Planning your child's birthday party

It’s tricky to come up with an exciting and different idea for your child’s birthday party every year. They want something fun and entertaining, and you want to make sure that whatever you choose will hold their attention and keep them occupied so that you don’t feel like a zookeeper!

We’ve got a range of birthday party packages for your little monkeys that will tick all those boxes.

Our three party packages:

The Adventurer Birthday Party: a tour around Dynamic Earth, time in the Ocean Commotion play area and a birthday meal. This is aimed at children aged 4-9 and costs £10 per child.

The Storytelling Birthday Party: a mini tour around Dynamic Earth, an interactive storytelling session with tropical or dinosaurs as your theme, time in the Ocean Commotion play area and a birthday meal. This is aimed at kids aged 4 and 5 and also costs £10 per child.

The Craft Activity Party: a tour around Dynamic Earth, a craft activity - solar bracelets or air clay models in the shape of aliens or dinosaurs - and a birthday meal. You can take your crafty creations home at the end of the party. This party is for children aged 8-12 and costs £12.50 per child.

If your child is a Dino Dynamo member, there’s a discount! Prices are £9 and £11.50 respectively.

How many people can come to our party?

We ask that there is a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 20 children at your party. For safety reasons we need you to bring one adult for every 5 children. These adults will be admitted free of charge, and additional adults who want to join in the fun will be charged £7.50.

We’ll provide a guide for your party who will make sure that everything runs smoothly, take care of all the activities and ensures everyone is having a great time!

How long will the parties last?

There are three time slots available for parties - 9.30am, 12.15pm and 3pm. Each party will last approximately two hours and 15 minutes.

When writing your invitations, we ask that you tell children to arrive 15 minutes before the party’s official start time. This allows everyone to visit the bathroom if they need to and for the party to be paid for before the fun begins.

What’s included in the birthday meal?

The party price includes a birthday meal box for each child. The box contains:
Finger roll filled with either cheese or ham
Carton of juice
Piece of fruit
Packet of crisps
Sweet treat

Let us know in advance if any of the children have special dietary requirements as we are more than happy to make provisions for them.

The boxes are provided just for the kids, and if the adults are hungry we have lots of tasty meals available to purchase at the Food Chain Cafe.

Don’t forget to bring your own birthday cake if you wish! We love seeing all the delicious designs.

Can you provide goody bags?

Of course! Check out the options here - our bags cost £2 each for 5 items, £2.50 for 7 and £3 for 9. If you prefer, you can purchase items from our Natural Selection Gift Shop, where we stock lots of fun toys for all budgets.

If you wish us to provide goody bags please let us know in advance so we can prepare them before the big day.

How do I book?

You can pop in to book, or do it over the phone. Obviously, the earlier you book the better to make sure you get the date and time you want. Parties must be booked a minimum of 11 days in advance. There’s no deposit, we just ask you to pay on the day for the number of children that attend.

When you make your booking, we’ll ask you for the following information:

Name, address and phone number of parent or guardian
Name and age of birthday child
Date and time you wish to book
Number of children, and adults, invited to the party
Party package you require
Would you like us to provide goodie bags?
Are there any dietary requirements?

On the day

Again, please remember to arrive 15 minutes before the party starts. You can meet your party at the ticket desk, where you can pay the party in full.

We have car parking facilities under the building, where charges will apply. Parents who are dropping off and picking up can drive into the turning circle at the front of the building.

Don’t forget to bring your cake and party bags if you are providing them. We’ll do the rest, and you can relax!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Chris Hunter on 0131 523 1273 or email

You can also download our party guide here. We look forward to seeing you soon.

14 Mar 2016


Bubbles Show Entertainer
04/08/2016 19:06:21

Hello Author, That's really amazing and informative article for me about planning your child's birthday party. I read your article you write a awesome article. I am thinking to arrange a birthday party for my son. But i don't have any plan but now i read your site and also get idea. Thank you author for post a valuable post.

John Petser
05/05/2018 08:20:43

Thanks you for sharing birthday ideas for kids. Love it. I will be celebrating my son birthday next week.

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