I've put together a list of five options for outdoor birthday parties that are super fun and let kids run their ya-yas out.
Tilden Park Carousel. Grab a picnic spot down the hill for DIY party or have your merriment catered by the Merry-go-round concessions. Plenty of room to run after the rides are over. Most fun for ages 3 to 7. Get the details.
Kite flying at Berkeley Marina or Union Point Park in Oakland. Make your own kites and fly them! Most fun for ages 3 and up. Get the details.
Children's Fairyland. Treat your guests to the amusements of Fairyland (rides, animals, shows, and the magic key). DIY or catered parties available. Most fun for ages 3 to 8. Get the details.
Private animal show at your favorite park. Entertainers Fur, Scales, and Tails do a captivating 40-minute show with their furry and scaly friends. Outdoor venues are fine as long as there is sufficient shade. Most fun for ages 4 and up. Get the details.
Tilden Park Steam Trains. First come, first served for the picnic tables located up the hill from the trains (in between the two parking lots). Or bring your own table along wtih the food and drinks to ensure you get a spot. Plan a few thematic crafts and pay for the kids' first ride on the rails. With 5 rides for $12, this party can add up. Most fun for ages 2 to 6.