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30 Fun First Birthday Ideas for Babies in Brisbane

Are you looking for a list of 1st birthday party venues for your baby? Not sure where to begin? After all, it’s not like they are going to remember it, right? Well maybe not completely, but the photos and video you may take will definitely be revisited, so you may want to make it something to remember!

Best 1st birthday party venues in Brisbane

The biggest variable when choosing from a list of suitable 1st birthday party venues is whether or not your baby is walking. The other consideration is what are the ages (and stages) of the other party guests. We’ve compiled a list to suit all ages and stages for your baby and their friends and family.

Your baby’s first birthday is definitely something to celebrate! While they may not appreciate it at the time, photos and videos will capture beautiful memories of the special day to revisit so you may want to make it something to remember.

If you’re not sure where to begin, check out this list of fun first birthday party ideas for your baby!

Before selecting a venue for a first birthday you must consider what’s appropriate for your baby and the ages of the other party guests. You want to cater to everyone’s needs so we’ve compiled a list to suit all ages for your baby and their guests.

Indoor play centres

For an easy and fun option for a birthday party, you can’t go past on of Brisbane’s indoor play centres! Set up for all things kids, there’s definitely a venue in Brisbane suited to your needs and budget. Keep kids of all ages active and entertained and enjoy catered party foods and private party rooms set aside for the special event. There is a multitude of indoor play centres in Brisbane and we have listed some of our favourites below:

Tiddlywinks Dance & Play Café

This dance and play café is a must-do venue for families and kids of aged 0-11. Based in Nundah, you’ll find planned and catered parties for up to 200 guests, with different packages to suit all needs. With a play centre, indoor playgrounds, exclusive party rooms, disco sessions, and a café for the grown-ups, Tiddlywinks Dance & Play Café offers something for everyone.

Find out more here

Lollipop’s Playland & Café

Your kids will love Lollipop’s Playland & Café! Designed to entertain the kids for hours, this play centre has amazing play features like pirate ships, ball pools and climbing frames. While the kids are kept smiling and active, adults can enjoy the delicious food and hot drinks the dedicated café has on offer. Lollipop’s prides themselves on their strong safety measures designed to keep everyone safe. With three venues in Brisbane in Cannon Hill, Springwood and Strathpine, everyone is kept happy.

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Jindalee Jungle

Jindalee Jungle is the perfect place for your child’s first birthday party! Choose a jungle-themed party room, private disco or hire the entire venue to make the party extra special. With the option to self-cater or choose an all-inclusive function package, Jindalee Jungle provides options for all budgets.

Find out more here.

Chipmunks Playland & Café

With state-of-the-art playground facilities and cool character-themed birthday packages, Chipmunk’s Playland & Café is a great venue for your child’s first birthday. Providing memorable and stress-free events, the staff can accommodate your needs with customised or inclusive packages. The kids can ride, climb, jump and explore in dedicated age zones to ensure their safety. With venues in Everton Park, Lawnton, Morayfield, Underwood and Macgregor, Chipmunks has a location to suit you.

Find out more here.

Rainbow City Playcentre

Designed for maximum fun for kids under 8, Rainbow City Playcentre offers jumping castles, big play structures and soft play mats to engage and entertain the little ones. With healthy and light meals at their café, this is a great environment for the whole family. The party packages are fit for all imaginations, with many varying options to meet all your party needs. With venues in Underwood, Browns Plains and Logan City you can’t pass up on the amazing offers.

Find out more here.

Flipside Circus birthday parties

Flipside Circus in Northshore helps to make birthday parties a day to remember! Taking the stress out of arranging the party, professional circus trainers will encourage the children to be active in a safe and healthy environment while learning important teamwork skills. While participants must be over five your guests will be treated to a two-hour workshop with fun activities including juggling, hula hoops, trampolines and more. You can provide your own catering to enjoy at the provided tables.

Read our review here

Park parties

You can’t go past a parkland party for a first birthday! Offering an easy and budget-friendly option, you can tailor the party to your own needs and keep everyone satisfied. With a free venue, you can take advantage of all the parks have to offer, with awesome play equipment, amenities and heaps of space.

What to consider:

When selecting a park for your little one’s birthday you want to choose an option best suited to your needs. Consider the facilities that each park has to offer, such as bathrooms, barbeque areas, ample parking and shade. Bringing along a picnic mat is a fantastic and easy option to provide a clean space for your guests to sit.

Also, select food that can be pre-made at home and easily transported or cooked on a barbeque. Finger food and snacks are great choices to keep everyone satisfied. Lastly, don’t forget to plan for the weather. Wind can cause havoc if you plan to decorate the space so consider this when purchasing décor. Having a backup plan for rainy weather is also important to make planning easier for everyone.

Here is a list of some of the best parks for birthday parties in Brisbane:

Brisbane City 1st birthday party park ideas:

Brisbane City Botanic Gardens

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Spend time in the city’s oldest park while the kids play on the newly upgraded playground, designed to appeal to all ages. This playground has something for everyone with musical tubes, slides, climbing nets and more! Don’t forget the huge sandpit opposite the playground, with a wheelchair-friendly carousel. Relax at a picnic table or sit under the shade of all the trees and enjoy views of the Brisbane River.

South Bank Parklands

South Bank Playground

Suitable for kids of all ages, the Riverside Green Playground at South Bank is a fan favourite. In an excellent location beside the beautiful Brisbane River, Riverside Green sits near Streets Beach and plays host to many barbeque areas and shaded lawns for the kids to run around. The state-of-the-art playground will keep everyone entertained for hours with play equipment for all ages and abilities. South Bank is such an affordable, family friendly place!

Roma Street Parklands

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This inner-city oasis has plenty of awesome areas for both kids and adults to explore with accessible subtropical gardens, lawns, playgrounds and eating areas with barbeques. To be sure to excite your guests, check out the Children’s Garden, Parkland Train Explorer and ponds containing wildlife. Providing the space for a full day of family fun Roma Street Parklands have a lot to offer.

Read our Roma St Parkland review.

North Brisbane parks for a 1st birthday party:

Ascot Park, Ascot

Ascot Park is designed for toddlers with fun play equipment designed to keep everyone safe. This fenced-in playground has three themed cubby houses for your future chefs, farmers or firefighters to explore. Interactive sensory boards, tunnels and swings will keep the kids entertained while parents can enjoy a picnic under a shady tree or cook on the adjacent barbeque facilities.

Spinnaker Park, Newport

This beautiful lakeside park has a nautical-themed playground suited to all abilities. The larger sail-shaped playground boasts climbing towers, slides and rope courses to entertain the big kids while smaller play forts and sandpits play host to the little ones. With water fountains for the kids to splash in, the adults can cook up a storm on the barbeque, relax under sheltered seating areas, and enjoy public art pieces.

Lemke Park, Albany Creek

Perfect for active families, Lemke Park is the perfect place to host a first birthday. With a variety of play structures suitable for all ages, kids will enjoy spending time on flying foxes, slides and monkey bars. The large grassy area is perfect for a picnic, surrounded by concrete paths perfect for bikes and scooters. With sheltered tables and seating and barbeque facilities, this park is great for a birthday.

South Brisbane parks for parties:

Les Atkinson Park, Sunnybank

This spacious park in Sunnybank has a pond, two playgrounds and barbeque facilities, making it a great location for a parkland party! The pond is home to ducks, turtles and birds, and is sure to excite the kids. Playgrounds suited to kids of all ages surround the pond with seesaws, mini slides and infant swings and plenty of open space.

Majestic Park, Coorparoo

The name says it all for this park! Majestic playgrounds with dragon play features, climbing trees and fort-like structures make this park magical. With grassy open areas, shaded picnic tables with barbeques and bike paths everyone will have a great time.

Mount Gravatt Park, Upper Mount Gravatt

Great to keep kids entertained, the Mount Gravatt Park playground features climbing activities, slides and rockers. For bigger kids, the park has a basketball half-court, and for adults’ flat grassy areas are perfect for a picnic or barbeque.

Need some  more ideas for park parties – read this article.

Farmyard fun for your babies 1st birthday party

For a truly unique birthday experience don’t look past farmyard parties! From cuddling with cute animals to riding ponies, your family and friends will remember this forever.

Mini Mates Miniature Horse & Pony Farm, Burbank – permanently closed

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Who wouldn’t want to celebrate a birthday with a pony ride? At Mini Mates, your party guests will get the opportunity for two uninterrupted hours of pony and horse fun! The kids will not only get to ride the ponies, they can brush, groom and feed them too. After all this fun, guests are welcome to utilise the farms shaded eating areas to celebrate with self-catered party food.

White Ridge Farm, Elimbah

Goats at White Ridge Farm

Host your party at Moreton Bay Region’s favourite farm attraction! Parties at White Ridge Farm are the perfect experience for all your guests. This memorable party involves two hours of fun hand feeding llamas and alpacas, a farm tour, hayrides and playtime on the adventure playground and trampoline. You’ll also have access to undercover picnic facilities and a fridge to keep food cold.

Read our review here.

Brisbane Pony Parties and Animal Farms

Bringing the animals to you, Brisbane Pony Parties and Animal Farms offers a mobile animal farm or a pony party that will be sure to keep all your guests entertained. If you chose a farm party, the kids will get to hold, pet and even feed baby animals like chicks, guinea pigs and goats.

Farm parties take place in your backyard, and you can even include pony rides in this package! For pony parties, you have the option to select from the following themes: My Little Pony, Princess, Fairy, Saddle Club, Wild West or Unicorns. Pony rides can be at your own home or local park or hall.

Find out more here.

Barnyard Babies

Barnyard Babies is another mobile farm service perfect for a memorable birthday party! Creating a fun farm atmosphere, kids and parents alike will be entertained for hours. You and your guests can cuddle with calves, lambs, piglets, kid goats and more in your own backyard.

Find out more here.

1st birthday party ideas for home

Yup! Not even joking! If your one year old could tell you where their favourite place was, I bet they would say ‘home’. So why not celebrate your child’s 1st birthday party at home where they feel most comfortable? We’ve got a bunch of ideas for party bags, party entertainers and party products and services that you can hire to add a touch of pizzazz to a home party.

While you may be prepared to go over the top for your baby’s first birthday, your house may be one of the best locations after all! Home is where your baby will feel most comfortable and you’ll have more control over the whole situation. A few simple games, some finger food and light décor will be enough to satisfy everyone. To help you throw the best party, we’ve listed some possible themes below:

Cake smash party ideas

Cake smashes are a super fun way of celebrating your bubs first birthday.  Sometimes they are done a little before they turn 1 so you can use the images for birthday invitations.

a cake smash is where you take a perfectly good cake, dress your little one up in some super cute clothes and let them do whatever they want with the cake.  Whether they just face plant in the cake, pick the whole thing up with their two hands and shove it in their face or just smash cakes – the messier the better! Find out more about cake smash parties here.

Animal party ideas

Perfect for any age or gender, animal-themed parties are perfect for all your guests. Choose from any animals and decorate with lush green colours or shape cookies in the shape of your favourite creatures.

Whimsical party ideas

Create a magical experience in your own backyard. Incorporate bright colours that blend with the garden, add butterflies and flowers and “critter” foods to make a whimsical environment perfect for imaginative children.

Race Car party ideas

Start your engines, a race car themed party is perfect for a first birthday! Create a festive feel by using traditional car party colours like red and black. Use checkboard flags to top cupcakes or create ‘fuel treat boxes’ of popcorn!

Princess party ideas

Everyone deserves to feel like a princess on their birthday! Use touches of pink and gold to create an elegant theme and be sure to use glitter for a dreamy effect. Wear tiara’s and shape food into stars and crowns.

Candyland party ideas

Who doesn’t love candy? Host a bright and colourful candy-inspired wonderland with candy-filled pinatas, rainbow balloons and giant lollipops sure to tickle your guests’ sweet tooth.

Rainbow party ideas

A rainbow party makes for easy and wonderful decorations. You can use fruit to create a rainbow platter or decorate cookies with all your favourite colours. Achieve a rainbow effect by using multi-coloured balloons for a simple rainbow arch that will amaze your guests.

Nautical party ideas

Sail away and celebrate the little adventurer in your life with an ocean-themed party. Take your party to the seas with nautical themed decorations and food and maybe even a kiddie pool!

Fairy party ideas

Transform your kids into an enchanted world of make-believe with a fairy themed party. Host a fairy scavenger hunt to find mystical flowers and twigs and decorate with fairy lights, butterflies and moss.

Space party ideas

Gear up your galactic décor for a party that will be out of this world. Outer spaced themed foods like cosmic cookies and space cakes will delight everyone while hanging moons and stars will make you feel as if you’re floating through space.

Under the sea party ideas

A party like this will totally make a splash with your guests! Use gorgeous pastel colours for decorations and desserts, with seashells, starfish and mermaid tails to blow everyone out of the water.

Epic yard games for kids

We love these yard games that will last forever. So why not invest in some ‘at home fun’ that will last longer than that one special day! Click here to see the range of backyard games.

1st birthday party venues

A first birthday is a huge milestone – mostly for the parents, so we hope we’ve made choosing the 1st birthday party venues a little bit easier.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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