museum-programs-art-parties-1A picnic at Tilden Park or a swim at Roberts Regional Recreation Area are perfect for summertime birthday parties, but when you need to plan a kids birthday in the East Bay during the winter months, these options will keep you warm and toasty. Feel free to add your own picks.

Choose from themes like papier-mache critters or robots made from glue guns and techno scraps and sit your child and their friends down for a fun, hands-on afternoon at Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art. The museum provides materials, a resident artist to happily guide the kids through the project, studio space, plates and utensils for your birthday party treats.

Lawrence Hall of Science
UC-Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science is a no-brainer for East Bay birthday kids interested in the hows and whys of the world. For a flat rate, you can have up to 15 kids take part in age-appropriate workshops in chemistry, biology, or physics—or a visit and lesson in the planetarium—followed by refreshments in the LHS Bay View Café. Parents are encouraged to participate and learn with their kids, making it a great way to connect with other moms and dads.
Just Your Party
In the far East Bay, outdoor birthday parties run a unique risk—too MUCH sun. That’s why parents out in Diablo country look to Just Your Party, a climate-controlled indoor play space, to provide a range of inflatable games, and space to bounce, jump, run, skip and climb (their climbing wall boasts an auto belay system). Parties take place in a private room, and they’ll provide pizza if you want. BYO cake!

Glitter and Razz
Kids with a flair for the dramatic will dig Glitter and Razz’s kids’ birthday parties at their dramatic play space. Kids are led through the rehearsal and performance of an original play—in under and hour! And all you have to do is show up with a bunch of enthusiastic kids and some cake, G&R will handle snacks, decorations, set-up, clean-up, costumes, face paint, and art supplies. Invite the parents to enjoy the production when they come to pick up their kids at the end of the day.

Whether your little sporto favors soccer, flag football, basketball, or volleyball, Alameda’s Bladium can referee the ultimate birthday party. For the rental cost, your child and her “team” get to use the area for their specific activity for an hour, followed by another hour in the kids’ activity center and play area. Bladium provides pizza and drinks, you bring utensils, paper products and cake.

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