A birthday is a momentous time in a child’s year.
After all it’s the day when they are likely to be showered with gifts, attention, cards and a pile of treats.
Unlike Christmas, a birthday is unique to them, when they become centre-stage, which depending on your child’s nature, may overwhelm them or they may absorb all the attention with glee.
Nevertheless, we all want to make our children feel special on their big day, and this heightens the importance of the birthday party.
As a result, many parents adopt a multi-faceted role where they become party planner, supreme cook, lively entertainer, room decorator, present giver and childcare supervisor. That’s quite a list, which, unsurprisingly, can seem a little daunting.
Yet, there are many alternative options that will help to lighten the load.
Outside caterers can be used, charismatic children’s entertainers can engage a room full of children for a couple of hours, and party bags can be supplied by an outside provider.
Local attractions also offer party packages and take care of all the arrangements making it an appealing option for many time-constrained families.
Currently, there are strong trends in pamper and makeover parties; Nerf, Laser Quest and science parties; and action related parties such as trampolining, go karting, outdoor pursuits, dancing, climbing – even assault courses.
Yet, parties are as individual as each child, so to assist you in the decision-making process, we’ve included a mass of ideas and tips on this party page.
Remember to keep returning to this page for when it’s your turn to arrange a party…
Here are some details about party providers and entertainers close to you:
Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park
Tel: 01202 622022
Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park makes parties uncomplicated for parents and promises to offer a fabulous fun filled day for little ones. Spring is full of anticipation - beautiful baby animals are being born and it offers a wonderful chance for families to get outdoors and explore.
The dynamic team at Farmer Palmer’s is ready to help a child’s birthday go effortlessly – ensuring that your family and guests have a memorable time. Prices include child entry, free admittance for 2 adults, a tractor ride, food and drink and party bags. Party rooms are big enough to hold 32 children making joint parties possible.
Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park advert, which contains a March Free Meal Offer, is placed on the Party Page of the current issue of Primary Times magazine. To avoid any confusion, Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park Birthday party packages are already excellent value so they felt it fair and reasonable to remind you of its terms and conditions.
Farmer Palmer’s Terms and Conditions - re: Free Meal or Drink Offers
Full terms and conditions are available on the Online Birthday Booking page at www.farmerpalmers.co.uk
Tel: 01202 483444
Looking for a perfect party venue? Then take a look at the award-winning family theme park Adventure Wonderland, opposite Bournemouth Airport. A thrilling new water ride is opening in 2017 and there’s more than 30 outside rides, including Runaway train, Ghostly Galleon and Battle Boats.
There’s also Cuddle Corner farmyard, the south's largest hedge maze and the huge Aztec Wild Thing indoor adventure play centre. The kids will have a fabulous time, whatever the weather. The deal includes unlimited all-day full park play, exclusive use of a party room for one hour, a hot meal and ice lolly, plus one free adult place with every booked child.
Tel: 07920 162549
Children's parties at Nerf Attack last two hours and include fun on the assault course, entry into the Nerf Battle zone and finish with camp fire cooking. Parties start with a warm up on the amazing assault course, followed by time in the battle zone for army style Nerf Games. To finish, Nerf Attack offers hot dogs cooked over an open fire, where children can toast marshmallows, and devour other tasty party food. Nerf Games are run all year round and are suitable for children aged 6 years+.
Pavilion Dance South West
Tel: 01202 203630
Pavilion Dance South West party packages are a great way to have fun. Pavilion Dance is a unique, beautiful space with the best facilities, plus it is located right next to Britain’s best beach. A children’s dance party package includes an hour-long dance class in a style of your choice by a fully trained professional dance teacher, a birthday cake, banners and decorations as well as a PDSW branded T-shirt and water bottle for the birthday boy/girl.
Seashells Soft Play Centre
Tel: 07823 555970
Seashells Soft Play Centre offers soft play packages for children for any occasion, such as birthday parties, christenings, naming days, pre-schools, fetes and weddings. The soft play is perfect for imaginative and safe play and will keep all your little ones entertained for hours. Soft play items include bouncy castles, scramble bags, a ball pit, soft play shapes, an inflatable slide, an inflatable maze and much more.
Tel: 01202 740500
Little Lemurs love a party! Easy to find on Tower Park, Poole, with free parking, Lemur Landings Soft Play is a jungle of fun and the perfect venue for your child's birthday party.
Whether you’re swinging onto the all-new climbing zone, making new friends in The Ted Shed, romping around the play frames or firing a phaser gun in the out of this world space-station themed playframe, the great value parties offer maximum play, good food and best of all – there’s nothing to clear up afterwards.
Honeybrook Family Farm and Riverside Park
Tel: 01202 881120
Honeybrook Family Farm and Riverside Park is a wonderful place to celebrate a child’s birthday. Spend the day meeting the friendly farm animals during a personal Pets’ Corner session, enjoy a VIP farm activity, and then explore the farm at leisure for the rest of the day.
Alternatively, Honeybrook also offers Wild Skills parties where children learn how to light a campfire the old-fashioned way, build a den or shelter to protect them from the elements and enjoy some natural crafts. These parties are perfect for your budding Bear Grylls’ and amateur Attenboroughs! Parties can be tailored to the interests of the birthday boy or girl and a theme of their choice.
Pop Idol for a Day
Tel: 01202 746049 or 07941 429313
If your budding starlet thinks they have what it takes to be a popstar or just loves singing, why not book a session at Pop Idol’s recording studio? Pop Idol has several packages available including a kid’s birthday party package for up to 12 children. Solo vocalist and musician sessions are also available, all set in a commercial recording studio used by many famous artists.
Tel 01202 983983
For a fun packed party to remember, RockReef has the answer! RockReef offers fun and adventure with 28 climbing activities, an aerial obstacle course, a pier cave, vertical slide and a leap of faith jumping challenge.
Party packages start from just £13.50pp including 1 ½ hours activity time followed by a choice of hot or cold party food in the RockReef café. The party host will receive a free vertical slide and a voucher to return as a birthday present from RockReef.
Laser Quest, Bournemouth
Tel: 01202 556888
It’s always party time at Laser Quest Bournemouth! Party packages include 2 or 3 games of Laser Quest and a refreshing soft drink.
Dedicated party hosts look after the party guests in a reserved party area where they will be served delicious hot food, unlimited soft drinks, ice cream and the birthday cake. Laser Quest birthday parties are fun for everyone. They’re hassle free for parents and offer loads of fun for kids who leave with a party bag full of goodies. Other party options include the popular ‘Kids Club’ session.
Tel: 01202 499155
For children who love thrilling and action-packed parties, Snowtrax near Bournemouth Airport is the ideal party venue. Set amongst 6 acres of glorious alpine woodland, the atmosphere is ideal for an exhilarating ride down one of the ski slopes on either a ski-bob or a ringo.
Snowtrax is an affordable choice and can cater for parties from 8 children up to 25. After an hour of either ski-bobbing or ringo-ing the party guests move into the pine-clad party room for a sit-down meal and soft drink. Look out for the £2 off voucher in their advert in this magazine.
Children’s Chocolate Parties
Tel: 01202 556857
‘Children’s Chocolate Parties’ is now in its fourth year of trading and is continuing to grow rapidly.
Covering all counties positioned between Bournemouth and London, business owner Leoni is able to visit your home or venue of your choice to run a fantastic chocolate party for your children. In Bournemouth, parties can also be held at Children’s Chocolate Parties’ own venue.
An additional service, new this year, are cookery parties which can be held at home. Everything is provided (except the tables) and all party goers are able to take home what they have made, apart from pizza making – where they sit and eat their creation. Suitable for all children aged from 6 to 13. There are different options to suit different ages.
Peeks Party Store
Tel: 01202 489489
Whatever the occasion look no further than Peeks Party Store in Christchurch as they have it all! They sell fancy dress costumes, balloons, party novelties, themed party packs, personalised sashes, a balloon delivery service and much more.
Peeks have been in business for over 65 years helping people celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, Halloween, Christmas, New Year and much, much more.
Visit them at their massive 8,200sq ft store in Reid Street, Christchurch, BH23 2BT or view their full range online.
Tel: 01305 780343
Jo, Faith and George look forward to hosting your child’s party at Bella Ceramics. They offer a choice of Bronze, Silver and Gold party packages, with prices starting at £12 per person.
Aside from the ceramic painting, Bella Ceramics can also supply hot or cold party food should you wish.
The Bella Ceramics studio in Weymouth has a fresh and contemporary feel that creates a relaxed environment that is child friendly and welcoming, however should you want to host the party at a venue of your choice, Bella Ceramics can supply a ‘Painting Party in a Box’.
Mayim Mermaid Academy
Tel: 07714 991075
J Mayim Mermaid Pod offers a variety of mermaid experiences, parties, group lessons, private lessons and photo shoots. Swimming experiences are available to all children aged 7 years plus who are confident swimmers in and under the water. Sessions include tuition, some photos, a mermaid tail hire, use of pool and certificates. Extras include under water pictures and the purchase of a tail, if required. Photo shoots out of the water, are available to children aged 4 years plus who are not confident or old enough to have a full Mermaid Experience.
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