Kids’ birthdays — they seem to come around so quickly. Every year I tell myself I’m going to be super organised with their parties and avoid having to deal with the last minute scramble of trying to arrange something. Alas — I find myself in that very scramble. Every. Single. Time!
It’s tricky thinking of ways to celebrate that the kids haven’t already done a gazillion times, and that also doesn’t break the bank. The weather has to be considered as well — winter babies and summer babies have rather different options to choose from. Then there’s the decision of either hosting something at home and bringing in a form of entertainment, or going to a venue that does it all for you. So much to consider!
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Ladies and gentlemen, birthday boys and girls — I’ve put my recon cape on and have come to the rescue! I’ve created an extensive list of birthday party options which you can refer back to when you get that recurring mental block for ideas. I’ve made sure there are options to suit all budgets, all ages, all weather and all interests. So whether your kids want to get active, creative, wet, dirty, or glammed up — you are SURE to find something on this list that tickles your party person’s fancy!
This giant training facility doubles as a play centre where you’ll find trampolines, inflatables, rock climbing walls, an interactive gaming zone and a test and tackle area. With five party packages to choose from, there is something to suit everyone from ages 3 and up.
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With two locations to choose from, (CBD or Kuitpo Forest), this Aerial Adventure Park will have the kids living their best lives amongst the treetops, (as long as you’re over 100cm tall). With no minimum numbers and no minimum spend – just book in and bring a picnic!
With 54 hectares of natural wonderland to explore, Woodhouse Activity Centre is perfect for outdoor-loving kids with energy to burn. Get lost amongst the giant split level maze, climb the bouldering wall, challenge yourself with the obstacle course and zoom down the tube slides!
A favourite activity for all ages — why not book a party at Bounce and let your designated host take care of everything for you. With three packages to choose from, Bounce parties are fun for kids (and hassle free for parents). Party packages are designed for children ages 2+.
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The ultimate kids party venue with party packages to suit all budgets. If you want to host something big you can even hire the whole venue out — what fun! If this is your preference, you can either choose to self cater or let their onsite cafe do it all for you.
With three locations to choose from in Adelaide, book in for a party package at Lollipops Playland and let your kids enjoy hours of climbing, sliding, jumping, spinning and swinging. After-hours function hire is also available on Friday and Saturday nights on request.
This ‘factory of fun’ is another epic play centre with the option of party packages or private hire. The only problem you’ll have here is getting them to leave!
An indoor paradise for kids — Little Rockets will take the fuss out of party planning. Book into one of their three locations and let their hosts do the rest.
Crocs Playcentre offers a range of exciting themed party rooms for kids, including exclusive interactive party options. You’ll receive a dedicated party host so you can sit back and enjoy the day. This venue can also be hired out for private parties by request.
This underwater themed play cafe is sure to make your child’s party a ‘splash.’ Choose the party package that suits you and let your host take care of the rest.
Wizbang is a unique indoor family entertainment centre offering attractions such as virtual reality, laser tag, mini golf, arcade games, a disco room and a play gym. Check out their website for all the different party options and themed party rooms.
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This one’s great for those slightly older kids who still want to burn off their energy but are beyond slides and ball crawls. Funtopia offers a fivestorey Playground World, a state of the art Rock Climbing World and for the little tackers — a fully enclosed Baby World. Choose a party package or go all out and hire the whole venue out. Oh, and FYI — it’s fully licensed!
Virtual Reality Experience offers mind blowing party experiences for kids aged from around 7 and up. These guys also do Escape Rooms and a Flight Simulator experience. Check out their website for all the details.
Test out your kids’ detective skills by booking an escape room for them and their friends. Mindshift’s themed rooms and all the party inclusions means no decorating, no running around, no cleaning up and essentially — no stress. (Aside from the escaping part… that could be stressful)!
Choose between a Snow and Ice party or an Ice Skating party depending on age and preference and have the ‘coolest’ party in town. Hours of fun to be had! (But parents, rug up — it’s cold in there)!
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Got a little circus kid on your hands? They’ll love the opportunity to tumble, trapeze, juggle and jump to their heart’s content with a birthday party at CirKidz.
The ultimate way to throw an epic birthday bash for kids aged 5 and up! Circo Bats kick things off with a super fun warm-up and loads of games, then let the kiddos loose on all sorts of circus gear, and don’t worry, their coaches keep a close eye to keep things safe.
With activities dependent on height rather than age — different adventures are available for participant’s heights (and courage!) starting from 90cm. Check out the courses on offer and decide which one suits. You’ll be treated to a bird’s eye view of Adelaide’s west from the soaring heights of this Mega Adventure Park.
Offering party packages for kids, teens and adults — Zone Bowling and Laser Tag is the ultimate all-in birthday party destination for all ages. And parents — you can even get yourself a glass of wine while the hosts entertain your kids! I’d call that a strike!
Host a Ninja Warrior Birthday Party and test your Ninja skills with a group of your friends. It’ll be the ultimate day of fitness, fun and entertainment. Their obstacle courses are designed for kids aged 4+, teens and adults of all abilities.
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Inflatable Zone is home to a massive indoor bouncy playground with fun inflatables to cater for kids aged 3 and up. There are party packages with food included or you can opt to cater yourself.
Got a little rev head on your hands? Now’s their time to shine with a chance to sit behind the wheel of their own vehicle and race their mates! With plenty of party and combo packages to choose from — this is guaranteed to be a fun day out.
Animal lovers — name a better place to spend your special day! You can either wander through at your own leisure or book a party host to take you on a guided tour. And don’t forget to allow time to explore the epic Nature Playground within the zoo grounds. This in itself is always a hit with the kids.
With all the fun of waterslides, dodgem cars, arcade games, mini golf and bumper boats and more all under one roof, you really can’t go wrong with a party at The Beachouse. Parents — sit back with a coffee (or a wine) and watch the kids have the time of their lives!
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With three locations around Adelaide, Beyond Bouldering provides a great experience for those who want to give rock climbing a go. Whether you’re a beginner or have spiderman-esque skills, their motto is, ‘Come as you are — leave bolder.’ They can cater for groups of all sizes and provide an instructor if you want some handy tips along the way.
Imagine having an entire gym to yourself with experienced gymnastics coaches to help you and your friends bounce, balance and swing through each station. The giant foam pit is always a huge hit here. There are packages to suit all ages between 2 – 12.
YMCA hosts gymnastics style birthday parties for children of all ages and abilities. Whether it be a kindergym style party for your toddler, or a disco themed party for your tween, the YMCA is professional and fun and will certainly make your child’s party one to remember. Best of all — it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing outside, the centre is beautifully heated and air conditioned.
This giant inflatable obstacle course is made up of different modules for balancing, climbing, jumping and sliding. If you fall off… you’ll fall into the heated pool below. This one is a tonne of fun and is guaranteed to wear the kids out!
At an Adelaide Aquatic Centre party, they do all the work. Meet your party host in the foyer, then put your feet up while they do the rest. From 5 year olds to early teenagers — they are guaranteed to have a splash-tastic time.
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The ultimate summer party venue for kids aged 5-12. Your dedicated party host will take your group through a rotation of party activities for one hour including pool games and the splash park.
Another great outdoor option for when the weather is warmer. Unley Outdoor Swimming Centre runs birthday parties for children 5 years and up between the months of September and April. They can cater for groups of 10-25 kids and will provide a qualified party host to entertain your little water rats with organised fun.
The kids will enjoy a range of organised activities during the public Roller Skating sessions on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Held between 3:00pm- – 5:00pm, their skating supervisors can teach basic skills to ensure everyone has both a fun and safe experience. A party room is also available.
Get your kids’ hands dirty in the best possible way — with CLAY! Urth Clay Studio provides parties for 8-13 year olds and allows their artistic flair to bloom in a fun, safe and creative way.
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This one’s great for all those winter babies! Grab some mates, get cosy and let HOYTS host your party. They have different packages for every budget and there won’t be any need to stress about the weather or any mess at home!
This unique themed party venue for both girls and boys is larger than life and truly one of a kind. With so many themes to choose from — your little one is bound to have the ultimate party amongst the sensational settings, costumes and entertainers who bring this whole place to life.
This family owned business hosts incredible themed parties and also provides the food and lolly bags. The kids will be entertained by music, lights, dancing, singing, a smoke machine, party games, and prizes. The only thing you need to bring is a cake!
With three locations to choose from in Adelaide, Plaster Fun House provides creative fun for all ages. With different party packages to choose from, the kids will love selecting their plaster of choice and bringing it to life with paint and glitter!
Pick the package that suits your budget, invite your guests and let Build a Bear Workshop do the rest. Best of all, each guest creates the ultimate party favour — their very own furry friend to take home and love!
Little Picassos holds wonderful birthday parties for creative children from ages 3 and up. Their art themed parties include a fantastic and creative two hour art session, plus time to celebrate with food, drinks and birthday cake!
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Grab your besties and challenge each other with a round of mini golf. With packages starting at just $10 per head, SHANX mini golf is an affordable and fun way to celebrate your birthday.
If golf is still on your mind but the weather is not being kind, check out Hey Caddy for an incredible indoor mini golf experience. They have party packages to suit all ages and budgets. Oh, and for the parents — they serve some pretty impressive cocktails too. That’s a hole in one in my books!
Friends — did you know The Pancake Kitchen does birthday parties? Start the car! From just $15 a head, their friendly crew will handle the set up, clean up and games and allow you to sit back and enjoy the fun. Oh, and did I mention pancakes?!
Your budding chocolatiers will get to use white, milk, dark and a rainbow of coloured chocolate to make a variety of solid and novelty chocolates as well as chocolate lollipops at an Adelaide Chocolate School party. And guys — all parties include unlimited chocolate! They’d need to roll me out of there!
At Cook n Create, boys and girls of all ages will get messy, creative and totally immersed in the fun of cooking. Best of all, the kiddos will essentially be making their own party food! What’s not to love?!
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Lego lovers listen up! BRICKS 4 KIDZ is the world’s most popular provider of LEGO themed birthday parties for children. Their experienced party hosts will lead all the activities and games to make it a memorable party for your child. You can either host the party at one of the BRICKS 4 KIDZ party venues or they can bring the party to you! Easy, fun, affordable and hassle free. Yes please!
Animal lovers — this one’s for you! The Hahndorf Farm barn will have you surrounded by all creatures great and small, regardless of which party package you choose. Depending on what suits you, they can cater your party or you can bring your own picnic. They can even bring animals to you if you prefer to host it at home.
Looking for a birthday party with a difference? Why not send the kids to Gaol?! With a party at Adelaide Gaol, your child will receive a dedicated party host along with two hours packed with Gaol themed activities. There’s a private outdoor lawn space available for games and food and you’ll be able to explore this unique historical landmark. Lock ’em up I say!
Cafe Bonython hosts cupcake decorating parties which are great for boys and girls of all ages. The parties are tailored to the age of the guests and will be provided with an experienced host facilitating a structured step by step demonstration. You’ll go home with six of your handmade masterpieces to devour over the next few days. Yum! While you’re there, why don’t you burn off some of the party food at Bonython Park Adventure Playground. It’s a great play space for the kids to explore.
For the train obsessed little ones, Sasmee Park is a dream come true. You’ll be able to ride on their model trains and take a journey around the park on their miniature train line. Pack some party food and set up for a few hours of toot-tooting, chugga-chugging fun!
This is the playground to top all playgrounds friends, and an epic place to host a birthday party. Best of all —- it won’t cost you a cent! Set on four hectares by the seafront, everything at St Kilda Adventure Playground is large and impressive. There’s giant slides, a wooden pirate ship, a flying fox, a bouncy boomerang, climbing nets, a maze, and even a basketball court. There’s something for all ages and all the amenities that make for an easy yet epic party.
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This is an awesome party idea for kids aged 12 and up… but it’s not for the faint hearted! Imagine being armed with a paintball gun, with your objective being to eliminate the opposition and look after your own team mates. You’ll be running through trenches, hiding in bunkers and protecting forts. It’s basically like being in your very own game of Fortnite!
A plant nursery that doubles as a magical wonderland for the kids to explore! Walk through the huge palm forest, discover the hidden animal statues and spot the fairies in the Fairy Fern Garden. Pack some party food and enjoy it in the Summer House deep in the Jungle. And why not pick up a few plants to take home while you’re there?!
Jackson Square is an incredible function space which provides a blank canvas for you to host whatever type of party you like. With a large indoor space AND an outdoor beer garden, this venue can cater for almost anything you have in mind. Some ideas would be to bring in a jumping castle, soft play climbing modules, a ball crawl for toddlers or turn the space into a disco. The options are endless!
Bop till you Drop provides disco and karaoke parties to kids who are simply old enough to ‘bop!’ Held in the comfort of your own home, their vibrant hosts will keep the kids engaged and entertained while you sit back with a smile. With music, singing, dancing, games and prizes, they will have the kids bopping their little butts off whilst making the birthday girl or boy feel like the star of the show.
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Some of the best memories from my childhood are having sleepovers with friends. Sleepee Teepee is here to transform your child’s sleepover party from ordinary to extraordinary! Just choose your theme and they’ll bring in everything you need to have the ultimate night in. If you love the outdoors, they can also provide giant all weather bell tents to give you that real glamping experience. These guys can even create an outdoor cinema experience for your guests. Order some pizzas and make some popcorn. Sounds like the perfect night to me!
Imagine hosting a dance party where there’s no chance the neighbours will complain about the loud music. A silent disco is the way to go! Wireless headphones will replace traditional speakers and the kids can dance and sing to their heart’s content (while your eardrums stay perfectly intact).
Inflate-a Party is essentially an inflatable nightclub. Their experienced team will come and set it up in your desired location and provide speakers, lights and a smoke machine! No ID’s necessary. How cool is that?!
Whether your party is at your own home, a local hall or your favourite park — Party with Gracie can provide soft play equipment to keep those busy little guests entertained for hours. With their gorgeous range of soft play, the kids will be climbing, bouncing, sliding and crawling amongst the equipment and you’ll get to relax and enjoy the occasion. Best of all they bring everything to you and set it up, then take it all away after. Too easy!
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What child doesn’t love a Jumping Castle? Affordable Castles Adelaide has over 50 styles, themes and sizes of castles available to hire. They are reliable, affordable and a WHOLE lot of fun!
Games2U can provide activities for indoor and outdoor fun both in the water and on land, so whatever kind of event you have planned, the entertainment will be sorted. From laser tag, a mobile game theatre, giant hamster balls, water rollers and Scalextric car racing, you’re bound to find something that will make your little one’s party one to remember.
Have the kids (and adults) in stitches with Bumbles The Clown and his self professed promise, ‘magic performed badly — laughter guaranteed.’ If he gets his magic wand working, you may even get to meet one of his magic bunnies. The kids will love giving it a pat after the show!
The Entertainment Emporium entertainers take the pressure out of hosting your child’s party. Whether your mini is superhero obsessed or more of a princess lover — these guys will have something to meet your needs. They also provide face painting, ballooning, clowning and prizes.
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