Parents, we want to hear about your picks for the best kids birthday party places in the San Francisco Bay Area! Like and add your reviews for the kids party places recommended below, or suggest another favorite at the bottom of the list and let us know why you love it.

Share your experience throwing (or attending) a party at one of these Bay Area kids birthday party venues, and help fellow parents who are looking to skip the at home party and leave the effort to the experts. They'll often handle everything, right down to the party favors!

    Pump It Up

     (3072.6 mi)

    Erynn:  Pump It Up is an awesome indoor playground, packed with awesome bounce houses in the San Francisco area. Classic parties feature private open play time and full service from the friendly staff.

    The Wave at Emerald Glen Park

     (3073.4 mi)


    Erynn:  The Wave at Emerald Glen Park offers year-round pool party packages. They take care of all the planning and details so that you can enjoy the party with the kiddos!

    Gymboree Play & Music

     (3073.8 mi)

    Age 1 - 5

    Erynn:  Gymboree is known for active kids' play in a safe and nurturing environment, as well as high-quality mommy and me classes around San Francisco. Birthday parties at Gymboree include a special theme, private gym time, and personalized attention. Partygoers can climb, jump, slide, and play.

    K1 Speed

     (3076.2 mi)

    48” or taller

    Erynn:  Does your birthday child have a need for speed? As long as they meet the height requirements, they can have their very own shot at winning a Go Kart race against their friends. The top finishers (and of course the birthday kiddo!) will be celebrated on the podium!

    Green Forest Art Studio

     (3078.7 mi)

    $475-$525/10 kids

    Erynn:  Green Forest Art Studio hosts full service birthday parties for children. They provide a variety of age appropriate projects for you to choose from. All art supplies and project materials are provided.


     (3079.1 mi)

    $295/14 kids

    Age 2 - 11

    Erynn:  Party packages at KidsPark include face painting, an art project, group games, favors for each guest, and a gift for the birthday child.

    Aqua Adventure Water Park

     (3079.8 mi)

    May - September


    Erynn:  For kids with summer birthdays, this popular water park near San Francisco keeps things cool all around. Attractions include a lazy river, pool, splash pad, water slides, and more. Party packages include all day admission, sunscreen for kids, pizza, and Dippin Dot ice cream.

    Lindsay Wildlife Experience

     (3086.8 mi)

    $500/30 attendees

    Erynn:  Birthday parties at Lindsay Wildlife include 2 hours in the private party room, a 15-20 minute animal experience during the party, a plushie stuffed animal gift for the birthday child, and free admission to the Exhibit Hall and daily programming for all party guests.

    La Petite Playhouse

     (3097.7 mi)

    $529/15 children

    Erynn:  This playhouse is anything but petite: this indoor playground in San Francisco spans 10,000 square feet with slides, sports courts, tunnels, climbing features, and more. Birthday parties cover open play time, a party room, and a party coordinator.

    High Scores Arcade

     (3098.6 mi)

    $300+/15 guests

    Erynn:  Kids will find all kinds of throwback games at High Scores--they call them retro now, but Pac-Man, Star Wars, Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat II, and more make up the 400+ games available at this venue. Private birthday parties can include all the gaming you can stand!

    Children's Fairyland

     (3099.7 mi)

    $385/10 children

    Erynn:  With close to 60 storybook sets, friendly animals, and 10 acres of gardens, this park is designed to delight visitors of all ages, but especially those under eight years old. Birthday parties at Fairyland include the rental of a party area.


     (3104.4 mi)

    $250+/12 guests

    Erynn:  CuriOdyssey is a non-profit science museum and zoo that lets kids observe wild animals, experiment with scientific phenomena and let the natural world answer their questions. Parties here include free admission for guests and a party room.

    Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center

     (3109.6 mi)

    Erynn:  Choose either a bowling or ice skating party at Yerba Buena!

    Urban Putt

     (3110.7 mi)

    Erynn:  Urban Putt is part restaurant, part miniature golf, and totally cool even for older kids.

    Gama Ride

     (3111.1 mi)


    Erynn:  GAMA is a techie kid's ideal party venue, with plenty of video games and motion simulator rides. Even teens will want to invite their friends to this spot for some healthy gaming competition. Birthday parties can include use of the party room plus GAMA ride cards that are good for bumper cars, video games, and more.

    Crown & Crumpet

     (3111.6 mi)

    $65/ guest

    Age 7 - 12

    Erynn:  Crown & Crumpet is a stylish afternoon tea room in San Francisco that hosts parties for adults and adorable tea parties for children. Their lighthearted party planning involves age-appropriate activities, favors, and plenty of delectable tea party treats.

    Terra Mia Decorative Art Studio

     (3112.0 mi)


    Age 6+

    Erynn:  Parties at Terra Mia include 2 hours studio time, a ceramic piece, a free coaster tile, glazing and firing.

    Pixie Hall Studios

     (3112.1 mi)

    $500/10 kids

    Erynn:  The motto at Pixie Hall is "art for everyone," and this philosophy starts at the preschool class level with art projects featuring kid-friendly supplies. Birthday parties include supervised staff members providing creative art instruction, materials and take-home project(s).

    The Rabbit Hole Children's Theater

     (3112.1 mi)

    $650/20 guests

    Age 3 - 8

    Erynn:  This children's theater company specializes in whimsical experiences for young kids, with everything from engaging theater games to puppet shows, dance parties, and fun arts and crafts.

    Presidio Bowling Center

     (3113.6 mi)

    Erynn:  Bowling is one of those timeless party activities that's always popular with kids of all ages-- even tweens and teens! All rentals include unlimited bowling and shoe rental during the reserved time frame.

    California Academy of Sciences

     (3114.2 mi)

    $699+/16 guests

    Age 1 - 12

    Erynn:  California Academy of Sciences is a must do when visiting San Francisco with kids. It is also a great place to host a party. Birthday parties here offer an action-packed array of science-themed events and activities.

    Hi-Five Sports Zone

     (3114.9 mi)

    $425+/ 24 kids

    Erynn:  Sporty kids will be in their element at Hi-Five with active play that keeps them moving the entire time. Sports party goers can enjoy playing their favorite team sports like flag football, basketball, and soccer, as well as food and cake time, and more free play.

    Junior Chef Stars

     (3115.1 mi)


    Erynn:  Parties at Junior Chef Stars are designed as a time for everyone to have fun and be creative in the kitchen! They have a variety of themes available to suit your taste.

    Lovey's Tea Shoppe

     (3116.4 mi)


    Erynn:  For kids who are itching to feel more 'grown-up,' a fancy tea party at Lovey's fits the bill! While there are no kids' activities to keep them occupied, those with 'fancy pants' won't mind sitting down for a formal two-hour tea service. Birthday tea packages vary based on the size of your group, but there are both Duchess Tea and Royal Tea options with an array of sandwich selections.

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