Childrens' Parties in Dorset

Everyone remembers parties from their childhood, so when it’s your child’s turn to host a party, naturally you will want to make it extra special for them.

Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to arrange a bespoke party, whether this is at home or a party venue of choice.

Many venues and entertainers offer a multitude of packages to suit different tastes and budgets, which you can read about in this party guide.

The great reward for all the effort, is a very happy child, who will be filled with plenty of fond memories...


So, what are the latest Children's Party Trends for 2018?


Science and Slime Parties

Science and Slime parties engage young minds with a combination of thrilling demonstrations, wacky experiments and plenty of hands-on activities. Many science party companies run age-related, interactive games so children can concoct exciting things such as gooey DIY slime, amazing bubbles and colour-changing potions. Enormous fun and educational too.




Unicorn, Rainbow and My Little Pony Parties

Unicorns, Rainbow and My Little Pony are big news at the moment, so if your child wants this as his or her party theme, you will be spoilt for choice as many shops and partyware stores currently provide a mass of items to suit all budgets.

Add an extra element of surprise with some fun quirky goodies such as rainbow juice, unicorn photo booth props, rainbow wands, unicorn magic potion or My Little Pony invites.



Fairy Tents and Indoor Teepees

Fairy Tents and Indoor Teepees are great places for the children to enjoy a mini adventure away from the watchful eye of the adults in charge. Inside their ‘secret’ den they can use their wildest imaginations to tell fantastic stories and play fun spy games. Furnish the tent or den with sparkly fairy lights or lanterns and pad it out with cosy rugs and comfortable cushions. A food hamper filled with a feast of cupcakes, chopped fruit and snacks will go down a treat too. For inspiration take a look at the Pinterest pages – fairy tents and indoor teepees



Computer Gaming Parties

Video game, console and coding parties bring birthday celebrations well into the 21st century, and have become hugely popular party options among boys and girls. The games can be put into an inclusive multiplayer mode enabling youngsters to challenge each other in a fun way. The choice of games is vast – choose from singing and dancing games, or football and Minecraft games, for example.




Ice-cream and Milkshake Parties

Ice-cream and milkshake parties offer a really appetising option, enabling guests to have fun concocting their own indulgent delicacy. Many family friendly cafes and venues provide this type of party where half the fun is consuming the final creation. Needless to say, this a great option for those on a budget, as the food is part of the package.




Party Checklist

Make sure you don't forget anything important by using this party checklist.  Click on the links below for more...

For parties at home click here

For parties at a venue click here

For party game ideas click here

For party food ideas click here

For an easy to make birthday cake click here

For party bag ideas click here

For invitation RSVP etiquette click here

For those 'Don't Forget Items' click here

For Five Pound Gift Ideas click here


Here are some details about party providers and entertainers close to you:


Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Tel: 01202 622022

Hosting a party can be daunting (and deafening, from all those excited screams!). So here’s the perfect solution; let Farmer Palmer’s handle it for you. Use the easy online booking system to select a date, pay your deposit and then invite your guests – Farmer Palmer’s will take care of the rest. Packages include; 2 free adult places with every child attending, party bags which include awesome TY toys, a tractor ride, hot or cold food options and much more. Prices start from just £14.95 per child.



Pop Idol for a Day

Tel: 01202 746049 or 07941 429313

For that unique birthday treat why not book a singing party at Pop Idol for a Day Recording Studio in Poole? They have various children’s birthday singing packages available where each singer goes away with a personalised CD and a party bag. All the latest songs are available and after the singing, the studio turns into a disco party. You can take food or order a pizza delivery to the studio. See the 5 Star reviews on Facebook.



Create at the Cove

Tel: 01929 400270

Create at the Cove offers a unique setting for children to enjoy a relaxing and calming birthday, creating something by themselves. Choose from either pottery painting or decopatch, or mix the two. The duration of a party booking is two-hours. Email for birthday literature or visit the website.



Kids Yoga Party

Tel: Ali 07766 835375

Facebook: Yogarama with Ali Om

Yoga is growing in popularity due to its physical, mental and emotional benefits. So, before the children splurge on sweet treats and yummy food, why not allow them to feed their imaginations? A 45-60-minute Kids Yoga session is the perfect addition to any party. It will include games, activities and yoga through story-telling. Each session is bespoke and can be adapted to meet any theme or individual requirements. No theme is impossible. So be it: Dinosaurs, Furry Animals, Space or Disney Princesses, your host will look and 'become' the part. Yoga teacher, Ali Merton is also a qualified primary teacher. Email:


Pier View

Tel: 01202 302776

PierView is a new private venue located right on the beachfront close to Boscombe Pier. With stunning sea views, PierView is perfect for kids’ parties and family celebrations. The venue is available all year round for hire on a self-catering, room only basis. There’s seating for up to 50 people and a food prep and storage area, leaving you to choose and take food and drink for your guests. Hire costs from £50.



PeeksImage result for peeks party store

Tel: 01202 489489

Looking for inspiration for children’s parties? Whatever the occasion, look no further than Peeks Party Store in Christchurch as they have it all! They sell fancy dress costumes, balloons, party novelties, themed party packs, personalised sashes, a balloon delivery service and much more! Peeks have been in business since 1946 helping people celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, Halloween, Christmas, New Year and much, much more. Why not visit them at their massive 8,200 sq ft store in Reid Street, Christchurch, BH23 2BT or view their full range online?


Verwood HubImage result for verwood hub

Tel: 01202 828740 – Verwood Hub

Verwood Hub offers a great selection of activities and menus for children's birthday parties. Party options include: ‘Monster Bounce’ for energetic children aged between 4-12 years; ‘Chuckles’ for energetic children under 5 years of age; ‘Cinema’ in the incredible Hub cinema; ‘Nerf Wars’ set in a camouflaged theatre, suitable for ages 6+; ‘Football Frenzy’ including a penalty shoot-out and match; ‘Trampoline’ to try out some impressive new moves and ‘Multi Sports’ for those that want to play all sports. Party meals cost just £5 per child. All party prices include a separate room for your party food.



Lifestyle Active

Lifestyle Active has parties to suit children across its sites. Parties include trampolining, Nerf, a bouncy castle, swimming, football and there are Footgolf Parties at Two Riversmeet Leisure Complex in Christchurch. Plus, there are Monster Bounce, Nerf and sports parties at The Hub and Verwood Sites. Swimming, football, inflatable and spectacular climbing wall parties take place at the QELC in Wimborne. All parties are taken by trained enthusiastic staff ensuring a party to remember. For more information contact the centre direct to make a booking.


SportBU Kids

Tel: 01202 965012

SportBU Kids’ Parties give children a brilliant way to celebrate their birthdays, as there are plenty of fun activities on offer such as magic, Crazy Creatures, Neon Nerf, a bouncy castle and specialist sports. Build your child’s special day the way you want it. Ask about the ‘Perfect Party Package’ where SportBU deliver fantastic deals, including the planning and organisation. Prices include 1 hour with a specialised instructor, a goody bag for the birthday child and 1 hour within an air-conditioned studio for birthday snacks.


Munchkins Play Café

Tel: 01305 753435

Parties at Munchkins Play Cafe are simply marvellous. Children are treated to a scrumptious party buffet and can enjoy their own exclusive play room. The best bit… is that all the clearing up afterwards is done for you. And breathe… The most popular parties are the Traditional Tea Party at just £7.95 and the Crafty Party at £11.95 per child. To book or find out more, just call or email for information and availability




Branscombe Dene Room

Tel: 01202 708181

The Branksome Dene Room is set above Poole's beautiful award-winning beaches. The flexible space allows you to create the perfect birthday party, wedding, party, family gathering or meeting. Famous for its 360°views across the bay, this hidden gem offers a spectacular backdrop for any occasion. It has a seating capacity for 50 people, 80 if using the patio, ideal for barbeques and suitable marquees. Viewing is available by appointment.


Adventure Wonderland

Tel: 01202 483444

Looking for a perfect party venue? Then take a look at the award-winning family theme park Adventure Wonderland, opposite Bournemouth Airport. There’s a thrilling new water ride and more than 30 outside rides, including the Runaway train, Ghostly Galleon and Battle Boats. There’s also Cuddle Corner farmyard, the south's largest hedge maze and the huge Aztec Wild Thing indoor adventure play centre. The kids will have a fabulous time, whatever the weather. The deal includes unlimited all-day full park play, exclusive use of a party room for one hour, a hot meal and ice lolly, plus one free adult place with every booked child.



Tel: 01202 499155

For children who love thrilling and action-packed parties, Snowtrax near Bournemouth Airport is the ideal party venue. Set amongst 6 acres of glorious alpine woodland, the atmosphere is ideal for an exhilarating ride down one of the ski slopes on either a ski-bob or a ringo. Snowtrax is an affordable choice and can cater for parties from 8 children up to 25. After an hour of either ski-bobbing or ringo-ing, the party guests move into the pine-clad party room for a sit-down meal and soft drink.


Nerf Attack

Tel: 07976 009825

Children's parties at Nerf Attack last two hours and include fun on the assault course, entry into the Nerf Battle zone and finish with camp fire cooking. Parties start with a warm up on the amazing assault course, followed by time in the battle zone for army style Nerf Games. To finish, Nerf Attack offers hot dogs cooked over an open fire, where children also have the opportunity to toast marshmallows, and devour other tasty party food. Nerf Games are run all year round and are suitable for children aged 6 years+.


Pavilion Dance South West

Tel: 01202 203630

Build your perfect dance party extravaganza with Pavilion Dance! Tailor your children’s party with a package that includes a birthday cake, 1 hour dance class in any style, a professional dance teacher, and a branded t-shirt and water bottle for the birthday boy or girl. Options to upgrade are also available to make sure that special day is one to remember for everyone.


Laser Quest, Bournemouth

Tel: 01202 556888

It’s always party time at Laser Quest Bournemouth! Party packages include 2 or 3 games of Laser Quest and a refreshing soft drink. Dedicated party hosts look after the party guests in a reserved party area where they will be served delicious hot food, unlimited soft drinks, ice cream and the birthday cake. Laser Quest birthday parties are fun for everyone. They’re hassle free for parents and offer loads of fun for kids who leave with a party bag full of goodies. Other party options include the popular ‘Kids Club’ session.


Children’s Chocolate Parties

Tel: 01202 556857

‘Children’s Chocolate Parties’ is continuing to grow rapidly. Covering all counties positioned between Bournemouth and London, business owner Leoni is able to visit your home or venue of your choice to run a fantastic chocolate party for your children. In Bournemouth, parties can also be held at Children’s Chocolate Parties’ own venue. An additional service, new this year, are cookery parties which can be held at home. Everything is provided and all-party goers can take home what they have made, apart from pizza making – where they sit and eat their creation. Suitable for all children aged from 6 to 13. There are different options to suit different ages.


Bella Ceramics

Tel: 01305 780343

Jo, Faith and George look forward to hosting your child’s party at Bella Ceramics. They offer a choice of Bronze, Silver and Gold party packages. Aside from the ceramic painting, Bella Ceramics can also supply hot or cold party food should you wish. The Bella Ceramics studio in Weymouth has a fresh and contemporary feel that creates a relaxed environment that is child friendly and welcoming, however should you want to host the party at a venue of your choice, Bella Ceramics can supply a ‘Painting Party in a Box’.



Tel 01202 983983

For a fun packed party to remember, RockReef has the answer! RockReef offers fun and adventure with 28 climbing activities, an aerial obstacle course, a pier cave, vertical slide and a leap of faith jumping challenge. Party packages include 1 ½ hours activity time followed by a choice of hot or cold party food in the RockReef café. The party host will receive a free vertical slide and a voucher to return as a birthday present from RockReef.


Mayim Mermaid Academy

Tel: 07714 991075

Mermaids have been spotted in the UK and Mermaid MerShell is now able to make a child’s dreams of being a mermaid or merman come true. The Mayim Mermaid Academy offers pool parties which will help children learn how to swim safely whilst having a ‘mermazing’ time as a real-life mermaid. All parties include tuition, pool hire, assistant instructors and lifeguards, tail hire and certificates. Photoshoots can be arranged for mermaids aged under 5 years old or for a group that doesn’t want to go in the water. One to one lessons and gift vouchers are also available. Parties are available to all children aged 6 years plus who are confident swimmers.


Creams Café

Tel: 01305 259955

Delight your child to a party at Creams dessert parlour in Dorchester’s Brewery Square, where an array of delicious puddings awaits all youngsters with a sweet tooth. This Italian/American ice-cream parlour serves up over 39 different types of ice-cream, and the freshly-made waffles, crepes and American cookie dough are sure to keep families staying around the venue that little bit longer. Being surrounded by such tasty delicacies it goes without saying that Creams is a truly wonderful spot for a birthday party.



Monkey World

Tel: 01929 401003

Have a wild birthday at Monkey World! Children’s parties include an educational monkey hunt with a special gift for the winner, unlimited time in the park, full use of the play facilities, and tasty party food including a choice of a Jungle Feast or a Jungle Picnic. Two adults go free with each party group. Children’s parties are very popular so to avoid disappointment call to check or make a reservation.





Pop Starz in Training

Tel: 07864 780143

Pop Starz is a new and exciting way to learn all the tricks of the trade. You will be taught to look and act like a real pop star. If you want to have fun, keep fit and love to sing, dance or even lip sync — this is the place for you. Plus, choose from popular party themes - favourite pop groups and movies. Dress up as your favourite pop idol, or group, or Disney character, learn a fun dance routine and enjoy some karaoke fun to a song of your choice. All parties can be adapted to the client’s choice.


Everyone Active

Everyone Active offer a wide range of affordable and hassle-free parties which allow you and your child to focus on having as much fun as possible on their birthday. There are swimming parties with inflatables, multi-sports and football parties, soft play parties and even roller discos on offer. Packages and activities vary by centre but all offer one hour of an ‘activity’ followed by thirty minutes in the party room. For further details, contact your local Everyone Active centre.


Party Checklist

Party Checklist: For parties at home


Party Checklist: For parties at a venue


Party game ideas

Traditional party games always go down a treat. Here’s a list of some of the most classic children’s games:

And here are a few new party game ideas – 

Remember to stock up on prizes to award to the winning children.


Party Food Ideas 


Birthday Cake 

Quick and Easy Chocolate Hedgehog Cake

  1. Buy or bake a round sponge cake.
  2. Divide the cake into three parts, the middle should be slightly bigger than the two sides, which should be the same size as each other.
  3. Cut a V-shape at the end of the middle piece of cake (this is the hedgehog’s nose). Discard the two smaller pieces. Or eat them.
  4. Cover the middle piece of cake with thick chocolate icing.
  5. Place the two remaining pieces of cake on top of the iced piece, round side up, for the Hedgehog’s hump.
  6. Liberally cover the entire sponge with thick chocolate icing.
  7. Use chocolate buttons or flakes for the Hedgehog’s spines.
  8. The Hedgehog’s eyes and nose can be made using Smarties or similar.

Don’t forget the candles for the cake. They are often overlooked with all the other preparations.


Party bag ideas


Party politics - Invitation RSVP etiquette

For the party hosts

For the guests


Don't Forget Items!



Five Pound Gift Ideas

Does it seem like your child is attending a different birthday party each week? Needing suggestions for generic party gifts that won’t break the bank? If you are super-savvy you will have already stocked up on a number of general items in the Sales, if not, here are some ideas for a fiver:



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