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10 of the Best Kid's Party Ideas in Sydney in 2024

Poppy’s Play Soft Play Hire

You can feel the excitement in the air as colourful helium balloons bob and bounce and hear the rustling of a packet of Cheezels tumbling into a bowl. Children’s laughter mingles with the chorus of “Happy Birthday” as your little one’s eyes sparkle with joy. Kids’ birthday parties are magical moments filled with love, fun, and unforgettable memories. But let’s be real, planning these celebrations can sometimes feel bigger-than-ben-hur, especially when it comes to managing the budget.

Fear not, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best kid’s party ideas in Sydney in 2024 that will not only keep the little ones entertained but also help you create cherished moments without breaking the bank. From out-of-the-box ideas to planning on a shoestring budget, we’ve got you covered!

So what are the main things to consider when planning a kid’s birthday party?

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Child’s play

Keeping kids entertained comes down to three key things – it’s all about finding activities that are engaging, interactive, and age-appropriate. From adventurous outdoor escapades to unleashing their inner Picasso, Sydney offers a plethora of activities to keep children entertained. Parks and playgrounds are perfect for an adventure-filled kids party (that keeps your home mess-free!). Consider hiring a professional entertainer who can organise scavenger hunts, nature walks, and exciting outdoor games.

Indoor play centres and sports centres are a brilliant choice that tick most party-planning boxes. Don’t judge us – but even your local pub, RSL or tavern are great venues to host a fuss-free child’s party, especially if they have a decent play area.

Let’s talk budget

We get, times are tough, and OTT parties are not in everyone’s budget right now. Before diving into the party preparations, establish a budget and allocate specific amounts for venue, food, decorations, and entertainment. This will keep your spending in check and ensure a stress-free planning process. DIY decorations and invites (thank you, Canva!), fuss-free party games and simple at-home catering are all simple ways to reduce costs. 

Less is more… (no, really, it is!)

In an era of extravagant, Insta-worthy parties, sometimes keeping it simple can be the most memorable and enjoyable experience for both kids and parents. Consider hosting a smaller party with close friends and family. This allows for more interaction and personal attention, making the celebration feel special and cherished.

Focus on quality over quantity when planning activities. Choose a few engaging and age-appropriate games or crafts that allow children to bond, laugh, and have fun together. And, instead of overwhelming the party with excessive decorations or too many activities, create space for special moments. Singing happy birthday, blowing out candles, and heartfelt speeches can leave a lasting impact.

1. Poppy’s Play

Poppy’s Play Soft Play Hire

Allow little ones to climb, jump and play – in style – with luxury soft play hire from Poppy’s Play.

What makes Poppy’s Play different?

Based in south West of Sydney, Poppy’s Play is a small business that provide high-quality, bespoke children’s soft play equipment for children between the ages of 0 and 5 years. Perfect for parties at home or at a hired venue, their soft play range is engineered to create an unforgettable experience for your little ones and their guests.

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Why try Poppy’s Play?

With a range of stylish neutral and pastel play options, packages start from $500 and guarantee hours of endless fun and play. From soft ball pits, slides, climbing rings and pyramids, kids as young as 6 months can climb, play and tumble until their little hearts are content. Bonus – it’s a great way to burn off that post-birthday cake sugar high!

2. C Side Kids

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Want to host a fun and interactive party without the clean-up at home? Messy play, music play, pamper play, water play…you name it, C Side Kids does it!

What makes C Side Kids different?

Located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, C Side Kids offer creative parties for kids aged 1 to 8 years. Kids will enjoy a one-of-a-kind messy play experience and all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the magic! Think slime making, potions creating, mud kitchen, painting, art and craft – and of course party games, cake and prizes.

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Why try C Side Kids?

Running on Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays, party packages start from $699 and this covers 20 kids for 2 hours. You get two amazing party hosts, a range of fun and creative activities, exclusive access to their new playcentre, party food, ice cream cake and a memorable balloon drop. All you have to do is turn up and have fun!

Real customer reviews:

“Tanya and John are just pure joy! Tanya’s energy is infectious and they always know how to keep kids engaged and entertained. From babies to 8 yr olds, they never cease to amaze me at how unique, fun and different they make each class each day. We had our son’s 7th birthday there over the weekend, (and his 6th birthday there last year) and the children had the most incredible time. Fun is an understatement! I cannot recommend C Side Kids enough.” – Alice L.

“Tanya and John are so fab and friendly! We had a great party for our 4yo. There were so many activities, with lots of variety. Particularly love the part that you don't have to do the clean up. All of the details are thought of and prepared, which meant we could all relax and enjoy! Thank you, C Side Kids!” – Samantha S.

3. Planet Mino

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With locations in Chatswood and Warringah Mall on the Northern Beaches, Planet Mino is a must-try venue to make party planning a breeze.

What makes Planet Mino different?

If you’ve never stepped foot inside Planet Mino, prepare for an out-of-this-world experience. The two-storey facility includes a massive main play area, featuring a ball pit, multiple slides, climbing walls, and walkway for the older ones to enjoy. Downstairs, you’ll find a space perfect for smaller children (including babies), an interactive supermarket, games, toys and much more. Being entirely indoors, there is no need to worry about the weather, and with a huge café, it’s no wonder Planet Mino is a favourite destination for kid’s activities in Sydney!

Why try Planet Mino?

Fun and imaginative play? Check. Party host? Check. All-inclusive in-house catering for kids and adults? Check. Easy parking? Check! This really is a venue that takes the stress out of planning a memorable party that will keep kids busy and engaged. Packages start from $690 for up to 10 children.

Real customer reviews:

“The best kid play centre in the town. My son just loves it. The space is huge and has 2 levels where kids from 1 year old to 10 can find the right spot to play. Highly recommended.” – Luke L.

4. GoGo Healthy Kids

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Based on the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, GoGo Healthy Kids provide before and after school classes, camps and birthday parties for energiser-bunny kids.

What makes GoGo Healthy Kids different?

Not keen on sending guests home on a sugar high? GoGo Healthy Kids will design the perfect party that will entertain (and exhaust) your kids! Their team of qualified coaches will bring a range of exciting games and activities, so all you have to do is turn up and let them entertain your little ones.

Why try GoGo Healthy Kids?

There’s literally something for everyone! GoGo Healthy Kids cater for kids aged 3 to 12+ years and offer a huge variety of activities such as Superhero Olympic, Active Fairies, GoGo Dodgeball, Tough Mudder and Footy Fever. They even have a variety of jumping castles and inflatables to add to your party.

Real customer reviews:

“My daughter Alexandra loved her 7th birthday party with 14 of her friends, led by Daan from Go Go Healthy Kids. The games were fun, competitive in a fair and enjoyable way, and all the kids ended the hour of entertainment with big smiles on their faces. Thanks Daan!” – Rachel D.

“Highly recommend! We booked GoGo Healthy Kids for son's 6th 'Ninja Warrior' birthday party in the park and was very impressed with their setup and preparation. Daan created the coolest ninja warrior obstacle course and had the kids engaged (and being active!) for the full one hour. He was fantastic with the kids and even helped make the shy ones feel comfortable and have fun. GoGo Healthy Kids are fantastic party entertainment, and a great way to get the kids to run off all the party treats!” – Samantha.

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5. Fairy & the Frog

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For 23 years, owners Catherine (The Fairy) and Guillaume (The Frog) have been bringing magical kids parties to life – so you know you and your kids are in great hands!

What makes Fairy & the Frog different?

From the moment they step inside the Concord-based private party venue, children will have their imaginations ignited. With dazzling storytelling, themed games both unique and traditional, keepsake birthday gift, special keepsake prizes for everyone, face painting, dancing, amazing music, magic, bubbles and more! The magic is aimed at kids 2 to 8 years old.

Why try Fairy & the Frog?

With over two decades of experience, you can leave all of the party prep and hosting to Fairy & the Frog. Open very day of the week, the venue caters for up to 40 kids and 45 adults so you can party with all of your loved ones without lifting a finger.

Real customer reviews:

“Thank you, Catherine and Mr Frog, for making our daughters second birthday the most spectacular thing we’ve ever seen! A true-life fairyland. We didn’t want to leave. Can’t rate highly enough the owners are amazing and went above and beyond.” – Phillippa J.

“Thank you and your husband and wonderful staff for the amazing event you put on for us. Everything was above and beyond beautiful!” – Trish D.

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6. Sydney Jumping Castle Hire

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What kid doesn’t love a jumping castle?! With over a decade of experience and over 200 Google reviews, Sydney Jumping Castle Hire are the best in the business.

What makes Sydney Jumping Castle Hire different?

There’s jumping castles and then there’s jumping castles. With a huge range of themes to pick from, inflatable slide or no slide, safety mats and other safety equipment, Sydney Jumping Castle Hire make it super easy to book, inflate and get jumping.

Why try Sydney Jumping Castle Hire?

Their services include delivery to your location, preparing the inflatable for use, informing you on the safe use of the equipment and removal of the inflatable at the end of your party or event. Plus, you can instantly book online – and even add party extras like face painting, snow cone or fairy floss machine. FUN!

Real customer reviews:

“We hired a Happy Birthday jumping castle for my son’s 5th birthday party on the weekend. The team were amazing - it was all set up & ready to go for us an hour before our start time and every care taken to make it a safe, enjoyable place for the little ones to play - great crash mats, well positioned, securely pegged down & the pump securely sectioned off. The team were professional, easy to contact and do business with. Ver reasonable rates for the amount of care and effort it took to erect and pull down. Thank you for making my son’s day so special!” – Jessica W.

“From set up to pack down the day was seamless. I would highly recommend. The team are easy to work with and many options on how to pay for jumping castle. There is a huge variety of jumping castles to choose from and they delivery to your venue. Confirmed the day before which made me feel reassured. Will definitely go with this company again- can’t wait for the next party!” – Alex K.

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7. Calmsley Hill City Farm

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For animal-loving kids, Calmsley Hill City Farm is a unique, interactive farm experience located in Sydney’s Abbotsbury.

What makes Calmsley Hill City Farm different?

Get up close and personal with a range of friendly farm animals – without leaving the city! Whether it’s patting a sheep or goat, watching a cow being milked, riding a tractor or learning about cuddly koalas, kids of all ages will have an absolute blast.

Why try Calmsley Hill City Farm?

Birthday packages start from $295 for up to 10 children. This includes farm entry, catering, outdoor area hire and printable invites. You can add extras such as a party host, tractor rides and one-on-one animal encounters. Self-catering is also available using their BBQs and picnic areas.

Real customer reviews:

“We were looking for a day trip to a farm for my little girl age 2.5. Calmsley Hill City Farm is perfect size to walk around and great collection of animals. We bought annual passes and have been going every few weeks, worth the money! Must experience: tractor ride, koala padding, feeding lambs and goats, caw milking and saying hello to one of the cockatoos who says hello back! We normally bought our own lunch and snack and buy ice creams or ice blocks from the cafe in the farm. I find the staff in cafe nice and polite but the menu is limited. There are plenty sittings and shades. Playground and BBQ facilities as well. Saw few birthday parties held there. Highly recommended!” – Ruby X.

“Such a great day out with the little ones. They got an opportunity to interact, learn and touch the animals. Good facilities and lots of spaces to sit. Central play area was a great way to break up the activities. I was pleasantly surprised at the food from the cafe. It’s was very fresh and tasty.” – Natashia S.

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8. Vitaland Kids Cafe

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Indoor playcentre paradise, Vitaland, offers fully organised, customisable parties that your little one will love!

What makes Vitaland Kids Cafe different?

With three handy locations across Sydney – Rhodes, Miranda and Alexandria – Vitaland is the place where fun meets imagination. Designed in calming neutral colours, their interactive play space aims to create a parent-child play experience with a dress up area, child-size supermarket, ball pit, slide and much more!

Why try Vitaland Kids Cafe?

Take the stress out of planning by hosting a party in one of Vitaland’s purpose-built party rooms. There is a range of all-inclusive packages to choose from, starting from $558, depending on your budget, room type and number of guests, as well as discounts for weekday parties. You can even book the whole space for a private party!

Real customer reviews:

“I cannot speak highly enough of Jessica and her team. We had the best time at our son's birthday party. Food was amazing, staff were courteous and friendly and the decorations were more than we could ask for. Thank you for making this day such a magical one.” – Sarah C.

“Went there for Kids Birthday party & I must say one of the best in Sydney. One of the common issues with other such cafes is the food quality, but this one rated quite high on quality & taste. Served fresh food & ensured sufficient quantity throughout the event. Lots of activities to keep kids engaged. Face painting was the one which kids liked the most. Overall very nice experience & would rate highly on location, staff behaviour & ambience.” – Ekh.

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9. Fly by Fun

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Whether your child dreams of being a princess, a dinosaur fossil digger or a science buff, Fly by Fun are the experts in kids party entertainers. They’ve delivered over 25,000 parties and events since 2008!

What makes Fly by Fun different?

You pick the theme and Fly by Fun will take care of the rest. From the classics like Princesses and Superheroes to the more unique, such as Pokemon, Paw Patrol and Toy Story, Fly by Fun have a range of interactive party packages available across the whole of Sydney (and beyond!) that will leave a lasting impression.

Each party package includes a range of themed games and activities, music, prizes, balloon twisting and more! You can also choose to have a mascot character make an appearance to help blow out the candles.

Why try Fly by Fun?

All of their entertainers are trained professionals who love what they do. They all have Working With Children Checks and are experienced, so you have peace of mind that when you book with Fly By Fun you’re in good hands. Simply contact them online for a quote.

Real customer reviews:

“FABULOUS! We had Moana and she was fantastic! My daughter was in awe of her and the kids had a great time. The entertainer called me a day before to go through all the details and made sure she was prepped and ready to go. The communication from the company was constant throughout the booking all everything was automated which made it easy to work through when you needed to pay and confirm etc. Highly Recommend!” – Jade F.

“We had such a great experience with Fly By Fun. From booking to the on the day entertainment, everyone was so great and easy to work with! We had a superhero themed party and booked Iron Man who was loved by all the kids (and grown ups)! Thank you, Iron Man and Fly By Fun, we'll definitely book again for future parties.” – Suzzane W.

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10. Slumber Club

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Want to give your child a fabulous sleepover they will never forget? Adventure awaits with the gorgeous bespoke teepees from Slumber Club.

What makes Slumber Club different?

Designed for both day and night time fun, Slumber Club create stylish and unique sleepovers for your little ones. They have a huge collection to choose from, suited to both boys and girls, such as pretty in pink Marshmallow Dreams, Jungle Fever, Gamers Den and Secret Garden. Pricing starts from $420 for five teepees and includes all styling and set up.

Why try Slumber Club?

Their talented team will set-up and style your selected teepee collection complete with quality foam mattresses, quilts and gorgeous styling to ensure you and your campers have everything to get them through the night. To wrap it up, they come back the next day (with coffee for parents in hand!) and take it all away! How easy is that?!

Real customer reviews:

“Unforgettable. Revealing the teepees took Willow's breath away......her room was so beautiful. She was very excited to have her friends be part of this amazing slumber party. The added "fun bits" were wonderful and the girls were cute running around in the matching PJ's and eye masks. Having their own drink bottle was also a bonus (for me!). It was an unforgettable birthday. Thank you.” – Kirsty.

“Thank you, Slumber Club, for creating such a cool party for James and his friends. James loved it so much he's asked "When can I have another sleepover?!" It was so easy and can't wait to book you again for my daughter's party.” – Amanda.

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