From magicians and science labs to pizza parties and woodland adventures, Jessica Gage tracks down the best kids’ parties in town
BEST FOR: Mini wizards
Dave Hickory has been entertaining tiny partygoers around Somerset and Wiltshire for more than 20 years, amassing a ton of five-star reviews online along the way. This is a man who knows a thing or two about keeping a room full of children focussed, entertained and in fits of laughter. And it’s not just the children – adults are thoroughly entertained too. He offers a one or two hour show, filled with balloon modelling, an interactive magic show, plus a mini disco. And of course he’ll always make the birthday boy or girl feel like the star of the show by enlisting their help as a magician’s assistant.
BOOK IT: A one-hour show costs £130 and a two-hour show £170. No maximum number of children.
Tel: 01225 220734; visit: davehickory.co.uk
BEST FOR: Imagineers
Bath-based Yogadoo, which runs yoga classes for children of all ages, also offers birthday parties. If your child loves getting lost in a story, or imagining themselves in another world: hunting for dinosaurs, exploring outer space, or swimming with mermaids under the sea, then they’ll love this party option. Yogadoo will write them their very own adventurous birthday story, and then bring it to life through yoga poses, dancing, games, mindful creative activities and finally relaxation. All mats and materials are provided. Suitable for ages four and upward.
BOOK IT: 1.5h hours £100; maximum 15 children (£3 per child thereafter).
Tel: 07960 629503; visit: yogadoo.co.uk
BEST FOR: Little explorers
Set in 80 acres of ancient woodland in Farleigh Hungerford on the outskirts of Bath, Hidden Woods runs wildly adventurous birthday parties from its purpose-built camp. Kid’s will build dens from sticks, make catapults, create clay creatures and cook up a feast in a mud kitchen. There’ll also be a treasure hunt amongst the trees and a chance to light a campfire (which they can then sizzle sausages or toast marshmallows on). Available all year round, rain or shine, with each party tailored to the group of children and weather on the day.
BOOK IT: 2.5 hours, £16.50 per child.
Tel: 01373 823832; visit: hiddenwoods.co.ukLocal baker Minky Kitten are pros at creating forest inspired bakes for Hidden Woods events
BEST FOR: Duracell bunnies
SuperPirates have built up a reputation as a one-stop-shop for energetic two-hour celebrations. Turn your village hall into a battlefield with a Nerf war party (ages seven plus). Your SuperPirates hosts will provide all the essential kit: Nerf guns, bullets and protective gear, and guide the kids into battle, helping them to build forts and get stuck into immersive battle games. If your little one is more dance floor than battlefield try a disco rave (ages six plus), with jewellery making, fancy dress, face paints and lashings of glitter rounded off by a disco. Toddlers are better suited to their super party package: an extravaganza of toys, fancy dress, inflatables, crafts and den building.
BOOK IT: Super Party; £215. Nerf War; £265. Disco Rave; £265.
Tel: 07724503276; visit: superpirates.co.ukSuperPirates are known for having a huge collection of inflatables
BEST FOR: Budding chefs
Popular restaurant The Real Italian Pizza Company also doubles up as a cookery school and is known for its brilliant hands-on pizza parties. Grown-ups can sit back while the kids get covered in flour, make their own dough and master a pizza spin. While their masterpieces bake to perfection in the wood-fired oven, the mini chefs decorate cupcakes, which they can take home with them. And of course when the pizzas are ready the children sit down to a birthday lunch, followed by Italian gelato. The restaurant will also have a party bag awaiting everyone so the whole gang goes home with full tummies, a cupcake and a bag of treats.
BOOK IT: Two hours; £10.95 per child; maximum 12 children.
Tel: 01225 330121; visit: realitalianpizza.co.uk
BEST FOR: Young Einsteins
Sublime Science offers hands-on science parties designed to excite and inspire young minds. Suitable for five-12 year olds, a mad scientist will turn your venue into an interactive, fizzing and bubbling laboratory. Kids will be wowed by magic tricks, make their own slime, watch smokey bubbles pop, mix fizzing potions and even make and taste their own sweets. And if that isn’t enough you can add another 15 minutes of climate chaos (think lightning and tornados) or whacky rockets (exploding volcanoes and firing rockets). Invitations, thank you notes and a certificate for the birthday child are included. And they can also take care of science–themed party bags too, which start at £3.99 per child.
BOOK IT: Prices start at £268 for a one-hour party. Maximum 20 children.
Tel: 0116 380 0750; visit: sublimescience.com
BEST FOR: Tiny bouncers
As part of its ongoing eight-million pound refurbishment, Bath Sports and Leisure Centre now boasts a state of the art trampoline park, complete with wipeout area, bouncy basketball court, foam pits, slack line and fidget ladder. A party here includes a party host, one hour of bouncing, grip socks for all and a pizza and slushee party tea afterwards. No extra charge for the good nights sleep your child will have.
BOOK IT: A one hour bounce session with a 45min tea party is £19 per child; minimum eight children, maximum 16.
Tel: 01225 486905; visit: better.org.ukBath’s recently opened trampoline park
BEST FOR: Cool kids
For an Instagram-worthy event complete with bell tent play dens, photo booths, talent competitions and treasure hunts look no further than Pitch Up and Play. Headed up by ex-primary schoolteacher Danielle (who quit the day job because she loved working with kids but hated marking books), the team is an ultra-qualified mix of nannies, trainee teachers and nursery nurses. Although they’re known for providing bespoke entertainment at weddings they are happy to turn their hand to birthdays too. For the ultimate event they’ll host VIP sleep over complete with personalized pajamas and rainbow popcorn.
BOOK IT: Bespoke parties start at £250. Visit: pitchupandplay.co.uk
Don’t forget the cake! We love the American-style, multi-layered birthday creations of Didi Cakes on Walcot Street. Choose from 24 drool-worthy flavours like Toblerone and salted caramel. Even better, having a message piped on the top is free. Prices start at £18.50 for a six-inch cake and are up to £68.50 for an eight inch high unicorn cake – complete with horn and a pink iced mane.
TO ORDER: Tel: 01225 444465. Visit: didicakesbath.com