One of life’s most important gifts are the special times we share with loved ones. With this in mind, North State Parent has put together our A-Z “Out and About” Birthday Guide, offering a range of party destinations and ideas to assist you in creating a special day dedicated to celebrating someone you love.
Although these ideas are geared toward celebrating with children, many of them can be used to create a memory-making event honoring a person of any age, whether a special friend, sibling, grandparent … or any significant other in your life!
A is for Animals!
Create a party that is animal-friendly and fun! Most children love animals, making a party at a ranch or farm a special treat. The family businesses and non-profits organizations below offer children an up-close animal experience, whether you visit the animals or the animals are brought to you.
At Two By Two Ranch & Petting Zoo in Chico, animals and caring folks greet your birthday posse and ensure that your celebration is a memorable time. Children will learn about life on a farm as they meet friendly goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, turkeys, llamas and more. Two By Two offers party packages, farm tours and pony parties–and will even bring the zoo or ponies to you. (520) 893-1088; http://www.twobytworanch.com.
The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation in Oroville offers very special birthday parties at their wildlife sanctuary and education center. Party packages include a guided educational tour and opportunity to meet some of their resident animals, both local and global species. The birthday boy or girl will get a picture taken with a resident animal baby, and the party will have use of the grounds and shaded picnic tables. Also available: piñata, cake, lunch, crafts, face painting, T-shirts and more. 4995 Durham-Pentz Rd. (530) 533-1000; http://www.kirshner.org.
Book Ron’s Reptiles (Butte County) and your guests will meet a selection of reptiles from around the world. Special requests are welcome. Party packages include a disc of digital photos and a custom screen-printed Ron’s Reptiles t-shirt. 44 Rock Creek Rd., Chico. (530) 893-2095; http://www.ronsreptiles.com.
Celebrate with a fun day of learning about animals at Lassen View Farms in Palo Cedro. Rent the party room complete with a full kitchen and snow cone, soft-serve ice cream and cotton candy machines. For other special celebrations, be sure to check out Lassen View’s carriage service. 8309 Maynard Rd. (530) 547-2185; http://www.lassenviewfarms.com.
[sws_divider_line]B is for Baseball!
If your child is a baseball fan, take him or her to the Chico Bullpen in Chico for a sporting birthday celebration. Your child and guests will have access to the entire use of the facility, as well as tee hitting, the Iron Mike pitching machine, and an organized game with the Bullpen staff. Staff provides place settings, set up and clean up. 1070 Marauder St. Suite 120. (530) 230-2100; http://www.chicobullpenba.com.
You can also create a unique baseball-orientated party at Mac’s Pro Baseball School in Chico. Party-goers will enjoy a 1 1/2 hour batting cage rental, ten $10 Slugger Cards to give as party favors, a private area for seating, and an extra half hour to celebrate with gifts, food and cake (you provide). You can also include professional instruction and use of their Light Flight machine. 3436 Hwy 32, Suite 100.
(530) 343-7397 http://www.macsprobaseball.com.
For the love of baseball, have your party in the party room at Waterman’s Batting Cages in Redding. Your child and guests will enjoy hitting in the batting cages for two hours, and will enjoy pizza, beverages and cupcakes. Waterman’s provides the party and the clean-up! 2629 Bechelli Lane. (530) 222-6484.
You can create a unique sports-orientated party at TNT Athletic Performance in Chico. TNT offers different party packages which can include bounce houses, unlimited use of field turf for soccer or football, batting cage rental, half court basketball, and a giant inflatable obstacle course. A party planner and hostess will make your child’s birthday a memorable one! 21 Valley Court. (530) 343-7397; http://www.tntathletics.com.
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Children will enjoy two hours of arts and crafts party fun in the unique 40’ long Siskiyou Arts Bus in Mt. Shasta! They supply the party projects, the space and themes for boys and girls to have messy and creative fun. Summer birthday party packages are available, and include take-home party favors, 515 E. Alma St. (530) 859-2309; http://www.siskiyouartsbus.org.
Clay parties at All Fired Up in Chico are lots of fun and include two hours of studio time, with instruction and all materials needed to produce a finished project. Projects are glazed and fired, and ready to be picked up within a week. 830 Broadway. (530) 894-5227; http://www.allfiredupchico.org.
For children who love to create, have a beading birthday event at String Bead in Chico. The kids will see thousands of beads in every size, shape, and color. Sign everyone up for a beading class—with the help of String Bead’s friendly staff, young crafters will keep busy making earrings, bracelets, necklaces or whatever their imagination can come up with. Great for teens too! After, take the crafters out for lunch and cake, wearing their creations! Almond Orchard Shopping Center, (530) 894-BEAD; http://www.stringbead.com.
When you book your child’s party at KidsPark in Chico, a personal party hostess helps you plan a creative party. Kids will enjoy an art project, face painting, group games, balloon favors, and fun! Your hostess will conduct the festivities, leaving you to enjoy the event with family and friends. Parties are for ages 2-12 years, and take place on Sundays. Packages include party consultation, table settings, juice, a snack, a gift for the birthday child, and clean-up. 2477 Forest Ave #190, (530) 894-6800; http://www.kidspark.com.
Redding’s All Fired Up paint-your-own ceramics studio offers kids creative birthday fun. The party package includes a ceramic piece each child picks from All Fired Up’s birthday party rack (featuring over 35 design choices). The studio provides set-up, instruction, paints, glazing, dremmeling and clean-up. You bring food and supplies, have fun and relax. 1818 Churn Creek Rd. (530) 226-1638; http://www.allfiredup2day.com.
Turn your party into a fabulous fashionable crafting experience. Spend two hours creating two projects, a purse or other accessory, at a Fashion Designer Birthday Party at The Sew Fabulous Studio in Redding. Appropriate for ages 5+. They provide all the decorations and supplies; you bring your own food and drinks. 851 Commerce St. (530) 221-1608; http://www.sewfabulousstudio.com.
[sws_divider_line]D is for Dance!
Redding Arts Project offers a fun-filled celebration which includes a dance class, custom choreography, and a dance performance. With two different party packages to choose from, each child’s party includes a color choice, costuming, music, and dance genre. Children are provided cupcakes from Sweetspot, games, princess or super hero art projects, and certificates for one free dance class of their choice at The RAP. 1726 Market St. (530) 245-1019; http://www.thereddingartsproject.com.
California Dance Company in Anderson hosts birthday parties for boys and girls. Themes include an X-Treme Boys Hip Hop or Princess theme. A staff member will teach dances and run dance games during the party. You provide the cake and treats, they provide the music, dancing and fun. (530) 365-7749; http://www.californiadancecompany.com.
[sws_divider_line]E is for Environment!
To enjoy eco-friendly and educational birthday experiences take a gaggle of curious kids on a walk through the Chico Creek Nature Center in Chico. Visit live animals in living wildlife displays. Next, embark on an outdoor journey through the center’s self-led “World of Trees” walk. The center offers weekend birthday packages for up to 15 children aged 5-11yrs that include a half-hour “Meet the Animals” presentation and a hands-on plaster-cast project.
1968 E 8th St. (530) 891-4671 http://www.bidwellpark.org.
[sws_divider_line]F is for Fish!
If you want to watch fish up close, visit the Turtle Bay Exploration Park museum aquarium during feeding time in Redding. Watch native fish zig, zag, wiggle and play. Partygoers can explore and experience interactive exhibits and make discoveries about nature. Turtle Bay offers party packages that can be customized to your needs and desires (See N for Nature). (530) 242-3180; http://www.turtlebay.org.
Another fishing party option is to take your group camping at Hat Creek Rancheria RV Park and Campground on the private three-acre Lake Catherine. Young campers can catch & release the rainbow and brown trout that swim in Hat Creek. There are plenty of amenities, so you can create an experience that is sure to “hook” everyone on fishing. Located between Burney Falls and Lassen National Park. (530) 335-7418; http://www.rancheriarv.com.
How about booking a guided fishing party adventure that is sure to create fond memories? Hire a private fly-fishing guide from a company such as Wildwater Fly Fishing, who provide the boat, fishing expertise and infectious enthusiasm for the experience. Give a call to customize your fishing adventure. (530) 859-3474; http://www.wildwatersflyfishing.com.
[sws_divider_line]G is for Golf … Miniature Golf!
Take your child’s party guests to ‘putt around’ on the 18-hole outdoor mini golf course Lariat Bowl in Red Bluff. Party package options include both golf and/or bowling for 8 to 12 guests, and a bowling pin that guests sign for the birthday child. 365 S. Main St. (530) 527-2720; http://www.lariatbowl.com
Funland in Chico offers Putters Miniature Golf parties! Fun for a mixed age group. Packages include party favors, party hostess, party room and decorations, and two pitchers of drinks. Bring your own cake or choose a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake on site, or make it a pizza party catered by Round Table Pizza at Funland. 2465 Carmichael Dr. (530) 343-1602; http://www.funlandchico.com.
Oasis Fun Center in Shasta Lake offers miniature golf, go-karts, laser tag, bumper boats and much more. With so many fun activities to choose from, your birthday party is sure to be a hit. You provide the cake and ice cream. They provide balloons, table service, party room and fun. 3330 Cascade Blvd., (530) 275-3042 http://www.oasisfuncenter.com.
[sws_divider_line]H is for Horses!
How about booking horseback riding lessons for your child’s party?
If you have an older child who loves horses, consider creating a special celebration with a small group of older children at the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Shingletown, where your group can see wild horses, walk nature trails and enjoy picnicking by a pond. Arrangements can be made for your group to meet with a sanctuary volunteer who will give the kids a brief tour and share information about the horses and workings of the sanctuary. (530) 335-2241 http://www.wildhorsesanctuary.org.
At Almond Country Farms in Durham, you can book group lessons or can take advantage of one of the Farm’s party packages, which include pony friends for the little ones & horse games for older participants. Enjoy your lunch and celebration goodies in the picnic area. (530) 343-1558.
Get a group of kids together for a fun and different birthday party with Nor Cal Trail Rides. Your children and their friends will learn about horses while interacting with them, and everybody gets to ride! Their horses love children, and they have a beautiful indoor arena that keeps everyone dry and warm during rainy months, and cool during hot summer days. Based in Anderson, Nor Cal Trail Rides offers rides throughout Northern California. (530) 515-8958; http://www.norcaltrailrides.com.
[sws_divider_line]I is for Ice Skating!
For winter parties, Ice Skating is cool and super fun. Here are rinks upper CA and Southern OR, most offer group skate packages:
Ice Rinks in upper CA:
Paradise Ice Rink, located at Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway, Paradise. Open Nov. 16, 2013 through Jan. 12, 2014. Info: (530) 872-6972; http://www.paradiseprpd.com/IceRink.html.
Siskiyou Ice rink, located at Shastice Park, 800 Rockfellow Dr., Mt. Shasta. Open Nov. 23, 2013 through Feb. 2, 2014. Info: (530) 926-1715; http://www.siskiyourink.org.
Ice Rinks in Southern Oregon & Klamath Falls, Oregon:
Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink, located across from Lithia Park, 95 Winburn Way. Open Nov. 23, 2013 through Feb. 23, 2014. Info: (541) 488-9189; http://www.ashland.or.us/icerink.
Bill Collier Community Ice Arena, located at 5075 Fox Sparrow Dr., Klamath Falls. Open Nov. 2013 through March 2014 (call for exact dates). Info: (541) 850-5758; http://www.klamathicesports.org.
The RRRink, located at 1349 Center Dr., Medford. Open year-round. Info: (541) 770-1177; http://www.therrrink.com.
[sws_divider_line]J is for Jump (and slide)!
Include a bounce house or giant slippery water slide at your child’s party … it’s a great way for kids to work off the post-cake and ice cream energy rush as they romp, bounce and slide. Rentals come with delivery and set up!
Astro Events (Serves all upper CA Counties). (530) 243-5867; http://www.astrojump.com.
Chico Party Bouncers (Butte County area). (530) 570-0199; http://www.chicopartybouncers.com.
Jumps & Giggles (Shasta County area). (530) 378-9080; http://www.facebook.com/JumpsandGiggles.
Jump N’ Jax (Chico Area). (530) 828-9764; http://www.jumpnjax.org.
[sws_divider_line]K is for Kayaking!
Older kids through adults will appreciate a guided kayak tour at Whiskeytown National Recreation area in Shasta County as a unique way to celebrate. The tours (in summer) are ranger-led, and participants will learn about the Whiskeytown National Recreation area while exploring the coves around Whiskeytown Lake. Call (530) 242-3462 to book your group; http://www.nps.gov/whis/index.htm
Another kayaking option is to visit Riverbend Park along the cool Feather River in Oroville. Green Line Cycles offers kayaking rentals; the park offers a splash-pad water feature, BBQ’s and shaded pavilions. For Riverbend Park information: (530) 533-2011; wwwfrrpd.com, Greenline Cycles Kayak rentals: (530) 533-7885; http://www.greenlinecycles.com.
The Forebay Aquatic Center offers water fun, kayak rentals and birthday party packages. Packages include a group picnic site, instructors, certified lifeguard, games and a kayak trip on the North Forebay. Located at Thermalito North Forebay State Park off Highway 70. (530) 624-6919; http://www.aschico.com/forebayaquaticcenter.
There is nothing like spending a lazy summer day with a mixed age of youth and adults enjoying a kayaking or rafting trip. Turtle River Rafting Company offers a challenging and engaging day of peaceful fun for ages four and up. Guided trips make it a safe vacation-like adventure that includes lunch. (530) 926-3223; http://www.turtleriver.com.
River Dancers, Rafting and Kayak Adventures in Mt. Shasta will add some whitewater thrills to your birthday celebration. They will customize an adventurous trip that is sure to please children and teens, from day outings to multi-day camps. Build team building skills and self-esteem in a fun and safe outing. (800) 926-5002; http://www.riverdancers.com.
[sws_divider_line]L is for Lakes!
We are fortunate to be living in an ideal area for lake activities. The following lakes were selected as possible party destinations for their unique settings, easy access and beauty! If you’re ambitious, make this a camping party too!
Mt. Shasta’s Lake Siskiyou, just off Highway 5, is a pristine mountain lake offering an amazing view of the majestic mountain and surrounding natural landscapes, with picnic tables, cove areas, swimming and an around-the-lake trail. The lake’s south side is home to the Lake Siskiyou Resort and Campgrounds, where a small day-use fee offers many amenities, including a beach area with rental kayaks, canoes, paddle wheelers and float toys. There’s also a picnic area, playground, volleyball and horseshoe pits, store and restaurant. Open through mid-Sept. (530) 926-2618; http://www.reynoldsresorts.com/LakeSiskiyou.htm.
Lake Almanor is located in Plumas County near Chester. This large lake was formed by Canyon Dam, and offers fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, camping – and of course, beauty. (530) 258-2426; http://www.chester-lakealmanor.com.
Kangaroo Lake near Callahan is part of the Klamath National Forest. Plan for swimming, camping, fishing & hiking – bring your canoes, inflatable rafts and small non-motorized boats, or just hang out at the small beach area. This 25-acre high-mountain lake is wheelchair accessible too! (530) 842-6131; go-california.com/Kangaroo-Lake-California.
Howard Prairie Lake recreation area in Ashland has been rated the number one recreation facility of its kind in Oregon. The Howard Prairie Lake Resort offers facilities that include a large picnic and day-use area with swimming, campsites, store, restaurant and marina. (541) 482-1979; http://www.hplake.com.
Beautiful Lake Britton, in the McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park on Hwy 89 (about six miles North of Hwy 299), offers swimming, boating, fishing and more. Visit spectacular Burney Falls, or rent canoes, paddleboats, rowboats or small motorboats at the lake. Enjoy nature at it’s finest. (530) 335-2777; http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=455
[sws_divider_line]M is for Movement!
Have a bouncing good time at Athletic Horizons Gymnastics Center in Chico. They offer birthday party packages that include use of their fun obstacle course, trampoline, tumble track, in-ground foam pit, zip-line and more. It’s 15,000 square feet of fun! They provide gymnastics games & activities under the direction of a trained gymnastics instructor. Party packages start at $75, set-up and clean-up included! You bring cake and goodies, plates, cups, utensils and party favors. (530) 893-4967; http://www.athletichorizons.com.
Athletics Unlimited Gymnastics Center in Anderson offers party packages for all ages that include supervised use of all equipment, including their big tumble track trampoline and in-ground foam pit. Guests enjoy the use of a separate party area, and Athletics Unlimited provides plates, cups, forks & napkins (you bring the cake), a goodie bag and a helium balloon for each guest. They handle set-up and clean-up. 2250 Barney Rd. (530) 365-2235.
At Galaxy Gymnastics Academy in Redding, birthday party guests enjoy nearly 13,000 square feet of padded floor area for tumbling fun, including use of their trampolines, tumble track, and large in-ground foam pit. Galaxy’s 1 ¾ hour party packages include a party host who supervises games and activities on the floor, use of their party room, party bags for all the kids, and ice-cream! You bring the cake. 910 Wall St. (530) 222-4496; http://www.galaxygymnasticsacademy.com.
In Motion Fitness in Chico makes birthday parties as easy as 1-2-3. They set up, you show up and they clean up. Three packages to choose from! Make a splash with a themed pool party or ask In Motion’s party coordinator for additional party themes. Add a bounce house or customize your event with several other options: art projects, face painters, balloon art, a guest princess or a high school musical party. 1293 E. First Ave. (530) 343-5678; http://www.inmotionfitness.net.
[sws_divider_line]N is for Nature!
At Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding partygoers can explore & experience interactive exhibits and make discoveries about nature. Turtle Bay offers party packages that can be customized to your needs and desires, with a private room for your party, an animal encounter, time to play in the Park, and more. Your group can also visit the Children’s Garden, Mosaic Oasis and Play Structure, and Picnic Grove areas for a fun experience. Walk the Sundial Bridge after cake and ice cream to burn off energy. Make a full day of it by having guests bring bikes to ride the museum’s Sacramento River Trail—a great bike ride for all ages. (530) 242-3180; http://www.turtlebay.org.
[sws_divider_line]O is for “Off the Wall”!
Don’t let bad weather dampen your soccer fan’s party. Celebrate on the giant regulation-size indoor field at Off the Wall Soccer in Chico. Partygoers will have an hour of playing time on the field (soccer, T-ball or flag-football) – they offer several birthday party packages to choose from. Bring your own food, drinks and decorations or let Off the Wall Soccer take care of it for you. Additional party enhancements are available a la carte. (530) 879-0894; http://www.offthewallsoccer.com
[sws_divider_line]P is for Pizza!
The Birthday Star Package at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Redding includes a dedicated host or hostess, game tokens for each child, a dedicated table reserved for 90 minutes, pizza, soft drinks, birthday show starring Chuck E. Cheese and the birthday child, a balloon bouquet and more! Redding, 910 Hilltop Dr., (530) 223-0433.
Continue a birthday tradition, or start a new one. Celebrate your child’s birthday the same place you did as a kid. Angelo’s Pizza has been located in the Foundry Square in Redding since 1975 and has helped generations celebrate their special day with delicious pizza. Reserve a party room and don’t forget to print a website coupon. (530) 246-9200; http://www.angelospizzaredding.com.
Say, “Cheese!” at Say Cheese! Pizza in Mt. Shasta. Reserve their party room and let the kiddos enjoy the huge game room and arcade with air hockey and photo booth. They even have an ice cream counter. They also have online coupons available to print. (530) 926-2821; http://www.saycheesepizza.net.
[sws_divider_line]Q is for Quest!
For older kids that like a challenge, Shasta Mountain Guides can lead your small group (up to 8) on an unforgettable rock climbing experience for the day (ages 12 and up) or on an overnight mountain climbing trip (ages 14 and up). Participants must be athletically oriented. The day rock climbing classes take place at Castle Crags State Park or at Cantara, and include a lunch break where cake can be served. (530) 926-3117; http://www.shastaguides.com.
For children who love to explore, have a spelunking party and visit the awesome caves at Lake Shasta Caverns. It’s sure to be a unique party experience. The Caverns are located in northern Shasta County on the east side of the McCloud arm of Lake Shasta. Multicolored fluted columns with stalactite and stalagmite formations are among the wonders experienced in the cavern’s birthday packages, which include a catamaran cruise across the lake, food and a tour. (530) 238-2341; http://www.lakeshastacaverns.com.
For the serious spelunker in the family, visit the Lava Beds National Monument, located just south of the Oregon boarder along California highway 161. There are over 700 caves to explore during your self-guided trip; learn about the history and wildlife too. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Lava Beds Adventure Book for kids at the Visitor’s Center before you start your adventure (kids between the ages of 5 and 13 can earn a badge while learning about the amazing caves, history, and wildlife of Lava Beds during a visit.) Call for more information & ideas. (530) 667-8113; http://www.nps.gov/labe.
Subway Cave is a lava tube on Hwy 89, 1/4 mile north of the Hwy 44 intersection. It’s near the town of Old Station, across from Cave Campground, and is part of the Volcanic Legacy All-American Road. There is a 1/3 -mile walk on a rock-strewn path with stairs at the entrance and exit of the cave. Children can explore with their flashlights—it’s a long tube with only one shallow cul-de-sac, and no ceilings less that 6 feet high. It’s a great place to bring your party for a tour and picnic. http://www.nps.gov/labe/index.htm.
[sws_divider_line]R is for Roller Skating!
A roller skating party is always a fun, active time for kids.
At Viking Skate County in Redding, party packages include a dedicated party room, bakery-fresh cake, safe and fun activities, and more. (530) 246-3901; http://www.vikingskatecountry.com.
At Funland, home of CalSkate in Chico, packages include party favors, party hostess, party room and decorations, drinks & ice cream. Each guest receives a free admission pass to skate on a future visit. Bring your own cake or choose a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake on site, or make it a pizza party catered by Round Table Pizza. (530) 343-1602; http://www.funlandchico.com.
[sws_divider_line]S is for Sweets!
Book a birthday party at Sweetspot dessert shop in Redding! Specializing in homemade gelato, frozen yogurt and gourmet cupcakes, the shop also features an entire wall devoted to chalk art. It’s a fun place to have your special party. Choose from three sweet birthday packages: Just Cupcakes & Gelato Fun, The Sweetest Party and Little Bakers. Bake in the Sweetspot kitchen with your friends! 1675 Hilltop Drive, Suite P. (530) 226-8086; http://www.facebook.com/sweetspot.redding.
[sws_divider_line]T is for Tea!
Kinetics Academy of Dance in Chico offers fun dance and tea parties for kids. Book a darling two-hour Little Ladies Tea Party or Enchanted Fairy Party (recommended for ages 4-8), that includes dance lesson, tea party with real china, a craft and more. Includes tea and goodies, you provide cake. 627 Broadway Suite 100. (530) 345-2505; http://www.kineticsacademyofdance.com.
[sws_divider_line]U is for Up… and Unique!
Take a Party Flight with Shasta Valley Balloons! Treat your birthday person and a few special guests to a unique and memorable party by booking a four-hour hot-air ballooning adventure. Party Flights include: balloon inflation and launch at dawn; a one-hour flight for four passengers, or two 30 minute “hops” to accommodate eight guests; an open-air brunch tailored to your preferences of food and beverage; champagne or sparkling water toast with your pilot; a special commemorative certificate. (530) 926-3612; http://www.hot-airballoons.com
[sws_divider_line]V is for Volcano!
For a great outdoor summer party experience, especially for little ones, take them to the Volcano Fantasy Fountain at Enterprise Community Park in Redding, where kids will have a blast getting wet under the erupting fountain, and playing with water canons and other water-play features in the park. The water features operate during the summer; call or visit the website for dates and hours. (530) 225-4095; http://www.reddingrecreation.org/REC_parks_fantasyfountain.html.
To experience a real volcanic area, take your party to the Lassen Volcanic National Park. All four types of volcanoes in the world are found in the park, and there are 150 miles of trails. A scenic highway provides access to volcanic wonders that include steam vents, mud pots, boiling pools, volcanic peaks and painted dunes. There are camping and day use areas available, as well as cabin rentals at Manzanita Lake. As weather permits, Lassen is a favorite destination for family snowshoe hikes. (530) 594-4444; http://www.nps.gov/lavo.
[sws_divider_line]W is for Water Fun!
Book a fun Pool Party at Water Sprites in Chico. It’s easy to celebrate your special event at their indoor facility, and the 2-hour party package includes exclusive access to Water Sprite’s entire facility, including all toys and equipment. Also includes party attendants to help with set up and supervision. Great any time of year! 2280 Ivy St, Ste 110. (530) 342-2999; http://www.chicowatersprites.com.
How about having a really cool Waterworks Park celebration in Redding? Experience all the thrills and spills you want in a water amusement park. There are rides for all — if you are old enough (and brave enough) try the exciting new 5-story Cyclone flume ride, the awesome 4-story Avalanche or ride the Raging Rivers rapids. Younger kids can splash, slide and ride in the Kiddy Playground. All family members will giggle with delight! With numerous lifeguards and attendants, it’s the place to be cool, safe and fun, and offers a shaded birthday party area. (530) 246-9550; http://www.waterworkspark.com.
Redding Aquatic Center offers plenty of splish-splash fun for your event! The Center’s state-of-the-art swim facilities (and party packages) make birthday parties exceptionally easy. Water features include an Olympic-sized competition class pool, a large children’s water-play feature and a long water slide that empties into a recreational pool. Older children might enjoy the sand volleyball court, and there is a nice covered event/picnic area. Located in Caldwell Park, 44 Quartz Hill Rd. (530) 245-7247; http://www.reddingaquaticcenter.com.
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Older children love paintball – so take your party to Redding Paintball. Play paintball safely on an insured courses, with five fields to choose from. Have the party meal at the BBQ pits next to the course. A minimum of ten players is required, ages 10+. 19000 Spring Gulch Rd. (Bartel’s Ranch), Anderson. (530) 365-0644; http://www.reddingpaintball.com.
Combat Zone Paintball Park in Oroville caters to groups, large or small, with a wide range of playing choices. Your child, age 10 or older, can play paintball in a wooded field, have fun with target practice, or play speedball at night under the lights. Located at 4444 Pacific Heights Rd., (530) 534-9956; http://www.combatzonepaintball.com.
Also in Butte County, book a private paintball adventure for your party group (ages 10+) with Paintball Games By Dean. Play at site off Hwy 32 near Chico. (530) 345-0832.
[sws_divider_line]Y is for YMCA!
The Shasta Family YMCA in Redding offers four fabulous party theme packages: The Ball Bonanza Party, for ages 3 to 7 includes fun, active ball games. The Culinary Chefs Party, for ages 6-15, is designed to create a fun cooking experience. The Swim & Gym Party combines swim and gym play and includes fun prizes and exciting challenges for ages 5-15. At the Teddy Bear Picnic Party, your child will get their own teddy bear to bring on a picnic. Play games and follow up any one of the parties with time in the party room to open gifts and have cake. 1155 N. Court St., (530) 246-9622 x 123; http://www.sfymca.org.
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Take your party on an adventure they’ll remember and experience the fun of ziplining.
Rogue Valley ZipLine Adventure Park; Central Point, OR. Guided zip line tours on a progressive 5-zip-line course. Features the longest zip line in the Pacific Northwest. Ages 8 & up/70-270lbs. Group discounts available. Shuttle location: 9450 Old Stage Rd. (off Gold Hill Exit 40). (541) 821-9476 (ZIPN); http://www.rvzipline.com.
Zip Line Canopy Tours; Felton, CA.
Glide along interconnected zip lines to experience the upper reaches of a Santa Cruz giant coastal redwoods forest canopy. Certified zip line guides share ecological knowledge & bring the forest’s history to life. Ages 10 & up/75-250lbs. Group discounts available. (831) 430-4357; mounthermonadventures.com.