[Updated Mar 2018] Having a party venue is really the first step of a successful event. Some places like indoor playgrounds provide entertainment and activities for the kids as part of their party package but when your venue just provide the space, some activities planning may help keeping the kids entertain and giving the adults more time to relax. Here are some ideas for kids occupied:
Terrarium is usually a sealable glass container containing soil and plants, creating a small scale water cycle. This activity not only entertain the kids but also teaches them science. You can get DIY kits or simply engage a facilitator for the workshop. You can check out Party Parlour or Make Your Own eStore.
The interesting thing about balloon sculpturing is that kids also get an instant toy to play with which they can also bring home. You can get some one to provide balloon sculpturing services at parties. Service providers like Mr Bottle’s Kids Party charge about $200 an hour for up to 80 balloons.
Alternatively, you can try to DIY and have fun in the process. Balloon sculpturing to is not difficult to learn and instructions are readily available on Youtube.
Arts and Craft
Many art and craft lesson providers such have birthday packages where the kids get to make an interesting crafts. Providers like Hans Art and Funovator will go to your place and teach kid to make or paint an interesting item to take home. For $150 for 10 kids, Funovator will provide the materials and guide the kids through making a Sun-catcher key-chain and clay model magnets.
Alternatively, grab some craft kits such as the sand art or sun catcher kits from Creating Footprints Together below and keep the kids busy.
Get an Inflatable Bouncer or Playhouse
Sometimes all it takes is somewhere to roll and bounce or a playhouse for the kids to have a wonderful time. Inflatable castles and playhouses can add loads of excitement and fun to any party.
They can be purchase from online stores or rented from party service providers like Tickle Tickle. Rental prices varies from $100 -$400 for 4 hours depending on the type and size of the inflatables. Toy rental companies like Rent a Toy have playhouse and slides for rental. Or simply prepare a kids tent, tunnel, cushions or ball pool for hours of fun.
Bring out the blades and get the kids to bring their own. The boys and some girls will entertain themselves with these innovative tops, especially if there is a few Beyblade Stadium to go with it.
Hide a few toys and gold coins chocolate and get the kids to play treasure hunt. They will love their loot.
Cup Cake Decorating
Get baked and cool cupcakes, and supply the guest with gummy bears, sprinkles, mini marshmallows and plastic syringes with colored frosting.
These bricks are wonderful for getting kids to play together. Bring out the Legos and show the kids how to play together.
Get some tattoo stickers and show the kids how to put it on.
Or try a combination of the above. We recently attended a party where the host set up a little kitchenet, Lego corner, Bey Blade Stadium, Tattoo and nail painting stations for a group of 5 year old boys and girls and it was a hit. The adults get to chat and enjoy as the kids are mostly engross with playing with each other.