Birthday parties

Do your kids love all things fun and sporty? Are they full of energy and enjoy water activities? Active Kids Parties are the perfect fit for you!

Based in the northern suburbs at our Indoor Sports Centre in Bundoora (La Trobe University), we offer an exciting and memorable experience for you and your kids! Let us help you celebrate your kid's birthday party, take the stress out of your day and give your kids a party to remember!

Details of an Active Kids party

  • 2½ hours of fun
  • Our party leaders organise activities, food, and decorations -  you just bring the guests and a cake!
  • Two hours spent in activities! One hour of dry activities playing two sports of your choice and one hour in the pool for aquatics!
  • Private party room for 30 minutes for food and cake!

The first hour of your party we play two sports of your choice! You can pick from:

  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis (weather dependent)
  • Netball
  • Table Tennis
  • Australian Rules Football
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Racquetball/Squash
  • Tug of War
  • Minor Games
  • Rock Climbing (weather dependent, $50 additional fee, and requires full hour)

You have 30 minutes in our party room to fuel up and eat cake! We are fully catered so all you have to bring is the cake! Food includes:

  • Selection of pizzas (ham and margherita)
  • Lollies
  • Cordial
  • Potato chips

We can cater for most allergies and dietary requirements (e.g. gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian) but we require one week minimum notice to allow us time to cater accordingly. All food served is nut free.

Please note: We endeavour to meet all dietary needs and avoid any cross-contamination, but due to shared equipment we cannot guarantee that our food is free from all traces of allergens.

After fuelling up in our party room we have one hour in our indoor heated pool! We offer set activities based on age.

  • Aquatic Games & Tarzan Rope (ages 6+)
  • Kayaking & Tarzan Rope (aged 10+)

Please note all party guests must be aged 10 or over to participate in the use of kayaks. If any guests are under age 10, the activity will be Aquatic Games & Tarzan Rope for the group.

If there are any children aged 5 or under attending, a parent/guardian will be required to get in the water with each child this age.

At the beginning of the aquatic session, our leaders will conduct a swim test of all children where they must swim 25m and tread in deep water. If a child cannot adequately complete the swim test, they will be required to wear a lifejacket for the duration of the aquatic session.

2022 UPDATE: The age restriction for kayaking comes into effect for all parties occurring from October 8th onwards.

How To Book & Pricing

  • Parties can be booked at minimum two weeks notice
  • A deposit of $50 is required to secure your booking.
  • Upon booking you will receive a confirmation email which will include:

- All your booking details

- Customisable invitations to send to your guests

- Location and parking map

  • Minimum party size is 12 children
  • Maximum party size is 30 children
  • Cost is $32 per child
  • Rock Climbing requires the full hour and incurs an additional $50 fee.

  • La Trobe University Staff - Have your staff number ready when you book to receive 10% off your party.
  • La Trobe Swim School - Children actively enrolled receive 10% off their party.

For any questions, up-to-date availability or to secure your booking please call us at (03) 9479 2973.

Further enquiries can be directed to scbirthdays@latrobe.edu.au.

FAQs

Our pool is a lap lane pool, not a children’s wading pool so children should be capable swimmers who are confident in deep water. The shallowest point of our pool is 0.95m deep, gradually sloping to 1.8m deep in the middle, we also have a deep water pit that is 2.5m deep.

At the beginning of the aquatic session our leaders will conduct a swim test of all children where they must swim 25m and tread in deep water. If a child cannot adequately complete the swim test, they will be required to wear a lifejacket for the duration of the aquatic session.

If there are any children aged 5 or under attending, a parent/guardian will be required to get in the water with each child this age.

If most of the party guests are quite young or weak swimmers, please consider booking a party without aquatics (select availability only) by contacting us at scbirthdays@latrobe.edu.au.

Our parties are only available on weekends. We have set time slots you can book into:

  • 11.00am – 1.30pm
  • 12.00 – 2.30pm
  • 1.00 – 3.30pm
  • 2.00 – 4.30pm
  • 3.00 – 5.30pm

Each party is 2.5 hours, starting with one hour of sports, half an hour for food and cake and finishing with one hour in the pool.

Parties without aquatics are available but in select time slots only and must be arranged by request with our party coordinator at scbirthdays@latrobe.edu.au.

You can pick from:

  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis (weather dependent)
  • Netball
  • Table Tennis
  • Dodgeball
  • Australian Rules Football
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Racquetball/Squash
  • Tug of War
  • Minor Games
  • Rock Climbing (weather dependent, and $50 additional fee, requires full hour)

We recommend selecting two sports to do over the hour of dry activities, but if you select Rock Climbing it will require the full hour.

Our parties are recommended for children aged 6+. The sports activities can accommodate a variety of ages. The aquatic activities for your party will be determined by the age group of children attending.

Children who are not strong swimmers or confident in deep water may struggle with the depth of our pool and may be required to wear a lifejacket for the duration of the aquatic activities.

Children aged 5 and under are welcome to join the party activities, but a parent will be required in the water during the aquatic component.

A party of 12 children will have one party leader. Larger parties will have additional staff according to our ratio, which is one staff to 12 children.

The same ratios apply to our aquatic activities, and the party leader will be in the water during the activities. Any children 5 and under require an adult guardian in the water. All activities in our pool are also supervised by a lifeguard.

At least two adults are required to assist in the supervision of children throughout the party. If possible, we ask that parents assist children in the male and female changerooms.

You only need to worry about bringing the guests and cake (candles and lolly bags optional)! We have all the plates, cutlery, knife etc. taken care of as well as a freezer if you want to bring an ice-cream cake.

Children should wear clothes and shoes appropriate for sports and running, as well as bathers, towel, goggles and any seasonally appropriate items (e.g. coat in winter or hat and sunscreen in summer).

We take care of all the decorations! Our staff decorate the party room with bright and colourful 'Happy Birthday' signs, cups, plates and bunting.

During the dry activities and lunch time you’re welcome to take photos but please note photos are not permitted during the aquatic component. This is to protect children from having photos taken of them in a state of undress as well as to protect the privacy of other public pool users.

Any photos taken must include members of your party only. Please be mindful not to capture public users in the background of any photos taken at our facility.

The La Trobe Indoor Sports Centre is best navigated to by using Google Maps and selecting Car Park 6 on Ring Road as your destination, this is the closest car park to the centre. Parking is free on weekends, but please park in the white bays.

Parents of guests are welcome to attend, but they have to go where the party goes! This means as the children move through the facility for the dry activities, lunch and aquatic activities, the adults follow.

We only cater for the children attending the party. If you would like to bring something for the adults you can bring finger food that doesn’t require any cooking or preparation. Parties have previously brought snacks like fruit and vegetable platters, sushi, antipasto platters etc.

Please note use of our kitchen is not permitted by any persons except for La Trobe Sport staff to maintain food safety and hygiene standards.

We do not provide tea and coffee. There are cafes in the Agora, which is a short 5-minute walk if you’re looking for a caffeine hit!