Where will you be going with your kids this weekend?
When the topic of kids birthday parties comes up in households across Canberra, the same questions come up every time. Do we have a party at home? Or do we book a party somewhere....but where? To help with ideas, here is a list of venues in Canberra for some birthday party fun - without the tidy up afterwards. Some venues will include food in their packages, whereas others allow you to bring your own party fare. Do you want to invite 10 kids, or a just a few? How much do you want to spend per child? With so many questions and so many options, it can be hard to know where to begin. Below is a list to get you started and give you ideas on what you want for that special day - in all areas of Canberra. So let's begin in the North...
GUNGAHLIN Canberra Reptile Park is located at Gold Creek Village in Nicholls and you can book out the back area of the centre for a BBQ and take your own food. Party-goers also get a 1 hour live hands-on reptile show. Prices start from $250 for up to 15 children. See website here.
The National Dinosaur Museum in Nicholls has a party room and packages including a private tour and party host. Prices start at $180 for 10 children. See website here. Lets Play is an indoor play centre located in Nicholls, with themed party rooms, slides and soft play areas to enjoy. Prices start from $185 for 8 children. See website here. Kids City is an indoor playcentre in Mitchell that specialises in kids party rooms and free play in the centre. Prices start from $225 for 10 children. See website here. Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing has a centre at Mitchell and has parties with unlimited climbing for $17 per child and you can take your own party food. See website here. Flip Out Trampolining Centre is also located in the industrial suburb of Mitchell and holds parties with jumping and party food included. Prices start from $25 per child with a minimum of 10 children. See website here. Bricks4Kids is located in Palmerston and if your child loves LEGOŽ and so does all his/her friends, this party includes a model build that they can take home. Prices start from $395 for up to 16 children. See website here.
BELCONNEN Iplay is a games arcade at Westfield Shopping Centre at Belconnen and has bowling, laser tag, dodgem cars and party rooms. Prices start from $21.90 per child. See website here.
AMF Bowling in located at Emu Bank and has party packages starting at $24.90 per child for one game and party fun. See website here. Skyzone is a trampolining centre located at Westfield Shopping Centre in Belconnen. They hold parties that last for 1.5 hours and include 1 hour of jumping time. Prices start from $30 per child. See website here. Build A Bear Belconnen is also located at Westfield Shopping Centre and hosts parties where each child can make their own soft toy and take it home afterwards. Prices start from $16 per child for 5 or more guests. See website here. Zone 3 Laser Tag in Belconnen has party packages for children between 6- 17, which includes the laser tag and party room for the duration of the party. Prices start from $185 (weekends) for up to 12 children. See website here The YMCA at Jamison has birthday parties for children under 6 for $250. See website here.
SOUTH CANBERRA Yarralumla Play Centre is located at Weston Park in Yarralumla and has miniature train rides, mini golf and even mini animals to enjoy. Parties are held in historical train carriages, with packages starting from $250 for 8 children. See website here.
The National Zoo and Aquarium hold Safari Birthday tours for children turning 6 and older, with prices starting from $375 for 10 children and 2 adults which includes zoo entry for the whole day. See website here. Monkey Mania is an indoor play centre with themed party rooms for kids to enjoy. Prices start from $199 for 8 children. See website here. Powerkart Raceway in Griffith has party packages for children ages 6 -12 which includes racing on the gokart track and use of a party room starting from $280 for 8 children. See website here. Gymbaroo at Fairbairn (near Canberra airport) have birthday parties for under 5's in their activity gym. Prices start from $350 for 2 hours. See website here.
HUME Flip Out Trampolining is also located at Hume, with party packages starting from $25 per child with a minimum of 10 children. See website here.
Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing also has a centre at Hume and has parties with unlimited climbing for $17 per child and you can take your own party food. See website here. Farmyard Animal Nursery is located on Mugga Lane in Symonston and children can get hands on with baby farmyard animals and learn about life on the farm. Price starts form $350 for 10 children. See website here. Kids Pantry Cooking School is located in Garran in Woden and holds parties where children make delicious creations they can eat afterwards. Prices start from $300 for 10 children. See website here.
TUGGERANONG AMF Bowling is located in Greenway and has party packages starting at $24.90 per child for one game and party fun. See website here. MiniBall Paintball for Kids is part of the Delta Force Paintball grounds on the Monaro Highway near Tuggeranong. This area is designed for children 8 - 16 years old. Contact organisers for party details, see website here. Hoyts at Woden has party packages starting from $19.95 per child including the movie, popcorn and treats. See website here. Henrys Restaurant at the Southern Cross Club in Woden has party packages including a party table and arcade games from $14.90 per child. See website here.
If you don't have the space at home or don't want to worry about the mess, these options make life that little bit easier when organising a special celebration for your child. In particular, if you have a birthday to organise in the middle of a Canberra winter, these indoor activities also take the worry out of looking at the weather forecast ahead.
So if you decide on a party at home or a party away, one thing is for certain - your kids will love every minute...wherever you are.
*Pricing and details correct as of February 2016, may be subject to change.