Hire a hall or stay at home & let the party come to you
Although children's birthday parties are celebratory events, organising a children's birthday party can be a challenging task, with many decisions to make. Do you want to have it at home? Or somewhere else? How many kids do you want to invite? One option is to have it at home, a local park or hire a local church hall and create your own party. There are many small businesses around the Capital who will set up jumping castles, provide face painting, twist up balloon animals or organise games for the kids to play - who will all come to you. The following are just 10 party options to consider, however there are many more talented party entertainers and planners around the city. Hopefully, this list will help in some way, when deciding how to celebrate this special milestone in your childs' life. When the kids are running around looking this cute (below), they are sure to be having fun!
Face painting fun with Gecko Gang. Source: Gecko Gang website
1/ Gecko Gang would have to be the most well-known party and children entertainers in Canberra. You will see them at festivals, fetes, events and birthday parties each and every weekend. They offer jumping castles, face painting, balloon modelling, glitter tattoos, party games, crafts and much more. Prices depend on the size of the party and which of the many extras you choose. See here for details.
2/ Lucy Sparkles and Friends host dance, drama and music classes around the city, helping to inspire the imaginations of toddlers and preschool children. As well as their classes, they will also come to your party and entertain with dance, drama, live music, singing games, rhymes, parachute play, choreographed dancing, children's percussion, magic tricks, puppets, games, action songs, 'sparkly' glitter tattoos, face painting and more. Prices start from $250 for one hour. See here for details.
3/ Soccerjoeys offer soccer parties for kids - you pick the park and they will turn up to organise a game! The party package includes 2 highly qualified and entertaining Soccajoeys coaches and all children will receive a Soccajoeys medal and sticker. The birthday child will receive a Soccajoeys jersey, ball and water bottle. The cost is $220, with a maximum of 20 children. See here for details.
4/ Bubble Soccer2U will meet you at any local park or venue and set up a game of bubble soccer. Kids aged over 7 slide into an over-sized inflatable ball that looks like a bubble and play a game of "bubble soccer", bouncing off each other and having fun. Parties last for 1 hour and costs $380 for 16 kids to play, or $480 for 1.5 hours. There are also extra add-ons such Nerf Warz and Archery Warz. See here for details.
5/ MollyCoddle Parties are run by two Canberra mums who enjoy throwing kids birthday parties and will come to you, to make yours a success. They offer a range of Pamper Parties including Fairy Twinkles Pamper, Little Princess Pamper, TeenyBopper Pamper and Slumber Party Pamper. For both boys and girls they also offer Disco Parties, starting from $300 for 12 children for 1.5 hours. If you live near Macgregor, you can also hire out Tommy and Me Cafe and have your party there on weekend afternoons. See here for details.
6/ The Warehouse Circus has workshops in Chifley and Kaleen, however they also come to your home or venue to teach kids (over age 7) how to perform circus tricks. How much space there is will determine what they can teach, however they can offer manipulation, juggling, teamwork and performance activities. For a 1 hour workshop, a group of up to14 children costs $390 - or group of up to 21 costs $550. For 2 hours, a group of up to14 children costs $550, or a group of up to 21 costs $650. Call or email them directly about hiring them for a party. See here for contact details.
7/ PuppetOODLE is a mobile puppet show that will set up at your birthday party, inside or outside in any venue. If you have young children, they will be mesmerised by the comedy and fun of an old fashioned puppet show. Hire them for one hour and watch the kids giggle their way through the Punch and Judy show, where they can call out to the puppeteer and interact with the characters. See here for details.
8/ Magical Realms Children's Entertainment offer a party full of magic and imagination, for all ages. Choose a party host who is a beautiful fairy with shimmering wings, a mermaid complete with a glittery tail or a friendly pirate who can whip up a balloon sword in less than a minute. Party host and face painter Nessa the Fairy is a talented face painter and body paint artist - see her work below. Prices start from $225 for 1 hour for up to 15 children. See here for details.
Image: Original photos from Nessa the Fairy and Magical Realms Facebook
9/ Zamboni Comedy Party Magician has a number of party packages to choose from, including the Classic Birthday Show which includes a 45 minute magic show where your child is the star. The birthday boy or girl also takes home a special magic kit. See here for details.
10/ Yabadoo Kids Parties are a nation-wide company and have Canberra entertainers to come to your party. Choose which character you would like to come (eg. cowboy, fairy) for a package for 1 - 2 hours. The character entertainers can put on a magic show, run a treasure hunt, play games, balloon modelling, do face painting and more. Prices start from $210 for 1 hour, for up to 22 children. See here for details.
Did you find something that would make your child's day? All the choices can be overwhelming, but it doesn't matter where you end up for the big day - if friends and family are all together - it can only spell fun!