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From a super hero party to skydiving, the bay area is bursting with great places to host your child’s next bash. Check out the best bay area places to host an unforgettable birthday party.

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Birthday Parties at Redwood Empire Gymnastics are a parents dream. The goal of the owner Eric at REG is to “host fun, high quality and custom built gymnastics parties for different ages.” They are completely customizable and are catered to a parents time and budget. Kids will start with exclusive use of the gymnasium. Next, they come to the party area where they can enjoy pizza and cake. Party packages include an instructor on the floor during play time as well as a host. REG uses their most experienced instructors during parties to ensure your little ones’ safety.

Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Build A Bear has parties down to a science. You can book your entire party online and pick a price or call the store and meet your event host. The animals that your kids can build come in  different price categories and include the latest popular friends like Alvin and the Chipmunks or Smurfs. Your party guests can continue their adventure at home by bringing it to life online for free in their beary safe virtual world at

Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m – 9 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. – 6p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

If slot cars, Legos, model building and racing cars is your child’s thing, then Hobbytown USA is the perfect spot for your birthday bash. Parties here are completely customizable, but usually consist of the activity area for two hours for ten guests. An employee to assist at the party and games are included with your elected activity. You can also make the party extra special by bringing your own food and decorations.

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Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 .m. – 11 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

iFLY is a fun birthday celebration for all ages. Anyone from 3 to 103 can fly, and it will be a party nobody will forget. Your flight experience comes from a wind tunnel moving air up in a column, creating an unforgettable indoor skydiving adventure. You and your guests will have a professional instructor to guide you through your dive. The air flow is controlled by another professional who is watching you and your dive, creating the perfect dive and the perfect party.

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Have your child’s next birthday at Peekadoodle Kidsclub. Simply select a package and let the staff do all of the work. Packages range from super hero parties to cool chemistry parties. Each party includes invitations, pizza, cake, balloons and a party favor. For an additional fee you can add face-painting, a balloon artist or a candy buffet. For your child’s next part,y make lasting memories at this quality kids club.

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Comments (10)
  1. Adrienne Nelson says:

    Nothing in the South Bay?

  2. Victoria Morgan says:

    Sad list. No Pump it up or Jungle or Chuck-e-Cheese. Really this list is so short to be completely useless.

    1. Joe Perez says:

      I am pretty sure all of the best of lists are just five venues.

  3. Joe Perez says:

    Our daughter loves Redwood Empire Gymnastics!

  4. Tina Daveiro says:

    We did build a bear for my daughter’s birthday and she loved it! The Ifly sounds interesting, I will have to look into that for next year. Thank you