Wishing you could host a birthday party for your kiddo that’s a piece of cake to plan? Look no further than our favorite kids birthday party venues where revelers of all ages will have their dream of a fantastic celebration come true. There’s a theme for every interest––from ice skating, creating art and learning about critters to bouncing off the walls and boarding a pirate ship! Read on for where to make your kid’s big day the best at birthday party places for kids in San Diego!

photo: San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

Calling all young explorers! The San Diego Children's Discovery Museum is the perfect party spot for little tykes and it's easy to plan for the big day. They offer themed parties like dinosaur discovery or dance around the world. You also get a party assistant and your own parking spot on that special day. Also good to note, the Museum offers mobile birthday parties, which include some of their traveling exhibits and workshops.

Bonus! San Diego Children's Discovery Museum is offering a discount this month (Feb. 2019) on venue rentals (if you rent the entire museum). Any bookings made during the month of February (for any month of the year) receive 10% off. 

Click here for more info and details on setting up a grand birthday party!

Age: Kids one to ten years-old
Cost: $220 for 15 guests; $470 for 40 guests

320 N. Broadway
Escondido, CA
Online: sdcdm.org


Poway ICE - The Rinks

Does your little one want to build a snowman? Well, in San Diego that's a tall order, but the next best thing is a truly 'frozen' birthday party filled with ice skating and fun. Glide on over to The Rinks for a chill birthday party. Party packages include a party host, party room, photos on the Jumbotron and additional amenities as you increase in price, including pizzas, on and off the ice lessons, party decorations and more. Book your party two weeks in advance by contacting The Rinks here: piprogramoffice@therinks.com.

Age: All
Cost: Parties range in price from $299-$599 depending on the amount of guests.

Poway ICE- The Rinks
12455 Kerran St.
Poway, CA
Online: powayice.therinks.com

photo: Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium

Make a big splash with little party-goers at this fish-tastic place. Birch Aquarium knows how to combine learning and fun. They provide the party room and instructor plus an animal encounter for little guppies. Further, there are age-level themes to choose between. For example, Splish Splash Bash for ages one to three take an imaginary trip to the ocean. Or, for older minnows, ages four to nine, a shark adventure awaits. Either way, your birthday sweetie will feel like the big fish in the pond.

Ages: Kids one to nine years-old
Cost: $400 for 20 guests

2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA
Online: aquarium.ucsd.edu

photo: San Diego Air and Space Museum

San Diego Air and Space Museum

Shoot for the moon at this birthday spot that budding astronauts will love. Each party blasts off with a super scientific activity like sled kites, Alka-Seltzer rockets or foam flyers. Then, guests get a personalized museum tour with lots of good facts about the airplanes and rockets. You supply the food (and presents, of course). However, kids will leave with a goody bag perfect for the whole flight crew.

Ages: Kids five years and older
Cost: $350 for 15 kids and 15 adults

2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA
Online: sandiegoairandspace.org

photo: Helen Woodward Animal Center

Helen Woodward Animal Center

Hands down the best place to have an animal birthday paw-ty. This nonprofit expertly pairs education with the festivities. Further, they include themed party decorations, set-up, hosting and clean up. Plus, you'll get an animal encounter, face painting and private back tour. We love the Bow-Wow Party for little ones and the Jammin' Jungle theme for bigger kids who crave a reptile encounter.

Ages: All ages
Cost: $235-plus with 20-plus guests

6461 El Apajo Rd.
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Online: animalcenter.org


Party-goers get to have their cake and eat it too at CeramiCafe. The best part about this venue is that you don't have to be an artist, yet you get to make a great piece of pottery. If you decide on the cupcake party (which by the way is very popular), then each guest gets a cupcake with fruit punch on the side. Also, they host and clean up. But mostly, the birthday artist enjoys creative time with friends.

Ages: Best for kids five years and older
Cost: $55 party fee, plus $15 per person

3425 Del Mar Heights Rd.
San Diego, CA
Online: ceramicafe.com

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Kid Ventures

Capture the imagination at this birthday hot spot. With creative dress-up from princess to fire person and great attention to detail, party planning is easy and fun. So, bring your ideas and let them get to it. Even more, kids love to slide down the castle, climb the pirate ship and ride the bright red fire truck. Plus, at party time, bubbles and a giant parachute keep the kiddos entertained.

Ages: Kids one year and older
Cost: $295 for 12 guests 

Locations at Liberty Station, 4S Ranch, and Eastlake

Online: indoorplaysandiego.com

photo: Jen Arrow

Pump It Up

Bounce it out party! Firstly, there are plenty of party themes to choose from including a glow theme, pirate quest and even superhero training. Kids bounce til their heart's content then head into a private party room for snacks, pizza, drinks, balloons and party bags. Also, the birthday boy or girl gets to sit on a giant throne to unwrap presents. The Pump It Up crew sets up, cleans up and packs the presents up too.

Ages: Kids over 34 inches tall
Cost: $275 for 15 kids; $315 for 25 kids

Locations in Sorrento Valley, Poway, San Marcos and Chula Vista

Online: pumpitupparty.com

photo: Rachel Cobb

San Diego Botanical Gardens

This oasis hosts a blooming marvelous birthday fete for the littles. Set-up in a private picnic spot and explore the Seeds of Wonder garden. Budding green thumbs can pot plants, easel paint, create bubbles and paint rocks. Plus, there's also train mountain, dino dig and an epic treehouse to play in. Here you'll find that nature is nurture.

Note: Older kids' parties are on hold due to construction.

Ages: Kids one to five years-old
Cost: $395 for 20 kids and 20 adults

230 Quail Gardens Dr.
Encinitas, CA
Online: sdbgarden.org

photo: Maritime Museum of San Diego

Maritime Museum of San Diego

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate party for me! All aboard the Star of India for a three-hour pirate party. Ye little mateys learn Swashbuckling 101 including the secrets of ship plundering. Even more, they raise the sail and lower the anchor. And finally, divide the gold amongst the crew. Also, you bring the cake and goody bags (which little pirates find on the treasure hunt).

Ages: Kids five years and older
Cost: $500 for 15 kids

1492 North Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA
Online: sdmaritime.org

photo: Kidville


High-energy for your little one and easy for you to put on. This padded open gym is perfect for bouncing, swinging and run-around play. Moreover, they're known for their hassle-free parties and well-trained staff. Other parents will thank you for letting them take a breather.

Ages: Kids one to seven years-old
Cost: $350 for 12 kids; $450 for 16 kids

2375 Marron Rd.
Carlsbad, CA
Online: kidsvilleplaygym.com

Vertical Hold

Parties here rock! Truly gripping for little climbers who scramble over everything. Even more, the hosts are attentive to kids, so it's a good first-timer's spot. Further, parties include two climbing hours plus instructor and gear. Moreover, you get a half hour in a party room. Your birthday cutie leaves tired and happy.

Ages: Kids five years and older
Cost: $55 set-up fee, plus $17/person

Locations in San Marcos, Poway, and San Diego

Online: verticalhold.com

––Nikki Walsh

featured photo: istock


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