Your child’s birthday bash is the highlight of their year. Meet the party pros who take the pressure off parents ensuring your celebration sparkles…


JUMP INTO YOUR MOST ACTION-PACKED PARTY EVER AT THUNDER PARK

Leading indoor-action sports skatepark Thunder Park at Eddie Irvine’s in Bangor is the first of its kind in Ireland with a solid emphasis on coaching and personal development for ages 4+ along with lots of new and exciting activities that aren’t available anywhere else. Many of the ramps are totally unique and hold titles such as Ireland’s ‘biggest ramp’ and ‘widest ramp’ and all have been built in house by local hands with a no limits / dream big philosophy. Thunder Park is a positive and progressive environment that embraces all cultures, backgrounds, ages and ability levels.

Thunder Park Birthdays are an amazing way to give a group of young people an exciting experience in a local yet “World class” venue oozing excitement and opportunity. Each party will meet a local sporting celeb instructor, who will cover the basics of the chosen party activity and leave all participants feeling confident and ready for more. The birthday boy or girl gets a special gift too! No upper group size limit! To find out more or for an accurate party quote email hello@thundeparkireland.com or call Tel: 028 9145 1457.

RATED “BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER’ BY 9/10 CUSTOMERS!

Win a Scooter & BMX Party at Thunder Park Worth £300


PARTY TIME AT DUNDONALD INTERNATIONAL ICE BOWL

Get the party started at Dundonald International Ice Bowl for a hassle-free, fun-filled party that everyone will remember! Choose from three amazing activities, the perfect party room and a tasty party meal.

Enjoy a cool party with your friends with an hour of ice skating. Young children can celebrate their party on the ice with the help of penguin or snowmen skating aids. Time and height restrictions apply, check at time of booking.

Why not book the best bowling party and enjoy a choice of fun bowling games with fantastic animated and themed backgrounds? Build a monster or enjoy fairytale or prehistoric games. You can even personalise your bowling screen for the birthday boy or girl! Sessions run for one hour.

Children can enjoy a magical birthday adventure across daring rope bridges, hidden tunnels and free fall down the giant vertical slide. Available to children under 12 years and under five foot.

Teens can party on down with cool teen parties! Choose a fun ice skating session, followed by a game of tenpin bowling for an awesome party.

What’s more, every party child receives a 2 for 1 activity voucher so they can come back and enjoy the fun again! Double the fun packages also available. Prices from £10 per person. For further details visit theicebowl.com or call the bookings team on Tel: 028 9080 9100.


PARTY AT ARDS, COMBER AND PORTAFERRY LEISURE CENTRES

Choose from a fantastic range of facilities and activities from across leisure centres in Newtownards, Comber and Portaferry. They have a jam-packed variety of all-out active party fun to suit even the most energetic party-goer from toddler to teenager.

From the Splash Pool at Ards, soft play at Comber, activity parties at Portaferry and bouncy castles at Londonderry Park, there’s something to suit everyone. And booking a party means you have exclusive use of your party facility for you and your guests.

At Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex party food is available from Parklands Café and self-catering is also an option. At Comber Leisure Centre self-catering only is available Monday to Friday with food provided by Parklands Café at weekends and at Portaferry Sports Centre and Londonderry Park it’s self-catering only.

For all the party options and prices visit leisureardsandnorthdown.com/kids/parties


KICK OFF THE CELEBRATIONS AT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL STADIUM

The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park offers a truly unique setting for a memorable birthday party. Relive the atmosphere of famous nights, gain insights into the drama on and off the pitch and feel the rush of emotions shared by everyone in the stadium – win, lose or draw.

They currently have a range of options to choose from to help make it an unforgettable experience:

Bronze Package:Entrance to the Education and Heritage Centre, guided tour of the stadium. Price: £7 per head. Numbers: 12 to 20.

Silver Package:Entrance to the Education and Heritage Centre, guided tour of the stadium, one-hour pitch hire at Olympia LC & Irish FA coach. Price: £12 per head. Numbers: 12 to 20.

Gold Package:Entrance to the Education and Heritage Centre, guided tour of the stadium, one-hour pitch hire at Olympia LC, Sporting Heroes catering package. Price: £20 per head. Numbers: 12 to 20.

To book contact tours@irishfa.com. Visit irishfa.com for more.


PARTY TO NEW HEIGHTS AT HIGH RISE

Take your next birthday party to new heights at High Rise, Northern Ireland’s newest family adventure centre. Simply select your party experience, from scaling the 24 Clip ‘n Climb challenges, to clambering around the amazing soft play area or exploring the features of the state-of-the-art sensory room.

High Rise aims to be inclusive and accessible offering a range of activities to suit your needs with five party rooms allowing them to cater for groups of all shapes and sizes and a dedicated party host to look after you on the day. Tuck into one of the party menus, indulge in delicious, local Draynes Farm ice cream and celebrate in style with a free gift for each party-goer. All this is included in the party package, which can be tailored to your own group’s needs.

Best of all, High Rise is a social enterprise, meaning they invest profits into helping families just like yours. New indoor adventure centre in Lisburn (5 minutes from Sprucefield) opens October 2019. For more information on party packages visit highriseni.org, email contact@highriseni.org or call Tel: 028 9263 6195.


PARTY ON DOWN AT LOUGH MOSS LEISURE CENTRE

Get your party hats ready at Lough Moss Leisure Centre in Carryduff with a choice of great value activity packages. Kick off your party with a fun sports session whereby children can party on down while playing their favourite sport. For a day of endless fun, why not choose the fun combination package with a choice of exciting activities? Sure to make it a party to remember!

All packages include one hour of activity, followed by one hour in a party room.  Great value rates are available, making Lough Moss Leisure Centre the perfect venue for all your party needs.

For further information, contact the centre on Tel: 028 9081 4884, E: loughmoss@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or visit lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk


HAVE A BOWLING BIRTHDAY BASH AT ODYSSEY BOWL

Roll on down to Odyssey Bowl for the best birthday parties around!

Odyssey Bowl is Belfast’s premier bowling entertainment centre with 20 lanes of bowling, a massive two-floor arcade including pool tables, a diner serving hot food plus now serving delicious Slurp Ice Cream Shakes.

Enjoy a birthday treat that includes one hour of bowling in a decorated lane, a hot meal and a drink in the party area and the support of a dedicated party host who will look after the group.

There’s more information on odysseybowl.co.uk, message through facebook.com/odysseybowl or stop in and chat to the team.


ADRENALINE-PUMPING PARTIES AT WE ARE VERTIGO

What does your dream birthday party look like? Cake and balloons? Pass the parcel? Maybe it’s time to shake things up, unleash the thrills and have the most unforgettable party ever! We Are Vertigo do parties differently with adrenaline-pumping days out for you and your friends.

Reach new heights with a free-fall at Indoor Skydiving and soar at 120 miles per hour. Discover the ultimate bouncy castle at Inflata-Park, your 30,000ft inflatable playground featuring the sweeper, adrenalator and so much more. Or put your agility to the test on two Ninja Master Courses where you’ll conquer the Warped Wall!

Whether you’re turning four or 104, they’ve got activities to put a smile on everyone’s face! Go online to book your ultimate birthday party experience today – play on the edge at WeAreVertigo.com! Imagination not included.


BIG BIRTHDAY BASHES AT LAGAN VALLEY LEISUREPLEX

For the ultimate birthday party experience, why not book a fun-filled party package at Lagan Valley Leisureplex. Choose to party in the Leisure Pool and enjoy the longest and fastest water slides around, including the Lazy River, the Space Bowl, and Falling Rapids. Sure to keep you all entertained!

Alternatively celebrate your birthday with a Sports Party. Enjoy an hour of sporty fun in the sports hall and choose to play football, netball, basketball, volleyball or unihoc. Children can also go bounce crazy for the Tumble in the Jungle party package, featuring an inflatable slide, inflatable obstacle course and fun pedal cars. What’s more, every child will receive a 2 for 1 activity voucher!

They also offer a range of combination party packages to suit your birthday party requirements. Party food packages are also available. Terms and conditions apply.

For further information on birthday party packages or to book a birthday party call Tel: 028 9267 2121, email leisureplex@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or visit theleisureplex.com


UNFORGETTABLE BIRTHDAYS AT CLIP ’N CLIMB

Clip ’n Climb birthday parties are new and exciting, with good healthy fun and lots of stimulating climbing challenges. They guarantee an action-packed, fun-filled birthday experience and packages include a session in Clip ‘n Climb with a free Leap of Faith for the birthday boy or girl.

The package is £16 per child and includes:

  • Half hour health and safety brief
  • One hour climbing time
  • Each guest will receive a free Drop Slide or Leap of Faith (Ni4kids exclusive)
  • Birthday child will receive a free Clip ’n Climb branded water bottle & Wristband (each child will receive this for an additional £2pp)
  • Your own private party room for 35 to 40 minutes
  • A selection of food options tailored for each child’s needs
  • 2 for 1s for all children (Ni4kids exclusive)

Visit clipnclimbbelfast.co.uk for more.


ALTESC VIRTUAL REALITY ARCADE

Unfortunately, no one can be told what VR is. You have to experience it for yourself.

ALT ESC enables you to experience worlds and environments that you have only ever dreamed about. Don’t just play a game,  live it! Experience truly immersive gaming where you become the controller.

Package 1: 60 mins – up to 8 players: £120

Package 2: 90 mins – up to 12 players: £150

Each package includes: Dedicated party host | Free juice | Free party snacks | Gift voucher for 1 hour free play for birthday child.

Over 80 experiences | Suitable for age 8+.

13 Lisburn Leisure Park, Lisburn BT28 1LP. Tel: 028 3832 2000. Visit altesc.co.uk or facebook.com/ALTESC.VR


PARTY ETIQUETTE

  • Book early. Popular venues are booked up weeks, even months in advance. You know the date so get on it and be super proud of being organised.
  • Send out invitations. A month’s notice is about right.
  • Let your child choose a theme. Whether it’s pirates, princesses or space a theme adds fun and coherence.
  • Warn other parents. If you plan to have animals or anything that some children may not be keen on.
  • Always have a contingency plan. Just in case the entertainment gets delayed or the party starts to slow down, for added peace of mind, prepare a list of easy to play party games, have spare pass-the-parcel and some children’s party songs on your playlist.
  • Have a wind down finale. After all the afternoon’s frenzied excitement, your little guests’ parents will thank you for ending the fun with the party classic Sleeping Lions.
Heather Black

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