Looking back at our childhood, many of us will have happy memories of our birthday parties. A child’s birthday celebration is a major milestone in life! It’s a time to bring friends and family together and mark another year passing by.

Because these events are so special, it’s important to make them memorable. One of the biggest factors that make or break a child’s party, is the venue. The party venue is probably the most important part of the event – where you create these life time memories will be remembered forever.

We’ve put together some of our favourite venue types for children’s parties and why these locations are such a hit among the little ones!

Party with Animals at the Zoo

There’s so much to do at the Zoo. The Chester Zoo has a venue hire option which is fantastic. What a great opportunity to provide your guests an unforgettable birthday experience! There’s so much fun, entertaining and educational activates to do at the Zoo. Want to know the best part? All the kids will be engaged in fun and educational activities.

Underwater Party

If terrestrial animals are not your thing, how about aquatic animals? The Sea Life Aquarium in Manchester is your answer. Book your venue at the aquarium – the kids will be entertained with a host of activities such as Jurassic Ranger, a Sea trek, Turtle and even Shark Feeding Experiences. There is so much to do at the aquarium!


Classic Venue

Getting back to a classic children’s party venue, PlayKidds is a great party service based in Swinton, Manchester.  It provides all the essentials when planning your kids dream birthday party. It has just about everything you could want such as a three-tier play structure, electric go karts and even Zorbs. This piece of heaven is dedicated to offering a fun and vibrant experience in a safe environment.

Cartoon Inspiration

You may be wondering: This is not a ground-breaking idea, true, but cartoon themed parties remain a favourite among parents and kids alike. There are tons of cartoon characters to choose from like the many characters from Disney and DreamWorks. We’ve gone with a favourite from DreamWorks – Shrek. Unfortunately, Shrek’s Adventure! London is not based in Manchester, however it is definitely worth the mention. This fun and authentic kid’s programme is managed by Merlin Events London and is conveniently located in the heart of London, better yet, you an all your guests will be transported to a magical kingdom far far away! It gets better: you’re also minutes away from Big Ben and the Westminster and Waterloo stations!


Fancy a Spot of Footy?

How about a kids party at Goals, Manchester? With various clubs to choose from and fantastic entertainment for the kids, your guests will be entertained for hours. Choose between a Championship Party and the deluxe Premiership Party, there are options to suit your budget.


Roof Terrance at King Street Townhouse

Anyone up for rooftop party? King Street Townhouse is a chic and stylish haven set in the Northern Quarter of Manchester where guests can relax or have a great time in a warm and cosy atmosphere [perhaps the parents will enjoy this more than the kids]. With various options and rooms available for hire, our choice would be the flexible South Terrace on the sixth floor. It offers a relaxing space by day or stunning urban backdrop by night with Italian renaissance style architecture dating back to the late 1800’s. We guarantee you that the South Terrace has stunning panoramic views of Manchester. When booking, just remember to take the weather into consideration as the UK weather patterns are notoriously unpredictable.


We’re saving the best for last: Oddfellows On The Park has everything you need to host a memorable birthday party.  Located in the fabulous Bruntwood Park, this spacious facility which can cater to weddings, business, family and leisure events, is a great choice for those who’d like to enjoy the countryside in style.


In Closing

Kids parties, and their expectations, are constantly evolving. What was acceptable in the past, may not necessarily ring true for today, as your imagination is now the only barrier between creating an unimaginative or memorable party. We encourage you to think out of the box when planning your children’s next birthday party, think smart, and plan accordingly.

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