Best birthday party venues for kids

There are some years when holding your child’s birthday party at home isn’t practical or even desirable – a dozen eight-year old boys generally need more space than the average backyard will allow to enable them to burn off all their birthday party excitement!

But not being able to have a whole birthday party extravaganza at home doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate your child’s birthday with friends and family. In fact, there are many different ways you can throw a birthday party away from home.

Hiring space

If you can’t hold a birthday party at home because of space issues, there will be many venues in your local area which are available to hire on an hourly basis – and most of these are surprisingly affordable. Ring around but generally, the best places to try are:

  • Family Entertainment Centers

    The best place for a great birthday party is a dedicated family entertainment center or fun center.  These facilities are created specifically for allowing groups of children have active fun.  Many of them provide birthday party packages complete with cakes, snacks and even goodie bags which takes care of most of the party planning.

  • Church halls

    These spaces are often perfect because they usually have a kitchen and toilets attached, and plenty of space for kids to run around.

  • Community halls

    Much like church hall, these usually have the amenities you need, although community halls often house equipment for the community (!) so you may have slightly more limited space.

  • Daycare centers

    Most privately owned centers aren’t interested in hiring out their space out of hours, but some council-run centers do hire out their premises.

Hiring entertainment

If you want to throw a birthday party but don’t want to be responsible for the entertainment, consider hiring an entertainer for part, or all, of your birthday party. Many entertainers bring party favors and/or prizes with them, so make sure you ask exactly what you’ll be getting for your money when you book. Entertainers also charge for their time so you can save some money by booking them in half an hour after the party starts – this first half hour is almost always taken up by guests arriving, present giving and general party excitement when nothing structured really has to be planned.

  • Magician

    Hiring a (good!) magician has always been a safe entertainment option for a mixed-sex party. Most party magicians do a show rather than games, so before you book, ensure that your party audience will be old enough to sit still long enough to enjoy the magic

  • Fairy

    Having a fairy party almost seems like a right-of-passage for little girls – so it’s important to get it right! While you can very successfully throw a fairy party without having a Head Fairy, hiring a professional fairy to take over party proceedings is money well spent for most mums who don’t relish getting out a pair of wings!

  • Characters

    If you’ve a Spiderman-obsessed child, nothing will make him (or her!) happier than having Spidey turn up at his birthday party. Character entertainers usually make a grand entrance and then keep the party guests busy with suitably themed party games and activities.

  • Sports

    Sports parties are a great option if you want to hold your birthday party in a park and you’re inviting kids who need to do a lot of running around! Party organizers will come with the equipment necessary to play structured games.

  • Disco

    Disco parties are great fun for kids who love to sing and dance. The disco entertainer will turn up with their own sound system and will usually also have groovy disco lights and extra microphones and stands for a sing-along. To ensure a successful party, make sure the entertainer knows how old the party guests are and what type of music they like.

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