Finding somewhere suitable for a Children's party in Christchurch can be a bit challenging, especially if you have a limited budget. We have put together some suggestions you might find handy, including some that won't cost you the earth!
Christchurch TOP 10 Holiday Park, Cranford Street
Surprise! Yes we welcome Christchurch locals (non Park guests) to book a children's party in the park. The cost is $10 per child – adults free. Minimum of 6 kids, plus we require at least 2 adults for small parties. 3 adults minimum to accompany parties of 10 children and 1 adult per 5 children for bigger groups. (Ensuring we have enough accompanying adults just ensures the safety and sanity of everyone - including our staff!)
So it's perfect if your budget is not huge and you want to entertain more kids than your backyard can comfortably handle! The children can use our heated indoor swimming pool (with slide), the children's playground area, jumping pillow, NEOS game, trampoline and even the fun bikes.
Bring along your own food and drinks, and if the weather turns bad you can use our indoor dining area. If you want to BBQ, our BBQs are available or you can bring along your own.
Book your party through our reception, by calling us on 0800 396 323.
Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Husseys Road
Willowbank is a favourite with kids of all ages (and their parents). The Park has plenty of creatures to keep the children entertained and during the summer months is open from 9.30am - 7pm daily, with last admittance at 6pm.
Inflatable World, Redwood, Hornby and Central Christchurch
Christchurch residents have three Inflatable World's to choose from and you can book a party with any of them. Options are for 5 years and over BYO, 4 years and under BYO or 5 years and over fully catered. Booking times are Saturday and Sunday, 10am and 1.00pm both days. Management request party organisers to take away all their rubbish, and recommend presents are opened at home so nothing gets lost or broken.
Everyone playing on the inflatables must wear socks - no socks, no play. Inflatable World is a high energy maximum activity zone - kids get hot and sweaty, so we suggest you wear loose comfortable clothing. Give them a call or use the booking form on the website.
They are also on Facebook if you want to check out what everyone is doing!
Imagination Station, Cathedral Junction, 3/113 Worcester St Christchurch
If your kids are mad about Lego (and who's kids aren't!) then Imagination Station is a great party venue. Located in central Christchurch you can even combine your party with a tram ride that will drop you right outside the door!
Your party will have a separate table with a birthday banner, some LEGO related games and time for play in the LEGO pit. The base cost is $7 per child and $2 per adult, with a minimum booking of $70 (note, children under two years of age are free). The minimum cost can be made up of the base cost plus any add ons and activities except party bags.
Check out the website for more details and times you can book. (Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the school term, and Saturdays/Sundays year round.) You can order catering options or bring your own food and drink - and take away your rubbish afterwards!
Arion Farm Education Park, 890 McLeans Island Road, Christchurch
Arion Farm Education Park is a facility run by the National Trade Academy at McLeans Island that allows children to see, touch and feed a variety of farm animals and is perfect for a relaxed birthday party. Children can hand feed animals and learn about the breeds in a natural environment. Donkey and pony rides are available and a picnic and play area with shelter and shade is provided. The park and/or party hut is also available for birthday parties and corporate functions.
The cost is $8 adult ($10 from 1 January 2017), $5 child 2-16 and under 2s are free. Feed for animals $2 cup, pony/donkey rides $4 11am-12pm & 1pm-2pm. Arion Farm Education Park is open 7 days per week, 10am – 3pm, except Christmas Day. Find out more about them on their Facebook page.
Bike party, Westburn Terrace Bike Park (off Greers Road)
If you want something non-commercial (i.e. Free!) and the weather is good, consider the Westburn Reserve and make it a bike (or scooter/trike) party. Westburn is designed to teach children how to bike safely on little roads with road markings etc and is lots of fun. There's also a playground and plenty of grass for picnicing.
Ferrymead Heritage Park, 50 Ferrymead Park Drive, Heathcote, Christchurch
If your kids love trains and trams, check out Ferrymead's two options - Tram Hire - $125.00 plus park entry for approx 12 kids and 5-6 accompanying adults. Gives you exclusive use of a tram and driver for 2.5 hours. Book either the 11am or 2pm slot on a Saturday or Sunday.
The Train Carriage party option is $140.00 plus park entry, for up to 30 kids and 10-12 adults. You get a stationary train carriage complete with a central table for food. Once again you can book the 11am or 2pm slot on Saturday or Sunday. If you book for the first Sunday of the month, the carriage will be towed behind the steam train around the park. Contact details and how to book are on the website.
Flip Out Christchurch (indoor trampolining 230 Maces Road)
Flip Out is available for bookings for children's parties (kids 4 and over) - you can pick the Cool Package or the Awesome Package. The cool package is $18 per person and includes 1 hour flip time, 30 minutes in the party room, drinks and online invites, but bring your own food. Splash out on the Awesome package at $30 per person and you get all of that plus 2 slices of pizza per person, birthday cake, chips, lollies and a party host.
You can also add other options as party extras, including silicon bands, flip out socks, tee-shirts and printed invites. Check out the website for more details or make a booking here.
Action Indoor Sports, 7 Iversen Terrace, Christchurch
If your kids are a bit older and enjoy sports, booking a sports party at Action Indoor Sports is a good option. Parties are two hours long, and can be booked on Saturdays or Sundays, with a minimum of 10 children, maximum of 16. Cost is $21.95 per person, bring your own birthday cake, but you can choose between basketball, cricket, dodgeball, footbal, t-ball or touch. Action Sports provide a party co-ordinator and pizza, hot chips and drinks, plus the birthday child gets a gift from Action Sports.