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Great Places to Host a Birthday Party

Silicon Valley & South

Aerial Tumbling and AcroGymnastics. A party host leads age-appropriate games, races and and runs through obstacle courses. For ages 4-12. The basic party option is $282 for non-enrolled students. 422 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. 408-224-5437. http://atagymnastics.com/gymnastics-birthday-parties/

Almaden Valley Athletic Club Swim.  Enjoy a two-hour party indoors or outdoors. Parties range from $225 to $475 and include pizza, drink, tablecloth, plates, cups, napkins and party favors. 5400 Camden Ave., San Jose. 408-445-4900. avac.us.

California Sports Center. The kids get to bounce on trampolines, run relay races and obstacle courses under the supervision of two instructors. Price ranges from $300-$575 for 20 kids depending on the party supplies and food. Eight locations in San Jose, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. http://www.calsportscenter.com/activities/parties/

Children’s Discovery Museum. Looking for a hands-on celebration? Birthday bashes start at $300 for 18 kids and include all-day admission and one hour in the private birthday room. Members receive a discount. 180 Woz Way, San Jose. 408-298-5437 ext. 2850. https://www.cdm.org/celebrate/birthday-parties/

Club Sport San Jose. Little ones will tumble and roll through parachute games, play with bouncy balls and enjoy other activities under the guidance of two staff members. Prices range from $300-$575 depending on the equipment and décor requested. 800 Embedded Way. 408-574-2419. https://www.clubsports.com/san-jose/birthday-parties

Cucina Bambini. Put on chef’s hats, learn cooking and then decorate cupcakes. Take home recipes. Packages range from $400 to $600. 1041 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. 408-564-7773. http://www.cucinabambini.com/birthday-parties/birthday-party-packages

East West Music and Dance. Choose between the themes of Princess, Beach Party, Hip Hop and Ballerina. Instructors teach an hour-long dance class followed by presents and cake. $200 for 15 guests. 7283 Coronado Drive, San  Jose.  408-865-0654. http://eastwestmusicanddance.com/birthday-parties/

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Party with the animals! Choose from between seven outdoor locations. Packages range from $255-$625. 748 Story Road, San Jose. 408-794-6400. http://www.hhpz.org/index.cfm/id/4/Plan-a-Party/

Laser Recon. Your child can act out his favorite movie or video game. Packages start at $200. 800-213-2468. http://www.laserrecon.com/parties-and-fundraisers/

Monterey Mirror Maze. Located at Cannery Row, there are lots of activities for kids, including the maze and laser challenge. Birthday packages start at $15 per person and up. 751 Cannery Row. 931-649-6293. http://montereymirrormaze.com/team-building-parties/

Off The Wall Soccer.  Make fun and fitness the goals for your child’s birthday celebration. Kids can enjoy 55 minutes of staff-lead games on the field and 45 minutes in the party area after the field time. Prices start at $370. 700 Mathew St., Santa Clara. 408-988-6900. https://www.offthewallsoccer.com/category/events/

San Jose Batting Cages. Get a batting lesson, practice in the cages, then head to a party room decorated with balloons for cake and ice cream. Basic rates range from $359 to $499. 474 Piercy Road. 408-360-9076. http://sjbattingcages.com/parties/birthday-parties/

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Bring your party to the beach with $150 for the room rental. Additional packages include mini-golf, laser tag and all-day rides. http://beachboardwalk.com/Birthday

Silver Creek Sports Plex. LOL Parties include organized games or free play on indoor turf fields, jumping on giant inflatables, private party rooms and party coaches. 2-hour party starts at $345 for non-members. 800 Embedded Way, San Jose. 408-225-1709. http://www.gotoplex.com/events/lol-parties/about-lol-parties/

Sky High Sports.  Let your kids jump with their friends for hours in a safe, fun venue. Party packages start at $255. Multiple locations. http://skyhighsports.com/book-a-party/

Tutu SchoolThe kids will twirl, spin and curtsy to mark the festive occasion, then listen to a birthday story featuring the guest of honor and enjoy a cupcake picnic. Packages start at $475. Multiple locations. https://www.tutuschool.com/parties

Wushu Central Martial Arts Academy. Martial arts experts will teach a Kung Fu and padded sword lesson. Then enjoy karate-themed games involving Jedi games, Kung Fu Panda, Mulan and more. Packages start at $395. 879 Coleman Ave. #40, San Jose. 408-850-9479. http://www.wushucentral.com/party.php

​San Francisco, Peninsula & Marin

Aquarium of the Bay. Let the aquarium set up and clean up for this celebration that allows your guests priority entrance, a 20-minute animal encounter and a special gift for the birthday child. $698 for nonmembers. Embarcadero and Beach Street, San Francisco. 415-623-5313. http://aquariumofthebay.org/pages/index/?catid=160

Art Attack. A three-hour party includes up to 10 guests, art supplies, instruction, an original oil painting created by each guest to take home and an Art Attack T-shirt for the birthday child. $499. 1812 C Magnolia St., Burlingame. 650-552-0001. http://artattack911.com/parties/

Bounce-a-Rama. Whimsical party packages start at $279. 1450 Great Mall Drive, Milpitas. 408-200-8868. http://bounce-a-rama.com/parties.html

Circus Center. Have a three-ring-worthy celebration. Kids can try out the flying trapeze and trampoline in a safe environment. Packages range from $399 for a simple tumble party to $3,599 for flying trapeze, trampoline and circus variety tricks. 755 Frederick St., San Francisco. 415-759-8123. http://www.circuscenter.org/kidsparties

CuriOdyssey. A perfect party spot for your budding scientist. Prices range from $325 to $550. 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. 650-342-7755. http://curiodyssey.org/book-an-event/birthday-parties/

Hiller Aviation Museum. A two-hour party rental includes use of the Hall of Fame room and a chance to explore the museum. For additional cost, you can add use of the Imagination Playground, Invention Lab, Flight Sim Zone and more. Birthday party packages start at $300. 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos. 650-654-0200, ext. 213. http://www.hiller.org/private-events/birthday-parties/

Lemos Farm. Choose between pony parties and choo-choo parties for your child turning between ages 1 and 9. Both types of parties include a petting zoo, air jumpers, a play structure and downloadable invitations. Indoor party room available. Prices range from $325-$335. 12320 San Mateo Road (Highway 92), Half Moon Bay. 650-726-2342. https://www.lemosfarm.com/parties/birthday-parties

Mo Music! This company comes to your setting with music classes at your child’s birthday party. Celebrate with singing, dancing, instrument play and a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Call for costs. 1514 Stafford St., Redwood City and 1001 Chestnut St., San Carlos. 650-365-5355. momusic.org.

PeekadoodleThere are a variety of packages, including Cool Chemistry, Pirate Adventure, Dinosur Dig and more. Call for prices. 900 North Point St., Suite F100, San Francisco. 415-440-7355. http://www.peekadoodle.com/san-francisco/parties-events/themes/

Recess Urban Recreation. Your kids will get the entire play space to celebrate their special day. Packages range from $145 to $395.  470 Carolina St., San Francisco. 415-701-7529. http://www.recessurbanrecreation.com/party-packages-1/#book-a-party

San Francisco Children’s Art Center. Kids can express their talents in painting, sculpture, printmaking, play dough, collage and more, and come home with a completed project. $290-340 for ages 2-4. $340-$390 for ages 5-10. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd. Building C. 415-771-0292. http://www.childrensartcenter.org/programs/birthdays/

San Francisco ZooLet exotic, furry creatures host your child’s party. Rates start at $600. Sloat Boulevard at Great Highway. 415-753-7055. http://www.sfzoo.org/event-planning/plan-your-event.htm

Sky High Sports.  Let your kids jump with their friends for hours in a safe, fun venue. Party packages start at $255. Multiple locations. http://skyhighsports.com/book-a-party/

Tutu School. The kids will twirl, spin and curtsy to mark the festive occasion, then listen to a birthday story featuring the guest of honor and enjoy a cupcake picnic. Packages start at $475. Multiple locations. https://www.tutuschool.com/parties

East Bay

Bay Aerials Gymnastics. Begin with a short group warm-up on the floor before splitting up into small groups supervised by an instructor. Kids explore obstacle courses, foam pits and more. Packages range from $350 for 10 kids to $465 for 30 kids. 4883 Davenport Place, Fremont. 510-651-5870. http://bayaerials.com/birthday-parties/

Chabot Space and Science Center. Weekend birthday packages include all-day admission to the center for up to 30 guests. Begin in a party room decorated with celestial themes, take pictures in the photo booth, then enjoy a planetarium show and explore the exhibits. $450. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. 510-336-7300. http://www.chabotspace.org/birthdays.htm

Kids Gym Berkeley.  Let the kids bounce and run during the celebration. Rates range from $220 for a simple party to $800 for the “ultimate party package” with a completely private setting. 2920 Seventh St. 510-845-9787. http://www.kidsgymberkeley.com/birthday-parties

LeMans Karting. Young racers beginning at age 8 can enjoy the thrill of racing. Call for prices. 45957 Hotchkiss St., Fremont. 510-770-9001. http://lemanskarting.com/fremont/private-parties/

The JUNGLE Concord. Birthday safaris guarantee a wild day for your little one. Choose between Jungle, Expedition, Bunzee and Arcade Safari packages for $199-$349.  Or pick a theme party revolving around your favorite character or superhero for $564. 1975 Diamond Blvd., Concord. 925-687-4386. http://www.jungleconcord.com./birthday-parties-a

Oakland Zoo. Go wild for your birthday. Party at the zoo or have the zoo mobile come to you with visiting animals. Packages range from $225 to $435. 9777 Golf Links Road. 510-632-9525. http://www.oaklandzoo.org/Birthdays.php

Pacific Pinball. Kids can play with more than 100 vintage/modern pinball and amusement machines. Packages start at $450. 1510 Webster St., Alameda. 510-769-1349. https://www.pacificpinball.org/partyreservations

Sky High Sports.  Let your kids jump with their friends for hours in a safe, fun venue. Party packages start at $255. Multiple locations. http://skyhighsports.com/book-a-party/

Tutu School. The kids will twirl, spin and curtsy to mark the festive occasion, then listen to a birthday story featuring the guest of honor and enjoy a cupcake picnic. Packages start at $475. Multiple locations. https://www.tutuschool.com/parties

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