If you’re short on time but have a party to plan, these mobile party businesses are a fantastic way to get the celebration going at your house

Sure, hosting a kid’s birthday party can be a rewarding and entertaining endeavor but planning it can also eat up a lot of your time. We’ll make it a piece of cake for you with our scoop on mobile party businesses that deliver the fun right to your doorstep. Your little party animal is sure to love these mobile birthday parties, and the convenience factor can’t be beat. From science entertainers to a brick builder bonanzas, there are so many choices for great mobile kids birthday parties in San Diego.

Elite Teepees

Three teepee filled with party-goers sit on the floor awaiting a sleepover
Elite Teepees

Let Elite Teepees bring the outdoors in for your happy camper's next birthday slumber party. Teepees in an array of different themes from "unicorn magic" to "game day" are delivered to your home and beautifully set up on the day of the party. Then everything is cleared away the next day. Hand-crafted themed teepees are fully equipped with luxury mattresses and bedding, exquisite decorative accessories, and a large sprinkle of magic. The only things guests need to bring are their overnight bag and sense of adventure for a fun “glamp-in” with friends.

Cost: $90 per teepee for overnight rental, plus delivery
Online: eliteteepees.com


Soft PlayZone

If you’re having a fête with a bunch of littles, then this four-hour soft play zone rental will be a hit! You get a choice of play areas, the basic fun zone (8 feet by 8 feet), or the slightly bigger wow zone (8 feet by 12 feet). This local shop is courteous and on time, and the play zone is clean for the party. Also, they have a cover tent for a small extra fee to keep partygoers protected from the sun.

Cost: Fun Zone, $170 for four hours; Wow Zone, $240 for four hours; tent rental is $25
Online: softplayzone.com

Kid Ventures

Everyone loves Kid Ventures, so why not bring them to you? Their mobile party package (for up to 16 kids) includes two team members to set up activities, clean-up, and extra help to make your party perfect. Also, it includes an obstacle course and a craft station. Plus, you can add in a character or other options. Little birthday goers leave with a candy medal and coloring pictures, and the birthday half-pint gets a free pass to Kid Ventures.

Cost: $495 for 1.5 hours
Online: indoorplaysandiego.com

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Two boys build together during a Snapology mobile birthday party

If you have a little brick builder in your house then invite over Snapology to set up a pint-sized build. They provide a one-hour party time and build activity for up to 15 party guests. Your little birthday wonder will get to choose the theme and get a free t-shirt, too.

Cost: $250 for 15 party guests
Online: sandiego.snapology.com


Two rows of children stand painting at easels during a mobile art birthday party

Let kids express their inner Picasso at a mobile art party tailored to your birthday sweetie. Not only will a seasoned instructor show up for a one-hour or 90-minute class but all art materials are provided, including table covers and aprons. Your little artist can pick the painting for the party on their website. Choose a classic painting party or go all out with a themed art party package such as an Enchanted Oceans Party, Magical Fairy Party, or Sweets & Treats Party. And if you have a Harry Potter fan, one of their Potion Parties might be the way to go instead.

Cost: Parties start at $135 for up to seven kiddos
Online: artbeatsandiego.com/mobile-art-parties2.html

Game Truck

Got a game-crazed clan? Then these wheels are for you. Your little video guru can let loose on the latest (and greatest) tech consoles from Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch with a choice of more than 30 age-appropriate games. It's easy on you—there's a game coach available to answer questions and to make sure the party runs smoothly.

Cost: $449 for a two hour party
Online: gametruckparty.com


A giant backyard movie screen? We know who would be the cool parents on the block! The event crew will set up, run, and take down the giant inflatable movie screen and outdoor sound system. Best part? You do nothing. They can even bring popcorn. Your birthday kiddo will be the talk of the town.

Cost: Packages start at $379
Online: funflicks.com

Royal Entertainers

Looking for an Ice Queen or Galactic Knight to host your kid's birthday bash? From face painting and dance lessons to singing and a cake ceremony, your birthday princess leaves with a crown. From Knight Academy and light sword training to a magic show and graduation, your birthday buddy leaves a knight. Let the royals host your next fest.

Cost: $225 for 1.5 hours
Online: royalentertainers.com

Artful Chefs

The best part (for you!) about this cooking party is that you do nothing: Junior Chef parties cook up a good mobile birthday for your little one and all of their friends. The party lasts two-and-a-half hours during which children prepare the main course, drink and (of course!) dessert, then sit down and enjoy their creations. Your birthday kiddo picks the party theme - and there are plenty of choices to be had - from meatball madness, pizza, French crepes to an after-slumber party brunch!  

Cost: $500 for up to eight children
Online: artfulchef.com

Tumble Gym Bus

Children play on the tumble gym bus at a mobile birthday party
Tumble Gym Bus

If your little birthday wonder prefers a high-energy party that will have them bouncing off the walls, then this bus at your house makes party planning easy peasy. There are two instructors that lead the birthday crew in song, dance, games, and tumbling exercises. Plus, there's a cool yellow slide out the back of the bus. They can even do the goody bags!

Cost: Packages start at $325

Mad Science

Bubbling potions, dry ice, and eggs that fit into incredibly small spaces: Your birthday scientist will be amazed at this show. Add on more science to amp up the party: rocket blasting, shaved ice rainbow potion, and slime-making. If your guests' age range varies, this high-energy abracadabra works well. All party-goers receive a gift of slime, superball, or silly putty.

Cost: Parties start at $315 plus $5 per child
Online: madscience.org/sandiego

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The Children's Wood Shop Bus

Do you want to forgo screen time for hands-on fun? Then the wood shop bus is for you and your birthday crew. Budding carpenters don the safety goggles and get to hammer, saw, and drill their way to a new wooden toy. Kids love working where they get to use real tools, just like the grown-ups. There's a knowledgeable instructor on hand to teach the kids about wood shop rules and how to use the tools. Birthday parties are available from October through June and are best for children ages 7 to 11.

Cost: $300 to $400 (depending on location)
Online: woodshopbus.com

Super Star Gymnastics

Does your little birthday cutie tumble around the house like Simone Biles? Well, we've got the 4-1-1 on the best gym party. They'll bring the mat, parachute, the trampoline (it's small), two teachers, and let the cartwheels and somersaults begin. Experienced and personable owner Katie P. knows how to have a party and host it too! You get to take lots of pics.

Cost: Starts at $200 per hour
Online: superstargymnastics.com

Train Party Express

All aboard, transportation-crazed kids! Schedule a trackless train ride or race cars that little riders can buckle up and pretend to steer (up to 18 passengers). Attendants dressed as conductors or NASCAR drivers will drive your parade on grass, gravel, or concrete. Complete the package with add-on face painting, foam, or snow cone machines. This mobile party provider serves part of San Diego County.

Cost: Packages start at $250 per hour
Online: trainpartyexpress.com

Nightingale Music School

Gather your friends and make music together. From puppets and parachutes to bubbles and a giant drum, this 45-minute come-to-you party is great kid fun. Sing a song, shake the maracas, or dance along with up to 14 guests. These parties are perfect for infants, tots, and toddlers.

Cost: Packages start at $195
Online: nightengalemusicschool.com

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Girlygirl Galas

If your kid's motto is something like keep calm and spa on, why not have a spa party catered to your house? From sweet-smelling lotions and fuzzy bathrobes to pink polish and soothing cucumber eye pads, sit back and let these gals plan a spa fest. The best part? You can relax too.

Cost: Spa packages start at $360
Online: girlygirlgalas.com

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

The museum is not currently booking mobile birthday parties but plans to restart soon—check the website for updates.

What could be better than a museum party rolling right up to your door? San Diego Children's Discovery Museum's mobile birthday parties bring all the fun of the museum to your home. Their party package includes an arts and crafts activity as well as three mobile exhibits for partygoers to explore: a custom-built ball wall, an imagination playground, and a wind tunnel. All of the exhibits engage kids in educational and entertaining hands-on activities that teach them about topics ranging from architecture to aerodynamics. Also included are two birthday party assistants and a special gift for the kid of honor.

Cost: $495 for up to 40 kids (10 percent off for museum members)
Online: sdcdm.org/mobile-birthday-party

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