If you have a child who is born in the wetter months of the year, this is a dilemma you will have to face every year. Unlike their summer born friends, birthday parties are not as easy as just going down to a local park or to the beach for a play.
Thinking of an original place to go is often difficult. Below is a list of a dozen ideas that may help you out in your quest to find an original birthday party idea for your winter baby.
1. Play Centres and Jungle Gyms
There are many indoor play centres around Perth that cater for groups of children with lots of energy. Located North and South of the River, you will definitely find one that is close to you. Many have party rooms and a range of party packages, so just look for one that suits your budget.
Photo courtesy of Riverton Leisureplex
Click here to find a list of some indoor play centres in Perth.
2. Swimming Pools
It's cold and it's wet, but kids will still jump into the water if it's there. Many indoor pools are heated and have birthday packages which come with a party leader so you don't even have to go into the water yourself. An added bonus is that these venues are often empty in the colder months which means more turns on the waterslides for the party guests.
When your child become a 'tweenager' they may want to have a more challenging and adrenaline pumping party. Although it's an expensive option, it is definitely an experience that party guests won't forget.
Photo courtesy of Kart-World
Kart World in Belmont and Indoor Kart Hire in O'Connor are two places where you can hold birthday parties for kids. Make sure you read the fine print as there are usually age and height requirements.
4. Laser Tag
Indoor laser games are popular with both boys and girls of all ages. Parties often include a couple of games of laser tag and then party food on the tables provided. Have a look at what Laser Blaze in Willetton and Malaga have to offer.
5. Party at Home
If you are holding a party at home, there are many websites that you can head to, to get some ideas for themed parties or party games. You could also call in some outside entertainment to help control the masses. In the past, I have used Parties Kids Remember and they always send out a professional party host and the kids are always engaged and amazed by the activities that are planned.
6. Trampoline Centres
These are becoming more popular and are an enjoyable way for kids to jump off some excess energy. At these centres, kids can run around and jump till their hearts are content, all in the relative safety of the well padded surroundings. Bounce Inc in Cannington and Just Jump in Wanneroo are two popular spots for trampolining fun.
Photo courtesy of Bounce Inc.
Use discount bulk movie books to take a group to the movies. Bring your own snacks and have more than one adult in the group (in case any kids needs to go to be escorted to the toilet mid way through the movie). Head to Hoyts or Event Cinemas or it can be even cheaper if you take the kids to some of the independent movie houses.
A sleepover at your house for a group of children is often a fun way for kids to spend time together. Have some party games or activities organised and you could even get the kids to help prepare the dinner and dessert. For those who prefer, there is a company that will even come out to your house and set it all up for you. Try Sweet Dreams and Goodnight, they specialise in setting up for kids slumber parties.
Inflatable World is held at four venues in Perth - Leeming, Ballajura, Joondalup and Shenton Park, Have your kids next birthday party at the largest inflatable playground in Perth!
Ceramic cafes are popping up everywhere. You can take your crafty group of kids to a pottery cafe where the kids can create their own masterpiece. Bear in mind that the finished product needs to be picked up from the venue about a week later. Try Make Your Mark Art Café in Myaree and Fired! Ceramic Café in Joondalup.
Photo courtesy of Make Your Mark Art Cafe
11. Rock Climbing
This is the party solution that could suit your adventurous child and their friends. Scaling rock walls while safely harnessed up helps to build confidence and enables children to conquer their fears or to reach those goals they have set themselves.
Click here for a list of popular indoor rock climbing spots.
12. Ten Pin Bowling or Rollerskating
These two 'old school' activities are still popular with kids today. Local Ten Pin Bowling centres often have party packages and cater for birthday groups. Book a lane or two and have some fun in the lanes. Try AMF or the retro themed Rosemount Bowl.