Score big points with your sports-loving kiddo by planning a birthday bash at one of these party venues that puts their favorite sport in center field. Let them kick it with a soccer party or flip over a gymnastics fest, hit a grand slam with a tennis party or roll out a totally rad skateboard party. Scroll down for the details on 14 sports-centric birthday spots.

photo: SD SkateLife

Skateboard Party
Ramp up the fun for your kiddo’s next birthday with a skateboard party. Let your little rider share his love of skateboarding with his friends. There’ll be two hours of games and instruction at this party. Then it’s time to eat the cake. Even more, each skateboarder leaves with a special party pack of cool skateboard stickers. Finally, the birthday dude or dudette receives a skateboard deck.

Cost: 10 kids, $199 for two hours
Location: Carmel Valley Skate Park or Encinitas Skate Plaza

Baseball Party
Hit your little slugger’s party out of the park with a celebration at the batting cages. Let them swing til their heart’s content then head to the party room for pizza and hot dogs. Likewise, we’ve found two spots in San Diego that offer party packages, Big Fly Athletics where you can DIY or have an instructor give a few pointers. Or The Brickyard Cages where you get two tunnels for two hours, plus a party room. They’ll be all ready for baseball season.

San Marcos Neighborhood
Big Fly Athletics
1370 W. San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos, Ca
Cost: 2 hours, 10 kids, $200 package

The Brickyard Cages
5355 Grant St.
San Diego, Ca
Cost: 2 hours, 2 tunnels, plus birthday room, $250

photo: Barnes Tennis Center

Tennis Party
Little tennis-lovers keep their eye on the ball and have tons of fun at this bring your own racquet bash. Head to Barnes Junior Tennis Center where two coaches organize hitting, relays and fun drills for all half-pint partygoers. After tennis time, break for some eats and birthday cake.

4490 West Point Loma Blvd.
San Diego, Ca
Cost: 2 coaches, 2 courts, party set-up, $200

Soccer Party
Let your birthday cutie kick it out with buddies at a soccer party. Score a goal with SoccerKids who brings all the equipment and a special treat for your birthday tyke. Young athletes learn how to guard the goal and make one too! Each player leaves with a small tattoo. Kiddos have a ball.

Encinitas, Ca
Cost: 15 kids, $225

photo: UTC Ice

Ice Skating Party
If your little birthday sweetie loves to glide on the ice, then why not throw an ice skating party? One option is UTC Ice Arena, where you get a winter wonderland birthday room and can add-on a group lesson for the littles. One nice thing is you can bring in your own food without a fee. Another choice is IceTown Carlsbad, which offers a deluxe package that includes skate rentals, pizza and cupcakes. Either way, little partygoers will have a cool time.

UTC Ice Arena
Westfield UTC
4545 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, Ca
Cost: party room, decorations, hostess, set-up & clean-up, $149, plus $15/person admission & rentals

IceTown Carlsbad
2283 Cosmos Court
Carlsbad, Ca
Cost: 10 admission & skate rentals, standard party, $200

photo: Beth Shea

Mini Golf Party
Score a hole in one with mini golfers at this local oasis. You’ll find two mini golf courses to choose from: Surfin’ Safari or Ocean Adventure. More still, you get a two-hour reserve on the patio and your choice of balloons. Mini putters will get a round of mini golf, unlimited drinks and a slice of pizza or hot dog and chips. Tee up and have fun.

1555 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, Ca
Cost: $15/person shark package; $20/person whale package

photo: G3 Gymnastics via Yelp

Gymnastics Party
Have a budding gymnast on your hands? Why not throw a party that lets her show off her tumbling moves at one of these two hot spots? Rent the G3 Kids gym and tumble away; there’s also a foam pit and trampoline. Another venue kids flip for is San Diego Gymnastics. Parties are available at either their Otay Ranch or Liberty Station locations. The first hour the kids spend in the gym expending some energy and the remaining half hour is party time.

G3 Kids Pacific Beach
929 Garnet Ave.
San Diego, Ca
Cost: $199; 10 kids for 90 minutes

G3 Kids UTC
4545 La Jolla Village Dr.
La Jolla, Ca

San Diego Gymnastics
Cost: 10 kids, $225

Swim Party
If your little fishy loves swimming, host her birthday party at Floaties. Regardless of winter or summer weather, Floaties offers birthday party packages year-round. They’ll provide two CPR certified staff members to host your group so you can relax and enjoy the splish splash fun.

Floaties Swim
3180 Poway Rd.
Poway, Ca
Cost: Packages from $375, 15 swimmers and party set-up

photo: Xtreme Fun website

Xtreme Fun Party
Throw a sports party where you get to take a break from being Coach and sit back and watch the action. Even better, the party comes to you. Whether it’s beach football or backyard laser tag, Xtreme Fun has got you covered. Try their traditional sports (with a twist package) including two hours of soccer and choices like whiffle ball or meteor shower dodgeball. Even more, they love to play party theme sports. Truly, you’ll find it high energy and good fun.

Xtreme Fun
Cost: many options, check website

Obstacle Course Party
Run, hop, jump, climb––kiddos big and small love obstacle courses. For younger kids, Playball comes to you and sets up an obstacle course with your party theme in mind. For bigger kids (probably about age seven and older) GlowZone is a great place for parties. Rent a party room with themes like gamers or disco dance room and then head to the Ninja Warrior obstacle course that glows in the dark. It’s fun and challenging.

San Diego
Cost: email for rates

Glowzone North County
1390 Engineer St.
San Diego, Ca
Cost: party packages from $350

Featured image: SD SkateLife

Do you know of a good sports birthday party spot? Tell us in the comments.

-Nikki Walsh


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