You don’t need to travel far and wide to find the ideal venue for your child’s birthday party. We have so many perfect party spots right here in Lamorinda!
Consider some of the perks of a Lamorinda birthday party: it makes it easy on the host (you!), it’s convenient for your guests, and it helps to keep precious tax dollars in the community, which is essential to our strong local economy.
Take a peek at where the parties are in our own backyard:
Color Me Mine has a great ceramic painting party for the art lovers. The party is 90-minutes; hosting parents may provide a snack and beverages. 3451 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. (925) 299-2615. walnutcreek.colormemine.com
The French Bakery holds birthday tea parties for the special girls in your life (and who are at least 5-years-old). The children are served darling teapot-shaped sandwiches, scones, carrots and cupcakes. Instead of “grown up” tea with caffeine, the children can choose herbal tea, lemonade, hot cocoa or hot apple cider. Party packages range from $22 to $25 per person. 5 guest minimum, 24 max for all French Bakery parties. 71 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette. (925) 283-0224. thefrenchbakery.biz.
For all those little cupcake lovers out there, Teacake Bake Shop offers birthday parties with either a cupcake or cookie package, both priced at $30 per guest. There is a 10-guest maximum and the minimum age for the little baker is 6. Parties last 90-minutes and are scheduled any day Thursday through Monday, 3:00 p.m. or later. Party guests will decorate their delicious creations by cutting out fondant, going to town with icing, and shaking a variety of sprinkles. A la carte options are available for an additional cost. 35 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette. (925) 283-9900. teacakebakeshop.com
The Lafayette Community Center offers birthday parties galore! “Jump and Prance with Kinderdance” is a 1-hour class, recommended for 3-year-olds to 5-year-olds, incorporating ballet, aerobics, and creative movement. Cost is $200 for up to 12 children. Indoor Sport parties (soccer, basketball, floor hockey or dodge ball) are available for kids between the ages of 4 and 6. 18-guest maximum, cost is $195 for 90 minutes and $260 for 2 hours. “Rink” birthday parties (skating, roller hockey, floor hockey, soccer, flag football or broom ball) are also available, with a 24-guest maximum, at a cost of $250 for 90 minutes. Kindergym parties are available for children up to age 5; 15 guests maximum singing songs and playing on the equipment for 90-minutes at a cost of $195. How about a cooking birthday party? For children ages 5 to 13, ten children are invited to learn new techniques and create a birthday feast ($350). If you have a musical little one, Andrea’s Musical Adventure birthday parties are designed for those between the ages of 1 and 7. Music dancing and costumes are provided for twelve children. The price is $175 for 90-minutes. Parents provide refreshments and paper supplies for all Lafayette Community Center parties. Parents must sign waivers before their children may participate in these active parties. 500 St. Mary’s Rd., Lafayette. (925) 284-2232 lafayetterec.org
Catering to a culinary crowd? Mountain Mike’s Pizza offers a unique “make your own pizza” party. Each child will decorate a personal-size pizza, which is baked on the spot so guests enjoy their own creation at the party. $5/guest, which includes the pizza and drinks. Crayons and coloring sheets are also provided for additional entertainment. Parties are designed for children ages 5 and up, and there is no limit on the number of children that can attend. Parties are typically scheduled on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m., though other times are available if requested. Additional party packages available upon request. 3614 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. (925) 283-6363. mountainmikeslafayette.com
Round Table Pizza is especially nice for the preschool crowd because there is a large indoor tot play structure to keep the children busy while they wait for the pizza to come out of the oven. Parents supply the cake and favors. 3637 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette. (925) 283-0404. roundtablepizza.com
Calling all mermaids and dolphins, sharks and stingrays: Sherman Swim School offers a birthday party package! Guests enjoy 2 hours of uninterrupted swim and party time. Parents are welcome to bring food in to enjoy, and two picnic tables are available for use. Two lifeguards are on duty as the guests swim and splash in 3 outdoor pools. Parties are available Saturdays and some Sundays, April through October. $350, 20 guests max. 1075 Carol Ln., Lafayette. (925) 283-2100. shermanswim.com
Want to incorporate some real party animals into the mix? Sienna Ranch offers a variety of party packages. Guests at the horse-themed party groom horses, take part in an art activity and enjoy mini riding lessons. Cake and presents cap off the fun. ($355 for 3 hours and 8 children + $25 for each additional child; recommended for age 7 and up). Archery parties include basic instruction and technique before 30 minutes of individual shooting time, followed by games and competitions. ($195 for 2 hours and 8 children + $18 for each additional child). Is your child wild for farm animals? A farm interaction party includes some quality time with the Sienna Ranch chickens, geese, ducks, bunnies, goats and pony. Children will also enjoy an art activity as they spin wool into a bracelet. Enjoy the use of the picnic area for food, cake and gifts. ($195 for 2 hours and 8 children + $15 for each additional child). If one visit to the pony isn’t enough, pony rides are available for an additional $100. For the scavenger, Sienna Ranch offers an Orienteering Scavenger Hunt Challenge Course. The party begins with team-building challenges and obstacles, followed by each party guest receiving a compass to help them navigate a pre-planned course complete with checkpoints. This party is recommended for children age 7 through teenage years. ($255 for 3 hours and 8 children + $18 for each additional child). The Wild Adventure Hike and Treasure party guests will enjoy hiking the hills, looking for wild animals and natural treasures, followed by a treasure hunt. ($255 for 3 hours and 8 children + $18 for each additional child, recommended for kids ages 5 through 12). Sienna Ranch also offers the ability to customize your party with a la carte options including the petting zoo, an animal tracking hike and craft, archery, pony rides, and a tractor pulled hay ride, all including use of the picnic area. 3232 Deer Hill Rd., Lafayette. (925) 283-6311. siennaranch.net
Lafayette Community Park is a local favorite because it’s set back from busy St. Mary’s Road, meaning no worries about traffic hazards and a quieter park setting. 480 St. Mary’s Rd. Lafayette. (925) 284-2232. ci.lafayayette.ca.us
The Moraga Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating its recently expanded birthday party repertoire at the Hacienda de las Flores. Let them do the planning and entertaining for your child’s next birthday party! Moraga Parks and Rec provides the space, the entertainment and the staff to make your party a huge success. All party packages include an enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor, materials for the craft/activity, a safe and private setting, tables and chairs, plus a facility supervisor. All you have to supply is invitations, cake/refreshments, paper products, decorations, and the guests. One awesome option is the new Skateboard Party. Guests will learn some cool tricks at the Moraga Commons Skate Park with an experienced coach who really knows the ins and outs of free wheelin’ fun. The Skateboard Party packages include a reserved picnic table area at the Commons for refueling after all the skateboarding fun. ($220 for 12 guests + $12 for each additional guest, guests bring their own skateboards and helmets are required). Or, choose from Moraga Park and Rec’s other fantastic themes: glam it up with the Jewelry Making Party (age 5 and up, $300 for 10 guests + $20 for each additional guest); get creative at a Young Rembrandts Party ($275 for 12 children + $10 for each extra child; 15 children max, choose from toddler drawing, Junior Princess or Junior Space Drawing); Drama Party guests will learn a song, dance or storytelling and take home a “program” memorializing the party fun ($275 for 12 children + $10 for each additional child); and tastiest of all, Cooking Party, either “pizza, pizza” or cupcake theme ($325 for up to 10 children). 2100 Donald Dr., Moraga. (925) 888-7045. moraga.ca.usRancho Laguna Park in Moraga gets high marks from parents because it’s set back from any main thoroughfare and is in a beautiful setting of redwood trees. 2101 Camino Pablo, Moraga. (925) 888-7050. moraga.ca.us. Moraga Commons is a great setting with expansive lawn, water feature, BBQ grills and picnic tables. 1799 St. Mary’s Rd., Moraga. (925) 888-7050. moraga.ca.us
Celebrate with a show on the silver screen! Lamorinda Theatre at Orinda always has some great flicks on the marquis, plus plenty of show times to choose from. A tasty concession stand filled with popcorn, candy and fountain soda makes it easy to feed your hungry guests. 4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda. (925) 254-9060. lamorindatheatres.com/index_orinda.asp
Orinda Community Park has a nice gazebo picnic setting perched up on a small hill, which allows for careful supervision of little partygoers as they run around the park. 24 Orinda Way., Orinda. (925) 254-2445. ci.orinda.ca.us
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