Children’s Birthday Parties

Children’s Birthday Parties

May Gibbs’ Nutcote

We are delighted to offer Children’s Birthday Parties at Nutcote, former home and Gardens of children’s author and illustrator, May Gibbs, creator of The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

Nutcote has been faithfully restored by The Nutcote Trust and is listed on the Register of the National Estate. Nestled in beautiful gardens on the harbour at Neutral Bay, built in 1925 and designed by BJ Waterhouse, Nutcote provides the perfect setting for your child’s Gardens picnic birthday party. Parties are for children aged 5 to 10 years

Parties are best suited for 5 to 10 year olds and are held on Saturdays and during school holidays. Each party is a two-hour session and you have a choice of morning and afternoon. There are two types of party to choose from:

  • ‘Gumnut babies and Big Bad Banksia Men’ Party: Aimed at 4-7 year olds, children are invited to use the costumes provided to become gumnut children or Bad Banksia men for the day.
  •  ‘Gumnuts Picnic Party’: Aimed at 8-10 year olds, children are invited to have fun with various themed activities based on May Gibbs’ delightful books and artwork


Minimum cost of a Nutcote Children’s Birthday Party is $350.00 for a minimum of 10 children, which includes a non-refundable administration bond of $100.00. Each additional child above the minimum number of 10 is $25.00 per child up to a maximum of 15 children. Nutcote requires a booking deposit of $100.00 to confirm the date and time of the party, at least one month before the date of the party. The $100.00 deposit will be refunded on the day of the party.

What you get

Each party is supervised by our party coordinator and includes:

  • Optional Dressing up as Gumnuts (costumes provided)
  • Story telling and games
  • Picnic style menu
  • Prizes for games
  • Pass the parcel
  • Small gift bag for each child party attendee
  • Entry into the House for parents of birthday child and up to two designated helpers (4 free tickets, and each additional adult is charged $5.00 per head)
  • Teacake & tea/plunger coffee for parents/adults – maximum number 10 adults. If more than 10 adults are attending, an extra charge will be applied.

Day and time

Nutcote Children’s Birthday Parties are held on Saturdays only. There are two 2-hour sessions to choose from: 10.00 am – 12.00 noon or 1 pm – 3 pm.

What to bring

Simply, a birthday cake! Please note, there is limited space at Nutcote and we cannot store a cake in our fridge or freezer. Nutcote supplies plates; cups and a cake-cutting knife however. Please don’t forget to bring birthday candles!


A set picnic menu will be served to the party guests. It is very important that Nutcote is informed about any food allergies of party guests at the time of booking.


Seasonal fruit, cheese cubes and crackers, corn chips and dip, carrot sticks, fairy bread, mini lamingtons, juice and water.


Two designated adult helpers from your party are to be appointed to stay with the party for its duration, to assist with taking children from the House to the toilet and any other movement around the property. Nutcote is a heritage property and great care must be taken when in the Gardens and House, and all party guests and parents must ensure that no damage is made to plants in the Gardens or the lawn, when moving around the property or playing games, and none of the items in the House are to be handled. Any damage made to the house or garden by guests will be deducted from the $100 bond.

Other Children

No children other than invited guests are permitted to attend the party, as each party is limited to numbers (no more than 15) due to OH&S guidelines – this includes the siblings of invited guests. If siblings of invited guests do attend, they must be supervised by you at all times and may not join in with party games. Invited guests will receive a stamp when they enter the property to avoid confusion.

For The Parents

Adults can also enjoy a children’s birthday party at Nutcote! As Nutcote is not close to any major resources and because parties are only 2 hours long. A tour of the House Museum for parents of party attendees is offered at the concessionary rate of $5.00 per person and must be paid for in the Gift Shop before entering the House as well as some refreshments in the way of a cheese and fruit platter.


Make A Nutcote Birthday Party Booking

• Email to obtain a booking form.