Organising a birthday party for your little ones isn’t an easy task. Working out a suitable date, venue, guestlist, catering, coming up with a theme, gift bags, entertainment, cake, and the list goes on!
Luckily for parents, Melbourne has an extensive list of kids party venues, and we have scoured through them to provide you with a short list of what we think are the most unique birthday experiences to keep the little monsters entertained!
Fancy a pirate themed party with a real life pirate ship to go with it? The Polly Woodside tall ship in South Wharf has parties catering for your 5 to 12 year olds.
All Polly Woodside parties come with a party host to entertain the kiddies with a range of activities, stories and games, plus a take-home party bag at the end!
Party packages start at $25 per child with a minimum of 12 children and max of 25 (Prices as of Nov 2018)
Fairies, wizards, mermaids, pirates, princes and princesses having cake in an enchanted forest - need we say more? This magical kids party venue allows the little ones to be a part of their own fairy tale birthday. Fairyfields parties include party hosts to guide the children through mysterious passages, trap doors and hidden treasures.
The venue is fully catered with a choice of standard or healthier menu plus optional extras such as cake and adult menus.
Party packages start at $25 per child with a minimum of 12 children and max of 24 (Prices as of Nov 2018)
There’s something about farm animals that instantly brings a smile to any child’s (and adult’s) face. With cows, goats, horses, chickens and more plus regular animal feeding and patting sessions, this venue is a sure winner with the kids.
The hosted birthday parties with activities are usually booked out well in advance - however, families are welcome to pay the regular entry fee and grab one of the many picnic tables and setup their own party areas.
Catering is also available through the farm cafe if you need to feed those little tummies.
Cost: $100 paid when booking online covers the first 8 children, their parents and the reserved party area for two hours. $5 per additional child.
Maximum of 20 children in the party group. Parent/Carers of Party guests are free, all other adults are $10 to be paid on the day. (Prices as of Nov 2018)
Racing miniature cars with up to 24 friends might be the ultimate dream party for many children, and it can be a reality at Race Party in Hawthorn!
Race Party packages come with 60 minutes of track time, dedicated party host, photo booth and a party room to keep the youngsters fuelled up.
Choose from a variety of racetrack and catering options such as UV or disco settings. Optional cake and lollie bags or food platters are also available.
Prices as of Nov 2018 (min 10 / max 24 children):
- 90 minute catered packages starting at $33 per child.
- Plus plenty of other options available on their website!
Luna Park is what childhood memories are made of, amusement rides, fairy floss and countless activities - this is the ultimate destination for a kid’s birthday party.
The Party Tram birthday package at Luna Park consists of unlimited rides for the kids, choice of meal options, 45 minutes in the Party Tram 96, and optional extras such as food platters, gift bags and performers.
Prices as of Nov 2018 (minimum 8 people):
- 0–3 yrs: $27.50 pp
- 4–12 yrs: $47.95 pp
- 13+ yrs: $57.95 pp
Lego has been inspiring creativity and entertaining kids for centuries, so having a kids party at LEGOLAND should be a no-brainer.
Offering 13 family attractions (if you include the cafe as an attraction)
A party host will entertain the kids with lego themed games and help with serving food to the hungry little party goers. The children will have 2 hours to roam around all the attractions and rides, and 60 minutes in the private party room.
Prices as of Nov 2018 (Minimum 14 paid children):
- $48 per child
- Birthday child entry free
For children that are interested in sea and marine life, the Melbourne sea life aquarium has plenty to offer. Birthday packages include a party host, guided tours, aquatic themed activities, private party room and a range of party food and drink catering options.
Party packages start at $35 per child with a minimum of 12 children (Prices as of Nov 2018)
WaterMarc in Greensborough offers an huge adventure playground and two large waterslides for children who don’t mind getting their feet wet.
The package includes 1 hour of hosted aquatic activities plus water slides, choice of food and 45 minutes in the party room.
There is a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 24 children for their party package, and all children must be 6 years or older.
$29.50 per child (Prices as of Nov 2018)
Scienceworks offers curious minds to explore and learn through interactive exhibitions. The kids will have plenty of things to keep them entertained - from sproting challenges to stargazing at the Planetarium, to learning about electricity and lightning through spectacular demonstrations in the Lightning Room.
Party packages include entry to Scienceworks for all children, use of private party room, two complimentry adult entries, selection of food and beverages and a catering host.
Prices as of Nov 2018:
- 10 - 20 children $28.00 per child
- 21 - 30 children $25.00 per child
(One supervising adult per five children must attend the
Bounce Inc is all the craze with kids lately - tons of trampolines, rock climbing walls, rope activities, dodgeball and even ninja-warrior-style x-parks in some locations.
Bounce party packages come with party host to guide the little ones through some action packed activities, private party room and a range of food catering options.
Party packages start at $30.50 per child with a minimum of 10 children (Prices as of Nov 2018)
A birthday party surrounded by animals? sounds like a dream come true!
I know I would have squealed with excitement as a kid if I knew I was having my birthday party at the zoo!
The Melbourne Zoo offers birthday packages in a pavillion or the bandstand, located in the beautiful zoo gardens, or upgrade your package to include the Gorilla Ranger Station complete with children’s furniture and windows to a reptile exhibit.
All packages include access to the zoo, a free keeper talk on the day, zoo Bakery animal biscuit decorating activity and also come with a range of food catering options.
Party packages start at $40 per child with a minimum of 10 children (Prices as of Nov 2018)
That’s it for now - we are always on the hunt for more unique kids party venues, and will be adding to this list in the future!
Check out our complete list of kids party venue in Melbourne. And please ping us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of any venues that should be on the list!
P.S. If you are looking for some yummy BYO dessert or cake ideas for the party, check out our list of 30 amazing kids birthday cakes