Birthday Bash Inspiration! - Derby Days Out Blog
10th June 2019

Got a child's birthday party to plan? Or maybe you need some birthday gift inspiration? 

Take a look at some great options on this blog!

Let us take the headache away and put the fun into your next birthday party!

We can help you organise the party, provide fun and games or you can lead the activities. We have a range of different types of parties available, to suit all ages and activity choices.

For younger children try our bouncy castle and soft play or toddler tea party at Springwood Leisure Centre.

Enjoy football? Why not have a party in the Centre Bowl at Moorways Stadium or indoors at the amazing Derby Arena. Try a golf party at Markeaton Park, choose from Pitch and Putt or the new craze Footgolf.

Does your child like to boogie? Springwood Leisure Centre has a party room with music and disco lights to create that electric party atmosphere. They can also provide selfie frames and inflatable instruments to keep the party vibes alive!

For the thrill seekers why not ride Derby Arena cycle track. Children from the age of 9 can experience this amazing 42◦ indoor velodrome track - a coach and all equipment required is provided.

Do you want to make a party splash? Join us at Queen’s Leisure Centre for your party! 

For children 8 years and under we have a new Inflata Party which includes toys, rafts and an inflatable lobster in the Teaching pool. 

For children aged 10 and under there is the Pool Party in the Teaching Pool.

For party thrill seekers 5 years and over, challenge your friends on the amazing Atlantis Splash Run - a huge inflatable assault course stretching the length of the Gala Pool.

All our facilities offer room hire with options to bring your own food, or there are catering options.

For more information on our parties visit or call 01332 641234

All parties require adult supervision and terms and conditions apply.

Oxygen Free Jumping Derby

Here at Oxygen, we know a thing or two about kids parties. So much so that we think we’ve found the PERFECT party recipe:

1 hour of Freejumping + time to relax and refuel in an exclusive party room with pizza and drinks. 

We’ve discovered that this recipe equals SMILES!

Choose from Platinum, Gold or Silver kids' party packages depending on which additional extras you would like for the party.

Party packages start from £14

For more information or to book an Oxygen party visit their website -

Three Bears Cookery Club Party Packages

Having a cookery-themed party is an ideal way for children to get their imagination flowing, making their own food to enjoy at the party.

In all party packages, Three Bears Cookery will bring all the ingredients, aprons and cooking equipment. We just need use of an oven onsite.

Party Package 1 – Suitable for ages 2+ min 6 children, max 12 children

  • Children will make their own cupcakes and decorate them using sprinkles, writing icing and edible glitter to really get their imagination running!
  • While their cupcakes are baking, there will be some craft to keep them entertained until the cookies are ready to decorate!
  • At the end of the party each child will get the recipe card and certificate plus a box to take home any uneaten cupcakes!

Party Package 2 – suitable for ages 7+ min 6 children, max 12 children

  • Children will make their own pizza and cupcakes! This removes the stress of having to prepare the party food as the children will do it themselves!
  • They will have a choice of lots of toppings for the pizza and lots of decorations for their cupcakes too.
  • At the end of the party each child will receive the recipe cards and certificate.

Party Package 3 – ‘Bake Off Style Party’ – suitable for ages 7+, max 24 children (6 groups of 4)

If your child is into ‘Bake Off’ then this is the party for them! They will design, make and decorate their Show Stopper Cake! The winning group will receive a Star Baker award and each child will receive the recipe card and certificate. All ingredients, decorations are included!


Party Package 1: £14 per head, approx. 1 hour 15 mins (not including eating time)

Party Package 2: £17 per head, approx. 2 hours (not including eating time)

Party Package 3: £18 per head, approx. 2 hours (including eating time)

To make the party completely stress free, Three Bears Cookery can provide the following for the party at an additional cost:

Optional extras:

Option A: nibbles including crisps, cucumber and carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes and sausage rolls - £1.50 per head

Option B: as above, including sandwiches with a choice of 3 fillings. Choose from ham, cheese, tuna, egg, jam or chocolate spread - £2.50 per head

Option C: as above, including sweet nibbles - £3.50 per head

Tablecloth, napkins and plates provided at an additional cost of £4.

Variations of the above are available upon request.

£20 deposit to pay upon booking and the rest can be paid on the day of the party. Final numbers to be confirmed 4 days prior to the party.

To book a Three Bears Cookery Party and to talk about your party and any dietary requirements then please get in touch. Three Bears Cookery are happy to talk about your ideas for the party and offer a bespoke party package.

For more information please contact Ruth

Mobile: 07973193362



Fantastic Parties at Willows Sports Centre, Derby

PARTY OFFER - Book your party and use code ‘DDO19’ and get one place FREE! Worth up to £17.95. Code must be quoted when the booking is made. Minimum number of paid guests is 10, so 11th place is free of charge.


  • 2 standard length games of Lasertag
  • Hot party buffet meal; pizza, fries, chicken bites and veg sticks with drinks
  • Invites
  • Party Bags
  • Framed photograph
  • Party Host


  • 3 standard length games of Lasertag
  • Hot party buffet meal; pizza, fries, chicken bites and veg sticks with drinks
  • Invites
  • Framed photograph
  • Party Host


  • 3 standard length games of Lasertag
  • UV Glow party room with UV plates, cups, balloons and table decor
  • UV Glow wristbands for each child
  • UV Glow stick pendant for each child
  • UV Glow faceprint and hair chalk for each child
  • Hot party buffet meal; pizza, fries, chicken bites and veg sticks with drinks
  • Invites
  • Framed photograph
  • Party Host


  • 1 hour of indoor sports with on-court host
  • Half time drinks, photo and shoot-out competition with prize
  • Signed match ball
  • USB of action replays and match highlights
  • Hot party buffet meal; pizza, fries, chicken bites and veg sticks with drinks
  • Invites
  • Framed photograph
  • Party Host


  • 1 hour of indoor sports with on-court host
  • 1 standard length game of Lasertag
  • Half time drinks, photo and shoot-out competition with prize
  • Signed match ball
  • Champion Drawstring bag for the birthday child
  • USB of action replays and match highlights
  • Hot party buffet meal; pizza, fries, chicken bites and veg sticks with drinks
  • Invites
  • Party Bags
  • Framed photograph
  • Party Host

For more information or to book your birthday party visit or call 01332 204 004

Would you love to have a messy play party for your child but without worrying about the mess? Then look no further! Mucky Ducks offer fantastic messy play parties for young children, and we look after the mess!

Our messy play parties includes up to 8 individual stations of your chosen theme!

Our party sessions last for 45 minutes, and then 15 minutes individual bath to music (for under 5s only).

A separate room is available for party food.

We recommend children wear simple clothing. 

Mucky Ducks are based at West Hallam Village Hall, West Hallam, Derbyshire DE6 6GR.

Please note - the hall will need to be arranged separately for approximately 2 hours.  Please email to organise the hiring of the hall.

Party cost - £120 for up to 20 children (additional children can be added for £6.50 each)

For more information please email - 

Looking for a great gift?

Little Starts Gift Cards can be used to pay for hundreds of baby, toddler and pre-school classes and activities across Derbyshire, Greater Manchester and Nottinghamshire (with more areas coming soon).

In Derbyshire this includes: Baby Sensory, Tiny Talk, Puddleducks, Baby College, Action Academy, Buggy Babes, Bump to Baby Fitness, Kidslingo, Little Learners, Loving Hands Baby Massage, Mini Sportz, Moo Music, Three Bears Cookery Club and Twistin Tots' classes.

Gift Cards can be bought on the Little Starts website for any amount between £10- £200 and spent with the class of the recipient's choosing.

Physical gift cards are sent by first class post the same day if ordered by 3pm and e-cards are sent instantly.

Recipients can use the search on our website to find the class they wish to join and contact the relevant provider there to book using their card.

They make a perfect gift giving experience ideal for baby showers, maternity, a new baby, children's birthdays or Christmas. 

They encourage families to get out and about and make new friends and memories!

Looking for something different to do for your child’s birthday party?

Are they at that awkward age where they are too big for soft play centres but too young for a theme park?

Then come to Clip ‘n Climb Derby for a party with a difference. You get all this for £18pp!

At weekends our sessions run every hour on the half past. Upon your arrival (about 5-10 minutes before your session time) to our centre you will be greeted by our reception desk hosts and signed into the building. If you have a large group we usually organise a list of all attendees to be sent to us beforehand to make things a little easier for you. 

You will then be free to chill in our café space and grab a coffee or a sweet treat before all your party-goers are invited upstairs to our briefing room, where they will be given a safety brief that takes anywhere between 20-30 minutes.

On the hour your group will be welcomed into the arena by our brilliant instructors who can help them out with any queries or clipping on and off the walls. Parents and adults are more than welcome to head into the arena to support, take photos and help out, but we ask if adults want to do this, ask an instructor about the rules in the arena so we can actively encourage a safe and fun environment for all.

After a thrilling and fun 55 minutes of climbing, your party will have access to one of our two party rooms where your party food will be served. 

There is a choice of either cold or hot party food. These choices can be made beforehand or on the day.

Hot food will be served with chips and baked beans and two big jugs of juice:

  • Chicken nuggets
  • Sausage
  • Hot dog
  • Fish fingers
  • Veggie fingers

Cold food is a choice of sandwich and drink, all served with a yogurt, raisins and Quavers©:

  • Cheese
  • Ham
  • Tuna Mayo
  • Egg Mayo
  • Jam
  • Drinks
  • Apple Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Water

There will be a party helper on hand to supply the party host with a cake knife, lighter and anything else that may be required. The helper will also liaise with the host as to when they would like ice cream to be served (usually 15 minutes after main food).

After this you will have another further 15 minutes to light and cut the birthday cake, hand out party bags/ favours etc or anything else you want to do.

We’ve even had people bring in cartoon mascots to do a meet and greet!

You are then free to go. Don’t forget to share any photos and videos taken on the day with us on social media and mention any staff members that made your day!

For more information or to book you party visit or call 01332 943 999

Designer Clothing for Kids

Little Tinkers Top 2 Toe kids clothing shop is near Derby, in the village of Borrowash, with easily accessible free parking. 

We have a wide range of designer brands offering a unique style for every occasion. From baby’s first outfit to something to help them express their growing personality, you will find it with us. 

Our focus is on high quality and great value for money!

Our creative and unique balloons can be created to your own specification, and personalised for any occasion.

Often used to help enhance a party venue or promote the theme of an event, they also make great presents.  Among the possibilities are gifts inside of giant bubble balloons, making great personalised, memorable and sentimental gifts!

Little Boo Mini Shoots are a perfect gift idea for some lovely pictures of your little ones in their gorgeous party outfits - or just a chance to capture special memories. 

£30 per mini shoot including the digital images.

For more information about Little Tinkers Top 2 Toe please come and visit us at: 4 Harrington Court, 15a Derby Road, Borrowash, Derby DE72 3JW

Or you can visit our website or call us on 01332 320295

Cine Kids Parties at QUAD 

Party Package includes: Tickets with reserved seating for all guests to a QUAD Cine Kids film*, plus two free cinema tickets for accompanying adults with a celebratory sign projected onto the Cinema Screen. *Cine Kids films are scheduled in advance, so you can choose which film will best suit your partygoers.

Photo credit - Graham Lucas Commons

Following the film, the party package includes exclusive hire of a party room with a music system and hot or cold buffet style party food.

Cost: £13.00 per child based on a minimum of 10 children.

For Cine Kids party booking enquiries please call QUAD on 01332 290606 or email


We really hope that you find this website useful in helping you plan a family day out. Whilst we try our absolute hardest to ensure all of the information is correct and up to date, we highly recommend you call ahead of any planned visit to check opening times and prices etc. We don't want any disappointed families! (Oh and check the weather before you set off!) 

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