But, if you've decided to host the party at a venue, and aren't sure which one, Geelong has some great options for children's parties.
Here are 10 popular kids' party venues in Geelong:
1. Timezone Fancy a round of Laser Skirmish? Or hitting some angry crabs? Or reminiscing with an old classic, like space invaders? Timezone is the perfect place for kids (and adults) who enjoy all types of games.
Arcade games: A source of entertainment (and frustration) for both young and old (Image by PublicDomainPictures at Pixabay)
At the Geelong Timezone, there is one large room designated for parties, which is divided into approximately 6 party 'rooms' or sections. Each 'room' has a table and chairs, sink and kitchenette area.
All food, drink, disposable plates and cups, and party decorations are BYO, and if you'd like to order pizza, there's a deal with La Porchetta where you can get a minimum of 4 large pizzas for $10 each, delivered to the party room (there are 3 different types available for this deal).
Each child receives a game card. When they win tickets, they are stored on the card (instead of the old-style paper tickets).
If you'd like to book a party, it's best to book a few weeks in advance, and if you have any questions, the staff are very happy to answer questions over the phone.
I'd recommend Timezone parties for older children, as the venue is quite busy, and opens out onto one of Geelong's main streets. Also, if your child prefers Laser Skirmish over the regular arcade games, it's possible to take a party group into one of the Laser Skirmish Sessions instead (this option doesn't include use of the party room)
Cost: Minimum cost is $200 for 12 people. Additional guests are charged at $20 per person.
2. SupaTramp If a building full of trampolines sounds like fun to your child, then SupaTramp is the place to go.
SupaTramp is a popular place for parties and has a large raised area full of trampoline surfaces, with foam mats in-between. There are even trampoline mats along the wall to bounce off and the building also has a cafe and playground area with slides.
That moment when you realise your bouncing surface is inferior, and wish you were back at Supatramp (Image by rihaij at Pixabay)
The party rooms are down a corridor, behind the activity areas and each party room has a table and chairs, bench and sink. The children are given wristbands and special socks with grip when they arrive. They then get 90 minutes of jumping time, followed by 30 minutes for food and birthday cake afterwards.
As with Timezone, the venue is open to the public while the parties are on. The venue doesn't have any child-proof style gates and opens out into the carpark (something to keep in mind if you have young children in the group).
Cost: Prices start at $18.50 per child for a toddler party or $29.50 for a children's party (this includes food). A minimum of 8 guests is required.
3. Dolled Up
If you have a child who loves fashion, make-up and having their hair done, then Dolled Up is a great party option.
The parties are designed for girls between the ages of 4-14, and include plenty of fun activities, such as craft, hair styling, make-up, manicures, singing and dancing, party games.
Glitter, Nail Polish, and 10 hyped-up seven-year-olds might be a frightening prospect for parents hosting a party at their house, but at Dolled Up, you can relax while the hosts take care of the makeovers (Image by jill111 at Pixabay)
4. Inflatable World
Located in South Geelong, Inflatable World is exactly as it sounds: a venue filled with inflatables that's perfect for kids who love bouncing on jumping castles, inflatable slides etc.
Inflatables: Capable of frightening young children...but also loads of fun
It's a popular party venue with parties available for children of all ages, however, it's a good idea to check the safety page for further information on the level of supervision required for each age group. Sock are also required for all participants (they are also available for purchase for $2.50 at the venue, if anyone forgets to bring them).
Inflatable World offers both uncatered and catered parties, with uncatered parties starting at $200 for 12 children and 4 playing adults.
Unlimited water and cordial, and tables and chairs are provided (which you can decorate).
Cost: Uncatered parties start from $200 and catered parties from $270 (for 12 children 4 playing adults).
If you want to invite more people, you can - you just pay extra for each additional participant.
Address: 13 Gravel Pits Rd, South Geelong VIC 3220
5. Rollerway Skate Centre Rollerway Skate Centre in Newtown is a popular place for parties for those who love to skate.
The parties run for 3 hours (except the Saturday morning sessions, which are 2 hours), and the standard party package includes blade or skate hire, hot dog, drink, party bag, and a small gift for the birthday child. There is also a deluxe option, and a self-catered option available.
Parties are generally recommended for children aged six and over, however younger children are welcome, as are people who've never skated before (the website mentions that new skaters often pick up the skill fairly quickly).
Even the children who haven't been rollerskating before will take to it like a duck to..., er, ice. (Image by ThomasWolter at Pixabay)
Parties are held on Saturdays at either 11am or 1pm, and are one hour long. There are lots of fun games, including pass the parcel, lolly bingo, and a chocolate artwork activity, and each child receives a balloon and some chocolates to take home.
Free coffee is available for the parents, and you can also order a lolly smash cake for an extra $34.95.
Cost: $15 per child, with a maximum of 10 children permitted.
7. The Rock Adventure Centre Rock Climbing
If you have a child that loves to climb, then why not try a Rock Climbing Birthday party? The Rock Adventure Centre in Newtown, Geelong hosts birthday parties for children aged 6 and up, with each 2-hour party including warm-up games in the 'bouldering area', followed by rock climbing on the climbing wall.
Once the kids have conquered the kids wall at The Rock Adventure Centre, they'll be onto the next challenge in no time (Image by designaire at Pixabay)
8. The Fairies Geelong
A lot of children will be familiar with The Fairies, from the popular TV show. If your child's a fan of the show then what better way to celebrate their birthday than with a 'Fairies' Birthday Party.
Fifi's new levitating house meant she hadn't had a visit from a door-to-door salesperson in months (Image by mary1826 at Pixabay)
There are a number of different types of parties available, including Fairy Dancing Parties, Disco Diva Parties, and High Tea Parties. You can also add extra activities, such as 'Build a Fairy Bear', to your chosen party.
Party food and drink is included in each package, as are party bags and personalised invitations.
Cost: The Disco Diva Party, Diva Pamper Party, and Diva High Tea party are each listed as $350 for 15 children (food and loot bags included).
No pricing is currently listed on the website for the other parties, so for more information, please contact the business by phone on 03 5245 8314, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Party food is provided and includes hot food such as party pies and potato cakes, and cold food, such as fairy bread. Cordial is also provided, but you'll need to supply your own cake.
If you're interested in activities other than horse riding, there's also an option to add use of the jumping castle for an extra $3 per guest, or BMX Bike riding (also an extra $3 per guest). If you'd like to add both options, it's $5 per guest, and you get an extra hour of party time.
Cost: Prices start at $300 for up to 10 children, with extra children charged at $25 each.
10. Adventure Park
Adventure Park is a popular waterpark located on the Bellarine Highway in the suburb of Wallington. It has a great range of rides, including the Aqua Racer, Crazy Coaster, Gold Rush Rapids, Wild West Canyon and Tornado, as well as family rides such as the Ferris Wheel and Grand Carousel.
Helga and her friends have always been fans of water-themed birthday parties (Image by werner22brigitte at Pixabay)
Parties are available for children aged between 4-17, with a minimum of 10 paying guests required, and options include a 'Standard' or 'Deluxe' Birthday Party.
Please note that unfortunately Adventure Park is closed over Winter, so it is only available for Birthday Parties from late October through to early April (see the 'Opening Times' calendar for more details).
Cost: Standard Birthday Parties are $27.50 per per person (an exclusion period applies between the 26th of December - 26th January)