Looking for something different for your next party?
Swimming party? Done. Pizza party? Done. Bowling party? Overdone. So, what’s next? Being a fountain of party-planning knowledge and creativity can be hard. Each year we try and outdo the year before, and of course, we have to find something that hasn’t been done a million times already. Other kids’ birthday invitations are off the charts, so what do we actually do when it’s time for us to host our own little one’s birthday shindig? Fret not, because to help you out, we’ve come up with a few ideas of what to book into next. You’re welcome.
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ActiveKids offers not one, not two, but three awesome and unique party packages to choose from! There’s the Science Adventure party, where budding chemists will be treated to a wacky science show before getting to experiment themselves with different hands-on activities. If their experiments are better suited to the kitchen, then you can book in for a Stormy Chefs party where the birthday boy or girl and their sous chefs will whip up something delicious. And lastly, there is the ArtCrafters party package. The ArtCrafters parties follows three simple steps: 1) kids choose their favourite party theme (fave superhero or cartoon character, robots, pirates, etc); 2) pick an artist or art technique the party crew would like to learn about; and 3) choose a project to complete (paper mache, sculpting, puppet making and more). All of ActiveKids’s party packages are suitable for kids ages 5 and older.
Use the discount code SMAKPARTY2018 to receive 5% off your next party! Simply quote the promo code when making your booking.
ActiveKids, Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 3480 4199/ 9178 7376, email@example.com, www.activekidshk.com
If you’re looking for a memorable party that’s sure to please everyone involved, check out SuperPark’s brand new party packages. Whether you’ve picked the Adventure Package, Freestyle Package or Super Package, you won’t have to worry about feeding the kids – each offers a different catering option that will satisfy hungry little guests. The full package (minimum of 10 guests per party) includes a SuperPark party host on hand to make sure everyone has the best time, 45-minute access to a private party room (choose from one of the seven uniquely-themed party rooms: Adventure, Baseball, Freestyle, Racing, Party, Skateboard, and Superball), unlimited full-day access to all the activities on site and a free pass for the birthday hero’s next visit! They’ll even throw in a pair of handy SuperPark grip socks for every guest.
SuperPark, G/F One SilverSea, No. 18 Hoi Fai Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong (near Olympian City), 3611 0139, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.superpark.com.hk
Grab your best racers and enjoy this indoor 50-meter slot car racing track (think Scaletrix), with all races made official by the oversight of a race director (who will set up races based on the age and ability). This is a great indoor option and one that will surely delight any speed junkie. The party people will receive an introductory briefing on how to operate the cars. They will then have time to get to grips with the track in a practice session before the real racing is a “GO! GO! GO!”. The party group is divided into teams and the race director will make sure that everyone gets a chance to race each time. And of course, there will be medals for the victors once the chequered flag has been waved. ARace recommends that party-goers are over the age of four as it will be difficult for little ones to manage the controllers.
ARACE Slot Car Racing, 196 – 198 Tsat Tsz Mui Road, North Point, Hong Kong (Exit C, Quarry Bay MTR), 9156 7098, arace.hk
If you’ve got a little lady on your hands, an easy option which is sure to please everyone is a spa party or a SPArty. One of Hong Kong’s best-known spa destinations, A Sense of Touch, offers up a range of SPArty packages for all ages. Packages start from $388 per person and include a choice of spa treatments (the amount depends on which package you opt for), party snacks (popcorn, cotton candy), exclusive use of either the private garden or pedicure lounge (depending on location). For teens, there is the Teen Dream package ($588 per person) where each luxe lady can pick from two treatments (a body massage, pedicure, manicure, or foot massage) You can either bring your own food and drink or Sense of Touch can assist in arranging catering from one of its restaurant partners (for an additional 10% handling fee). Sounds like a blissful way to celebrate a new year.
Sense of Touch, Central Spa (Flagship Spa), 1-5F, 52 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, multiple locations across Hong Kong, 2526 6918, www.senseoftouch.com.hk
At Crossfire Arena, you’ll find a neon party extravaganza with a plethora of activities to keep the gang entertained. Choose from archery, laser tag, bubble soccer, nerf war, dodgeball, or neon sabres (think Star Wars-esque lightsabres). Party packages start from $4,200 for a group of 20 for two hours. There are plenty of additional add-ons too for an extra cost, including piñatas, candy floss machines even a neon sabre tutorial so the kids can master their mighty sword-wielding skills. The venue also welcomes party-goers to bring their own food and drink and party decorations. Definitely an option for rambunctious types with plenty of energy to burn! Crossfire Arena is also a good spot if you’re on Kowloon side as it’s only a one-minute walk from Ext D2 of the Lai Chi Kok MTR.
Crossfire Arena, Shop 306-308, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, email@example.com, 3461 9023, crossfire.hk
Martial arts and a bouncy castle?! What could possibly go wrong? A great sporting option for active boys and girls is Goji Studio’s martial arts parties. The kids will have an instructor on hand to learn some new moves and break a sweat on the tumbling mats and through the obstacle courses. There’s the added option to also hire a bouncy castle ($2,000 for a medium sized one, $3,000 for large) and full catering services for a further $100 per person. Sure, gyms don’t normally scream “birthday party”, but Gojji has multiple kid-friendly venues locations across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
Goji Studios, multiple locations across Hong Kong, firstname.lastname@example.org, 3728 3936, gojistudios.com.hk
War – what is it good for? An unforgettable birthday experience, apparently. Well, wargames, that is. Don’t expect any glitz or glamour here – this is war. Out in Sheung Shui, there’s a one-of-a-kind outdoor wargames venue at the Hong Kong Motocross Racing Team and motocross club. On top of the wargames, kids also have the chance to get behind the wheel and learn how to drive a quad bike. The cheapest package starts at $4,500 for 10 kids, quad biking and mini E-bikes for two hours. You can cater the party yourself, or the good folks at MX Club can rustle up some BBQ grub for you. Alternatively, the venue is also in range of Pizza Box and Pizza Hut delivery. So band together your toughest soldiers – let’s go to war!
MX Club, 2668 0948, email@example.com, www.mxclub.com.hk
Who would be the ultimate guest at your little one’s birthday party? Peppa Pig? A clown? What about a six-foot python? If the latter sounds like something your child will be talking about for months to come, then check out Jurassic Garage. Jurassic Garage offers interactive animal experiences, hosted by trained professionals. There are 10 different packages to choose from, starting off with the smallest critters from fire belly newts and tarantulas, up to some of the biggest, most impressive beasts like a giant iguna, parrots and albino pythons. And to make party planning extra convenient, they will come to you! The team is happy to join you at your home, country club, rented venue or even outdoor space such as a quiet park or beach.
It’s worth pointing out that Jurassic Garage has refused business where it believes that the animals will be mistreated in any way. Its animals are only used in demonstrations twice a month. The team do not believe in training the animals, and instead, bond with them to gain a mutual trust.
Jurassic Garage, 9743 2011, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jurassicgarage.hk
Pew pew! Pew pew! For young ones, tweens and teenagers, laser tag is always a winner. And a particularly great option when the weather is set to be unpredictable (so that’s most of the time in HK then). The go-to place is definitely Lasermads, an epic spaceship-themed indoor arena where teams can battle it out under the neon lights. Lasermads doesn’t offer party packages as such, but you can rent the whole venue for an hour or two. Simply rock up on the day or call to reserve your group’s spot. For the game to be played at its maximum level of fun, there’s a minimum of 12 players per game.
P.S. Mums, on Thursdays Lasermads also offers an adult ladies night promotion for $20 a game…that’s one way to spice up a Mama’s Night Out!
Lasermads, 11/F Ying Kong Mansion, 2–6 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, email@example.com, 2343 3033, WhatsApp: 6166 9004, www.lasermads.com
Featured image is courtesy of Getty. Image 1 is courtesy of ActiveKids, image 2 is courtesy of SuperPark, Image 3 is courtesy of ARace via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of Sense of Touch, image 5 courtesy of Crossfire Arena via Facebook, image 6 is courtesy of Goji Studies via Facebook, image 7 is courtesy of MX Club via Facebook, image 8 is courtesy of Jurassic Garage via Facebook, image 9 is courtesy of Lasermads via Facebook