Children’s Birthday Party Ideas in Cornwall
Most parents make a concerted effort to ensure that their child’s birthday party is as special as possible; some revel in the excitement whilst others can feel overwhelmed by the scale of the occasion. There are, seemingly, never ending lists to contend with, possible trepidation over the entertainment and the additional responsibility of looking after a room full of children! For some, having a party at home is just not an option, so what are the alternatives?
Renting a hall doesn’t have to be cripplingly expensive, shop around and see what is on offer. There are far more venues available now to host a child’s party than ever before. A lot of businesses cater specifically to children’s parties so be sure to check out your neighbourhood to see what’s available. Soft play centres are a great place to host an event as the many activities provide the entertainment and generally tire the little darlings out.
Many swimming pools and training pools do catered children’s parties with staff on hand to provide both safety and water games. Football parties can be held indoors if the venue is big enough. Painting parties, where children get to decorate mugs and plates, are so popular that there are plenty of high street shops to choose from. The added bonus of a painting party is that all the guests get to have a personal souvenir of the day.
Local cinemas, and indeed larger chains, can be a great place to hold a slightly alternative party. If you give them plenty of advance notice they will be able to set aside part of their café/entrance area for the children to congregate for cake once they’ve finished viewing the film. Some cinemas will lay on cake and refreshments, while others are good enough to let you bring your own. The latter kind of cinema party is the perfect way to keep costs down. Most cinemas have a Saturday morning kids club where individual tickets are a fraction of the normal cost.
The best way of keeping down expenditure is to share it with another parent or parents. Apart from the financial benefits joint parties between children who’s birthdays are close mean that the guests won’t have to turn down one party to go to another. Themed parties are very popular for the under 11s – there are the old favourites, Pirates, Princesses, the Wild West, superheroes – especially Batman and Spiderman and then the latest crazes. At the moment the Disney film Frozen is still holding sway in the playground. Most supermarkets and dedicated party shops have a range of paper plates, napkins, table clothes and bunting that cover all but the most obscure themes.
But what should be put on the paper plates? Many of us obsess about child nutrition and making party food ‘balanced’. Instead keep things simple with old-fashioned ‘party food’. You can’t go wrong with sandwiches, cocktail sausages, crisps and, of course, cake. Home baking has been undergoing a major revival recently but don’t worry if you don’t have the time, or the inclination, to make the cake yourself – there are a huge variety of reasonably priced cakes available from bakeries, the local supermarket and even specialist cake makers.
As for games - the most popular are as old as time - Musical Chairs, Pass The Parcel and Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Don’t worry about using fancy wrapping paper for Pass the Parcel – old newspapers will do. If games aren’t enough entertainment for your little guests then you need to think about hiring a professional whose job it is to keep kids happy! The entertainer doesn’t have to necessarily be a clown or a magician – face painting is always a popular option.
Whatever route you decide to take be sure to take a look through this party guide or get a recommendation from other parents...
Tel: 01726 815553
Kidzworld the award winning children’s play centre is an ideal venue for children’s birthday parties. Children of all ages can enjoy the indoor and outdoor play including slides, ball pools, mini golf, dodgems and for the more adventurous the exciting Skytrail. For older children there are laser tag parties, where the party children get exclusive use of the indoor play area which they use as the battle arena, using completely safe laser guns to outwit and defeat each other.
Pirate’s Quest - Buccaneer Bay
Tel: 01637 873379
New For 2015 – Join Live Pirates for an ultimate swashbucklin’ birthday party!
Have a truly unforgettable celebration at Pirate’s Quest in Newquay. Journey back in time, three hundred years, to the Golden Age of Piracy and meet real live buccaneers. The infamous Captain Calico Jack and other legendary rogues will guide party guests through the mystical caves and murky streets of eighteenth century Cornwall on a quest to discover hidden pirate booty. The hour long adventure, will allow your birthday crew to feel, hear, smell and see Cornwall’s exciting legends and horrible history. Rub shoulders with King Arthur and his Knights, creep past Jack O’Lantern: mysterious King of the Piskies, and marvel at the magical Mermaid of Zennor. Complete the occasion with a Pirate feast and storytelling. Visit the website to download the free ‘message in a bottle’ invitations. Pirate’s Quest is on St Michael’s Road in Newquay, TR7 3RA.
Tel: 01208 850382
Celebrate your birthday in style with a Go Party at Hengar Manor! Each party is designed to ensure maximum fun for a minimum price. Run by highly skilled instructors, each session lasts for one hour and is followed by a swim and then a selection of party food. The Go Parties include swimming, Waterwalkerz and archery, plus a range of parties for the younger children include: Pirates Paradise, Junior Musketeers, Wild Wild West and Robin Hood Fun. Prices start from £7 and up.
Tel: 01872 276766
Monkey Music parties are great fun for children and babies. Parties include an hour of fun musical activities suitable for babies from 3 months up to children aged 4.
In addition, parties include musical games, percussion playing (using items such as drums, woodblocks, maracas, castanets, bells and boomwhackers) listening games, pass the parcel, songs, bright fun props, parachute activities and musical favourites or themes can also be incorporated. Colour invites are supplied to send out to friends. A happy Monkey Music mum commented “Wow, what an amazing Monkey Music party, it did not disappoint! Thank you for your punctuality, kindness, professionalism, organisation and ability to remember all 20 children's names!”
Dazzling Pamper Parties
Tel: 01752 603929 or 07920 092984
Specialising in girly parties from your little fairy princesses through to those funky teens, Dazzling Pamper Parties has been established for 7 years with over 13 years of experience in children's entertainment. Not only will your little lady be pampered till her heart's content with all of her friends but mum doesn't have to lift a finger either!
Parties are designed to be carried out in the comfort of your own home - with no clearing up to do. With parties to suit the girly girls and not-so-girly girls there is something for everyone - and now even for boys. Whether they want to hunt for evidence at the Secret Agents party, take part in a surfboard competition with the Surf's up party or perhaps battle the evil dragon at a Knights of Honour party. There are now even parties for mums too.
Tel: 01736 758721
A child will have a birthday to remember at this award-winning party venue! Paradise Park offers four themed party rooms, fun and healthy party food, free printed invitations, a free place setting gift and all the fun of Paradise Park including unlimited play in the huge JungleBarn indoor play zone. When the sun is shining party guests can enjoy outdoor adventure play in Paradise Island and receive free entry into Paradise Park. Two adults gain free entry with each party and there is a discounted price for all other adults.
Mark’s Ark Wildlife Encounters
Tel: 01736 333293 or 07761 810900
Mark's Ark provides a fantastic resource for playgroups and primary schools, suitable for all ages and abilities. Whatever the subject, Mark can give a fascinating insight into rainforests, animal senses, the difference between animals and mini-beasts - just to name a few themes. Mark's encounter can last for the duration of 30-60 minutes depending on your requirements. Parties are very cost-effective and give the children a brilliant opportunity to engage with exotic animals at very close quarters in a safe, controlled, hands-on show. Booking early is essential!
Tel: See website for leisure centre contact numbers
The friendly staff at Tempus Leisure Centres love hosting birthday parties! They help children to have great fun together and enjoy the excitement of sharing the centre’s activities with all their friends. With party options for all ages, choose from bouncy castles, swimming/fun pools, sports parties (including football), Nerf dart tag and various adventurous activity parties. Or, if you have an idea for something different, Tempus Leisure will try and organise it for you. Each centre across the county has a range of parties at affordable prices. Party food is included in the price at some centres, whilst others have the option to hire a space for you to take your own food. Invitations are provided and pre-filled party bags with three fantastic designs are available to purchase. Ask at your local leisure centre’s reception for details.
Tel: 01736 850209
Country Skittles in Townshend, near Hayle, is a great fun choice for your child’s birthday party. There is an excellent birthday package available in the afternoons suitable for younger children. The package includes: a 30 minute session of bowling in the skittle alleys, a choice of main course (including the ever-popular beef or chicken burgers and chips), a delicious ice-cream, a soft drink, and a choice of crazy golf or time in the shooting gallery (The shooting option is height-restricted, and subject to availability). Parties cost just £10.50 per head, providing excellent value for money. There are no restrictions on minimum numbers.
The Party People
Tel: 01208 851733
The Party People are award winning local entertainers ‘Timbo’ and Dianne, who are dedicated to providing first class children’s entertainment throughout Cornwall and Devon. They offer a 2 hour package which makes for a stress free party with entertainment taking place from start to finish. They offer magic shows tailored to the age range of the party group which evoke a real pantomime atmosphere. Also provided is a mini disco, a party game involving all of the children all of the time, tattoo painting, balloon modelling and merriment with the ‘Funny Bunny’. There are no limitations to the maximum number of children invited. Go to the website, Twitter and Facebook to find testimonials, photos, videos and details of amy upcoming show.
Tel: Karla on 07545 756765
Sit and relax while Karla and her friends entertain your children, giving them a magical and action packed party to remember. The parties are 2 hours long and are carefully planned to suit the children attending. At the parties children dance, sing, and play loads of fun, active games; plus they get messy with the arts and crafts, play with the parachute, and have a great time with balloons and bubbles. The children can (for an extra charge) have their faces painted and have a truly fantastic time.
Blue Reef Aquarium
Tel: 01637 878134
Blue Reef Birthday’s are great fun whatever your age. Celebrate your big day with weird and wonderful creatures like sharks and seahorses as well as clownfish, angelfish, giant crabs and lobsters! An undersea safari guide will lead you on a fascinating tour of the aquarium where you’ll be surrounded by hundreds of amazing aquatic creatures. Every birthday party includes a hands-on rock pool encounter, a birthday tea in the Blue Reef Café, a Pirate Party Bag or Mermaid Party Bag for each child, plus a year’s free Membership to Blue Reef Aquarium for the birthday child. Make their day even more special with an additional Birthday Shark encounter. The birthday child will be the centre of attention as they help feed the sharks at the top of the ocean tank. Make them the envy of all their friends as they watch on while your child has the sharks circling for their dinner.
Springfields Fun Park and Pony Centre
Tel: 01637 881224
Springfields Fun Park and Pony Centre, St Columb Major near Newquay is a wonderful location for a child’s party with easy access from both the A30 and A39.
Children can bottle feed the lambs, cuddle the bunnies, enjoy train rides, pony rides, pony grooming, and go pond dipping and fish feeding. The birthday child can also help in the pony show. In addition to a packed programme of activities the children can bounce on the trampolines, and use the go-karts and rowing boats. There is also plenty to do inside the large play barn. Party prices are £8.75 per child age 3 and over with discounted rates for younger children. One adult enters free with every full paying child. Prices include a Party Tea in a decorated party room and T-shirt for the birthday child.
Tel: 01326 313130
Ocean Bowl in Falmouth is Cornwall's largest Tenpin Bowling Centre catering for people of all ages. There are 12 lanes of computerised scoring, a host of the latest video games and pool tables. Ocean Bowl serves food all day every day in their large licensed bar, diner and restaurant. They host children’s parties which include the bowling, food and drinks. They also offer adult bowling parties too and meal deals with bowling included from £10 per person. Ocean Bowl is open 7 days a week for your complete family entertainment.
Jules the Children's Entertainer
Tel: 07779 306497
As seen on TV, the amazing Jules the Children's Entertainer, can create a magical birthday party or children's show. Jules, a fantastic ventriloquist, with characters including Monkey and Oswald the chicken, provides enthralling entertainment for children of all ages. Shows include silly interactive magic where the children become the magicians and maybe a guest appearance from Monty Moose. Parties can include a disco with flashing lights, party dances, plus competitions and games for older children. Jules will make the birthday child feel like a celebrity. Jules works as a children's entertainer at many of the prestigious hotels, holiday parks and schools in Cornwall and Devon.
Kernow Party Karts
Tel 07794 053996
Kernow Party Karts offer an exciting range of mobile party entertainment for children of all ages. They offer parties featuring Go-Karts, Laser Tag and a Soft Mountain, and will go to a venue near you across Cornwall. The variety of Laser Tag arenas suit children aged 6 to adults – so mums and dads can join in too. Be thrilled by Go-Kart racing or experience the unique bouncy fun of the Soft Mountain.
Penlee House Gallery & Museum
Tel: 01736 363625
Set in the grounds of Penlee Park, the Coach House is a unique and original venue for your child’s party. The space consists of a room with kitchen attached, and there’s a small playground outside which is perfect for little ones to let off steam. The Coach House is available to book for after-school parties (up to 6pm) or on Saturday mornings or afternoons. For a minimum of 10 people a catering service is offered or, if you prefer, you can provide your own party food. Hire rates are very reasonable.
The Esplanade Hotel
Tel: 01637 873333
The Esplanade Hotel in Newquay offers a warm welcome to families and children of all ages. The friendly staff understand that you won’t want to compromise on quality for your child's special celebrations, so experienced party hosts will be on-hand to help organise a party that your child will absolutely love. The spacious ballroom is an ideal space for a party and with excellent catering options. From Princess Pamper Parties to Pirate Parties and Surf Parties to Build-a-Bear kids parties, the party host will ensure the party is extra special. Children's party packages start from just £7.95 per child (minimum 10 children) and include: exclusive room hire, decorations, a choice of hot or cold food, use of the indoor soft play area, use of the outdoor pirate adventure play area, disco lights and music equipment for party games.
The Bedruthan Hotel
Tel: 01637 860860
Birthday parties at the Bedruthan Hotel are full of creative fun. Staff fire up the imaginations by offering a variety of interesting activities where children can learn about bivvy building and survival skills, discover more about the art of chocolate, create and cook pizzas or take part in fabulous swimming pool competitions and games. Craft parties can include woodwork, pottery, ceramics, glass painting, silk painting or jewellery making. Party food is taken care of; choose between finger buffets or pre-order from the delicious party menu. Friends or family can relax in the Wild Café and enjoy freshly cooked food while the kids tuck in. With sweeping sea views, lots of dedicated children’s areas and indoor and outdoor play, the Bedruthan makes a perfect venue for children’s parties whatever the weather!
Cornwall’s Crealy Adventure Park
Tel: 01841 540276
Birthday boys and girls get the VIP treatment at Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park. Children will receive a free gift from the park along with a free pony ride dependent on height. Birthday party guests can enjoy all of the fantastic attractions including thrilling rides, animal encounters and indoor play before feasting on a delicious party meal. Birthday visits must be booked in advance.
Tel: 01209 217 788
It’s the big day for your child’s football themed party! From kick-off to the final whistle, your child’s football party will be packed with non-stop football fun. Parties are run by a FA qualified coach who is fully insured, CRC checked and qualified in first aid. In addition party packages include all equipment, certificates for all children, a special trophy for the birthday boy or girl, a football themed inflatable, football match day RSVP invitation tickets, a team photo on the special day, football prizes, lots of games and football themed party bags. From the moment your guests arrive, they’ll be entertained for an hour of football party action.
Raze The Roof
Tel: 01326 377481
Raze The Roof will make celebrating your child’s birthday lots of fun! With so many party options available your child is sure to find the perfect one for them. Mega Play frame parties are £10.50 per child (adults go free) and include help from a fantastic party host, your choice of three themed party rooms, hot or cold food, unlimited juice, ice lollies and tons of soft play fun. Add Laser Storm for just £3 extra per child. Ask about the Toddler Parties for the under 5’s or the Big Space parties which are perfect for the bigger kids.
Trethorne Leisure Park
Tel: 01566 86324
Give your child a birthday to remember and leave all the hard work to the friendly staff at Trethorne. There are plenty of activities in the Leisure Park to keep everyone entertained all day, come rain or shine! Each party child aged 3 years+ will get to ride on the dodgems, ride a pony and clamber up the climbing wall. Two party packages are available offering fantastic value for money. Package 1 includes Leisure Park admission, hot or cold party food, drinks, a Dodgems ride, a pony ride, a go on the climbing wall and an animal mask. Package 2 includes Leisure Park admission, 1 game of bowling, a hot meal, dessert and drink, a Dodgems ride, a pony ride and a go on the climbing wall. With each party one adult will receive free entry, whilst other adults with the party will pay a discounted price. Trethorne Leisure Park is near Launceston, PL15 8QE.
Tel: 01209 219555
Bombadingas and Skullduggery caters for childrens’ and adults parties. Soft play parties for children aged 1 to 9 include: invites, hot or cold food, unlimited jugs of juice, jelly and ice-cream, a party host, a designated party area, a visit from Captain Bombadinga, complimentary tea or coffee for the party organisers and a return pass for the birthday child. Parties cost £10 per head.
Skullduggery Laser Tag is for the over 7's and adults and includes: invites, 2 x 20 minute laser tag sessions, score cards, hot food, unlimited jugs of juice, a party host and a designated party area, with options to add a glow package, extra games and ice-cream. These parties cost £11 per head. Adult evening bookings are now available.
Tel: 01209 843238
Go Bananas provide perfect parties for little monkeys! At ‘Go Bananas’ there is a fully inflatable children’s indoor play area suitable for children aged 1 to 12 years. There are three party rooms to choose from – a Disney Princess Room, a new Under 3’s Room and a Super Heroes Room. Party packages include a birthday meal, unlimited juice drinks, unlimited access to the main play area, use of a party room for 1 ½ hours and free entry for adults. Find Go Bananas in New Portreath Road, Redruth, TR16 4QL.
Tel: 01637 852890
Organising birthday parties can be a logistical nightmare, but luckily, you can take the easy option and grab a Jungle Jack's birthday bundle. Jungle Jack’s has its own Jungle Tree-House party room for hire, an exclusive area over-looking the play centre with a party package to suit everyone. This includes 90 minutes of soft play followed by 30 minutes of party room fun, a hot and cold party buffet, unlimited squash, ice cream and when its cake time Jungle Jack may pay a special visit. The party price is just £8.50 per head with a minimum attendance of 10 children and a £50 deposit is required to secure the booking. The package also includes free Jungle Jack's party invitations, a free tea or coffee for Mum and Dad and a free pass for the birthday boy or girl to re-visit Jungle Jack's again.