Birthday party planning can be a massive time sink - particularly in those early primary years where parties for the whole class are common. It's up there with booking a big family holiday in terms of admin involved: researching and triangulating between venues and activity options, availability and costs. And if you're sharing with another family, there's a whole other layer of complexity. Lifemin wants to help make your birthday party planning as easy as possible with these research, pointers and tips.
Go Ape (Battersea) - £22/p (1 hour), super easy to book (max 10)
Flip Out (Wandsworth)- £28/p (1.5 hours), 'Social Bubble Party' max 6 incl adult (£169 total)
Clip n Climb (Chelsea) - £17.50 child/£19.50 adult, max 6 people per booking
Putt in the Park (Battersea Park, Wandsworth, Acton) - £10/adult, £8/child, only taking small group bookings (4)
Adrenalin Rush Laser Tag/Clay Pigeon Shooting (Chiswick) - £25/p, min 10 people, max 30 (private hire) for £540
Pottery Cafe (Fulham, Battersea) - £30/child, 6 min
Kidzania (W London) - £200 mini birthday (6-8 people from 1-2 HHs)
For a low-key, outdoor option, you could host a party in a park. Generally speaking you don't need a permit for a gathering of <50 people (or under current restrictions, <30) in Wandsworth, Kensington, or the Royal Parks.
For entertainment, there are almost limitless options but here are some ideas gleaned from research on FB, Mumsnet and Nappyvalleynet.
- RIB ride on the Thames (£30/<14, £43/14+)
- Go Karting (Acton, £49/pp)
- Sharky & George have a great range of inventive parties
- Private cinema hire - at The Exhibit in Balham or Whirled Cinema in SE London
- Gaming party, e.g. Pop Up Arcade or Gaming Party Bus
- Nerf Gun parties
- Baking party eg Etoile Bakery
Remember that many activity/camp providers do birthday parties, too - when you sign up to Lifemin, you'll get access to our spreadsheet of activity providers that tells you whether they do or not (according to their website). Think dinosaur making party with an arts provider, a karate party, etc.
And finally, here's a handy timeline and checklist for planning your party.
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