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: 01463 852239
Dinosaurs come alive at Jurassic Journey and so do children’s parties! Jurassic Journey offers high energy and interactive party packages – there really is something for everyone.
Parties include guided tours with the famous Prof. Possilfossil, green screen fun, fossils to take home, tasty food and use of the Dino themed play area. Packages start from £13.95 per person. Children are sure to have an amazing and memorable time, and will be talking about the fun they had for weeks to come.
Tel: 01603 632307
Whitlingham Adventure offers a fantastic range of active party packages for children aged 8 years+. Choose from a range of party adventures including: kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, raft building, sailing, archery, climbing, plus much more. All parties are hosted by fully qualified, fun and enthusiastic staff, and should you want it, a function room is available to hire for a variety of events such as parties, celebrations and meetings. Let Whitlingham Adventure provide an unforgettable, fun-filled party for your child - to book, call the friendly bookings team.
Tel: 01603 721872
At a Jump for Joy party, children will be able to enjoy a fun filled 60 minutes in the wonderful play area and afterwards head to the Banqueting Hall for a 45-minute delicious party feast. A delicious assortment of fresh sandwiches, sausages, cheese, crisps and healthy snacks are provided, followed by lollies and biscuits. Party bags are included and a gift for the birthday child. Just take a cake and candles. Jump For Joy is not open to the public whilst parties are in progress. For adults, a drink and snack bar is available. Jump for Joy has a junior play frame for ages 4-10 years and toddler play frame for ages 1-4 years.
Tel: 01603 740730
Namco Funscape in Bowthorpe, Norwich is not just a bowling alley, it offers a whole family entertainment package. Full of arcade games, ping pong, air hockey, Costa Coffee and an impressive array of delicious and varied food for all the family, it really is the ideal venue to keep the family active and entertained. An air-conditioned licensed bar offers sanctuary for parents, with Sky Sports providing coverage of all the latest sporting events. Function suites are available to hire for a variety of events, from meetings and conferences to parties and celebrations. Namco Funscape is both adaptable and flexible. Throw in free secure parking and easy access from the A47; it is ideally suited for any occasion.
Tel: 01953 604526
Hulabaloos is a family-run indoor and outdoor children’s play and party centre located near to Wymondham, just off the A11. It has a large multi-level soft play arena, a separate multi-level laser blaster arena and a spacious outdoor playground. The comfortable cafe serves tasty hot and cold food and ground bean coffee. Hulabaloos offers a huge range of parties for children of all ages - from the Traditional Soft Play to the Exciting Laser Blaster, to the Be My Bear to the Cupcake Decorating parties. Private Hire is available for larger party groups who just want the whole place to themselves. Hulabaloos offers very competitive prices – check out their Facebook page for special deals and ask about the loyalty card scheme.
Tel: 0300 067 4400
Give your Jungle VIP an unforgettable birthday at High Lodge, Thetford Forest. Start the day off with a Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape, touch base and refuel with a picnic in the forest shelter or a delicious hot meal at the Café. Then spend the afternoon exploring the WildPlay adventure playgrounds, or explore the depths of the forest on their very own Forest Biking session. There’s something for the whole party to enjoy, so join the fun in the forest and plan a most adventurous birthday party.
Tel: 01603 789954
The FunFort indoor soft play and outdoor adventure play area at Castle Carvery restaurants is the perfect venue to hold a fun filled birthday party. All children’s birthday parties include FunFort birthday party invitations and a play in the FunFort, amongst the ball pond, slides, spinners, rollers and lots more. The party also includes a children’s choice of party meal and drink, from the special birthday menu, and every child will receive a filled party bag with balloon. There is a dedicated area for toddlers under the age of two, ensuring that they don’t miss out on the fun. To book your child’s fun filled birthday party, call your nearest Castle Carvery.
Tel: 01603 737357
Hautbois Activity Centre has plenty of ideas for your outdoor explorers, who may be seeking a different type of party! Party sessions involve fun outdoor activities and are tailored to keep everyone occupied. With qualified instructors at each session and a selection of party menus to suit your requirements, Hautbois Activity Centre can create a truly unique birthday experience and ensure that everything is as special as possible.
Tel: 01603 567200
Take the stress out of your child’s party and let High Altitude Trampoline Park do all the work. High Altitude parties are all inclusive packages, with no mess for you to clean up at the end, so you can sit back and relax, while your special little someone has the fantastic day they deserve. From your initial enquiry to the day itself, you’ll find the whole process a piece of cake… that can be supplied too! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01603 876310
Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure offer great birthday packages for your little monsters. Parties are action-packed and fun-filled adventures and there are two birthday packages on offer, namely Standard or Gold parties. All parties include park admission, a meal in a decorated party room and invitations. Gold parties include some quality time with the park mascot Dippy the Dinosaur, and the birthday child will also receive their very own birthday card and certificate signed by Dippy himself, and a £10 Gift Voucher that can be used on site.
Looking for a new idea for your child’s birthday? Why not treat them to a cupcake decorating party inspiring them to get creative in the kitchen? At a Lily-Bels Cake party, each child will decorate 4 cupcakes. Afterwards they can show off their culinary achievements to their friends and family, presented in a display box and a certificate. Lily-Bels Cakes can go to your home, or chosen location, with homemade cupcakes ready for the decorating and fun to start.
Tel: 01263 733858
Book a birthday party package at the Bure Valley Railway and have a great choo-choo time.
Choose either a charter diesel train for £120 or a steam train for £150, for a 30-minute trip from Aylsham to Brampton and return. The price allows up to 40 people to travel, so why not invite the parents as well. For party food, the Whistlestop Café at Aylsham Station offers a selection of hot or cold food from as little as £4 per head (minimum 10 children). Take your own decorations and cake to complete this special day.
Tel: 01603 403220
Funkys Norwich throws fantastic children’s parties! Let Funkys take the hassle out of your child’s birthday party with a package to suit you. Choose from a roller skating party on the purpose-built maple wood skating rink, or an adventure play party in the soft play area which stretches over 3 floors with tunnels, slides, zip wires and more. A hot meal and a drink is included in all the party packages.
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.
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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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