While Sydney, Australia, may be thought of as home to hopping joeys (kangaroos) and coral reef diving, the city provides an endless array of activities such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, the Powerhouse Museum and many beaches for building sand castles, surfing and shell seeking. When it comes to celebrating a child's birthday, it's no surprise that Sydney also offers an array of options. From heart-pounding excitement to sleeping among the animals to touring art galleries, children can celebrate their birthdays Sydney-style.
Laser Siege is open Monday through Saturday, offering a birthday party venue where kids can run wild. The laser tag facility allows kids to play on a three-level arena that includes a 50-seat bus, obstacles and a small plane. The facility also offers pool, arcade games, prize games and a go-kart raceway. Try the deluxe party package, which gives each child three 10-minute laser tag games, unlimited arcade game play plus snacks (chips and popcorn). Party time is 2.5 hours and includes a private section of the game place. For a more inclusive party, the VIP package includes four 10-minute laser tag games for each child, unlimited games, pizza, snacks, ice cream cake, invitations, plates and drinks. Parents are permitted to bring their own party food for either package. Birthday parties require a minimum of eight children.
40a Arncliffe St
Sydney NSW, 2205
Located in the Mosman suburb of Sydney, the Taronga Zoo offers a special Roar and Snore package where birthday party guests can have a sleepover at the zoo (the only opportunity to camp overnight with a view of the Sydney Harbour) and wake up among the animals. Guests sleep in safari tents with single and double beds (showers are also available). Parties begin in the early evening with zoo host chaperons and refreshments. The zoo then provides a buffet dinner and 1.5 hour night safari. In the morning, guests receive breakfast and then participate in two animal greeting experiences, which vary depending on the animals' sleeping habits and time of year. Guests may then remain in the zoo for the rest of the day exploring. Party attendees must be age five or older. Roar and Snore is available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a minimum of 34 people on Fridays and Saturdays.
Bradleys Head Rd.
Mosman NSW, 2088
+61 2 9978 4791
The Australian Museum offers a variety of children's activities, including an entire skeleton gallery, atrium and dinosaur gallery. The museum is open every day of the year except Christmas, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents interested in hosting a birthday party at the museum may rent out The Terrace, with a balcony presenting views of Cook and Philip Park, St. Mary's Cathedral and Woolloomooloo. The Skeleton Gallery (over 100 specimens), Albert Chapman Mineral Collection and Dinosaur Gallery (10 full-size specimens) may also be rented. Although these rooms are more suited toward adult activities, the museum also welcomes children with free admission for children under the age of 5 and discounted admission for children up to age 15 (family discounts are also available). Parents can plan a birthday outing during one of the museum's special events such as Scientist for a Day or Family Day. There are no minimums; party guests may enjoy food and drink for sale in the museum's cafe.
6 College St.
Sydney NSW, 2000
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