1What happens during a Hullabaloo party?
Our children’s parties are two hours long; the first hour is in Hullabaloo, once the hour is up the party host will ring a bell and escort children and parents into the party room for food and games. Our party room (predominantly known as the Lady Chapel) is a side room at the back of the church.
2How does the second hour of my child’s party booking work?
The bell will ring for children to leave Hullabaloo and children and parents will enter the party room where children can take their place on cushions to eat their food and drink. Adult food (if any requested) will be on side tables or just outside the party room, along with plates, napkins, etc. When the children have finished eating the party host will clean away the space for age appropriate games and music – this will include any extra bookings such as the silent disco or face painting.
The birthday cake can either be brought out after food or at the end of the party, your party host will ask which you prefer. At the end of your child’s party, we ask parents to leave efficiently to allow the party hosts to clear away and set up for the next party of the day.
3What does the party host do?
The party host is there to make sure the party runs smoothly and to entertain the children once they are in the party room. Your host will introduce themselves to you when you arrive and talk to you about how you want the party to run, when you want the cake, any particular games or music your child likes. They set the room up and will take the children through once the hour in the soft play is over. They will make sure all the children have the correct food and drinks. Once the children have finished eating they will clear the food, cushions and create some space for games. They will play music, put the bubble machine on and play games. At the end of the party they will wind things up discreetly and clear up ready for the next party.
4What are the different types of Hullabaloo bookings available?
Parents can choose from either a non-exclusive booking (open to the public), or an exclusive booking of either or both of the sections of Hullabaloo. The two sections of Hullabaloo are the toddler section which is for under 2’s and the junior section for age 2 and above.
5What are the extras that I can book?
We offer a silent disco, where the children listen to music via wireless headphones, the lights go out and the disco ball goes on! Suitable for children age 4 and upwards. We have face painters who can be booked and a photographer who will come and take photos of the party. We also offer food for adult guests which is covered in more detail below.
We also have a photographer we recommend Ronald van der Ligt. Ronald is available at £90 per hour to photograph your party.
6When arriving on a Saturday for my child’s party where should I go?
Head for the Hullabaloo desk which is situated in front of the soft play. The person on the desk will be aware of your party booking and will guide you to an area where you and your guests can wait before the children enter the Hullabaloo soft-play. During that time, the party-host will come over to introduce themselves, answer any questions and to take your cake into the party room if you have one. Feel free to bring a list of names which the desk worker will use to keep tabs on party guests.
7What about for a Sunday party booking?
The same details apply for a Sunday party booking – although we ask that on this day please don’t arrive in the centre until 10 mins before your party is due to start, as party hosts need time to set up and the church services run until 12.30. If you have additional decorations or a cake you will still have plenty of time to arrange these whilst the children have their hour in the soft play. You will need to enter via the blue side doors on a Sunday as the main wooden doors will be closed, there will be a sign outside letting your guests know to do the same thing.
8How does my child know when to enter and leave Hullabaloo?
Our party hosts will ring the bell at the beginning and end of the first hour and steer the children towards the party room. If you have booked an exclusive party, all children not in your party group will leave the soft play prior to your session
9How is the room set up?
We have several themes that rotate throughout the year, currently our room is set up in an under the sea style, other themes include a woodland picnic and a jungle. See our photo gallery in our What’s On section.
10Are there parking restrictions by the centre?
Not on the weekends i.e. Saturday and Sundays.
11What do I need to bring with me?
Nothing if you don’t want to! We cater the food and drink for the children, the room is decorated according to our theme, there are plates, napkins and the party host will play games suitable for the age of the children. We have a bubble machine that the children love and an iPod of music that appeals to all the age groups we cater for.
If you would like to bring a cake please do and we will provide a knife to cut with. You may want to bring party bags and some parents bring a pass the parcel if their child specifically wants to play that kind of game.
If you would like to bring some alcohol for your adult guests, you may do so but please let us know and we can arrange glasses and a corkage fee will be added to your booking.
Please do not bring any other food into the party that has not been booked through us.
12What’s the food like?
For the children we keep it simple as we have found the food for the kids is not the main event, it’s to be rushed through to get on with the party. They each have a sandwich, a juice, a bag of crisps and a choice of either fruit cup or cupcake. On the booking form you can choose from a choice of 3 sandwich fillings and also add food for your adult guests, these options include fruit and pastries, a sandwich platter, a cake platter or sandwich and cake platter. We charge per adult for the adult food and you can have the adult food whenever you want during your 2 hour slot, either when the children are in the soft play or in the party room.
13What about allergies or dietary requirements?
Please let us know when booking if you have any special requirements and we will do our utmost to cater for them.
14What’s the capacity in the party room?
We can accommodate 20 children in the party room. If some guests bring older or younger siblings not accounted for in the number of children paid for and this exceeds our capacity, we will need to ask them to leave the party room for safety.
15Can I add extra children on the day?
We understand that finalising the numbers for children’s parties can be very difficult, we do ask for final numbers a few days before the party is due to take place. If you do find you have an extra child on the day and it doesn’t exceed our room capacity we will do our best to accommodate this, if the number increases more than this it may not be possible to cater for them at short notice.
16What happens when I book?
Contact us to see if the date you have in mind is available, once a date is selected we will send you a booking form, our terms and conditions and an invoice for a deposit. Once your deposit is paid your booking is secured.
We invoice you via PayPal*, but you can also pop in to pay in cash or by card. Unfortunately we cannot take card payments over the telephone. A couple of weeks before the party we will contact you to ask for the final payment, confirm all details, numbers and any other information.
*You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay via PayPal, there are options to pay with your debit or credit card through the PayPal system.