How to throw a kids birthday party on a budget in Cardiff

Planning your child’s birthday party can be stressful and time consuming, so we hope that this list can simplify the process. We’ve done the research on the best and most cost effective packages for birthday parties in Cardiff, so you don’t have to. You can concentrate on enjoying your child’s birthday and making those all important special memories!

Party Venues in Cardiff

Eight fun and memorable birthday party locations around Cardiff.

  1. Parc Play – All weather play facilities and fantastic party food, with designated decorated party areas for all their friends to enjoy. You can book your birthday party cabin for up to 30 guests or choose exclusive hire for up to 50 people. They also give a return play pass for the birthday child which is a lovely bonus.

  2. Techniquest – Located in Cardiff Bay, the science museum has been a firm favourite with families for years. There’s over 100 hands on exhibits for all ages and a science theatre for live shows, all in the same building. There are also catering options for picnic style party food.

  3. Superbowl UK Cardiff – For a triple activity birthday party, look no further than Superbowl which has bowling, laser tag and soft games all under one roof. A great option if you have a party crowd of different ages, as there is something for everyone!

  4. Cardiff International White Water – A perfect original birthday party for a thrill seeking older child.

  5. Laser Tag- A birthday party idea full of non stop adrenaline action, but entirely safe. Great for older kids parties.

  6. Cefn Mably – Party packages start from £16 per child. Cefn Mably is packed full of activities including crazy mini golf, newly refurbished soft play, a land train and animals you can feed. A kids party option with plenty of fresh air on offer to tire them all out!

  7. Cardiff City House of Sport – Perfect birthday party venue for little football fans. Kids can enjoy a 1 hour coached football party on their high quality indoor 3G facility. All party guests will get a certificate and a medal for participating. Cardiff city house also provide options for catered, or self catered, if you would prefer to bring your own food.

  8. Mambo Soft Play- A children’s party classic- you can’t go wrong with soft play! Mambo has all the activities you would expect, alongside a new baby area, go karts, spider climb area and amusements. Party food is included in the price, with packages starting at £14 per child. They’ll even sort the party bags so you don’t have to!

Throwing your own party ideas

If you’re feeling brave, you might also consider throwing your children’s party in your own home or at a local space, such as a nearby park. This can be a winning option for younger children who might be overwhelmed, or less interested in organised fun at birthday parties.

Take it back to the tried and tested classic kids birthday parties you might have enjoyed as a child, such as party games like musical chairs and pass the parcel, a cake and candles, and some music for the little ones to get their dancing shoes on! Our Disco Party Light Package is regularly hired and very popular for children’s parties. Our ADJ stingers are three in one lights and a particular favourite for kids as they change colour in time with the music or our Party Package covers everything you need. Add in some face painting and balloons and you’ve got your budget friendly next children’s party covered. You can check out our packages at or give us a call on 02920 095590 for a chat about how we can help.

Party food

  1. Kids parties are all about the birthday cake! So unless you’re a star baker we would recommend leaving the cake making to the professionals. “Let them see cake” based on Cowbridge Road East, provide truly beautiful and delicious cakes that can be customised to fit your theme.

  2. Grazing platters – An on trend and practical solution to cater for your young guests. Grab lots of kid friendly snacks such as chopped fruit, crisps, sandwiches, sausage rolls etc and put them on a platter so they can grab and go.

  3. Buffet food- You can’t go wrong with a buffet selection full of kids favourites such as pizza, fries and nuggets. A great budget friendly option that you know pretty much everyone will eat!

  4. “Make your own” birthday parties – The Hollybush offer pizza parties in Cardiff for children that have them making and rolling their own dough, personalising their pizza and enjoying bottomless ice cream from their ice cream factory to finish off! A lovely option for groups of children aged 5 and upwards.

Birthday parties

We hope this helps you to organise the perfect party in Cardiff for your little one and create special birthday memories they won’t forget! Remember if you need any party equipment including speakers, lighting or smoke machines please get in touch to chat to one of the team. 

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