With so many wonderful party ideas and venues to choose from these days it’s hard to keep up with what’s cool and what’s not! Here’s our choice of the best of the coolest parties out there to help you stay ahead of the trend and plan a kids birthday party that will keep you in brownie points til the following year – AND involve minimum effort on your part!
- Wild Outdoor Adventure party! Kids love nothing more than getting back to basics and releasing some energy through exciting and unconventional outdoor activities. There are a few options out there for some really innovative outdoor adventure themes from Spy parties for older kids, to dinosaur hunting for little ones. Incorporating activities like climbing, abseiling, navigating, code cracking and pedal karting, these parties keep children engaged and excited and encourage that love of the outdoors that is inherent in so many children. And these needn’t be restricted to summer birthdays – just wrap up warm and get outdoors to celebrate!
Cost: These vary according to the operating company, location and party theme but as a guide a Wildchild Wild Spyparty costs £228 for 12 children, with additional children charged at £12.50 each. Party cost includes 1.5 hours of outdoor adventure and half an hour for food (not included). Parties held on weekends.
Min/Max numbers: 12-18
Suitable age: Party themes are tailored for target age groups – Wildchild offer a DinoRoar / Wild Pirate party for younger children (5+) and Wild Spy / Wild Archery / Wild Code Action parties for older children (7-12).
- Indoor Sledging party!
Whether it’s Summer or Winter kids can enjoy fun in the snow all year round at indoor snow centres around the country such as the Snow Centre in Hemel, Hertfordshire. The birthday boy/girl and their friends must wear their warmest, most waterproof gear for an exciting sledging or snow scooter experience on the slopes! All the sledges and scooters are provided so you can just turn up and have fun!
Cost: The Hemel Snow Centre charges £14.95 per child for a midweek party or £16.95 for a weekend party. Price includes 45 minutes of time on the snow plus a cold buffet for an hour. Hot buffet is charged extra (£17.95 per child midweek / £19.95 weekend).
Min/Max numbers: 10-18 for sledging, 10 for snow scooters.
Suitable age: 4yrs+ for sledging, 7+ for snow scooters.
- Skateabording party!
Let’s face it, the urban skateboarding scene is never not cool! Suggesting a skateboarding party for your young adrenalin junkie will score double points – they get to have this cool party and learn some enviable new tricks, while you get to sit back and watch, safe in the knowledge that all the skateboards, safety equipment and protective gear is provided, so you don’t have to face the cuts and bruises you’d be dealing with if they were skateboarding at home or in the park!
Cost: A Wildchild Wild Wheels party on a Saturday costs £229 for 12 children with additional children charged at £12.50 each. This includes 1.5 hours of skateboarding plus half an hour for food (not included).
Min/Max numbers: 12-18
Suitable age: 7-12
- Make your own Pizza
Kids love to make (and play with!) their food, and a ‘make your own pizza’ party is doubly efficient – kids get to create their pizza, then they get to eat it, meaning activity and food are taken care of in one! Of course you can do this at home, but if you want to spare your kitchen (and your nerves!) you can opt for the Pizza Express pizza making party. Held at branches across the UK their Pizza Making parties allow kids to get stuck in making and designing their own pizza, and party games are thrown in too.
Cost: £11.95 per child for a 1.5 -2 hour party to include pizza making activity, salad / dough balls, ice cream and party games.
Min/Max numbers: 8+ (maximum numbers vary according to the restaurant)
Suitable age: 4-11
- A Camping Sleepover
Kids love a sleepover almost as much as parents hate them! Opting for a camping sleepover in your back garden means your house stays quiet and clean while kids enjoy their own private party palace for the night. And for a completely stress-free sleepover Wildchild offer the ‘Ultimate Bell tent sleepover party’ where they supply the tent, sleeping bags, games, fire pit, and everything you need for a fun night’s camping down to the fairy lights and marshmallows! They even come to assemble on the Friday and disassemble on the Sunday, so all you need to do is gather the kids and supply the garden!
Cost: £425 for weekend use of the tent including delivery, set-up and dismantling of the tent, bunk beds, sleeping bags, rugs, lanterns, fairy lights, a fire pit, games and marshmallows!
Min/Max numbers: Tent sleeps 6
Suitable age: 7+