Organising a kids’ birthday party can be a lot of work, from invites and food to activities and goodie bags. That’s why handing over some of the party planning to a team of experienced party hosts at a kid-approved venue is such a good idea.
With so many different themes and activities available for kids’ parties in Edinburgh, we’ve put together the guide below to help you find the perfect party for your birthday boy or girl and their friends. And as a bonus, we’ve added three innovative ideas for DIY party activities to make your party truly memorable.
Young Engineers Edinburgh & West Lothian offers STEM-based educational programmes for primary school-aged kids. Not only that, but they also offer birthday party packages that are equal parts educational and fun! You can choose between a Dragon Party and a LEGO Engineer Party - the former is aimed for kids aged four to eight, while the LEGO party is great for kids between seven and eleven.
At the LEGO party, kids will get their own LEGO kit and instructions to build a fabulous motorised LEGO model with support from party hosts. At the end of the experience, kids are presented with a certificate and a gift of a goody bag and T-shirt to remember the day by. This themed party is perfect for kids interested in science and, of course, those who love building with LEGOs.
Have an unforgettable birthday bash at RYZE - Xtreme Air Sports! The team at Ryze will help take the stress out of your day so everyone in the party can have a phenomenal time. Partygoers will get access to our entire facility for an hour for a chance to test out giant fields of trampolines, foam pits with launch trampolines, a huge airbag and much more! See Activities for more information on our attractions.
After your bouncin’ good time, it’s time for some pizza and refreshments in your private party room. You can also add things like sausage rolls, chips and Tango Ice Blast slushies to your booking. The party packages can be tailored to suit all ages, from tots to older kids and teens or even adults - we think they love it the best!
All packages come with a dedicated party host, Bluetooth speakers for your party room as well as a VIP pass and a shoutout on the mic for the birthday guest of honour. Our trampoline park just off Edinburgh Bypass in Dalkeith offers an impressive 3720 square metres of space for trampolines, foam pits, a ninja obstacle course and much, much more, making for a birthday party where only your imagination is the limit.
A birthday party at Dynamic Earth can only be described as “out of this world”. The crafting party package is one of three on offer at the science centre, the other two being themed around adventurers and storytelling. Your guests can experience the Big Bang firsthand, travel through space and feel the heat of a volcano for themselves on an interactive tour of the Dynamic Earth exhibits before their fun group activity and snack time.
With the crafting package, partygoers get a tour of the science centre followed by a 30-minute crafting session where kids will make either a slime lab or a dino baseball cap. You’ll also get a specially reserved area to enjoy some delicious snacks provided by the venue, including sandwiches, crisps and sweet treats. You can also order fun goodie bags for your guests for £3 per person to give out at the end of the day.
Who doesn’t love a good movie night? You can enjoy exclusive use of Dominion Cinema’s plush Red Star Lounge for your guests, watch a film and enjoy some snacks and soft drinks for a truly upmarket birthday bash. A cinema birthday is sure to please whether it’s a fifth or fifteenth birthday you’re celebrating.
If the birthday boy or girl dreams of being a pop star, give them an opportunity to release their inner star with this dance-themed party package. After all, what’s a better way to spend your birthday than jamming to your favourite tunes with your friends?
This birthday party, hosted by the dance studio Dynam-nic Dance, offers a bespoke experience tailored to your child’s interest. There’ll be party games, music from their favourite artists, yummy treats and, of course, some dancing! Your party goers will learn a fun mashup dance routine suitable for all ability levels and put on a little show for the parents as they come to pick up their kids.
For a fun, active birthday party, this bubble party package offers a slightly unexpected option. At this bubble party package at the Corn Exchange, kids will - simply put - climb inside a big bubble and roll around playing games. Lots of hilarity is sure to ensue.
Hosted by professional party hosts on a fully enclosed football pitch, the experience will start with getting the kids comfortable inside their bubbles. Then, it’s time to play some fun games suitable for the guests’ age before sitting down for some pizza or hot dogs. Due to the size of the bubbles, this party package is best suited for kids aged 6-11.
A birthday party at Foxlake Adventures offers oodles of excitement and new experiences. Guests can try the ropes course, zip trail or an offroad segway safely as all activities are fully supervised by experts. You can customise your party experience depending on the experience you want to include and whether you want catering from the venue’s cafe.
If you want to host your child’s birthday party yourself or want to add your own, unique touch to a preset party package, look no further than these three DIY party activities.
If you have even the slightest amount of artistic ability, a face painting station is a great option - just come up with a few simple designs or cut out a stencil from paper for even easier application. A glitter station is even simpler: just get a couple of colours of biodegradable glitter, a couple of brushes and some application gel. Depending on the age of the kids, you can let them apply the glitter themselves or offer them a helping hand.
Whacking a pinata is a great way to add a bit of excitement to the party and maybe burn off some of that sugar rush after the birthday boy or girl has had three slices of cake! You can make this simple pinata with everyday objects you have at home - you could even ask your child to give you a hand to make a truly unique pinata.
Do make sure to hang your pinata far away from furniture, breakables and other partygoers and keep an eye on the kids during this rambunctious activity.
For this activity, you’ll need to either buy or make some muffins and buttercream in a few different colours, ready to go in piping bags. Then, add some sweets, sprinkles and berries. You can give the kids some ideas on how to decorate their cupcakes or let their imagination run wild. This sweet birthday activity is easy to set up and offers lots of creative fun for your party guests.