Frozen 2

Frozen 2
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The big news is Frozen 2 is set to be released on the 22nd November 2019. Disney has released a ‘sneak peek’ trailer. This shows Anna has taken out her plaits and and Elsa looks to be on a mission into the ocean. Is she searching for her lost parents? There are hints of Autumn and Olaf is still standing doing his thing. Check out the Frozen 2 Teaser Trailer below.

Those with birthday parties later this year and early next year might want to consider a Frozen 2 birthday party. Check out our round up of New Zealand Frozen parties blog post for some inspiration and these pics I found. Love those icicles made from tin foil!

Frozen 2
Photo credit: Kara’s Party Ideas
Frozen 2
Photo credit: Kara’s Party Ideas
Frozen 2
Photo credit: Kara’s Party Ideas
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10 Kid’s DIY Christmas Decorations

I love creating decorations and Christmas is the perfect time to have fun with your kids creating DIY Christmas decorations. Hang them on your tree or find any little spot around the house to decorate. I’ve found 10 ideas that are easy, simple and look gorgeous.
These would also make fabulous gifts that your kid’s would feel so good making and then giving them as a gift to someone.
Most of these items can be easily found in craft stores.

1. Wool Wrapped Christmas Trees

These are made with cardboard triangles, green wool and coloured pom poms.

Kid's Christmas Decorations(Image from Easy Peasy and Fun)

2. Snowflakes

Gather some white ice-cream sticks, feathers, glitter and sequins and get glueing.

Kid's DIY Christmas Decorations(Image from The Chaos and the Clutter)

3. Ombre Christmas Tree Garland.

Felt is a lovely fabric lovely to work with as it doesn’t fray. I’ve found pom pom wool like this in craft stores along with wooden pegs.

Kid's DIY Christmas Crafts(Image from Raising Whasians)

4. Ice Cream Stick Reindeer

Simple and effective! Get the glue gun ready!

Kids Christmas Decorations(Image from The Kindergarten Connection)

5. Paper Straw Wreaths.

Find some Christmas coloured paper straws for these cute miniature wreaths. Add in a few colour coordinated beads and a ribbon and voilá.

Kid's Christmas Decorations(Image from Projects with Kid’s)

6. Pipecleaner Icicles

How beautiful do these look? Silver sparkly pipecleaners threaded with beads and then twisted around a pencil to create the spiral shape.

Kid's Christmas Decorations(Image from Happy Hooligans)

7. Scrap Ribbon Christmas Trees.

I think this is my favourite! Use some sticks and colour coordinated ribbon strips to create these delightful Christmas trees. I’ve also seen this idea made on a cinnamon stick. These would make lovely gifts too.

DIT Christmas Gifts(Image from Fire Flies and Mudpies)

8. Ice Cream Stick Christmas Trees

So many things you can create with some ice cream sticks! The kid’s will love coming up with their own designs for these.

Kid's Christmas Decorations(Image from One Little Project)

9. Candy Canes

Pipe cleaners are easy for kids to hold and thread on to. The beads don’t slip off either. This is a fun way to teach children about repeating patterns too.

Christmas decorations(Image from Fountain Avenue Kitchen)

10. Pinecone Christmas Trees.

A great idea for those cute mini cones you find sometimes. I think these would work sitting in a little plaster of paris as the base.You could do this and let them set before painting them.

Kid's Christmas Craft(Image from Hative)

So many fun ideas it’s hard to choose which ones to do!

Have fun creating memories with you children.

 Merry Christmas.

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Teacher Gift Ideas NZ

Are you looking for fun teacher gift ideas? We have found some fabulously cute teacher gift ideas for you.

  1. Chocolates and a personalised printable.

This has to be my favourite! Such a unique and fun idea. Order your customised printable from NZ business Design by Morris and Co.

Teacher Gift Ideas

2. Mini Potted Plants.

Gift your teacher a lovely little pot plant to brighten their home or classroom. Add a tag saying, “Thanks for helping me grow” and you have yourself a gorgeous gift your teacher will appreciate.

Teacher Gift Ideas (Image from Shanty 2 Chic)

3. Teachers Bits and Bobs dish.

Teachers desks always have ‘bits and bobs’ floating around them so this little dish would be super handy. I found this over at NZ online gift store Not Socks.

Teacher Gift Ideas

4. Punnet of Fresh Fruit.

Having been a teacher myself I know that gifts you can eat are always fabulous and what’s better than some healthy fresh berries. Christmas cherries would be lovely for this too and you could present them in a lovely gift box.

Teacher Gift Ideas (Image from Dixie Delights Online)

5. Decorated Cookies

While we are thinking of edible gifts these cookies by Karen’s Sugar Cookies are beautiful. Karen can also custom create cookies too. These ones can be ordered online and sent to you packaged and ready to gift to your teacher.

Christmas Cookies New Zealand

 

6. Something Useful

I love this idea! Practical with a funny note to attach! I know everyone appreciates an extra roll of Christmas wrap this time of year. The cute tag to go with it is:

Since November you’ve been shopping,
barely sleeping, hardly stopping.
Now it’s late you’re in a scrape, out of paper, out of tape.
Hope this wrap helps save the day!
Have a Happy Holiday!

Teacher Gift Ideas (Image from It’s Always Craft Time)

8. Nail Polish for those teacher beach toes.

Another fun idea with a cute tag idea to attach. Free printable here.

Teacher Gift Ideas (Image from Lollyjane.)

9. Teachers don’t want to loose their keys!

Here is a fun way to gift something personalised. The Creation Station NZ have these Custom Printed Lanyards which would make a useful teacher gift which would be used everyday.

Teacher's Lanyards

10. Mason Jar Characters.

These look gorgeous decorated with buttons and ribbons. Add some colour coordinated chocolates and these are fabulous.

Christmas Mason Jars(Image from The Suburban Mum)

So many fun ideas I’m not sure which one to choose for my kid’s teacher’s gifts. Think I might show this to my kid’s and see which idea they like the best. Have fun planning your gifts for your teacher. It doesn’t need to cost lots of money… make it something fun your kid’s can help you prepare.

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Kid’s Party Venues Auckland

Are you looking for a kid’s party venue in Auckland?
My Kid’s Party lists the best kid’s party venues Auckland has to offer.
Read on to find 30 venues organised for you under Animal Lovers, Party & Learn, Dance and Pamper, Adrenalin Fun, Get Moving and Something Unique.

Kid’s Party Venues in Auckland for Animal Lovers

 

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium - Kid's Party Venue AucklandParty with sharks, penguins, turtles and more at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium!
For more information visit the Kelly Tarlton website or email learn@kellytarltons.co.nz.

 

Kiwi Valley Farm Park – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Kiwi Valley Farm ParkThey can enjoy all the fun of our undercover ‘Party Barnyard’ whilst taking part in the choice activities available ‘Down on the Farm’!
For more information visit the Kiwi Farm Website or phone: (09) 837 2952.

Butterfly Creek – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Butterfly Creek AucklandVisit the tropical butterfly house or travel back in time at Dinosaur Kingdom when dinosaurs ruled. Meet Scar and Goldie, NZ’s only salt water crocodiles. There are farm animals, alligators, bugs, a beautiful bird aviary plus the Kiwi Forest exhibit.
For more information visit the Butterfly Creek website or phone: 0800 132 101.

Kid’s Party Venues in Auckland to ‘Party and Learn’.

 

My Science Playroom – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Children's Science Play RoomThe Science Playroom offers an amazing interactive space for curious families to explore hands-on novelty and fun play activities with a link to underlying theories in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.
For more information visit the Science Playroom website or phone:  09 838 2273

Stardome Observatory and Planetarium – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Stardome Observatory and PlanetariumA birthday party at Stardome includes hiring the Space Room, access to a fully equipped kitchen, unlimited access to our foyer exhibitions and seats in the planetarium to see one of our immersive, 360-degree planetarium shows.
For more information visit the Stardome website or phone: (09) 624 1246.

La Porchetta Mini Chef – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

La Porchetta Birthday Party With the help of La Porchetta’s instructor, every child learns how to design and prepare their own pizza using a range of fresh produce.
For more information visit the La Porchetta website or phone: Henderson – 09-838 7370, Parnell – 09-309 0807, Albany- 09-414 6070.

Flow Academy – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Flow AcademyFlow Academy custom make parties to suit your needs in their indoor, state of the art studios. You can pick and mix between: Parkour courses, Gymnastics and Trampoline flips, Tricking twists, Break dancing, Ninja warrior challenges, Circus acrobatics and aerial equipment, games, relays and so much more. For more information visit Flow Academy Website or phone: (09) 5339006.

Howick Historical Village – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Howick Historical VillageVisit the museum and have private use of the cottage for your birthday party hosted by your very own character host from Alice in Wonderland. Includes a scavenger hunt, party games and craft activities. You’ll also have your party at a table just like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!
For more information visit the Howick Historical Village website or phone: (09) 576 9506.

Kid’s Party Venues in Auckland for some ‘Adrenalin Fun.’

 

Clip n Climb – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Clip n ClimbThe Clib n Climb climbing gym offers a fun and safe environment, where kids can have a great time and engage in healthy challenges. As an indoor venue, you can plan your party without having to worry about the weather and they have a party room to hire.
For more information visit the Clip n Climb website or phone: 09 630 6040.

Spookers – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

SpookersFor children 8 years and over, and at your discretion, Spookers offers an exciting range of activities for kids & teenagers. Experience a tour of the Spookers Haunted House and then choose from a delicious range of party food, loot bags, themed cakes and extras including horror makeup and lucky dips.
Visit the Spookers website for more information or phone: 09 2919002.

Tree Adventures – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Tree AdventuresTree Adventures is a tree-top challenge course offering an impressive range of suspended obstacles and ziplines. Recommended for climbers 7 years and over. There is plenty of large picnic tables on site and shelter hire available, the forest is an enjoyable setting to celebrate your special occasion so bring your party food with you! Visit the Tree Adventures website for more information or phone: +6421393701.

Blastacars – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Blastacars AucklandAt Blastacars birthday groups can enjoy our Function Room or BBQ area with their booking. Anyone aged 8 years old with a minimum height of 1.2 metres or above is able to race. We offer a safer “kids” speed for first time racers and with our booster seats and extender pedals they are good to go.
For information visit the Blastscars website or phone: (09) 837-5572

Glen Eden Extreme Edge – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Glen Eden Extreme EdgeGlen Eden Extreme Edge offers 31 automatic climbing walls perfect for children of all ages. You can BYO party food and prices are for ‘all day’ climbing.
For more information visit the Glen Eden Extreme Edge website or phone: 09-818-3038.

Rocket Ropes – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Rocket Ropes AucklandRocket Ropes is Auckland’s only urban high ropes activity park. With over 60 challenging aerial activities launched from our two courses. Suitable from 2 year olds right up to teenagers.
For information visit the Rocket Ropes website or phone: 09 275 8880 Ext 213.

 

Kid’s Party Venues in Auckland for some ‘Dance & Pamper.’

 

Little Miss Enchanted – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Little Enchanted PartiesCome to our one-of-a-kind’, hand created, Magical Princess Garden where you can meet some of your favourite Disney princesses or fairies.
Come along and play loads of fun games with your favourite characters and be pampered!
For more information visit the Little Miss Enchanted website or phone: 0800 545 647

Viva Dance Studios – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Viva Dance Studio Kids PartiesViva Dance Studios is the only place in Auckland where your child can have a fun bespoke birthday dance class! With our fully equipped studios situated in central Auckland, our instructors are experienced at running interactive, exciting dance classes for kids from 5-15 years of age.
For more information visit the Viva Dance Studio website or phone: 09 376 7900

Lizzy Love – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Lizzy Love Pamper Party AucklandAt Lizzy Love we love to pamper, so what better than a pamper spa treat or pamper birthday party hosted at Lizzy Love.
For more information visit the Lizzy Love website or phone:(09) 973 0968

Dance Space – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Dance SpaceAmazing Dance Space venue can be hired for parties. There are options to include glow face painting and a disco. You could also include a fairy to party with you. For more information visit the Dance Space website or phone: 021 321 072.

 

Kid’s Party Venues in Auckland for some ‘Get Moving.’

 

Asylum Paintball – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Asylum PaintballChildren’s Low Impact Paintball at Asylum Paintball is a fabulous kid’s party option. At Asylum Paintball everything is included in one flat rate, meaning there are no hidden costs. For more information visit the Asylum Paintball website or phone:09 277 0075

Gravity NZ – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Gravity Trampoline Park NZWe love birthday parties here at Gravity, and kids love having their birthday parties here!
Our birthdays run for 2 hours – one hour of bounce time on the trampolines, to play dodgeball and have a go on the ninja course along with
one hour of table time to eat, sing happy birthday and open presents!
For more information visit the Gravity NZ website or phone: MT WELLINGTON 09 527 0524   |  MANUKAU  09 262 2463.

Treasure Island – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Pirate Cove Adventure GolfChoose from either the Parrot or Treasure packages which both include 18 holes of adventure golf, a private area, temporary tattoo, certificate, and bring your own food and drinks! Treasure package includes a loot bag with stickers, activities, balloon and a snack. Prices start at $12 per person.
For more information visit the Treasure Island Website or phone 09 275 7531.

The Amazing Maze and Maize – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

The Amazing Maze n MaizeThe Amazing Maze is a family friendly attraction suitable for all ages!
The Amazing Maze is seasonal and is open 7 days a week between 10am-4pm from December 28th-end of April.
For more information visit the Amazing Maze and Maize website or phone:09 2919002.

Bounce and Beyond – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Bounce & BeyondBounce & Beyond indoor inflatable playground is the perfect party destination! Kids of all ages have a blast climbing, running, jumping and sliding their way to fun. Check out our new party zones upstairs, make your special occasion unforgettable!
For information visit the Bounce and Beyond website or phone: (09) 274-3374.

Lock N Load – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Lock n Load AdventuresLock N Load Adventures is an awesome place to celebrate your child’s next birthday, or even yours.
We have 3 great adventures to choose from, Paintball, Arrow Tag or Archery. Plus a free BBQ for your use or let us arrange catering for you.
For more information visit the Lock N Load website or phone: 0800 132 101.

Megazone – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Megazone Auckland kid's party venueMegazone Mt Wellington is Auckland largest multi-level laser tag arena that also offers dodgems, glow in the dark mini-golf and arcades.
We also have party rooms available. Bring the kids in and we will wear them out, feed them and clean up the mess.
For more information visit the Megazone website or phone: (09) 573 5333.

 

Kid’s Party Venues in Auckland for some ‘Something Unique.’

 

Odyssey Sensory Maze – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Odyssey Sensory MazeOdyssey is an a-maze-ing adventure where while trying to find your way out you will experience darker challenging spaces, quirky physical obstacles and challenges, illusions, lighting effects, scents, sound effects and strange sensations that all together provide you with a unique experience that you will never forget! For children aged 8 and over. Party packages are available. For more information visit the Odyssey Sensory maze website or phone:(09) 365 1145.

Virtual Reality Studio – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Virtual Reality StudioWe love hosting birthday parties at Virtual Reality Studio & they tend to be rip-roaring successes!
Our facilities include 8 VR booths that can be enjoyed solo or time-shared & yes, we have multiplayer capacity! We have party packages available. For more information visit the Virtual Reality Studio website or phone: 027 350 3554.

Rainbow’s End – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Rainbow's End Theme ParkFrom thrill rides like the Stratosfear and Invader to family fun on the Log Flume or Karts, you know it’s going to be a great birthday. We also have our all-weather Kidz Kingdom especially for children 8 years and under with lots of rides and activities.
Party packages available. For more information visit the Rainbow’s End website or phone: 09 262 2030.

Party Kingdom – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

Party KingdomPrepare the kids for Party Kingdom – a magical land of fun and excitement where they can run and explore the huge pirate playground, leap like crazy on the bouncy castle and lots lots more. We have four incredible, themed, private party rooms available to hire 7 days-a-week, including the very special secret garden!
For more information visit the Party Kingdom website or phone: 021 919 169.

YMCA – Kid’s Party Venue Auckland

YMCA Birthday PartyOur kids birthday parties are full of games and free play on YMCA equipment – the perfect way to burn off all of that excited energy before you settle down in our lounge or kitchen areas for cake and food after! For more information visit the YMCA website or phone: 0064 9 303 2068.

I hope these Auckland venue suggestions help you find a birthday party venue your child will love.
So many great options it’s a good thing we get to celebrate our birthdays every year.

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Party Venues Wellington

Are you looking for kid’s party venues Wellington? I’ve found the best kid’s party venues Wellington and Upper Hutt has to offer.
From animal adventures, water fun, trains and art, you will find something fun and unique to celebrate your child’s next birthday party.

Wellington Party Venues with Animals

If your child loves animals these two party venues will definitely bring a smile to their face.

Thompsons Horse Centre

Thompson Horse Centre
Based in Upper Hutt the Thompsons Horse Centre provides horse riding, picnic area and a playground. Party guests enjoy a lovely pony ride around the farm trail for half an hour each or, if wet play mounted games in the indoor arena. There is a picnic and playground area for the children to enjoy while waiting for their pony ride. You are welcome to stay and relax and have your own party food in this safe area, watching other children ride in the outdoor arena, or we have an undercover area if wet. For prices and more information please visit the Thompsons Horse Centre website or phone 04 526 4515.

Staglands Wildlife Reserve

Staglands Wildlife Reserve
Kid’s love Staglands and being less than an hours drive form Wellington it is a great place to celebrate a birthday with family and friends. Their birthday party packages are ideally suited for children from three to ten years. The party package at Staglands includes a separate room in the café for an hour which is decorated and has a party table set.
Children are also welcome to celebrate their birthday at Staglands without purchasing our party package.
The Barn is a great place for a family get together or use one of the many picnic areas.
The BBQ areas are covered with plenty of seating and all have great views.
For more information visit the Stagland’s website or phone +64 4 526 7529.

Wellington Party Venues that get kids out and moving.

We all know kids need some adventure and these five party venues provide some thrill and a little adrenaline for a memorable birthday party.

Fergs Kayaks Adventure Birthday Parties:

Fergs Kayaks
Have an adventure race with Fergs on Wellington’s waterfront! Unlock clues, complete challenges and Rock, Roll and/or Paddle your way to victory and prizes with one of their dedicated instructors. Total time is approx 2.5hours and includes time for a sit-down with party food and cake (not provided).
For more information visit the Fergs Website or phone 04 499 8898.

Freedom Hire Climbing Party:

Party Venues Wellington

Spend an exciting 2 hours of your kid’s special day at Fergs Indoor Climbing Wall. Bookings are available Monday- Friday 11am-8pm, Saturdays 10am-6pm, and Sundays 12pm-6pm for parties of 8+ people. Adult belayers and supervision required. Trestle table available to hire.
For more information visit the Fergs Website or phone 04 499 8898.

Silver Stream Railway

Silver Stream Railway

At Silver Stream Railway in Upper Hutt a historic wooden carriage is available for children’s birthday parties on the 1st and 3rd Sunday and selected public holidays from 11am to 1:15pm or, 1:45pm to 4pm. This carriage is attached to the train that runs over 1.5kms of restored track, each journey taking approx. 15 minutes departing our main station 2-3 times per hour. The carriage is arranged with table tops between some of the seats so that party food and refreshments may be presented.
For more information visit the Silver Stream Railway Website or phone (04) 563 7348.

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

Pirate Cove Adventure Golf

Located in Porirua on the harbour, Pirate’s Cove is a fantastic 18 hole course. Birthday parties at Pirate’s Cove are fun, affordable and piratey! You can bring your own food, reserve the BBQ area and play golf!
Choose from either the Parrot or Treasure packages which both include 18 holes of adventure golf, a private area, temporary tattoo, certificate, and bring your own food and drinks! Treasure package includes a loot bag with stickers, activities, balloon and a snack. Prices start at $12 per person.
For more information visit the Pirate’s Cove Website or phone 04 237 6809.

Laserforce Wellington

Laser force Wellington

Gear up with your state of the art Generation 6 Laserforce Battlesuit vest and grip your phaser tight – it’s time for action!
The pumping music sets the tone as you stalk your enemies shrouded in a swirling haze through the fully air conditioned arena maze.
Birthday party packages with or without food.
For more information visit the Laserforce Wellington website or phone (04) 384 4622.

Creative Wellington Party Venues

If you are looking for a birthday party that is unique and provides a little flair and creativity these next three party venues will be for you.

Sams Art House

Sams Art House

Sams Art House is the perfect, cool, colourful, awesome place for your kid’s creative birthday parties.
Sams Art House will provide the space, creative activity, materials and atmosphere to help make that special persons birthday party rock!
Price is $245 for up to 8 children, additional children are $30 per head up to 12 kids maximum (up to 10 maximum for pre-school children).
This price includes all materials provided for the craft of choice and exclusive use of their studio for 2 hours.
Parents bring food and cake. We provide plates, cups, cutlery, platters, bowls, etc.
For information visit Sams Art House Website or phone 021 610804 or 04 479 8496.

Capital E

Capital E

Capital E ignites the creative spark in young people, through digital workshops, live performance and events. Capital E is a not-for-profit organisation based in Te Whanganui a Tara, Wellington providing quality experiences to schools and public. Capital E’s creative play space is the ideal place to host your child’s birthday party. Their space is constantly buzzing with ever-changing themes, awesome activities, and equipment to keep young hands and minds busy.
Party packages for kids aged 0-6 – a Capital E staff member will be on hand to help you set-up, show you around the facilities and assist children with some of their craft activities.
Party Packages for kids aged 8+ – capture their memorable birthday party in their professional OnTV Studio or MediaLab computer suite.

For more information visit the Capital E website or phone 04 913 3740.

Southern Cross

The Cross Wellington

Southern Cross will provide you with a space and their kid friendly staff will take care of the set-up, clean-up and the food – so you can focus on the kids and catching up with their Mums & Dads over a coffee and a bite to eat. If your party is between 10am-2pm on weekends your little guests can join in on the Cross Critters Weekend activities; including FREE Face-Painting! You’re welcome to arrange your own entertainment too (send in the clowns!).
You are welcome to bring indoor own birthday cake however all other food & drink must be purchased through Southern Cross. They have a fantastic kids’ party food menu on their website with healthy and naughty but nice treats for all.
For more information visit the Southern Cross website or phone (04) 384 9085.

I hope these ideas have provided you with some inspiration for your next child’ birthday party in Wellington.
Have fun making memories with your tamariki.

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NZ Birthday Club

Come and join our Facebook Birthday Club which is a group run by Mayhem Creations and My Kids Party.  We wanted to create a place where all parents, caregivers and whanau could come and find an answer to their birthday questions!  We encourage you to ask questions or search through out group to help get your birthday party sorted.

Monthly Prizes

Each month we have some amazing Kiwi businesses donate prizes and there is a huge variety up for grabs.