At Parents Guide Illawarra, we are here to tell you that organising your child's birthday party - no matter how big or small - can actually be a fun, easy, exciting and budget-friendly exercise for parents! Whaaaaaat you say?!
We are spoilt for choice here in the Illawarra when it comes to outsourcing the stress, time and hassle of your child's special day to the experts. You can literally theme your child's entire day right down to the invites and napkins, bring their favourite Disney or Superhero character to life, while leaving all the catering, hosting and clean up to the professionals.
And the best part? No matter your budget or party size, there is a growing list of party planners, venues, suppliers and entertainers that will work with you to ensure that your child has the best day possible.
And if a simple party at home around the kitchen table is the plan, then our list below will also have you covered so more time is spent eating cake!
So let's get started! Although by no means an exhaustive list, here are Parents Guide Illawarra's top recommendations for some of the most awesome-parent-time-saving-budget-friendly-or-whizzbang Birthday Party options around town....
Hangtime Trampoline Park
Why kids love it: After all the sugar they will have, this venue is great for bouncing away their sillies and tiring them out!
With wall to wall trampolines, a dodgeball court and slam dunk tramp - no wonder Hangtime comes up in spades for an energetic, action-packed
What's great about their party packages: Boasts the 'best party goody bag ever' - bags include a 'bring a friend for FREE” voucher to ALL of your party guests – at no extra cost! You also have a dedicated party host to entertain the party gang and parents get to relax on a viewing platform. And you get the Hangtime Guarantee - their promise is happy kids and relaxed parents - or they will give you your money back!
Parents Guide Illawarra SPECIAL OFFER: Get 15% off your party booking with the DISCOUNT CODE PGMAY18.
Address: Unit 3, Lot 2 Drummond St, Wollongong NSW 2500 / PH: 4243 7805 / For party bookings CLICK HERE
MagicZoom Play & Party Zone
Why kids love it: Kids cannot get enough of the Multi-Level Maze, Inflatable Slides, Inflatable trampoline, Ocean Ball Pit, Children Sports Arcade Zone, Interactive Projector Game and MORE! There is so much on offer at MagicZoom to keep kids occupied and busy for hours.
What's great about their party packages: Party packages can be tailored with the Zoom Unique Themed Party Package! Just tell them your favourite character/s, and they will tailor an amazing themed party! special day everyone won't forget! Hire out either their Rainbow Party Room or Grand Fun Party Room.
Address: 65-69 Keira Street Wollongong NSW 2500 / PH: (02) 4228 4300 / For party bookings CLICK HERE
Why kids (& their parents) love it: You get to pick from over 50 spaces to hold your birthday party, from Scout Halls with big grassy outdoor spaces, to Surf Lifesavings Clubs, right on the beach, Sports Stadiums with plenty of indoor sports play area, and smaller Community Spaces. The best bit? There are spaces for all budgets starting from $13.50 per hour - plus it takes the risk out of park parties and the mess out of your home.
What's great about their party packages: vennu works much like Airbnb - it showcases an abundance of unique community spaces to hire. Booking a space through Vennu provides you with direct access to your host, and money raised goes to help community organisations such as Scouts NSW, Surf Lifesaving Clubs, Community Gateway to name a few. Plus to save cash you can be the entertainment, or you can find the perfect entertainer to suit your needs, you don't have to be locked in.
Parents Guide Illawarra SPECIAL OFFER: For a limited time, receive 10% off your party booking. Call 1800 549 811 and mention your saw us on Parents Guide Illawarra.
Why kids love it: With high energy games, great music and energetic hosts, the party comes to them (and the kids don't even realise they are getting a workout!) Brinie and her awesome team will create a party tailored to your needs (and age group) with games and activities, themed party hosts (from Princesses to Superheroes and more). Face painting, glitter tattoos and ballooning can all be included.
What's great about their party packages: They bring everything so you can simply relax, and socialise, while the children are entertained! Activities and games are flexible and are totally organised around the children's mood and energy on the day. And the best part - did we mention that they come to you?!
Parents Guide Illawarra SPECIAL OFFER: Mention 'Parents Guide' as the PROMO CODE when booking and you will receive FREE goody bags for all your child's party guests (maximum 20 bags per party). Simply book online.
Address: They service the Illawarra, Sutherland Shire & Southern Highlands / PH: Brinie on 0422 219 477 / For party bookings CLICK HERE
Why kids love it: So much more than just a play centre! Includes a multi-level play maze, 3 lane slide, dedicated safe toddler and baby play zone, 3 reserved party rooms and disco party zone, Little Stompers pulls out all the stops for a guaranteed FUN birthday party!
What's great about their party packages: Great for families on a budget and for party groups of kids that want to run themselves ragged. Food options also includes platters for adults. They also offer a Catering Service! So if you are having a party at your home or at the park, Little Stompers take-away catering is a hassle free & cost effective way for you to enjoy your child’s birthday party no matter your location.
Parents Guide Illawarra SPECIAL OFFER: *Book a party from now until the end of September 2018 for any time during the next 12 months and receive a FREE cheese and fruit platter for adults valued at $35 (*conditions apply).
Address: 115 Kenny Street Wollongong NSW 2500 / PH: Nancy (02) 4227 6695 / For party bookings CLICK HERE
Carmel & Co Gymnastics
Why kids love it: Try a gymnastics birthday party for an exciting difference! Children play games using the foam pit, trampolines,
ropes, beams and much more. Great for the bouncers, tumblers and jumpers!
What's great about their party packages: They will provide lolly bags, customised invites for your child, and first lesson free vouchers for all children who attend! Gym games are also organised by the two gym instructors allocated for your party of 12 or more kids!
Parents Guide Illawarra SPECIAL OFFER: 10% off the total cost of your child's birthday party when you quote the Promo Code 'PARENTS GUIDE'.
Address: 28 Sunset Ave Barrack Heights NSW 2528 / PH: Karen (02) 4297 4400 / For party bookings CLICK HERE
Wollongong Botanic Garden - Ranger Birthday Parties
Why kids love it: The ultimate outdoor children's birthday party. Enjoy a super fun party filled with heaps of engaging and educational
outdoor activities that your guests will remember for years to come!
What's great about their party packages: As part of the two hour party package a Ranger Host will coordinate everything from entertaining outdoor party games and bush tucker tastings to a garden discovery adventure walk and scavenger hunt. The parties are also customised to suit the age of the birthday child – Mini Rangers are designed for children aged 3 to 5 years, Rookie Rangers are for 6 to 8 year olds and Junior Ranger Parties is suitable for children aged 9 to 12 years. Parents also have full access to a fully equipped kitchen. Party invitations are also provided.
Address: The Botanic Garden's Towri Centre - Northfields Avenue, Keiraville / PH: (02) 4227 7667 or email firstname.lastname@example.org / For party bookings CLICK HERE
Why kids (& their parents) love it: You and your guests will explore 2 floors of interactive exhibits and take part in a themed science activity led by your own Science Space party host! Themes to choose from are: Rocket Science = design and launch rockets; Slime Lab = make some ooey gooey slime!; Space Cadet = invent a space craft to test in a vertical wind tunnel or; Dinosaur Adventure = make and paint your own fossil plaster cast!
What's great about their party packages: From as little as $24 per child and you get to enjoy your birthday in your own private party room! All children will receive a Zooper Dooper ice block, with the birthday child receiving a FREE Science Space t-shirt to remember their special day.
Address: Innovation Campus, Wollongong Science Centre, 60 Squires Way North Wollongong NSW 2500 / PH: (02) 4286 5000 / For party bookings CLICK HERE
We will continue to add to this list so don't forget to check out our Kids Party Options page on our online Local Directory on the Parents Guide Illawarra website - CLICK HERE!