Unique indoor party places for cold wet days
Only the mothers of spring babies will ever know the agony of putting together a birthday celebration during the cool, wet months of early spring. Without the outdoor options available to those lucky moms with summer babies, we are forced to consider throwing parties in our homes where rowdy children will surely run amuck, smearing frosting in the drapes and sprinkling cake crumbs on freshly cleaned rugs. Are there no other indoor birthday party options where we need not worry about keeping the kids entertained or cleaning up afterwards? The answer is a resounding YES! Here are some birthday party ideas that both kids and parents will find totally awesome!
Miss Ooh lala
7581 Monterey Street
Gilroy, CA 95020
Looking for a birthday party to remember? Miss Ooh lala is the perfect place for your favorite girly girl’s next celebration. Throw her a Princess Party, Fairy Party, Tea Party, or create your own! The party begins with guests getting their glam on as they dress up for the fun and festivities – tutus, feather boas and tiaras are perfect for this party! Next, it’s time for sparkly hair-do’s, shimmery make-up, and glittery nail polish in the Salon. The excitement and fun continues as everyone shines on stage, singing karaoke and dancing to their favorite tunes. Next, guests can participate in a fun craft. Finally, delicious treats in the Tea Room are served. A party host keeps the party lively and takes care of all the set-up and clean-up so you won’t have to worry about anything but having fun! Miss Ooh lala will help you create a magical birthday party, special celebration or just a dress-up day for friends.
Party packages begin at $99. Choose from available party packages or create your own. Basic party packages include tutu dresses and dress-up time in the glam room; hair, make-up and nail polish and stage time for singing and dancing.
14510 Big Basin Way, Suite 3
Saratoga, CA 95070
Whimsy is a play-space designed to encourage kids to use their imaginations and have an amazing time while letting the parents find a little of that oh-so-sought-after ‘alone’ time. Parents are welcome to let their kids enjoy the play space under the watchful eye of Play Supervisors while they relax in the cafe area, visit with a friend, or catch up on work! Whimsy also offers party packages, allowing parents to relax at the next birthday party, baby shower or family celebration! There are three party packages available to help make your next party a memorable one. A basic packages includes two helpers to assist with every aspect of the party – set up, clean up and everything in between – and a guided arts & craft activity in the Art Area. Add-ons include snacks and refreshments, balloons, decorations, gift bags and more! Choose from a selection of whimsical themes or create your own!
Party packages from $495 – $1295. Special Packages for Baby Showers/Parents Groups Parties/Family Celebrations.
Morgan Hill Bowl
650 Tennant Station
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Celebrate your next birthday at Morgan Hill Bowl! Experience the light show, enjoy great food, play in the arcade, spin the candy wheel, or party with your favorite character from your favorite movie or cartoon! Just bring the cake and candles and let the friendly staff take care of all the details so you won’t have to do a thing except enjoy the party with your guests! Start the party with an hour of bowling – lightweight bowling balls and bumpers are available for anyone under 12 years old. Then, enjoy a tasty meal of pizza of hot dogs with a sweet ending of birthday cake or cupcakes! Next, party-goers can head to the arcade and spend their tokens playing arcade games.
Party packages include: bowling theme table settings, a bouquet of balloons, invitations and a party hostess who will run the birthday party from set up to clean up, so you can relax and enjoy the party!
Birthday on the Bay!
The Marine Science Institute
500 Discovery Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94063
Celebrate your child’s special day with a birthday on the bay! There are several birthday party themes available that give your child and theirs guests a chance to interact with live animals from local tide pools and to explore and learn about the San Francisco Bay, just like true marine biologists. Rustic indoor and outdoor space is available to set up the birthday cake, presents, games and other birthday activities on-site. Activities are led by knowledgeable and fun Marine Educators. The Marine Science Institute can also bring the fun and excitement to you, transforming your home (or other location, like a local park) into a Pacific Ocean tide pool! Just make sure you have a space that can handle spills and splashes – marine animals do come with water!
Party packages begin at $390. Package includes a t-shirt for the birthday boy/girl and two staff members on-site to lead the birthday party.
4208 Olympic Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
If your kid is into Minecraft, then Tech Rocks is the place to celebrate their special day. Simply select your Minecraft worlds to explore and leave the rest to Tech Rocks! The trained staff will lead party-goers through expeditions, missions, and creative cooperation in our private, secure connected Minecraft worlds. Your child will have a blast discovering new worlds, working together with friends, and crafting secret items in their own Minecraft nirvana. Minecraft Nirvana includes options like digital obstacle courses (parkour), virtual adventures, and PVP battle arenas. All parties are customized on what your child likes doing in Minecraft and hosted by our professional staff.
Parties start as low as $299. Visit techrocks.org for more info.
Cook Up Some Fun!
1041 Lincoln Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
Cucina Bambini offers culinary education covering a wide range of cooking techniques, along with safe food handling, etiquette and nutrition. Your kids will have so much fun, they won’t even know they’re learning. Cucina Bambini provide a fun and unique venue for birthday parties, dinner parties, corporate events, showers, sports team parties, boy/girl scout events, or any other special event you can imagine. Party package includes: a hands-on cooking class with experienced staff to instruct and assist, chef hats for all guests to keep, individual cupcake decorating at the signature cupcake station, and food and beverages for party guests.
Choose from a variety of party packages and themes for up to 30 kids. Parties start at $385. Downloadable invitations and thank-you cards, plus a set of recipes for all guests are provided. Visit CucinaBambini.com for complete prices and details.
533 Airport Blvd #400
Burlingame, CA 94010
Looking for a one of a kind birthday party idea? Cook up a delicious event that goes way beyond cake and ice cream with Rainbow Chefs! At your place or theirs, you can sit back, relax and let rainbow chefs do all the work. Your guests will leave with sharpened culinary skills and a full tummy! Create a custom themed party with a menu of your choice. Sample themes include: Cupcake Wars, Iron Chef Challenge, Around the World, and Science Fair.
Party packages from $525.
Seashore Slumber Party
Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
Sleep with the fishes and throw a slumber party at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A birthday celebration at the Aquarium promises to be an unforgettable adventure. Party-goers can spend the day exploring the kid-friendly Monterey and Cannery Row, then head to the Aquarium for an evening of underwater fun and exploration. Staff-led activities are planned throughout the evening, ending with a bedtime snack and stories. Lights out at 11:00 pm, but night owls can enjoy a late-night movie until midnight while sleepyheads doze to the sounds of the Aquarium at night. A continental breakfast is served in the Portola Café the following morning.
Party fee is $115 per person. Reservations are required well in advance as dates sell out quickly. Visit www.montereybayaquarium.org for additional details and to make reservations.
Night at the Museum
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
Experience a night at the museum! The party starts inside the museum at 6 pm and goes on until 8 am the following morning. Explore the exhibits after-hours and discover the deepest depths of the oceans, travel to the tops of rainforests, and blast off into outer space at a private planetarium show. Then, settle in for story time after an evening snack of milk and cookies. When the lights go out, roll out the sleeping bags next to the swaying kelp of the California Coast tank, or even at the Swamp window, face-to-face with Claude, the albino alligator. In the morning, rise and shine, then head over to the Academy Café for breakfast. After breakfast, the fun continues as party-goers explore the museum during museum hours.
$109 per person for non-members. Visit www.calacademy.org/penguinspajamas-sleepovers for additional details and to make reservations.
High Flying Adventure
iFly SF Bay
31310 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA 94567
For kids who want to soar, this is where it happens. After a brief training session, everyone in the party dons a jumpsuit, earplugs, goggles, and a
helmet—younger kids get the thrill of flying in a Superman jumpsuit! Then it’s off to the wind chamber where each guest will take turns jumping into the vertical wind tunnel. This contraption blows winds at speeds so powerful that it suspends jumpers in mid-air, simulating the skydiving experience. Instructors are well-trained and keep jumpers from flying out of control. Once each guest has had the opportunity to experience two flights, the instructor ends the session with air-borne stunts that are sure to be crowd pleasers. Rent the conference room and have your affair catered through iFly’s event planner. iFly makes for a perfect party venue especially for tweens and teens–but younger kids and adults will love it too!
The Party Package from $449.95 includes 24 flights for up to 12 flyers, use of flight gear, personal flight instructor, a certificate for each flyer and a DVD of your flight. Visit www.iflysfb.com for details and to plan your party.