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The big guide to kids parties in Canberra

Michelle Swadling

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Planning kids’ birthday parties can be both an exciting and stressful process. On the one hand, nothing beats your little one’s face light up as they celebrate another year; on the other, the preparation leading up to the event can be quite draining! One way to alleviate the stress is by hosting a party at one of the many venues around Canberra. We’ve whipped up some suggestions on where to celebrate your child’s next birthday.

Bouncy parties

Indoor Trampoline Centres are increasingly popular and will burn plenty of energy!

Sky Zone

How much: Party packages from $20pp on weekdays and $30pp on weekends. Includes invitations, party room, host, food and drink, trampoline fun and more!
Where: Westfield Belconnen, 18 Benjamin Way, Belconnen
Phone: 6251 4333
Web: www.skyzone.com.au

Flip Out Hume

Where: 30 Sawmill Circuit, Hume
Phone: 6260 1991
Web: www.flipout.net.au

Flip Out Mitchell

Where: 4/45 Dacre St. Mitchell
Phone: 6255 5533
Web: www.flipout.net.au

Creative parties

Forget pass the parcel and party games, these crafty parties will keep the kids engaged the entire time.

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An Urban Charms polymer jewellery making party.

Urban Charms

Take the stress out of keeping the party goers entertained by having a fun and creative polymer clay jewellery and accessory making party.

Where: Your place, or venue of choice.
Phone: 0410 547 250
Web: www.urbancharms.com.au/parties

Bricks4Kidz

The timeless fun of LEGO® Bricks is sure to be a crowd pleaser, and Bricks4Kidz will customise the party so it is perfect for your special birthday boy or girl! Parties are suitable for children aged 5 and up.

Where: Palmerston Hall, Tiptree Crescent, Palmerston (next to the shops).
Phone: Tish on 0449 628 011.
Web: bricks4kidzaustralia.com.au/act-northside

The Maker’s Hub

The Makers’ Collective hosts parties, allowing the kids to get creative with craft activities.

Where: 70/27 Wiseman St, Macquarie
Phone: 6161 6514
Web: www.themakerscollective.com.au

Build a Bear

Each guest makes their own stuffed animal friend and can personalise their new furry friends with hundreds of outfits and accessories.

Where: Westfield Shop 145/146, Benjamin Way, Belconnen
Phone: 6251 5501
Web: www.buildabear.com.au

Tasty Parties

Food glorious food! Get the kids into the kitchen (or host a party at a café!)

Cooking up a storm with Kids Pantry.

Cooking up a storm with Kids Pantry.

Kids Pantry

Kids Pantry cooks up classes perfect for budding chefs! They cater for kids one year and up.

Where: Located at St Peter and Paul Primary School, Corner Yamba Drive and Wisdom St, 59 Wisdom St, Garran
Phone: 0447 074 167
Web: www.kidspantry.com.au/birthday-parties.aspx

Pamper Parties

Every little girl loves playing dress ups. These pamper parties are total indulgence.

Let the little ladies play 'grown up' for a while...

Let the little ladies play ‘grown up’ for a while…

Mollycoddle Parties

Mollycoddle Parties host birthday parties either at home or at at Tommy and Me Cafe in MacGregor, offering several themes- pamper, pirates, disco or superhero parties to suit boys and girls of all ages. 

Where: Tommy and Me Cafe, 3/12 Chalmers Pl, Macgregor
Phone: Emma 0400 338 230 or Sally 0412 511 959
Web: www.mollycoddleparties.com.au

Matisse Princess Parties

Matisse Hair in Belconnen offer Princess Parties, which include manicures, pedicures, hair styling, sparkle make up and more!

Where: Matisse Hair and Beauty
Phone: 6251 9999
Web: www.facebook.com/MatisseHairAndBeauty

Active parties

It’s great to combine physical activity and a birthday party! These venues do exactly that.

Rock climbing at Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing.

Rock climbing at Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing.

Zone 3 Belconnen Laser Tag

Laser Tag parties are perfect for kids aged 6–17 to burn off some serious energy.

Where: 28 Weedon Close, Belconnen
Phone: 6251 7200
Website: www.zone3act.com.au

Paintball

MiniBall paintball days at Delta Force Paintball Canberra outfit young guns in miniature combat suits, protective body armour, full head protection goggles and custom-designed paintball guns.

Where: Paintball Canberra
Phone: 1300 798 336
Web: www.canberrapaintball.com.au

iPlay

Laser Tag, Bowling, Dodgem Cars, over 80 arcade games, four pool tables, a café and a separate room to hold your party.

Where: Westfield Belconnen, Level 1 18 Benjamin Way, Belconnen
Phone: 6253 5750
Web:www.iplayaustralia.com.au

Mpowerdome

Mpowerdome is an indoor sports facility, offering a range of different sports including Netball, Soccer, Cricket, Basketball and many more. A party will include the facilitation of your chosen sport, a party room and an option for the kids to burn some energy on the large inflatable jumping castles. Designed for age 5 and up.

Where: 56 Coyne St, Fadden
Phone: 02 6298 5500
Web: www.mpowerdome.com.au

Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is another unique option, with equipment hire, training and safety instructions all included at their two locations.

Where: 38-40 Essington St, Mitchell and 26 Raws Crescent, Hume
Phone: 6262 4863(Mitchell) and 6260 1101 (Hume)
Web: www.canberrarockclimbing.com.au

Next Gen Canberra

Activities can be focused around fitness, aquatics, racquets or even fantasy and Next Gen can offer many options for party food with healthy choices available alongside traditional party favourites.  For members only.

Where: 1 Riggall Place, Lyneham
Phone: 1800 077 177
Web: www.nextgenclubs.com.au/home/canberra

Dance, Skate & Gym parties

Dance and gymnastics parties are a great way for kids to work off the sugar high!

A Zumba party at Kokoloco Dance Studio!

A Zumba party at Kokoloco Dance Studio!

Kokoloco Dance Studio

Zumba is just as much fun for kids as it is for adults. They’ll salsa, samba and more, led by the friendly (and patient) Becky.

Where: Level 1, 9-11 Dundas Court, Phillip
Phone: 6282 9666
Web: www.kokoloco.com.au

Dance Kids

DanceKids offers a unique take on birthday parties for kids aged 3-6 and 7-10, with groups entertained for a whole hour  with fun dances, costumes and themes including environmental or cultural context, which gives the parties some educational depth on top of being heaps of fun.

Where: Wherever you would like to throw a party, they’re happy to be there! The ACT Government provides a number of free bookable public recreation areas.
Phone: 0402 456 981
Web: www.dancekids.com.au

Skate Nation

Skate Nation can host ‘wheely’ good fun parties for young and old!

Where: 5 Leeton Street, Fyshwick
Phone:[email protected]
Web: www.facebook.com/SkateNation.Canberra

YMCA Physi-kids

Physi-kids host children’s parties, with use of the gym equipment, an outdoor play space and party room. They cater for children up until the age of 8.

Where: YMCA Early Learning Centre, Corner of Bowan St, Macquarie
Phone: 6242 4040
Web: www.canberra.ymca.org.au

Gymbaroo

One for the littlies! Gymbaroo  is an activities-based program for younger children and they offer parties for 1 to 5 year olds.

Where: 25 Richmond Ave, Fairbairn
Phone: 0422 312 457
Web: www.gymbaroocanberra.com

Gymnastics

Gymnastic Clubs in Canberra provide great party options for ages 3 and up. There are several located around Canberra.

Canberra City Gymnastics Club

Where: 85 Chandler Street, Belconnen
Phone: 6251 1131
Web: www.canberracity.gymnastics.org.au

Southern Canberra Gymnastics Club

Where: Gartside Street, Wanniassa
Phone: 6296 3331
Web: www.southerncanberra.gymnastics.org.au

Woden Valley Gymnastics Club

Where: 27 Mulley Street, Holder
Phone: 6287 4121
Web: www.wodenvalley.gymnastics.org.au

Movie parties

Organising a party at a Cinema is a great way to entertain the kids and appeals to all ages. Oh yeah, and it’s quiet (for the parents)!

A movie birthday party is a sure fire hit!

A movie birthday party is a sure fire hit!

Belconnen Hoyts

Where: Westfield Belconnen, Level 3 18 Benjamin Way, Belconnen
Phone: 6223 5300
Web: www.hoyts.com.au

Woden Hoyts

Where: Westfield Woden, Level 1 Keltie Street, Phillip
Phone: 6223 5310
Web: www.hoyts.com.au 

Limelight Cinemas

Where:Tuggeranong Hyperdome, Level 1 Anketell Street, Greenway
Phone: 6293 6100.
Web: www.limelightcinemas.com.au

Dendy Canberra Centre

Where: 148 Bunda Street, Canberra City
Phone: 6221 8900
Web: www.dendy.com.au

Event Cinemas Manuka

Where: 6 Franklin Street, Manuka
Phone: 6295 9042
Web: www.eventcinemas.com.au

Pool parties

A pool party is a great idea and outdoor pools offer BBQs, playgrounds and grassy areas to picnic on. Indoor facilities are also a good bet in winter – they’re guaranteed to be warm, and bring a touch of summer to cold days!

Manuka Pool is a great option in the warmer months.

Manuka Pool is a great option in the warmer months.

Canberra Olympic Pool

Where: Corner Allara Street and Constitution Avenue, Canberra City
Phone: 6248 6799
Web: www.canberraolympicpool.net.au

Canberra International Sports and Aquatic Centre (CISAC)

Where: 100 Eastern Valley Way, Bruce
Phone: 6251 7888
Web: www.clubswim.com.au

Manuka Pool

Where: New South Wales Crescent, Griffith
Phone: 6295 1910
Web: www.manukapool.com.au

Dickson Aquatic Centre

Where: 152 Cowper St, Dickson
Phone: 6247 2972
Web: www.dicksonaquaticcentrre.com.au

Big Splash Waterpark

Where: 1 Catchpole St, Macquarie
Phone: 6251 1144
Web: bigsplashwaterpark.com.au

Animal parties

From prehistoric creatures to woolly lambs, there are plenty of opportunities for animal party fun around Canberra.

Getting up close and personal with reptiles.

Getting up close and personal with reptiles.

Safari Birthday Tours

Safari Birthday Tours at the National Zoo and Aquarium includes your own private Guide and a chance to meet and feed some amazing animals, such as the giraffe, emus and maybe some friendly reptiles. The Birthday child gets a special treat – feeding a Lion or Tiger! Suitable for children turning six and older.

Where: 999 Lady Denman Drive, Weston Creek.
Phone: 6287 8400
Web: www.nationalzoo.com.au

Farmyard Animal Nursery

Allows your kids hands-on experience, with plenty of feeding and petting of the animals. A party room with kitchenette is available, with a large outdoor play area.  

Where: 25 Mugga Lane, Symonston
Phone: 6239 7133
Web: www.farmyardnursery.com.au

Canberra Reptile Zoo

Kids can get up close and personal with some scaly, slithery creatures!

Where: O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls
Phone: 6253 8533
Web: www.reptilesinc.com.au

National Dinosaur Museum

Equal parts fun and education, the National Dinosaur Museum is great for little ones.

Where: 6 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls
Phone: 6230 2655
Web: www.nationaldinosaurmuseum.com.au

Tatum Hills Farm

Tatum Hills Farm offers a farmyard experience, with animals and games. They provide an indoor and outdoor area with tables and chairs. Suitable for children aged 3 – 12.

Where: Bywong, New South Wales (approximately 30 minutes from the centre of Canberra).
Phone: 0404 255 321
Web: www.tatumhills.weebly.com

Karting parties

There are several go-karting options in Canberra that would satisfy any kid with a ‘need for speed’.

Power Kart racing is great for the speed freaks!

Power Kart racing is great for the speed freaks!

Grand Prix Karting

Where: 39 Collie St, Fyshwick
Phone: 6239 2288
Web: www.grandprixkarting.com.au

Power Kart Raceway

Where: 125 Canberra Avenue, Griffith
Phone: 6239 5599
Web: www.powerkarts.com.au/groupBookings.html

Train parties

If trains are more to your child’s liking, there are a couple of great options around town.

The restored carriages of the Yarralumla Play Station miniature railway.

The restored carriages of the Yarralumla Play Station miniature railway.

Kingston Miniature Railway

The Kingston Miniature Railway is operated by The Canberra Society of Model and Experimental Engineers and it runs every second Sunday and last Sunday of the month. In the centre of the track is a lovely grassy area, perfect for a party! Bookings are required, with tables, chairs and BBQ provided.

Where: Geijera St, Kingston
Phone: 1300 731 954
Web: www.canberramodelengineers.org.au/miniture-railway

Yarralumla Play Station

It’s been around for a really long time and has recently had a new lease on life, with a miniature railway, mini golf, and miniature animals, including a pony, lamb and cow.

Where: 9 Pescott Lane, Yarralumla
Phone: 6282 2714
Web: www.westonparkrailway.com.au

Bowling parties

It may be old school, but it’s still heaps of fun! There are tailored birthday packages available for all ages.

Bowling is heaps of fun for any age!

Bowling is heaps of fun for any age!

AMF Bowling Belconnen

Where: 1 Emu Bank, Belconnen and 76 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway.
Phone: 1300 368 067
Web: www.amfbowling.com.au

Indoor Playgrounds

Indoor Playgrounds offer excellent party packages. Themed party rooms, plenty of space to play and catering packages are some of the many benefits.

A pirate party at Monkey Mania in Fyshwick.

A pirate party at Monkey Mania in Fyshwick.

 

Monkey Mania

Where: Canberra Outlet Centre, corner Canberra Ave & Newcastle St, Fyshwick
Phone: 6280 5294
Web: www.monkeymania.com.au

Lollipops Playland

Where: Majura Park Shopping Centre, Spitfire Ave, Majura Park
Phone: 6257 6011
Web: www.canberra.lollipopsplayland.com.au

Let’s Play Indoor Playground

Where:50 Curran Drive, Nicholls
Phone: 6162 1112
Web: www.letsplay.net.au

Kid City Mitchell

Where: 25 Kemble Court, Mitchell
Phone: 6241 3144
Web: www.kidcity.com.au

Hall hire

Want to DIY but don’t have the space? A budget-friendly option is hiring a community hall or room, with many options available across Canberra…

Griffith Neighbourhood Hall.

Griffith Neighbourhood Hall.

Northside Community Services

Where: Several venue options, including: Corroberee Park Hall in Ainslie, Palmerston Function Room, Gungaderra Homestead Hall in Harrison and Majura Community Hall in Dickson
Phone: 6257 2255
Web: www.northside.asn.au/venue-hire

Southside Community Services

Where: Several venue options, including: the Narrabundah Community Hall, Griffith Community Hall and Oaks Estate Community Hall
Phone: 6126 4700
Web: www.sscs.org.au

Nellie Hall Community Centre

Where: Chinner Crescent, Melba
Phone: 6259 2786
Web: www.facebook.com

Kippax Uniting Church

Where: Corner of Luke St and Hardwick Crescent, Holt
Phone: 6254 1733
Web: www.kippax.org.au

Theiss Cottage

Where: Reynell Place, Kambah
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.kambahplaygroups.com.au

Bring it home

If you’re happy to have a party at home, but don’t want to do the work, get someone to do the organising for you!

One of Mim & Me's sweetscapes.

One of Mim & Me’s sweetscapes.

Mim & Me

Keen to host something beautiful at home, but don’t have the time (or skill) to DIY? Enter Mim & Me – they’ll design a ‘sweetscape’ to suit any theme!

Where: Your place, or venue of choice
Phone: 0423 000 823
Web: www.facebook.com/MimandMe

End2End Events

Marwa can do as little as give you a comprehensive package of ideas so that you can throw a great party, or handle the whole shebang for you! 

Where: Your place, or venue of choice
Phone: 0415 523 159
Web: end2endevents.com.au/packages/kidstweens-parties-under-18

Gecko Gang

The Gecko Gang are practically a Canberra institution, and can bring face painting, balloon modelling, games and craft, jumping castles and more!

Where: Your place, or venue of choice
Phone: 0481 069 896
Web: www.geckogang.com.au

Already decided to host a birthday at home? Read Six DIY Kids Party Ideas for Winter for some great suggestions for at-home themes.

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Michelle Swadling

Michelle worked in radio before moving to Canberra several years ago. She loves the opportunities the city offers, whilst still having that "country town feel". Michelle's life is a whirlwind of full time work, studying and raising two active little boys with her husband. More about the Author

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