Party Venues in Christchurch

If you’re like me and love having parties, but don’t always have the space to host a party, especially with a winter birthday where outside is not always an option- this list will be for you!
I have done some research to compile an extensive list on birthday party venues throughout Christchurch, whether its a venue to host your own party and entertainment or if you want it all done for you, this list will be super helpful.

So without further ado, here’s our first contender:

THE DISCOVERY ROOM AT CANTERBURY MUSEUM
A wonderful discovery room purely for children, there are so many hands on activities and wonderful learning tools here, the children could spend hours. There are even bugs and fossils to look at!
To host a party here, you need to be a member (which I don’t believe takes a lot to do) and you have to be between 3-13 years old. It can also only be held on Saturday or Sunday. I believe you can use the cafe upstairs as well and can sort out food options. A wonderful wet weather alternative for any little explorer.

 

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Link: http://www.canterburymuseum.com/whats-on/discovery/

 

CHRISTCHURCH AIRFORCE MUSEUM
Who knew that the Airforce Museum actually had amazing party options?!
They have tailored packages for different ages and you can choose catered or non-catered options.
The parties are only on weekends and there are three time sessions on both Saturday and Sunday (10am, 1pm, 2.15pm).

Air & Sea Adventure Party – ages 3-4

Air Force Museum

The brand new “Air and Sea Adventure” party is an immersive, multi-sensory experience, designed especially for preschoolers.

$14 per child non-catered, $22 per child catered

  • Dress-ups
  • Parachute games
  • Action songs
  • Climb inside a real life raft
  • Go ‘fishing’

Trent Aviation Party – ages 5+

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Children have the option to get dressed up as junior pilots and learn how to march, before climbing aboard a real aircraft for an imaginary flight and parachute jump.

$18 per child non-catered, $26 per child catered

– Dress up in flight suits

– Make ‘dog tags’ (name tags)

– Learn how to march

– Pretend flight and parachute jump out of an Andover aircraft

– Photo opportunity in front of a Bristol Freighter aircraft

– Pin the propeller on the plane game

 

Trent Aviation Party – ages 5+

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Children have the option to get dressed up as junior pilots and learn how to march, before climbing aboard a real aircraft for an imaginary flight and parachute jump.

$18 per child non-catered, $26 per child catered

– Dress up in flight suits

– Make ‘dog tags’ (name tags)

– Learn how to march

– Pretend flight and parachute jump out of an Andover aircraft

– Photo opportunity in front of a Bristol Freighter aircraft

– Pin the propeller on the plane game

Pearse Aviation Party – ages 6+

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Children become intrepid paratroopers as they board the Andover aircraft for an imaginary flight and parachute jump before practising grenade-throwing (water balloons) and exploring the Museum on a scavenger hunt.

$18 per child non-catered, $26 per child catered

-Dress up in flight suits

-Make ‘dog tags’ (name tags)

-Learn how to march

-Pretend flight and jump out of an Andover aircraft

-Grenade-throwing (water balloons)

-Scavenger hunt

 

These are just some party examples, fantastic prices and full entertainment. They also have an option to purchase goodie bags for the children and also pre-made invitations.

Web Link: http://www.airforcemuseum.co.nz/kids/birthday-parties/
C
ontact:
Phone: (03) 343 9504
Email: programmes@airforcemuseum.co.nz

 

 

THE MAKE CAFE HORNBY

The Make Cafe offers some fantastic crafty options for children for birthday parties.

You can choose from some of their Crafty activities

1) Button Tree Canvas $12

2) Fairy Wand $5

3) Sock Snake $12

4) Windchime $12

5) Sock Owl $8

6) Treasure Box $6

7) Bezel Necklace (Age 8+) $15

8) Wrist Pet $8

9) Woolly Mouse $86

10) Butterfly mask $6.50

 

 

What are the fees for having a party?

Our fees for birthday parties are as follows:
– Venue hire $50 (2 hours)
– Tutor fee $75
– Venue only hire (without tutor) $75. (2 hours)
– If you would like a tutor to come to your house it is $75, this is for 1 hour of time for crafting with the kids and up to 1 hour to set up and take down.
How many children can come?
Our minimum number of children for a party is 8 maximum at our venue is 20.
What crafts can we do?
 A list of all our Creation Station kids craft kits are available to view here:
We can also create a new kit for your child party, there is a fee of $50 for doing this.
How early can we get there?
You will be able to enter the venue 15 minutes prior to the party and you have 15 minutes afterwards to wait for kids to be picked up. If you would like additional time, the charge is $25 per hour.
Can we bring our own food/cake?
Yes of course you can! We have a kitchen area at the back of our premises that you can use.
Tea/Coffee can be provided for the adults at $1 per head otherwise please bring your own.
We do ask for you to bring your own rubbish bags to take your food rubbish away with you as we have limited bin space for our shop.
We also ask that you clean up any party food mess.
Please note no alcohol is allowed on the premises
How do I know if I need a tutor?
Tutor is optional, all kits come with everything needed and are individually packaged so can be ordered and collected in store too if you prefer.
Some people prefer to have a tutor to help guide the children through the craft whilst others are happy to do this bit themselves. What can be helpful if you plan to do the party yourself is just to purchase one additional kit and make it beforehand and this can then be used as an example.
Can I bring my own decorations?
Yes you are most welcome to decorate with your own decorations. Please make sure you take these down and home with you afterwards
How do I confirm my booking?
If you are keen to go ahead, please provide
1) Approximate number of children
2) Your childs age
3)Which of the craft kits you would like or what type of theme you are doing
Booking is confirmed when a $50 deposit is received which is deducted from your total bill due 2 days prior to the party.
LA PORCHETTA PIZZA PARTY

Some La Porchetta restaurants offer  a “Mini Chef Make your Own Pizza Parties” for children aged 5 years and over who are celebrating a birthday.They will learn how to prepare their own pizza using real techniques and ingredients. These are then popped into the oven and, best of all, children get to eat their creations and share a meal they cooked themselves.

La Porchetta’s children’s parties are a great way to help kids learn about food preparation and have some fun along the way.

Each child will receive a small pizza and drink and gets to share in some delicious ice-cream cake.

You will need to enquire for special booking times, also there is a minimum of 10 children and of course to see if your local does the children’s parties, but it is definitely a fun option for a party, especially those older children!

Web Link: http://www.laporchetta.co.nz/news-events/have-a-pizza-making-birthday-party

 

BEYOND THE FAERIE TREE

As well as being amazing entertainment for birthday parties at your own home, these wonderful Faeries now have a special venue at their own store in Rangiora. And it is so gorgeous that I wish I could just have my own party there (still young at heart!).
Here are some details taken from their website about their gorgeous new party room:

Be enchanted in our magical faerie party room!

Introductory Price for January & February 2017:

2 hours $199 – for up to 12 children.

(Price includes GST.)

About our Parties:

Our in store parties will take place in our party room at the Beyond the Faerie Tree store in Rangiora, opening January 7th 2017.

Children will enjoy 2 hours of magical  fun with one of our beautiful faeries – inspired by the wonder of the fae and this beautiful space. Be enchanted with stories of Faerie Land, bubbles, pixie dust, music, dancing, sparkles, pass the parcel, birthday cake time, present time and more!

Your party draws to a close with an opportunity to take photos with your faerie, to remember the magical experience!

We provide:

All of the magical fun described above in our beautiful party room with one of our gorgeous faeries.

A sparkling sequin wand and special handcrafted wish jar made with love by Rainbowily and Snowdrop for your Birthday child.

Plates, napkins and all the necessities for birthday cake time.

Each little guest will be gifted a special treasure and colouring competition to take home. Colouring competitions may be dropped back in-store for a chance to win a magical monthly prize pack!

 You provide:

Up to 12 giggling smiling children.

Birthday cake & candles (compulsory).

Add Face Painting to your Party:

Face Painting with an extra faerie may be added to your party for an additional fee of $60 for one hour. Painting takes place during your party booking.

Their Store is located at: Unit 4a, 29 Huntingdon Drive, Rangiora.

Shop Phone: 03 9755 004     OR

Jane/Rainbowlily on 027 455 2331

Charlotte/Snowdrop on 027 37 98850.

Email: beyondthefaerietree@gmail.com 

Web Link: http://www.beyondthefaerietree.co.nz/in-store-partry

WILLOWBANK WILDLIFE RESERVE PARTIES

What child doesn’t love visiting Willowbank? How exciting would it be to have a birthday party here?!
They have three different menu options based on either age, standard menu or healthy menu- the price is based on five children and varies depending on which menu you choose as part of your party. There is 1 accompanying adult allowed in complimentary per 5 children.
I advise you to read the website link for more information as there is a lot to read.

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Web Link: http://www.willowbank.co.nz/childrens-birthday-parties

Contact:
60 Hussey Road, Harewood,
03 359 6226
info@willowbank.co.nz

BEADZ UNLIMITED
The Beadz Unlimited store has a Party Room in store where they hold their parties. You can host a children’s birthday party here and choose from some fantastic options.
The following information was taken from their website:

– We cater for both small and large groups of children of all ages

– There is a minimum of 7 children to run a party

– The party is fully supervised by a trained tutor

– The children will use brightly coloured seed beads and sometimes a selection of special beads to make their creation

– Parties can be run for both girls and boys

– Party duration times are approximate depending on the size and age of the group

– All prices are per child and include all materials

– A non refundable $30 deposit is required to secure your party booking – if the party room is left in a state that requires additional cleaning the deposit will be retained to cover this cost

 

If you would like to have some post-party food, a birthday cake or time to open presents or play games then our party room may be available for hire at $30 for the first half hour and $15 for every half hour after that. Food is not included. We have a lovely spacious party room with an ajoining kitchen area and toilet. We have a CD player so you can bring along your own music too if you wish!

 

Choose from the following…

 

Heart Pendant Necklace  4 years+  1 hour    $19.50 each   FAVOURITE

Be the princess of your party, when you create your heart and seed bead necklace. Easily adapted fo suit boys too.

 

Daisy Bracelet  10 years+  11/4 hours    $24.50 each   NEW

For older children to learn how to create a bracelet with wire & bright beads.

 

Crystal Drop Necklace  6 years+  1 1/4  hours   $24.50 each

Make a long colourful necklace with a sparkle drop at the end.

 

Treasure Cuff Bracelet  6 years+  1 hour    $24.50 each

A spiral of beautiful beads to wrap around your wrist

 

Beady Gecko  7 years+  1 hour    $20.50 each

Bead your very own gecko buddy, using any colour comination you like!

 

Beaded Spider  5 years+  1 hour    $24.50 each   NEW

Make a creepy spider with a shiny colourful body and seed beads…scary!

 

Beaded Dragonfly  5 years+  1 hour    $24.50 each   FAVOURITE

Make a magical dragonfly with heart shaped pony beads and seed beads, easy to make!

 

Rainbow Macrame bracelet  9 years+  11/4 hours    $24.50 each

Macrame knot together a rainbow of beads for your wrist
Web Link to Brochure: http://beadzunlimited.com/media/party-brochure-sept-2015.pdf

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Contact:
New Regent Street
03 379 5391
sales@beadzunlimited.com

 

 

CHRISTCHURCH TOP 10 HOLIDAY PARK
Who even knew about this?! It was a surprise that I came across after one of my daughter’s friends had her party here. What a fabulous idea!!

“Surprise! Yes we welcome Christchurch locals (non Park guests) to book a children’s party in the park. And the cost is just $7 per child and $2 per adult.

So it’s perfect if your budget is not huge and you want to entertain more kids than your backyard can comfortably handle! The children can use our heated indoor swimming pool (with slide), the children’s playground area, jumping pillow, NEOS game, trampoline and even the fun bikes.

Bring along your own food and drinks, and if the weather turns bad you can use our indoor dining area. If you want to BBQ, our BBQs are available or you can bring along your own. If you want to make things even more entertaining, you can hire a bouncy castle to be set up onsite, or even hire a Shetland pony to provide pony rides for your guests. (Just ask us, we can recommend the perfect pony!)”

Book your party through our reception, by calling us on 0800 396 323.

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FERRYMEAD HERITAGE PARK

Ferrymead Heritage park offers two different types of party packages.
The Tram Hire is the smaller of the two and can accommodate up to 12 kids and 5-6 accompanying adults.
You have exclusive use of the electric tram and driver for 2.5 hours. The Tram has a table down the centre where you can set up food or gifts. There is either an 11am or 2pm time slot (Saturday or Sunday) for this package and you are allowed to be there 30 mins prior to use for decorating and set up. This package is $125 and then you will need to pay for park entry which is a discounted rate of $5 per child over  years old and $10 per adult.

The Train Carriage is for a party size of up to 30 kids and 10-12 accompanying adults. The carriage has a table down the centre which you can use for party food or gifts. The time slots for the carriage are either 11am or 2pm on either Saturday or Sunday. This package is $140 and then you will need to pay for park entry which is a discounted rate of $5 per child over  years old and $10 per adult.

Contact:
Ferrymead Heritage Park- 50 Ferrymead Park Drive
03 384 1970
Email: info@ferrymead.org.nz

Web Link: http://www.ferrymead.org.nz/venue-hire/childrens-birthday-parties

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PLUNKET ROOMS

The local Plunket rooms are a fabulous hire option for when you still want to have your own party but need a bigger space. THey offer the use of their rooms, the toilets, the outdoor play areas and also the kitchen facilities.
Each local rooms offer a half day or full day rate and each local Plunket seems to charge differently for their services. It is recommended to book in really early as they are very popular.
Fendalton Plunket Rooms: 
9.00am-12.30pm -$50
1.30pm-5.00pm- $50
9.00am-5.00pm- $90
Evenings- $30

Burwood Plunket Rooms:
Half Day- $40
Full Day- $70
Evening- $30

I unfortunately haven’t gathered hire information from Shirley, Halswell or Papanui plunket rooms but the costs are all relatively around the same with some cheaper than others. It is advisable to contact your closest one for more info.
When hiring the plunket room, check in with what facilities they have as some of their kitchens would’t have any suitable cake knives etc.

 

ABBERLEY PARK HALL
Abberley Park is a gorgeous area in St Albans. There is a quaint old hall for hire situated in the park which is perfect for children’s parties. It has wooden floors and kitchen facilities. There are power points, chairs and tables and heating.
The charge is $29 per hour for private social functions according to the government website and it is advised to book in where you can as it is very popular.
The use of the playground outside is also very handy for the nice weather and allowing children to run off some energy.

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WOODLANDS CAFE, RESTAURANT AND BAR
A new cafe in North Canterbury, Christchurch which has fantastic facilities for hosting children’s birthday parties.
See the facebook page for more contact info until we can find a website.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/The-Woodlands-Cafe-Restaurant-Bar-577067225784968/

 

 

And that brings us to the close of our list, there are also a number of inflatable trampoline places which also do parties which you are welcome to search for as well, I felt it was best to focus on options for younger ages as well here.
If there is anything I have missed out I would love to hear it, my goal is have one big post to be able to refer to with ease with all sorts of options.

Thanks guys, I look forward to seeing some great parties coming up!

– J

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