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North Shore Kids’ Birthday Party Guide


It’s party time! Whether it’s a 3rd or a 13th birthday, there’s no better excuse to round-up the friends and get celebrating with a fun kids’ birthday party! Of course, a lot of hard work goes into planning the perfect party. Here’s your guide to the best kids parties on the North Shore.

Hosting a birthday party is no easy task. No matter the milestone, it takes prep, patience, and often – a little outside help.

The good news? We’re here to help with our North Shore Kids’ Birthday Party Guide, which features lots of party theme ideas and local businesses that can help make that dream a reality. Make planning that next birthday party a breeze with our featured local party people:

Types of kids’ birthday parties

Does your child want a certain style of birthday party? Maybe something creative… maybe something active…. maybe something a bit different? To help you find the best part for your child, we’ve narrowed down the most popular styles of parties and listed lots of local options.

Organise a group gift for the birthday girl or boy with GroupTogether

Giving a gift to the birthday child is a lovely gesture… but it comes with the added parental stress about choosing something that they will like and don’t already have. With all the best intentions, there is often an overwhelming amount of gifts for the birthday child (that might get played with a few times, or possibly regifted!). And let’s be honest… many gifts ultimately end up as clutter and in landfill.

Most kids have their eye on something special – whether it’s an amazing dolls house, a fabulous LEGO set or a new scooter.

Rather than get lots of little gifts, why not suggest a group gift? As the parent of the party child, you could either suggest this yourself and provide a GroupTogether link with the invitation. Or, if this makes you awkward, ask the parent of one of the children if they could organise it.

Yes, in the past, collecting money for a group gift was a nightmare. Chasing people, searching in your bank account to see who has paid and then getting everyone to sign the card. But GroupTogether lets everyone chip in and sign the card online. It’s so easy (and it’s free!).

You simply share a link. Everyone clicks to pay and sign online. Then choose from eGift Card, gifts or withdraw the funds to buy something that you now the birthday boy or girl really wants. Loved by 1 million Aussies…including so many from North Shore Mums! Click here to start a collection…

Example wording: “Gifts are not expected, but if you would like to get a birthday present and are stuck for ideas, please feel free to contribute to the collection as [child] is saving for a [high value gift]”

      Animal Birthday Parties

      Australia Reptile Park, Somersby

      Have a kid’s birthday party with BITE at the Australian Reptile Park! With wildlife shows, a children’s playground, bushland picnic setting and the chance to get up close with koalas, kangaroos, pythons, reptiles and of course Hugo, the giant Galapagos tortoise, your child’s party will be unforgettable.

      Go all out with their ‘Elvis Party Pack’ which also includes a 1.5 hour personalised tour with a zookeepers where you will enjoy an exclusive meeting with some of their wonderful animals, while learning interesting facts about them.

      Australian Reptile Park Party Packages

      Hugo Party Pack: $350 for 10 children & one parent. $31 per additional child, $37 for additional adults. Package includes:

      • Entry to the Australian Reptile Park for 10 children & one parent
      • Party area for 90 minutes
      • Party food and two 1.25L bottles of soft drink
      • Kangaroo food (1 bag per child)
      • Animal photo experience for party group & 1 colour photo (valued at $25)
      • Lolly bags
      • Party invitations

      Elvis Party Pack: $650 for 10 children (minimum) & $31 per additional child

      Package includes all inclusions from the Hugo Party Pack, PLUS 1.5-hour private tour with animal encounters!

      Essential Details

      • Address: Australian Reptile Park, Somersby NSW 2250 (20 mins drive from Wahroonga)
      • Cost: From $350 for 10 children
      • Website | Facebook | Instagram

      Featherdale Wildlife Park

      Looking for a unique venue for your child’s next birthday party? Featherdale Wildlife Park has a range of easy and convenient birthday party packages for you to choose from, with flexible options and tailored additions so you can create the ultimate birthday experience for your child. You’ll have a dedicated party host on the day to greet, supervise, organise food requirements and ensure the day runs smoothly. Featherdale offers Sydney’s ultimate hands-on wildlife experience. Watch the delight on the children’s faces as they meet and interact with the world’s largest collection of native Australian animals.

      Featherdale Wildlife Park Party Packages

      • Entry to Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
      • A private supervised animal encounter during the duration of the party with a Featherdale keeper
      • 90 minutes in a dedicated private party area (choice of indoor or outdoor)
      • Kangaroo food provided for each child
      • A dedicated party host who will prepare the venue, coordinating all catering requirements and clean up at the end
      • Clip-on koala gift for each party guest
      • Free admission is included for two parents or guardians (for the birthday child)
      • Featherdale themed party invitation file and email template
      • Party Food: Chips and lollies, Kids Meal & Soft Drink
      • Party bag for each child

        Essential Details

        • Address: Featherdale Wildlife Park, 217-229 Kildare Road, Doonside, Sydney
        • Cost: From $695 for 10 children
        • Website | Facebook | Instagram

        More animal-themed parties

        Outdoor Adventure Birthday Parties

        Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, St Ives

        Looking for a fun, unique outdoor birthday experience for your child? Book a Wild Birthday Party at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden! The 1.5 hour birthday party experience is hosted by a qualified Ranger and includes a one-hour wild activity followed by 30 minutes for food and cake. Nature-based themes include Nature Play, Art Adventures, Animal Encounters, Survival Skills and Campfire Experience.

        Wildflower Garden Party Packages

        Choose from one of their fun and wild themes.

        • Nature Play (all ages): Celebrate your special day with an immersive natural experience! Kids will explore our bushland, meet local fauna and get their hands dirty with a fun nature based activity.
        • Animal Encounters (6+ years): Connect with your inner animal. Kids will explore our amazing wilderness, find wild creatures, meet some of our favourite Australian animals and play some animal games.
        • Art Adventures (6+ years): Art with a natural twist. Kids will go on an exciting outdoor adventure where they can get creative and make their own natural eco art work.
        • Survival Skills (6+ years): Want to learn the essential skills for surviving in the wild? Kids will go on a survival bushwalk, learn about bush foods and practise survival skills.
        • Campfire Experience (6+ years): Learn the skills needed to build a campfire. Have a heap of fun cooking treats and telling stories around your crackling campfire. Note this theme only runs April to September.

        Essential Details

        • Address: Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives
        • Cost: From $20 per child
        • Website | Facebook | Instagram

        Other Outdoor Adventure Party ideas

        Horse riding, ropes courses, quad biking, snorkle, paddle board or kayak

          Ninja Birthday Parties

          Ninja Kids, Hornsby 

          Ninja Kids offers fun obstacle course parties for those turning 5 or older! You’ll have access to the entire Ninja Kids gym including all obstacles. You’ll also receive invitations, qualified and experienced coaches to provide structured activities and supervised free time, use of the kitchen and reception area, a free gift for the birthday Ninja and more!

          Ninja Kids Party Packages

          • Exclusive use of the full gym, obstacles and party room for 2 hours for up to 20 children (additional children can be added at $15 per child)
          • Qualified and experienced coaches to provide structured activities for the entire party.
          • Use of the kitchenette and reception area, including tables, fridge freezer, sink, microwave and kettle.
          • Provide your own food so you can bring whatever you like
          • Free Ninja Kids tattoo and magnet or pencil for every child that attends the party
          • A free gift for the birthday child
          • Ninja Kids invitations.

          Parties are for children turning 5 years or older. All guests must be over the age of 4 years old.

          Essential Details

          • Address: Ninja Kids, 1/4 Leighton Place Hornsby | 2/130 Old Pittwater Road, Brookvale
          • Cost: From $460 for up to 20 children
          • Website | Facebook | Instagram

          More Ninja Parties

          Click here to view the full list of Ninja Parks around Sydney.

          Bowling & Arcade Party

          Zone Bowling  & Timezone

          Whether it’s the thrill of bowling a strike, capturing a prize on the claw machines, going head to head in a game of laser tag or the excitement of arcade games, Zone Bowling and Timezone guarantee an exciting and hassle-free birthday experience for all.

          With customisable party packages and inclusions, Zone Bowling and Timezone have a party package to suit a range of ages, and are the ultimate kids and teens party venue.

          Celebrate birthdays in style with a designated party host, music, food, drinks and activities sorted and last but not least, no set up and clean up! All you have to do is book your preferred party package and leave the details to the Timezone and Zone Bowling teams.

          Special Offer: Birthday Child goes FREE

            Keep the party spirit alive and the good times rolling! Timezone and Zone Bowling are shouting the cost of the VIP birthday child with any kids or teens birthday package booked online for a limited time only.

            To book in your party package all you need to do is head online to Timezone or Zone Bowling, set your preferred venue and select a party package that suits you and the discount is automatically applied (up to the value of $48).

            Book this offer before 31 March 2024. Parties can be booked until 30 June, 2024. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Excludes extras and work party packages. Full T&Cs here.

            Essential Details: Zone Bowling

            Essential Details: Timezone

            Bowling Parties

            Gaming & Arcade Parties

            View the full list of Arcades around Sydney.

              Music Parties

              Big Music (Crows Nest)

              Big Music

              Big Music sets the stage for an unforgettable birthday celebration! Their spacious, modern indoor party venue is equipped with a fully-loaded stage featuring microphones, a top-notch sound system, and vibrant lighting, with the spotlight ready to shine on your little star.  From singing and dancing with Taylor Swift’s biggest hits to grooving on the dance floor at your own DJ-hosted Dance Party, check out their exciting party themes, or chat to them about creating the perfect party for you.

              But the magic doesn’t stop there. Step onto their balcony, weather permitting, and fire up the BBQ or utilise their kitchen facilities to serve up delicious treats. Excellent takeaway food options are also available from a variety of local providers.

              Leave the planning and hosting to their expert party hosts who are dedicated to making your event a hit. From start to finish, they’ll ensure smooth sailing so you can relax and enjoy the festivities.

              And when the party’s over, rest easy knowing that cleaning is taken care of. Say goodbye to post-party cleanup stress and hello to hassle-free celebrations at Big Music. Let’s make memories that hit all the right notes!

              Big Music Party Packages

              • Taylor Mania: Get ready for the ultimate Taylor Swift experience!
              • Ultimate Rock Experience: Kids get to jam on popular instruments like drums, electric guitars, and keyboards!
              • DJ Dance Party: Get ready to shake the dance floor at Big Music’s ‘kid-friendly nightclub’ with a real live DJ.
              • Recording Artist Experience: You and your friends can be rockstars for a day in our recording studio!

              Essential Details

              • Address: Level 1, 85 Alexander Street, Crows Nest NSW​
              • Cost: From $600 for 10 children
              • Website | Facebook

                Indoor Play Centre Birthday Parties

                Cheeky Monkeys Play House, Warriewood

                North Shore Mums offer: free helium balloon for every child attending the party.

                Cheeky Monkey’s is all about birthday parties, fun, games, kids and families. This is where kids have fun with their friends and enjoy being active in safe surroundings. There are heaps of different themed parties to enjoy!

                Whether your little one is into superheroes and cars or fairies and mermaids, craft or crazy hair, Cheeky Monkeys Play House offers you the perfect birthday party. Dressed up party hosts, yummy food and lots of fun – everyone gets to enjoy the party. No mess, no stress!

                Cheeky Monkeys Party Packages

                • Choose from Fairy Forest & Disco, Wizard & Disco, Slot Car Racing – Cars, Slot Car Racing – Monster Truck, Crazy Hair Party or Cookie Decorating Party.
                • Party Host: Elsa, Superhero, Fairy, Racing Car Driver, Wizard or Mermaid
                • Cake Options: Ice Cream Cake $40
                • Extras: Pass-The-Parcel (one per party) $35
                • Helium Balloons: $3.50 each
                • Themed Helium Balloon: $4.50 each
                • Themed Table Setting Packages from $55
                • Selection of Adult Platters

                Essential Details

                More Indoor Playcentre Birthday Party Options

                Entertainers & Party Planning

                Bop till you Drop

                Bop till you Drop offer a huge range of party themes – so there’s sure to be one for all kids! Bop till you Drop are nationally renowned for expertise in parties for boys and girls delivering disco, slime, science, trivia and mystery parties, to name a few. Imagine being able to surprise your child even more with a Disco Party with a photo booth or stretch hummer as a shiny bonus option too!

                You also have the luxury of choosing from specifically designed party packages that thousands and thousands of parents have raved about over the last 20 years of business. There is sure to be a party that suits.

                Be the first to try their Brand New Barbie Dreamland Disco Party! This party is completely themed with a qualified entertainer, barbie prizes, songs and everything pink.

                They pride themselves on the quality of their entertainers, as well as the professional equipment they use to operate the Disco & Karaoke Parties. Their state-of-the-art PA systems include microphones for the children to sing on, as well as spectacular disco lights to create that enjoyable vibe.

                Party Packages

                Barbie Dreamland Disco Party

                • Barbie themed disco entertainer
                • PA System
                • Spectacular disco lights
                • Cordless mic for the entertainer
                • Microphones for the children
                • Barbie soundtrack and of course all the other Top 40 favourites
                • Pink Tattoos
                • Barbie Glitter
                • Barbie Prizes

                Specialty Party Packages

                Looking for something different? Why not try one of their unique specialist parties!

                Essential Details

                    Party Equipment Hire

                    Walkers Party Hire North Shore

                    Want to create an amazing birthday party at home? Walkers Party Hire North Shore has a stunning range of framed marquees, beautiful seating, functional tables, fun glow furniture and much more. They have exceptional knowledge on how to bring any event to life and can assist you through the process. Walkers Party Hire are also the pool floor specialists, transforming your pool to a large useful area for your event. Their expert team will help create wonderful memories of your special celebration.

                    Party Equipment

                    • Marquees
                    • Furniture: bars, chairs, glow, tables.
                    • Equipment: bollards & ropes, barriers, dance floors, easels, heaters, lecterns, market umbrellas, partitions, picket fence, podiums.
                    • Eat & Drink: cutlery, glasses, tablecloths, napkins and plates.

                    Essential Details

                    Gymnastics Birthday Party

                    Does your child LOVE gymnastics? A gymnastics birthday party is a stress-free event for a parent to organise… there’s usually a couple of birthday party hosts from the club, plus you get a dedicated area for party food and cake afterwards (some offer catering!).

                    Sports Birthday Parties

                    Creative Parties

                    Looking for a party that’s all about art & craft, painting, slime, messy play or anything else creative?

                    Active Indoor Birthday Parties

                      Ice Skating Party

                      Want to get your skates on? An ice skating party is sure to be one that’s remembered by all your guests!

                      Click here to view the full list of Ice Skating rinks in Sydney.

                      Trampoline Party

                      Have a jumping good time with a Trampoline Party! Here are the nearest options around the North Shore for a trampoline birthday party…

                      Click here to view the full list of Trampoline Parks around Sydney.

                      Rock Climbing Party

                      Does your child love climbing the walls? Then a rock climbing party might just be the thing! We love the local Climb Fit at St Leonards and Macquarie, though there are plenty more options around Sydney to choose from.

                      Click here to view the full list of Rock Climbing centres around Sydney.

                      Movie Birthday Party

                      Choose your favourite family-friendly movie, and enjoy a session at the movies for your child’s birthday! Hoyts & Event Cinemas both offer birthday party packages to suit different budgets and needs.  

                      Kids Entertainer at your home

                        Summer birthday parties

                        If your child’s birthday is during the warmer months of the year, you can also explore the option of doing a birthday party at one of the incredible water parks around Sydney, or even an Aqua Park!

                        Water Parks

                        Aquatic Centres with Slides

                        Aqua Parks

                        Want more party help? Find them in the North Shore Mums Directory

                        If you still need more ideas, we have a dedicated section in our Directory just for Parties! You’ll find cake makers, caterers, entertainers, activitiesparty venues and party supplies & hire.

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