It's a special boy's birthday and you want to plan a party so fabulous that he will always remember it. When sorting through your options, think about what the birthday boy enjoys. Maybe he loves to romp around and burn off excess energy, or maybe he's a studious type who enjoys reading and learning about the world around him. San Diego offers an assortment of activities designed to please every type of birthday boy.
Boys who like science might enjoy a birthday party at Mad Science (madscience.org), an educational center that puts on programs and demonstrations. Birthday party activities include making slime or silly putty, followed by a rocket launch and watching kid-friendly science experiments, such as melting Styrofoam. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (rhfleet.org) also hosts kids' birthday parties. The fee includes a cake, birthday plates, napkins and all-day access to the center's exhibits. Rotating exhibits have included a geometry playground where kids learn about math while playing hopscotch and climbing on chairs.
San Diego features near-perfect weather year round and beautiful outdoors areas, so try a boy's birthday party outside. The Pepper Grove pavilion at Balboa Park features 15 tables and a large playground, along with a large grassy area where children can play. Bonita Cove in Mission Bay Park features two areas available for events. Each includes fire rings, barbecue grills, a playground and a lifeguard on duty to watch children who want to swim. You may need a permit depending upon the park and number of people. Call the Balboa Park Administration Building, which handles permit requests for several city parks, for information regarding permitting.
Exuberant boys might enjoy a party with tons of romping and rolling. Try Pump It Up The Inflatable Party Zone (pumpitupparty.com). Party packages vary, but can include a private party room and time spent playing on inflatable slides, obstacle courses and bounce houses. Select packages include pizza, drinks, balloons and goodie bags. The adventure park Boomers San Diego (boomersparks.com) also hosts birthday parties. Choose from a variety of packages that can include go carts, miniature golf, bumper boats, rides, pizza and popcorn.
The San Diego Maritime Museum's Pirate Party (sdmaritime.org) hosts parties for kids aged 5 to 12, teaching them how to maneuver sails and anchor boats. The 3-hour adventures include entertainment such as interactions with a real live pirate and a treasure hunt. Partygoers will also learn how to swashbuckle, which is a method of sword fighting. If your son loves to surf, book a surf party with La Jolla Surf Camp (lajollasurfcamp.com). The camp caters to surfers of all levels. To learn about what swims under the sea, host a party at Birch Aquarium (aquarium.ucsd.edu). Designed for kids aged 2 through 9, the parties include aquarium admissions, an interaction with live animals and a private party room.
- Mad Science: San Diego: Birthday Frequently Asked Questions
- Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: Birthday Parties
- The City of San Diego: Parks and Recreation: Mission Bay Park: Bonita Cove
- Pump It Up Party: Party Packages
- Boomers Parks: Party Packages
- Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Birch Aquarium: Education and Public Programs: Birthday Parties
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