Kids Birthday Party Ideas – San Francisco

Published May 20, 2015

It’s never too early to start planning your child’s next birthday party! Last week we featured a blog post that detailed birthday party ideas for toddlers, so this week’s kids birthday party ideas article features activities for school aged kids! …

My first thought when planning kids birthday parties is about a theme, especially for at-home birthdays!

Themes make parties memorable, and they offer a chance for your kids to dig into their dress-up box and get creative. Cynthia’s Costumes in San Carlos and SF Party in San Francisco are both great places to find costumes if your dress-up box isn’t already choc-a-block. I also suggest making a photo booth for your kids to get silly with an array of costumes — they’ll love posing for the camera and it’s a great way to make the memories last!

Themes that kids love: Princess, SuperHero, Tropical, Carnival, Adventure, Animal.

My favorite birthday parties were always slumber parties! I was a November baby so we did stove-top s’mores, truth or dare, treasure hunts, and party games like pin the tail on the donkey, and pass the hot potato present!

Another must for at-home birthdays is the good old fashioned pinata! For instructions click here (Martha does a better job explaining this than me, let’s just be honest!)

Peninsula Party is also a great place to rent equipment, toys, and games! The best part is they offer free delivery to Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Carlos, Mountain View, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Milpitas, and SantaClara.


If hosting the birthday at your home isn’t really in the cards for you the following businesses offer venues for a number of fun kids birthday party ideas!

“Make a wish and see a fish!” — visit the Aquarium of the Bay! Take a tour, watch a magic show, or have a slumber party with sharks! Groups of 10 or more receive a discount and children two years old and under are free.

CQ’s Art for Kids, located in San Bruno, is the perfect art-themed birthday party place.  They provide all the materials and leaders for your group. Prices start at $195 for 10 kids and all guests leave with a piece of art and a goodie bag!

Safari Run, in San Mateo, hosts private birthday parties that are fun for the whole family. Parties begin with one hour in the play structure.  This is followed by 40 minutes in the party room. The attractions include Big Mazes, Climbing Tunnels, Giant Slides, and a Parent Lounge. The best part is they will take care of party set-up, party clean-up, and provide supervised and interactive playtime.

A birthday party at CuriOdyssey  in San Mateo will put your child up close with science and nature! Enjoy a private party space and explore all that the museum has to offer, including their hands-on exhibits, wildlife habitats, gardens, and exciting programs.

The Silliman Family Aquatics Center is located in Fremont, so yes it’s across the Bay, but totally worth the trip and it’s the only indoor water park in the Bay Area! With a combination of large slides, a lazy river, spa, open lap pool and a children’s activity pool kids of all ages will have a blast and parents can relax poolside or join in the fun.

When the weather warms though, these Water Parks  are also great for birthday party celebrations!

Daly City Party Playhouse offers more than 50 activities including ball pools, big mazes, giant slides, kiddie rides, climbing tunnels, the bounce house, and a rock climbing wall. Standard decorations and invitations are included with the party package.

The Young Performers Theatre is a great way to try something a little different and do a live theater birthday party. The Young Performers Theatre party planner will lead the children in making up their own skit, game, or special show to be performed for parents and friends at the end of the festivities.

Go Critter Crazy and host a one-of-a-kind birthday at the Children’s Creativity Museum ! Create movies, music videos, art and more! The have predesigned themed parties or you can work with their Birthday Coordinator to plan your own unique celebration. For $275 ($225 if you’re a member) you and your kidlets will have all-day admissions to the museum for up to 20 people and a private birthday party room for up to two hours.

Hope these kids birthday party ideas help plan a fantabulous birthday for your little one!





Francesca Stahl
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