Throwing a birthday party that is going to keep kids entertained while staying in your budget isn't easy, but it can be done. Here are our favorite kids birthday party venues in San Diego. You'll find varying price points, but all of these ideas have one thing in common: a focus on fun and making lasting memories.
Give your child a soaring birthday party and hold it at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. Surrounded by amazing flying machines, the Air and Space Museum is a nifty and educational place to celebrate. The museum's party package includes hands-on activities: birthday boys and girls can choose to build (and fly) sled kites, Birthday Party Alka-Seltzer rockets, Aqua Rockets, or Foam Flyers. Parties are available most Saturdays and Sundays, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Another fun birthday party at Balboa Park can be found at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Birthday party packages include one hour of table time for birthday cake in a private, decorated room with cake and drinks included. Your birthday party package will also include a party host to assist you, a commemorative birthday certificate, a special gift, invitations, and thank you cards, and all-day access to the museum and its many exhibits. The basic party package also includes admission for two adults.
What better place to have your child's birthday party than outside in the sunshine in a beautiful park setting? Balboa Park has numerous picnic areas; for kids, the Pepper Grove picnic area located off Park Boulevard just south of the Fleet Science Center is perfect. It has swings and other playground equipment, tables, nearby restrooms, and a tiny tots play area.
Hands-on crafts are always a great way to occupy kids, and CeramiCafe in La Mesa offers birthday packages for kids, called Cupcake Parties. Cupcakes, punch, balloons, clean up, and supplies are included along with 1.5 hours of fun with a staff person to assist. That fun involves picking out a ceramic object to paint, which will bring out kids' artistic side. A minimum of six painters is required.
Ice skating rinks are always a cool place to have a birthday party (yes, pun intended), and the San Diego Ice Arena in Mira Mesa has an appealing birthday package: ice time, an introductory skating lesson, pizza and punch, cake and ice cream, goodie bags, ice games, and more.
Sea life is always a good party theme, and if you can include some fun education in it, even better. The Birch Aquarium in La Jolla offers a reasonable package in a great setting. Birch offers age-appropriate, themed birthday parties complete with goodie bags, decorations, and naturalist-led activities. Parties include aquarium admission for up to 20 guests, live animal encounters, aquarium tour, crafts for children, age-appropriate party bags, 30-minute Party Patio time for treats, and three hours of free parking.
What kid doesn't love bouncing on one of those big inflatable play structures? At Pump It Up in Chula Vista you'll find giant, custom designed, fun-filled, interactive inflatable play structures in private party rooms.
Boomers, with several San Diego locations, is a standby amusement place for local families to hold a birthday party and rightly so, thanks to its bevy of entertainment options, including miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, bumper boats, and a game room. It has something for everyone. Best of all, Boomers takes care of everything, from set up to food preparation to serving to clean up. When the party’s over, you just walk away and leave the mess to Boomers. How can you not like that?
Belmont Park is perfect for birthday parties with its Giant Dipper roller coaster, Plunge indoor pool, wave riding machine at the WaveHouse, and myriad of other rides and games. There are a variety of party packages, from the Belmont Park package with unlimited rides, to the Wave Party package, where you can get your surf on.
Unless they live in El Cajon, people tend to forget about the Boardwalk Indoor Amusement Park. But you shouldn't. Not only does Boardwalk have its own amusement arcade with games and indoor rides, but it also has a pizza parlor (perfect for kids) and is adjacent to Parkway Bowl. Depending on the package, your child's birthday can include unlimited games as well as bowling and laser tag.