Parties in Plymouth
Most parents make a concerted effort to ensure that their child’s birthday party is as special as
possible; some revel in the excitement whilst others can feel overwhelmed by the scale of the occasion. There are, seemingly, never ending lists to contend with, possible trepidation over the entertainment and the additional responsibility of looking after a room full of children! For some, having a party at home is just not an option, so what are the alternatives?
Renting a hall doesn’t have to be cripplingly expensive, shop around and see what is on offer. There are far more venues available now to host a child’s party than ever before. A lot of businesses cater specifically to children’s parties so be sure to check out your neighbourhood to see what’s available. Soft play centres are a great place to host an event as the many activities provide the entertainment and generally tire the little darlings out.
Many swimming pools and training pools do catered children’s parties with staff on hand to provide both safety and water games. Football parties can be held indoors if the venue is big enough. Painting parties, where children get to decorate mugs and plates, are so popular that there are plenty of high street shops to choose from. The added bonus of a painting party is that all the guests get to have a personal souvenir of the day.
Local cinemas, and indeed larger chains, can be a great place to hold a slightly alternative party. If you give them plenty of advance notice they will be able to set aside part of their café/entrance area for the children to congregate for cake once they’ve finished viewing the film. Some cinemas will lay on cake and refreshments, while others are good enough to let you bring your own. The latter kind of cinema party is the perfect way to keep costs down. Most cinemas have a Saturday morning kids club where individual tickets are a fraction of the normal cost.
The best way of keeping down expenditure is to share it with another parent or parents. Apart from the financial benefits joint parties between children who’s birthdays are close mean that the guests won’t have to turn down one party to go to another. Themed parties are very popular for the under 11s – there are the old favourites, Pirates, Princesses, the Wild West, superheroes – especially Batman and Spiderman and then the latest crazes. At the moment the Disney film Frozen is still holding sway in the playground. Most supermarkets and dedicated party shops have a range of paper plates, napkins, table clothes and bunting that cover all but the most obscure themes.
But what should be put on the paper plates? Many of us obsess about child nutrition and making party food ‘balanced’. Instead keep things simple with old-fashioned ‘party food’. You can’t go wrong with sandwiches, cocktail sausages, crisps and, of course, cake. Home baking has been undergoing a major revival recently but don’t worry if you don’t have the time, or the inclination, to make the cake yourself – there are a huge variety of reasonably priced cakes available from bakeries, the local supermarket and even specialist cake makers.
As for games - the most popular are as old as time - Musical Chairs, Pass The Parcel and Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Don’t worry about using fancy wrapping paper for Pass the Parcel – old newspapers will do. If games aren’t enough entertainment for your little guests then you need to think about hiring a professional whose job it is to keep kids happy! The entertainer doesn’t have to necessarily be a clown or a magician – face painting is always a popular option.
Whatever route you decide to take be sure to take a look through this party guide or get a recommendation from other parents...
Tel: 01752 562561 ext 4
From kick off to the final whistle Plymouth Argyle’s Community Trust parties are packed with exciting games, thrilling competitions and entertaining matches. All sessions are led by qualified football coaches who make all parties fun and exciting. As soon as the guests arrive it's time to kick off the party and let the entertainment begin! Plymouth Argyle’s Community Trust offers a wide range of different options to choose from and can tailor make the party to suit individual needs and make it as stress free as possible.
Tel: 01752 794444
Don’t want the mess and stress of a party at home? Take your kids to Drakes Den where all parties include two hour use of the play area and chosen party room, hot and cold style buffet (including unlimited squash) and all adults attending the party can go for free! There are 3 rooms to choose from: Pink Princess, Space Party and the Drakes Large Party Room. Prices start from £9.25 per child. Party bags, balloons and party hosts can be added at an additional cost. Exclusive private hire of Drakes Den is also available. The play area is ROSPA inspected and approved and height/age restrictions apply. Plus: Drakes Den has a new after school meal deal from 3pm - 5pm weekdays during term time costing just £6 for a child's entry, a hot or cold meal and a drink. All details are correct at time of print.
Fort Stamford Health and Fitness Club
Tel: 01752 407999
With a choice of 3 different party themes, Fort Stamford Health and Fitness Club is an ideal choice to make your child’s day extra special. The Fun Fort parties, costing £9pp, consist of one hour in the Fun Fort Soft Play area and are great for children up to 9 years old. Splosh and Nosh parties, costing £11pp, consist of one hour in the swimming pool with a lifeguard and are ideal for confident swimmers. Kids’ Club parties, costing £10pp, consist of one hour of supervised Kids’ Club fun and games, and are ideal for children aged 5 to 7. Each type of party includes: a birthday meal, a party host, a table reserved for the adults, a party bag and a balloon for each child to take home.
Okey Cokey Parties
Tel: 01837 54936
Give your child a birthday to remember with an Okey Cokey party package! Each party package includes 1 ½ hours on the play equipment, a free pass for the birthday child’s next visit, free party bags for all party guests, and party food. Parties taking place from Monday to Friday cost £7.50 per child, whilst at weekends it is £8.50 per child. In addition, for £1.50 more per child, there are optional extras which allow the party guests to enjoy a further half hour to participate in an activity of the birthday child’s choice. Options range from a variety of activities such as Party Games and a Bouncy Castle to themes such as Football; Arts and Crafts; Baking; Make-overs and Peppa Pig. The party team will arrange everything for you so all you have to do is bring the birthday cake! To check availability or to book a party call the number above.
Tel: 01752 665565
ClayArt on the Barbican is proud of its commitment to bringing the sense of tradition to the Arts and Craft's Heritage of Plymouth by bringing it into the 21st century. ClayArt offers an alternative to modern technological entertainment, providing a full spectrum of creative activities in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Parties are suitable for children and adults - helping to provide an activity the whole family, from the youngest to the most senior, can enjoy together. ClayArt holds children's parties for any age giving parents a stress free environment to relax while the birthday boy/girl enjoys time with their friends – plus ClayArt do all the cleaning up! ClayArt also holds private functions from Hen parties to team building sessions, and provides a wide range of items to choose from that caters for all budgets - anyone can get involved in painting their own designs. It also runs Glass Fusing evenings for designing glassware as well as sessions for imprinting foot and hand prints onto silver, pottery and clay – which incidentally make great keepsakes that stand the test of time.
The Bedruthan Hotel
Tel: 01637 860860
Birthday parties at the Bedruthan Hotel are full of creative fun. Staff fire up the imaginations by offering a variety of interesting activities where children can learn about bivvy building and survival skills, discover more about the art of chocolate, create and cook pizzas or take part in fabulous swimming pool competitions and games. Craft parties can include woodwork, pottery, ceramics, glass painting, silk painting or jewellery making. Party food is taken care of; choose between finger buffets or pre-order from the delicious party menu. Friends or family can relax in the Wild Café and enjoy freshly cooked food while the kids tuck in. With sweeping sea views, lots of dedicated children’s areas and indoor and outdoor play, the Bedruthan makes a perfect venue for children’s parties whatever the weather!
Trethorne Leisure Park
Tel: 01566 86324
Give your child a birthday to remember and leave all the hard work to the friendly staff at Trethorne. There are plenty of activities in the Leisure Park to keep everyone entertained all day, come rain or shine! Each party child aged 3 years+ will get to ride on the dodgems, ride a pony and clamber up the climbing wall. Two party packages are available offering fantastic value for money. Package 1 includes Leisure Park admission, hot or cold party food, drinks, a Dodgems ride, a pony ride, a go on the climbing wall and an animal mask. Package 2 includes Leisure Park admission, 1 game of bowling, a hot meal, dessert and drink, a Dodgems ride, a pony ride and a go on the climbing wall. With each party one adult will receive free entry, whilst other adults with the party will pay a discounted price. Trethorne Leisure Park is near Launceston, PL15 8QE.
Dazzling Pamper Parties
Tel: 01752 603929 or 07920 092984
Specialising in girly parties from your little fairy princesses through to those funky teens, Dazzling Pamper Parties has been established for 7 years with over 13 years of experience in children's entertainment. Not only will your little lady be pampered till her heart's content with all of her friends but mum doesn't have to lift a finger either!
Parties are designed to be carried out in the comfort of your own home - with no clearing up to do. With parties to suit the girly girls and not-so-girly girls there is something for everyone - and now even for boys. Whether they want to hunt for evidence at the Secret Agents party, take part in a surfboard competition with the Surf's up party or perhaps battle the evil dragon at a Knights of Honour party. There are now even parties for mums too.
Tel: 0844 474 2222
For a birthday never to be forgotten, let loose and go wild at Paignton Zoo! Get close to over 2000 animals at one of the South West's most exciting attractions. Meet all your favourites - lions, tigers, meerkats and so much more. Party packages include zoo entry for the whole day, a choice of fantastic party menus, party bags and a train ride (seasonal).
Woodlands Family Theme park
Tel: 01803 712598
Mums and dads are looking for parties that are good value, easy to organise and that give children a quality experience. Woodlands Family Theme Park ticks all the boxes. It has excellent themed party rooms, a wide choice of 16 family rides, outdoor play zones, and a superb Zoo-Farm. Rain doesn’t spoil the special celebrations either at Woodlands. The Empire has 5 floors of adventures with climbs, rides, slides and enough fun to keep the party atmosphere bubbling for hours. Friendly staff, themed rooms with a throne, and a present for the birthday child makes the day special.
Amanda’s Pop Kids
Tel: 01752 773914 or 07962 431431
Amanda’s Pop Kids classes run in Woolwell and at Drakes Den and seek to help very young children become more active through games, exercise and dancing with the use of fun props.
Amanda also attends children’s parties providing all the usual Pop Kids fun with the addition of party games, limbo dancing and for the over 5’s she teaches disco dance routines. Each party can be themed to your individual tastes from Frozen (with a special appearance of Elsa if requested) Rock Star parties to 1D and Mamma Mia.
Pop Kids classes are aimed at pre-school children aged 12 months to 4 years. Each session is an action packed 45 minutes. Children’s parties can be 1 hour or 2 hours aimed at children aged 2 to 8 years.
Tel: 01752 782415
Jump’s themed parties are fantastic, action-packed, and fun! Each is an adventure in its own right and a special experience that the birthday child and his or her guests will always remember. All parties include a Jump birthday present for the birthday child, free entrance for the birthday child (with a minimum of 10 paying guests), free adult admission, invitations, party activities, party food, balloons and a birthday cake.
There are five party rooms with themes such as Enchanted Castle, Dinosaur, Space, Safari and Disco to choose from and the fun activities include balloon modelling, a disco session, football mania, jumping beans and party games. Optional extras include themed party nags and face painting. Special discounts are available – there is a 20% discount if booked 4 months in advance. And finally....the ethos at Jump is to actively encourage parents and carers to join in the fun.
Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park
Tel: 01395 233 200
Create magical birthday memories at Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park. The birthday prince or princess will receive the ultimate VIP treatment with free entry (based on 10 or more paying guests, terms and conditions apply) to the park when party tickets are booked in advance, plus a fast track voucher to skip the queues. With tasty party food optional, and over 100 acres of fun and adventure, Crealy is an ultimate birthday celebration destination. To book your birthday package or for more information call the friendly Guest Services team.