It’s party time, let’s celebrate! Don’t let the party planning stress take over your life. There are tons of venues ready to do all the planning and hosting for you. Whether you are looking for a space-themed soiree or a pizza cooking celebration, these ten options are guaranteed to make your little one’s birthday party the place to be. All you need to do is invite the guests and sit back and enjoy the celebration!


Photo courtesy of The Butterfly Joint

San Francisco

Play Haven
Play Haven is perfect for crawlers, toddlers and preschoolers who want to party. A mini rock climbing wall and art station are just a few of the highlights of this play space that encourages creativity and hands-on learning. Birthday celebrations can happen during regular open play hours, or pay a little extra to have exclusive use of the space. They also have food and face paint add-ons to make your party over the top.

254 Laguna Honda Blvd.
San Francisco, Ca


Little Artistas
With four SF locations in Glen Park, Noe Valley, Ghirardelli Square and Inner Sunset, Little Artistas will let your party guests and birthday kid get messy with art in their studio (bonus: no clean up for you!). Their two-hour parties start with an hour of art that’s tailored to the birthday child, followed by an hour of food and merriment. Add on a face painter for some bonus fun.

Four locations in San Francisco, Ca

The Butterfly Joint
If you have been to too many bouncy house or trampoline parties and want to try something new, why not give woodworking a try? Parties get the run of the joint (literally) with a project that’s completed by the party child and guests for them to take home. Bring your own cake and accoutrement, have a little sing and everyone goes home learning a handy skill. Win!

2640 Mission St.
San Francisco, Ca

fairyland oakland

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East Bay

Children’s Fairyland 
Step back in time at this amusement park in Oakland that has been around since 1950. Birthday boys and girls can celebrate their big day next to Cinderella’s slipper, in the Japanese tea garden or in the circus-themed area. You can rent a space and plan your own gig or have the park take care of all the details for you. Fairyland is ideal for kids 8 and under as it has kid-sized rides, friendly animals and storybook performances.

699 Bellevue Ave.
Oakland, Ca

Chabot Space & Science Center
Shoot for the stars and host your outer space birthday party at Chabot. The adventure begins with an hour and a half in a private party room decked out with a festive celestial theme, tables and chairs for all your guests and a dress-up photo booth. Spend the rest of the day taking in a Planetarium show, exploring the interactive exhibits and peering through high-powered telescopes.

10000 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland, Ca

Silliman Aquatic Center
Splash down any time of the year at this 32,000 square foot indoor pool that has two water slides, a zero-depth activity pool and a 245-foot lazy river. There’s something for every age from toddlers to teens. Reserve the teen room that includes two pool tables, a PS3 and Wii. Or grab the activity room that has a Foosball table, Wii and ping pong table. All guests have access to the pool either during or following the party.

6800 Mowry Ave.
Newark, Ca

cucina bambini san jose

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South Bay

Cucina Bambini
Practice your Top Chef moves at this cooking school where the kids are put to work! Choose a pizza, pasta or cupcake theme and invite your guests to don their aprons and chef hats. The kids learn how to make dough, what goes into a good sauce and how many gummy bears can top a cupcake before it falls over. Got a favorite food that’s not pizza, pasta or cupcakes? They will help you design your own personal theme for the big day!

1041 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, Ca

San Jose Giants
This minor league baseball park is the perfect excursion for your little sports fan’s next birthday. For $19/person, you get tickets to the game, a hot dog, drink and Nothing Bundt Cake Bundtini. All kids at the party get two passes to the Family Fun Zone where they can practice their big league swing. Gigante is always around to take photos with fans and get the crowd riled up to cheer for the home team!

Municipal Stadium
588 East Alma Ave.
San Jose, Ca

morning star farm novato

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Morning Star Farm
If your little one is desperate for a pony this year, do the next best thing and book a party at Morning Star Farm. Kids up to age 8 can enjoy a pony party with pony rides, a petting zoo and a party in the outdoor picnic area. Kids 8 and up can book a riding party where each guest has their own mount and gets a one hour riding and grooming lesson.

885 Sutro Ave.
Novato, Ca


CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point
This science and wildlife center is the perfect spot to host a birthday party for kids of any age. All guests receive admission to the center where they can learn about science through hands-on exhibits and animal encounters. Parties receive use of a party room and patio. For an additional fee you can add on a private educational program like Marvelous Marble Roller Coasters or a Wild Survival Animal Presentation.

1651 Coyote Point Dr.
San Mateo, Ca

Where is your favorite spot to host a kid party? Let us know below!

–Kate Loweth