Where to Host a Birthday Party

Silicon Valley & South

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Party with the animals! Packages range from $237-$607. 1300 Senter Road, San Jose. 408-794-6400.

Children's Discovery Museum. Looking for a hands-on celebration? Birthday bashes start at $250 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. 

Young Chefs Academy. Cook up some birthday fun. During the all-inclusive party, young chefs learn how to make pizza, cookies, donuts and more!  Three years and up.   Packages starts at $350 for up to 16 kids. 336 S. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale. 408-738-2433.

Off The Wall Soccer.  Make fun and fitness the goals for your child’s birthday celebration. Kids can enjoy one hour of staff-lead games on the field and 30 minutes in the party area after the field time. Price ranges from $320 to $390. 700 Mathew St., Santa Clara. 408-988-6900. 

Monterey Mirror Maze. Located at Cannery Row, there are lots of activities for kids, including the maze and laser challenge. Birthday package price starts at $15 per person and up. 751 Cannery Row. 931-649-6293. 

Laser Recon. Your child can act out his favorite movie or video game. Packages start at $200. .

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. .

San Francisco, Peninsula & Marin

San Francisco ZooLet exotic, furry creatures host your child’s party. Packages start at $50 per person with a minimum of 20 guests.

Recess Urban Recreation. Your kids will get the entire play space to celebrate their special day. Cost: $350 members/ $475 non-members. 

CuriOdyssey. A perfect party spot for your budding scientist. Prices start at $275 and up. .

Tutu SchoolThe kids will twirl, spin and curtsy to mark the festive occasion. Packages start at $475. .

PeekadoodleThere are a variety of packages, including Cool Chemistry, Pirate Adventure, a Frozen-themed party and more.

Sky High Sports.  Let your kids jump with their friends for hours in a safe, fun venue. Party packages start at $275.

Bounce-a-Rama. Whimsical party packages start at $249. 

East Bay

LeMans Karting. Young racers beginning at age 8 can enjoy the thrill of racing. One hour of cadet or junior driving starts at $50. Private parties with pizza and drinks are $10 per person. .

The JUNGLE Concord. Birthday safaris guarantee a wild day for your little one. You can even throw an overnight celebration. Packages start at $189.

Pacific Pinball. Kids can play with more than 100 vintage/modern pinball and amusement machines. The room costs $75 per hour to rent, with a $75 deposit required in advance.


- Teresa Mills-Faraudo and Amy Ettinger

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