Childrens' Parties in Plymouth
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.
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Here are some details about party providers and entertainers close to you:
Stagecoach Performing Arts Plymouth Parties
email: email@example.com Tel: 03300 500 101
Our themed parties are perfect for children and teenagers looking for a unique celebration to remember. Each party is run by a party host and is tailored to your child. Younger children take part in party games, storytelling, dancing and singing from a variety of themes including knights & princesses, mermaids & pirates, fairies and pop stars. For older children we offer murder mystery parties where kids and teenagers are encouraged to get into character and join in as a series of mysterious events unfold.
Fun-tasia Events and Inflatable Hire
Tel: 01752 260686 or 07973 682114
If you are looking for quality inflatables or large children’s games or toys for a party or event, Fun-tasia is the company for you. It supplies themed bouncy castles, big assault courses, slides, Soft Play, Foot Darts, Didi Cars and loads more. Everything can be used indoors as well as outdoors. If you hire 2 or more items, there is a 50% discount on the lowest priced item, making it great value for money. For more, see Facebook "Fun-tasia Inflatable Hire".
Tel: 01752 213951
Marine Academy can take away the hassle and stress from organising a child’s party. It has some fantastic packages available for ages 5-14, offering great value for money, ensuring your child's big day is one to remember. All parties are modified to suit your individual requirements with a variety of price packages to suit your budget. Options include two-hour indoor football parties, two-hour indoor multi-sport parties and
Bouncy Castle/Inflatables parties. Parties are held on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings, but book quickly as the diary is filling up. Email Darren.Stewart@marineacademy.org.uk
Tel: 01752 265785
Birthday parties at Hybrid Gym are super-fun and action packed. Taken by fully qualified instructors, the birthday child gets to be the honourary black belt for the martial arts parties or can command their own unit in the Nerf parties. All parties last for 2 hours and include food and drink. Prices start from £12.95 per child for a minimum of 10 kids. Bespoke parties can also be arranged on request.
Tel: 01726 815553
Kidzworld, the award-winning children’s play centre, offer amazing value birthday parties. All parties include entry into Kidzworld with unlimited play in the soft play, dodgems, mini golf and trampolines. Plus, the Skytrail and Skating (weather permitting) is available at weekends and school holidays only. There is one party bag per child, plus a gift and return pass for the birthday girl or boy. Tasty party food is served in one of four themed party rooms namely, the Disco Room, Avengers Room, Princess Room and Movie Room.
Tel: 01752 782415
Plymouth Jump is a fantastic indoor soft play centre with an enormous, inflatable, Soft Play area, ball pits, football pitch and a zone just for toddlers. Jump also has a café, party rooms and daily fun activities. Jump’s themed parties are fantastic, action-packed, and fun. Each is an adventure in its own right, a special experience that the birthday child, and his or her guests, will always remember. The ethos at Jump is to actively encourage parents and carers to join in the fun. Parties start from £10 per person. Find Jump at Christian Mill Business Park, Plymouth, PL6 5DS.
Crealy Adventure Park and Resort
Tel: 01395 233200
Make birthday memories at Crealy Adventure Park and Resort with one of its special birthday party packages. With a number of packages available, suited to all ages, celebrating birthdays at Crealy ensures an unforgettable experience. Do you want Buddy and Blossom Bear, animals, rides and non-stop fun at your birthday party? You will find it at Crealy Adventure Park and Resort. Every year, Crealy welcome birthday parties for all ages, from tiny tots through to those ‘landmark’ numbers, and right up to grandparents. You’re never too old to have fun on your birthday! Crealy offer venue hire too, so you are able to have exclusive access for your party.
Tel: 01752 837645
Party on the wild side at Dartmoor Zoo. All parties are carefully put together to make the most of a big, big day. You can tailor-make your own party package or choose from one of the special deals such as the Original Otters package for all ages, the Tiger Toddlers party for children aged 2-5 years and the Capybara Children’s party for children aged 6-15 years. Children can enjoy a great day out, get up close and personal with some of the animals, and leave with some fantastic memories. Find Dartmoor Zoo at Sparkwell, Plymouth, Devon PL7 5DG – just a few minutes off the A38. Please quote Primary Times when booking.
Tel: 01752 562266
Goals Soccer Centre features the very latest rubber-crumb artificial grass on all its pitches, the same as that used by the top European clubs. The “Big Match” party package offers a range of options to choose from, including 2 hours of fun packed football, birthday party food, a birthday card and souvenir team photograph, a special “Big Match” trophy for the birthday child, Big Match party invitations, certificates, complementary tea and coffee for parents, Goals goody bags, a birthday cake, commemorative medals, help from a qualified coach and a Goals Football. Goals also run Soccer Academy activities after school, at weekends, and during all major school holidays.
Tel: 01752 658784
Whether your child chooses to glaze a piece of pottery or uses the new foam clay, they are sure to have a fun time at a Hands2gether party. Around 30 items of party pottery are available to decorate or, alternatively, there is a mug party option. Prices include exclusive use of the studio, and parents can either take their own food or bring a takeaway. Bookings for after school, Saturdays and Sundays are all welcome. Hands2gether can be found at Christian Mill Business Park where parking is free. Hands2gether was chosen as the Overall Winner and Favourite Craft Activity Place in the Primary Times Reader Star Awards 2016.
Tel: 01752 665565
Clay Art is a charming ceramic painting studio located on the stunning historic Barbican, in Plymouth. It prides itself on providing an informal, friendly hub for you to explore and unlock your creativity. Providing a wide range of quality products for you to unleash your arty side - be it for a gift with a personal touch or a keepsake that lasts forever. Special group rates are available for clubs, birthday groups and schools. If your group or class has any special projects, occasions, or you just want to paint, give Clay Art a call to arrange a booking.
Tel: 01822 833409
Rope adventures and zip wires at Tree Surfers make for a truly memorable birthday party for children aged 4 years and upwards. A two-hour high wire adventure puts smiles on faces and costs from £24 per child. To spice things up a little, the party guests can add archery as an extra. Tree Surfers can take care of food too from just £8 a head – just ask! Exclusive use bookings for bigger party groups are also available. The qualified, lovely staff at Tree Surfers will keep everyone safe and excited, but minimum heights and group sizes apply.
Tel: 01752 710791
Super Tramp Plymouth is the ultimate place to enjoy hours of safe, healthy, trampolining fun. It’s great fun for all the family, come rain or shine! Activities include the Air Bag, The Wall and dodgeball – simply perfect for both experienced and first-time bouncers. Super Tramp Plymouth also host super parties designed for children of all ages - with three awesome packages to choose from, you’ll be sure to find one to suit you. Why wait? Book today to take advantage of the exclusive Primary Times offer! Find Super Tramp at 3 Breakwater Road, Plymouth, PL9 7HJ.
Truy Scrumptious Cakes
Tel: 07967 327702
Truly Scrumptious Cakes offer fabulous birthday cupcake party packages and fun cupcake workshops. Each child will revel in the opportunity to bake, make and create their very own set of 6 yummy cupcakes, all lovingly finished off with handmade toppers. Cupcake decorating is a fun, alternative party idea for budding young bakers. All staff are enhanced DBS checked.
Clip n Climb Plymouth
Tel: 01752 717567
Clip ‘n Climb Plymouth is the ultimate destination for a thrilling, action-packed birthday party. After tackling our climbing challenges, and sharing some food with their friends that special someone will have fond memories to look back on for weeks to come. Party packages include nearly an hour of climbing preceded by a safety briefing, followed by up to an hour at your decorated party table. FREE leap of Faith or drop slide included for the party child. No minimum numbers
Delta Charlie Boot Camp Parties
Tel: 07805 202045
Delta Charlie Boot Camp Parties is delighted to bring you Delta Charlie Boot Camp Parties, the unique party experience for any budding soldier. Just think fun, fitness, and war cries - that’s Delta Charlie Boot Camp Parties! Aimed at both boys and girls ages 5+, parties consist of a fitness and military combo. New recruits will apply their war paint and be put through their paces on the purpose-built obstacle course, learn some drill exercises with the Drill Sergeant and play some classic birthday games with a military boot camp twist!
Tel: 01752 794444
At Drakes Den all parties include two-hour use of the play area and chosen party room, hot and cold style buffet (including unlimited squash), a free return and play voucher for the Birthday Child and all adults attending the party can go for free. There are 3 rooms to choose from: Pink Princess, Space Party and the Drakes Large Party Room. Party bags, balloons and party hosts can be added at an additional cost. Exclusive use and private hire of Drakes Den is also available. The play area is independently inspected, and height/age restrictions do apply. Plus: Drakes Den has a fantastic offer for an after-school meal deal from 3pm - 5pm weekdays during term time. The meal deal includes a child's entry, a hot or cold meal and a drink.
Tel: 01752 562561 Ext 4
Let your child enjoy their special occasion at Home Park by celebrating an exclusive Plymouth Argyle birthday party. All parties include a grand tour of Home Park and access to the award-winning Family Zone, where there are computer games and facilities. Plymouth Argyle’s Community Trust offers a wide range of different options to choose from and can tailor make the party to suit individual needs and make it as stress-free as possible. Gold, Silver and Bronze packages are available, with the Gold deal including an appearance from Pilgrim Pete.
The Miniature Pony Centre
Tel: 01647 432400
Party with a pony at The Miniature Pony Centre, a great place for fantastic birthdays! Enjoy pony rides, fun activities, a delicious birthday tea, have the party room all to yourselves and more. Customise your party experience to suit your exact requirements – for example, the children could meet the resident unicorn or even have a meet and greet with a My Little Pony Character. For a stress-free birthday party why not arrange your child’s birthday party at The Miniature Pony Centre, at Wormhill Farm, TQ13 8RG.
Jelly Bears Workshop
Tel: 07580 083083
Primary Times’ Reader Star Awards Overall Winner and Party Venue Winner 2017. The bear building birthday parties at Jelly Bears Workshop are great fun. Party either in the Jelly Bears Workshop or in the unique Unicorn Party Room. With parties at £15 per head you can make a Magic Wish and fill your new cuddly toy full of love and stuffing and take it home to love forever. With a variety of creatures to choose from including teddy bears, unicorns, dragons, dinosaurs, dogs, cats and many other animals, there is something special for everyone.
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: For parties at home
- Decide on the timings and date of the party
- Decide on how many children you can comfortably accommodate in your house
- Send out the invitations
- Sort out the entertainment if it’s required. Book the entertainer, face painter, bouncy castle
- Plan in the fun factor or create a theme
- Sort out a music playing device
- Select party games for the children to play
- Source decorations, party tableware, balloons and party hats
- Purchase the food and drink
- Get the birthday cake
Party Checklist: For parties at a venue
- Sort out party numbers
- Create a small list of your child’s favourite party venues in preferential order
- Check the availability of the venues and if there are any special deals
- Book a date and time with the venue. Pay the deposit
- Get the name and telephone number of the main party organiser at the venue
- Get the party invitations from the venue and send them out
- Sort out the food with the venue and establish whether a birthday cake is supplied
- Confirm numbers with the venue prior to the day
Party game ideas
Traditional party games always go down a treat. Here’s a list of some of the most classic children’s games:
- Pass the Parcel
- Musical Statues
- Musical Bumps
- Musical Chairs
- Chinese Whispers
- Blind Man’s Donkey
- Animal Charades
- Treasure Hunt
And here are a few new party game ideas –
- The Tray Game
- Dead Ants
- Doughnuts on a String
- Marsh-mallow Bobbing
- Piñata Games
Remember to stock up on prizes to award to the winning children.
Party Food Ideas
- The birthday cake!
- A choice of sandwiches with simple fillings such as plain ham, cheese and tuna. Mix some salad leaves into some of the sandwiches – if the children don’t like it they can always take out the salad! Think about supplying some healthy options which are visually appealing and tasty.
- Chopped up vegetables such as carrots, mangetout, peppers, cucumber with cream cheese or houmous for dips
- Cheese straws
- Potato wedges
- Pizza slices
- Mini sausages and sausage rolls
- Cheese and pineapple on sticks (or uncooked sticks of spaghetti)
- Crisps and popcorn
- Chopped fruit
- Mini-sponge cakes
- Jelly Boats made from scooped out and quartered oranges. (Halve an orange, scoop out the fruit, fill it with jelly. Once set, cut into quarters)
- Drinks: Either orange and blackcurrant squash, fruit water, fruit juice, milkshakes or plain water
Quick and Easy Chocolate Hedgehog Cake
- Buy or bake a round sponge cake.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cover the middle piece of cake with thick chocolate icing.
- Place the two remaining pieces of cake on top of the iced piece, round side up, for the Hedgehog’s hump.
- Liberally cover the entire sponge with thick chocolate icing.
- Use chocolate buttons or flakes for the Hedgehog’s spines.
- 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
- Books or small colouring-in books
- Glitter Tattoos
- Small packs of pencils
- Small bag of sweets
- Finger puppets
- A paper glider
- Decorate your own paper party bag
- Cake Pops
- A piece of birthday cake or a cup cake
Party politics - Invitation RSVP etiquette
For the party hosts
- Hand out the invites in plenty of time, ideally about 3 weeks before the party date.
- Include detailed information on the invitation such as the date, the start and finish times, the venue’s full address and postcode, and the name, email address and number for them to RSVP.
- Include a RSVP date to help you confirm final numbers prior to the day. You may wish to use words to the effect of: ‘As the venue requires final numbers prior to the party we would appreciate confirmation of your child’s attendance by (add RSVP date). If we do not hear from you by this date we will assume that your child is unable to attend’.
- As a second measure, about a week beforehand, you may wish to politely chase up parents who have not as yet RSVP’d.
For the guests
- RSVP as soon as you can, whether your child can make it or not.
- If something happens on the day of the party, and your child can no longer attend, let your hosts know ASAP.
- If you are running late, or need to leave early then let the hosts know in advance.
- If you have not RSVP’d then don’t just turn up uninvited.
Don't Forget Items!
- Candles for the cake
- Candle holders
- Cake knife
- You may wish to include party bags for unexpected additional guests or young siblings
- Printable directions, including the postcode of the party venue
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:
- Colouring-in sets and basic craft kits
- Travel and Pocket games
- Top Trumps
- Books, jotters or notepads
- Pamper packages filled with hair bands, bobbles and snazzy hairclips
- Nail art kits
- Superhero action figures