Although adults do not need a large gathering to celebrate a new year of life, they jump through hoops with cake and presents for their children. The truth is, however, they just don’t have to. The area’s best party places for kids offer a little bit of everything parents just can’t provide at home. From bounce houses to slimy sea creatures, these venues promise the perfect party with none of the hassle of hosting at home.
Seascape Kids Fun
4771 E. Hunter Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92807
Life under the sea doesn’t have to be under water. Seascape Kids Fun offers an exciting ocean theme without the sun and windburns that come with hours outside. Children may play on the slide and bounce around in the Aquarium House while parents enjoy the artistry of fish and waves painted on the walls. The indoor playhouse even has an actual aquarium with live sea animals in it. Seascape Kids Fun is ideal for small parties with fewer than 30 guests.
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620
Price: $28.99 to $57.99/$14 parking
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Rooted in tradition and the Western way, Knott’s Berry Farm is the ideal place for older children looking to have a blast on their birthday. The park offers thrill rides including the awesome Rip Tide and Supreme Scream. Little ones will love Camp Snoopy, where they may hop on a bus with the whole Peanuts’ gang for a tour or get in on any number of rides — including the much-loved Snoopy Bounce — and age-appropriate races in their own park. Even tweens and teens not interested in the traditional birthday party scene of cake and ice cream will enjoy Knott’s Berry Farm, as the park offers something for them to do with their loved ones on their special day.
1238 South Beach Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92804
Price: $14.95/free children younger than 1 year old
Hours: Fri – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Viewed as an alternative to mainstream parks, Adventure City offers everything big amusements parks offer at half the price. Let the kids learn a little about aviation before a balloon ride, take a calm, kid-friendly carousel ride, or enjoy breath-taking thrills in the Drop Zone and on a Tree Top Racer. The city is large enough to impress any child but small enough for a great, manageable birthday party with a climbing wall, petting zoo and theater to keep everyone entertained. The park specializes in birthdays, offering unlimited ride passes for 10 guests and a party room for an hour.
John’s Incredible Pizza
8601 On The Mall
Buena Park, CA 90620
Price: $9.99 buffet price required for entrance
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri – 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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Incredible is his name, and John knows how to party. From great pizza to awesome rides, children of all ages will enjoy their time at the pizza shack. Also known for specializing in birthday parties, John’s Incredible Pizza offers guest rooms with personalized kitchens. Such feature is perfect for parents with large cakes that require immediate refrigeration. John is Incredible and the best part about this location in Buena Park is that it is in the mall so you — and time-squeezed friends’ parents — can shop for presents before, after or even during the party.
Balboa Fun Zone
600 E. Bay Ave.
Balboa, CA 92661
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Located on the Newport Beach Peninsula, Balboa Fun Zone is a great attraction for children and adults. While kids will enjoy the Ferris wheel, nearby RocknBounce Bungee Jump and arcade, parents will be taken aback by the location’s scenery. They’ll also love the harbor’s nearby Sea Doo rental options. Fun events and deals nearly every weekend make this the perfect place for a impromptu oceanside party.
Sarie Robertson is a California native who has resided in Los Angeles County for several years. She received a Bachelors degree in 2010 from Loyola Marymount University and has contributed to various media outlets since deciding to become a freelance writer in 2011. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.