Celebrating my son’s birthday with a Gravity party!
My eldest recently turned 7, I have no idea how this happened as it feels 5 minutes since he was a baby.
By now we have had a few parties for him, from hiring church halls and filling them with bouncy castles and kids discos to having a fully organised one at Goals last year, so we let him have complete choice of this years party (within reason!). We’ve been to Gravity in St Stephens Shopping Centre Hull a few times and both him and his younger sister really like going, so it wasn’t a huge surprise when he picked a Gravity party.
Gravity provide a full party package so you don’t need to do anything. This instantly appealed to me, especially as his birthday is near Christmas and the to-do list is bigger than usual at that time. We met in the reception, all children at the party got their complimentary socks on and had an hour bouncing in the trampoline park. We then went upstairs to one of the party rooms upstairs for food, there’s a choice of food options such as Nandos and Zizzi. We had our party at 10am-12noon, after the hours bounce it was 11am so we went for the Krispy Kreme food option.
Upon arrival we were all checked in quickly and the children watched the safety video (and posed on the seats!). Parties are for 10-20 children, we had 14 children including our 2. Gravity give you a dedicated party host and ours was absolutely lovely. She took the children onto the bouncing area, did a game of dodgeball with them and kept making sure they were all having enough juice to drink and were all ok. She led the ones around who were a bit more nervous or hadn’t done it before and was very attentive to them all, removing jumpers from sweaty children and showing them where the toilets were.
The parents went upstairs to the cafe and had a cuppa and a rest, except for me! After a coffee I wanted to be the ‘cool mum’ who went on the trampolines too. Over 5s can bounce alone but as we had our 3 year old with us an adult needs to go on with under 5s. I went on and tried to look like I knew what I was doing (a few trampolining classes at the leisure centre when I was about 12 made me an expert) but quickly realised how hard it is and how out of breath I was getting! It really is a good workout and it was good to know the kids were doing something active for my sons party.
After an hour the tired children went up to the room for their food. The Krispy Kreme option was really good, they got 2 doughnuts with dipping sauces and toppings to use in a box which also had some hats and children’s activities in. Our host then brought out the birthday cake I’d taken with us and my son blew out the candles.
I made the cake myself, just a quick sponge with some ready made icing rolled out on top, and had a photo of my son playing football printed out on edible paper at Sugar n Spice Cakes (in Hull city centre Paragon Street and in Cottingham) to stick in the middle. Cheap, simple and my son loved it.
They then cut the cake up for me and I gave a piece each with a sweety cone as a party bag.
It really was hassle-free, I didn’t need to do anything and the staff were on hand to look after everything. My son was absolutely thrilled with the party and said he wants to have a Gravity party again next year!
Find Gravity on the top floor of St Stephens Shopping Centre, Ferensway, Hull (entry outside next to Next or through the car park). As well as parties and general admission they also hold toddler sessions where only under 5s can bounce and it’s only £5 for an adult and child session. Term time toddler sessions are every day except Thursdays and Sundays, School Holidays are Saturday mornings (see their website or call for daily times). The last Friday of the month toddler session is a themed one.