1) Fairyland is a ten-acre park on the shores of Oakland’s Lake Merritt where children’s literature is brought to life. It is among the best parks for birthday parties. It offers whimsical storybook sets for kids birthday parties, kind and gentle rides, friendly animals, puppet shows, and live entertainment. Fairyland is even a good toddler birthday party idea. Fairyland allows do-it-yourself kids birthday parties (where you use their facilities) as well as catered birthday parties. For DIY, you supply kids birthday party food and the kids birthday party decorations, and Fairyland allows you to use their Teddy Bear Picnic Grove. (first come, first served). Fairyland admission is required. Catered birthday parties have a 10 child minimum and include an ice-cream cake, a Fairyland T-shirt and a birthday crown for the birthday child, along with kids birthday party decorations, food plates and napkins, and a party hat for each child. A trained party host is there to assist.
699 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
2) Pixieland Amusement Park is among the best amusement park places to have kids birthday parties, especially for kids aged 1 to 10. The park offers a mini-train, airplanes, a carousel, tea cups, a rollercoaster and more amusements. Birthday party packages include rides and the use of a party table. Extras are available including food and goodies.
Pixieland Amusement Park
2740 E. Olivera Road
Concord, CA 94519
3) Trapeze Arts Oakland is a great birthday party location for the budding circus performer. Their packages represent great birthday party ideas for girls AND boys. A standard party package includes instructors and equipment for the time booked. Other offerings include a private party room for an additional charge. Cake and refreshments are added on an a la carte basis, along with birthday party supplies. Packages include a video of the circus portion of the party.
Trapeze Arts, Inc.
1822 9th St.
Oakland, CA 94607
4) San Francisco Children’s Art Center offers a creative alternative to the standard kids birthday parties. Activities include painting, sculpture, printmaking, play-dough, shrink-art and collage . Teachers are on hand to guide the kids and keep the party entertaining. Each child will receive the artwork created during the birthday part. Party decorations and food must be provided by the parents.
San Francisco Children’s Art Center
Fort Mason Center, Building C
San Francisco, CA 94123
5) Lemos Farm in Half Moon Bay offers birthday party packages including a hay ride, pony ride, play town, train ride and a petting zoo. Birthday party types best suited for kids 1 to 9 are pony parties and choo-choo parties. All include Petting Zoo and Play Area.
12320 San Mateo Road. (Hwy. 92)
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
6) Sew Now offers among the best birthday party themes for girls — and crafty boys — at their sewnow! fashion studio. They create a custom theme and activities based on the interests, ages, and size of the party of children. It comes complete with sewing machine lesson, and the ability for each participant to create their own keepsake item (designed by the host)! No two parties are ever the same. Along with the main creative studio activity, they also offer a separate party room for serving birthday cake, pizza, or other kids birthday party food and refreshments. A typical party goes for two hours total with a 1.5 hour guided lesson and project followed by a half-hour for cake and goodies in the party room. The optimal size for a party is 10 participants, but it is possible to include a few more.
960 Moraga Road (at Moraga Blvd, 1 block South of Mt. Diablo Blvd.)
Lafayette, CA, 94549
7) Great Jump Sports. Prefer to send out a birthday invitation to truly healthful birthday events? Great Jump Sports is the ultimate venue for just that, and a fun party place for kids birthday parties, teen birthday parties and perhaps even adults. Massive indoor trampoline courts are housed in a fully air conditioned, clean and safe environment where bouncing off the walls is actually a healthy thing! Dodgeball, music, arcade games, pizza, TVs and free WIFI abound. Jump Socks provided (no street shoes, no bare feet)
Great Jump Sports
616 S. Main St.
Milpitas, CA 95035
8) De Anza College Fujitsu Planetarium. A unique place for a party that is truly “out of this world.” This is a perfect birthday party location for the budding astrophysicist or other scientist. Experience the night sky and Universe like never before. Birthday packages and arrangements are available.
De Anza College Fujitsu Planetarium
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino CA 95014
Attn: Office Manager
9) LOL Parties at the Sportsplex.
Laugh Out Loud Parties at Silver Creek Sportsplex features parties that combine the best of all worlds: jumping on giant, custom inflatables; playing organized games or organizing your own on state-of-the-art indoor turf fields. There are also private party rooms, superb food and party coaches who provide an interactive experience. Their Inflatable Obstacle Courses and Inflatable Playzones are among the best. Great for soccer, roller hocket and martial arts enthusiasts and more. For kids birthday parties, parents must remain on site. Party room seats 12 to 275.
LOL Parties inside the Silver Creek Sportsplex
800 Embedded Way
San Jose, CA 95138
10) Paramount Tumbling & AcroGymnastics
A budding gymnast in the family? Girl birthday party ideas? Boy birthday party ideas? This will work for either one. Paramount Tumbling and AcroGymnastics in offers amazing private birthday parties! Party specialists offer guided age-appropriate play, races, obstacle courses, interactive games, and other creative gymnastics activities.
Paramount Tumbling & AcroGymnastics
350 Saratoga Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129
For great kids birthday party locations in other areas of California:
Top 10 Kids Birthday Parties Places in Los Angeles
Top 10 Kids Birthday Party Places in Orange County, CA