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Looking to throw your little bundle of joy a birthday party they'll never forget? Then look no further! London is a veritable child's playground when it comes to great birthday party ideas, with many of the venues that cater to the city's big kids offering the same fun and games to its literal children. From Willy Wonka-esque candy factories to a sleepover with dinosaurs, these are the 10 best kids birthday party ideas in London...

1) Kids circus party at the National Centre For Circus Arts


Available on Saturdays at the National Centre For Circus Arts in Shoreditch, a kids circus workshop party teaches youngsters fun skills like trapeze, tightrope walking and diabolo tricks. While it's on the pricier side at £75 a head (minimum booking of 10 kids), each child gets professional tuition from one of the centre's highly skilled circus instructors, and there really isn't anything quite like watching your little one fly through the air on a trapeze a la The Greatest Showman.

2) Kids karaoke party at Lucky Voice


Along with being great fun, singing is also incredibly good for kids; it helps develop social skills, improves memory, boosts self-confidence, lowers stress levels and strengthens the immune system. Available on Saturdays and Sundays, a Lucky Voice kids party takes place in one of the karaoke brand's signature private karaoke pods, giving youngsters the chance to sing, shout and let it all out in their own soundproofed domain.

And, as an added bonus, while the kids tire themselves out singing, parents can enjoy a couple of hours peace and quiet at the bar, with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments available for purchase. Alternatively, cool mums and dads can grab a mic and join in the fun! You can also check out our blog for more kids' karaoke birthday party ideas

Prices start from £20/child:

3) Kids laser tag or paintball party at Bunker 51


Taking place in a decommissioned Cold War nuclear bunker in Greenwich, a laser tag or paintball party at Bunker 51 is ideal for competitive nippers with itchy trigger fingers. There's even a special low impact form of paintball called Splatmaster that's great for kids aged 8-12, offering the same thrills as normal paintball but without the nasty sting when you get hit. There's also an 'Officer's Mess' for the kids to enjoy food and cake in after they've finished their war games.

Prices start from £30/child:

4) Kids sleepover at The National History Museum


Available one Saturday each month, Dino Snores at the Natural History Museum are for children aged 7-11. The night begins as you set up camp in one of the museum's iconic galleries, with an array of fun activities afterwards including a torch lit trail, dino t-shirt making workshop and educational presentation from one of the museum's scientists. In the morning guests wake up bright and early for a cold breakfast and then there's a live animal show to enjoy before you make your way to the exit prior to the museum's public opening at 10am.

Tickets for children and adults are £60 each:

5) Kids treetop adventure at Go Ape Battersea


Perfect for cheeky monkeys, Go Ape Battersea has a special 231 metre Tree Top Junior course that's jam-packed with wobbly bridges, crossings and zip wires. Adults can either choose to do the course with the kids, or supervise from the ground with a coffee to hand. And if you're looking to make even more of a day of it, there's also Putt In The Park crazy golf and Battersea Park Children's Zoo right next door.

Entry is £21/child:

6) Kids candy making masterclass at Spun Candy


There's a reason the expression is 'Like a kid in a candy store' you know! A Spun Candy kids masterclass gives aspiring Willy Wonkas the chance to try their hand at creating an array of weird and wonderful candy, with a Master Candy Maker helping your little one and their friends design, mix, roll and hand make their own sweet treats. There's also plenty of tasting in between and each child goes home with a large bag of the candy they've made during the class.

Prices start from £25/child:

7) Kids pirate party aboard the Golden Hinde


The Golden Hinde in London Bridge is a breathtaking recreation of the famous ship that Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe in to raid Spanish colonies for Queen Elizabeth I. The ship offers young pirates five decks of swashbuckling fun, and its kids birthday parties commandeer the entire galleon for two hours, with entertainment provided by Golden Hinde crew members along the lines of treasure hunts and tales of the high seas.

Price is £24/child, minimum booking of 20:

8) Kids trampoline party at Flip Out Wandsworth


Flip Out Wandsworth is the largest trampoline park in London, with dozens of interconnected trampolines including wall to wall springboards that will quite literally have your child and their friends bouncing off the walls! There's even special foam pits for stunts, so kids can try all the spins and flips they want with a soft landing guaranteed.

A kids party at Flipout includes an hour of jump time in the main park and 30 minutes in a private party room afterwards with pizza, popcorn and squash to quench the thirst and hunger of tired out tykes, and a dedicated party host to keep them entertained.

Price start from £16/child:

9) Kids go kart party at Team Sport Go Karting


Team Sport Go Karting in London Bridge features a whopping 800m track and has special kids karts for ages 8-13 with limited power so you don't have to worry about things getting out of hand for younger racers. At a kids go karting party, drivers get 30 minutes of exclusive track time, with a Grand Prix to finish things off and medal presentation for the top 3 drivers. You can also choose to add food, party bags or a party room on to your booking for after the race, and there's an observation deck for parents to watch all the high octane action unfold.

Prices start from £36 per child:

10) Kids bowling party at Namco Funscape


Namco Funscape in Westminster is a classic arcade with all the bells and whistles you'd expect – there's bowling, ping pong, pool, dodgems and hundreds of different arcade machines to play, many of which give out tickets for traditional arcade prizes. A kids party package at Namsco Funscape includes a game of bowling and round of bumper cars as well as a meal and drink for each child.

Prices start from £17.95/child: