Party Guide for Kalamazoo and Beyond

Planning a birthday party can be quite a task. That’s why we are here to help. Whether you are looking for a place to host (and clean up) your party, host an active themed party, or maybe even have a princess, superhero or magician visit, we have you covered. We hope you’ll love using our Kalamazoo Birthday Party Planning Guide to find the perfect way to celebrate your child’s special day.

We’ve also got an extensive list of indoor and outdoor party venues you can rent for your next group occasion. Scroll down to the bottom of the article for links and descriptions.

Sponsor listings are posted at the top. We thank them for their support of KZOOKIDS.

Places and Services for your Kalamazoo Birthday Party

Branch Gymnastics & KidsSports USA

Branch Gymnastics & KidsSports USA

To experience “the best birthday party ever”, look no further than Branch Gymnastics & KidsSports USA. A Branch Gymnastics birthday party is a fun and unique way for any child to celebrate their special day with friends and family! Each child will have the opportunity to experience a variety of favorite gym activities including the trampolines, foam pits, bars and balance beams, obstacle courses, ropes, bounce house and much more!

Branch provides three party package options to fit the needs of each family. Our Gold party includes everything needed for a birthday celebration… just bring the guests and let us handle all the details!

Our Gold package includes one hour of gymnastics and one hour of party room time, pizza, juice, cupcakes, birthday paper products, goodie bags, invitations and a special T-shirt for the birthday child. Branch’s birthday attendants will handle set up, organizing and recording any gifts received, clean up and more!

The gymnastics portion of the party is designed to cater to the age and ability of your guests, with tons of smiles along the way. All party packages include 10 children, including the birthday child. To increase your party’s participants, additional guests and refreshments can be added.

“We celebrated my daughters 8th birthday at Branch and it was awesome! She had 10 friends/family of various ages from 3-8 years old, both boys and girls, and everyone had a great time. The staff were extremely helpful and did everything for me including serving pizza, drinks, cake, opening and organizing presents, and leading the kids through various activities in the gym. It was just the right amount of time, and was so easy. Branch even provided the decorations and paper products! All I brought was the birthday girl and a camera. I would definitely do this again and recommend for any parents that wants a fun filled, one-stop-shop birthday!”

Erin, Branch Gymnastics Customer

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Battle Creek Location | 393 Helmer Road North, Battle Creek, MI 49037 | 269-963-4770
Kalamazoo Location | 6712 Financial Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 | 269-544-3000
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Branch Gymnastics & KidsSports USA
Four Points Hotel Kalamazoo

Four Points Hotel Kalamazoo

Plan your child’s themed Birthday Party here at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Kalamazoo. We are the perfect place for birthday parties for children. Our hotel offers a spacious outdoor patio and a large pool house indoors. All parties are designed to keep your child and their friends excited, having fun and building memories to last a lifetime. Our catering staff will provide professional care with every detail in mind.

For more details contact Devon Jackson, Catering Sales Manager at 269-385-6753 or DJACKSON@FOURPOINTSKALAMAZOO.COM

“I’m so glad we went with the Four Points to host our daughter’s Mermaid pool party! We walked into a beautifully decorated pool area which surpassed my expectations. The food was delicious, kid-friendly, and more plentiful than I expected. The party host went above and beyond! She was so helpful that I was able to sit back, relax and enjoy the party too. All in all, a terrific experience!”

Customer of Four Points Hotel Kalamazoo

CONTACT INFORMATION:
3600 E Cork Street Ct.  Kalamazoo, MI, 49001 | 269-385-6753
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Four Points Hotel Kalamazoo
Airway Fun Center

Airway Fun Center

No Muss, No Fuss, Party with Us! Airway Fun Center is the premier destination for fun and entertainment in Southwest Michigan! From Bowling and Laser Tag to Mini Golf and Go Karts we have something fun for everyone. Let our fun and friendly staff do the work and give you and your child a party to remember for years. With multiple packages to choose from visit our website or call the center for details.

“Had my son’s 10th birthday party today and we had an absolute blast! Our party hostess did an amazing job. It was so nice to be able to have fun with my kids instead of having to host everything. It was definitely worth every dime. We loved the variety of games and activities. We will definitely be back!”

Lacey, Airway Fun Center Customer

CONTACT INFORMATION:
5626 Portage Rd, Portage MI 49002 | 269-327-7061
EMAIL | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Airway Fun Center
Alan Kazam Magic Show!

Alan Kazam Magic Show!

Alan Kazam has been delighting children of all ages in the Kalamazoo area for over 25 years! His fun and amazing Magic Show includes non-stop thrills, excitement and laughter. Imagine the look on your child’s face when birdcages vanish into thin air and bunnies multiply. Alan’s premium package even includes levitating the Birthday Child 4 feet in mid air and making either Mom or Dad “disappear!” And if that’s not enough Alan even includes “Magic Goodie Bags” for all the kids so they can continue making magical memories long after the party is over.

If it’s fun, laughter and unforgettable memories you want contact Alan Kazam today!

“Our son’s 5th Birthday party was PERFECT because of the FABULOUS Alan Kazam Magic Show!”

Colleen Roemer, Alan Kazam Customer

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Serving Southwest Michigan | 866-641-4530
EMAIL | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Alan Kazam Magic Show!
BenJammin Educational Music

BenJammin Educational Music

BenJammin will rock out with your kids, (2-7y/o), while they learn about health, self-confidence, conflict resolution, and core subjects through interactive music. Together, we use hand drums, guitar, ukulele, piano, drumsticks, stories and a few puppets to teach children life skills through audience participation and song. JOIN THE BAND!!

CONTACT INFORMATION:
269-267-1812
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BenJammin Educational Music
Once Upon A Princess

Once Upon A Princess

Kick your party up a notch by inviting your child’s favorite storybook character, princess, superhero and more! We have been in the Kalamazoo area for over 9 years and are the premiere character performance company focusing on fun while instilling values and morals appropriate for all ages!

CONTACT INFORMATION:
269-720-9999
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Once Upon A Princess
Just Move Fitness and More

Just Move Fitness and More

Celebrate with dancing and games to get everyone moving! Starting party package ($150) includes 1-hour party (30 minutes of activity plus 30 minutes in party room) for 15 guests. Each party is customized to the birthday girl/boy’s interests and can include disco lights, pom poms, parachute, bubbles & more!

CONTACT INFORMATION
Hillside Center, 626 Romence Road, Ste. 104, Portage, MI 49024 | 269-425-2387
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Just Move Fitness and More
Little Dreamers Sleepovers

Little Dreamers Sleepovers

West Michigan’s premier sleepover specialist, providing complete sleepover package rentals to your homes, that your little ones will remember for a life time. Choose from a wide range of options and activities (such as a spa party, tea party, or baking party) to surprise your guest of honor for any occasion.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Located in Hastings MI | 616-446-8160
EMAILWEBSITE FACEBOOK

Little Dreamers Sleepovers
Brian Penny, Magician

Brian Penny, Magician

“MAKING BIRTHDAYS MEMORABLE!”

Would you like a stress-free party and One to Remember!

Escape the Ordinary and book Brian Penny for their special day. Two AWESOME packages.

Kalamazoo’s Favorite Magician! Unique style of magic, highly energetic with crazy stunts … SATIFACTION GUARANTEED!

Magic, Comedy, Balloon Sculptures, Games & Audience Interaction!

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Located in Portage, Michigan | 269-327-5111
EMAILWEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Brian Penny, Magician
Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Experience

Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Experience

Want an out of this world birthday experience? Celebrate with friends and family at the Air Zoo! You’ll find more than 50 rare and historic aircraft, aerospace artifacts, rides, full-motion flight simulators, a 3D/4D theater, hands-on exhibits and more! Come explore, imagine and discover at the Air Zoo.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

6151 Portage Road, Portage, MI 49002 | 269-382-6555
EMAILWEBSITE | FACEBOOK

Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Experience

Party Rental Guide: Venues For Your Next Party

Hosting events – birthday, graduation, reunion, baby shower, etc. – outside of the home can be a blast. After all, you don’t need to figure out how to get the chocolate stain out of your favorite chair after the party. However, finding the right venue can be tricky.

To help, we put together this list of venues you can book for your next group gathering. Have a look!

INDOOR VENUES

The Station: Conveniently located near downtown Kalamazoo attractions and shops, The Station offers a choice of two studios for rent for one hour or more. 169 Portage Street, Kalamazoo | 269-870-5226

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan: They have space available for meetings, weddings, corporate retreats, parties, and more. The Center has a kitchen, a meeting room that holds 200 people, a lobby gathering space, and a café on five acres of land. 601 West Maple Street, Kalamazoo | 269-532-7011

Kalamazoo County Expo Center: The Kalamazoo Expo Center offers indoor and outdoor event space perfect for any size reception, meeting or event, along with plenty of free on-site parking. 2900 Lake Street, Kalamazoo | 269-383-8761

Kalamazoo Valley Museum: The Museum offers a welcoming, fun environment for groups or individuals desiring a space for receptions, meetings, and parties. 230 North Rose Street, Kalamazoo | 269-488-4204 

Portage Community CenterPortage Community Center has three rooms available for rent, which can accommodate a group size from 10-90. 325 East Centre, Portage | 269-323-1942

Oshtemo Community CenterThe Oshtemo Community Center, originally a fire station, was renovated into two separate rooms, with capacity of 40 to 60 people. These beautifully renovated rooms are ideal for family get-togethers, baby showers, wedding showers and many other occasions. 6407 Parkview, Kalamazoo | 269-375-4260

The Grange Hall With hardwood floors and a raised stage area, the air-conditioned hall is a popular destination for dances and jam sessions. It is also a wonderful venue for family reunions, holidays, and wedding receptions.  3234 North 3rd Street, Kalamazoo | 269-375-4260

YMCA of Greater KalamazooThe YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo rents its facilities at both the Maple and Portage branch on a request basis as a member benefit. Portage Branch: 2900 W. Centre, Portage, 269-324-9622 | Maple Branch: 1001 W. Maple St., Kalamazoo, 269-345-9622

Paw Paw District Library: The Paw Paw District Library offers a community room, with a capacity of 210 persons, for not-for-profit use at no charge. An established hourly rental fee will be charged to for-profit users and also for social events such as parties, baby showers, and receptions and for out-of-district users. 609 West Michigan Avenue, Paw Paw | 269-657-3800

W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary: Spruce Lodge is nestled on the shores of Wintergreen Lake at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and provides a picturesque location for any event – birthday, bridal shower, baby shower, family reunion or any meeting. 12685 East C Avenue, Augusta | 269-671-2400 

Richland Area Community CenterFor indoor rental, the Sun Room & Kitchen is perfectly set for a shower or other family gathering and has a capacity of 60 persons. 9400 East CD Avenue, Richland | 269-629-9430 

Other venues mentioned by our readers:

OUTDOOR VENUES

Oshtemo Township: Several outdoor options include:

  • Oshtemo Township Park Pavilion holds 12 picnic tables and can be rented for a full day (11 AM – 8 PM) or a half day (11 AM to 3 PM, or 4 PM to 8 PM). 7275 West Main, Kalamazoo
  • Flesher Field Pavilion holds 9 picnic tables. 3664 South 9th, Kalamazoo
  • Gazebo rental at Flesher Field. The new gazebo and garden area can be rented for outdoor weddings, concerts and other special events. 3664 South 9th, Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo County Parks: Kalamazoo County Parks (Cold Brook, Markin Glen, Prairie View, Scotts Mill & River Oaks) all offer the perfect location for a family gathering, company picnic, school outing, or group picnic. Picnic shelters feature grills, electricity, water and clean modern restrooms at or near the shelters.

Portage Parks & Recreation: The City of Portage has several pavilions and facilities suitable for hosting many types of special events/meetings, which include:

  • Pavilions: Ramona Park, Lakeview Park, Central Park, Westfield Park
  • Facilities: Hayloft Theatre, Stuart Manor, Amphitheatre, Grain Elevator, Gazebo, Schoolhouse, Schrier Park, Overlander Bandshell

Visit the website for specific rental information on each venue or call the Parks Department at 269-329-4522.

Kalamazoo Nature Center: Member of the Kalamazoo Nature Center? The Tree Top room provides a great indoor spot for a small, informal gathering of up to 30 people and outdoors, the Picnic Area, located at the edge of the Arboretum, is a quiet get-away spot surrounded by the green of nature. 7000 North Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-381-1574

Texas Township: The Joyce I Neubauer Farmers Market Pavilion is home to the Texas Township Farmers Market during the summer months and is available to rent for community activities, birthday parties, celebrations, and other events during times of non-use. 7110 West Q Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-375-1591

Historic Charlton ParkHistoric Charlton Park offers a variety of rental venues, both indoor and outdoor. Seasonally they offer a Mini-Shelter option that holds 50 persons, and rents from April through October. 2545 South Charlton Park Road, Hastings | 269-945-3775

Kalamazoo Birthday Party Planner

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