Parties with a Difference

Operation Play Outdoors provide a range of personalised outdoor and indoor birthday party experiences that are mobile, so we can come to a woodland, outdoor or indoor space near you. We can create a party with a particular theme and activities tailored to your child’s age and interests.

We understand the importance of getting outdoors and being active. Why not incorporate that into your child’s next birthday party? We offer both our Woodland Birthday parties and our Mobile Play Parties which can pop up in almost any outdoor venue.

With our birthday party experiences all the children are engaged from start to finish, that’s two hours where all the children are taking part and having fun. Compare that to a bowling experience where a child bowls twice every 6 minutes with the rest of their time spent sitting waiting. This birthday experience will be far more entertaining and enjoyable so much so that parents might want to join in too, which we encourage!

Our birthday experiences are also designed to encourage children to play outdoors long after the party experience. The games they will learn and activities they will try will get them excited about being outdoors and likely cause them to revisit the games in the future with their friends.

At Operation Play Outdoors one of our main goals is to encourage long term play amongst all participants in our programmes. We do this by inspiring participants and providing exciting outdoor and indoor play activities.

All of our Birthday Party options run all year round and we have many children who return year on year to try one of our different formats or simply have the same style party again because they loved it so much. Get in touch today to book your party!

Woodland Parties

We work in a range of woodlands with great woodland activities to choose from

Mobile Play Parties

Delivered in your garden, on a beach or anywhere else we can pop up and play

Box Play Parties

Ready to pop up and play with lots of boxes at an indoor venue to suit you.

Our Parties

All of our parties include:

  • Tailoring to your child’s interests.
  • Two hours run time (although more time can be purchased)
  • Inclusive and engaging from start to finish.
  • Encouragement to try new activities and learn new skills in a fun and safe environment.

We believe in making this a special birthday for your child. We have lots of experience, delivering parties for children as young as two all the way up to teenagers. We’ll ensure it’s a fun and exciting birthday to remember!

Thank you very much for providing an excellent party for my daughter.  I will definitely keep you in mind for future things.  You made the party really easy for me and my daughter and her friends are still raving about the day.

Laura, Mobile Play Party

Your staff were fantastic with the kids and they all loved the games. I will definitely be using you for future bookings. Thanks

Wendy, Woodland Birthday Party

Thanks so much for the party on Sunday. Everyone has been telling me their child had a great time

Lauren, Woodland Birthday Party

My son had a great time at his party – he’s still talking about it now! All the children seemed to love it and I have comments from lots of other parents. The site was fantastic – a really beautiful setting. I would highly recommend it to friends.

Mary, Woodland Birthday Party

What a great idea, the children were engaged from start to finish and my daughter has already asked if she could do it again for her birthday next year, great job, very impressed.

Simon, Box Play Party

Play Comparison

What you are getting for your money?

At OpOut we value the time we have for play so like to make the most of play opportunities. Our parties offer far more play time compared to traditional birthday party options. Our parties also have the added benefit of giving children games and activities to try long after the party is over. Minutes of Play based on a 2 hour party. 

Soft Play

Laser Tag

Bowling

Football

Cinema

OPOUT Party

Woodland Parties

Our Woodland Parties are popular for all ages and offer a great mix of exciting and challenging activities in the woods. We have a regular space available in the Southside of Glasgow but can also deliver in woodlands throughout the Central Belt of Scotland and we’d be happy to find a space that fits you. Our parties run for two hours and you have a wide selection of activities to choose from including, Fire Building, Den Building, a Treasure Hunt and Natural Arts and Crafts. We also have the opportunity for added extra’s including extra time in the woods, goody bags, outdoor cooking and lots more!

Our birthday parties run all year round in most weather. We expect participants to come prepared for the weather and activities provided

Prices & Extras

Our outdoor birthday parties start at £150

  • This price is for up to 10 children.
  • At least two supervising adults must be in attendance at all times during the party. There is no charge for supervising adults.
  • Additional children are £12.50 each up to a maximum of 30 children.

Each party consists of:

  • Two hour outdoor birthday experience.
  • The choice of two main activities plus games in between.
  • Tailored birthday party experience.

Additional extras:

 

  • Gift bags £3 per person.
  • Making Smores £1 per person
  • Additional 30 min which can include free play or additional main activity £50.
  • Themed party £20. (This means delivering activities tailored to a specific theme, this does not include any decorations)

Activity List & Themes

Main Activities to choose from.

You can to pick two from the list.

  • Fire Lighting – A chance to try lighting a fire using traditional methods. Build your fire and reward yourself with a toasted marshmallow.
  • Den Building – Try your hand at survival and test your den building skills. A challenge to prepare you for an outdoor survival situation. Build dens using natural and man made materials like tarps, ropes and bungee cords.
  • Treasure Hunt – Fancy some problem solving in the woods. We can combine your second activity into an age appropriate challenging treasure hunt that will get you thinking and looking for clues.
  • Natural Arts and Crafts – Want to unleash your creative side in Nature? We will put together some crafts for you to try and take home plus stacks of ideas of things to make using natural materials.
  • Loose Parts Play – Additional £75 (Glasgow Southside site only or available as a Mobile Play Party) We will provide a selection of over 300 pieces of outdoor play equipment from tarps, ropes, gutters, pallets and lots more to encourage children to build creatively. 

Example Themes

If you pay an additional £20 you can get a themed party of your choice. Some examples include:

Harry Potter, Elves and Fairies, Hunger Games, Gruffalo, Pirates, Robin Hood, Woodland Animals, Survival & Camouflage.

Important Info

Please read through our Important Information prior to booking a birthday party.

Important Information
We have set times for Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter seasons. These times may be flexible in the event we have less bookings on one day, however that is subject to availability.

Spring and Summer Times

10am – 12pm, 1 – 3pm, 4 – 6pm

Autumn and Winter Times

10am – 12pm, 1 – 3pm

  • At least two supervising adults must be present during the party at all times.
  • We do our best to book a party at a woodland near you and have dates available at various parks throughout the year. We have permission to use several public parks and greenspaces, however in the event we don’t have enough party vacancies to meet demand we can request permission to use another park if given 6 weeks notice prior to the party. In the event your party is within 6 weeks of booking we have a smaller selection of parks to choose from which may be in another area of the city.
  • Parties out with the Glasgow City boundary where we have a woodland space available will be charged an additional £10.
  • All participants must come appropriately dressed for the weather. In the event where participants are not appropriately dressed they may not be allowed to take part in the activities. Please see our ‘What to bring?’/’What to wear?’ document for full details.
  • Birthday Parties run all year round and are unlikely to be cancelled unless the weather conditions are severe, this is why coming prepared for the weather is important. In the event where the weather is deemed too severe for the party to proceed the party will be re-scheduled at the earliest convenience. Please see our Wet Weather Policy for further details.
  • It is important that all participants follow OpOut staff’s instructions at all times during the party to ensure their safety. In the event where the behaviour or actions of an individual or group are deemed unsafe the activity may be suspended.
  • As part of all our programmes we like to teach the principles of leave no trace when you are out playing and exploring the outdoors. This simply means we like to leave the woods the way we found them or better. To teach this principle we ask all of our participants to take down their dens, pick up their litter and put out the fire to ensure the woods are put back to their original state.
  • When we meet at the start of the birthday party there is always a bit of a walk to the site. Sometimes as long as 15 min depending on what site we use. It is therefore recommended that all participants arrive at least 15 min early to allow for time to get to site. Any delays may result in activities not happening or being cut short.

Mobile Play Parties

Our Mobile Play Parties offer a range of pop up play opportunities for children of all ages and will be tailored to fit the space and age of children we’re working with. We can pop up in your garden, on a local beach, at your school playground or anywhere else really, and we’ll adapt the play to fit the space. We can deliver campfires, large group games, loose parts play, tug of war, bespoke treasure hunts and lots more. If you’ve got an idea we’ll try our best to make it happen. 

Prices & Extras

Our Mobile Play birthday parties start at £150

  • This price is for up to 20 children.
  • At least two supervising adults must be in attendance at all times during the party. There is no charge for supervising adults.
  • For additional children we charge £50 for a second member of staff to assist, and a third member of staff for 40+ children

Each party consists of:

  • A two hour tailored birthday party experience indoors or outdoors. (Extra time can be purchased)
  • A selection of activities to fit your space, age and size of group.
  • Guaranteed fun and lots of games!

Additional extras:

  • Gift bags £3 per person.
  • Campfire and Marshmallow Toasting: £1 per person (Site Dependant)
  • Additional 30 min which can include free play or games and activities £50. 

Activity List & Themes

We can provide a range of activities for our Mobile Play Parties, we’ll be able to advise on what activities work best when we discuss the venue options.

Here are some examples below.

  • Large Group Games
  • Loose Parts Play
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Tug of War
  • Campfire
  • Den Building and lots more

Example Themes

If you pay an additional £20 you can get a themed party of your choice. Some examples include:

Harry Potter, Elves and Fairies, Hunger Games, Gruffalo, Pirates, Robin Hood, Woodland Animals, Survival & Camouflage.

Important Info

Venue
  • If you’re party is indoors you will be responsible for booking the venue separately and this is not included in our price
  • If the party is outdoors we’ll discuss with you available options and let you know
    what activities would work.
Timings
Party times are set at 10am-12pm or 2pm – 4pm so as to allow us to move to other venues in this time for multiple parties in one day. If you’d like to book a different time or were considering a longer party than two hours please get in touch and we can check availability. There might be an additional fee for parties delivered out with these times.

Box Play Parties

Our Box Play parties are the only parties we deliver entirely indoors. Imagine a sports hall full of cardboard boxes, with a massive fort to explore and lots of creative play. We’ll pop up the boxes and play lots of games as well as allowing for time to play freely with the boxes and see what ideas unfold. Children can build their own dens, castles, obstacle courses, and we’ve had cinemas, space ships, pirate ships. It’s amazing to open up their imaginations in the world of Box Play.

Prices & Extras

Our Box Play Parties start at £150

  • This price is for up to 20 children.
  • At least two supervising adults must be in attendance at all times during the party. There is no charge for supervising adults.
  • For additional children we charge £50 for a second member of staff to assist, and a third member of staff for 40+ children

Each party consists of:

  • A two hour tailored birthday party experience indoors or outdoors. (Extra time can be purchased)
  • A range of box play games and free play to use the boxes and build.
  • Guaranteed fun and lots of play!

Additional extras:

  • Gift boxes £3 per person.
  • Additional 30 min which can include free play or games £50.

Important Info

Venue

  • You will be responsible for booking the venue separately and this is not included in our price.
  • A space large enough for the group size and box play must be available, we can advise on hall size upon enquiring.

Timings
Party times are set at 10am-12pm or 2pm – 4pm so as to allow us to move to other venues in this time for multiple parties in one day. If you’d like to book a different time or were considering a longer party than two hours please get in touch and we can check availability. There might be an additional fee for parties delivered out with these times.

 

Setting Up and Packing down

We require 45min to set up the boxes and 30min to pack them away. This is on top of the two hour party time and we require the venue to be accessible 45min before the start of the party. If this is not possible we can adjust how the party is delivered it would just mean slightly less time for Box Play. 

Birthday Party FAQ’s

Where do you have your birthday parties?

We have multiple locations throughout Glasgow and the central belt of Scotland that can be used for your child’s birthday party. Upon enquiry we will ask for your address and get back to you with a selection of parks or outdoor spaces which are close to you. If you are looking to organise a party outside the city, you simply make that request upon enquiry and we can let you know what options are available for outdoor spaces we can use. If your party is indoors you just let us know the venue and we’ll plan the play experiences!

Where do we meet for your outdoor birthday parties?

This is dependant on the location of your birthday party. Once you have made your booking we will send you further details of getting to and from the park as well as meeting points. Our staff are very familiar with the parks so in the event you can’t find your way we will give you a direct mobile number for the staff running your party. It is the party organisers responsibility to ensure all participants are picked up by their parent/carer.

What time are your parties?

We have set times for our Woodland Birthday Parties in the Spring/Summer and
Autumn/Winter seasons.

Spring and Summer Times
10am – 12pm, 1 – 3pm, 4 – 6pm

Autumn and Winter Times
10am – 12pm, 1 – 3pm

Our indoor parties and mobile play parties either run from 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm
These times may be flexible in the event we have less bookings on one day, however that is subject to availability.

Can we stay in the park & play afterwards?

Absolutely, we encourage this, the more time spent playing outdoors the better. You can either book further time within your party to try another activity or have free play time with our equipment or you can go explore other areas of the park with the supervising adults being responsible for the group.

What so we do if there is severe weather?

Severe weather is classified as high winds, severe cold or thunder and lightning. If the forecast is for heavy rain the party will still go ahead. We encourage children to play outdoors whatever the weather and we will bring tarpaulins and active games to keep everyone warm and dry. If a party does have to be cancelled due to severe weather we will aim to reschedule at the earliest convenience. Please contact us with any questions.

Are there toilets available on site?

This is dependant on the site we book for your party. Generally there is no access to toilets in most woodlands or there is a substantial walk, there are exceptions and we can certainly explain this further when you make an enquiry. We encourage participants to go to the toilet before the party starts to reduce the risk of needing the toilet during the session. If this is a particular worry we can speak to you about this and find a site that may have better access to toilets.

What should adults/parents do during the party?

Adults and parents are welcome to stay on-site during the party and also welcome to get involved with activities, this is at the discretion of the main parent who organised the party. Our focus of course is on the children and it is crucial that children get to participate freely without adults taking over. That being said if you’re eager to build your own den we can set the adults a challenge to make their own and that way not interfering with the children’s engineering. If parents choose to drop off their child and come back after 2 hours, we can certainly recommend places nearby for them to get a coffee or do some shopping. We don’t provide seats but will have plastic mats you can use to sit on if you’d like one.

What should participants wear?

Our outdoor play and woodland parties are held outdoors all year round and
therefore we can’t guarantee that guests will stay clean! We recommend wearing old
or inexpensive clothes, wellies or old trainers and waterproofs.

What are the minimum and maximum numbers for a party?

We don’t have a minimum for our parties however the minimum cost for a party is £150. Our prices and extras vary depending on which type of party you’d be interested in booking. Our woodland birthday parties are usually capped at 20 children but we’d be happy to speak with you further to make sure no one misses out.

How do I pay and is there a deposit?

We accept bank transfers and cheques as long as they clear before the date of the
party. We require a £50 deposit to secure the date of the birthday and then ask for
the remaining balance to be paid at least 2 weeks before the date of the party.

Can I bring my own cake/goodybags?

Yes, of course. We also have two styles of cake available for our woodland and box
play parties at an additional cost but you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.
You can prepare your own goody bags and bring along that’s no problem. We do
offer our own goody bags and boxes for children as an optional extra, these cost £3
per child.

To find out more about our birthday parties or to make a booking enquiry, please fill out the enquiry form

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