11 Ideas for Planning a Children’s Birthday Party in SF

So Becky is turning 12, which means it’s time to plan a fun, safe, yet exciting event. What does it mean?  What do 12-year-olds enjoy besides spending the first month of 2019 helping an egg break a world record? (see the egg on Instagram). Here are 10 amazing birthday ideas for Becky and her friends.

Future Tech Escape Room

An escape room is a fun way to not only entertain your kids but also encourage teamwork. Reason has VR, interactive walls, 3D printers, and all sorts of fun tech toys for kids to experience as they work against the clock to escape the room. There are two different rooms that can accommodate groups big and small depending on your party. They also have a free outdoor event space with 6 picnic tables to celebrate with lots of cake and candles.

Dave & Busters

Of course we’re going to include the classic. Maybe you had your own 12th birthday there. They have games and food and prizes and pretty much everything a kid wants in life. They also do a great job making birthdays into special occasions, with balloons and private rooms for cake. The bay area location is technically in Daly City, not SF, but when it comes to fun and games, Dave & Buster’s knows what they’re doing.

Painting Pottery

Maybe your kiddo likes to unleash their creative side. Maybe you just want to splatter paint another mug to go with the one you made at your niece’s birthday. Whatever the reason may be, there’s something so fun yet calming about painting pottery. Some children will shock you with their talent and some will take home ceramic cats covered entirely with red paint. No matter what they do, they’ll have fun hanging out and making something that they get to keep forever. Most of the places on this list also have back rooms for private groups so you can get your cake and pizza on, too!


iFly is crazy cool. You are basically skydiving indoors but with none of that danger and heights stuff, because you’re a responsible parent. This idea is probably best for smaller groups; iFly has groups of 1-2 people flying at a time while the rest of the group watches. The children will get a kick out of the GoPro style cameras they have (if you don’t gram your party did it even happen!?) and you’ll have a blast experiencing sky diving from the safety of an indoor building.

Giants game

Take ‘em out to the balllllgame!!! Take ‘em out to the crowds!!! Buy them some peanuts and crackerjacks. Who cares if they’ll have a crazy sugar rush? But for real, baseball is fun, and the Giants have a beautiful stadium. There are many large groups of tickets seated together throughout the stadium, so any party large or small can have a…(wait for it)…ball!

House of Air

What if I told you there was a way to spend all of their energy and have an absolute blast?! House of Air has more trampolines than you could possibly jump on in one afternoon and they have staff members to guide games and group activities. They also have private rooms for cake and other birthday games.

Perry the Magician

Perry Yan is a rock star magician and balloon twister here to entertain kids and adults alike. Imagine how excited each child will become once they are outfitted with 3 foot tall balloon hat and watches watching a magician pull a bunny from a hat. Perry is also an all star entertainer and will keep your kids engaged for the whole party — just in time for cake, candles, and more balloons of course. Perry has been written about in many bay area publications, too!


The Exploratorium is essentially a San Francisco institution for all things learning, entertaining, and well…exploring. From quiet outing to energetic birthday parties, the exploratorium really has something for everyone. Bring the children and unleash them while you stroll through the exhibits that pique your interest; then ask about reserving a table in the side yard for cake!

Little Explorers Petting Zoo

All these animal gifs have been leading up to this suggestion: a petting zoo!! Who doesn’t want to hang out with some cute animals and play with them for an afternoon. Make your kiddo the bell of the ball by bringing the petting zoo to you! Then have snacks and cake as you please. They bring all of the animals right to you and before you know it you’ll basically have your own farm in SF (without the clean up or actually feeding the animals, of course). This takes duck-duck-goose to a whole new level.

Movement Gym

Many children love to climb, but we usually tell them not to. But why is that? For this special occasion, unlock their deepest inner climbing desires and plan a trip to Movement (previously Planet Granite). They teach the little ones ropes skills while giving everyone a chance to reach for the heights in a safe and controlled environment.

Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center

Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center is a fantastic location for a child’s birthday party in San Francisco. The indoor skating rink offers a smooth surface for kids to enjoy, while the bowling alley provides an opportunity for friendly competition. The center also has a snack bar and private party rooms, which can be decorated to your liking, making it the perfect place to celebrate the birthday child. The rink and bowling alley offer a unique combination of activities that children of all ages can enjoy. The center’s indoor setting ensures a comfortable environment, even on the coolest of San Francisco days. Plus, the private party rooms provide a space for a birthday celebration that the kids will never forget.


So there you have it, folks. The 11 best ideas for your little Becky to show her friends that no one parties better than her. Happiest of birthdays to your kiddo and here’s hoping you can find a birthday party that’s fun and engaging for you both!! And of course that Susiecakes can make your last minute custom order in time.

Don’t forget about party goody bags

The party goodie bag is a crucial element of any children’s birthday party, providing a way to show appreciation for the children’s attendance and extend the fun beyond the actual event. A well-curated goodie bag filled with inexpensive yet enjoyable items such as toys, treats, or accessories can make a lasting impression on the children. In terms of packaging, reusable bags or fun and colorful custom boxes can add an extra touch of playfulness and personality to the party. The key is to make the goodie bag personal and special, check out our children’s party favors guide to explore more.

Getting started with an exciting party invitation

The invitation is the first step in planning a children’s birthday party and is crucial to setting the tone for the event. There are two options for the invitation: physical and digital. Physical invitations are traditional, personal, and provide a tangible memento of the party. Digital invitations, on the other hand, are quick, easy, and environmentally friendly, and can reach a wider audience. Regardless of the choice, the invitation should be special and reflective of the party’s theme, including all the important details such as date, time, location, and any special instructions. For tips on making the invitation memorable and fun, check out our children’s birthday party invitation guide.