The Pottery Playroom in Joondalup offers a kids party package which starts from only $20 per child for the littlies (5 years and under) and from $26 per child for the older kids (minimum 8). Included in the price is a range of pottery for each child to paint, all the paints and equipment, party invitations, and food.
I took my three year old to the Pottery Playroom because she is unfathomably keen on painting at the moment. I chose this one because it also has an indoor play area, complete with slide, ball pit, nets and plenty of cushioned things to climb around. Three years old aren't known for their attention span, so it was convenient for her to do a bit of painting, then go for a play, then come back for more painting.
There is a play area in the middle of the studio for those with energy to burn
She loved it and it would be easy to imagine that in the heat of summer, the air conditioned studio would be a great alternative to a party in the park.
A host is provided for each party, so if your natural talents don't lie in the artistic realm, then you don't need to panic. The separate party room can be decorated for the party and food includes sandwiches, fairy bread, fruit, crisps, lollies and drinks.
Party pottery is selected from the huge range available
At the end of the party the finished creations are left behind to be glazed and fired. This is a double edged sword: the children make their own masterpieces which they can keep forever (and don't tend to cause as many tummy aches and trips to the dentist as a bag of sweets) but the kids can't take them home on the day.
It can take up to a week for the pieces to be fired, meaning you will need to make a second trip to collect everything, and then hand them out to your party guests.
The wonderful thing about painting pottery is that you don't really know what it is going to look like until it has been glazed and fired. The paint colours look dull and opaque initially, but when the piece is glazed they come alive and look magnificent.