There are so many great places to go in Orange County when it’s time to celebrate a special day. Destination parties are great for kids’ birthdays, but there are so many to choose from. Here is a big list of general ideas plus the best places in Orange County to book a birthday party for kids.
General Ideas for Places to Have a Birthday Party
Classic Birthday Party Places
- Amusement Parks (Disneyland, Knott’s, LEGOLAND etc.)
- Community Centers
- Entertainment Centers (miniature golf, arcades, bumper boats etc.)
- Bowling Alleys
- Build a Bear, Ridemakerz, American Girl
- Pizza Parlors with Games
- Roller or Ice Skate Rinks
- Seasonal Events, Fairs, Festivals, Plays
- Soft Play Gyms e.g. Gymboree
- Bounce Houses
Nature, Science, Arts & Crafts Birthday Party Places
- Apple or Pumpkin Picking (also corn mazes)
- Campgrounds, Forests, Farms, Ranches
- Craft Stores (e.g. paint, pottery, ceramics, cooking, jewelry)
- Fire Department
- Parks & Picnic Spots
- Pop Up Museums
- Private Classes with a Group (sports, arts & craft etc.)
- Public Gardens (host a garden, bug, or fairy party)
- Reptiles, Farm Animals or Puppy Parties
- Science Centers
- Sleepover at a museum, aquarium, zoo
- Wildlife Preserves
- Zoos, Petting Zoos
Creative Minds Birthday Party Places
- Ariel Circus Arts Shows
- Art Galleries
- Ballet, Music Studios
- Plays, Theaters, Musicals
Interactive Birthday Party Places
- Bubble Experiences
- Camps (sports, adventure, arts & crafts, beach, nature)
- Escape Rooms
- Factory Tours (crayons, jelly beans, chocolate, potato chips)
- Family Friendly Concerts & Shows
- Fun Buses or other Transportable Gyms
- Game Trucks
- Karaoke Facilities
- Laser Tag Venues
- Rock Climbing
- Scavenger Hunt
- Sweets Shop, Yogurt, Cupcake, Bakery
- Sightseeing Tours (haunted, boat, celebrity, Hollywood, adventure, wildlife)
- Trampoline Parks
- Virtual Reality Places
- Zip Lines, Rope Courses
Water Theme Birthday Party Places
- Aquatic Centers
- Bonfires & Firepits
- Day cruises, Duffy Boat Rentals
- Hotels with water fun & cabanas (hint: get day passes)
- Water Parks, Waveparks
- Whale Watching
Sports & Active Birthday Party Places
- Batting Cages
- BMX Tracks
- Fishing (lakes, rivers, piers, deep sea)
- Go Kart Racing
- Golfing (golf courses, Top Golf, miniature golf)
- Gymnastics Centers
- Horse Riding
- Indoor Soccer, Basketball Facilities
- Martial Arts, Karate Facilities
- Movie Theatres
- Paintball or Airgun Parks, Archery Venues
- Skateboard Parks
- Skiing, sledding, snow play
- Surfing Lessons
- Tennis Centers
- Water Play (kayak, paddle boards, jet skis, paddle boats)
Birthday Party Places for Teens & Older Kids
- Concerts or Shows
- Day Spas, Beauty Salons
- Flight Simulation
- Hotel Slumber Party
- Malls (eat, shop, entertain)
- Sporting Events (pro or college)
- Tea Houses
- Yoga Studios
Lavish Birthday Party Places & Experiences
- First Class travel: Plane, Sprinter van or limousine
- Hire your kids favorite celebrity
- Hire a pop up picnic service and combine with lawn game rentals, movie screen
- Rent out an entire venue (museums, entertainment centers, move theatres, rinks, camps etc.)
- Stay at a luxury hotel, rent cabanas, book spa appointments
- Suites and front row seats at sporting and concert events
- Vacation rental nearby
- Reserve an ice cream truck
- VIP experiences at Amusement Parks, Concerts
- Weekend Vacation
Best For Big Kids
1000 N. Edward Ct., Anaheim
17221 Von Karman, Irvine
Vroom! Were you a racecar driver in a past life? If so, check out K1 Racing for your next party. Starting at $65 per person, loop around the track 12 times to qualify, and participate in the 12-lap final race. After the races, enjoy in-house pizza and soda in a fun racing themed room. The party isn’t over until the podium ceremony takes place and the top three drivers are awarded. K1 Racing requires a minimum of eight racers for a party reservation. Reserve yours today for a memorable day on the track.
16477 Springdale St. Huntington Beach
31107 Rancho Viejo Road Ste. B2 San Juan Capistrano
Born from an Etsy shop, AR Workshop is a great place for your creativity to shine. Through graphic designs and snazzy decor, the company went to brick and mortar to facilitate charming DIY project parties and workshops to teach others in a fun, interactive way. There is a huge selection of projects to choose from for ages six and up. And best of all, AR Workshop sets up, preps, and cleans up. Adult workshops take two and a half to three hours while youth parties take two hours. Projects are perfect for corporate bonding, birthdays, bachelorette parties, baby showers, and fundraisers. Once the party is paid for, AR Workshop sends a party link via email allowing you to select from project options. On the day of the party simply bring your favorite party food and some creativity. Private parties require a minimum of 15 people from Sunday through Wednesday and a 20-person minimum from Thursday through Saturday. A $100 non-refundable rental fee is required, and most adult projects range from $40 to $70. Whatever type of project party you are looking for, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Adventure & Trampoline Parties
Location: MainPlace Mall – 2800 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Party like a Ninja Warrior at the 17,000-sq.-ft. obstacle park. Located on the upper level of MainPlace Mall between Macy’s and JCPenney, both American Ninja Warrior-inspired courses offer varying levels of difficulties so that ninjas of all ages and experience can participate. There are two courses, a family-friendly inflatable course and a truss obstacle course just like the TV show. Birthday party packages are available.
Location: 5142 Argosy Avenue, Huntington Beach
Starting at $249.99 for a group of ten jumpers, enjoy two hours in the jump and party area. Each party package includes one pair of jump socks, two large pizzas, and two 2-liter sodas plus one free jump pass for the guest of honor. Guests are also given one frozen treat. The party deposit is non-refundable.
Location: 8320 On the Mall, Buena Park, Floor 2
Jump and play on various surfaces like the dodgeball courts, slam dunk courts, ninja-warrior courses, launch pads, foam pits, a massive freestyle court, and climbing wall. All parties include jump time for 11 kids and includes pizza and drinks in your private party room. To book a party, a non-refundable deposit is required. Parties start at $299 for 10 jumpers, one hour of jump time, air socks for everyone, three pizzas, and two drink flavors. A private party space is included with each event which seats 30 to 35. For additional jumpers it is $25 per additional person and each jumper is required to fill out a liability waiver. Whatever you are looking for, this is a great place to enjoy your next party.
1301 Kellogg Dr., Anaheim
1025 Westminster Mall Suite 2086A, Westminster
Perfect for your next jump party, Sky Zone takes the guesswork out of party planning with their set up, clean up, and supervision throughout the entire party. Packages are designed for easy decision making by skipping right to the fun part. Parties offered at Sky Zone can range from graduation parties to special occasions like bachelor parties. From Little Leapers to GLOW parties, there’s something for everyone. Packages include 60-120 minutes of jump time and party evites are included as well. Check out their website for any specials!
Location: 25222 El Paseo Road, Mission Viejo
Self-proclaimed as “an attitude and a rallying cry promoting individualism and freedom from the norm. It’s a collection of extreme air sport parks across America that are rewriting the rules of sport.” DEFY creates a low maintenance atmosphere for party planners to show up, have fun, and enjoy the day. After jumping and flipping concludes, partiers are greeted at the party room for the last hour where the party host has set up plates, cups, napkins, and utensils. At that point, the party host sets up decorations, helps with cake, food and beverages to allow for a relaxing party. Once the festivities have concluded, the party host cleans up. Parties are customizable through add-ons and party packages making for a low stress experience. Whatever you are looking for, this is a great way to create a memorable event.
Sky Zone (formerly Rockin’ Jump)
Location: 1411 Village Way, Santa Ana
Enjoy 18,000 square-feet of jumping space for your next party at Sky Zone. Sky Zone is a bouncer’s haven. Featuring open jump spaces, a dodgeball arena, a slam dunk zone, and a lounge space, this is sure to be a blast for the entire family. Included in your party cost is a pizza party room to allow for the fun to continue even after the jumping stops.
Best For Little Kids
7470 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach
24350 Swartz Dr., Lake Forest
This 3600 square foot dual level indoor playground boasts a six-level fireman climb, foam ball fountain, bridges, obstacles and so much more. Catering to children 51 inches and below, there is also a toddler space for littles to enjoy. Parties feature two 500 square foot contemporary party rooms that are equipped with large TVs and a party host is included in the festivities. Parties are completely customizable and can include up to 55 guests. A vendor catering list is offered but all outside food is welcome, We Play Loud however doesn’t make parties have specific food or charge any outside food fees since parties don’t include food or utensils. If you’re planning your little one’s next party, look no further.
5900 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach
2040 Quail Street, Newport Beach
18525 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda
3061 Edinger Ave., Tustin
8364 On The Mall, Buena Park
Designed to get your children active, the number one rated Children’s Program Worldwide, My Gym is an international company that offers classes for various age groups ranging from six months to 11-years-old that include relay races, obstacle courses, and dance. Is your little tyke a future Avenger, a fish, or a princess? Then look no further Gym-sters – party themes cater to each child’s favorite character and make for a memorable experience. Party packages start at an hour and a half and include 12 children (the party kid is free), food and cake service, an hour of structured play, high-energy warm up games, puppet shows, and rides. If you have an active little one, kick off their birthday celebration here at My Gym.
Location: 5573 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road, Anaheim
Focused on three-dimensional learning where skill development is created through three steps: “Get Moving,” “Brain Boost,” and “Citizen Kid.” Get Moving helps develop strength, balance, flexibility, agility, and coordination. Brain Boost nurtures listening skills, imagination, concentration, and decision-making skills. Citizen Kid promotes sharing, teamwork, cooperation, and leadership. The Little Gym is partnered with Lego and Duplo to further expand a kid’s knowledge through play. Parties start at $300 and are catered toward 1 to 12-year-olds. Instructor led games, Lego building, and music is included in every party. The Little Gym is all inclusive and includes invitations, all set-up, clean-up, paper goods, drinks, balloons, a party leader and assistant for the entire hour and a half party, and a gift registry. Make your little one’s day memorable with The Little Gym.
Location: 31791 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano
Do you have a little zoologist in the making? If so, take your little one to this South Orange County destination where they can enjoy 100 farm animals like goats, horses, a cow, an emu, and chickens and six attractions like mining, excavators, horse riding, and tractors. Zoomars offers two party spaces for two hour slots that start at $565 for 45 guests and includes discounted attractions.
Location: 1238 S. Beach Blvd, Anaheim
Featuring rides like Rescue Ride, Balloon Race, Barnstormer Plane, and the Freeway Coaster, Adventure City is a great place to take your little one for a low-key amusement park experience. Admission starts at $28.95 per person and is geared toward the younger crowd dead set on funnel cake and rollercoasters. Party packages start at $36.95 per person and include an all-day unlimited ride pass, access to the petting zoo, colorful place settings, pizza and drinks, and a dedicated server. If your little Adventurer’s birthday is coming up, look no further!
Location: 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange
The Irvine Park Railroad is a real life scaled to ⅓ train that explores Irvine Regional Park for $6 per person. This area also features bike rentals and riding trails, horseshoes, volleyball sets, and paddle boat rentals and is adjacent to the Orange County Zoo. There railroad is also near the pony rides and horse rentals. Next time you’re in the area look out for peacocks roaming the park.
There are a number of party areas available for reservation for your child’s birthday party starting at $400. They also have moon bounces available for rental. Irvine Park is a popular spot for parties, so reserve your spot early. Also, your reservation is for the spot only! This does not include a party host, food, or activities. However, discount tokens are available for the train with all reservations.
Location: 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove
Does your little one dream of whales and sea serpents? If so, head to Atlantis Play Center for an inexpensive activity in the sun. For guests 2-years-old and under, this play space is free, for everyone else it is $2. Scoot down the serpent slide, climb the dragon, and explore inside the whale. Being a city run play center, reservations are available for private events and more information can be found on ggcity.org.
Bowling & Golf
Location: 20 City Blvd Ste G-2, Orange
Lucky Strike Bowling takes a typical Saturday night and elevates it to something even more elegant. Located at the Outlets of Orange, Lucky Strike features five pool tables, 24 lanes, a shuffleboard table, 16 projection TVs, a large food and beverage menu, cocktails for everyone’s palette, the bright light feature dubbed Sputnick, and bookshelves, making for an experience a lane above. Parties include two hours of bowling and offer a variety of options for events with seven private spaces. Dining aesthetic options offered include classic, cozy or exposed brick to best correspond with the party theme. Bowl your next party away at Lucky Strike!
Location: 2405 Park Ave., Tustin
Featuring 30 bowling lanes, an on-site arcade, and lounge space, Bowlero is a great all-purpose bowling alley for your next event. Parties include cheese pizza, unlimited soft drinks, 14 arcade cards, and shoe rental. However, party packages can be customized online and tailored to your individual needs like length of bowling time, number of bowlers, and customized food and drink options. Party gifts and arcade cards can be added as well for a moldable experience. Perfect for kids’ birthday parties, but if you’re looking for a corporate event, or a holiday party, Bowlero is a fantastic customizable event option for those too.
Location: 25402 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo
This 32-lane bowling alley features a coffee shop, lounge, an arcade, and league options. If you’re looking for a great location to host your next bowling party, whatever the special occasion, look no further than Saddleback Lanes. Bowling parties include two lanes for a 90-minute total party. Each lane includes a maximum of five bowlers per lane and party packages include pizza, drinks, and decorations for everyone to enjoy! Take the party memories home with you with a souvenir bowling pin for guests to sign.
Location: 17110 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley
Enjoy a spacious party at the roomy 60-lane, Fountain Bowl next time you are looking for a party experience. A variety of party packages are available here for bowlers of all ages, with pizza and drinks from Ozzie’s. Call 714.963.2897 to find out more about their party packages and pricing.
Location: 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim
Bowl at the Happiest Place on Earth next time you’re looking for luxury lanes. Located at Downtown Disney, Splitsville welcomes guests, with a local icon mural at the entrance. From the entrance on, the typical bowling alley atmosphere is thrown out the window for a classier experience which includes a new spin to the bland “bowling alley” food like sushi and ahi tuna. This bowling alley features 600 dining seats, two cocktail bars, two kitchens, 20 bowling lanes, and a live music stage. Due to their setup, Splitsville makes for better parties. With clusters of lanes, groups are given more privacy. Individual bowling starts at $20 per person. Splitsville’s website offers a tailored experience that starts at the planning process. After you fill out the form, a party planner contacts you to best plan the event and design it around the food options offered, number of bowlers, and amount of time. If you’re looking for a remarkable birthday experience, look no further!
Location: 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine
From bumper boats to lil’ thunder rookie go karts to lazer tag, take your kids back to the era of old school entertainment with arcade games, pizza, and ice cream. Party packages include nine participants, two slices of pizza per guest and unlimited hi-c or orange fanta. You’ll also get a choice of three attractions, and an hour and a half of table time with the party host. Whatever your child enjoys, Boomers is a great option for a low stress party that comes organized and planned for you!
Location: 3200 E. Carpenter Ave., Anaheim
Enjoy a true classic and head over to Camelot Golfland for timeless arcade games, go-karts, miniature golf, or laser tag to satisfy that competitive nature! Packages start at 10 guests to celebrate, play one game of golf, one six-minute bumper boat or bumper car ride, 25 arcade credits, up to two reserved tables, tables for three hours, two slices of one topping pizza per person, and one soft drink. If you’re looking for a fantastic party option for your kids, look no further!
Location: 9 Journey, Aliso Viejo
Designed to serve south Orange County’s ice skating needs, the Aliso Viejo Ice Palace offers public skating sessions, freestyle skating, ice hockey leagues for children and adults and broomball. Hit the ice Friday nights at 7:30 for public skating with the family or plan your next birthday party here! Party packages start at 10 skaters and skate rentals and two free adult tickets. Party packages include the use of a private party room for an hour, and party decorations and paper goods. Party add-ons range from $50 for a party super host to a XXL pepperoni pizza plus soda and water for $30. Whatever you are looking for, check out their website to book online.
8601 On The Mall, Buena Park
1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster
Featuring over 100 games and a wide variety of food options such as an endless buffet that includes pizza, pasta, fried chicken, complimentary sides, soup, salad, and desserts. For a day of fun join John’s Incredible Pizza with themed dining rooms and rides. Bump along at the bumper cars or enjoy the slick laser maze for a wide variety of events. Party packages include endless soft drinks, a private room that includes a TV and DVD player, a party host, Fun World credits, and a personalized centerpiece. Adults can enjoy the buffet for an eat only rate. John’s Parties allow guests to enjoy all day long even after the party time is over. Options to not include the private room for sport parties are offered as well.
20 City Blvd W., Orange
661 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine
Take to the arcade just like you did as a kid and play with the entire family. Dave & Busters offers a 15 percent Military and First Responder discount for food and beverage for you and up to four guests when they present their valid ID. For the adults, enjoy happy hour during the week. Corporate, adult, and kid birthday events are offered. Private event spaces include billiards and shuffleboard tables and require a minimum of 15 people. Children’s parties last for two hours and require a minimum of 10 guests. Packages include a power card, unlimited soft drinks, and a small, included menu. Whether you are at a party or just enjoying a Saturday night, Dave & Buster’s boasts a 40 foot “WOW Wall” or a TV to watch every power play, touchdown, homerun, and goal from your favorite sports teams.
Location: 4771 E Hunter Ave., Anaheim
Providing open play for all ages, Seascape Kids Fun features a three-story arena and 13 foam ball shooting air guns. Starting at 15 kids and 20 adults, this non birthday party includes 45 minutes in the Aquarium playroom, Beach Ball playroom, and the private party dining room. No additional fee is added for outside food and drinks and up to 15 color invitations are included in the package. Enjoy your next party here!
Location: 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana
Featuring the “Zoofari Express,” the Santa Ana Zoo can be enjoyed from the comfort of this environmentally friendly all electric locomotive. Enjoy a 6 and a half minute ride through the Crean Family Farm. From there, guests can see the Amazon Aviary, Amazon Edge, and the Tierra de las Pampas. Parties include two hours in a private rental area (including setup and cleanup). Each party includes all day guest admissions.
Location: 143 Avenida Granada, San Clemente
Create pottery at this paint your own ceramics studio, Fired Up for a fantastic experience for everyone. Private instruction and a potter’s wheel is available as well as party and fundraiser space ranging from $15 to $50 per person depending on color, type, and stencils. Party pieces start at $25 and parties last for up to two hours depending on the age of the group. Each piece is wrapped individually and can be picked up within a week of the party. Enjoy a total party experience with pizza and cake on site. Girls Night Out parties are available as well with an additional $25 fee to accommodate the size of the group.
Location: 9105 Recreation Circle, Fountain Valley
Fountain Valley Skate Center keeps the good times rolling with open skate, both one-on-one classes and group classes that include skate rentals, and lots of fun. Theme nights like stroller skate, coffee klatch, oldies night, and other theme skates are available weekly. Party packages for this roller skating experience include a private table, host, ice cream, soft drinks, and rental skates. Packages can be upgraded to include hot dogs and pizza for an additional fee. Private skate parties are available every Sunday. Roll on down for your next party!
Location: 7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
Devour a four-course medieval inspired meal that includes roasted chicken, garlic bread, sweet corn, and a festive drink while 11th century Medieval Spain comes to life. Top kingdom knights will battle on horseback to protect the throne before your eyes as dinner gets underway. This show and dinner make for an unforgettable night of celebration while taking a step back in time. The next time you are looking for a great experience with a group, look no further. Birthday party packages are available to make exceptional memories with perks that include knight’s cheering banners, cake and slushies with souvenir cups, groups photos, upgraded seating, and more.
Location: 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
Ahoy mate! Do you want to go find the pirate’s booty? Look no further than the Pirates Dinner Adventure. Designed as a dinner and interactive show, this dinnertime experience is set as a Broadway style show while guests feast. According to Pirates Dinner Adventure’s website, “Set aboard a fully rigged 18th-century Spanish galleon adrift in a 250,000-gallon lagoon. Up to 150 volunteers participate in this epic production, truly making it the “world’s most interactive dinner show!” Celebrate birthdays, corporate events, or larger scale events with customizability and ease. They offer a Birthday package that includes a souvenir scroll with the birthday person’s name, a surprise birthday gift, an announcement during the show, and a birthday cake for six to eight people with the option of chocolate or red velvet. Event package add-ons featured are a pre-show experience, a full cash bar, and a private reception room. Party bookings for 15 or more receive priority seating for the group, birthday announcement, and a gift. Larger groups can be booked online. Reserve your seats and get ready for a pirate perfect time.
1875 N. Tustin St., Orange
13101 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove
15511 Edwards St., Huntington Beach
If you’re looking for a nostalgic kid’s arcade day, look no further than Chuck E. Cheese. With several locations in Orange County, this 90s classic is a great party location or for a fun family outing. Chuck E. Cheese offers awards like the Tooth Fairy Award for your kids loose tooth with 10 free play points, or the Sports Rewards to commemorate your kids best attitude, team spirit or sportsmanship with 10 free play points. Party packages are per child and include all you can play games for the duration of the party, play passes, two slices of 1-topping pizza, unlimited drinks, and collectible cup with free refills for every trip, dippin’ dots, a goody bag, 100 e-tickets and 3,000 e-tickets for the birthday kid. Party packages also think of the adults and include one large, one topping pizza and a server for everyone! Enjoy Chuck E. Cheese next time you’re looking for a kid centered party.
Location: Disneyland Parks & Hotels
Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures at the Napa Rose/Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa (no park admission required): Kids can let their imaginations soar during one-of-a-kind Princess-themed activities. Upon arrival, Disney Princesses are waiting to greet you and share in your hopes and dreams prior to taking a photo on a beautiful private patio. You may take part in storytime with Belle or learn some fierce warrior poses with Mulan. Young adventurers are presented with a special keepsake to remember the magical morning.
Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast & Brunch at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa (no park admission required): Adventurers of all ages can dine with Mickey and the gang. Wave to Mickey and his friends as they make appearances during your feast.
Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel (no park admission required): The whole family can enjoy a fun breakfast buffet or dinner with special appearances from Chef Goofy and friends. Be sure to make reservations before you go for optimal service. When you first get here guests are given complimentary three-hour self-parking with validation and can be accessed through the Disneyland Hotel self-parking lot. Once inside guests are surprised as Characters pass by and the entire family can get photos with their favorites! The morning buffet features decadent pairings like made-to-order omelets, waffles, bacon, eggs benedict, pastries and even Goofy’s peanut butter and jelly pizza. There are dinnertime offerings like a meat carving station, fish, seasonal veggies, mac and cheese, salads, and pizza. But don’t forget the dessert buffet that features bread pudding. Prices start at $32 per person. Gawrsh!
Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park at the Plaza Inn on Main Street (Disney Theme park admission required): Meet Minnie and other Disney pals at this all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. This is the only Character Dining experience inside Disneyland Park.
Tanaka Farms: Kids can go on a farm tour in a wagon, pick their own fruits and vegetables from the farm’s fields and visit the barnyard animals. The farm has public tours and can also be booked for private events including private tent rentals.
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