Time to Party
Does the thought of organising a children’s party bring on a cold sweat?
Some may relish the idea of entertaining a classroom of children each year, but one thing is certain: the anniversary of that special day when your child came into the world will arrive, bringing with it the obligatory birthday party!
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Help! Where do I start?
There’s no need to panic, but do start planning well in advance. First of all find time to sit down quietly with your child to discuss what type of party it’s going to be. Chances are their imaginations will run riot, listing a huge variety of possibilities to create the best party ever, but be realistic. Can you afford the birthday dream? Will you have time to complete all the arrangements?
Once you have decided on a theme or particular type of party, spend some time drawing up a checklist to fathom how much work will be involved. Having chosen a suitable date and time, remember to contact potential venues, professional entertainers and party attractions well in advance. The best children’s entertainers are often booked up months in advance, especially on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
The beauty of arranging a party at a local attraction is in its simplicity. Everything is included, which might save not only time, but money, too. Children will be quite content in the company of friends running riot in the ball pools, zooming down the drop slides at an adventure park, or getting close to nature at an animal park or zoo.
Creativity parties are tremendously popular with a host of arts and crafts as themes and young party-goers are happy to while away a couple of hours painting and creating artistic pieces either at home or at a local studio.
Themes include pottery decorating, jewellery and felt making, music, dance and fashion. Swimming parties will always be popular and won’t overstretch the bank balance. Sport centres and football clubs provide attractive party packages for children, allowing them to get active and have fun with friends and a Bouncy Castle provides an affordable way to entertain the children for an hour or so.
When it’s all over, guests gone home, debris cleared away and children in bed, make time to relax and ruminate on the spree that day.
Make a bear birthday party
Gambado Chelsea’s newest package offers a fun Make A Bear workshop with one of its top party hosts. Every child can choose from a range of bears including dogs, cats, tigers and many more, and the party child receives a free outfit!
From those special first birthdays to more sophisticated 10 year there’s a host of memorable party packages to choose. Then it’s off to play in the soft playframe, race around in the dodgems, get dizzy on the Tiger Pots ride and top the party off with a yummy hot and cold buffet and entertainment. Parties are suitable for three to 12 years and can be booked for a minimum of 10 children. For more information call 0844 375 9495 or see: www.gambado.com
Party at Wembley Stadium
Powerleague football parties in the grounds of Wembley Stadium kick off with 90 minutes of action-packed football then move inside for party food and more fun and games! Activities are tailored to suit the birthday child to help give them the best day ever. They are hassle free for parents with invitations, supervision, activities and food all taken care of. Best of all at the end there’s no muddy kit or cleaning up. As an extra treat a party package that begins with a half hour tour of the world famous Stadium is also available.For more information call on 020 8453 5300, or visit the website: www.powerleague.co.uk/centre/Wembley
Send kids up the wall
Children’s parties can send parents up the wall, but at Urban Ascent parties it’s the kids that go up the wall instead as they are introduced to the skills of rock climbing! Children from the age of five can attend bouldering parties that run on Saturdays and Sundays. Parents can book parties which include an hour of climbing activity followed by 45 minutes in the viewing area overlooking the climbing wall to enjoy the food and drink brought in. Costs include tuition by an instructor and hire of helmets. For information call 020 7751 0913, or see: www.urbanascent.co.uk
Clowning & magic!
Beano arrives, blowing a big horn. After introducing himself, he gives the magic hat and the magic wand to his first helper, the birthday child. Magic proceeds with the help of the party-goers and is followed by balloon modelling and games. For under-fives, the party begins with songs from Beano and the children joining in and continues with a puppet show and balloon modelling. For more information call on 0207 229 3417 or 07948 070 569.
See also: http:// beano.theclown.free.fr