Do you have a birthday party on the horizon that needs planning? Does your kiddo love LEGO? Then it’s time to lean in to the LEGO Birthday Party theme. In fact, it really can be a simple party to plan, for preschoolers to pre-teens: LEGO parties at home| LEGO parties on location | LEGO party supplies and tips
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LEGO at-home party: They bring all the LEGO to you
In this, the era of convenience apps and one-hour delivery, of course, you don’t have to buy thousands of pieces of LEGO to throw a fabulous party. You can actually have someone bring the LEGO to you…and clean it all up…and take it away! I know, genius idea, right? Here are a few local East Bay LEGO businesses that will make your LEGO party dreams come true.
Play-Well TEKnologies birthday parties in your house:
Play-Well will bring the party to your home or another indoor site of your choice. They will bring thousands of pieces and a themed project, from race cars to catapults (many have motorized components). A friendly instructor leads the party guests in a project, so you can sit back and watch your little ones engage their engineering skills in a fun and playful environment. Just be aware that you don’t get to keep the LEGO project you build. If that seems like it might be difficult for your party goers, consider having other small LEGO kits as party favors. Then at least they’ll get to bring home a project of their own.
Cost and how it works with Play-Well:
The ideal size for the party is at least 10 kids. But you can customize when booking your reservation. There is a $100 deposit, and parties are $300+. They’ll arrive and set up the party, lead the kids in a project for about 1- 1 ½ hours, and then clean up while you move on to other activities (cake? presents? pinata?). You provide everything but the LEGO.
A Real Life LEGO Party/Play-Well Review:
As luck would have it, my friend Leah just threw her 7-year old daughter an epic LEGO birthday bash with the help of Play-Well. And from what she says, it was awesome.
Leah’s daughter had already participated in a Play-Well class at her elementary school. Thus the format was familiar and fun. The set-up, instruction and breakdown process was super helpful. It kept the party moving and the mess contained. Accordingly, this is the expensive part, and what you’re paying for.
For her part, Leah leveraged all the amazing LEGO Party ideas on Pinterest and did it up right DIY-style (see below). First off, she saved her Amazon shipping boxes for a few weeks. Then she wrapped them up in cheap primary colored table cloths for some fun life sized LEGO decorations (finally a good use for Amazon boxes!). She scored the other party paraphernalia (plates, napkins, balloons, etc.) at the local Dollar Store (apparently Target and Party City were sadly lacking). And party favors on Amazon. Add a homemade LEGO cake, some rambunctious little engineers, and TA-DA, the stuff magical 7-year old birthday parties are made of.
Leah’s pro tips and lessons learned:
- There may be a few non-LEGO fanatics in attendance (gasp!). So think about having a separate station or room with a non-LEGO activity (painting, coloring, decorating cupcakes, or just playing outside).
- If you have the party at your house, make sure to have floor space available for the instructor to set up.
The Bottom Line: Leah says her daughter loved the party. So even though it cost more than her normal budget for a birthday party, it was totally worth it.
BrickTech in San Jose
BrickTech in San Jose will bring the party to you! Be it your home or park or rented property. All Brick Tech birthday parties include a selection of your favorite LEGO project, 90-minutes of building and playing with LEGO, and a free t-shirt for the birthday kid!
Cost and how it works at BrickTech:
Brick Tech will provide LEGO materials to create the selected project, along with enough additional material to continue to build and play throughout the 90-minute session. All LEGO materials will be returned to Brick Tech at the end of the birthday party.
If you are want to keep any LEGO after the party, consider adding on the LEGO Birthday Box for an additional $16 per child. The Standard Birthday Party Package includes:
- 90 minutes duration, with 1 project
- $300 for up 20 guests
Bricks 4 Kidz in Alameda
Bricks 4 Kidz is currently suspending its in-person parties right now. Alternatively, though, they’re offering an affordable Zoom option that might work for your family. Your birthday kid gets to invite up to five friends to join them for 45 mins on Zoom where an instructor will lead the building of LEGO creations, share what everyone is building and do some challenges as a group. Each guest will need access to a Zoom call and their own LEGO bin to build from at home. The cost is $75 and is payable via Venmo.
Going to the LEGO for a kid birthday party
If hosting a party at home isn’t your thing, there are a few other great LEGO party options in the East Bay. Your kids will enjoy the focused building projects and you will have none of the clean-up.
Bay Area LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Milpitas
We visited this awesome mini LEGOLAND and had a blast. As it turns out they also offer some pretty epic Birthday Party options, from 25 people, all the way up to 50!
Cost and how it works at BrickSpace:
They have three birthday package plans (Awesome, Awesomer, Awesomist), with all including 60 minutes in a private party room with a party host, along with cake, drinks, and party supplies, and take home lego party favor activity packs. All packages allow everyone to play in the Center after the party. Upgrade to the Awesomer or Awesomest package to include pizza for everyone. Pricing ranges from $650 – $1650, with annual pass holders getting 10% off. They also offer FREE invitations.
BrickSpace in Benicia
BrickSpace is a STEM Lab and Creativity Center in Benicia. This is a great option if you don’t want to have your LEGO party at your home.
The parties are two hours long, with agendas varying by age group. For preschoolers, there is free build time, crafts, circle time and a themed build (think My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Zoo Animals). Then there’s time for cake and drinks, which you bring yourself. You will also get to complete a mini-build project that the kids will get to take home. For kids age 5+, there are mini-challenges, mat activities (quiz and obstacle course), a theme build, and the same cake/drink/mini-build project to take home.
Cost and how it works at BrickSpace:
A BrickSpace party package includes 75 minutes of themed building activities, 30 minutes in the party room for cake and drinks (bring your own), 15 minutes of free play, one completed project party favor to take home. It costs $300 for the first 10 child guests and $30 for each additional child guest. Parents just have to bring cake and drinks.
Bricks and Minifigs in Pleasant Hill
Bricks and Minifigs is a LEGO-head’s dream store in Pleasant Hill. They will host your LEGO birthday party in one of their party rooms. Parties are 90 minutes with a max of 10 kids (pricing starts at 6 kids). It’s a non-hosted party, so you’ll be in charge, but you can speak with one of their party planners to make it the perfect day.
Cost and how it works at Bricks and Minifigs:
- 6 participants: $115
- Additional Participants: $15 each for a max of 10 people
- Ask about goodie bags
- FYI they’re often booked out several months in advance
Check their website for more information>
Where to Get LEGO birthday party supplies:
To round out your LEGO party here are a few resources to try for decor and favors:
- LEGO Building Block Party Supplies
- Primary Color Gift Bags
- LEGO Party Favors (and here and here)
- Minifig Building Block Sets
- Bulk used loose LEGO lots are great for extra decoration or free play: Toy Go Round in Albany on Solano often has a bunch.
- LEGO Cake: I just searched for an “easy LEGO cake” on google and found this fun video how-to. No fancy ingredients or techniques were required and the finished product is too cute. Or you can buy a cake or cupcakes if that’s more your speed and shove a little LEGO guy on top. Check out our Best East Bay birthday cake bakeries.
Now go forth and LEGO…and let us know if you have any other great LEGO Birthday Party ideas up your sleeve in the comments!
For more Birthday Party Ideas, be sure to check our insanely useful East Bay Birthday Party Guide.