It’s 2015, and your little scallywag is growing up fast. In fact, their next birthday is just around the corner, and the pressure is on. You’ve got two options: host a wonderful, themed party at your place, or you can choose from the many kids’ party venues in KwaZulu-Natal.
Host at home or take the party elsewhere?While hosting a party at home probably means you’ll save a few bucks, it also means you’ll need to clean the mess up afterwards. Also, you’ll be tasked with setting up before the party, as well as providing food and entertainment. Although, there is the added benefit of being able to plan the time and date if you’re hosting it at home.
On the other hand, hosting the party elsewhere acts as a fun outing for kids and parents alike. It can be pricier, but it also means someone else deals with the mess, catering and entertainment. At the end of the day, it’s all about what suits you and your child best.
Picking a venue
When it comes to birthdays, KwaZulu-Natal has a whole host of exciting party venues for your little one’s big day. Below are just some of places from which you can choose:
The Animal Farmyard and Tea Garden (Botha’s Hill)
Packed with activities like a foofy slide, pony rides, tractor rides and more, the Animal Farmyard has loads to offer. With all sorts of animals for kids to feed and pet, this is the ultimate animal lover’s party venue. For more information call 031 765 2240.
Ushaka Marine World (Durban)
From an exciting water park to incredible aquariums, Ushaka Marine World is the perfect Summer party venue. Added to that, Kids can enjoy dolphin, penguin and seal shows. For more information call 031 328 8000.
Southern Rock Climbing Gym (New Germany)
Nothing says, “active” like the Southern Rock Climbing Gym. Safe, fun and exciting, this is the perfect party venue for little ones with loads of energy. For more information call 031 705 3842.
Cooking Kids (Kloof)
Let your little one try their hand at making fun and exciting treats. The recipes are easy enough for kids to complete and will keep them occupied for ages. And on the plus side, once the cooking is done, food is as well. For more information call 031 764 6577.
Tree House Parties (Gateway)
Hold a themed party without the hassle of hosting it at your home. Tree House Parties offer face painting, train rides, games, a jumping castle and loads more. Best of all, you can choose from a wide selection of predetermined themes according to your child’s age, gender, tastes, etc. For more information call 082 926 1035.
Funland Entertainment Centre (Amanzimtoti)
This type of party venue is perfect for all sorts of weather. The entertainment never ends with ten pin bowling, dodgem cars, arcade games, video games and a 4D simulator. For more information call 031 903 1068.
Your Party planning checklistThe key to planning the most magical kid’s party is to plan in advance. Don’t miss anything important and use our checklist below:
- Figure out the theme or venue.
- Set a date and time.
- Send out invitations with enough time in advance.
- Book the entertainment.
- Coordinate foods and drinks.
- Organise party packs.
- Make a list of party games and activities.
- Don’t forget the birthday cake!