Birthday Party Venues Outdoors

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Covered or outdoor venue for kid's winter birthday party? Nov 1, 2021 (7 responses below)
Outdoor Birthday Party Venue That Allows Petting Zoo/Pony Rides Feb 9, 2017 (1 responses below)
  • My daughter turns 7 in January, and I'm looking for a good venue to host a small birthday party. We are covid cautious, so in an ideal world, a covered, well-ventilated space would work great.  Any and all ideas very welcome, as we didn't host a party last year due to covid concerns, and would love to do something this year.

    I am eyeing Plank for my own winter bday party. 7 year olds love bowling and by Jan. I hope most of them are vaccinated. Parks with gazebo could be nice. Cragmont Rock Park in Berkeley, Sweeney Open space park in Alameda and Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek all have a gazebo. We're planning a small multi-family get-together in late Nov. at a park with a gazebo. We plan to have hand warmers and thermos with hot beverages. 

    EBRPD has covered pavilions at North/South Ensenada at Quarry Lakes (Fremont) reservation info

    I am a huge proponent of planning kids' parties at your own home, especially in winter. Even a small backyard works fine. It helps keep parties small, avoids weather drama, and saves money. If your daughter doesn't already have a favorite spot where it's obvious you should have it, why wrack your brain?

  • Hi, 

    I'm currently trying to plan out a Moana-themed birthday party for my daughter who is turning 4 this upcoming April. We have booked an indoor venue for the Friday before her birthday and are looking for an alternative outdoor venue in East Bay for the following Saturday. Initially, we were pretty set on Roberts Recreational Park since it's less than 10 minutes away from home and would make it much easier to do multiple trips back and forth to lug around party essentials.

    However, there are a few small details that I think could affect the enjoyability (I checked, it's apparently a word) of the party if we decided on Roberts:

    • The playground is about 50 feet away from the picnic tables, which means it'll be harder to keep the group together and have the parents sit/relax/eat during the party.
    • They don't allow mobile petting zoos or pony rides. While this wasn't originally part of the plan, we found a company that offers a petting zoo, pony rides, AND balloon twisting for an hour at the relatively low price of $250.
    • There is no canopy/covering available.

    Would those of you with far more experience throwing kids birthday parties around the Bay Area have any alternative suggestions? A friend of mine suggested Mosswood, but unfortunately they recently experienced extensive damage due to a fire back in November. 

    Could do it at Kennedy Park in Hayward, which has a petting zoo, carousel & train. I really thought it was a cute park for littles (6 & under).

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