How To Pick A Kids Birthday Party Venue

If your child’s birthday is fast approaching, it’s time to pick out the perfect kids birthday party venue – whether indoors, outdoors or even at home. With plenty of options for younger children and older kids alike, your kid’s party is sure to be the highlight of their year!  You do need to be organised though as the most popular venues can get booked up months in advance.

Along with finding the perfect gift, the ideal party bags and the best cake, choosing the coolest party venue is just another task to add to the list.

Planning a party that is fun, exciting, and manageable is a nightmare project for even the most organised parents.

Choosing the right venue can take a lot of pressure off your shoulders, and free you up to enjoy the day alongside your child – especially if the venue offers a good party planning service and is willing to supply things like party bags, food and an entertainer or disco.  I’ve always found that a service worth paying a little extra for.

Finding the ideal kids birthday party venue

Outdoor Party Venues

You have to be quite brave to choose an outdoor venue in the autumn and winter months in the UK given our unpredictable weather.  An outdoor party in spring and summer is a far less risky proposition and moving your party outside gives younger children plenty of room to run around and play, and older children a sense of freedom that they will definitely appreciate.

Younger Children

When picking an outdoor venue for younger children, safety has to be your first priority, along with adequate adult supervision.

For parties on a budget, local parks can be the perfect options and you’ll save money by bringing your own food, cake and party bags. It’s simple to organise a tempting picnic spread and plenty of fun outdoor games such as hide and seek or tag that the adults can play too.

Other excellent outdoor venue choices include:

  • Petting zoo
  • Nature walks with fun activities
  • Outdoor laser tag
  • Mini-golfing

Older Children

For older children, you can make use of outdoor space by holding a mini-sports day with fun creative games, great for budget parties.

Zoos, animal talks, and wildlife centres can also be as fun for older children as they can be for younger children. Some of the parties Ieuan attended when he was younger gave him the chance to hold enormous snakes and scary spiders.

Some of the most exciting venues also include:

  • Paintballing
  • Adventure parks or theme parks
  • Outdoor rock climbing
  • Go-karting

Note that the budget for these may mean reducing the number of party guests and inviting your child’s closest friends rather than the whole class.

The last party Ieuan attended was a go-karting party where the cost per head was around the £30 mark.

Indoor Party Venues

There is much more variety when it comes to indoor venues, and you never need to worry about the weather.

Most indoor venues have excellent parking, can provide catering on request, and have tailored party packages that include plenty of things to keep your kids entertained.

Younger Children

Activity centres are great for younger children that have a lot of energy to burn. With parties being an exciting time, ensuring the centre you choose is spacious is vital.

Alternatively, if you want to cater for a lot of children, indoor parties in a hired hall can be a fantastic money-saving option.

There are many great options to choose from, including:

  • Build-a-bear workshops
  • Pottery painting
  • Karaoke
  • Play centres
  • Aquarium

Older Children

One of the best ways to find an indoor venue for older kids is to note down your kid’s favourite places from days out, these are likely to go down a treat come party time. However, if you want to try something different, consider some of these venues for guaranteed excitement:

  • Indoor ice-skating
  • Bowling
  • Sports centres
  • Candle or chocolate making venues
  • Indoor adventure play centres

Host Your Party at Home

External venues can make party planning almost hassle-free, but sometimes the best choice is to host your party at home – particularly if you are strapped for cash.

Choosing a home party gives you endless options for themes, entertainment, and decorations. It also gives you a bit of extra control over the day, as you don’t have to rely on a venue to get everything right for your little ones.

Some of the most exciting home party themes you could use are:

  • Pirate theme- treasure hunts, ‘buried treasure’, and fancy dress.
  • Camping- tents, marshmallows, and a BBQ.
  • Karaoke night- singing, dancing, and plenty of snacks.
  • Circus theme- fancy dress, clowns, and circus games.

Home parties are ideal for both younger and older kids alike and they can even help you with the party planning. Whatever party venue you choose, as long as you provide a delicious birthday cake, you’re unlikely to go far wrong!

What is your favourite kids birthday party venue? Is there anywhere you absolutely would never book again?


  1. Susan B
    18 October, 2019 / 8:21 pm

    What an excellent list of suggestions. Several sound particularly appealing for our next birthday. Thank you.

  2. 1 November, 2017 / 7:50 am

    My daughter will be 3 on her next birthday, so we’re hoping to actually have a party, so this is really useful!

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