Birthday party entertainment: Nana’s Sewing Parties

Nana's Sewing birthday parties at your house

This post was sponsored. Nana’s Sewing was started by Jackie and Mallory, two best friends who love crafting, sewing, and throwing a good party. In May 2014, they decided to combine these passions to bring “Nana’s Sewing Room” to your living room to help you throw the most fun hands-on party with a project tailored (heh) to your party guests. […]

East Bay Kids Birthday Party Guide

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Are you planning a child’s party? Let us help. Click on a category below to browse listings. Indoor birthday party places | Outdoor birthday party places | Birthday party entertainment | Birthday cakes & treats {sponsored listings} Brushstrokes Studio (Berkeley) Art parties for all ages. Pottery painting parties include a large selection of ceramics such as piggy […]

9 Free and cheap birthday party places

Free and cheap birthday party venues in the East Bay

I love a happy birthday party that doesn’t cost a ton (like Sawyer’s recent third bubble birthday party on a budget at our closest tot lot). We asked our fantastic facebook community where you like to go in the East Bay for fun parties on the cheap and you gave me a bunch more ideas for next year. Thanks, […]

Indoor birthday party place: Bladium in Alameda

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Bladium is one of those completely hassle-free birthday party options. Housed in an enormous warehouse which makes Pump It Up look tiny, it’s a fitness center-meets-indoor soccer field. For a child interested in sports, it’s an ideal venue for an indoor birthday party. Tell me about this hassle-free business General parties last two hours and […]

The Buddy Club: It’s like Vegas for kids

Bay Area's Buddy Club is like Vegas for Kids

Stand-up comedy for East Bay kids; no 2-drink minimum.

Color Me Mine Alameda birthday party {Giveaway}

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One of the venues included on our East Bay Kids Birthday Party Guide, Color Me Mine of Alameda is sponsoring this giveaway of a birthday party worth $168. Located in the South Shore Center in Alameda, Color Me Mine is a pottery painting studio that brings creative fun to kids, with no mess for parents. […]

Fat Shafts Archery in Benicia: Fun for nearly an hour

Fat Shafts Archery in Benicia, fun for girls or boys older than 8

If you’re an archery novice, like most of us, then about 30 – 45 minutes is all you’ll be able to handle of the bow and arrows before your arms get tired and you start to feel too whiny to persevere. My seven- and nine-year-old kids and I started wilting right around that point on […]

Birthday party entertainment: Roleplaying adventure

Role-playing adventure birthday party with Jake

For my child’s recent ninth birthday, we hired Jake Gelender to lead a role-playing adventure birthday party for six similar-age boys and one little brother.  For this kind of party, Jake and the children imagine a story together that takes place in a world of magic and monsters. Using classic paper-and-dice role-playing games, with Jake’s […]

Profile: Adventure Playground

Berkeley's Adventure Playground

Kids can imagine, build, and decorate their own play structures with saws, hammers, nails, and paint. They earn the right to use these tools by collecting hazards like loose nails…

Our birthday party at Pump it Up

The highs and lows of our family birthday party at Pump it Up

I’ve been a guest at Pump it Up parties before but this was my first time as a host-mom. I’m pretty sure that my kid got everything he wished for in a party. Its not cheap, but it was a ton of fun.

East Bay Kids Birthday Party Guide

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We have a newly updated November 2014 birthday party guide, check it out! Are you planning a child’s party? Click on a category below to browse listings. Indoor birthday party places | Outdoor birthday party places | Birthday party entertainment | Birthday cakes & treats {sponsored listings} Brushstrokes Studio (Berkeley) Pottery painting parties include selection of ceramics […]

East Oakland Sports Center: Pool Party!

Indoor Pool Party Oakland Sports Center

Not far from the Oakland Airport is a glossy new recreation center that is part of the city’s network of public facilities, and it’s a great place to have a kids birthday party. The indoor swimming pool has an adjacent party room with tables, chairs, and a sink. We attended a party there and loved […]

Birthday Party Place: Oakland Ice Rink

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The cool thing about an indoor ice rink (see what I did there?) is that you can enjoy it year-round. An invitation to a birthday party at Oakland Ice Center reminded me that ice skating is a fun family activity, especially if you go frequently enough to stop being terrible at it. Side note: My […]

Laid-back birthday party: Pizza and a movie

How to: Pizza and movie birthday party LEGO Movie!

For my son’s seventh birthday, EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME (insert the rest of that infectious song for those of us who have seen The LEGO Movie) because we paired the winning combination of pizza and a movie while avoiding all clean-up. The main coordination for this type of party is juggling showtimes and pizza restaurants for […]

Berkeley Gem: Cinnaholic or What I Want for Breakfast on My Birthday

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To get out of the house and entertain a multi-generational crowd during a family visit, we headed over to the Cal campus to walk around. Upon discovering that the Campanile was closed as was the door to the Life Science building, it was time for something sweet, and my husband lead our nine-person posse to […]

Get to know Color Me Mine of Alameda

Color Me Mine, Alameda

We welcome a new sponsor today, Color Me Mine of Alameda. It’s been a lot of fun to get to know Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own pottery studio in Alameda (with locations in Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Fremont). Not only can families drop in to paint unglazed ceramics and have them fired in a kiln, […]

Baby Loves Disco: In San Francisco this weekend

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Want to shake your groove thing, family style?