Where Can I Find Kids Ear Piercing Locations?
Most parents agree that when (or even IF) to pierce your child’s ear is an important and thoughtful decision – and it is definitely not for everyone.
If you have decided to get your child’s ears pierced, the next major decision is where to get ears pierced.
When I first started thinking about places, mall jewelry stores came to mind but I wasn’t sure about other options.
Fortunately, there are several options in the Kalamazoo area to consider for kids ear piercing, including piercing parlors and retail stores.
Should I Visit a Piercing Parlor or a Retail Piercer?
As with any significant decision, asking friends and family about their experiences and results is a good idea.
Call or even visit the location prior to in order to have all of your questions answered and make sure your child is comfortable with the process.
It’s worth asking your pediatrician or dermatologist to see if offer piercing for kids, or ask for recommendations.
Read on for all locations for kids ear piercing around Kalamazoo.
Kalamazoo Area Piercing and Tattoo Parlors
Piercing and tattoo parlors are a highly recommended option for both kids and adults as they are piercing experts.
Each location has different age and appointment requirements for kids ear piercings; it’s always best to call and confirm current policies as some may also be by appointment only.
What to Expect at a Piercing Parlor
• Ears will be pierced with needles only (no piercing guns).
• Legal identification is required for both the parent (drivers license) and the child (birth certificate).
• Each parlor has a different age minimum; some require that the child is old enough to verbally consent.
• Some locations can pierce both ears simultaneously (often called “tandem piercing”); call ahead to confirm that two piercers are available.
• Consider time of year: some may discourage summer piercings due to the risk of infection from lake and pool exposure.
6021 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
Minimum age: 5 years
Art and Soul will pierce children’s ears beginning at age five. They do not take appointments but have piercers available Tuesdays through Saturday. They are active on social media and update if their hours or availability is changing.
Spanky is the most well-known piercer at this location, but they do frequently have additional piercers available.
210 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Minimum Age: 5 years + verbal consent
Kitten Flower Boutique requires a child to be at least five years old and able to give verbal consent. Appointments are required if eight years or younger; this allows them to have two piercers available.
Children nine and older can be pierced as walk-ins.
1838 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Minimum Age: 7 years
No appointments are needed at Southpointe; piercings start at seven years old and will be done as walk-ins.
1930 W Milham Ave Ste A, Portage, MI 49024
Minimum Age: Verbal consent from child required
Katie from Art and Soul is now at Stay Awhile tattoo. Katie and additional piercers offer walk-in piercings 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays. Appointments are also available.
There is no set minimum age for Stay Awhile, but the child has to be old enough to provide verbal consent.
Kids Ear Piercing Retail Locations
Retail stores are an additional option for kids ear piercings. These stores use piercing “guns” rather than needles on ear lobes. Call ahead to confirm associate availability and age requirements.
Many offer kids ear piercing as a free service with the purchase of their earrings or earring kits.
6650 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49024
5775 Beckley Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49015
Minimum age: Infants
Claire’s pierces all ages (note: infants must have DTaP immunization). Minors need a parent or legal guardian present. Drop-ins are welcome at most locations. The store may be able to pierce both ears at the same time, but call ahead to confirm associate availability.
Multiple Locations (Piercing Locator)
Minimum age: Infants
Walmart uses the Inverness system and will pierce all ages, including infants. The piercing is free with the purchase of an ear-piercing kit. Call ahead to confirm a trained staff member is available.
Where is the best place to get my child’s ears pierced?
Location is a personal choice, but each one provides different staff with different training and uses different equipment.
There are typically three location types offered: (1) Doctors’ offices (2) Piercing & Tattoo Parlors (3) Retail Stores.
How much does piercing cost?
Costs can vary depending upon the provider, but most parents pay between $20 – $100 to pierce both child’s ears.
Some locations charge for the piercing and the jewelry, while others offer the service at a bundled price if you purchase the jewelry from their shop. Doctors’ offices will charge a fee for piercings that are not covered by insurance.
What is the minimum age for ear piercing?
This varies greatly by ear-piercing location.
Some will pierce infants, while others will not work with children until at least 12 years old. Some may also require the child’s verbal consent.
All will require a parent to be present and provide identification.
How should I clean the piercings?
Piercing locations should provide after care instructions, including cleaning requirements, length to keep the earrings in place after piercing, and other guidelines for healing.
Which metal is best to prevent allergic reactions?
Titanium (also used in medical surgeries) is regarded as the safest metal to prevent allergic reactions. Talk to your ear piercing service provider to confirm you are comfortable with their jewelry options.