Kids party survival guide

Explorer hunts down the best venues, party bag fillers and everything in between to create the best birthday bonanza.

by Carli Allan

It’s parrrrrrrty time! But if the thought of a bunch of overexcited children eating platefuls of sugar-coated treats sends you into a spin, let Explorer guide you through the minefield that is party planning for kids.

Party Organisers
Don’t stress! From stylish stationery to fancy favours, wacky party themes to kid-friendly entertainment, and inflatable slides to character cakes, leave the party planning to the experts.

3flowers in a bucket - Offers personalised party designs and style ideas for children’s events.
Tumble Time - Offers a selection of bouncy castles, slides and other inflatables. They can also offer balloons, face painting, pool inflatables, party bag arrangements.
Tickles and Giggles -  Choose from several creative birthday ideas from Pretty Princess and Safari Jungle or Magic Castle themes the choices are wide and fun. You can also select your choice of tableware and party accessories.
Me and Riley -  Specialises in children’s events. Pick and choose from a plethora of me&riley options or take advantage of their full consultation service where they can help plan and book vendors to ensure that your event is seriously special.

Venues
With some great party destinations across Dubai you can find the perfect place for your child’s big day, with soft play areas and gyms for tiny tots and entertainment centres for tweens and teens. There’s a massive choice of venues offering two to three-hour birthday packages including room hire, food, entertainment and decorations – and best of all, you won’t have to clean up afterwards!

Kids Club @ Atlantis - The Atlantis Kids Club offers kids aged 3 to 12 different entertainment options including the technology area featuring Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, and the club central area offering two challenging climbing walls.
Mini Monsters - This is a great place to host a kiddie party with a huge indoor play area with the largest slide in the UAE. 
KidZania - This fantastic edutainment zone gives kids the chance to become adults for the day.
Fun City - Choose from three different party packages which all include powercards to play on the arcade games.
My Gym UAE -  All parties feature nonstop action-packed activities, games, puppets, songs, and more.
Favourite Things - Organises personalised birthday events, managing all aspects of the day right from the invitations to the entertainment options including, of course, the royal throne for the birthday child.

 

Attractions
Treat your birthday boy or girl to a once in a lifetime experience, from partying in a winter wonderland at Ski Dubai to swimming with dolphins at Atlantis, the Palm.

Or, make it a day to remember at:

Wild Wadi Waterpark - Treat your little ones to a party at Wild Wadi. They can ride the flumes as much as they want and enjoy few extra surprises throughout the day.
Dubai Ice Rink - The Dubai Mall's ice rink has a few birthday party packages starting from Dhs.100 per child. 
The Dubai Aquarium - Over two hours, kids will be taken on a guided tour of the Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, followed by a party in the Birthday Party room. The party will include snacks,beverages, decorations, invitations, and a Party Host to keep the excitement going.

 

Themed parties
Tired of the traditional magician act? Then try something different this year. 

Cheeky Monkeys - VIP partygoers can walk the red carpet and act the rock star, and wannabe pirates can walk the plank and hunt for treasure - there’s an all inclusive, themed party for your little ‘un.
Tickles and Giggles - Choose from several creative birthday ideas from Pretty Princess and Safari Jungle or Magic Castle themes the choices are wide and fun. You can also select your choice of tableware and party accessories.
Kidville - Your child could become a conductor for the day at a train-themed party or dress up a glamourous Diva with mini mani's and pedi's for all.
Crash in Castles - Whether it's a Hello Kitty themed party or a Barney and Friends adventure, Crash in Castles can tailor parties to suit your wishes. They also hire out bouncy castles. 
Pink Elephant - The Pink Elephant division of the popular Flying Elephant Events company comprises a team of enthusiastic professionals who love to make sure that your child has a fantastic time on his or her special day. These guys can create themed venue decorations, provide full-scale entertainment. They'll even take care of food arrangements and the invitations. With a large collection of party equipment including inflatable castles, fun games and activities to suit all ages such as arts & crafts, mascots and animal rides, this is the go-to company for complete hassle-free party-planning.

Activities
Running out of ideas to keep a room full of toddlers or teens amused for two to three hours? Well, here’s how...

Treat your son to the ultimate football party at Soccer Circus or send out invites for a junior race meet at Autodrome. Little girls looking to be a princess for the day can indulge at the Hello Kitty Spa in Town Centre Jumeirah, or you can invite the Queen Bee Salon to your home. And all children, of all ages can create, taste and stir up their very own party menu at a cooking party with Sana Bonta.

Meet and greet the furry friends from Posh Paws Petting Zoo or add a selection of exotic pets and cute animals to the guest list, courtesy of the Animal Care Centre. For the child who loves to draw and doodle, how about an art party at the Jam Jar?

Catering
Yummy cupcakes, multicoloured sprinkles and mountains of frosting – these are the makings for the perfect celebration. From Ben 10 to Hello Kitty you can order personalised cakes from bakeries across town:

Mister Baker - Has become synonymous with celebration cakes for over 2 decades and a good one stop cake shop for all occasions.
House Of Cakes -  Specialises in custom orders.
Park n Shop - Email bakery@parknshopdubai.com a picture of your cake design to Park n Shop on Al Wasl Road.
Organic Foods and Cafe - Caters to parties for children with special diets and allergies.

Check out Explorer's complete list of kids party planners, companies and venues for even more ideas.

 

 

 

 

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