There’s no need to rack your brain to plan for Junior’s birthday. We’ve rounded up fun ways for you to help your little one celebrate his or her Big Day!
Had enough of cookie-cutter indoor playground parties? Try celebrating at Kidsstop instead. The science edutainment centre is housed in the Omni Theatre at Science Centre Singapore and is tailored for children between 18 months and eight years old. In addition to access to the 15 different themed zones, your party will enjoy a dedicated party room for 1½ hours, and a host to entertain the kids with interactive games and science demonstrations. With so much fun, the kids won’t even notice that they’re learning a thing or two. Optional add-ons include goodie bags, an instant print photo booth, a customised birthday cake and a photographer. www.kidsstop.edu.sg
If your kid gets a thrill out of outdoor adventures, a celebration at Forest Adventure at Bedok Reservoir Park might be ideal. The treetop ropes course has a dedicated kids’ segment with 16 crossings that ends with a zip line back down. The birthday package for 20 children allows exclusive access to the Kids Course for 90 minutes – enough for them to enjoy two or three rounds of fun – and includes themed invitations, water and juice, a reserved area for the festivities and a birthday cake. They will also leave with certificates of completion to reward their hard work. The Kids Course has a minimum height requirement of 1.1m and age requirement of five years, and may not be suitable for kids with a fear of heights. But parents are welcome to accompany their children through it. www.forestadventure.com.sg
Simply provide the theme, and Da Little School will take care of the rest. A party at the arts enrichment school includes customised decorations, party games, set-up and clean up, and party hosts who will entertain the kids with song and dance activities. Little guests will also go home with a framed group photo of the party as a memento. The school has two branches – choose from Ngee Ann City and Rochester Mall. Customised add-ons such as catering, party props, costumes, party favours, craft sessions and goodie bags are also available. www.dalittleschool.com.sg
STUFFED WITH FUN
For a party that’s sure to end with happy faces, try the Build-A-Bear Workshop, where each guest will get to create her own customised stuffed animal. Step back and watch as the party leader guides the kids through bringing their new fur-ever friend to life, from choosing the animal to stuffing, stitching, fluffing and and dressing it up, to naming it and bringing it home in a cub condo carrying case. As food and drinks are not allowed in the store, pack some fun goodie bags for the little guests to bring home instead. The store has two branches at Harbourfront and Plaza Singapura, and the parties are recommended for children aged four and up. www.buildabear.com.sg
Feeling overwhelmed by party planning? Call in the experts at Kidzfiesta. Whether you’re planning on hosting the birthday bash at home or at an outside venue, this party-planning service does everything from providing ideas on themes and setting up a place to celebrate Junior’s dream birthday, to choosing a caterer, preparing party favours and selecting the perfect birthday cake. Its coordinators will also be present at the party to help you keep things running smoothly. www.portjunior.com.sg
COOL KIDS’ CLUB
Treat the kids to a tour around (miniature) Singapore at Lilliputt at Big Splash. The indoor mini golf course has 18 holes featuring the island’s signature attractions, including the Merlion, the Esplanade and Changi Airport. The 1½-hour Birdie Birthday Bash includes Party, Putt and Play for 15 kids, personalised birthday invitations, goodie bags, and a designated party area and a party host. Food, drinks and cake are not included, so be sure to arrange your own catering. Ideal for five year olds and above. www.lilliputt.com
WHEN I GROW UP
A cook, cashier, grocer, doctor, nurse or policeman. It’s Junior’s big day and he can be anything he wants – yes, even a superhero. Let the little ones run the town at The City as their imaginations go wild playing out different adult roles and professions. The indoor interactive learning playground at Liang Court has small-scale real-life locations such as the supermarket, cafe, post office, beauty salon, medical clinic, nursery, and even streets to drive around. It’s best for ages two to eight. The package includes party set-up, invitation, stickers and balloons for the kids, and a choice of McDonald’s Happy Meals or pizza and juice. Please note that cake is not included. www.thecity.com.sg
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By Nikki Fun, Young Parents, November 2014