20+ Awesome Indoor Kids' Birthday Party Places in Los Angeles
Outdoor birthday parties are one of the great things about living in Los Angeles; most of the year you can simply claim a corner of a public park or throw down some blankets on the beach. But sometimes you need an indoor kids’ birthday party place. Maybe it’s winter, and you can’t risk a sudden rainstorm. Maybe your kids have asked for something special after last year’s virtual birthday party. Or maybe you just want someone else to do the setup and cleanup.
From rock-climbing to ice skating and bowling to bounce houses, these are some of our favorite indoor kids' birthday party places for entertaining the masses without stressing about the weather, decor, or anything at all. For all your birthday party needs, be sure to check out our Birthday Party Ideas Guide for LA Kids.
Limits on the number of children, as well as masking and social distancing rules, may be in place at many of these locations at the time of your party. Some places request that parents drop kids off, to limit the number of people, and others request that parents show proof of vaccination before entering. Make sure to check the current rules (which are subject to change at any time) before booking your party.
Indoor Kids' Birthday Party Places on the Westside
1. Santa Monica Pier Aquarium — Santa Monica
This spot is perfect at any time of year. If the weather is fine, the patio is a great spot for cake, and the beach beckons after the party. If the weather is foul, no one cares when all the fun is indoors petting anemones and sea cucumbers and making faces at the sharks. A basic party includes private use of the space and touch tanks, and staff to help with party set-up and take-down; add-ons include decorations, individualized animal presentations, storytimes, and more. One flat fee includes up to 65 kids, making "the whole class" (plus siblings and parents!) an affordable option.
2. Santa Monica Pier Carousel — Santa Monica
If your kids would rather spin and spin than hang with the marine biologists, a party just upstairs from the Aquarium can focus on another Santa Monica classic. The historic carousel remains open to the public during most parties, but the birthday crowd gets a private roped-off area and unlimited rides on the merry-go-round for up to 30 kids. For a little extra, each kid gets a token for an ice cream sundae at the Soda Jerks old-fashioned ice cream fountain that shares space with the Carousel.
A ride on the carousel followed by some ice cream makes for a great party. Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Pier
3. Pamper & Play — West LA
Pamper & Play in West LA is a great choice for parties geared towards smaller children. Every party at the indoor play space is customized for your child—just tell them your child's favorite thing and they'll create a custom party based around that theme! Kids can use the trampoline, play house, play structure, and more. One special feature from Pamper & Play is that parties include play supervisors, who lead the kids in games and activities of your choosing, which can range from parachute games to arts and crafts to cupcake decorating. Even better for the grown-ups is a Parent Lounge that's 100% kid-free, so adult guests can relax in some peace and quiet as the party rages downstairs.
Can you spot the cats? Photo courtesy of Yelp
4. CatCafe Party — West LA and Venice
How's this for thinking outside the box (and we don't mean the litter box)? West LA's CatCafe Lounge will let a group of cat loving little ones (or big ones, for that matter) come in together to enjoy a tea party among the kitty cats. Just watch out they don't steal your cake! The CatCafe has also just opened their pop-up in Venice that is just for kittens. Private sessions for parties can be booked at either the original CatCafe or the new Tiny Beans. Kids must be at least 7 years old to attend, and depending on the space and time there is a maximum of 12-18 attendees.
5. Sender One LAX - West LA
The Sender One climbing space provides an awesome indoor birthday party for kids that love to use their bodies! There are two packages available: Sender City and Intro to Climbing. The Sender City package can accommodate 14 participants (though you can have up to 20 with a fee per additional climber). This number includes parents, and note that there's a required 1:2 parent to child ratio. The Sender City party package includes one hour of climbing in Sender City and one hour in the party room. Intro To Climbing is for up to 12 climbers and includes a total of three hours of climbing—two hours of instruction and one hour of climbing with friends. Spectators are not allowed at this time.
STEM activities plus playtime, food time, and more are all included at Imaginology. Photo courtesy of Imaginology Kids
Indoor Kids' Birthday Party Places on the Eastside
6. Imaginology Kids — Silverlake
The Imaginology Kids party package immerses your celebration in the Earth, Wind, Water or Light Labs, an intellectually stimulating twist on a birthday party! Each party reservation is for two hours and includes playtime and time for food, drink, and cake at this Silverlake spot. There are three packages available, each offering STEM discovery activities and more, with the Deluxe Party giving you private use of the space.
7. PlayLab — Eagle Rock
The Eagle Rock location of PlayLab remains open in 2021 and is hosting parties! Parties give you and up to 40 of your guests three hours of private use at this very cute space on Colorado Blvd. Tables and seating are provided by the play space and a staff member is present at the party to assist with your needs. Adults are required to show proof of vaccination to enter the play space.
8. Lucky Strike — Hollywood and DTLA
With locations Downtown at LA Live and on Hollywood Boulevard, Lucky Strike offers bowling parties with pizzazz. These bowling alleys are not that grimy spot on the corner with the vaguely disturbing shoes; Lucky Strike has an atmosphere that is slightly chic, slightly retro, and loads of fun. The food is better than those old school bowling alleys, too.
Indoor skydiving makes for a birthday party they'll never forget. Photo courtesy of iFly Hollywood
Indoor Kids' Birthday Party Places in the Valleys
9. Dream Elite Gymnastics — Woodland Hills
Yes, boys and girls can enjoy a gymnastics lesson, especially when there's a foam pit to jump into. While the surrounding industrial park may be unassuming, this is a big space for kids to master their handstands and cartwheels under expert supervision. There's a separate room for birthday party cake and pizza eating, too.
10. iFly Hollywood — Universal City
If you want to throw a party unlike anyone else's, consider taking a crew of kids skydiving—indoors! Universal CityWalk's iFly is a clear plastic vertical wind tunnel, where your party guests ages three and up can don flight gear and ride the wind without the inconveniences of jumping out of an airplane. Kids are given lessons on how to ride the air currents, and a certificate for the skydiving time. A basic party package divides flights among the guests (guests are currently limited, call the location to confirm how many party goers you can have at the time of your party); add-ons can include a private party room and DVDs of the experience for party favors.
11. Ultrazone — Sherman Oaks
If laser tag is the ultimate indoor birthday party for you kiddo, look no further than Ultrazone in Sherman Oaks. These parties are individually hosted, meaning the venue will provide everything including food, play, and even clean up! Birthday party packages include two shared games of laser tag (meaning that they're not private, so non-party members will be participating), a private, decorated party room for two hours, a party host, and unlimited soft drinks. Food and game tokens for the arcade are not included in the cost of the party package, but are available as add-ons.
Choose from a wide range of party packages at My Little Paris. Photo courtesy of My Little Paris
12. My Little Paris — San Gabriel
One of the newest additions to the indoor party scene is My Little Paris Cafe & Play in San Gabriel. A French-themed play space and cafe, this play space offers a wide range of party options for little partiers (best for kids up to 7 years old) from the frugal to the fantastic. Parties can be held on weekends and weekdays, typically reserving your party private access to the space for two hours—though the Élysée Diamond party package gives you an extra hour.
13. Waterworks Pasadena — Pasadena
Just because your kid has a winter birthday doesn't mean they can't have a pool party! Rent the space at Waterworks in Pasadena, which boasts a pair of indoor pools that are heated to a comfortable 92 degrees. You can rent the pool for several hours on Saturday or Sundays, and Waterworks will provide pool toys and rafts while facilitating pool games for your guests. Of course, Waterworks also provides deck guards to keep everyone safe.
This indoor track makes your party weatherproof. Photo courtesy of K1 Speed: Indoor Kart Racing
Indoor Kids' Birthday Party Places in the South Bay
14. Adventureplex — Manhattan Beach
Adventureplex in Manhattan Beach is more than just an indoor jungle gym. With a variety of structures like rope courses, a rock climbing wall, mazes, tunnels, and more, kids can spend hours exploring this play space. It's also a great place for an indoor birthday party, dubbed the Adventure Party. This package can accommodate up to 15 children and includes a party host. The three-hour celebration at Adventureplex includes one hour in the play structure, one hour in the inflatable play area, and one hour of dining in a private room. All parties at Adventureplex are now private parties.
15. K1 Speed: Indoor Kart Racing — Torrance, Burbank, and more locations
What kid doesn't love to go fast? K1 Speed: Indoor Go Kart Racing takes the thrill of racing and brings it inside, where you won't have to stress about weather conditions on the big day. K1 party packages require a minimum of eight riders and include two private 12-lap races, a one-hour party room rental, plus pizza and soft drinks. There's a medal ceremony for the top three finishers (and of course, a medal for the birthday kid).
16. Aquarium of the Pacific — Long Beach
If your little one loves animals, particularly marine life, then the Aquarium of the Pacific is a great location for their next birthday party. The Aquarium is a bit of a hybrid between an indoor and outdoor party, with the activities being inside (where masks are required) while the dining takes place on the outdoor rooftop veranda. Birthday packages include access to the Aquarium during their regular business hours, 1.5 hours of meal service, beverages, boxed meals, and cake cutting service. In 2021, parties are limited and must be planned with the aquarium's special events team.
17. Scooter's Jungle — El Segundo, Placentia, Ventura
My kids loved it when their friend had his party at Scooter's Jungle in El Segundo. This massive space features a variety of bounce houses and slides and all parties are now 100% private, and are available all day, every day. The adult-sized inflatables means that parents can bounce and play alongside their kids
18. Wonder of Dinosaurs — Redondo Beach
Like many kids, when I was young I was absolutely obsessed with dinosaurs. Parents of dino-lovers in Los Angeles are blessed with Wonder of Dinosaurs in Redondo Beach, where you can book a party room for the ultimate prehistoric birthday celebration. When you book a party room, the birthday kid is free, and you can simply pay for each guest's ticket. You'll have access to the activity room, which features a dinosaur exhibit with static and robotic dinos, mazes, bouncers, zoomers, and more. Plus, there are add-on activities like mini-golf, the "Triassic Train," a carousel, and "Ride-A-T-Rex."
Museums make a great location for a unique party. Photo courtesy of Pretend City
Even More Indoor Kids' Birthday Party Places
Once we started thinking about the best indoor party spots in LA, it was hard to stop! Los Angeles has museums, skating venues, and recreation rooms at your local parks. So let these additional suggestions get your creative juices flowing for places where you could host the perfect indoor party for your little one.
Don't forget to check local museums when looking for innovative party ideas; most of our local museums offer fun, educational options. Some of the best ones to check for kids parties are the California Science Center (which doesn't offer a party package, but will help you make a reservation for your whole group), the Discovery Cube (only the LA Campus is currently offering birthday parties), and Pretend City.
LA has more skating rinks than most people realize, and every rink offers birthday party packages. Parties can range in price from $125 to $875, depending on the rink, private vs. public, and how much staff you require. Skating parties offer plenty of exercise to burn off the cake and pizza, and a simulated winter experience for us winter lightweights in the Southland. Some of the best in the area include Iceland Ice Skating Rink, the Toyota Performance Center, and the LA Kings Valley Ice Center.
Ice rinks too cold for you? You might be surprised to know how many roller rinks there are around LA, playing tunes from our childhoods and offering a chance to strap on four wheels and take to the boards. This one is great for all ages and doesn't need to cost a lot.
22. Public Parks
Yes, it's possible to have a terrific indoor party at a public park, and it's generally a very affordable option. Most local parks have recreation centers with rooms available for party rental, and many of these spaces have more character than you might think. Take a spin around your part of town to see what you find; recreation centers sometimes require a little extra red tape to book, but they're usually not expensive.