Kids’ Parties Ideas for Every Budget in Melbourne

Everyone has memories of childhood birthday parties: the donut on the string, the colourful cake covered in Smarties, the coveted take-home lolly bag. Those were some great times. Even as an adult, you wish every birthday party came with a goody bag at the end.

And when you have kids of your own, you want to try and replicate that feeling you had as a seven-year-old at the mini golf park, surrounded by your friends, blowing out the candles on your rainbow cake.

But where to start? Trying to find the perfect venue to celebrate little Jimmy or Jenny’s next big digit can be stressful. So, we thought we’d pitch in and curate a list of top spots for kids’ birthday parties around Melbourne, for every budget.

Speedy Gonzalez 

Stand behind the wall of tyres, on the safe, sweet, sturdy ground and watch your teenage birthday boy or girl and a group of their closest pals screech around the Auscarts Indoor Racing track in Port Melbourne. This adrenaline junkie's dream offers packages including food and drink, or you can just rock up and choose how long to hit the track for.
Auscarts Indoor Racing
Port Melbourne
Small groups can kart for 30 mins for $75

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Party like Einstein

How many kids can boast they had lightning and robots at their birthday? If your kid is curious, Scienceworks is the perfect venue for celebrating another spin around the sun. Book a birthday package for an all-inclusive party. Subtext: you don’t have to worry about anything. It includes an hour in the private party room, entry into the museum for kids under 12, party snacks and a catering host to ensure everything runs smoothly. There’s even a gift for the birthday kid.
Prices start at $285 for 12 kids.

Mini master chef

You’d be hard pressed to find anything cuter than a kid in a big chef’s hat and apron, wielding a wooden spoon. Come on, that’s just adorable. And better yet – kids get to take home the apron and hat so they can dress up for Nanna and Pop. Increase your take-away bounty by opting for the package that includes whipping up some rocky road or marshmallow truffles.

The Tiny Chef
Prices start at $32.50 per kid.

melbourne zoo

Dear Zoo

So, Melbourne Zoo won’t send you a lion for your kid’s birthday. But you can still visit the lions! And the tigers, giraffes, meerkats, reptiles, elephants… The birthday package includes party snacks galore, a Zoo Bakery biscuit decorating activity and use of the outside bandstand for two hours. The kids will have a roaring good time.
Melbourne Zoo
Prices start at $42 per child.

It’s adventure time

Let the kids be kings of the castle, pirates on a ship, farmer joes —basically anything their imagination allows. The adventure playground in St Kilda is an amazing supervised space featuring trampolines, animals, rock climbing and cubbies. Book a picnic table for an afternoon, bring some party snacks, and watch the kids run around while burning off all that sugar.
Adventure Playground
St Kilda
The booking fee starts at $50 (for City of Port Phillip concession holders), and goes up to $200 (for non-concession holders who live outside the City of Port Phillip.)

melbourne aquarium

Under the sea

There’s nothing better as a parent than watching your kid's face light up in excitement at their birthday party. Unless of course, the parent actually enjoys the party. Melbourne Aquarium is one of those venues that’s fun for the young, the old, the curious, and the short attention-spanned. Be dazzled by the jewels of the ocean as they swim around you. The birthday party package leaves nothing to chance, with everything from admission, to party hosts, food and decorations being taken care of. The birthday mermaid or merman even receives a special birthday present.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Prices start at $35pp for 12-20 kids.

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