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Sunday 6 January 2019

Flip Out Prestons: Kid's Party REVIEW

Gone are the days when birthday parties were just fairy bread and sausage rolls. Actually, in my home they never were quite like that, and my kids didn't try fairy bread until they were five and discovered it served at a friend's birthday party.

These days, the stakes are high, and most of the criteria surrounding parties centre on impressing other kids. Or mums impressing other mums. EEK!

Full disclosure, none of the above has ever been me. The focal point of my parties for my kids - I have 11 year old twins, boy and girl, Rafael and Estella, so yesss I ONLY have to throw ONE party a year - is for my kids and their friends to expend AS MUCH ENERGY as possible during that 4-5 hour period.

For the past few years we have had some pretty fun pool parties at our home, plus some Maccas and playland style parties too, but when Miss-About-To-Turn 11 says she wants to try something different and it involves a party outside of our home, with someone else cleaning up the party madness, AND kids expend oodles of energy and are probably going to be a sweaty mess by the time the cutting of the cake happens... I am IN!

Estella specifically pinpoints FlipOut as her party place of choice, and she wants me to take the reins. When we discover there is a disco party option, dancing queen over here is super keen.

The staff at Flip Out Prestons (in NSW, in Sydney's South-West, and the closest one to where we live) are super nice, brimming with enthusiasm, and know their stuff. See the link HERE with all their details.

Oh, and by the way, Flip Out is Australia’s largest network of indoor trampoline parks! See more about Flip Out HERE.

They talk us through all the options possible (cake inclusion, socks for all participants, music on a Friday and Saturday night, the latter of which is an actual live DJ, the former is music streaming though the centre, which is based in an industrial style precinct).

The best part (or an additional job, depending on how you look at it) is that you are able to bring your own food along, with the only restrictions being the number of platters (four) which means the freedom to shape the party how you like, with the lovely staff at FlipOut setting up your tables for you. It's so great to turn up and the party table is ready for you!

Seasoned mums: you'll know this for sure... the kids won't care much for the food. They just WANNA PARTY immediately on those trampolines. And that, they do. There is so much fun to be had they simply don't want to waste time.

The party host takes the group of kids to the trampoline area, which takes up most of the whole FlipOut set up, and we're talking mega big trampoline space here, where the host takes the kids through their paces with activities and non competitive action, and basically expertly reigns in all that energy, while allowing them to have lots of fun and just be kids.

So, it's supervised and freestyle fun, utilising their time jumping as much as possible, then expertly coaxing them back to the table for food, then back again for cake, and off they go again for more party shenanigans.

The pricing structure is flexible and very reasonable: the best parts of it are knowing the hosts take care of all the elements for you, plus the kids will leave tired and happy! Everyone wins!

Here are some photos from our birthday party adventures!

You have a range of kids activities, birthday celebration packages, 'After Dark' events and fun fitness programs for all ages.

You have party options including the 'cool weekend party', the 'awesome weekend party', and the 'self-catered swagger' which is the one we chose.

At $25 per person, plus $75 table hire, it also includes 1.5 hours of jumping time, plus grip socks for all kids, plus a free 'little ninjas' voucher for every guest.

You could also upsize to the 'Insane Moves Party Night'.

This includes two hours of jumping time, grip socks, party food, patty lollies, birthday cake, unlimited water and cordial,  plus temporary tattoo, and a dedicated party station and party host (*T&C's apply. Min 10 people).

All in all, FlipOut is highly recommended and totally pre-teen approved, a BIG THUMBS  UP!

All details for FlipOut Prestons are here, call the friendly staff and they will answer all your possible questions (and I had plenty!).

Phone: (02) 9826 6314
Email: prestons@flipout.net.au
Address: Unit 2 – 238 Hoxton Park Road, Prestons

Hours at Flip Out Prestons are below, too:

Tuesday to Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday: 10am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday & Monday: 10am – 6pm 

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