Hosting a kids party in winter doesn’t need to be a challenge. There are so many fantastic venues in our area that it was a little hard to narrow the list for this article.
Art and Craft:
The Little Creatures Collective in Seddon offer fantastic age appropriate art activities for kids from 2 – 12 and will soon be offering party packages. Check out their website and get in contact with Beck for more information.
Home based option: Set out a craft table with suitable materials and have pre-arranged activities such as painting, making paper dolls, decorating t-shirts, paper planes or drawing.
For small groups of children and adults consider a local cafe as a venue. Remember to book ahead and ask about catering for groups of children. Jelly Bread Cafe and Happy River Cafe are ideal locations as they provide toys and space for young kids to play.
Embrace the cold! At Chill on Lounge kids can take in the icy sculptures surrounding them, while wearing a snuggly cape and sipping on an chilled fruit drink. Entrance is $15 dollars per child. Alternatively Chill on Lounge offer party packages, including a meal and refreshments for $40 dollars per child.
Ice-skating is always popular with kids. Medibank Icehouse have party packages starting from $30 dollars that include entrance to the rink, skates and a meal.
Don’t discount the park in winter. Instruct guests to rug up and make sure everyone has a raincoat and some gum boots. Let the kids get a bit muddy, jump in puddles and climb trees. Set up under some cover and serve hot chocolate and soup for warming refreshment.
Footscray Park has large undercover areas that are perfect for events.
Alternatively you can book the Little Picnic Caravan. The caravan is stacked full of games, crockery, serving ware, lollipops, straws, cling wrap, chairs for the adults, blankets and a kitchen. They even throw in cute printable invites for your guests. The benefit of booking the caravan is that you only need to organise catering as all the infrastructure is brought to you. The canopy also provides cover from light showers. Starting from $195 for a half day.
There is no reason to avoid water in winter. Take advantage of our fantastic heated indoor local pools and stay snug inside.
For a unique swimming party you can’t go past the inflatable obstacle course at the Footscray Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre. The course can be booked for up to three hours and is bound to keep party goers entertained! Starting from $162.50
MAC offers complete packages including ice-cream cake, lolly bags, lunch as well as games, function room and inflatables for the pool. Starting from $24.50 per child.
MSAC has a range of party options with aquatic adventure slides and games as well as their Flow Rider package. Party leaders will teach kids how to body board in the wave pool. Contact the centre for a quote.
Toys toys and more toys:
Free option: For young tots why not hire a stack of toys from the Toy Library? Or ask each guest to bring some toys for the group to play with.
If you have a Lego Fan in your family host a Lego party at the Lego Educational Centre in Docklands. Cost is $15 per child. Kids build pieces according to a chosen theme and the birthday boy/girl receives a Lego gift. Keep in mind the store does not cater or allow food so you will need to make other arrangements for this.
Host a science party at home; Fizzics Educational Parties come to your house. They set up and run over 20 science projects. Kids get to use liquid nitrogen to make ice-cream, learn how make slime, or gross vomit bombs! Each experiment is explained in full and are hands on activities. Prices are available on request.
Science Works offer childrens’ parties. Packages include a meal, full access to the museum as well as your own party room. Prices start from $285 for 12 children.
Have a bunch of active kids that need to burn off energy? A sporty party could be perfect for you!
Free option: Pick up a set of bocce, a soccer ball and a football and head to your local sports grounds. Cold weather is perfect to run around in without getting hot and sweaty.
Maribyrnong Action Sports Indoor Centre offer a range of party packages for your sports mad kid. You can choose three of the following sports to keep your guests entertained: Indoor Cricket, Soccer, Beach Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Netball, Dodgeball and Party Games. Included in the price is a meal for each child as well as a trophy and sports ball for the lucky birthday boy or girl. Prices start from $220 for 12 children.
MSAC : Choose from the Cave and Castle (jumping castle with organised games) or the Super Sport ( your chosen sports with organised games). Contact for prices.
Did someone say wall to wall trampolines? Bounce your way to a great party with FlipOut Altona . Prices start from 21 dollars per child.
Themed Birthday Party
Situated on Gordon Street Footscray Kids Dream Parties offer themed party packages. With a wide range of themes from art and crafts to superhero and enchanted parties there is something for everyone. Prices start from $240 for 12 children and include a host, dress ups, food and a take home gift for all guests.
Host a pirate party on your very own sailing ship – the Polly Woodside. Cost is $25 dollars per child. Keep in mind that they do not cater, so you will need to provide your own refreshments. Alternatively on the first Sunday of every month they hold a pirate day. Take a small group of pirates along to explore this fascinating landmark. Cost is $9.50 per child.
Dizzy’s Castle offer themed birthday party packages including mini golf. Choose from the Pirate Cove, Enchanted Forest, Royal Court and Disco Dungeon rooms. Packages including a meal start at $15 dollars per child. Alternatively, if you have a large group you can book the food hall and self cater. Entrance for children over 9 months is $7.
Home based option: If you have a big kitchen and don’t mind a bit of mess; make up some pizza dough and have guests construct their own pizzas. You can also make cookies on the day for the kids to take home. The benefit of this option is that your catering is also the entertainment.
Alternatively Make Bread can run your cooking party for you. Guests make bread and pizzas. Prices start from $325 dollars for 12 kids.
If having a cooking party at your house sounds a little too daunting Tiny Chef in Essendon are a cooking party venue. Their parties are themed to suit you and your child’s taste. Choose from a huge list of themes including Teddy Bears Picnic, Dungeons and Dragons and Pirates Ahoy. Packages start from $29.50 per child and include a meal and a chef hat and apron.
Self Hosted Party Venues:
If you have a large group of people and you need a suitable venue Maribyrnong Council have a huge range of venues for different group sizes.
Take the kids to Melbourne Zoo for a picnic. In bad weather make use of the many pavilions on site. Entrance for kids aged 0-3 is free, kids aged 4 – 15 are $13.20. If you would prefer an organised party; Melbourne Zoo do also offer party packages starting from $40 dollars per child. Alternatively treat the kids to a safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo.