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(21 Reviews)

Academy of FUN! CIC provide engaging and entertaining activities for 4-11 year olds.

Superhero Adventures (or starwars if you prefer) -with role playing staff and a storyline.
LEGO parties-we have over 250 litres of the stuff, 12 LEGO workshops and even our own special take home model kits.
BAKE OFFS- don't worry we take all of the mess away with us. We provide everything, (including equipment and inspiration).
Crafts-specially adapted around the interests of the birthday child
Crazy Olympics-for larger parties, the children form teams and compete in a series of whacky sports.

All of our team are experienced, DBS checked and what comes over as Zany fun is actually very carefully planned activity, risk assessed and fully insured. Reviews Reviews

Review of by Hannah Holland
5 Hannah Holland

Absolutely awesome team! So happy I found and booked Kate and co! Worth every penny! Love the spiderman / robber storyline both of my sons are still talking about it. Kept all the kids entertained, even the little ones followed it and Children as old as ten got throughly involved! Happy memories made, if you want a stress free brilliant party then call them!! I will definitely use them again.

Review of by Laura Mitchell
5 Laura Mitchell

Thank you Academy of Fun for a fabulous 'Space Adventure' Party. Birthday boy had a fantastic time, Dan was excellent with the kids, and great feedback from guests and parents about a good time had by all. Would definitely recommend.

Review of by Tanya Leary
5 Tanya Leary

What an amazing team!
We hired AOF for the family day at this years Fabulous Frost Fair and they were incredible. Quick to set up, quick to clear away and entertaining and engaging with all the children and families that passed through their room over the course of a long and busy day.
Thank you so much- we would absolutely recommend your services. Well done.

Review of by Gwenan Dee
5 Gwenan Dee

We booked a Legotastic party for our twins 6th birthday. Kate and her team were fantastic - they kept 38 children entertained for 2 hours. I was a bit nervous that sitting down and playing with Lego wouldn't be entertaining enough but needen't have worried. After the building section there were lots of high energy team games. All the children (and the parents) seemed to be very happy - one even said 'it was the best party he'd ever been to' and my two were delighted. I booked after we'd attended a friends SuperHero party, which was also brilliant. Kate and Amy were professional from the first moment I spoke to them - keeping in touch, arriving well in time and even helping once it was all over. Can't recommend them enough.

Review of by Rik Cooper
5 Rik Cooper

We booked a super hero party for my son's 5th birthday party. They were responsive in the build up and they arrived on time with plenty of time to set up. We had the burglar which hangs around outside in the build up which got the kids in a frenzy (in a good way). Then the Super Hero training and other games kept them super excited, Batman arrived and they were loving it, my 8yr old daughter was loving it too. Batman sat with the kids when they ate and really indulged them answering all sorts of questions with wavering from character at all, I really appreciated this extra effort at the meal time. The rest of the party went down a storm too. The kids absolutely loved it, the parents did too and the feedback the next day in the school car park was brilliant.. A massive double thumbs up from everyone here, couldn't be happier.. I asked my son Tom what he thought about it.. "I didn't like it Dad, I LOVED it!!" he said. A job well done guys!!

Review of by Kate Hickson
5 Kate Hickson

Wow! What an amazing party my five year old son had today. Charlotte, Dan and Tom where awesome and kept all the kids enthralled for the whole two hour party. All the kids loved training to be superheroes with batman and all the parents commented on how good the party was. I can't recommend them all highly enough. Thanks for making Max's day so memorable!

Review of by Karyn Fleeting
5 Karyn Fleeting

I hired Academy of Fun for my son's Lego-themed birthday party yesterday - and would not hesitate to recommend this company to other parents. Kate and Dan arrived promptly, set up quickly and brought along a host of extras for which I was immensely grateful: from the stereo system to the boxes of Duplo for party attendees' younger siblings. The children all had a wonderful time; Kate and Dan were both great with them. I have already had lots of positive feedback from parents. I would also recommend the party bags: each one came with a photo of the birthday boy and his 21 friends around the birthday. How AoF had time to print off all the photos and add them to the bags in the 40 minutes between the camera shot and the end of the party, I still have no idea! Thank you, Kate and Dan, for throwing us an awesome Lego party. :)

Review of by Melissa Koontz-Garboden
5 Melissa Koontz-Garboden

Kate and her team exceeded my expectations last weekend when they organised and led a Lego birthday party/workshop for 44 three to five year old children! As a teacher, I was very impressed by their ability to take control of the entire group for two hours--and with such enthusiasm! Every child got "stuck in" which amazed me. A member of staff went out of his way to slowly engage any unsure or timid child, and was successful every time. What fun everyone had--parents even joined in! Other parents were just as impressed with the Lego building and party games, noting how FUN the event was. They are still coming up to me, noting how fantastic it was, which was completely down to Kate and her team! The Academy of Fun's website does not do them justice. If you desire a fantastic party, do not hesitate to choose The Academy of Fun!

Review of by Dave Bradburn
5 Dave Bradburn

Thank you for an awesome 'bake off' birthday party for our daughter. The party was brilliant - the girls loved it! We've had a load of comments about how much fun they had and also how well organised it was. A huge amount packed into 2 hours.

It really made things easy for us so that we could enjoy watching them have fun. Everything is thought of and planned for so preparing and clearing up afterwards was no hassle at all. Highly recommended - daughter has already said she wants another baking party!

Review of by Jane Dawes
5 Jane Dawes

Sam had the most brilliant time at the party and has quoted all day how 'this has been the best birthday party ever'. The team were absolutely amazing, so professional from the moment they turned up until the end of the party and so, so much fun. We went for the Batman and robber theme party. BatDan was unbelievable, really fantastic - to be able to engage 30 odd 4-5 years for 2 hours (including some parents !) was brilliant to watch. The team didn't stop from the moment they arrived and Batman even continued to chat the kids during the food break. Sam is still talking now about helping Batman as he had to go and catch naughty Joker in Gotham City and seeing all the kid's and parents faces when they saw the cake was missing was hilarious. Really, really pleased we choose Academy of Fun to entertain Sam and his friends at his 5th birthday party and this was no mean feat as he has been taking about this party for approximately 365 days . . . .

Review of by Ruth McLoone
5 Ruth McLoone

Thanks so much for such a fab superhero party, you did so well keeping the children engaged and having so much fun! The party bags were great too.

Review of by Rachael Murphy
5 Rachael Murphy

I booked 'Academy of Fun' for my sons party on the basis of the reviews on the website. I am so pleased. My son had the most amazing 'Superhero' birthday party last Saturday.

The team were fantastic, and thoroughly entertained the children the whole time. Everyone (including the parents) enjoyed the fun being had. I only have praise. The one hiccup was that I bought 'sparklers' and not candles for the cake. Bad idea, they extinguished before my son could blow out the candles. His face looked so sad, so 'Academy of fun' saved the day and went and found a candle in their kit (I did not ask them to, they just did this), so we were able to light the candle, and my son was happy that he could blow out a candle. Amazing. Many thanks to all three of you.

Review of by Emma Jayne White
5 Emma Jayne White

Thank you academy of fun for attending the British Grand Prix this weekend I don't know what I'd have done without you there. A young girl called Kate was amazing with my toddler along with Dan. They played parachute games to suit my demanding daughter (leg and a wing and ring a roses), did super hero training (adapted to suit her age/ability), music singing and hide and seek. Ella had the guys about all over the place and her demands of "again again" were met and they never lost their enthusiasm. Thank you so much all of you Ella had an amazing time.
Kate I love the aim of your company to make sport fun and use it to promote good mental health within schools. If you ever want to grow the business I'd certainly love to see you in the midlands. I'm sure Ella would love a future birthday party with your team. I can't thank you enough and I hope we see you all back at the British Grand Prix next year!

Review of by Jen Fairfield
5 Jen Fairfield

Thank you Academy of Fun for the amazing Lego party! My son had a brilliant 8th birthday and all his friends were entertained for the full 2 hours. Thomas chose the fairground workshop and they had great fun building the ferris wheel as a team and then all the other rides. The Lego themed games were full of energy and team work and let the children burn off some energy after their party food. I would definitely recommend this party for any boy or girl who loves lego!

Review of by Rachel Goffredo
5 Rachel Goffredo

Thank you to the Academy of Fun Superhero entertainers we hired for our son’s 4th birthday party! They were fantastic and kept the children amused for 2.5 hours. One was Spider-Man and one was Wonder Woman and we couldn’t fault them - fun, nice with the children, helpful and on time. Definitely recommend!

Review of by Helen Barrance
5 Helen Barrance

Just finished a fantastic Lego party for our Lego loving six year old. The team were fab and managed to keep the children interested for the full 2 hours and we're very understanding of some birthday overexcitment.
Thankyou for a lovely party!

Review of by Jo Heath
5 Jo Heath

Fabulous Lego party yesterday for my sons 7th birthday! Kate and Hollie kept 14 boys totally engrossed in Lego building and crazy Lego themed games which the children loved! Each child was also sent home with a little Lego dog they had built at the party and a printed photo of the group which was a lovely touch! Definitely recommend

Review of by Tiddly Winks
5 Tiddly Winks

We had Kate from academy of fun come into our royal wedding session on Wednesday and do a music session with the children and I can honestly say it was completely different to what I was expecting but it was absolutely amazing! The kids loved it and our parents and staff here at tiddlywinks thought it was fantastic too :) it was such good fun. Kate was so good with the children and they really connected with her and kept interest through the session. It was such a fun way to keep them all moving around and making music, singing and of course laughing! Really can't thank you enough!

Review of by Helen Williams
5 Helen Williams

Booked Rowan and Al for a legotastic party and would highly recommend. It was perfect for my 6 year lego mad son. Rowan and Al took care of everything and were great with all the kids, in terms of keeping control, looking after the younger children and generally ensuring everyone had FUN!! Thank you��

Review of by Sami Jones
5 Sami Jones

Academy of Fun are Absolutely Fantastic! My son had a Superhero Adventure Party for his 5th Birthday - Kate and her team were amazing! My son had never had a birthday party and I was a bit wary about doing one with a group of energetic 4/5 year olds especially after having attended several parties for his friends - I had to asked Kate if she was sure she'd keep them all engaged and not running riot 😄 I need not have worried! My son loved it, his friends loved it - we even ended up with his friends siblings joining in, both older and younger. I've had several parents since message me to tell me how much fun their child had - I'm definitely glad I called in the pros and wouldn't hesitate to do it again 🙂 Thank you so much!!!

Review of by Joe Wilde
5 Joe Wilde

We've had 2 lego parties with Academy of Fun for our children and they were both fantastic.

For Holly's 7th birthday party Kate and Vic did a lego zoo party and the children built several animals with the guidance of Kate and then used their imaginations to build all kinds of creatures and buildings for their zoo.

For Harrison's 9th birthday party they did a lego funfair themed party where the children built a working ferris wheel as well as dodgems, candy floss stalls, and even toilets!!
The games were really good fun and all the children really enjoyed themselves.

I would definitely recommend Academy of Fun for anyone with children who love lego. Kate and Vic are brilliant with the kids and they also provide fantastic party bags should you need them

Click to rate: Q&A Q&A

What do you love most about your job?

The belly laughs and wows of small children. It's all about introducing children to new experiences and engaging them in activities that make them feel good.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I'm an Aunty. All of things that Academy of FUN! do are things I have done with my nieces and nephews as they grew up. Going on superhero adventures, building amazing things out of LEGO, baking, crafting, making up silly sports, having a go on musical instruments. When the nieces and nephews started to grow up and roll their eyes at Aunty Kates crazy exploits I knew I needed to find new playmates!
At the same time I'm continually disheartened by the statistics for young people developing mental health conditions and Academy of FUN! is my way of trying to improve the odds.

Why should our clients choose you?

Academy of FUN! is a community interest company, founded in 2015 to provide engaging activities for 4-11 year olds that encourage lifestyle choices inline with the NHS 5 ways to mental well being. Masters of secret learning our creative professionals, that's actors, musicians and artists inspire and wow. As a not for profit we use income from commercial events to subsidise work with charities and community groups. on Twitter

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