When it comes to kid’s parties, finding out what the “best” party venues are can get highly subjective. Some might equate it with having an unlimited budget, thousands of guests, and the presence of a professional host who also sidelines as a magician. Some might prefer a casual place for a small, intimate gathering of close friends and loved ones. Others still might be more partial to natural settings with lots of trees and plants, while other parents (like me) might want a place that’s conducive for kids to run around in without needing too much adult supervision.
Whatever theme you’re planning to have for your little one, here are a some places you might want to consider renting out for your party in Metro Manila.
1. Fun Ranch
This is a the perfect venue for a kid’s birthday party if you don’t have the time or the inclination to personally attend to every party detail. They have packages that you can choose from to fit any budget, no. of guests, type of entertainment, food package (food carts) and theme. There can be as little as 10 kids, and an indoor play area called the playdium where kids can work out their sugar-induced hyperactivity. It’s also conveniently located in the Ortigas area, which is easily accessible for guests that live both in the North and South area. (They also have an Alabang branch).
2. UP Diliman Patio
This is located inside the UP Diliman campus, at the University Hotel. It has the relaxed, casual vibe of you lola’s garden backyard that will make you feel right at home. This venue has been around for quite some time now but not that many people are familiar with it. The Patio has an open area with a small garden that kids can freely explore and run around in, with lots of plants and trees. You can opt to bring your own caterer and personalize the decor as much as you want, but you can also avail of their party packages. There’s enough parking space around, and it’s also perfect for those on a budget, since the prices are quite affordable.
3. Blue Leaf Events Pavilion
This place is a class act through and through, which is why it’s also a popular choice as a wedding receptions venue. If you’re planning a special, grand birthday party for your child, you can also opt to use this place. With several spaces to choose from, you can also customize your children’s party by bringing in your own caterers and entertainment, but you can also avail of their partner suppliers if you prefer not too be hands-on in the preparations. If you’re on an no-holds-barred, sky’s the limit mode (read: money is no object), then this might be the place for you, since venue rental starts at Php130,000.
4. Village Clubhouses
For me, the best children’s birthday party venues are those that have a laid back, homey feel where kids can play and run around as much as they can. Village clubhouses around the metro usually fit those characteristics. Some of my favorites include the clubhouses or function halls at La Vista clubhouse, Dasmarinas village, AFP Officer’s clubhouse and at Valle Verde. I once attended a children’s party in La Vista that had a Gymboree set-up, which is one of the most memorable events my son has been to.
5. SMX Convention Center, Taguig
This place has many function rooms and meeting rooms you can choose from, from 45 to as much as 1,260 guests. They come fully equipped with air-conditioning and other facilities, and you can customize the venue as much as you can. Because this is located right next to SM Aura, it’s easy to find, accessible, and convenient for your guest because they get to do their errands or other leisure activities before or after the birthday party.
6. Milky Way, Makati
The main attraction here is actually the food! Milky Way is practically an institution in the food business, and the food is always a crowd favorite. While there’s limited parking space in their Makati branch, it’s also a convenient place to hold a birthday party, since it is located right beside a mall. The big windows and airy feel of the place also add to the attraction.
Of course, this list is limited to venues I’ve personally seen as a guest myself. I’m sure there are other party places that I’ve yet to discover that other moms out there can recommend. Are there any great venues that we should know about? Feel free to share them in the comments section below!