Birthday party ideas for kids and teens. Plan a great party for your kids birthday. Involve them in the planning, or make it a surprise. Either way, they will have a great time.
We've had parties at home some of the time, especially during nice weather. Many parents and kids choose to have their kids birthday party outside the home, to allow for fun party activities that you can't do at home. Here are some birthday party ideas for kids outside the home:
Updated June 6, 2023 by San Diego Beaches and Adventures
Birthday party at Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, North San Diego County
Beach Party -
Reserve a table or spot at your local beach, or arrive early to claim
your spot. Kids of all ages love water and sand, so it's hard to go
wrong if the weather is nice. Be sure to have enough adults present to
supervise. Here is San Diego, Mission Beach, La Jolla Shores and Moonlight Beach are some of my favorites.
Boomers - A popular family entertainment center
offers birthday parties. Kids can enjoy the bumper boats, go karts, rock
wall, miniature golf and game room.
Bowling - A classic birthday party is a trip to the bowling alley. Ask if they have "bumper bowling" for the younger kids.
Build-a- Bear - A build a bear workshop is a fun activity for younger kids, and they get to keep their bear a their party favor.
Chuck-E-Cheese's - Entertainment, and pizza for the younger crowd.
Craft and Ceramic Parties -
Local craft and pottery places offer parties where you can create your own ceramic art and pottery.
Disneyland - The number one vacation destination and a favorite for families is a vacation at Disneyland California. You can have your birthday party at the happiest place on earth. Just remember it can get expensive!
Go-Kart Racing - Go cart racing can be fun. Be sure to check the height restrictions for riding and driving so everyone can participate. In San Diego or Carlsbad, try K1 Speed.
Ice Skating - Ice
skating at a local rink or pond is another favorite birthday party
idea. Make sure the kids are old enough, as some may not know how to ice
skate (ages 8 and up recommended).
Laser Tag - Laser
tag is one of my favorite childrens birthday party ideas. If you have
an Ultrazone or other high quality laser tag location in your area, this
is a blast for both boys and girls.
Minature Golf - A fun birthday party activity for kids of all ages and skills.
Movies - Another favorite is going to the local movie theatre. Check out the list of movie theatres in San Diego.
Museum - Museums can get one of the best childrens birthday party themes if you have a local museum that matches the interest of the birthday child, such as a space museum or train museum. Sometimes they have a party room, or a nearby park for a picnic and birthday cake. San Diego Balboa Park has many great museums for birthday parties.
Nature Hike - A local botanical garden or park may have a hiking trail with interesting things to see for kids. The San Diego Botanic Garden has a great children's garden.
Paintball - Older boys and teens may want the challenge of paintball.
Park - Reserve a picnic area in your local park, or have an adult arrive early to claim your spot. Check out the best location in advance based upon your kids interests. You may fly kites, feed the ducks, play frisbee, play on the playground structure and sandbox, have a treasure hunt, etc. This is one of the best birthday party ideas for kids.
Rock Climbing Wall - Older kids like the challenge of a rock climbing wall. Some kids who aren't as athletic may prefer a location that also has other activities.
Roller Skating - Roller skating at a local skating rink is another fun birthday party idea. Recommended for ages 7 and up. They will usually have a party room that you can reserve, and some will allow you to bring your own birthday cake.
Skate boarding - A skate boarding park can be a fun birthday party idea if all the kids skateboard. Otherwise some will feel left out.
Swimming Pool Party - Many neighborhoods or communities have a
swimming pool that can be reserved for a birthday party. Make sure you
have a designated life guard. The Plunge swimming pool in Belmont Park San Diego is a great choice.
Water Park -A summer birthday party at a local water park can be a blast. You can
rent a private canopy with picnic table and spend the day. In San Diego try SeaWorld Aquatica water park or The Wave Waterpark in Vista.
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