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The Best Kids Birthday Party Ideas in Canberra

By Emily Morris - 4 September 2017 24

Kids birthday parties Canberra

This has been updated for September 2017

Is your little one’s birthday coming up? Are you looking for unique birthday party ideas in the Canberra region? You’ve landed in the right place.

After reading through our commenters’ feedback, we’ve put together a list of three super-fun birthday party ideas that are sure to make your child’s special day one to remember.

Let’s get right into it.

What to Consider when Planning a Kid’s Birthday Party

Planning a birthday party is more complex than it may seem. The best advice we can give you is to stay organised and avoid becoming overly stressed.

To do this, you’ll need to consider a few crucial factors as you embark on the party planning process. Here are the questions you must answer.

  • When is the party? Is it two months away, or two weeks away? While not ideal, if it is just around the corner, don’t panic. Successful parties can be planned at short notice.
  • How many kids and adults are you inviting? This will determine which venue and/or activity you chose.
  • What is your budget? Again, this will influence where the party is held, what types of activities are available, and how many people you can invite. Once you set a budget, stick to it. Memorable kids’ parties don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
  • What kind of food do you want? Will you be serving lunch, or just snacks? Do any of the kids have allergies or intolerances?
  • What kind of games will the kids play? Make a list of all the supplies you will need to facilitate the games.
  • How much do you want to be involved? Do you want to organise food and games, or do you want a venue that takes care of that for you?

Once you have answered these key questions, you are well on your way to planning a successful birthday party. Next step – pick the venue.

3 Kids Birthday Party Ideas in Canberra Suggested by You

If you don’t have the room or facilities for a birthday party, or if you don’t want 20 over-excited children to run amuck in your home, you’ll need to find a suitable venue.

In addition to keeping your home clean, one of the main benefits of hosting a birthday party somewhere else is the range of unique activities and games available.

Here are three kids’ birthday party ideas in the Canberra region as recommended by our commenters.

Kid’s Food Pantry

Kid’s Food Pantry is Canberra’s only cooking school designed specifically for kids. In addition to their cooking and gardening classes, Kid’s Food Pantry hosts popular ‘Kids Cooking Parties’.

Over one and a half hours, kids cook, decorate, and eat a range of delicious party foods. As an added bonus, all leftovers are taken home to be shared with the whole family. The team at Kid’s Food Pantry host regular or character-themed birthday parties suitable for kids aged 1 to 13 and older.

Two of our commenters had fantastic experiences at Kid’s Food Pantry. Bad Seed wrote, “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).” Kittykate agreed, adding, “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.”

CSIRO Discovery Centre

The CSIRO Discovery Centre is one of Canberra’s top attractions, but did you know they host birthday parties, too?

The exhibitions at the Discovery Centre present research, technology, and innovations in a fun and interactive way. Kids and adults alike are fascinated by the weird and wonderful world of science.

Birthday parties at the CSIRO Discovery Centre are sure to be remembered for years to come. With animals, mini-microscopes, and room for cake and snacks, this unique party venue will delight kids of all ages.

Here’s what one of our commenters, emmy-lou, had to say, “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”.

Belconnen Gymnastics Centre

Keep the kids active with a birthday party at the Belconnen Gymnastics Centre. Kids will have a blast navigating the obstacle courses and putting their balancing skills to the test.

What’s more, the staff are excellent with the kids. Parents are free to sit back and relax, or leap headfirst into the chaos of the foam pit. The choice is yours!

One commenter, dtc, had this to say about Belconnen 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.”

Your Experience with Kids’ Birthday Parties in Canberra

Have you had a fantastic party experience?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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24 Responses to
The Best Kids Birthday Party Ideas 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 🙂

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 🙁 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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