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About Me & My Family

I'm the mother of a two high energy kids who were born ready for adventure. My oldest is a gifted athlete and my youngest is a charmer with special needs.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, rowdy, disorganized, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, social_butterfly
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The Big Island, HI
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The Cook Islands, Australia, Jordan, Alaska, Israel ---oh, did you say PLACE as in singular? HA!!!
Favorite Vacation Memory
Riding a water bike on a Hawaiian lagoon with one of my kids on each pontoon!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Flying with my three month old baby just weeks after September 11 -- what a nerve wracking and tense experience that was!!
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Awesome Birthday Party Experiences in the SF Bay Area

Great places and experiences for SF Bay Area Kids to Mark Their Birthdays


1165 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Sunnyvale, California

Two fun-filled hours playing on gigantic inflatables in a private arena, then a celebration in a private party room --- what’s better than that on your birthday?


1300 Senter Road
San Jose, California

Offers 4 plans to fit your needs and your budget for planning a party at this magical location. Your birthday kid can even get a visit from Danny the Dragon!


341 N Amphlett Blvd
San Mateo, California

Safari Run staff will handle all of the preparation before the party, set up during party, and clean up after. During the party time guests can split their time between the jungle gym and running track, party room, and multipurpose room.


950 El Paseo de Saratoga
San Jose, California

The Jungle offers a variety of private party rooms, each decorated in a jungle theme. Choose from three different party packages, Jungle, Expedition, and Mookie; all include a private Birthday Hostess, Jungle Play, pizza, tokens and more.

Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life
3921 Fabian Way Palo Alto, California

Offers party packages where you can hold your child's birthday at the gym or the indoor pool. Three levels of party packages area available --- add ons include face painting, bouncy house.

reviewed on: February 28 2012

"Celebrate Your Birthday Here! "
You can hold your child’s next birthday party in the indoor pool facility at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.  A party package comes complete with party room and 2 hour use of the facility, which includes a cool slide and fun fountains throughout the pool. Best of all, you need not be a member to swim or celebrate there!

2880 Mead Ave.
Santa Clara, California

Party Includes: * 2 hour reserved table * 1 slice of pizza and bottled water per person * Set Up and Clean Up * Invitations * Napkins, plates and forks * No outside food or drinks allowed (except cake)


1400 North Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, California

The Laser Quest Birthday Party includes: Two Laser Quest games Complimentary pass for the guest of honour for a future visit Buy one game, get one FREE game for all other guests for a future date Private party room (based on availability) Storage for gifts, etc.


1910-F West El Camino Real
Mountain View, California

Your group will have the whole place to yourselves with games, music and fun activities created especially for your birthday kid. Trained instructors lead all the fun and The Little Gym team handles everything from setup to cleanup.


699 Mississippi, Suite 106
San Francisco, California

Save Nature will bring their hands-on Insect Discovery Lab to your event. Your guests will be introduced to the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and other arthropods and learn about their key role in the web of life.


699 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, California

Whether you have it catered or do it all yourself, a Children's Fairyland Party is like walking into a storybook. Whether you pick the Circus area or Cinderella's


26870 Moody Road
Los Altos, California

This organic farm offers a great down on the farm birthday celebration that includes piglets, chickens and gardening!


109 Laurelwood Dr
Novato, California

One hour of soccer will include everyone’s participation in the birthday child’s favorite SoccerKids activities and culminate in a very exciting soccer game. High energy and fun are guaranteed! (Marin county, San Francisco county, San Mateo county)

5737 Valley Avenue #B
Livermore, California

How about an engineering party with LEGOs? From race cars to catapults, Play-Well supplies the expertise, the project and the spacious activity room for getting it done, parents supply the food, decorations, and the engineering-minded kiddos!


2925 Mead Ave
Santa Clara, California

Got a speed demon in your house? Celebrate them with some electric kart racing! These karts have a variety of safety features including a roll-hoop, two-point safety belt that goes over both shoulders, radio controlled settings, including automatic shut off and more! Most packages include 12 or more lap practices, a 12-lap final race, medals or other prizes for the top three finishers, podium photo and score sheet.


160 University Avenue
Berkeley, California

Is your birthday budget tight this year? Make a reservation at the Adventure Playground for some hands on fun with wood, tools, and all sorts of recycled materials. Build on to a fort or construct a new, create some garden art to take home. Groups with 5 kids or more need a reservation, then have a birthday picnic in the park afterwards!

reviewed on: February 07 2014

"A Playground Like No Other!"
The Adventure Playground is one of my kids’ favorite places to visit and the reasons why are evident the minute you lay eyes on the place.   It is unlike any playground you will ever lay eyes on.  At first glance it looks like a shanty town.  But upon further examination, visitors notice the climbing structure made of reclaimed ropes and tires, the forts, the boats parked in the dirt, and the zip line.  Kids are wielding hammers, painting, and using saws. This is because the structures in the place are designed by kids.  

Many kids come here to simply play on these unique structures.  Others, like my oldest, come with expressed desire to add on to them.  If you want to use the tools though, you have to earn the privilege and doing that is fairly easy.  My daughter usually opts to take magnet tethered to the end of wooden handle and drag it through the dirt to bring up several stray nails she can return to the tool shed in exchange for a hammer.  Our friends have achieved the same privilege by alerting a staff member to a “Mr. Danger,” a nail sticking straight out of board presenting a danger to a playground visitor.

I won’t lie; a first visit to this place can be daunting.  The idea of letting your young child use tools is nerve wracking for any mom.   I did not allow saw use the first time we went. I have to say though that all to the nervousness dissipated when I noticed the rise in confidence swinging a hammer brought out in my daughter and the broad beaming smile across my son’s face when he conquered the zipline.  It was awesome!

- The playground’s bayside location at the Berkeley Marina makes for a varied weather experience.  Dress in layers or at least bring layers.  We have arrived here in sunny warm weather and left in gray cloud conditions.
- Wear closed toe shoes.  Repurposed lumber has a roughness that doesn’t lend itself well to sandal clad feet and as I already pointed out, there are stray nails in the dirt.
- Be vigilant!  This is not playground where you can park the kids and go surf on your iPhone. The staff here is not going to supervise your kids when they are out in the forts.  They will run some activities around the tool shed and help kids complete them but when the kids are adding on to forts, parents need to supervise.
- While I have seen toddlers at the Adventure Playground, this really isn’t an activity for this age group.

Have fun, be creative and tackle this experience because it really is a playground like no other!


40500 Paseo Padre Parkway
Fremont, California

All-Inclusive Birthday Party Packages combine water activities with great food and fun activities as well as sunscreen for each child!


557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, California

Voted “Best Kid’s Party in Marin” for three years in a row! Rent a room and bring your own party fixings or select one of ten themed packages including, “Under the Sea” and “Outer Space.” This place has party planners on staff that will surely keep the birthday crew busy!


320 Bowling Green Drive
San Francisco, California

A great low cost birthday party option, you get a picnic area, stellar playground equipment, and classic carousel rides in iconic Golden Gate Park!

reviewed on: August 03 2010

"A Marked Improvement Presents a Supervision Challenge"
As someone who remembers the suredly lead based paint coated, 70's looking playground equipment, this renovated and updated Children's Playground is an ENORMOUS improvement!  It might also initially appear larger than the original playground at first. I think this is because the newer equipment blends into the park's landscape more while the original stuff was huge and shall we say, colorful.  (Anyone remember the purple and orange circular climbing structure?)

WORD OF ADVICE: Supervision in this playground can be challenging if you have two kids on two different developmental levels wanting to hang out in two different areas of the place. Do take a back up adult with you to manage such a situation.  We give this upgrade high fives all around though! My kids LOVED it.


815 Old County Road
Belmont, California

Organized and fun, everything is taken care of at Belmont Iceland parties. For an extra fee, you can even get an instructor to give a lesson too.


12320 San Mateo Road
Half Moon Bay, California

For under $400, guests get unlimited train and pony rides for up to 30 kids along with a party space. Other activities to enjoy include, playground, animals, etc.

reviewed on: May 07 2014

"Fun times at the Farm "
Part carnival, part zoo, part down home farm, Lemos has a little something for every tot, kid, and parent with a kid trapped inside them.  There are jumpy houses, pony rides, petting zoos, coin operated rides and plenty of places to picnic here.The two major rides everyone vies for though are the hay ride and the train ride both of which wind around the grounds.

Older kids will enjoy the DigZone, a hydraulic digging experience. With a touch of the controls, the excavator swings into action.  Kids love to take a big bite of gravel, hoist the bucket up high, and then dump it with great flair! They'll also like challenging each other at laser tag.

Located on Highway 92, just minutes from downtown Half Moon Bay, Lemos Farms is open on weekends from 9-5.