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Children's party for 5 & 6 year olds - has anyone tried Pizza Express?

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electra Fri 30-Oct-09 10:29:38

Any suggestions would be welcome - I am trying to organise dd2's 6th birthday party.

ProfessorLaytonIsMyZombieSlave Fri 30-Oct-09 10:34:57

We went to a fifth birthday party at Pizza Express recently. That was a bit manic, to be honest -- but I think that's because there were about 15-20 five- and rising-five-year olds all getting seriously hyped up. For a smaller group I think it would work well.

electra Fri 30-Oct-09 10:37:10

Ah right - yes there will be at least 15. So not a good idea then? Do you think they enjoyed it or not?

ProfessorLaytonIsMyZombieSlave Fri 30-Oct-09 10:45:11

They enjoyed it, but the thing was that there isn't really much to do at Pizza Express bar eating pizza and doing a bit of colouring. So they had lots of energy that came out in crawling under the tables and climbing over each other and running around screaming. They had a great time crawling under the tables and climbing over each other and running around screaming but I'm not sure about the parents or the other PE express customers in the other half of the restaurant.

electra Fri 30-Oct-09 10:49:15

LOL yes I see what you mean. It's always difficult trying to think of things to do for them because the bouncy castle one (which she had last year) is done to death.

If anyone has any suggestions please let me know!

ProfessorLaytonIsMyZombieSlave Fri 30-Oct-09 11:39:59

Swimming party? We had one for DS last birthday -- the local leisure centre gives exclusive use of the teaching pool for an hour (with floats and inflatables and so forth) and then a room for another hour for you to self-cater your party. Might be worth seeing whether your local pool does anything similar? (most of the attendees were non-swimmers but they had a good time). It was one flat rate for the party which was good when inviting lots of people.

electra Sat 31-Oct-09 18:35:36

Yes I think that would be good, but not sure swimming is the most appropriate thing for mid-late December. I thought for winter a food-oriented thing would be good but I'm finding it tricky. And the 'activity packs' they have at Pizza Express are too old for 5/6 year olds imo, which might be why they were running around screaming! grin

GuyFawkesIsMyLoveSlave Mon 02-Nov-09 09:11:46

DS's birthday is late January (so colder, if anything) and it worked out fine then (probably helped that the teaching pool is warmer than the regular pool). So long as you're not doing outdoor swimming and having to chip the ice off first...

LowLevelWhingeing Mon 02-Nov-09 09:19:18

I think 5 & 6 is too young to just sit down and eat; they need to run around and a restaurant is just not a safe place to do that. If they have to sit down for a long time it just gets fraught. Any farms/soft play near you?

GertieGumboyle Mon 02-Nov-09 09:23:33

Lord help the other diners who had to suffer a PE party for 5 and 6-y-os. I'd have been hoping for a refund. A truly bonkers idea.

What about having a party at home with pass the parcel et al?

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