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Finding the Perfect Place for Your Child's Birthday Party - Hosted Party Venues

Written by LamorindaWeb. Posted in Family + Parenting

Is it time to call in the experts?  If your child wants an activity that’s beyond your scope and skill, consider these “hosted” party options.  You’ll need to stay on-site, of course, but it’s a great solution if you want the venue to supply a teacher, coach or party leader.

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Hosted Party Venues (venue supplies teachers/coaches/etc.)

Is it time to call in the experts?  If your child wants an activity that’s beyond your scope and skill, consider these “hosted” party options.  You’ll need to stay on-site, of course, but it’s a great solution if you want the venue to supply a teacher, coach or party leader.

Color Me Mine in Lafayette 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 in Lafayette 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 actual “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 in Lafayette 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 Circle, Lafayette 94549 (925) 283-9900. teacakebakeshop.com

The Lindsay Wildlife Museum offers party packages that are sure to please nature and animal lovers of all ages.  There are packages designed for the 3-year-old to 9-year-old group, plus packages geared towards the 10-year-old to 15-year-old crowd, too.  Parties run for 2 hours and you can select from themes such as mammals, reptiles or prehistoric survivors, depending on your crowd.  The museum will provide a private party room and decorations. The parents provide food and beverages.   Cost varies from $360 to $460 and you may invite up to 30 guests.  1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek.  (925) 627-2924. wildlife-museum.org

Giggles is a 7,000 sq. ft. indoor play space with four birthday party rooms, all designed for children under the age of 12.  Party prices are separated into two categories.  Toddler parties (for crawlers up to age 3) are $150 Monday through Thursday, and $175 for weekend parties.  “Child” parties (age 4 and up) are $225 Monday through Thursday, and $250 over the weekend.  The parties last 2 hours and parents are allowed to bring in food, balloons, birthday cakes, paper products and drinks.  Giggles will decorate for you and do everything they can to make your child’s special day easy and enjoyable for all.  Prices are inclusive of 12 children, $10 extra for each additional child. 548M Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill. (925) 798-3000. giggleszone.com

Birthday parties at My Gym feature two “party specialists” (also known as the My Gym teachers), who provide constant activity for the length of the party - games, gymnastics, a space flight, puppets, rides, songs and more. Special song and game requests can be made prior to the party. Enjoy exclusive use of the facility, plus the teachers provide décor, entertainment, service of refreshments and clean-up duty. The birthday child is the center of attention during the one-and-a-half hour or two hour party!  A 90-minute party is $250 for members, $275 for non-members.  2-hour parties are $300 for members, $325 for non-members.  20 children max.  2256 Oak Grove Rd., Walnut Creek.  (925) 952-9791. mygym.com

If you are looking for an exotic birthday party, The Jungle Fun and Adventure has a range of party packages to choose from: Jungle, Expedition, and Moxie, ranging in price from $15.95 per person to $23.95 per person.  Throw a birthday party at The Jungle and your child is the “top monkey,” heading up the party table in the jungle-themed party room. They also provide a birthday hostess to ensure that your party is going smoothly.  Feeling extra adventurous?  The Jungle has overnight parties, $29.95 per person with a 30 guest minimum.  The party begins one hour before closing, and partygoers have The Jungle all to themselves until 8:00 a.m. the following morning. Supervising parents (1 adult to every 7 children) and children bring pillows and sleeping bags. The Jungle provides a pizza buffet, popcorn, soft drinks and a continental breakfast.  1975 Diamond Blvd., Concord.  (925) 687-4386. thejunglefun.com

SadieDey’s Café offers a party the whole family will enjoy. Children can run around and enjoy the birthday festivities while grandparents, parents and friends can sit back and relax. Hosts handle the party details, including clean-up. Semi-private and private parties are available seven days a week for between 10 and 15 children. Prices range from $250 to $395, with additional a la carte options.  4210 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.  (510) 601-7378. sadiedeyscafe.com

Studio Grow is an indoor children’s play space catering to children up to age 6.  Birthday parties are offered on the weekend with exclusive use of the Studio Grow play space. Parents supply food, cake and party favors; Studio Grow provides the staff for the party. Adult partygoers must supervise children and put away toys at the end of the party. Party times are available on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  A 2-hour party is $400; 3-hour party is $600; up to 30 children allowed. 1231 Diamond Way, Concord.  (925) 798-5850. studiogrow.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.    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.  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.  Parents provide refreshments and paper supplies for all Lafayette Community Center parties.  Parents must sign waivers before their children may participate in the active parties.  500 St. Mary’s Rd., Lafayette.  (925) 284-2232. lafayetterec.org

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

If you really want to monkey around at your child’s birthday party, consider a drive through the Caldecott Tunnel for a day at the Oakland Zoo.  The “Education” Birthday Party package includes live animal close-ups, plus access to the education staff.  The zoo’s party packages range from 40 to 50 people and from $150 to $410.   9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland. (510) 632-9525 x220. oaklandzoo.org

Want the animals to come to you?  The Oakland Zoomobile is always a hit with children and adults, plus is sure to make you the talk of the neighborhood!  Children must be 4 or older and they will be introduced to 4-5 small animals brought from the Oakland Zoo.  Maximum number of guests allowed to participate is 25; the price range is $225 to $245. (510) 632-9525 x220. oaklandzoo.org

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