A winter birthday means that it just might rain on your parade. I have first-hand experience making the last-minute call to move my son's party inside — to my own house — when October weather put the kabosh on our reserved park space. So I've put together a list of several options for indoor birthday parties (that are not my house). We have been to many of these wonderful places.
This sports club offers many themed parties or you can choose your own theme: soccer, laser tag, water slides, volleyball, basketball, inflatables and rock climbing. Starting at $399, a party 2-hour party includes four pizzas, drinks, and paper goods for up to 15 children. Parents bring cake. Call 510-814-4999 or see our detailed report of Bladium parties to begin planning.
Brushstrokes Studio (Berkeley)
Pottery painting parties include selection of ceramics like piggy banks, boxes, picture frames, and 100s of others. Guest creations will be glazed and fired. Other party themes choices are mosaics, glass fusing, clay, or canvas painting. Bring your cake. 2 hour party: Flat rate of $248 for up to 8 guests. Additional guests: $31 per person. Visit website.
Gymboree (Oakland, El Cerrito, Lafayette)
A Gymboree party is a personalized party experience filled with kid-friendly activities guaranteed to be 100% fun with zero clean up! Best for 1st through 5th birthday parties. $300 for 90 minute party. Visit website.
Habitot Children's Museum (Berkeley)
Rent the entire Museum or a large private Party Room for a unique hands-on play and learning experience for your toddler or preschooler's birthday celebration (5 and under please). Packages can include food, party favors, and more. Prices start at $200 for weekdays and $250 on the weekends. Visit website.
Junior Center of Art and Science (Oakland)
Art or Science parties of different themes are available for children ages 4 to 10. Guests participate in a hands on project, demonstrations, cake and gift time. Materials and instructor included. Parties are 90 minutes or 2 hours. Starting at $295 for 14 children. Visit website.
Kids Gym (Berkeley)
Exclusive use of the 600+ square foot studio for food and cake for 2 hours. Packages starting at $220 for up to 10 kids and $350 for up to 20. Optional extras include popcorn machine, staff support person, balloons, craft projects, face painter, favors, pizza, cake, and full-facility rent out. Fun for ages 0 to 9. Contact now at 510-845-9787 or visit website.
Oakland Zoo Discovery (Oakland)
Best for ages 3 to 8. Education Parties are 2-hour program with guided activities, live animal close-up, and admission for all guests. Priced $385 to $435 for up to 20 guests. Food costs extra. The Zoo also hosts a rides party or can send a ZooMobile party to your home. Visit website.
Rain or Shine (Berkeley)
All Rain or Shine parties include UNLIMITED guests a no extra charge! Get exclusive use of our award winning, educational play spaces for children 0-5 years. You bring food, decorations. $399/2 hours + $100 per additional 30 minutes. Visit website.
Sticky Art Lab (Berkeley)
During a 2-hour party guests will make mini castles, flying cars, fuzzy monsters, or straw rockets. Includes a Sticky Art Lab t-shirt for the birthday kid, one-hour guided art project custom designed to match level and interest, and access to inside space and outdoor courtyard. Families provide food, treats, paper products. Up to 14 kids for $300. Visit website.
This lovely art space offers a classic party package which includes 2 hours private use of the Party Room, pinwheel party favors, canvas stamping, Twirl invitation, and a guided art activity. You bring food and drinks. $300 for up to 12 children. Visit website for more information. See the 510Families.com review of Twirl.
Where do you love to celebrate an indoor birthday party?
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