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Kids Birthday Parties with a Difference!

Posted on May 17, 2012 @ 3:29 PM in Adventure

This is’s kids birthday parties with a difference blog for 2012 but don’t worry we’ve got a brand new blog with details of exciting kids birthday parties for 2016 'Unique Birthday Party Ideas For Kids'

You’ve already done the bouncy castle, bowling and cinema parties – if you’re struggling to think of something different for your kids birthday party then has the answer.

It’s hard enough to keep your own kids amused never mind all their friends too – but don’t worry there’s no need to panic has put together a list of some great outdoor adventures that are sure to provide the perfect solution to your kids party problems.  These great activity ideas are perfect for 8-12 year olds and with group discounts on offer they are not only fun but affordable! 

Make their day memorable by giving them a birthday party with a difference.  Here are some great ideas to get you started…

Mountain Boarding, GASP Surfin’ Dirt, Bryansford, Co. Down

When it comes to birthday parties for boys it doesn’t get much better than this – treat them to a session on the grassy slopes at the one and only Mountain Boarding centre in Ireland.  With boards, safety gear and training included they are sure to have an unforgettable time.

Zip Wire Session, Lurgaboy Adventure Centre, Co. Armagh

Make sure your kid’s feet don’t touch the ground on their birthday with a zip-wire session.  Everyone is sure to be screaming with excitement as they warm up on the leap of faith before zooming down the 375m zip wire.  It doesn’t get much more thrilling than this!

Birthday Party Special, Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady, Co. Londonderry

Choose between a half day or full day of activities.  With a minimum of 4 activities available a party at Carrowmena is guaranteed to be action packed.  Choose between climbing, archery, team challenges, low level ropes course, maize maze, orienteering or canoeing to name just a few!  Book 8 or more friends and the birthday boy or girl will go free!

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Outdoor Waterpark, Corralea Activity Centre, Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh

For a totally unique birthday party head down to the one and only water park in Northern Ireland.  Comprising of no less than three water trampolines all connected by various walkways and logs, this floating obstacle course and see-saw is sure to be a real hit with the kids. There’s no need to wait for the sunshine – everyone is guaranteed to have a splashing good time whatever the weather as the centre provides wetsuits and buoyancy aids for all sizes.  

Multi-Action Day, Ardclinis Outdoor Adventure, Cushendall and Carnlough, Co. Antrim

Let someone else tire them out!  Fill the day with a choice of 3 activities including treasure hunts, raft building, crate climbing and outdoor laser tag and that’s only the start of it!  With loads more activities to choose from the birthday boy or girl can pick and choose their favourites. 

Activities Galore, Breckenhill, Ballyclare, Co. Antrim

The laughs are sure to be plenty with activities such as earthball (a giant inflatable ball), archery, nightline, parachute games and catapulting tennis balls! With hot lunch, snacks and drinks provided as well as a barbecue available on request this is a great way to take the hassle out of the day so you can enjoy it too! Suitable for those aged 11 and up.

Surfing, Alive Surf School, Portrush, Co. Antrim

A beach party with a difference; it doesn’t get much cooler than a surfing party!  The kids will be in safe hands with the Alive Surf School instructors as they teach them how to ride the waves on the North Coast.  Lessons last for 2 hours and include all equipment, tuition and a snack for afterwards.

Multi-Activity Package, Xplore Outdoors, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry

Based on the North Coast Xplore Outdoors have everything you need for an unforgettable birthday party.  With camp craft, canoeing, orienteering and body boarding just some of the activities on offer - you’ll be spoilt for choice!

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Get ready to give your child the best birthday party ever!


Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Officer

Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

3 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Tracey campbell on May 2, 2016 @ 6:55 PM

Hi I'm trying to organise a birthday party for 18 lively 9/10 year old boys, at end of June! We live in Saintfield, co down! Love idea of mountain boarding but open to other ideas. Contact Robert on 07709054785 or email myself. Many thanks tracey

Posted by OutdoorNI on May 12, 2016 @ 2:09 PM

Hi Tracey,

Thank you for your comment on OutdoorNI unfortunately mountain boarding is no longer available however, there are still lots of fantastic activities the kids are sure to enjoy not too far away from Saintfield.

Bouldering, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan Forest Park (

The team will kit the boys out with everything they need to climb and scramble their way up river from Bloody Bridge with a qualified instructors. A chance for them to discover natures very own rock slides and jumps along the way. The centre also offers a range of other birthday packages including mountain biking, canoeing and archery.

Bushcraft & Survival Skills, Mobile Team Adventure Centre, Belfast (

The boys are sure to enjoy spending a couple of hours getting to grips with nature building shelters, rafts and cooking on the campfire. Able to work with a large group of kids this is a party sure to get everyone talking! The centre also offers other activities including canoeing along the River Lagan and climbing.

Canoeing, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward


Make a splash as the boys head out in canoes/kayak’s to explore Strangford Lough with a fully qualified instructor. The centre also offers a range of other activities including archery and sea safaris.

Hopefully this proves useful when planning the party!!

Many Thanks,


Posted by Stephanie Mooney on October 3, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

Looking for suggestions for a 7 year old boys birthday party - something active but possibly not weather dependant..? Contact myself on 07851269726

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