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Kids birthday parties in Canberra?

By gourmetmumma - 24 September 2011 24

Hi all…we are celebrating my daughters 7th birthday in November and am after some ideas for a party venue, as our current house isn’t appropriate to hold the party in (ie no shelter outside so if it rains I don’t want suger-hyped kids ransacking the inside!). She has been to a few parties this year like bowling and rock climbing, so I’m after some other different ideas.

I know a party at the park is a good option but does anyone have any other ideas? She’s talking disco or skating but I’m not sure if either can be done in Canberra as we are fairly new here.

Thanks πŸ™‚

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Kids birthday parties in Canberra?
Bad Seed 8:50 pm 25 Sep 11

Anothe vote for Kid’s Pantry. We did the Mystery Box party earler this year (although your daughter is probably too young for that one). It is a really well run place with lots of staff that really take care of you (and are especially watchful over kids with allergies). Its on the expensive end but we don’t do parties every year so were okay with it. My kids (9 and 11) both love Zone 3 and have for a couple of years but if your party is all girls it might be less appropriate. Another option is Henry’s at the Southern Cross Club where you get fed and get tokens to play on the games machines – a bit like gambling for kids but hey, its another option. Both mine think that place is “awesome” -exchaning tokens for pieces of plastic crap or lollies – what more could you want? I would rather eat broken glass than go to Kid’s City – we have been to the one at DFO -Monkey Mania? Still loud but not nearly as bad -not as cavernous so not as echoey. Have fun deciding.

emmy-lou 1:51 pm 25 Sep 11

My nephew had his 7th birthday party at the CSIRO Discovery Centre this year – he had a fantastic time. There’s a spot near the cafe where you set up the food/cake/presents, then a staff member takes the kids for a bit & keeps them (& the parents) entertained. While I was there they brought out a couple of turtles, some stick insects, then moved onto another section where the kids put on lab coats & looked into microscopes, then my over-organised sister had arranged for them to make sherbert.

If the person with the right licence is there, I think the kids can even try their hand at making ice cream.

dtc 1:25 pm 25 Sep 11

I will second the Beclo Gymnastics Centre. You do have to provide all your own food and drink and the eating room is spartan and small, but the kids have an absolutely fantastic time – and providing your own food means you have control. As a parent you dont have to do anything, although I have seen parents diving into the foam bit (which is harder to get out of than you might imagine)

Discovery Centre parties are also good, although maybe in a year or two – for slightly older kids I think, unless they are into sciency stuff.

Most kids love kid city; most adults dont. However kid city is a very common party venue so try something different. You will attend a party there sooner or later.

Some of the dance studios also run parties – they get the kids to dress up and teach them to dance etc. Depends on the kid of course. There is one in Mitchell that does this, although I can’t remember its name at the moment.

Zone 3 is for older kids – I have seen plenty of younger kids terrified by the maze/fighting area.

gourmetmumma 7:39 pm 24 Sep 11

Wow what fabulous responses thanks heaps guys!!

Makesse…love the idea of Cherry Seed…I actually love not far from Fed square in Nicholls and I must admit I’ve never seen it! Checked out the website and I’ll pop in and chat to them…almost-7-year-old seems keen too πŸ™‚

She’s been to a Pink Kisses party last week so I’ll probably give it a miss but thanks for the idea. I’m also considering Kids Pantry as something different to do as she loves to cook.

As far as the Kid City comments go I have to agree a big thumbs down πŸ™ I have no problem with the noise as you’d expect that in such a place, but the service, coffee and food is pretty disgraceful and if I’m going somewhere to let my kids run around I’d actually like to have decent coffee and snacks for the grown ups. I’ve noticed there’s actually a new Kid City being built at Gold Creek Country Club (not sure if it’s actually the same company, but it’s one of those big playcentres) so I’m hoping its a big improvement on the Mitchell one.

Gungahlin Al 6:48 pm 24 Sep 11

As usual with this sort of request, if you give an idea where in the city you are people can be more helpful…

If you can find a venue – like hiring a local hall for a few hours (like Palmerston Community Centre, which GCC used to manage but it is now GRCS) – then Marianne Mettes’ new business Puppetoodle will go down well with girls of that age. You’ll find her on Facebook.

We went to a party at the ice rink, and while the skating was fun, the boots weren’t (as someone else said) and the management assistance was non-existent.

Makesse 5:24 pm 24 Sep 11

My daughter is 10, we have had parties at many different venues. The nicest by far was Cherry Seed at Federation Square. We set up a picnic outside on the grass for the adults whilst the venue took care of the children.

Kittykate 4:55 pm 24 Sep 11

My daughter had her 6th birthday party at Kid’s Food Pantry this morning. They had a great time making and decorating cupcakes while the parents had a sedate coffee. Would recommend it to anyone who was looking for something a little less manic than Monkeymania and Lollipops.

tommy 4:36 pm 24 Sep 11

poetix said :

There is an ice-rink in Philip (Woden) which will probably do parties.
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The ice rink at Philip is pretty much worn out. The skates are antique so it’s pretty frustrating getting a bunch of skates on 7 yo kinds.

Some not so common options are:

Kids Pantry cooking class – http://www.kidspantry.com.au/birthday-parties.aspx

CSIRO Discovery Centre – http://www.csiro.au/services/Discovery-birthday-parties.html

krats 4:06 pm 24 Sep 11

nanzan said :

Has anyone been to Kid City in Mitchell recently for a kid’s party – is it value for money?

I’ve been waiting for nine days now for them to send me information on their parties – I have emailed them once, and phoned them once, and still no response.

nine days?? and still waiting… surely that should tell you something!

aronde 3:53 pm 24 Sep 11

Our six year old had his party at the Belconnen Gymnastics centre. It was great for the kids and the parents. The kids were entertained by two staff for 90 minutes and had a blast jumping in the cushion pit, negotiating obstacle courses, doing parachute games etc. In fact all the parents of the other kids left and we just sat and watched and drank coffee! Last 30 minutes you sit them all at a table with chips and drink (supplied by you), cut the cake and sing happy birthday then all the other parents come and take them home. Perfect! Much better then doing it at home and we had the whole place to ourselves.

steveu 2:45 pm 24 Sep 11

zone 3 belconnen

Watson 12:57 pm 24 Sep 11

nanzan said :

Has anyone been to Kid City in Mitchell recently for a kid’s party – is it value for money?

I’ve been waiting for nine days now for them to send me information on their parties – I have emailed them once, and phoned them once, and still no response.

Not very recently but that place is somewhat similar to what I imagine hell to be like. The noise is deafening, there are always at least 5 birthday parties going at any given time, the decor is spartan, the cafe food is greasy and horrible. You get what you pay for, I suppose. Most kids probably love it because of the play equipment. Though some can feel a bit lost in the crowds of sugared up, hyperactive kids trying to get to the top of the slide first.

nanzan 11:42 am 24 Sep 11

Has anyone been to Kid City in Mitchell recently for a kid’s party – is it value for money?

I’ve been waiting for nine days now for them to send me information on their parties – I have emailed them once, and phoned them once, and still no response.

poetix 11:23 am 24 Sep 11

There is an ice-rink in Philip (Woden) which will probably do parties.
The best children’s party I have been to was at the Reptile Centre at Gold Creek (not its actual title but there can’t be too many reptile establishments listed in the Yellow Pages to confuse you) where the kids had a tour and got to touch a python. The birthday child got a snake-skin!
You take your own food.

Rangi 11:05 am 24 Sep 11

Pink kisses at Nichols does good disco parties targeted at 7year olds, we had our 8 year olds party there, last year, the best bit is I didn’t have to clean the house b4 or after the party, their number is 62302410, and it was nicer than the kid mill, indoor playgrounds, they are so noisy!

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