Now that Frozen parties have dropped from the radar, kids birthdays are beginning to branch out again. But for parents who can't – or won't - host a large group of hyper primary school kids at home, there is a growing need for an easy, all-inclusive party that half the class hasn't already been to.
Decadance in Joondalup offers all-inclusive disco parties for children aged between 3 and 13 – kids have two hours of disco dancing in a purpose-built room with flashing lights, strobes and lasers, a stage, DJ booth and large screen, games and prizes, a party room, food and drinks and a gift for the birthday child.
The venue can host up to three parties at a time, so if you have a group that is 15 kids or less, expect that you might be sharing the disco room with another group or two. The party rooms are set up with a long single table for the children, with the ubiquitous Ikea plastic plates and cups and plain serviettes. Decorations are minimal (ie non-existent) but you can bring your own (no glitter, poppers or confetti).
There is space for adults to loiter in outside the party rooms, but unless you are in the 'Blue' room, which is closest to the disco, there is no seating provided for adults, which means you are left standing around. There is bench seating all around the outside of the disco room however, for parents to sit, and tired kids to rest.
After the parties start, a gate is closed preventing small children wandering out to the street. There is also a dedicated room with a child-gate for small children to play in while older siblings are dancing. Baby change facilities are also provided.
The party starts with dancing – the lights are turned out in the disco room and all the flashing disco lights turned on. The birthday child is offered a choice of glow products from the little shop – think flashing necklaces, wands and headbands. They are also available for purchase during the party – and the prices are reasonable ($4-$6) but you could easily bring a cheap tube of glow sticks and save a bundle of money.
During the party all the kids (from all parties) are invited to play games. They are simple enough such as musical bobs and corners, with the winners receiving a small prize (lolly).
The music is loud and contemporary, and while the lyrics themselves might be appropriate for young kids, some of the accompanying video clips are somewhat alarming, and watching the kids try to mimic the dance movies of the on-screen rappers and singers will either make you laugh or sob.
All food is provided as part of the package – cheezels during the dancing time, and then sausage rolls, chicken nuggets, vegemite scrolls and fairy bread. You can choose between pop-tops, juice or soft-drinks (must be ordered in advance).
There was plenty of food for the kids and even a little left over for the hordes of hungry mums who waited around to snack on the kids leftovers (guilty!). Alternatively, you can order platters of food for adults ($6 per person) including sandwiches, scrolls, quiche, pies and samosas.
After the food, kids go back for more dancing while the staff clean up the tables. One party at a time is called back to sing happy birthday and eat cake, then it time to say goodbye.
The minimum party size is 8 kids and the price is $22 per child. All you need to provide is the birthday cake, and (if you choose) goodie bags. A deposit is required at the time of booking and they try and ensure that all simultaneous parties are for kids of approximately the same age to ensure the music is appropriate.
In otherwords, they will try and not have a three year old party at the same time as a thirteen year old's party.
There is plenty of parking out the front, and the entire party runs like clockwork. It is one of the easiest parties you can imagine and comes with the added bonus of the kids being utterly exhausted at the end.