Birthday Party Venues For A One-Year-Old
- Mums & Bubs
Forget the ‘how to’ guides: there’s no rulebook when it comes to first birthdays! While some choose to go all out with a themed bash to remember, others prefer to keep it relaxed and simple. Whatever your preference, there are plenty of amazing birthday party venues in Sydney that are sure to delight your one-year-old, not to mention party guests of all ages.
Golden Ridge Animal Farm
Invite Old Macdonald and all his furry friends to join in the fun by throwing an outdoor shindig at Golden Ridge Animal Farm! Located an easy drive away in Dural, Golden Ridge Animal Farm offers kids’ birthday party packages with farm activities such as cuddling baby animals, milking a cow and feeding goats. Afterwards, enjoy lunch outside with plenty of catering options available from the farm’s kiosk. For an additional cost, Golden Ridge Animal Farm will also throw in fun extras such as pony rides, a jumping castle, a private sheltered eating area, and farm-themed games (think musical hay bales and gumboot throwing!).
Please note: Due to COVID-19 regulations Golden Ridge Animal Farm birthday party packages are not currenntly avaiable. However, you can make a book a session for up to 10 people which includes interactive barn activities, a farm tour and animal feeding. Pony rides and private animal encounters are also available.
Location: 686 Old Northern Road, Dural. For details visit Golden Ridge Animal Farm.
Nothing could be more glorious than celebrating a first birthday by the sea! But if the thought of braving one of Sydney’s busy surf beaches with your one-year-old (and all their friends!) seems daunting, a great option is Greenwich Baths. The calm waters and soft sand provide the perfect backdrop for little ones to play and celebrate. Once you pay the entry fee (children under 3 are free), enjoy a paddle with your toddler in the calm, protected water, build some sandcastles, or enjoy fish and chips from the cafe at one of the picnic tables. If you’re planning on making a big splash (pun intended!), private bookings at Greenwich Baths are available and include use of the BBQ facilities, trestle tables and chairs.
Location: Albert Street, Greenwich. For details visit Greenwich Baths.
Northern Beaches Kindygym
Want to throw a fuss-free party that will thrill all your little guests, no matter what their developmental stage? Try a Kindygym party! Located at the Pittwater Sports Centre, Northern Beaches Kindygym offers active kids’ birthday parties aimed at different ages, including littlies who are new to the joys of ball pits, trampolines and soft play equipment. Birthday party packages include party food and you can book the entire play area for exclusive use to ensure a more protected environment for younger guests.
Location: 1525 Pittwater Road, North Narrabeen. For details visit Northern Beaches Kindygym.
The Little Gym
The Little Gym in Dural is exactly as the name suggests: a chance for your toddler to have a ball through instructor-led games, music and fun activities in a kiddie gym. The Little Gym’s birthday party packages include exclusive use of the facility, fun with parachutes, balls and hoops, birthday table decorations and drinks – all you need to provide is the food and cake! Best of all, two qualified instructors are on hand to play with your little one and their friends, so you can be sure they’ll have a fantastic time.
Location: 6/252 New Line Road, Dural. For details visit The Little Gym.
Little Nicholson Street Play Centre
Little Nicholson Street Play Centre is a weekday play centre for children aged 0-5, and you can hire the entire centre exclusively for a Saturday birthday party! The party includes ALL play spaces, equipment, dress up's, furniture and toys, so all the fun is taken care of - you just invite the guests, and bring the food and drinks. The playroom is enclosed, plus there is a covered outdoor area with BBQ and a separate art room, making it the perfect all-weather venue. However, you must be a Member or 5 Pass Holder to book.
Location: 13 Union St, Balmain East. For details visit Little Nicholson Street Play Centre.
Gather On The Green
If relaxed and casual is your family’s celebration style, then all you really need for a perfectly delightful one-year-old birthday party is a shady patch of green. Even better? A café that offers table service to the park next door, and lends you a picnic blanket to boot. Gather on the Green, a cosy cafe in Camperdown, is a great place for a small birthday get-together, whether you sit at one of the outdoor tables (there’s plenty of room for prams) or stretch out at Camperdown Park. Adult guests will also enjoy the delicious food on offer with seasonal produce, fresh muffins and hearty breakfasts available.
Location: 15 Fowler Street, Camperdown. For details visit Gather On The Green.
Blaxland Riverside Park
Continuing the picnic theme, if you’re after a venue that makes the most of Sydney’s brilliant weather and keeps guests of all ages entertained, then you really can’t go past Blaxland Riverside Park. This venue has something for everyone: plenty of play equipment for all ages (and in summer, a water park that your one-year-old will love!), idyllic views overlooking Parramatta river, free BBQs and plenty of space to roam. Just be sure to get there early to bag one of the free sheltered eating areas. Another great option is booking a table at the Armory Wharf Café next to the park, which offers plenty of outdoor seating and a fabulous kids menu.
Location: Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park. For details visit Blaxland Riverside Park.
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