Are you looking for something a little different for your child's Birthday party? Has she or he outgrown the clowns, bouncy castles and balloon shapers? If your child is over 6, enjoys the outdoors, and takes pleasure in getting as dirty and mucky as possible, then I may have the answer.

My daughter went to a class mate's birthday party at The Pit last weekend, and it was a very different kind of party. Held at the Centaurus Rugby Club at Turf City, The Pit is an army-style assault and obstacle course set in a ravine and surrounded by jungle. We were warned that the kids would get very muddy, and to come along wearing old clothes and with a towel and change of clothes. So it was with only a little trepidation that I watched as they waded through long muddy grass to get to the monkey bars and ropes amongst the jungle.

The kids were set timed challenges which included climbing along the monkey bars, jumping into shin-high mud,swinging across a muddy pond in a rope, and crawling on all fours through thick mud under a low net. Some kids just revelled in rolling in the mud, and their clothes actually changed colour. When they were finished, all the kids piled, fully clothed, into two open air showers. The adults watched as the mud flowed from their faces and hair, and as the kids splashed and laughed they were restored to their former selves.

The Centaurus Sports Park is a large multi-sports pitch where the children played ball games and chasing type games before venturing into the Pit. Centaurus Rugby Football Club was founded in October 2002 as the mini and youth rugby club arm of Centaurus Sports. As of August 2006, the Rugby Club boasted over 350 young playing members with more joining on a regular basis. They hold professional rugby coaching year round and new members are welcome.

Centaurus RFC also hold camps and special events and can arrange facilities such as bouncy castle, sound systems and catering. For more information, go to their website:




2 comments

Jessica said... @ April 20, 2008 at 3:27 PM

What a surprise! Maegan and Maxene are my cousins and I live in Sydney. It was great to stumble across your blog and find photos of Max :)

Milly said... @ April 20, 2008 at 10:13 PM

Glad you found the blog Jessica. Max is my daughter's best friend and Max and Maegan are both great girls. Bookmark the site and you may spy some more interestig pics!

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