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The Best Kids Birthday Party Ideas in Canberra


Kids birthday parties Canberra

Children love birthday parties. The reality for parents, however, is that planning, organising and running a kids birthday party takes a lot of time and effort. Even small-scale celebrations need food, drinks, invitations, decorations and activities!

Whether you’d prefer to let someone else do all the work, or don’t mind taking a more hands-on approach, we’ve put together a list of fun Canberra kids birthday party ideas that are sure to make your child’s special day one to remember.

Things to consider when planning a kids birthday party

Like any event, the secret to a great kids birthday party is planning. Doing everything you can to get organised before the party will help minimise stress and ensure the day runs as smoothly as possible.

  • When is the party? Successful parties can be planned at short notice, but if you’re looking to hire a venue keep in mind that you may need to book several weeks (or even months) in advance.
  • How many kids and adults are you inviting, and what age are the children? If you’re inviting 150 people to a first birthday party, the venue and/or activity you choose will be different to the one you’d select for an eighth birthday party with ten guests.
  • 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? Will you need to organise food, or can the venue take care of it for you?
  • 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.

The best kids birthday party ideas in Canberra, according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

The Possum Patch

The Possum Patch

The Possum Patch at Pialligo Estate hosts birthday parties that connect children with their food, by creating experiences that share the science and wonder of growing and farming. It offers hassle-free, affordable and customisable party packages – with no mess to clean, no stressful late nights baking cakes and no last-minute blowing up balloons.

The Possum Patch’s play spaces encourage imagination and fun, and there are plenty of creative activities to keep kids entertained (think make your own pizzas, creating homemade bath products and picking fruit from the orchard for pirate sword kebabs). Party themes include teddy bears’ picnic, enchanted forest and pirate adventures.

Here’s what one parent had to say about their experience: “My daughter had a woodland/enchanted themed birthday party today and it was just fabulous. No detail was spared – from the gorgeous cubby houses and play area through to the table settings and room décor. Furthermore, the selection and quality of food provided were equally impressive! Claire and her team worked tirelessly to ensure everything was perfect for my daughter’s big day and we couldn’t be happier.”

Pialligo Estate, 12 Beltana Road
Pialligo ACT 2609

ZONE BOWLING Tuggeranong

Bowling, laser tag and a handful (or two) from the Candy Caddy can be included in Birthday packages for kids aged 5 and up. Midweek birthday specials and extra cake decorations. Who says you need to be a kid, this is a great party at any age! Google reviewer F Laimo says: “Friendly staff. Good bowling alleys. Good for birthdays parties and small groups.

Canberra Reptile Zoo

Starting at $17 per kid, birthday parties at Canberra Reptile Park are educational and fun! There are over 50 different species of reptile and frogs for the kids to meet and learn about while eating birthday cake and socialising. Owner, Peter has been a reptile lover since he was 10 years old and has grown his passion into a Zoo! Google reviewer Nico says: ‘Awesome place to have a birthday party. The show was cool, we got to meet some animals!

Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing

With 2 great locations in Hume and Mitchell, Indoor Rock Climbing is an active birthday party for groups of 10 or more. There is access to downloadable birthday invites and no time limit for your party! Manager Riahnne started climbing for a bit of extra fitness and now she runs the show! Facebook reviewer Rachel says: ‘The girls had a great time, staff were friendly and available to assist, and the rock climbing itself was good fun.

Power Kart Raceway

A favourite among Canberran’s, Power Kart Raceway hosts parties for kids aged 6-16 and offer a range of packages to suit your budget. Dan is focused on safety but at the same time makes sure all his staff are great at customer service and have a bit of fun! ‘Local Guide’ Google reviewer Cyan says: ‘Excellent experience, friendly helpful staff and great facilities.

Your experience with kids parties in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the kids’ party ideas listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

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26 Responses to The Best Kids Birthday Party Ideas in Canberra
dtc 6:03 pm 21 Aug 12

allyroger said :

Leaning towards the gymnastics in Belco for this year or the CSIRO Discovery centre. Given my daughter will be 5, is this too young for either of these?

My daughter had her 5th at the gymnastics, so that is no problem; they look after them well. I recommended them last year and still think its one of the best parties she has had (although the eating room is just a little kitchenette)

CSIRO might be a year or two away – depends on her concentration span (and those of her friends) and ability to sit still and no squash the mices.

allyroger 3:53 pm 21 Aug 12

Have to resurrect this great thread, it helped my last year when we chose Cherry Seed which was really good. Staff were nice, kids played traditional games and ate and decorated cup cakes.

Went to a kids party at the mpower dome recently and apart from it being freezing, was really good, kids got to run around and play sporty games and have a lot of fun.

Leaning towards the gymnastics in Belco for this year or the CSIRO Discovery centre. Given my daughter will be 5, is this too young for either of these?

Chop71 3:10 pm 29 Sep 11

The Pot Belly – Belconnen 🙂

gourmetmumma 2:55 pm 29 Sep 11

Thanks for the feedback again everyone…she loves the idea of gymnastics so we’ve booked in. Last available booking mind you as they are all booked out till Christmas! I’m hoping this is a good sign 🙂

gladbag 11:07 pm 25 Sep 11

CISAC – they do parties, the kids swim and slide and have fun, the food is standard and pale, cant remember the coffee – was to scared someone would drown so spent the party pacing the pool.
Kids City – Kids love it – really a long time for parents – food is awful and pale
Monkey Mania – bit better than kids city (if you can go on the falling net thingy it is seriously fun), foods ok, but the noise is awful – you will have a headache afterwards.
Questacon – Very controlling – not what a kids party should be
Federation Square – gentle and kids like it
Zone3 – older kids love it, pretty fun for parents too (only time you can legally shoot someone else’s child)
Fun Factory – Haven’t been to the new venue – don’t know if they still have the bumper cars which was the only attraction above Kids City in the old venue
Park next to Ginninderra Lake – Good equipment, kids get lost but they do get found again – success depends on weather and number of spare clothes
Small train rides at the Train museum in Kingston – only open once a month but the little ones love it – self catering picnic and unending train rides – depending on weather again
Maccas with playground – the other parents will understand, the kids will still have fun and the coffee is ok.
Don’t stress too much – there is not really such a thing as a bad party at 7

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.

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 –

CSIRO Discovery Centre –

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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