Birthday party venue: Alameda’s Crab Cove

Crab Cove in Alameda is a terrific place for children age 3 to 12 who like to get their hands dirty. If your kiddo loves the feel of sand between her fingers, consider their nature-themed birthday parties. As of this writing, the Alameda estuary’s visitor center offers two different themes: Bay Critters and Reptiles.

Get your hands dirty at Crab Cove in Alameda

What you get:

  • Guided outdoor exploration
  • Indoor activity in old wharf classroom related to your theme
  • Nature craft for kids to take home
  • Party favor bags aimed at explorers
  • Free parking
  • 60-90 minutes of facilitated nature fun depending on the age of the children

What you provide:

  • Any food or birthday dessert – no food is allowed within the visitor center so if you want to provide snacks or meals, it’s on you.
  • You can reserve the picnic tables ahead of time 800-327-2757 or grab any that are not reserved on the day of  (but doesn’t that sound stressful if you’re planning a kid party? Yes, yes it does).

Crab cove for nature birthday parties

What you pay:

  • A $75.00 deposit is required two weeks prior to the date of the party.
  • The deposit covers the first 10 children and a fee of $5.00 is required for each additional child (up to 15 children maximum).

Hours and days:

  • Nature Parties are available on weekends.
  • Parties are scheduled by reservation only.

Bottom Line: As long as you don’t stress about feeding your guests, this is one EASY and AFFORDABLE party. For more information on available dates and times please contact:
The Crab Cove Visitor Center
1252 McKay Avenue Alameda, CA 94501 Phone: (510) 544-3187

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  1. says

    We did this for Maisy’s 4th birthday party last June. It was super fun except for the fact that my homemade cake was a disaster and someone (not me) forgot the hotdogs at home which were supposed to feed the guests! I did a blog post about it appropriately titled “The disastrous 4th birthday party that wasn’t. Whew!” if you wanted to further your research :-)