Everyone has at least one fond memory of a kids' birthday party from their childhood. Whether it was your Punky Brewster-themed 6th birthday party, or your kindy bestie's Pizza Hut buffet bonanza, there's something magical about a kids' birthday party. They often involve dress-ups, games, a ridiculous amount of snacks, and the holy grail – the goody bag at the end.
And now you have little ones of your own, you want to recreate that butterfly-in-the-tummy level of excitement. That feeling of being the birthday boy or girl, and all the gift-wrapped trimmings that come along with it.
So, if you're looking for special kids' birthday party ideas, no matter your budget, VenueNow can help.
Set in the middle of Centennial Parklands, Centennial Homestead is a beautiful cafe that caters to big and little guests. If your entire extended family is celebrating with you, this is a great weatherproof option. The nearby nature playground from the Ian Potter Foundation is also something to behold. For those on a tight budget, with faith in Sydney's weather, pick a spot in the park for a low-key picnic.
How many kids can claim they had their birthday party under the sea?! The aquarium is a great place for a kids' birthday party – full of fun, discovery and some of nature's greatest marine life. This is a great option for those busy parents who are time poor, as the function package is all-inclusive. Everything from invitations to snacks and cupcakes is taken care of.
Birthday party packages start from $55 per child.
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Clever parents will seek out venues with big, open spaces and plenty of activities. Yes, it keeps the little ones entertained. But more than that – it gives them ample opportunity to burn off all that sugar so you can avoid the 4pm meltdown. The Field is superbly located in Rose Bay. And the kids will love the giant Jenga, Connect Four, and, if you really want to be parents of the year, the jumping castle.
The Big Kid party food package starts from $25 per child.
Specifically, Pirrama Park, this is a big, wide open space right by the water (so probably best for slightly older kids). This is a good option for those with a biiiig family, or those looking for maximum space for an active kids birthday party. The play equipment can be enjoyed by all – with full disability access. Bring your own picnic and party games, while the adults kick back and enjoy the view.
Half-day hire starts from $800.
This bright, family-friendly venue in Cammeray has super-affordable kids party packages, that allow parents to leave the hard part of planning to the venue. Birthday packages include party snacks for the kids, room hire, and access to the kids' games room in NORTHS. You can add your own little party games, but let's be honest, you won't be able to compete with a games room.
Birthday packages start at $20 per person.
Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! From tiny technicolour butterflies, to the prehistoric crocodiles, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo will take your little party guests to say hello to nature's most fascinating animals. If you're looking to go that extra step, parents can opt for a package that includes an animal encounter. So, if little Timmy or Tammy has been begging for a pet snake...this way they can pet the snake and leave it in the zoo.
Birthday packages start at $30pp.
Seemingly out of nowhere, escape rooms suddenly became one of the most popular group activities available. A great option for mini detectives and brainiacs, Escape Hunt Sydney places your group in a room, a century ago in London. Using logic and puzzle solving skills, you have to basically work out 'whodunnit' in order to gain your freedom. Dressing up is definitely encouraged. (Just picture it – tiny Sherlock Holmes. Cute.)
Party packages start from $29.50 per kid.
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