Read our handy guide to the best party spots around the country. By Lisa Witepski
Mashed Fizzers on the walls. Endless juice spills. And sugar-crazed toddlers edging way too close to your granny’s heirloom vase. There are so many reasons why moms decide to ditch the party at home and leave the hosting (and organising) to the professionals.
Here are our top suggestions for the perfect kid’s party venue.
This has got to be every kids’ dream: navigating the treetops as you swing, monkey-style, from the branches. With various locations in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and the Garden Route, Acrobranching is a hot favourite at the moment. (Don’t worry moms – it’s perfectly safe, thanks to the use of harnesses and trained guides.)
Visit acrobranch.co.za for more info and prices.
Who doesn’t love a good trampoline session? Led by a high-energy facilitator, Bounce parties are enormous fun for kids who want to try out their tricks. Even toddlers can take part – plus, they take care of virtually every aspect of the organising. All you have to do is bring a cake.
Visit bounce.co.za for more info and prices.
The Lemon Tree
The best thing about this party venue is its central location and relaxed atmosphere, allowing you to be a chilled hostess. With an undercover patio for snacks and drinks and loads of space for hooliganism, it’s ideal for younger kids.
Visit reea.org.za for more info.
Got yourself a little adventurer? This is the spot for you. Jozi X offers all kinds of activities, from Nerf wars to mini ninjas and parkour.
Visit jozix.co.za for more info.
Sugar Rush Park
With three party tents where little people can gather, Sugar Rush Park also offers train and tractor rides, a petting zoo and jumping castles, allowing you to customise your party.
Visit sugarrush.co.za for more info.
You don’t have to be a member of the Durban Country Club to hire out its beautiful party venue. The offering includes a functions coordinator who will take care of all the snacks, as well as a host of party equipment.
Visit durbancountryclub.co.za for more info.
Bugz Play Park
Create any kind of party you want at this gorgeous play park venue. You can even pick out themes like cooking and makeovers. Best part? As a special present, your child receives free entry into the park for the year!
Visit bugzplaypark.co.za for more info.
Ambiance Lifestyle Venue
Having recently undergone a revamp, Ambiance Lifestyle Venue is back with a fresh new look. Expect lots of old-fashioned playing and value for money prices.
Visit ambiancevenue.co.za for more info.
The perfect party theme
You’re not alone in your love of unicorns. They’re a massive hit when it comes to party themes, says Rowena Tinsdale of The Birthday Company. Other hot kids party themes include:
- Elsa and Anna may have had a brief break, but with Frozen II about to make its appearance, they’ll be back with a vengeance.
- And speaking of vengeance…The Avengers are strong favourites for boys, who also frequently request Minion-themed parties.
In her 16 years as journalist, Lisa Witepski’s work has appeared in most of South Africa’s leading publications, including the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Entrepreneur and Financial Mail. She has written for a number of women’s magazines, including Living & Loving, Essentials and many others, across topics from lifestyle to travel, wellness, business and finance. She is a former acting Johannesburg Bureau Chief for Cosmopolitan, and former Features Editor at Travel News Weekly, but, above all, a besotted mom to Leya and Jessica. Lisa blogs at whydoialwayscravecake.blogspot.com and lisa.witepski.blogspot.com, and tweets at @LisaWitepski.