Following on from our birthday party post (here), we thought you might like to see some other party ideas for slightly older children (approx. 6-12 years). We are in the North East, so I’ve added some local links that we’ve used in the past, but you can also use this post for inspiration then Google your local services.
Paintballing or Lazer Quest – My eldest had his 9th birthday party at a Lazer shooting and Paintball centre called Battlezone Paintball. It is all outdoors and set up as several camps, with a wrecked helicopter, tanks, ship etc. Most places don’t allow paintball for under 12’s so watch out for this. A friend had his party at a place which allows younger children as it uses softer, sponge-based balls (Battle Stations), so we went for something a little different.
Zookeeper for a day – most zoos offer this type of experience. Prices vary enormously, the ones we looked at were Flamingo Land Zoo and Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens.
Science Party – lots of smoke and bangs from experiments! A local company called Cool Science Party runs this amazing event, it is currently an option for my eldest son’s next birthday.
Magician/ close-up magic party- so many options here, including those who give away some of their secrets to the older children, which they love! Some will also offer the full entertainment package with a bubble machine, disco or party games. They are too numerous to list!
Circus Skills – Depending on budget, you can have everything from a full circus performance with tuition, to a single person teaching a few fun skills. You could try Circus Malabaristas, or we are about to have Marko’s Circus at our PTA Summer Fair
Horse riding/Pony party – Your place or theirs, plenty of local stables or horse riding schools could help you here. Or try Mini Pony Hire
Pamper party – Have you seen the Airstream van which comes to your house – epic! Try My Little Beauty.
Pizza Making Party – try Pizza Express for a great experience being a pizza chef then eating your own creation!
Pop stars – record your group singing on CD. If you’re lucky you might even find a special deal on Groupon.
Climbing wall or trampoline party (eg at Go Climb – see our separate post Here, Clip n Climb etc).
Game Wagon – a company which comes to your house with a big van full of Xbox/Playstation type games.
Inflatables – There are some great variations on the conventional bouncy castle if you have space – we had a ‘Disco Dome’ from Zunzo Inflatables last year, and there are also obstacle course style bouncy castles.
Other bouncy castle style activities include the inflatable joust, sumo, surfboard etc. Take a look at Fun 4 Hire for more ideas.
I hope this has inspired you. Let me know if you try any of these party ideas.
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