Take the stress out of planning your little one’s big day and hand it over to the professionals!
We all know that organising a birthday party can be taxing for parents. In no time at all, kids will grow up and want to keep you out of their parties but until that time, you should take advantage of the abundance of children’s party entertainers that Hong Kong has to offer. The range of options available means that your children will enjoy a unique birthday celebration, while you sit back and bask in the glow of a party well organised.
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms. Most party entertainers have adjusted their operations, keeping social distancing restrictions in mind. Do make sure that you check what these are before booking.
Party Entertainers: Get The Kids Crafting
Need a party with sparkle and shine? Look no further than Jewel Jam! With over 100 jars of high-quality beads, including semi-precious gemstones and enamel charms, these party entertainers know how to keep kids entertained. Children can choose to design beaded key chains, sports team necklaces and surfer chokers, or make pretty earrings, bracelets and necklaces. They’ll leave with their masterpieces in a goody bag, along with a compact mirror and stickers. Jewel Jam party packages are suitable for those aged 6 to 16 years.
A well-established art class for kids, Pitter Painter also offers to entertain children with its arty parties. Two teachers guide the children through a painting session that’s tailored to the birthday theme, while also providing the paints, canvases, brushes, aprons and other materials.
Crafting doesn’t always have to be on paper or canvas. With Lavulous Workshop’s party package, up to eight kids get the chance to design a pair of flip flops in their own special way. With soles made in Brazil, the party-goers can choose to mix and match soles and straps and customise them with an extensive range of cute and bright charms.
Sassy Mama tip: If your child already attends an art, craft or creative learning class, check with the provider about hosting the birthday party. Most of them are only too happy to provide a private session for the birthday child and his or her friends.
Party Entertainers: Get The Kids Moving
Looking for a hoopy birthday party? Whether the little ones are looking to warm up with some hula hopscotches or get competitive with a hoop battle, Turning Circles is here to offer unique (and sweaty) birthday parties for children ages 8 and up. Aside from games and hula tricks, be prepared to get crafty as the kids make their very own hula hoops. The best part? All supplies will be provided by Turning Circles, so all you’ll need is to sit back and relax. By the end of the party, get ready for a special hula hoop performance with optional LED lights!
If you have sporty children, the Minisport birthday party might just be their thing! All about participation and building close team bonds, the parties involve exciting ball games, races and challenges for kids (ages 3 to 9). All participants go home beaming with pride after getting certificates. Once you have your venue sorted, fill in a brief enquiry form and let this team of sports educators handle the rest. On request, the activities can be tailor-made to a particular sport or theme. The most popular have been the beach parties, though there have also been unique World-Cup-themed celebrations.
If you have a child who loves to dance, consider hiring NattyBop for his or her next birthday party. Natalie’s team will come to your party venue and provide an hour of dance entertainment and party games (and all the music and props so you’re off the hook completely!).
RugbyTots conducts rugby classes throughout the city for children from 2 to 7 years, and also takes on birthday party requests. There won’t be any rough tackles for your little one (phew!), but after one hour of running, kicking and scoring tries, your child and everyone invited will sleep happy and exhausted.
Party Entertainers: Get The Kids Baking
Talk about baking your (cup)cake and eating it too! Let the kids become chefs for a day as they learn anything from cupcakes, macarons, fresh pasta, chocolate lava cake and more. Suitable for children above 5, these parties can accommodate up to 20 kids in their centrally-located kitchen. For an additional cost, The Mixing Bowl can also provide goody bags of mini baking supplies and the birthday cake. Parents can drop off their children for the duration of the party, or you can rent the dining area and patio as well and let all additional guests enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles, while waiting for their little bakers.
Most kids love pizzas, and as a special birthday treat, why not let them make their own? Pizza Express kids’ parties are meant for children from 4 to 9 years. For two hours, a staff member of the restaurant keeps kids entertained by pressing out the dough, pouring tomato puree and decorating their own pizza with their preferred toppings (say cheese!). While you arrange the birthday cake and additional snacks (optional), the venue and entertainment are taken care of.
DiVino Patio also offers a pizza-making party that’s ideal for kids aged 3 to 10 years. Along with being kept busy baking, parents can also add on entertainment such as clowns, face painters, live music or magicians. The restaurant has an event specialist to take on such requests.
Sassy Mama tip: Many pizza restaurants and cooking studios would be happy to organise parties for your birthday baby. If you don’t see it on their website, just call and ask.
Party Entertainers: Get The Kids Thinking
The Genius Workshop knows how to keep kids entertained with a variety of science themes. These parties involve a building session with a game involving the completed project (one Sassy Mama’s kids built LEGO toy trucks and then participated in a race). The parties have been scaled down from a 2-hour affair to one hour of activities because of the pandemic but they are just as fun.
Kids love combining science with craft, though often their experiments are too messy to be done at home. At The Science Explorer, children first watch a 30-minute interactive show and then move onto the lab to create their own project. From gooey slime to glow-in-the-dark bracelets, these parties cater to a wide age range and varied interests of little scientists. The team is available to come to a venue of your choice as well.
Curiosity Kids offers science-themed party packages for kids aged 3 to 10 years. The team will bring all the right science equipment including lab coats, goggles, test tubes, etc. and help kids conduct age-appropriate experiments. Each party has two or more experiments and can be customised to individual needs and interests. Some of the activities include slime making, creating bath bombs and personalised perfumes, while also learning about chemical and physical properties with bubbling oil, walking water and erupting volcanoes.
Party Entertainers: Get The Kids Outdoors
It’s tough to keep tweens and teens entertained. So why don’t you leave it to the experts? Give them an adventure sports overnight party instead with Treasure Island Group’s Adventure Party (for 10 to 17-year-olds). The party package includes adventure sports such as gorging, hiking, surf/SUP, kayaking, overnight camping and campfire dinner with S’mores and more, all with qualified instructors on hand. For younger ones, there are options such as the Beach Party and Watersports Party.
This new entrant on the birthday party scene offers nature parties for your outdoorsy children. It has partnered exclusively with reputed party planning and photography service, Nestology Studio, and offers to be your one-stop-shop for all things party. Besides entertaining and educating the kids about nature and the great outdoors, they have bespoke party packages covering graphic design, decor, desserts, and (pretty much) everything else.
This outdoor nature-based developmental programme makes for the perfect birthday party in the wild. Hong Kong Forest Adventures is ready to organise a private session for you, designed in the way so that it fits your expectations, age of the participants, etc. This could include playing in the river, doing a rope course, tinkering around with a robot and much more. Parties are conducted either at their campus or in the countryside.
Other Favourite Party Entertainers
Here’s something for our little animal lovers! Founded by herpetologist Goatee Toni, Jurassic Garage offers one-of-a-kind animal experiences in a fun, safe and respectful environment. From the cute and fluffy to the creepy crawlies, there are plenty of themes to choose from. Depending on your package, the birthday kid might even get to feed the animals and be the presenter’s special assistant! Even better, same-day bookings are accepted, so if you’re planning a last-minute surprise – you know who to call.
From treasure hunts to mystery parties, Glitter and Gore offers interactive themed parties to keep the little ones busy. Got a mini Sherlock at home? Be sure to check out the mystery party package. If you’ve got a specific story or theme in mind (perhaps a pirate-inspired one?), you even can opt for a tailormade themed party to bring your idea to life!
A one-man circus act and variety show artist, Ben performs over 350 shows a year. As a birthday party entertainer, Ben offers a 40-minute juggling and unicycling show with lots of audience interaction, prizes and magic tricks. For the final 20 minutes, he plays party games and/or makes balloon sculptures.
Let the kids entertain themselves! Call this toy rental club and get them to bring the works, which includes bouncy castles, ride-on cars (including electronic rides), ball pools and more, for your child’s big day.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Anita Balagopalan on 29, April 2019 and updated by Lydia Ching on 9, November 2020.
Featured image courtesy of Getty, image 1 courtesy of Jewel Jam via Facebook, image 2 courtesy of Turning Circles via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of The Mixing Bowl via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of The Genius Workshop, image 5 courtesy of Treasure Island Group, image 6 courtesy of Jurassic Garage via Facebook.