact tracing is needed.
For more information, call 1-855-969-6667 or email infomontreal@wowmomsworld.com.

ZIGZAGZOO

Options: Indoor venue
Venue: 980 St. Charles Ave., Vaudreuil-Dorion
What’s the same: Indoor family fun centre.
What’s new: Reduced capacity limits, including a maximum of 20 people in party rooms and 10 people per table in lunch room. Only children allowed in the play structure (except in toddler area). Physical distancing required, as well as masks for adults. Hand hygiene stations added. Water fountain closed.
For more information, call 450-424-3244.