Here are our reader’s top picks for birthday party locations and services. Your partygoers are sure to enjoy a great time with your birthday child at one of these fun places; many offer party-fun for adults too!
5790 Clark Rd. Paradise.
Offers mobile birthdays for knitters & crocheters.
Athletic Horizons Gymnastics Center
(530) 893-4967. http://www.athletichorizons.com.
415 Otterson Dr., Ste. 70, Chico.
Your party participants will have a “bouncing good time” enjoying a variety of energetic games & activities facilitated by a trained gymnastics instructor. An obstacle course, trampolines, in-ground foam pit, music, tables & chairs provided.
Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation
(530) 533-1000. http://www.kirshner.org.
4995 Durham-Pentz Rd., Oroville.
Lions & tigers & bears, oh my! Enjoy a truly educational & memorable wildlife party that includes a private tour of the sanctuary by a wildlife educator, a “reptile encounter” with an animal ambassador, & private use of a shaded picnic area for 3 hours. Children will meet a remarkable variety of non-releasable endangered & exotic animals, including leopards, servals, owls, foxes, lemurs, snakes, lions, tigers & bears.
Book Family Farm
(530) 342-4375. http://www.bookfamilyfarm.net.
153 Heavy Horse Lane, Durham.
Plan for a fun & interactive farm-themed birthday party for your child & his or her guests. Children will take a farm tour, meet animals, & enjoy time in the farm’s picnic & play area.
Bricks 4 Kidz
(530) 332-9172. http://www.bricks4kidz.com/california-chico.
1141 Forest Ave., Ste. 40, Chico.
Looking for something fun & different to do for your child’s birthday? Choose from unique party packages that create an extraordinary party atmosphere where kids build unique creations, play games & have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks.
Chico Bullpen Baseball Academy
(530) 230-2100. http://www.chicobullpenba.com.
1070 Marauder St., Ste. 120, Chico.
Offers baseball-themed parties that are loads of fun for all ages & leave parents free to enjoy themselves too. Includes setup, 3 reserved batting cages, 2 reserved tee stations, supervised group games, cups, plates, napkins, forks & clean-up.
Chico Cheer All Stars, Inc.
(530) 894-2227. http://www.ChicoCheerAllStars.com
13306 Cabin Hollow Ct., Ste. #120, Chico
Celebrate your special event with ease in Chico Cheer’s indoor facility! Price includes access to the entire facility, including all toys & equipment, for two fun-filled hours. Also included are two party attendants to help with set up and supervision. Great any time of the year! Parties are available Fridays and Saturdays.
Chico Creek Nature Center
(530) 891-4671. http://www.ccnaturecenter.org.
1968 East 8th St., Chico.
Offers naturalist-led fun parties for young children. Choose from three fun themes: Feathered Friends, Little Sprouts, or Snakes. Guests will enjoy meeting animals, making a cool craft, & taking a themed nature walk in Bidwell Park. Picnic tables in beautiful shaded area are available for use.
Chico Rock Stars
(530) 809-4932. http://www.chicorockstars.com.
New location: 1382 Longfellow Ave., Chico.
Want to throw your music lover a music-themed birthday party? Chico Rock Stars can provide the space, entertainment, musical instruments & fun. Have your party at their site or they’ll come to you. Options such as music instruction & karaoke are available a la carte, or get “The Rockstar Treatment” with all details handled.
Created 4 A Cause
(530) 894-5227. http://www.created4acause.org.
830 Broadway, Chico.
Host a creative party for all ages. Guests will choose from an array of materials & paint their own pottery. Includes studio time, instruction, materials & firing (guests will pick up their creations after the party). Offers an area for cake-eating.
Forebay Aquatic Center
Oroville (near Chico & Paradise).
Swim in a beautiful outdoor setting, or rent kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, hydro bikes or pedal boats. Learn to row, sail, windsurf or kayak; take a moonlight paddle tour. Offers youth rowing & aquatic camps, outdoor education, & birthday parties/special events bookings. Open May-Labor Day.
Funland & Cal Skate Chico
(530) 343-1601. http://www.funlandchico.com.
2465 Carmichael Dr., Chico.
Offers party packages for kids of all ages, complete with a party room, decorations & a party specialist to ensure a great time. Options include roller skating, miniature golf, batting cages, arcade time, a glow/black light theme, bounce house, treat bags, Round Table pizza, Baskin-Robbins ice cream cake & more.
Gateway Science Museum
(530) 898-4121. http://www.csuchico.edu/gateway.
625 Esplanade, Chico.
Gateway parties include a docent to guide your group through the gallery exhibits, a hands-on activity in the Investigation Station & a small gift bag for each child. Parties are welcome to use tables in the back garden or amphitheater.
In Motion Fitness
(530) 343-5678. http://www.inmotionfitness.com.
1293 East 1st Ave., Chico.
Children of all ages will enjoy a Splish-Splash Pool Party, offered year-round, complete with a chaperone, certified lifeguard & reserved party area with tables & chairs. Add-ons include face painting, balloon art, a yoga or Zumba class & sno-cone or popcorn machine.
(530) 894-6800. http://www.kidspark.com.
2477 Forest Ave. Ste. 190, Chico.
A personal party hostess will help plan & coordinate your private party … and clean up! Parties available for ages 2 to 12 & include face painting, an art project, group games, paper plates, napkins, forks, juice, a party favor for each guest, & a special gift for the birthday boy or girl. Food options available.
Kinetics Academy of Dance
(530) 345-2505. http://www.kineticsacademyofdance.com.
627 Broadway, Ste. 100, Chico.
Kinetics offers fun 2-hour themed dance parties for ages 3 & up. Choose an Enchanted Fairy Party (guests make & take home wings), a Little Ladies Fancy Tea Party (guests make & take home hats), or a hip-hop themed party. Includes a decorated party room, dance lesson, craft, fancy tea table with real china, & class coupons for guests, all facilitated by a party hostess.
(530) 533-9622. http://www.tinyurl.com/OrovilleYMCA.
1684 Robinson St., Oroville.
The Y offers unique options for celebrating: rent the entire facility or just the pool area. It’s a fun-filled environment & the heated indoor-outdoor pool offers a great year-round pool-party option!
Powell’s Sweet Shoppe Chico
(530) 332-9866. http://www.powellsss.com.
121 3rd St., Chico.
For a unique & sweet birthday experience, Powell’s offers themed Scavenger Hunt maps where the lucky boy or girl searches the store for 34 different candy treats to take home. Book a group party in their dedicated party room, or add sweet fun to your birthday celebration with a candy buffet or centerpiece. There’s something for all party sizes & budgets.
(530) 530-4935. http://www.starstudioschico.com.
1224 Mangrove Ave., #10, Chico.
Choose from three Rockstar recording studio party packages that each include custom invitations, Rockstar dress-up & photo shoot, a studio Q&A tour & CD recording, a birthday banner, drinks, & snacks. Add-ons include cake, a DVD recording of the studio experience, a CD of photos taken, & a 2-hour limo party!
(530) 894-2323. http://www.stringbead.com.
2201 Pillsbury Rd., Ste. 142, Chico.
Three party options offer guests an opportunity for imaginations to soar while having fun getting creative with beads! Guests can make a necklace & bracelet to take home, or choose from an array of available classes for personalized group instruction. An especially great experience for older children & teens.
Surplus City’s Combat Zone Paintball Park
(530) 533-5300. http://www.combatzonepaintball.com.
4444 Pacific Heights Rd., Oroville.
Caters to groups of all sizes & ages. Kids packages for ages 7-12 (parents can play too) include 2 hours of play with unlimited paint in a separate kids’ area. All group packages happen rain or shine. BBQ grill available for use. Add-on Round Table pizza available.
The Red Wagon
(530) 514-4080. http://www.theredwagon.org.
6360 Clark Rd., Paradise.
Let creative juices flow in a party featuring sewing, painting, crafting, dancing, karaoke or one of many other unique ideas. Age-appropriate projects provided to please children and adults. No need to worry about party favors, since guests take home the projects they make for themselves!
TNT Athletic Performance
21 Valley Court, Chico
Rent a large indoor sports facility for 2 or 3 hours of fun. Includes turf field, obstacle course, basketball court and bounce house inflatables.
Two by Two Ranch & Petting Zoo
(530) 893-1088. http://www.facebook.com/twobytworanch.
13080 Hosler Ave., Chico.
Have a party at the ranch, or let the ranch come to your location with its mobile petting zoo or ponies to ride. Guests at the ranch will take a farm animal tour where children will meet friendly sheep, Nubian & pygmy goats, turkeys, llamas, chickens & others. Pony rides are available, & a shade picnic area is available for use.
Water Sprites Swim School
(530) 342-2999. http://www.chicowatersprites.com.
2280 Ivy St. Suite 110, Chico.
Pool parties include exclusive access to the entire facility, including all toys & equipment, plus supervision & setup help from helpful staff. Parties are available Saturdays & Sundays.
Equestrians in Harmony
(530) 200-3944. http://www.equestriansinharmony.com.
3995 County Rd. S, Orland.
Make wonderful memories horsing around while celebrating someone special with a horse vaulting party. Choose from a variety of party options for a customized experience. Each party package includes an introduction & safety briefing, a warm-up activity, horse & barrel activities with an experienced trainer, & more. Optional add-ons include horse painting & a themed party (horse & staff will dress up).
Orland Bowl Bowling Alley
(530) 865-4313. http://www.tinyurl.com/OrlandBowl.
507 Monterey St., Orland.
Offers two birthday packages for a fun-filled bowling party! Includes bowling time, drinks & a scoop of ice cream per partygoer. The guest of honor takes home a commemorative bowling pin guests can sign.
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ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum
(541) 482-6767. http://www.scienceworksmuseum.org.
1500 E Main St., Ashland, Oregon.
Birthday Parties (Fri−Sun) include admission to ScienceWorks, use of a private celebration room for 2 hours, party invitations, a science activity & party favors. Guests are free to explore & enjoy ScienceWorks as long as they like!
Adventure Recreations Center
(530) 365-2235. http://www.adventurerecreationllc.com.
2250 Barney Rd., Anderson.
Have a party with jumping, climbing, flipping & fun! A coach leads activities, including an obstacle course & parachute games. Guests enjoy a party room & open gym, & take home a sticker & bracelet. Parents bring food – there’s even room for a piñata.
All Fired Up Redding
(530) 226-1638. http://www.reddingallfiredup.com.
818 Churn Creek Rd., Redding.
Birthday packages include 2 hours of studio time, with a wide selection of pottery pieces for guests to paint. Includes helpful assistance & instruction during the creative process, & kiln firing of guests’ creations.
1774 California St., Redding.
With three party rooms available, you’ll be able to feed your guests tasty pizza & treats while they enjoy arcade games & an on-site mechanical horse.
Build It Redding
(530) 638-3399. http://www.builditredding.com.
925 Merchant St., Ste. 2, Redding. Field trips, after school classes, camps & birthday parties offer experiences in LEGO® robotics, computer programming, game design & development, animation & filmmaking, 3D modeling & more for ages 6-18.
California Dance Company
(530) 365-7749. californiadancecompany.com.
2150 Marx Way #1, Anderson.
Fun-filled customizable party themes are offered for children of all ages, from a dancing diva’s Princess Party to an Xtreme Boyz Hip-Hop party, or a party for tweens to learn new dance moves. Flexible options encourage your creativity! A staff member will teach dances, lead dance games, & help with all the party details & activities to make sure guests have the best time ever.
Chuck E. Cheese
(530) 223-0433. http://www.chuckecheese.com.
910 Hilltop Dr., Redding.
Several new “Star” party options all include a dedicated party table & personal party host or hostess. Guests will enjoy games, pizza, drinks, a birthday show with Chuck E. Cheese himself honoring the birthday star, & much more.
(530) 225-4095. http://www.facebook.com/fantasyfountainredding.
Enterprise Community Park, 4300 Victor Ave., Redding.
Beat the heat by planning a summer party where your guests will have a blast getting wet under the erupting fountain & playing with other fun water features. Kids’ Kingdom play area is nearby. Reserve a space at the nearby shaded Enterprise Pavilion.
(530) 222-4496. galaxygymnasticsacademy.com.
910 Wall St., Redding.
Galaxy Gymnastics knows how to put the spark in a party experience with supervised games & activities in a 12,000 sq. ft. padded floor area, plus a party room. Guests can use the tumble track, jump into foam pits, bounce on trampolines, & use other gymnastics equipment. Includes ice cream & goodie bag for each guest. Great fun for all ages!
Grace Place Tea House & Gift Boutique
(530) 232-5543. http://www.graceplaceteahouse.org.
1448 Pine St., Downtown Redding.
This charming tea house is a delightful party destination. Rent the facility for your party or other celebratory event & choose from a customizable menu of teas, coffees, pastries & homemade delectables. Perfect for a children’s story hour or tea party. All proceeds benefit Compass ShiningCare, providing assistance to elderly and disabled individuals & their families.
(530) 917-4636. http://www.facebook.com/hensonequestrians
15320 Middletown Park Dr, Redding.
Tucked away in the pine trees of West Redding is the perfect location to celebrate a birthday or any special event. Party package includes horseback riding, miniature horse dress up & playtime, a party favor horseshoe craft, & arena games. Bring any food or drinks you like and let them provide the fun.
(916) 770-7566. http://www.horsinaround.biz.
Offers a 3-hour birthday experience complete with riding, grooming & decorating the horses, & a fun tour of the farm. Parents are welcome to bring food, drink & decorations for the special day.
NorCal Elite Gymnastics
(530) 223-5483. http://www.norcalelitegymnastics.com.
4425 Tenaya Court, Redding.
Guests will experience a tumbling-good time with a 50-ft. tumble trampoline & pit, obstacle course, fun games, exclusive party area & bounce house.
NorCal Trail Rides
(530) 515-8958. http://www.norcaltrailrides.com.
21260 Hawes Rd., Anderson.
A wonderful venue for adults & children to celebrate their special day. Party reservations include 3 horses & 3 instructors who help guests learn to groom, saddle & rides.
Oasis Fun Center
3330 Cascade Blvd., Shasta Lake.
Your birthday boy or girl will enjoy an indoor or outdoor party experience & 2-5 fun activities: 18-hole miniature golf, go karts on an 800-ft. race track, an agility-testing laser maze, laser tag in a 3000-sq. ft. arena, & a bumper boat pond. Add-on options include Pizza Factory pizza & drinks.
Player’s Pizza & Sports
(530) 365-5473. http://www.andersonplayerspizza.com.
2305 Balls Ferry Road, Anderson.
Book a pizza party! Packages include use of private party room (seats 40), food, drinks, balloons & exclusive use of a 1000-sq. ft. game room featuring arcade games, air hockey & a bounce house.
Rare Air Trampoline Park
(530) 221-1206. http://www.rareairpark.com.
3625 Old 44 Dr., Redding.
For an active party that tots through teens will love, book jumping fun in 10,000 sq. feet of trampoline space. Packages offered for any day of the week & any size party. Includes party room, napkins, plates, drinks, setup & cleanup. Add-ons like Shasta Pizza Company pizza, extra jump time & party favor goodie-bags are available.
Redding Aquatic Center
(530) 225-4095 http://www.reddingaquaticcenter.com.
44 Quartz Hill Rd., Redding.
This all-ages swim facility offers party packages that make party planning easy & fun. “Little Splash,” “Big Splash” & “Preschool Splash” packages include a party assistant, a visit from a party mascot, a birthday announcement, picnic tables in a shaded party area, juice & cups, cleanup … & of course water fun, with life jackets available for all guests.
(530) 945-2880. http://www.reddingpaintball.com.
19000 Spring Gulch Rd., Anderson.
Whether big or small, young or old, Redding Paintball offers a fun & exciting birthday experience! Various packages are available to cater to any party size & come complete with all necessary gear & amenities.
Sandy’s Specialties Cakes & Catering
(530) 347-0599. www.sandys-specialties.com
3540 Main Street, Cottonwood
What’s more exciting than eating a gooey donut for your birthday experience? Make, decorate and eat the best donut in town that you’ve made from scratch! Book a donut party at Sandy’s Specialties.
Shasta Rock Club
(530) 567-4086. http://www.shastarockclub.com.
Call about their new, expanded Redding Location TBA!
Redding’s only indoor rock-climbing gym hosts a birthday experience full of fun & laughter for ages 5 & up. Experienced staff lead guests in energetic activities & games, guiding them through challenges & accomplishments. Packages include 2 hours of supervised rock climbing & reserved table.
Sun Oaks Tennis & Fitness
(530) 221-4405. http://www.sunoaks.com.
3452 Argyle Rd., Redding.
Have your next birthday party or event at Sun Oaks! Year-round customized parties for all ages can include swimming, basketball, volleyball, a Zumba class, & other creative options. Bring food or purchase on site. Parties include a party supervisor, lifeguard, tables & chairs, & use of a BBQ.
(530) 226-8086. http://www.facebook.com/
1675 Hilltop Dr., Ste. P, Redding.
Choose from 3 sweet birthday packages at this special dessert shop to create a memorable birthday experience for any age. All packages include use of kids’ room with chalkboard wall, cupcake decorating & gelato for each guest, & a jumbo cupcake for the birthday boy or girl. Additional options include cookie-decorating or make-your-own pizza & drinks.
The Redding Arts Project
(530) 245-1019. http://www.thereddingartsproject.com.
1726 Market St., Redding.
Offers a delightful ballerina-themed birthday party that can include a private ballet class, craft project, dress-up & more.
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
(530) 243-8850. http://www.turtlebay.org.
844 Sundial Bridge Dr., Redding.
Choose from a variety of unique locations on Turtle Bay’s campus for your next birthday party! Turtle Bay is a fun, educational, and entertaining environment that will inspire wonder and bring your special occasion to life!
US Airsoft World
(530) 365-1000. http://www.usairsoft.com.
4506 Panorama Point Rd., Anderson.
Ages 10 & up can enjoy an exciting party on 10 acres of dedicated Airsoft space. Guests will play a variety of game scenarios, all supervised by US Airsoft referees. Shaded picnic tables & concessions are available. Book your party to play during regular open hours, or rent the facility for a private event.
Viking Skate Country
(530) 246-3901. http://www.vikingskatecountry.com.
737 Auditorium Dr., Redding.
Offers a variety of party packages that include a dedicated party room, roller-skating fun & a friendly
DJ to play your favorite music & lead skating games. Add-ons available to create a custom birthday event.
(530) 246-9550. http://www.waterworkspark.com.
151 N. Boulder Dr., Redding.
Come celebrate your birthday party at WaterWorks Park, the premier water park in the North State! Try our new exclusive shaded birthday party area, decorated in birthday party fun with your own private birthday party planner, as well as discounted food rates. $165 BIRTHDAY PACKAGE INCLUDES – All day admission for 8 people, Reserved picnic area, Each additional person: $17.95.
(530) 605-0430. http://www.yourartclub.org.
660 Azalea Ave. Ste. B, Redding.
Looking for a fun & different way to celebrate your child’s special day? YourArt Studio offers two fun-filled birthday party packages: “Mini-Me Artists” & “Little Picasso’s.” Both include a 1-hour art lesson in a theme of your choice, time to enjoy cake & presents in the studio, & a special keepsake frame for the birthday boy or girl. “Little Picasso’s” also enjoy a craft game.
A Melo Place
(530) 859-1296. http://www.ameloplace.com.
417 Chestnut St., Mt. Shasta.
Offers creative parties for up to 10 guests. All ages are welcome – many themes are available & can be customized to make the day extra special. Options include craft time facilitated by an art instructor, party decorations, games & music. The birthday child can even create invitations & thank you cards at the shop to send out before & after the party!
Bella Art Works & Ice Cream Parlor
(530) 842-5411. http://www.facebook.com/BellaArtWorksGlassStudio.
117 W. Miner St., Yreka.
Book an exclusive party or join the fun during public hours. Guests of all ages focus on creativity by painting pottery, choosing from a range of glazes & pottery options. Treat your partygoers to a scoop of BJ’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream to sweeten the experience.
Cedar Lanes Bowling Alley
(530) 938-3278. http://www.cedarlanesweed.com.
137 Main St., Weed.
Offers party packages for a fun experience all ages will enjoy. All packages include a bowling pin that guests can sign for the birthday boy or girl. Partygoers have access to bowling fun, arcade games, karaoke, a horseshoe pit & more. Gutter bumpers available for young bowlers!
Mountain Fitness South
(530) 926-3589. http://www.mtshastapt.com.
1630 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta.
Offers a pool-party package on weekends at their indoor pool for ages 8 & up. Party room available; bring snacks & cake!
River Dancers, River & Kayak Adventures
(800) 925-0237. http://www.riverdancers.com.
705 Kenneth Way, Mt. Shasta.
Add whitewater thrills for a unique birthday celebration. Customize your trip for a day outing or multiple-day camps. Trained guides help guests discover new ways to enjoy the environment & learn new skills on the river. Includes swimming, water-play, learning about wildlife, seasonal berry picking & a snack or meals.
Say Cheese! Pizza
(530) 926-2821. http://www.saycheesepizza.net.
201 Maple St., Mt. Shasta.
Offers a party room, large game room & arcade, air hockey & pool tables, plus tasty pizza, salad bar, sandwiches & drinks.
Shasta Mountain Guides
Based in Mt. Shasta.
Older kids & teens will enjoy an ultimate outdoor birthday experience with options for rock climbing, mountain climbing, or other customizable trips. Professional guides make the experience memorable and fun.
Shasta Valley Balloons
5304 Dunsmuir Ave., Dunsmuir.
Reserve a private ride in a hot air balloon! Float over the stunning Shasta River Valley for a beautiful birthday experience, complete with an open-air brunch.
Siskiyou Ice & Roller-skating Rink
(530) 926-1715. http://www.siskiyourink.org.
800 Rockfellow Dr., at Shastice Park, Mt Shasta.
Tots to teens will enjoy a one-of-a-kind party experience at the rink. Rent the entire outdoor rink for an exclusive party or get a group discount during public skate times. Includes skate rentals & rink-side picnic table reservations. Available for ice skating seasonally late Nov−Feb. Roller skating available once the ice has melted!
Wild Waters Fly Fishing
(877) 934-7466. http://www.wildwatersflyfishing.com.
1512 Holiday Lane, Mt. Shasta.
Customize a unique birthday fishing adventure with an experienced guide for an unforgettable birthday experience.
(530) 528-9663. http://www.facebook.com/KnicksFamilyFunZone.
830 Main St., Red Bluff.
Indoor play place for children & their parents. Over 35 arcade games, air hockey, pool tables, basketball-skill games, & special toddler play area. Serves family-style pizza & other food & drinks. Designated party room & 3 different party packages to fit all budgets.
(530) 527-2720. http://www.lariatbowl.com.
365 S. Main St., Red Bluff.
Offers several party packages to create a unique & fun-filled birthday experience, complete with bowling, miniature golf, arcade fun & a laser light show!
Red Bluff Performing Arts Centre
(530) 255-4180. http://www.redbluffperformingartscentre.com.
1325 Vista Way, Ste. A, Red Bluff.
Rent the beautiful 2000 sq ft. dance studio for your party. The center offers options that include themed decorations, guest appearances from your child’s favorite character, crafts, a dance lesson & more. It’s a great opportunity to create a special customized event.