Planning children’s parties in and around Oxfordshire
26 April 2023
Let’s admit it. Planning and organizing children’s birthday parties can be a lot of fun, but it is also be a lot of work and stress AND children these days are full of very high expectations! There are so many things to consider, from the venue to the food to the entertainment. But don’t worry, we’re here to help plan your kid’s ideal party in Oxford and the surrounding area.
I have put together a list with as many entertainers, activities, venues, party packages and suppliers that I could find. There will be more for sure, and if you are a business or a mum who would like to make a tried and tested recommendation, then please drop me a line HERE. I would like to reiterate that these are NOT recommendations. Please read the individual website and reviews carefully before signing them up.
Here are a few tips for planning a successful kids party in Oxfordshire:
- Set a budget. This will help you narrow down your options and avoid overspending.
- Choose a venue. There are many different types of venues available in Oxfordshire, from indoor spaces like party rooms and function halls to outdoor spaces like parks and gardens. Consider the age of your guests and the type of party you’re planning when choosing a venue.
- Choose the entertainment. There are many different types of entertainment available for kids parties, from magicians and clowns to face painters and balloon artists. Choose the entertainment that you think your guests will enjoy the most. OR
- Plan some activities. Kids love to have fun, so be sure to plan some activities for them to enjoy. This could include games, crafts, or even a dance party.
- Send out invitations. Be sure to send out invitations well in advance of the party so that your guests have plenty of time to RSVP. Do not forget to ask about allergies or dietary requirements
- Plan the food and drinks. If you’re catering, be sure to order plenty of food and drinks for all of your guests, as per the allergies and dietary requirements. If you’re preparing the food yourself, be sure to plan ahead and have everything ready on time.
- Decorate the party space. This is your chance to get creative and make the party space look festive. You can use balloons, streamers, and other decorations that your guests will love.
- Have a backup plan. Things don’t always go according to plan, so it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in case of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
So let’s get cracking with the list to help you with the above!
- Captain Fantastic has spectacular range of children’s parties according to age range.
- Dizzy Dean‘s magic and puppet shows have a blend of comedy, magic, balloons and live bunny at the end of the show
- Fred in the Shed blends comedy, games, balloon modelling and more with fantastic magical illusions
- Simon Says Magic brings laughter, wonder, excitment and of course the magic to your loved ones special day.
- DNA Kids parties from children’s magic, parachute and disco & games parties to kids’ themed, sports, science, teenage and virtual parties.
- Froggle Parties offer children’s entertainers that are high energy and non stop fun.
- Cha Char Chimps offer entertainment show with props, puppets, action songs, parachute, bubble machine & stickers
- Magic Peter Owing to a change in personal circumstances, Magic Peter is not taking bookings at the moment.
- Aaron Williams Entertainer
- Let’s have a party provides weekend party entertainment for children aged 1-10
- Jelly Disco creates action-packed, fun-fuelled kids parties in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire
- All Star Parties For Kids offer a wide selection of fun party packages nationwide
- The Little Performers Club for children upto 9 years.
- Mess Around Oxfordshire for 1-5 Year old
- Mini Mayhem UK including songs, props, crafts and messy play
- Tots Disco Party Entertainment for upto 7 Years
- Diddi Dance parties for children up to 8 years
- The Oxford Discos Children’s Party for younger kids up to around 12 years old
- Bright Lights Disco for all ages and event
- LF Discos Mobile disco for Weddings, Birthdays, Corporate Events, Childern’s Parties and more.
- CRAZY TIMES DISCO for all occasions, school discos, weddings, birthdays etc, but specialise in children’s
- Gold Flamingo Events Bespoke Event and Party Planners in Oxfordshire.
- Limelight Entertainment provide a full disco set up, specialising in children’s parties with games, prizes and certificates
- Post a Party entertainment for parties, events, festivals and any other occasion
- AV Events do outdoor cinemas, gazebo cinemas, large tv hire, igloos and silent discos.
Bouncy castles and Ride on Hires:
- Wacky Wheelers offer driving parties from four years to eight
- The Party Tribe Soft Play Hire for gender neutral soft play hire in/around Banbury for 0-5 age group
- Cheeky Chimps Inflatable Hire in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.
- Bouncy Party at the Beacon, Wantage
- Bounce Krazee hire bouncy castles, soft play, ball ponds, sumo suits, inflatable slides, assault courses, human demolition, bungee runs, pole jousts, gladiator duels, popcorn machines, candy floss machines and more to indoor venues.
- Bounce Any Hire offers selection of quality Bouncy Castles and Soft Play, including Ride Ons for hire in Abingdon, Didcot, Witney and surrounding villages.
- Pretty little play offers luxury soft play from ball pits to a white bouncy castle, ride-ons and role play toys. Based in Milton Keynes, but they do cover Oxfordshire
- Oxford Bouncy Castle Party Hire is a small family run bouncy castle hire.
- Elite Bounce provide inflatable and bouncy castle hire across Oxfordshire.
- Boogie Bounces cover Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and surrounding areas for bouncy castles and inflatables
- 1-2-3 Bounce has a range of Bouncy castles, inflatable games, slides, soft play equipment & didicars and deliver across Oxford & surrounding villages
- Funtime Bounce offer Bouncy Castle hire and Inflatable Game hire, Rodeo Bull Hire and Simulator Hire covering all UK area’s, event and party rentals including Oxford, London, Gloucester, Wiltshire & Reading.
- A1 BOUNCY CASTLE offer a wide selection of Bouncy Castles, Slides, Battle Zone Gladiator, Ball Ponds, Gladiator Duel, Sumo Wrestling Suits and Giant Garden Games for Adults & Children
- The Bounce Department delivers high-quality Bouncy Castles, Soft Play and party supplies across the whole of Oxford and other surrounding areas.
- Prestige offers inflatable slides , bouncy castles and mini golf hire.
- Ride on Time Hire
Science, Art and STEM parties:
- Master Builders Club (minimum age 5) 90 minute story led Workshop, 1000’s of LEGO Bricks and Minifigures, Brick Building Challenges and Games, Brick Gifts for Party Bags, Free Building and Fun
- Brick building parties by The Creative Brick Company, designed for children approaching 5 years and above
- Jonathan’s Jungle Roadshow brings a selection of amazing animals to handle and touch!!
- Trainmaster Oxon and Bucks for Train themed parties for younger children
- Fat Squirrel Outdoor parties for all ages
- Go-Kart Party Oxfordshire arrange birthday parties for ages 4+ within 30 indoor venues across Oxfordshire. 1 hour of go karting for a maximum of 16 children is a minimum of £249.00
- Clip n Climb, Bicester with prices starting from 20£pp (off peak) and 25.5£pp (peak)
- The Light at Banbury offer a bespoke approach to events and gatherings to suit your individual needs. There is a lot on site to choose from
- Oxford Ice Rink Children’s Parties Recommended age 5-14 years
- Nerf Gun Birthday Party for kids aged 6 & over.All the fun and excitement of “Paintball” without the bruises and mess.
- Shields & Dragons do birthday parties, mainly nerf and football but also have a range of inflatables which include a bouncy castle and penalty shoot out.
- Excel activity group offer a range of fun and exciting events for children ranging from 6 years old, including NERF wards, kids bubble football, dodge balls etc
- Pamper party Oxfordshire offer pamper and Craft Parties (ages 5-7), Pamper Parties (ages 6-15) and Jewellery Making Parties (age 8+)
- LissieLou Cake School children parties Recommended for 6 to 16 year olds.
- Outdoor Birthday Party From The Hedgehog Club Suitable for children between 1 and 8 years old
- Jump Inc, Bicester offers a venue full of trampolines and inflatables. No minimum age requirement. Packages start from £19.95pp (peak) and £16.95 (Off Peak)
Sports, Dance and Pony Parties:
Bell Tent and Tepee Hire and sleepover parties:
For children ideally aged 6-7+
- Kids’ spy party in Oxford. Spy:Co is based on the concept of getting a ready-made, exciting and unforgettable kids’ birthday party package delivered to your door – all you have to do is decide where to hide the clues and which spy agents to invite! Suitable for boys & girls aged 6 – 9 and 9 – 11 years old.
- Bring the Game Over is a fully mobile gaming arcade that offers an immersive and fun video gaming experience.
- Laser Kombat : They recommend that the birthday child is turning 7 as a minimum to ensure the guests are at least 6. Packages start from £19pp
- Hollywood Bowl Prices start from £12 per child and £16 per adult
- Gravitee Adventure Golf parties from £12 per child
- Laser Tag Birthday Parties offer Lasergaming Birthday parties on site outdoor Battlefield for older children (Suitable for 8th-15th Birthdays). Packages start from £29.50 pp
- CRIME SCENE Forensic investigation children’s birthday party from 7 years and above.
- Unique immersive entertainment experience at Escape Hunt from age 8 years and above
Soft play indoor venue party packages:
Parties at Farm parks:
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