Party Planning Ideas
Organizing your child’s birthday party can sometimes feel like a daunting task especially when the birthday child has high expectations for their big day! To help fit around busy schedules, strict budgets and keeping parents sane, we’ve put together this handy Party Guide with a huge range of party entertainment and activities to help you make the perfect choice for this year’s celebrations. Enjoy!
T: 08540 262 466 www.absolutely-karting.co.uk
Absolutely Karting is the perfect children’s party venue! With packages from only £25 per person including organised Karting races and your own private party room, these exciting events are sure to be the talk of the playground for weeks to come! At their tracks in Maidenhead and Basingstoke, they have everything you need to make your child’s day special, while you sit back and relax. Catering is also available on request.
Basil and Crew - Mobile Farm
T: 01628 821145 / 07721 422554 www.basilandcrew.co.uk
“Basil and Crew” is a mobile farm, visiting you at school, home or family event. They bring a selection of friendly, farmyard animals to you, with all necessary fencing, and assist you and your guests to get “hands on” with the animals, including grooming, feeding and handling.
Brown Bear Bakery
T: 0118 979 2919 www.brownbearbakery.co.uk
At Brown Bear Bakery they believe in creating inspiring workshops and a complete birthday experience for children of all ages. In a dedicated party room, they offer a fun, alternative way to keep your child and friends totally engaged from start to finish. Party packages include a varied healthy food menu for the children plus party bag for each child to take home and use again. They also have cake decorating and baking parties and can incorporate afternoon tea as part of the party package.
Bucklebury Farm Park
T: 0118 971 4002 www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk
There are lots of parties to choose from at Bucklebury Farm Park! Choose from rustic Crunchy’s Cabin; the Bucklebury Birthday Bus, a double decker bus with softplay and eating areas; or a woodland Tipi (May-Sept). Special parties include Tots to Toddlers Teddy Bears’ Picnic Party for 1-4yrs; Ultimate Farming Party with farmer-led activities, for 6+yrs; and Bushcraft Party for 8-13yrs. Optional extras include farming activities, party bags, pass-the-parcel, piñata ,treasure hunt, face painting and puppet show/entertainer.
Chocolate Making Parties
T: 0118 940 3022 www.thechocolate-factory.co.uk
What better way for your child to celebrate their birthday than with a chocolate making party? Every child’s dream! Held at a gorgeous miniature chocolate factory in Wargrave, the parties are great fun and totally interactive. Your children get to design and make their very own chocolate bars and lollipops, eating whatever they like as they go. Suitable for children of all ages, their experienced chocolatiers will ensure the children have a truly unforgettable party.
T: 0118 946 4236 / 07765 222 848 www.deegeesparties.com
DeeGee’s Parties are perfect for all disco divas! From fancy dress discos for toddlers through to cool, funky events for older children there’s entertainment for all. A 2-hour party involves dancing (with prizes), age-appropriate games, group dances and the limbo! Competition prizes and special effects such as fog, snow and bubbles are all supplied and the party theme can be adapted to suit your child. Look no further for tailor-made disco fun!
Delights of Italy
T: 07920 144888 www.delightsofitaly.co.uk
Delights of Italy’s pasta parties (£15pp) and workshops (£8pp) offer the chance to learn how to make pasta from scratch including the use of pasta machines. Two-hour parties include having their own pasta served for tea (including an authentic Italian sauce, parmesan cheese, fresh bread and soft drinks) with adult options available. Different shaped pasta is also bagged up to take home to show what they have learnt. Great fun, educational and no mess at home!
Dinton Activity Centre
T: 01189 746 343 www.wokingham.gov.uk/dac
A party by the lake is an adventurous way to celebrate a birthday and you can choose activities ranging from water sports, such as kayaking, rafting and sailing or a dry land based party consisting of rock climbing, bug hunts and pond dipping. These sessions are full of games and challenges with basic tuition to get you started and range from 2 1/2 hours to a full day package. You can also add catering, function room hire or a tailor-made theme to your activity choices!
Downshire Golf Complex
T: 01344 302030 www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/downshiregolfcomplex
Why not try something different this birthday? Children’s golfing parties cost from £14.50 to £16.00 per child and include 1½ hours with a Pro for golfing fun and games and ½ hour for lunch (included in the price) in a private room. The parties are aimed at children aged 6 and over, for between 8 and 15 children. Further information about their parties can be found on the website or by calling the Golf Shop.
Excel Bubble Football
T: 07435 441693 www.bubble-football.co.uk
You can take your child’s party to a whole new level with an action-packed fun-filled Bubble Football event. A Bubble Football party will ensure the big day is never forgotten and one that all the children will think is utterly brilliant! Accommodating up to 15 children, they cater for ages 7-16 years and the party includes Bubble suits, 1 Hour Bubble Football, Bubble Bulldog, an Event co-ordinator plus invitations.
T: 01635 579878 / 07780 654348 www.farms2ewe.co.uk
Farms2ewe Ltd offer parties with a difference! Their team will visit your party with a selection of tiny chicks, goats with their babies, friendly sheep, cheeky miniature pony or donkey, ducks, guinea pigs, dog and many more animals for children (and adults!) to cuddle and groom. Two hour parties are based on a one and half hours with hands-on action with the animals, plus face painting and the last half an hour set aside for a birthday tea.
Feathers and Fur Falconry Centre
T: 07812 171709 www.feathersandfur.co.uk
Feathers and Fur Falconry Centre offers Birthday Parties with a real difference! Birds of Prey, such as the magnificent Peregrine Falcon or the beautiful Barn Owl are flown to each child's fist, with lots of learning and memorable experiences to ensure this is a truly once in a life time Birthday Party. Suitable for a maximum of 15 children, packages include the 1 hour handling experience, use of their picnic area and goody bags.
T: 07812 440297 www.flutterbyprobeauty.co.uk
Tailored to suit the wishes of boys & girls of all ages, enjoy 2 hours of fun with 3 party hosts complete with traditional games, catwalks, dance shows, karaoke and prizes. They also do face painting, temporary tattoos, hair colour sprays, dressing up boxes for under 5’s and much more! And for the mums – treat yourself and your friends to an evening of fun and beauty with a Flutterby Pampering party in the comfort of your own home!
Frankie & Benny’s
Frankie & Benny’s offer a great menu variety, fun atmosphere for families, super kids packs, complimentary balloons, excellent changing facilities in all restaurants and lots of highchairs to make sure the little ones are catered for! They also have incredible make-your-own pizza parties! Your kids can become mini F&B chefs and create their own delicious pizzas, for just £7.75 each. They can also host school trips at F&B. Just call your local restaurant for more information and to book.
Fun ’n’ Frolic
T: 0118 950 8597 www.funnfrolic.co.uk
Got a birthday coming up? Then a visit to party superstore Fun ‘n’ Frolic is a must - with over 10,000 square foot, dedicated to fancy dress, balloons, fireworks and party, you know you are in for a fun filled experience! A huge range of costume accessories, decorations and novelties awaits you and they have kids’ costumes in abundance, for book day, school plays and dress up days. One stop and you’ll have everything covered.
T: 0118 968 0983 www.kids-n-action.com
The Kids’n’Action team love birthdays and want you to leave the party hosting to them and enjoy a stress free time! Choose from 8 themed party rooms for children up to early teens, from Laser through to Royal Princess. Their fabulous kids’ parties include 2 hours of play; banquet feast in a themed party room; dedicated party host; party invitations; thank you cards; party throne for birthday child; hot and cold banquet feast; unlimited jugs of juice and 1 free return pass per party booked.
T: 07917 412896 or 07917 412897 www.kitchencapers.co.uk
Kitchen Capers offer two-hour cooking parties for boys and girls 4-16 years with lots of hands on fun. Children learn to measure, mix and cook three of their own party dishes. The Kitchen Instructors run food quizzes and games whilst the food is cooking, and as the children eat their culinary delights, the Kitchen Instructors tidy up and even wrap the cake! Menus are tailored to the age of children and include a more sophisticated dinner party menu for children aged 12-16, and baking parties.
Reader Offer: Kitchen Capers is offering Primary Times readers a 10% discount for birthday parties that are booked in February or March (party can be at any time throughout the year). Simply quote “Primary Times” when you telephone or email to book.
Leap Frog Ceramics
T: 01344 868445 www.leapfrogceramicswarfield.co.uk
Leap Frog Ceramics ‘paint your own pottery’ studio is the perfect place to party! It’s great for mums and dads too – they do all the preparation and clearing up afterwards, leaving you time to just enjoy the party with the children. They provide a wide choice of ceramic items for children to paint, stencils, sponges and decorating tools, glazing and firing of pottery as well as balloons, all tableware for food and unlimited squash.
Leighton Park Children’s Parties
T: 0118 9879538 www.leightonpark.com/activities
Leighton Park offer fun, action-packed children’s parties every Sunday throughout the year. They’ve recently announced some brand new, exciting party themes for 2015 all of which include an exclusive area for food after the party, for an hour. Children’s party themes include: Parkour, Gymnastics, Bounce and Play, Circus Skills and Dance Party.
The Mad House
T: 01189 755455 www.themadhousereading.co.uk
The Mad House Soft Play and Party World has a fantastic choice of activity based parties. The children can simply enjoy maximum fun on the play equipment or combine it with some magic, traditional games, football, dancing or drama activities, for a guaranteed great time for the birthday child and their guests. No stress or mess and all you need to provide are the cake and the children – you can then relax and enjoy yourself too!
MM Popcorn and Hotdog Hire
T: 07415 746 196 www.mm-popcorn-hire.co.uk
Add a special touch to your party with fuss-free, tasty party food for all to enjoy. MM Popcorn and Hotdog Hire can provide vegetarian, halal and organic options to suit everyone’s taste. They provide hire only packages or a fully catered service with friendly staff to make it even easier for you to relax and mingle with your party guests and join in the fun.
T: 0118 979 4006 www.potterypals.co.uk
With over 180 different items to paint, Pottery Pals studio is the perfect way to celebrate your child’s special day. They will have a fantastic time painting with their friends and have a unique hand-painted item to take home as a memento. There are two themed party rooms available, the Castle Room (seats 24) and Fairy Room (seats 12). The children paint for 1 hour; then have ½ hour to have their party food which you are welcome to take in to the studio.
Reading Climbing Centre
T: 0118 975 6298 www.readingclimbingcentre.com
Reading Climbing Centre offers exciting activities to keep your youngsters and their friends talking for weeks! Birthday parties are for children aged five and up, consisting of a fun climbing session, followed by optional party food at the Ground Up Cafe. Every party focuses on getting as much climbing packed into the session as possible, perfectly suited to the age of the children. Parties start from £90 for up to 6 people, and can accommodate almost as many as you like.
Shining Star Productions
T: 0784 2018 049 www.shiningstarproductions.org
Are you looking for a unique and innovative new idea for your child's birthday party? For children over the age of 3 years, Shining Star Productions can cater around any theme to throw your child a dance/drama birthday party they will never forget! Their parties are designed for as little as 6-20 children to participate and include face painting, games and prizes along with a dance or drama workshop that they perform to parents at the end.
T: 0788 5150034 www.showstopperuk.com
Showstopper parties provide fun-filled Dance, Drama and Singing Parties for children of all ages. Run by Mairi, performer and children's Director from the London's West End, they deliver a truly outstanding and unique party. Themes include Mamma Mia, Perfect Popstar, Mini Musicals, Princess & Pirates, Fairytale Adventures, Superheroes, Teddy Bears' Picnic and many more!
Sima's Action Kids Parties
T: 07956 993439 www.simasactionkids.com
Sima's parties offer 3 interactive, structured and energetic party packages and all with bubbles, props, music and prizes. They offer Action Kids parties for under 6's, Dance parties for under 11's and Disco-bop & karaoke combining disco lights & karaoke singing. They can also incorporate your chosen theme into their party games & dances - anything from Star Wars & Ben 10 right the way through to Bollywood, Hannah Montana & fairies.
T: 0845 301 0450 www.star-hotshots.co.uk
If your child loves sport and action then Star Hotshots could be the perfect party solution! Parties for up to 4 year olds offer entertainment and plenty of fun for active toddlers and include soft play, gymnastics, bouncy castle play park, baby walkers and mini trampolines.
Parties for 5 – 10 year olds include the Olympics, World Cup, Superstars, Dance and Gymnastics but you’ll find most sports are on offer, simply phone to find out more.
T: 01628 821145 / 07721 422554 www.basilandcrew.co.uk
Squishbosh offers an exciting 'wipe-out' style party for your child that includes mess and goo, whilst having fun with team-mates to complete all of their party games. Everyone has specific individual strengths that will be noticed while playing the 'Squishbosh' games and will be recognised accordingly in the fun, closing awards ceremony. A video of the Squishbosh party can be found at www.basilandcrew.co.uk
Wellington Health & Fitness
T: 01344 444 241 www.wellingtonfitness.co.uk
Wellington Health & Fitness is set within the beautiful Wellington College Estate and provides exceptionally good value children’s parties. Choose between a ‘Mix n Match Sport & Activity’ party suitable for 5-12 year olds, for only £6.50 per child (minimum 10 children) or a Rock Climbing Party for 12 x 10-16 year olds for only £99! Both parties enjoy 1 ½ hours of activity and 1 hour to relax (bring your own refreshments). All parties are supervised by 2 members of staff so you can relax.
WENDY BUS SOFT PLAY
T: 07954604507 www.Wendybus.com
Wendy Bus Soft Play Double Decker Bus is available for parties and can come to you or a venue of your choice within a 20 mile radius of Wokingham. The Wendy Bus has been converted into a soft play area for children up to 7 years and caters for up to 16 children. It has 2 connected, fun-packed decks to explore and delight, with comfy seating for their birthday tea party after play time.