Are you looking for somewhere to have a birthday party for your child, which they will absolutely love? For many, it would be ideal to have a birthday party at home, but sometimes this can't happen - perhaps your house is too small, you have brand new carpet, the garden isn't big enough, or simply it is easier to have the party somewhere else and avoid the mess!
Whatever your reason, these are the party ideas that I've found in the Nelson Bay region, when I was researching for my own daughter's birthday party celebration. There are at least ten options out there that your child, their friends and you, are sure to love...
Fun for under 12's at Spirited Cafe, Taylors Beach. Image: Original photos from Spirited Facebook
1/ Spirited - A Creative Play Café at Taylor's Beach is a favourite for many parents, with an indoor playground for both toddlers and older children, as well as a café which provides healthy options. It doesn't matter if the weather is wet, cold, hot or windy, the kids will have a great time in this safe, colourful environment. See here for their two party packages, with prices starting from $210 for 10 guests. For a full article on Spirited Café, see here.
Kids love exploring the play equipment at Spirited Cafe
2/ Soldiers Point Bowling Club is a popular party venue as it has an undercover outdoor playground near the bistro, which all ages love. Parties can be held between 11am - 2pm or 3pm - 5.30pm, with food and drink to be purchased from the club. Food platters start from $10 each. See here for details. For a full article on White Sands Bistro and playground, see here.
Playground fun (and yummy food!) at Soldiers Point Bowling Club
3/ Oakvale Wildlife Park, located at Salt Ash, have birthday party options which include entry to the park, photos, food and animal experiences. Prices start from $295 for a Wildlife Party for 8 children. Alternatively, if you would like to DIY your own party, they offer discounted ticket prices for 20 or more guests and will reserve a picnic table in the BBQ area or inside the tearoom. See here for full details. For a full article on Oakvale Wildlife Park, see here.
Fun for younger kids at Oakvale Wildlife Park, Salt Ash
4/ Battlefield Pro Laser Tag at Anna Bay offer birthday party packages for groups of up to 24 people, for kids aged 6 and over. The 3 hour package includes 4 x 15 minute missions, a hot dog lunch and 1 hour of mini golf. See here for details. This business is part of David Grahams Golf Complex.
5/ Salamander Super Strike Tenpin Bowling at Salamander Bay have party packages with a range of options and extras. As well as the bowling, you can have food supplied and a party room. Minimum of 10 children per party, with packages starting from $15 per person. See here for details. For a full article on Salamander Super Strike Tenpin Bowling, see here.
6/ Go Karts Go at Bobs Farm have a birthday party option, for kids aged between 9 and 15 years. There are reduced prices for the rides and there is a BBQ area available free of charge to bring your own food. See here for details.
7/ Quad Bike King at Williamtown offer birthday party options for kids aged 8 years and over (and 120cm or more) on the Sandpit experience. There is a minimum of 10 children, with it costing $750 for 10 kids (2 adults ride for free). See here for details.
8/ Toboggan Hill Park offer 4 party packages, where you can choose to include toboggan rides, mini golf, hot ice skating, jumping castle and more. Food is supplied and BYO cake. Prices range between $23 per child to $34 per child, depending on the activities. Parents of the birthday child have free entry, however extra adults (1 per party guest) pay $5 entry. See here for details. For a full article on Toboggan Hill Park, see here.
A wide range of things to do at Toboggan Hill Park
10/ Medowie Macadamias is located 30 minutes from Nelson Bay in Medowie, however if you have guests that live in that direction, it is a fun place to visit with smaller children. Book a table near the playground and enjoy cake and milkshakes, before or after the kids have a play. Parents and carers will also enjoy this venue for a smaller get-together, as they can have a rest with a good cuppa and chat, while the kids play. See here for details. For a full article on Medowie Macadamias, see here.