Your child’s birthday - it’s the one day out of the 365 that is extra special to you and your child, so naturally you want to make it a memorable day!
To help you decide what to do for your child’s party, what party treats to buy or what entertainer to use we’ve added some top tips for you here...
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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There’s a party for everyone at High Altitude from toddlers to teens - including exclusive bookings so you can have the whole trampoline court for you and your friends. Children will enjoy an hour of fun filled bouncing on the wall-to-wall trampolines and can compete in dodgeball games running throughout the session.
A firm favourite with all visitors is the huge air bag which is perfect for flips and tricks. Unlimited refreshments are available for party goers and the homemade pizzas are not to be missed! Bouncing can be hot work, so the air conditioning at the trampoline park is well received. Look out for the special discount voucher on the High Altitude advert in this magazine.
Labyrinth Norwich is the city’s newest laser tag party centre. Children can celebrate their birthday with a UV face paint party or standard package including an hour of laser tag games, a pizza buffet, ice lollies, party bags and unlimited drinks.
Every weekend morning there is under 12s laser tag and a family session where children and parents can play together for only £6pp. Labyrinth’s free entry under 5s play cafe is open weekdays from 9:30am-2pm and weekend mornings until 12pm, featuring a seaside play frame with slide, a cosy movie shed showing children’s films, and role play toys… plus a great range of paninis, pizza, cakes and children’s options.
If it’s an out of the ordinary birthday party that you’re looking for this year, then look no further! The Pixie Hut at Go Ape Thetford gives you and your little monkeys the freedom to run wild and make as much cake mess as you like (the squirrels will clean it up for you).
Nestled away in the beautiful Thetford Forest, offering acres of woodland trails and play equipment on the doorstep, it’s guaranteed to keep the whole party group entertained for hours. Available to hire for either a morning or afternoon, it includes a treehouse, electricity and charcoal BBQ for just £50! Go Ape party bookings also benefit from 10% off hot or cold food from The Café at High Lodge when booked in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out: Facebook @goapethetford.
Dotty Pottery is a paint your own ceramics studio based at Hellesdon Barns in Norwich. It welcomes all ages and abilities, and its staff are happy to lend a hand when needed. With the end of the school year fast approaching, Dotty Pottery is also offering personalised teachers’ leaving gifts or why not go in and paint your own?
Advanced booking is highly recommended during busy periods such as weekends and school holidays. Also, Dotty Pottery hosts parties for children aged 5 years+. Party packages include a two-hour party booking where each child can paint a ceramic of their choice from a variety of figurines, cups and bowls. Contact: email@example.com
Give your child's birthday party the wow factor at JR's. This exciting, lively and entertaining venue has something for every child. Situated just outside North Walsham there is a large indoor adventure area (Stomp in) plus an outdoor play area (Stomp out).
Alongside the play areas, JR's hosts a 90-seat American diner with an authentic American menu plus with 10 pin bowling lanes too there is definitely something for everyone. Summer 2019 sees the opening of JR's Maze with a large picnic area and a beach. Parties can take place in Stomp for adventure play or Strike to knock down some pins.
Alternatively, there's the ultimate 'Stomp.Strike.Dine' party. Add in freshly prepared party food and a party host and your child's party will be complete. Prices start from just £9.50 per head. Party slots are available 7 days a week for the under 12's, with a minimum number of 8 children.
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 paddle boarding, 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.
Treat yourself to a Roarr-some celebration with private hire of one of Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure’s top attractions. Perfect for birthday parties, you can obtain exclusive use of Dippy’s Splash Zone, Predator High Ropes, Dinomite or Stone Age Road Race – varied meal options are available too!
Plus, there is some exciting news for Eastertime as a brand new birthday party room will open in Dippy’s – close to admissions. Make Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure your go-to party location, for fun for all the family.
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.
BeWILDerwood is a perfect place for exciting and memorable birthdays. Each party includes entry into BeWILDerwood, a birthday host to lead activities and guide you through the wild woods, exclusive use of one of the Boggle Banquet Halls, a traditional Boggle Banquet, a mudwort cupcake decorating activity, a Boggle Boat Ride, party bags, invites and a copy of Tom Blofeld’s book A Boggle at BeWILDerwood for the birthday child. Parties cost £30 per child (minimum of 8 children with two free adults). Annual pass holders get 15% off birthday parties.
Mad Science Parties are mess and hassle free, interactive and superbly scientific fun that comes to you in a Norfolk venue of your choice! Suitable for ages 4 -12, children will be amazed and entertained by demonstrations, chemical reactions and hands-on activities.
During the two hour parties, children can try out amazing light bending glasses and make and take home their very own ooeey-gooey slime! Brave volunteers can have a hair-raising experience and even shoot lightning between their fingertips! To find out more contact email firstname.lastname@example.org
Have an amazing and unique party at Amazona Zoo in Cromer where children can explore and learn about a varied and fascinating selection of animals native to South America.
Jungle Tumbles provides a large, well-equipped, indoor soft play area with slides, ropes, bridges, tunnels and interactive toys, as well as comfortable seating for parents, plus there’s a 30ft yurt for lunch parties and party bags are supplied. There is also a large outdoor adventure play area with jumping pillows.
Parties include entrance to the zoo, a food box for lunch, a party bag containing Amazona Zoo goodies and exclusive use of the yurt for lunch. Parties are for children aged 4-10 years old.
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.
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.
Quick and Easy Chocolate Hedgehog Cake
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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