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Top 3 Autism Friendly Places for Birthday Parties

Top 3 Autism Friendly Places for Birthday Parties

My top picks for Autism Friendly Places to Have a Birthday Party 

Looking for a place to have your special needs child's birthday? I have a few places close to my heart as they have all aided my child in her growth and tolerance for the larger "parks". I'm sharing my top 3 places to visit that A. won't break the bank and B. will be perfect for your special needs guests as well as their "nuro" typical peers. The following 3 locations are all in the greater Orange County/San Gabriel Valley and are suited for children 2-10 in my opinion (but you know your child best). Best part, there's no mess to clean up and you can actually enjoy being a part of the party too, crazy right?

Water fun (and sensory play) at the Warf & Grocery store check out with all the necessities.

Water fun (and sensory play) at the Warf & Grocery store check out with all the necessities.

Pretend City: Irvine

This place is know for it's autism events and has an abundance of sensory areas as well as a private party room. Party details: $385 and up

Experience a memorable birthday at Pretend City, where they will provide a birthday host, private room, table and chairs, refrigerator and you provide the décor, food and drink. Your child’s party crew will have non-stop fun throughout the 15,000 square feet of exhibits with time on their museum floor. 

Birthday Package Always Includes

  • Pretend City Members receive a 10% discount on all birthday party packages
  • • One (1) hour in private party room beginning at 10am, 12pm, 2pm or 4pm
  • • Unlimited time in the museum following time in private party room
  • • Admission for up to 30 guests total (including both children and adults); additional guests are $10/guest
  • • Birthday party child(ren) will be complimentary
  • • Children ages 12 months and younger are complimentary
  • • Tables, chairs, sink with running water and refrigerator/freezer provided
  • • White board wall and dry-erase markers available for the children’s entertainment
  • • 1-2 Pretend City Party Hosts to assist facilitate the party: before for setup, during, and after for cleanup
  • • 1 buy one get one free return ticket for all party children in attendance to visit the museum another time
  • • 10% discount in the Mini Mall Gift Shop for all guests

I've yet to partake in a party here but the place is made for our kids! No limits to how long they can play at any given area, lots of sensory materials like water and sand and plenty of areas to take a break. I can't say enough about the place.

Top photo courtesy of Lets Play OC

Top photo courtesy of Lets Play OC

Adventure City: Anaheim

Offering party packages that include a private themed room, entrance to the park and food this park has everything from a train, petting zoo and a live show . The rides are perfect for the younger kids just getting the hang of amusement rides and the size of the park keeps it easy to spread out yet still play as a group. Party Details: $319 and up

  • 12 Persons (Children or Adults)

  • Entrance into the Park

  • Unlimited ride pass for all 12 guests

  • You are welcome to play in the park all day during operating hours

  • Access to the Thomas & Friends creative play area & petting farm

  • Colorful place settings

  • Two large yummy pizzas

  • Two pitchers of fruit punch or soft drinks

  • An Adventure City T-Shirt and party button for the birthday child

  • Live children’s theater and puppet shows throughout the day. Your child will receive special recognition during the performance

  • A special birthday Train Ride

  • During your 1-hour reserved time in our indoor party room, you will have a host or hostess to serve you

I've attended a birthday party here when my high functioning daughter was 5, she did super well and loved the place. It served as a great priming tool as well for our first visit Disneyland. The rides are entry level, lines go pretty fast and there is something for everyone from the petting zoo to the train ride and the live show. Great confidence builder too as my daughter was afraid of the carousel. 

Each location seperately owned and operated/Pasadena Location Pictured

Each location seperately owned and operated/Pasadena Location Pictured

We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym: Laguna Hills, Pasadena, Whittier, Glendale

This place is an amazing indoor OT playground. During their private parties they close the place down for your child and their guests, providing a set amount of time, a party room for the food and tons of fun equipment as well as crafts for the kids. Party Details: Starting at $150 an hour Min. 2 Hours See site of desired location for packages/party options.

I was very happy with the visit we had at the Pasadena location, great staff, fun equipment and a great workout for the kids too.

Please visit each locations website for more details. Have a favorite birthday spot you wanna share? Would love to hear about some other great places to take our kids! ~ Cat

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