Throw a LEGO Birthday Party Like a Pro in the East Bay - 510 Families

Throw a LEGO Birthday Party Like a Pro in the East Bay

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 who will make your LEGO party dreams come true.

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Building a Castle with Play-Well | Photo Credit: Leah McCarthy

Play-Well TEKnologies birthday parties in your house:

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Play-Well will bring the party to your home or other 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.

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The Birthday Girl flexing her LEGO engineering muscles | Photo Credit: Leah McCarthy

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.

Check their website for more information.

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Thousands of LEGO brought to you | Photo Credit: Leah McCarthy

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.

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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.

Homemade LEGO party decor. Nailed it!

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.

Bricks 4 Kidz will bring the LEGO party to you

Bricks 4 Kidz will come to you with the entire set up, including tables, and lead a LEGO project. The themes are favorites like Superheroes, Star Wars, or Animals. They will also provide a mini-figure factory for all guests (kids make and take home a Lego mini-figure).

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Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO party | Photo: Alameda Bricks 4 Kidz

Cost and how it works with Bricks 4 Kidz

  • 10 Children (1.5 hours) – $290
  • 15 Children (1.5 Hours) – $350
  • 20 Children (1.5 Hours) – $410

Parties are 90 minutes long and let the parents sit back and relax. Like Play-Well, they bring all the LEGO, set it up, lead the program and then pack it all up and leave your home LEGO free (!). They have franchise locations in Alameda, Fremont, Lafayette, but they also travel to Oakland, San Leandro, Berkeley and beyond for an additional travel fee. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required at the time of booking to secure your date. You provide everything but the LEGO, though you can request goodie bags for $8 each if you don’t want to deal with making party favor bags yourself.

Check their website for more information.

Techsplosion stages a LEGO Robot Battle party for you

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LEGO Robot Birthday Party Battle | Photo: Techsplosion

Techsplosion parties let kids add onto a base robot body with LEGO MINDSTORMS, then battle it out with friends to declare a robot master. Kids learn how to use physics and simple machines to make sure their ‘bot dominates their buddies. Party people don’t even realize they’re learning about gear ratios and center of gravity calculations.

Cost and how it works with Techsplosion LEGO parties

  • Up to 12 Children (1.5 hours) – $375
  • Up to 24 Children (1.5 Hours) – $475
  • Greater than 24 participants (1.5 Hours) – Ask for quote

Activity takes 90 minutes (please allow for an additional 30-60 minutes of setup time and 30 minutes of breakdown time) of your party. Techsplosion brings staff, computers, and activities. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Check their website for more information.

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.

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 $250 for the first 10 child guests and $20 for each additional child guest. Parents just have to bring cake and drinks.

Check their website for more information.

Bricks and Minifigs in Concord

Bricks and Minifigs is a LEGO-head's dream store in Concord. They will host your LEGO birthday party in one of their party rooms. Parties are 90 minutes with 45 minutes being for building LEGO race cars. You'll have to bring the food and presents. But they'll supply the plates, napkins, assorted utensils, as well as festive balloons and table covers. The party will end with a minifigure building activity, so everyone gets to bring one home.

Cost and how it works at Bricks and Minifigs:

  • 12 participants: $160 Mon-Fri & $185 Sat-Sun
  • Additional Participants: $12 each
  • 30 minutes of Additional Time (Mon-Fri): $50
  • 30 minutes of Additional Time (Sat-Sun): $60
  • Party Favor Base Package (12 favors): $60
  • Additional Party Favors: $5
  • $50 non-refundable party deposit

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:

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Fun and easy LEGO cake…not perfect, but a hit nonetheless | Photo Credit: Julie Herson

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.


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