Choosing a venue for a kids birthday party is no easy decision. There are some who love having parties at home or in a specific party venue. However, don’t overlook hosting a party at a local park in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, the Hunter or Port Stephens. It doesn’t matter if you’re hosting a 1st birthday party for kids and adults or a party just for kids, there’s a suitable park or playground for your party. You don’t have to worry about a mess in your house or running out of room.
Hosting your party at a local park or playground means there are no limits to how many people you can invite (especially if family and friends are invited too). Plus, with play equipment and wide-open areas, there’s plenty of room for kids to run around and play.
Blackbutt Reserve – Carnley Avenue
On the other side of Blackbutt Reserve is Carnley Avenue section. Popular with families due to the Bowerbird Playground and animal exhibits, it’s a busy place for parties on weekends. Reserve a picnic shelter in advance to guarantee a spot. For something fun, you can also arrange your own reptile encounter for party guests. Full review
Blackbutt Reserve – Richley Reserve
With the addition of the new adventure park, this is a great spot to host a party. You can either rock up and hope you can get a picnic shelter or reserve one through the City of Newcastle. There’s a clear line of sight to the playground from the picnic shelters so it’s great to keep an eye on kids. The playground is divided into two areas, one for younger kids and one for older kids. There’s also free electric barbecues if you’re planning on barbecuing. Full review
Located in the middle of Cooks Hill, Centennial Park is a beautiful spot for a party. There’s lots of grassy area surrounded by trees plus a modern playground and rotunda. There are picnic tables but bring chairs or picnic blankets. You’re also next door to Lowlands Bowling Club if you feel like a drink or food. Full review
Covered picnic shelters and a view of the beach make this an ideal location for beach lovers. There’s barbecues so you can cook food and you’re a short walk from the playground and toilets. There’s also a picnic shelter by the playground that you can nab if you get there early enough. Plus you can go for a swim after the party, weather permitting. Full review
In the event of rainy weather, the Tramsheds at Newcastle Foreshore Park are a lifesaver. Fully covered, you can host a birthday party here. Sure, the kids might not be able to play on the nearby play equipment but bring some chalk or other undercover activities and you can manage to salvage a party. Also good when it’s a really hot day and you need shade. Full review
There’s lots to keep kids occupied at Islington Park making it a fun place for a kids party. We’ve been to a few here! You will need to supervise your kids as there’s the creek nearby to the playground. Also note, that there’s no toilets near this playground. Full review
There’s two playgrounds at Jesmond Park but if you pick the back playground for a party, you’ll find it’s a lot quieter with more to do. Here you’ll find covered picnic areas and barbecues along with playground equipment and basketball court. Just bring mozzie spray as they can be an issue with this park. Full review
King Edward Park
An inner-city favourite, this park regularly hosts birthday parties and weddings. The rotunda is a popular choice but there’s picnic tables and seating scattered around the grassy area.
There is a kids play area but it’s across the road so you will need some parental supervision. Full review
The central location of Lambton Park makes it a top spot for parties. There’s plenty of green spaces for kids to run around and the nearby playground keeps kids occupied. Take advantage of the free barbecues to cook up food. Full review
Nearby Nesca Park is also great for hosting a party. There’s covered picnic shelters, barbecue facilities and a fun playground for kids. Nesca Park is a large park with lots of green space and palm trees, perfect for ball games and games of hide and seek. Full review
Stockton Active Hub
Views of the harbour and a combination of playground and skate park make this an ideal spot for a party especially for older kids who like to scoot or skate. There are lots of covered picnic shelters in the middle of the Hub which makes it easier for parents to keep an eye on kids whether they be in the playground or at the skate park. Full review
Lake Macquarie Area
Lake Macquarie Variety Playground at Speers Point Park
The largest playground in the Newcastle region is a popular spot for parties. However, some people think it’s too big and too busy. No matter what you think, this fenced massive playground features picnic shelters, barbecues and tons of playground equipment for kids to play on. If you are planning on hosting a party here, you might need to have a few parents to supervise kids. Full review
Pasterfield Sports Complex
If you’re looking for a large park that combines sports and play, head to Pasterfield Sports Complex in Cameron Park. It’s a great spot for an active kids party. This huge community area combines a playground, fitness area, netball courts, skate park and an AFL and cricket field. Between the climbing area and playground are toilets, shelters and barbecue facilities. Full review
With upgraded amenities in 2021, Reay Park at Dudley is a great spot for a small birthday party for kids of any age. The toddler/preschool playground is fenced to the road on three sides, the undercover barbecue area has three picnic tables and two free barbecues and there are clean amenities, including disabled amenities. There’s also a multicourt with a half basketball court, half tennis court and rebound wall plus a large, adjoining field for kids to run around on and play. Full review
If you like a fully fenced playground, choose Warner Park on Warners Bay Foreshore! This fully-fenced playground includes slides, climbing structure and nets. There’s also covered picnic shelter and amenities block making it ideal for parties for younger kids. Full review
Bridges Hill Park
Bridges Hill Park at Cessnock has plenty of undercover barbecues and picnic tables located close to the carpark which makes it convenient for unpacking and carrying party supplies from the car to the party area. There’s also a large, clean amenities block and heaps of equipment for kids to play on at this park, although it’s not all visible from the picnic table areas so you’ll need to keep an eye on smaller kids. Full Review
Fully-fenced, this playground enables kids to play while parents keep an eye on them from picnic tables outside the playground. With plenty of parking, its central location means its busy with Maitland families. Full review
There’s only one undercover table, with a barbecue, at Raworth Park. But, if you are lucky enough to grab it, Raworth Park is an ideal spot for a kids birthday party. With play equipment suitable for kids of all ages, it’s fully-fenced and there’s plenty of car parking space located close to the park. Full Review
Rose Point Park
With undercover barbecue/picnic areas located a short walk from the carpark and a clean amenities block, the fully-fenced Rose Point Park Playground has so much equipment for kids of all ages to play on (including some all-abilities equipment), making it an ideal spot for your next kids birthday party if you are located in or near the Singleton area. Full Review
Port Stephens Area
Boat Harbour North Headland
Best suited to older kids, the playground located at Boat Harbour North Headland is right on beautiful, calm Boat Harbour Beach. It’s an ideal spot if you are looking for a beachside location, however, being so close to the water kids will need to be supervised. The amenities are conveniently located right next to the playground and there are three undercover picnic tables to choose from as well as a barbecue. The playground itself is timber in structure, surrounded by sandstone block seating.
Located on the foreshore of Mallabula, Caswell Park has a large covered picnic shelter with gas barbecues, a clean amenities block and a great little playground with swings, climbing equipment, balance beams, a roundabout and concrete paths to ride scooters round and round. The carpark is located right next to the park for convenience. Once the birthday celebrations are finished, everyone can take a walk through beautiful Tilligerry Habitat. Full Review
Fern Bay Reserve
This fenced playground is the ideal place for a kids party. With an undercover picnic table and bbq, plus other picnic tables in the reserve, access to the Fern Bay Hall toilets from the outside and access to the half-sized basketball court, there’s something to keep kids of all ages entertained. Full Review
Finnan Park, located between Medowie and Raymond Terrace, near Grahamstown Dam, is a large, gated park with plenty of undercover picnic tables to choose from. With lots of large, open space for kids to run, gravel tracks around the park to ride bikes, a kids playground and toilets, it’s a popular spot in the Port Stephens area for parties.
A top spot that would suit birthday party for older kids is Robinson Reserve in Anna Bay. As well as climbing play equipment, swings, vertical balancing logs and a group swing, it’s also next door to Anna Bay Skate Park.
There are picnic tables and barbecues here as well as amenities conveniently located. If you feel like a beach walk, Birubi Beach is nearby.
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