New South Wales
Looking for a stress-free party, that your child and their friends will absolutely love? Wannabees is the answer! A party host will entertain the children with fun and creative games that stretch their imagination, whilst parents can sit back and relax. Then after the fun, they can head to the party room for a meal and birthday cake (it can all be provided!). Find out how NSM Discoverer Kerri Towler’s party went for her daughter’s 5th birthday celebrations.
As a busy mum of three, I’m always on the hunt for fun and creative ideas for things to do with my children… with bonus points if they’re easy! So, when it came time to celebrate my daughter’s fifth birthday, Wannabees at Hornsby was the absolute top choice for the day.
From the very start, the planning process was super simple, starting with jumping online and choosing a date option, which we booked online, paying the deposit, and then printing out invites for her seven pre-school friends. Done!
Then, a week before the party a Wannabees staffer rang through to confirm the numbers and record our choice of menu for the day. Choosing the kids meal was actually harder than I thought, as there were so many options, from baby sushi to nachos. For the parents, we opted for the antipasto platter, and just like that the prep work was done!
There are different party packages available, and we chose the Deluxe Party. It includes a fun (and invaluable!) Party Host who assists with taking the children through to the different stations at Wannabees and leading the playtime. There is a Dress up and Fashion Parade at the end of the play time.
A party room is included with 45 minutes allocated for mealtime, which in our case was either nuggets and chips, sandwiches, or pizza and chips. All food options come with fruit, a juice box, carrot sticks, popcorn and corn chips.
As soon as you walk through the front door you are greeted by the very friendly staff and meet your party host, plus all party guests are given a coloured co-ordinated wrist band so they are easily identified in the play area. The door opens and you wish you were a kid again, there are so many different rooms to explore – such as a Post Office, Police Station, Beauty Salon, TV Studio, Radio Station, Pizzeria, Hospital, Vet, Fire Station and lots more!
We were greeted by our party host, Gabby, and the kids donned wristbands and headed off for 15 minutes of free play. It was immediately clear how much they loved this, with all the kids chasing after each other on the little bikes provided, role-playing in the hospital with the dolls, or pretending to do each other’s hair and nails in the beauty salon.
After the free play session, Gabby gathered all the kids together at the front of the stage and started the guided section of the party, leading the kids through the different rooms and leading their play. She made sure all the animals were fed and bathed and had their check-up in the vet area. In the fire station, each child had a turn of sliding down the fire pole and then putting out a fire. The guided play finished with a glam fashion parade and onstage dancing. And while the kids were being thoroughly entertained, us parents were enjoying a hot coffee and uninterrupted converstation!
Also good to know: the bathrooms are clearly labelled and accessible. They were clean and tidy, and they have a baby changing station in both areas with small toilets for the children. There is a café where you can order food or your guests and plenty of seating in and out of the play area. There is a parent’s retreat area which is large and perfect for those bigger functions.
The kids had worked up an appetite after their activities, so it was perfect timing that our party room was the next stop! The birthday girl had a special throne set for her at the head of the table while the staff served the food, and of course the birthday cake.
Wannabees has a few options for catering – you can order platters including options like a cheese or fruit platter, or choose from the hot food options available. You can use their cake option (ice cream cake) or bring your own if you would prefer. In the deluxe party option, you receive the delicious speckled ice cream cake plus eight cups of coffee for guests.
It’s super easy! The only thing you need to organise is party bags for your guests (if you want to, of course).
We chose the pizza option, plus we bought an additional Antipasto Platter for the adults. It was great, and there was plenty of food! The gorgeous vanilla ice cream cake (covered in rainbow sprinkles!) was gobbled up by the kids.
After the cake, they had some more free play time and then we handed out our own made party bags to the guests and all the kids went home happy from a great party. I am sure our daughter will remember this party as being one of the best and she can’t wait to go to Wannabees again.
Address: HornsbyWestfield, Level 2, Shop 2042 (opposite Fernwood)
Keen to book a party at Wannabees? Click here to view the Party Packages and check available dates.