Children’s birthday parties are a highlight of the calendar year, but they can be a planning headache for busy families with limited space. Party planning becomes even more challenging during the cooler rainy months when most people want a wet-weather option.
We’ve put together the following list of venues, including commercial spaces, community centres and church halls, which offer both indoor and outdoor space for kids’ parties. Some of these provide the complete package – a space, food and entertainment – for a fuss-free experience; others are merely suitable spaces upon which you can add your special touch. All of the venues have been recommended in the Inner West Mums group. Which one will you choose for your child’s next party?
182-184 Bourke Rd, Alexandria
Phone: 0418 682 093
Action Studios offers a flexible indoor and outdoor space for parties. You can also choose to hire a professional children’s entertainer to suit your theme. The space is ideal for a disco party. There are barbecue facilities, a full kitchen and bathroom facilities. Children’s and adults’ tables and chairs are also available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and pricing.
43 Merton Street, Rozelle
Phone: 0434 154 811
Artspark Studio’s art and sewing parties are perfect for creative kids. The art parties are suitable for children aged three years and up; the sewing parties are for children aged seven years and up. Each child takes home their special creation. The parties are drop-off parties but families are invited to return in the last 30 minutes celebrate the special guest’s birthday together. You may bring your own cake, snacks and beverages to enjoy after the art or sewing activity. The parties cost $450 for up to ten children, plus $40 for each additional child. There is a maximum of 20 children for the art parties and 15 for the sewing parties.
Image courtesy of Artspark
Fairy and the Frog and Finding Fairyland
52 Mortlake St, Concord
1300 992 456
Fairy and the Frog and Finding Fairyland is a gorgeous fairytale-themed party venue for children and adults. Each child’s party is hosted by Catherine who has 18 years experience’ as a professional children’s entertainer along with a beautifully dressed character who will sing and assist with the party. Entertainment includes unique themed games, puppets, storytelling, face painting, dancing, magical prizes, bubbles and balloons. There is a very special gift for the birthday child. The space accommodates approximately 35 children and 45 adults. During the party, adult guests may relax in the Fairy and the Frog section, where they can enjoy chef-made food and beverages. Another option is a high tea party, available for both children and adults. In addition, Finding Fairyland offers mobile kids’ party performers. Please phone for pricing information. The Finding Fairyland managing director Catherine Ross is an Inner West Mum.
Images courtesy of Fairy and the Frog and Finding Fairyland
Five Dock Leisure Centre
Queens Road and William Street, Five Dock
(02) 9744 2622
Got a little gymnast? Five Dock Leisure Centre hosts birthday parties on Sundays from 12 pm–6 pm for children aged 4 and over. The parties run for 2 hours, including 90 minutes of activities and 30 mins for food provided by Vdock Cafe. The program consists of supervised gymnastics circuits and fun games led a party host. The packages range from $35.50–$39.50 per child (prices depend on the menu choice). Catering for adults, birthday cake and lollybags are available too.
Jimmy Little Community Centre
19 Cecily Street, Lilyfield
Phone: 02 9810 1622
An Inner West Council-run venue, Jimmy Little Community Centre in Lilyfield provides an excellent space for children’s parties. There is a large, open indoor space, outdoor play equipment and a kitchen. The venue hire costs $62 per hour, with a key deposit and bond required. Tables and chairs are included in the hire cost.
Joseph Sargeant Community Centre
60 Prospect Street, Erskineville
Phone: (02) 9265 9333
Joseph Sargeant Community Centre in Erskineville is well suited for children’s parties. The centre has both indoor and outdoor areas, including a children’s soft-fall playground. There is also a kitchen. The space can be hired seven days a week.
Level 2, 97 Queens Road, Five Dock
Phone: 1300 883 819
If you’re after a hassle-free party, Juggle Buddies is an excellent option. The venue offers a range of party packages. Packages include unlimited play on the large play structure, a dedicated party room with a party host, and various catering options. Packages start at $280. Jungle Buddies prides itself on its nutritious, seasonal, freshly prepared menu. There is a dedicated party viewing area adjacent to the party room.
Leichhardt Family Daycare
22 Foster Street, Leichhardt
Phone: 02 9569 1233
A frequently recommended party venue choice among the Inner West Mums, Leichhardt Family Daycare offers an indoor and outdoor space that is purpose built for young children. A four-hour Saturday or Sunday morning or afternoon booking costs $220. (A $250 bond is also required.) Leichhardt Family Day Care can be hired for a full day if needed. Venue hire includes access to a full kitchen and the provision of tables and seating for adults and children. Families may decorate the space in their chosen theme. The venue can accommodate up to 120 people.
Little Nicholson Street Play Centre
13 Union Street, East Balmain
Little Nicholson Street Play Centre in Balmain is an ideal venue for birthday parties for children aged one to five years old. The centre is available for party hire on Saturday mornings (10 am–1 pm) or afternoons (2 pm–5 pm) for three hours. The centre has an outdoor area with various play equipment, including swings and a sandpit. Barbecue facilities are also available for use. The indoor area has an art room and dress-ups for use during parties. Hired children’s entertainers are allowed, but no jumping castles or rides. Venue hire costs $85 for calendar year members and $100 for five-trip members plus a $85–$100 bond. It accommodates up to 15 children, with a maximum of 45 people on site.
The Little Plaster Shop
The Little Plaster Shop in Concord holds private children’s parties. Only one party is held at a time in the studio. There are two party packages available: a 1.5-hour party for $18 per child, each with one plaster piece to paint, or a 2-hour party for $22 per child, each with two plaster pieces to paint. The minimum number of children is five. Packages include the plasters, paints, glitter, gloss, decorations and a party coordinator. Hosts may bring their own cake and any party food. The shop can also provide all the supplies needed for a successful plaster painting party at home.
Address: 48 Wellbank Street, Concord
Phone: 0490 793 072
Image courtesy of The Little Plaster Shop
Unit 201/160 Bourke Road, Alexandria
Phone: (02) 9317 3206
Innovative children’s play space Nubo, in Alexandria, offers three packages for parties. The first includes free play and food; the second, free play, a workshop and food; and the third gives exclusive use of the centre between 5.30 and 7.30 pm. The party package cost is $48.50 per child including exclusive use of the party space, room set-up with helium balloons and play. Email Nubo’s party coordinator at email@example.com for more information.
Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio
Address: 760 Darling Street, Rozelle
Phone: 0423 206 090
A warm, inviting space on Darling Street, Rozelle, Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio was founded in 2018 by Inner West Mum Prue Burnstein. The space is available on Saturdays for children’s parties for up to 12 children, with optional themes of painting, pottery, sewing or weaving. The cost is $40 per child for a duration of two hours.
Image courtesy of Paper Rock Scissors Art Studio
Petersham Bowling Club
77 Brighton Street, Petersham
Phone: (02) 9569 4639
Petersham Bowling Club, a warm, vibrant multipurpose venue, is a popular choice of venue for children’s birthday parties. Party hire is available on Saturdays from midday for two hours. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor space in which the children can play. The venue allows entertainers and jumping castles. The cost is $100 plus $8 per child for catering, with a minimum of 25 children.
Sky Zone Alexandria
75 O’Riordan St, Alexandria
Phone: 13 7599
With more than 100 interconnected trampolines, indoor trampoline park Sky Zone Alexandria is a great party venue option for older active kids. There’s also Sky Climb, the park’s indoor climbing area. There is a range of party packages focused on jumping or climbing – or including both – starting from $340. Packages include catering and a dedicated party area.
122 Johnston Street, Annandale
Phone: (02) 9660 2444
Located in the heart of Annandale, the Village Church offers an appealing space for children’s parties to which you can add your own special touch. The contemporary venue provides an indoor area and a large garden with grass and play equipment. For further information about the venue, please call (02) 9660 2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
14 Ian Parade, Concord
Phone: (02) 9743 1907
1 Clermont Avenue, Concord
Phone: (02) 9743 2309
KidsShak Playhouse and Cafe
283 Homer St, Earlwood
Phone: 02 8060 6296
14/33 Maddox Street, Alexandria
Phone: (02) 8084 5222
The Toy Stop
613 King Street, Newtown
Phone: (02) 8057 1144
Shop 126, Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, 19 Roseby St, Drummoyne
Phone: (02) 8041 1739
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