You might be forgiven for not counting down the days until your next birthday but when you’re a kid, birthday parties are something to look forward to.
But while the prospect of cake, presents and playing with friends is exciting for little ones, organising a party can be stressful for parents.
Helping you to put the fun back in to the party, here are some of the best venues to host your child’s party for a hassle-free festivity.
Zayed Sports City
At this mammoth sports hub, you can take your pick of activities from football, ice skating, bowling and paintball or even a garden and bouncy castle. Party enhancements include a decoration kit, drawing station and sand art station. Catering is also available on request or you can take the party to one of the on-site food and beverage venues including The Sportsman’s Arms and Figaro’s Pizza. Prices from AED 950 for up to 15 kids. Off Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street. Contact: 02 403 4200, zsc.ae
Let the party planners at Caboodle take over to create the perfect event for your little one. With private party rooms and a range of creative themes like ‘Jammin’ Jungle’ and ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’, the team will help you tailor the event to your child with fun games, a play area and face painting. Add-ons include catering, cakes, entertainment, photography and goodie bags. From AED 140 per child. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. Contact: 02 616 6974, caboodle.ae
If your child loves scaling new heights and swinging from the ceiling – literally – then this is the place to party. Customise the event by choosing activities to your child’s liking whether that’s the boulder wall, trampoline or cable climb. After the adrenaline settles, you can take the party to the lodge where optional add-ons include a henna artist, popcorn machine, caricaturist, magic show, photographer and videographer. From AED 145 per person. Yas Mall and Dalma Mall. Age and height restrictions apply, contact venue directly for details. Visit: adventurehq.ae
The team at this villa-based ‘edutainment’ centre are experts in event catering. Parties feature a range of music and games, led by two party leaders who also decorate, cater to the event, and clean up, leaving you with a stress-free party. Themed parties and VIP party packages with a piñata are also available. From AED 2,500 for 15 children. Hallabolou, next to Marina Mall, Corniche West. Contact: 02 622 2285, hallabolou.com
Naturally, the party room at this play centre is orange. The two-hour children’s parties include games and a choice of activities such as face painting and balloon building, as well as an hour of play in the venue with climbing walls, a mini village and more, before ending with party favours. A pick-a-treat package is also available where you can choose a colour theme including princess, superhero or choose from a special range for tiny tots. From AED 2,000 for 15 children. Al Wahda Mall, Hazza Bin Zayed Street. Contact: 02 443 7000, orangewheels.com
At Kidz Factory the motto is ‘imagine, create, build’ so let your imagination run wild. You have the choice of three packages including Zumbastic, which includes a meal box and party entertainer, Art Attack with art activities and Dudes and Divas, featuring costumes and fashion accessories. All packages include a private room, face painting, balloons, party music and table setup. Optional extras include a magician, bubble show, candy buffets and of course a variety of art activities. From AED 99 per child. Kidz Factory, Al Wahda Mall, Hazza Bin Zayed Street. Contact: 02 672 1269, kidzfactory-uae.com
Your little one will be the centre of attention at this indoor play park, where the team takes care of every detail. Take over the dedicated party room then let the kids enjoy a range of games and time in the play area with rides and arcades. With food, décor and even invitations all taken care of, all you need to worry about is the guest list. There are three packages to choose from with additional features like a balloon shower, piñata and face painting. From AED 69 per child. Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi Mall and Dalma Mall. Visit: funcity.ae
Spring in to action at this indoor trampoline park and make the most of your birthday celebrations. Guests can get some serious air with 60 minutes of free-jumping fun including dodge ball, basketball and more. Then follow it up with 30 minutes in the party room where little ones can chow down on delicious food and listen to music. With a dedicated parents zone you can kick back and relax as the staff take care of the kids. From AED 99 per child. Marina Mall, Corniche West. Contact: 04 321 1400, bounce.ae
Bring the party to Faby Land and let the little ones loose. With three packages to choose from including unlimited fun, extreme fun and super fun, you can enjoy party games, prizes, access to six rides, a meal, party parade and more. The helpful staff will also take care of sorting invitations and providing birthday badges so you can enjoy the day with your child. From AED 125 per child. Deerfields Mall, Al Bahya. Contact: 02 666 9772, fabyland.ae
Abu Dhabi City Golf Club
Head to Abu Dhabi City Golf Club and celebrate a birthday with a buffet featuring all kids’ favourites. With a sound system providing the soundtrack, little ones can have fun playing mini football to work up an appetite. Optional extras include a magician, bouncy castle, cotton candy, balloon decorating and face painting. From AED 75 per child, minimum of 30 children required. Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, 19th Street, Al Mushrif. Contact: 02 445 9600, adcitygolf.com