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...
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.
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 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
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 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.
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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.
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.
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 email@example.com for birthday literature or visit the website.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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?
Tel: 01202 828740
www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk – 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Traditional party games always go down a treat. Here’s a list of some of the most classic children’s games:
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Remember to stock up on prizes to award to the winning children.
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Don’t forget the candles for the cake. They are often overlooked with all the other preparations.
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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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