Mum-of-two Allyson Thomas tells us how she organised a fun party for her 6-year-old and 20 friends…

MUM SAYS-A 20-child bouncing birthday party — easy to do!

We celebrated our daughter’s sixth birthday at SkyHigh Trampoline Park recently with 20 of her kindergarten classmates. Since the venue is pretty small and doesn’t have a dedicated party room, we booked a two-hour private-party slot so that we had the entire place to ourselves and set up a small buffet table. This worked out great as we could let the kids run and bounce away for two hours with minminal supervision and we parents could mingle and take a breather during that period.

As there’s a maximum capacity for 30 jumpers at any one time in the trampoline area, booking out the entire place meant that parents were free to join in the fun, while keeping an eye on their kids. So this worked out very well again, as it was the first time for a few of the parents on a trampoline and they got to work out while bonding with their kids. Another plus — our active party guaranteed that the kids would go home tired and have a long nap or sleep early that night.

Besides having exclusivity and awesome fun, we saved a bit as the venue didn’t need very much decoration or extras like balloon sculptors, face-painters or magicians. And since the kids were going to be jumping for a long stretch, we catered small bites — mini quiches, pies, muffins, cheese balls — so that they wouldn’t stuff themselves too much and throw up on in the play area. The venue is also receptive to outside caterers — just take note that you don’t have much space for set up as the eating area is very small.
Another thing to note, socks are compulsory. You can purchase them on site at $2.50 a pair.

Allyson and David Thomas are parents to Kyra, 6, and Caleb, 2.