Even though it crops up every year without fail, most parents never quite get used to the panic of planning a birthday party for their kids. Between keeping up with their ever-changing hobbies and knowing what’s cool and what’s not, coming up with fun birthday party ideas for your kids can be almost as stressful as hosting the event itself.
So if the thought of brainstorming ideas for your kid’s next birthday brings you out in cold sweat, here are a few ideas to help get you through the ordeal.
Thanks to the wonderful weather and brilliant beaches we have in Sydney, a beach BBQ celebration is an affordable birthday party idea that will never go out of style. You can keep it low-key and local or you can go all out with a road-trip to a place down the coast if you have the cars and man-power to pull it off.
To make the most of your surroundings, make sure you carefully plan a BBQ or picnic, depending on the facilities available. Do your research and make sure you turn up early enough to secure a BBQ area and if you want to make it extra special, you can take your own birthday decorations too. Plan plenty of games to keep the kids entertained and make sure you have plenty of adult friends on hand to keep everybody safe in and out of the water.
This is a fantastic option for active kids and can be particularly useful if your kid’s birthday happens to fall in winter or on a bad weather day. There are a few indoor climbing centres across Sydney and many of them cater for children and young people. For minimum stress and maximum enjoyment, try and find an indoor climbing centre that caters specifically for kids’ parties or large group sessions. That way, you can sit back and relax knowing that everything is taken care of. Or of course, if you prefer to get stuck in and do some climbing yourself, you’ll be free to do so.
Much like enjoying a BBQ at the beach, lawn bowls is a fabulously Aussie way to enjoy a relaxed and budget friendly birthday. There are plenty of places where you can play outdoor lawn bowls in Sydney so make sure you choose somewhere local and kid-friendly. Book a few lanes and remember to have a plan for food too!
This is another fantastic wet weather option that can work year-round. It’s also a generally easy one to pull off as well. Just make sure you book your seats in advance to ensure that everyone can sit together, and if you have the budget and patience, perhaps book a table or two at a neighbouring restaurant or cafe so that the kids can enjoy some food afterwards.
This is another great option for adventurous and active children. And if we’re honest, it’s a pretty fun day out for accompanying adults too! Whether it’s a zombie apocalypse themed race or an inflatable assault course, there are endless options to choose from year-round in Sydney. You can enter as one team, or split the groups in to smaller teams to spice up the competition. Whatever you choose to do, just make sure you pick something that is age-appropriate and book your places well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Bonus: Birthday Party Theme for Winter
If your little one’s birthday falls on a winter month, arrange an ice-skating party instead of the regular backyard affair. Invite your kid’s friends and their parents (the more adults to supervise, the better).
Reserve the local ice rink in your area a week or even months in advance, and send invitations early to give your guests enough time to respond. For the party, prepare picnic foods that are easy to eat, such as sandwiches, mini pies, wraps, tarts, and cupcakes. Get the party favors ready so you can hand them out before the end of the party.
Tips for Food
Food is a key part of any party, even if you only decide to provide light finger foods. Some ideas of food you can have at your party include an avocado bar, spinach dip, pigs in blankets, dates and blue cheese, eggplant chips, homemade buttermilk biscuits with honey, as well as nacho-stuffed potato skins. Try and make sure you have a plan for how you’re going to prepare the food in time for guests getting there so that you aren’t overwhelmed. Make sure to also ask for attendee’s dietary requirements and ensure you have birthday party snacks that are plant-based, gluten-free and peanut-free!
Alternatively, you could get a caterer to provide the food if it’s within your budget.
When executed well, kids parties can be hugely rewarding and watching their child having a great time with their friends is a truly heartwarming experience for parents. Of course, even the simplest kids party ideas take a bit of planning and organisation so whichever option you choose, make sure you give yourself plenty of time and don’t be afraid to rope in some family members or other parents to help you out on the day!