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Parties & Room Bookings

The best Parties in Ottawa are right here at Dovercourt Recreation Centre!

Whether it's a birthday, anniversary or team celebration, we'll make your event a piece of cake!

Choose one of our party packages, check the party times and availability online (on our online registration website), and then call 613-798-8950 ext. 0 to book.

Party bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis. You may check availability of parties online, and you can book with Customer Service (613-798-8950 ext 0). The party fee is due at time of booking. Please note that there is a $20 admin fee for any refunds and cancellations. If you do not know the final number always select the minimum and upgrade number of participants at least 1 week before with Party & Booking Supervisor at ext 273.

Our parties are held at both Dovercourt Recreation Centre (411 Dovercourt Ave.) and the McKellar Park Fieldhouse (539 Wavell Ave near Byron).

The Party Coordinator will confirm the details during the week prior to your booked party and be on hand during your party.

Boston Pizza Carling Avenue is offering a special menu for parties; order through the Customer Service staff at Dovercourt (613-798-8950 ext. 0):

  • Cheese pizza (10 slices): $13.50 + HST
  • Pepperoni Pizza (10 slices): $13.50 + HST
  • Chicken Fingers (10 pack): $14.75 + HST
  • Garden Salad (10 servings): $14.75 + HST
  • Caesar Salad (10 servings): $14.75 + HST
  • Juice or Water: $1 + HST

For Party extras like customized invitations and a birthday party frame, see our Party Extras page

Scroll down to read about all your party options.

Dovercourt Theme Parties

Enjoy two full hours of fun with a talented Party Leader. Dovercat Theme parties offer age appropriate activities, crafts and games in a decorated party room all according to a theme of your choice. Choose the theme you like best (see below) then let us do the rest! Dovercat theme parties may take place at McKellar Park, located at 539 Wavell Ave and at our Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt Ave. Please ask for room and location clarification.

Themes To Choose From: Fairy Tale Fantasy, Secret Jungle Safari, Super Heroes, Hawaiian Luau, Princess & Pirates, Dino Dig, Under the Sea, Outer Space Adventure

Saturdays & Sundays

4-5 yr olds

  • $160 (1- 8 participants)
  • $205 (9-12 participants)
  • $250 (12-16 participants)
  • Maximum number of participants is 16

6+ yr olds

  • $160 (1- 10 participants)
  • $205 (11 - 15 participants)
  • $250 (16 - 20 participants)
  • Maximum number of participants is 20

*Dovercat Theme Parties may take place at McKellar Park, 539 Wavell Ave near Byron or at Dovercourt Recreation Centre at 411 Dovercourt Ae. Please ask for room and location clarification.

Cool Cat Theme Swim Parties

A 45 minute party swim, followed by an hour and a half in a decorated party room, our energetic party leader will bring to life the theme you have chosen through games, crafts and play. Sit back and relax – we take care of the mess, the participants and the FUN!

Themes To Choose From
Fairy Tale Fantasy, Secret Jungle Safari, Super Heroes, Hawaiian Luau, Princess & Pirates, Dino Dig, Under the Sea, Outer Space Adventure
 

Saturdays  & Sundays 

4-5 yrs:

  • $235 (1-8 participants) requires a MINIMUM of 2 adults in the pool (this does not mean 'only')
  • $280 (9-12 participants) requires a MINIMUM of 3 adults in the pool
  • $325 (13-16 participants) requires a MINIMUM of 3 adults in the pool
  • Maximum number of participants is 16.

6+ years:

  • $235 (1-10 participants) requires a MINIMUM of 1 adult in the pool 
  • $280 (11-15 participants) requires a MINIMUM of 2 adults in the pool
  • $325 (16-20 participants) requires a MINIMUM of 2 adults in the pool
  • Maximum number of participants is 20.

** Adult: Child Pool Ratio **
1 adult : 2 children – 5yr and under
1 adult : 4 children – 6-9yr
1 adult : 8 children – 10yr and older

Please note: During swim time the pool is reserved especially for your party (you may share it with up to one other party, maximum of 40 kids in total). Participants should arrive 10-15min early to factor in changing time for the swim. All participants wishing to access deep end must pass a swim test. No flotation device allowed in deep end. Certain number of adults must be in the water with the kids: 1 adult:2 children - 5yrs and younger; 1 adult:4 children – 6 to 9yr; 1 adult:8 children – 10yrs and older

Other Pool Options

Want to do your own thing in the pool + a party room? Book a shared pool for $195 or a whole pool for $390. Start with 45 minutes + a total of 2.5 hours in your party room. 

Share Pool: Up to 20 children. Number of adults allowed in the water is what’s needed to meet pool safety ratio
Full Pool: Up to 125 people in total in the water.

Saturdays and Sundays

Please note: Participants should arrive 10-15min early to factor in changing time for the swim. All participants wishing to access deep end must pass a swim test. No flotation device allowed in deep end.  Certain number of adults must be in the water with the kids: 1 adult:2 children - 5yrs and younger; 1 adult:4 children – 6 to 9yr; 1 adult:8 children – 10yrs and older

SPECIALTY PARTIES

Choose from a wide variety of amazing offerings to make your celebration unique!

NEW! Lego Party 5+

Enjoy a full hour of Lego fun with the Lego Guy, Ian Dudley, followed by an hour of great times with your friends and family in your very own party room. A party leader, decorations, and table linen can be provided for your party.

Choose from the following 3 options, according to age of birthday child:

Build it Big - 5 & 6 year olds

Working in pairs, children are introduced to forces and engineering principles as they build big, strong structures using Duplo blocks. Projects include strong walls and pyramids. A robotics demonstration concludes the party.

• $250 - Maximum of 8 participants (includes birthday child)

Junior LEGO Engineer - 7 & 8 year olds

We start by playing the LEGO Creator Game, in teams of two, as an ice breaker. This board game involves building a variety of small projects from instruction cards. Next, in groups, we build one or more mechanical projects using LEGO Technic. These unique projects may include a battling top and/or a paper crinkler. A robotics demonstration concludes the party.

• $250 - Maximum of 8 participants (includes birthday child)

Senior LEGO Engineer - 9 to 14 year olds 

We start in groups, building mechanical projects using LEGO Technic. These unique projects may include a battling top and/or a paper crinkler. Then, in teams, we build LEGO robots using Mindstorms NXT, and we do a Sumo challenge.

• $250 - 9yr - 10yr:  Max. 10 participants (includes birthday child)

• $250 - 11yr-14yr:  Max. 12 participants (includes birthday child)

Please note: Lego party is currently only offered in English. Decorations and party leader are not included during the second hour, but can be provided.

new! Rock Climbing Party

Come join us for a rockin' good time! Kids will enjoy an hour of indoor rock climbing with our climbing instructors. The second hour will be filled with fun activities you have planned in your own party room. Party Leaders, decorations, and table cloths can be provided for the second hour. Harness and helmets will be provided and must be worn. Closed toe shoes with proper ankle support must be worn. Kids will not be allowed to climb with crocs or sandals.
Please note that the climbing wall is on the pool deck. Please dress accordingly.

Child turning 4-5yr, $250 - Max. 8 participants (includes birthday boy/girl)

Children 6-12 yrs, $250 - Max. 10 participants (includes birthday boy/girl)

Radical Science by Little Ray


In partnership with Radical Science by Little Ray. Enjoy a high energy, interactive science show for 1 hour with a 'rad' scientist, followed by an hour of fun in your very own party room enjoying activities you have planned. Choose from following options:

1. ‘Light It Up’ party with take-home Glo Slime (8+ yrs)
2.  ‘Heat Wave’ party with take-home Lava Slime
3.  ‘Potions in Motion’ party with take-home Putty

Saturdays & Sundays, $240, 1-20 participants
For more information visit: www.radicalscience.ca

Please note: Decorations and party leader are not included during the second hour, but can be provided.

Pottery Party Ages 6+



Enjoy an hour of fun hands-on pottery making with our amazing pottery instructor, followed by an hour in the party room enjoying activities you have planned. Each participant will complete a project to be fired in the kiln and picked up at a later date.

Saturdays & Sundays, $195, 1-10 participants

 

Please note: Decorations and party leader are not included during the second hour, but can be provided. The number of participants includes the birthday child.

Sports Party


A birthday party for active kids!

Enjoy an hour of active fun and games with our energetic sport leader, followed by an hour in your very own party room enjoying activities you have planned. Choose from the following options:

• Floor hockey
• Indoor soccer
• Kids-n-motion is an exciting, active session involving a circuit of fun fitness activities including Agility ladders, Bosu balance trainers, a variety of balance tools, tubing, hurdles, obstacle course and more. 
• Hooping (8+) - Learn cool skills with our modern hoops (larger, heavier & easier to hoop with than the small plastic hoops found in stores). Hoop on your waist, hips, neck, off the body and more! 
Saturdays & Sundays
Sports Party 4-5 yrs:
$150 (1-8 participants, 1 party leader)
$195 (9-12 participants, 2 party leaders)
$240 (13-16 participants, 3 party leaders)
Maximum number of participants is 16.
Sports Party 6+ yrs:
$150 (1-10 participants, 1 party leader)
$195 (11-15 participants, 2 party leaders)
$240 (16-20 participants, 3 party leaders)
Maximum number of participants is 20.

 

Please note: Decorations and party leader are not included during the second hour, but can be provided. The number of participants includes the birthday child.

Dance Party Ages

Enjoy an hour of fun and creative dancing with our dance leader, followed by an hour in your very own party room enjoying activities you have planned. Choose from the following options:

 

  • Hip Hop
  • Ballet
  • Creative movement (ideal for the younger age group)

Saturdays & Sundays

Dance Party 4-5 yrs:
$150 (1-8 participants, 1 party leader)
$195 (9-12 participants, 2 party leaders)
$240 (13-16 participants, 3 party leaders)
Maximum number of participants is 16.
Dance Party 6+ yrs:
$150 (1-10 participants, 1 party leader)
$195 (11-15 participants, 2 party leaders)
$240 (16-20 participants, 3 party leaders)
Maximum number of participants is 20.

 

Please note: Decorations and party leader are not included during the second hour, but can be provided. The number of participants includes the birthday child.

Little Ray's Reptile Zoo Party! Ages 4-12

Celebrate your event with creepy crawlers and little critters. Your group can expect to see about 10 to 12 animals including snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, tarantulas, scorpions and a crocodilian, followed by an hour in your very own party room with fun activities you have planned.

Saturdays & Sundays, $260, 1-20 participants

For more about Little Ray's, visit their website: www.raysreptiles.com

Please note: Decorations and party leader are not included during the second hour, but can be provided. The number of participants includes the birthday child.

Busker Parties Ages 4-12

Enjoy a full hour of Busker Party fun that’s great for the kids and the whole family! It begin with a high energy show that’s full of juggling, magic, interactive comedy, and finish off with one of choices below. All this followed by an hour in your very own party room doing fun activities you have planned.
1) cool balloon animals for every child attending
2) a circus workshop involving juggling, rolling globe balancing, the art of yo-yoing, plate spinning or theatre games (not all activities may apply)

Saturdays & Sundays, $255 (1-20 participants)

For more about Busker Party: www.buskerbirthdays.com

Please note: Decorations and party leader are not included during the second hour, but can be provided.

Looking for something a little different? 

Raven Street Studios, located in the west end, offers The Karaoke Party and The Jam Party for the musically minded in their state-of-the-art recording studio. Read more about them here (pdf). 

General Room Bookings

For room/ meeting bookings on weekdays, please contact Paulina at party@dovercourt.org. The set up and take down of tables & chairs is including in all parties and booking rentals.

Please note that Paulina is in the office from Tuesday to Saturday.

Approximate capacity of our rooms:

  • Small: 20-30 people
  • Medium: 45-70 people
  • Large: 70-125 people

Weekday/ Weekend hourly room rate:

  • Small: $37.77/ hr weekday;  $65/ hr weekend
  • Medium: $46.53/ hr weekday;  $65/ hr weekend
  • Large: $61/ hr weekday;  $65/ hr weekend

Hourly room rate for rentals with alcohol:

 

  • Small: $65.13/ hr weekday & weekend
  • Medium: $85.66/ hr weekday & weekend
  • Large: $110.05/ hr weekday & weekend.

 

Party & Room Upgrades

  • Cotton Candy: $1/ bag
  • Party Leader: $45/ 2 hours
  • Decorations (wall + table decoration, table cloth, streamers): $45
  • Dovercat Appearance: $90

Extras

Food: You may bring in or order any type of food you wish to serve. You will have access to a regular size fridge & freezer and microwaves.
Alcohol: Is allowed, but requires a Liquor license, liability waiver form filled out, liability insurance fee (rate depends on number of participants), refer to hourly room rates listed above specifically for liquor.

What else should I bring?

  • Camera & Mermory Cards/ film, batteries
  • Video camera
  • Birthday Cake, candles, matches
  • paper plates, cups, forks & other cutlery, knife, napkins
  • Juice or pop, additional snacks or food
  • Loot bags

Custom Parties

If you have something special in mind, we can create a party customized to meet your needs! Please use the form below to submit your request; we will be in touch to discuss availability, booking and payment. Please note: Payment is due at the time of booking.

Custom Party Form

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