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.
Get ’em 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, they come to you to teach jewellery design. Boys can design beaded key chains, sports team necklaces and surfer chokers, while mini fashionistas can work on earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Children get their items clasped professionally by a jewellery hostess with years of experience of working with children. 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. Designing jewellery is great for the fine motor skills and concentration of children and the mamas present could actually have a bit of a party themselves as the kids are kept engaged for two hours!
Mention the Sassy Mama code JJ2019sassyM when you book a Jewel Jam party this year and you’ll receive an extra item of bling for the birthday child, along with a pair of earrings suitable for the birthday mama to wear!
Jewel Jam, available at your party venue, 9442 5351, www.jewel-jam.com.hk
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.
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.
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.
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Get ’em moving
If you have sporty children, the Minisport birthday party might just be their thing! Since launching in 2012, Minisport has done hundreds of memorable parties across Hong Kong. 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. At $2,800 for 75 minutes of fast-paced fun, Minisport provides two coaches to entertain up to 30 kids. You could also choose to add on water balloons at an extra cost and bring on more coaches if your social little one wants to invite even more children!
Minisport, available at your party venue, 6183 7084 (WhatsApp), www.minisport.hk
This is something that rugby-mad fathers will enjoy taking their kids to! 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.
RugbyTots, available at your party venue, 5307 6677, www.rugbytots.hk
If you have a child who loves to dance, consider hiring NattyBop for their 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!).
NattyBop, available at your party venue, 9843 7901, www.nattybop.com
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Get ’em baking
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.
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.
*Editor’s note: This business has now closed
A well tried and tested option, Rumple and Friends started off as one performer with a suitcase in 2012, and has now grown into a team of professional party entertainers. It has 13 unique themed characters (like their very own Rumple the Clown, Pirate Pete and Melody the Mermaid) and offers a range of party options from balloon twisting to face painting, circus acts to live bands.
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.