Welcome to the Marin Birthday Party Guide! Children's birthday parties are big events and big business. Browse our directory to find Marin and Bay Area birthday party venues, bounce houses, supplies, services, and entertainers, as well as articles from our web site about birthday party-related topics.

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Riding the Rails at Sonoma TrainTown

May 12, 2015

Sonoma TrainTown Railroad When we're in the Wine Country, we always make sure we visit TrainTown, the fun and fantastic miniature railroad located in the town of Sonoma. It's a place that I used to visit back when I was a kid, and it's the kind of destination that takes you and your family back to a simpler, less hectic time. Starting May 30, Train Town will be open daily for summer fun.

Sonoma TrainTown offers train-related activities that are fun for everyone, from toddlers to grade school kids (and adults, too), as well as a selection of carnival-style rides. It's also a short drive from pretty much anywhere in Marin, which makes TrainTown a must-visit attraction for North Bay families.

Celebrate Your Child's Birthday with the Princesses of Marin's Once Upon a Song

March 23, 2015

Once upon a songNeed a princess for your child's next birthday party or other special event? Consider Marin's own Once-Upon-a-Song, a group of extraordinary young actors from Terra Linda High School who perform as favorite Disney characters for families all over the San Francisco Bay Area.

Started by San Rafael drama student Eden Ferguson, Once-Upon-a-Song features beloved characters like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, a Handsome Prince, the Little Mermaid, and others. We asked Eden a few questions about her and her business.

For more information on Once-Upon-a-Song and to see a list of characters and available party packages, visit their website at www.once-upon-a-song.com. You can also check out their Facebook page.

Who are you and what's you're background?

My name is Eden Ferguson and I am the owner and a performer at Once-Upon-a-Song. I'm 16 years old and I go to Terra Linda High School.

How did Once Upon a Song come about?

I started Once-Upon-a-Song 2 years ago. My dad was in line at the bank one day and there was a woman in front of him talking on the phone with her little girl who's birthday was that weekend. Her daughter wanted Snow White to come to her birthday party, but her mom told her that since the party was the next day, she didn't think

Gymnastics Birthday Parties at GymWorld in San Rafael

January 19, 2015

GymWorld Birthday Parties San RafaelBirthday parties where everyone can burn off some energy through active play and exercise are always a lot of fun, and the Gymagic gymnastics parties offered by GymWorld, a state-of-the-art gymnastics facility in San Rafael, are a great choice for Marin County families.

GymWorld's facilities include a ton of fun activities for birthday partygoers, including a big foam pit that kids can jump and flip into off the two large trampolines that lead into it. Kids can also have fun on GymWorld's climbing wall, trampolines, tire swing, a trapeze, and cargo net.

During the party, GymWorld's fun and energetic instructors will teach kids gymnastics tricks handstands, cartwheels, rolls, and more. Instructors will adjust the party activities based on the ages of the partygoers—they have an array of over 50 different games and obstacle courses to choose from! High-energy Gymagic parties are full of music and energy and offer fun for everyone! Parties at GymWorld are ideal for kids ages 3 to 12.

Get Creative with Nana's Mobile Sewing Parties

November 18, 2014

Nana's Mobile Sewing PartiesIf you have a hands-on kid who likes to make and create, check out Nana's Mobile Sewing Parties for your next birthday party. Nana's aims to bring the long lost art of sewing back into our communities, and teach children to sew, one party at a time. They'll work together with you and incorporate your party 's theme into a cool sewing project that everyone will love. Party guests will sew their creations and then take them home to forever remember the day.

The excitement begins to build as Nana's team arrives and sets up the sewing machines. Nana's brings three new Babylock sewing machines, which are easy for a beginner seamstress to operate, to each party.

Marin on Ice Returns to Northgate this Holiday Season!

November 3, 2014

Marin on IceMarin on Ice, Marin County's only holiday ice skating rink, returns to Northgate in San Rafael for a second season of open-air skating, opening Saturday, November 8, 2014 and running through January 11, 2015. The rink will be open daily, from 2 to 9 pm Monday through Thursday and noon to 10 pm Friday through Sunday, including holidays.

The Marin on Ice rink will be located in the same spot as last year, in Northgate's Oaktree Plaza near Kohl's. This year the rink is bigger than, with 6,300 square feet of real ice.

Skating costs $15 per person, which includes skate rental, and "Skate Buddies" (the blue plastic chair-like supports) are available for beginnners of all ages. Skates are available in sizes from a child's 9 to an adult 13. Tickets are good all day, and include in-and-out privileges.

Book a Family Photo Session with Marin Photographer Shannon Chiminiello

October 13, 2014

Shannon Chiminiello PhotographyMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article by Shannon Chiminiello Photography. Book a photo session now by calling (415) 497-6054.

If you are looking for a quality, experienced photographer to document your family or special event in a unique way, look no further than Shannon Chiminiello Photography!

Mini Golf in Marin at McInnis Park

June 17, 2014

mini golf at McInnis Park in San RafaelI'd driven by McInnis Park off Smith Ranch Road in San Rafael many times before I realized that—hidden amongst the driving range, nine-hole golf course, clubhouse, and batting cages—there was a miniature golf course there too (it was the a little windmill and castle on the hill that tipped me off). Since then, it's been a favorite place for us to go with the kids for a fun day out.

McInnis Park's miniature golf course is a colorful, 18-hole, artist-designed course with fanciful features including an elephant with moving feet, a snail, a castle, a lighthouse, a waterfall, and a much more. The tiered, lushly landscaped course winds its way up a hill as you play and the views from the top are spectacular.

The course also offers two bonus holes at the end. Keep your ball after the 18th hole, then go down below to the bonus course that includes a dinosaur, which is always a favorite with my kids.

Tips for a Sensational Spa Birthday Party

February 24, 2014

Spa PartyMy daughter recently turned eight, and she decided on a spa theme for her birthday party. I wasn't sure where to begin, but we made a list together of things she wanted for her party, and with a little research and planning, it all came together. When the day of the party arrived we were both thrilled with the results, and her friends were, too! I forgot how much work it was to plan a party like this, but I wouldn't have done it any other way.

I thought I'd share a few or our tips and must-haves for a successful kids' spa-themed birthday party. Much of what we did was inexpensive and easy to put together, and everyone really had a good time.

Marin's Miss Marilyn Makes Birthday Party Magic

October 15, 2013

Miss MarilynMarin children's entertainer Marilyn LoRusso has entertained and captivated thousands of children over the last 15 years with her own upbeat brand of fun! In the persona of Miss Marilyn (formerly Princess Polka Dot) she performs magic, does face painting, balloon art, songs, games, bubbles, and parachute play at children’s birthday parties, preschools, store openings, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, company picnics, or any event where some fun is required. Miss Marilyn's brand of fun is geared towards kids ages 2–8, but older children and even adults enjoy her performances, too.

Miss Marilyn's parties are generally one hour or longer. Her high energy, love of fun, experience and rapport with children creates an ideal party situation. She enjoys making the birthday child and all their friends feel extra special.

Your Child's the Star with Marin Magician Julian Sterling

May 31, 2013

Magician Julian SterlingLooking for a fantastic and fun magician for your child's next birthday party? Local magician and children's performer Julian Sterling offers parties for kids of all ages where birthday boy or girl ends up being the star of the show!

Julian is the youngest professional magician in Marin County, and has tailored his amazing magic show specifically for kids' birthday parties. The birthday child is always the star of the show, receiving several magical gifts during the performance, and even peforming a trick of their own in front of everyone! Julian has performed over 1,000 magic shows for clients in Marin and the Bay Area. His tricks are designed to make kids laugh, and are fun, friendly, safe, and age-appropriate.

Julian's a pro who arrives on time, brings all his own equipment, and cleans up afterwards. All you have to do is buy pizza and cake and invite your party guests! Birthday magic programs start $195, and shows last up to one hour. The birthday child even gets a complimentary magic set!

Top Birthday Party Spots

What are Marin's top birthday party spots? Here are six most popular places to hold a birthday party in our Marin Birthday Party Guide.