How Much Does a Gymboree Birthday Party Cost?

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Created in 1976, the gym was created for newborns up to age five.  They offer a wide array of classes and learning opportunities in many different areas.

Although the specific facilities may differ from one location to another, the basics are true for any Gymboree Play and Music: they boast that their “age-appropriate activities help develop the cognitive, physical, and social skills of children as they play.

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How much does a Gymboree birthday party cost?

On average, a Gymboree birthday party is going to cost about $10 to $15 per child that is in attendance.  The price will be a few dollars more for non-members.  So for a party of 20, you will have to budget around $200 to $350.  If you want to make your party “hassle-free,” where they include the decorations, food and drinks, it will cost an additional $200 to $250.  Every package allows you to invite up to 20 people.

On this forum thread, one member stated that she was quoted $299 for one-and-a-half hours.

According to this article, the average Gymboree birthday party will cost $200 and up for 20 guests.

Gymboree birthday party overview

Gymboree lets you choose your child’s favorite theme and then the planning will go from there.  They will create a unique, personalized experience that includes everything from setting up everything for the party to cleaning up.  Some themes include the following: farmyard fun, construction zone, all aboard trains, princess playhouse, jungle safari, sports galore, art party, for example.  There may be more or less depending on the location.

During the party, the children will be able to play on cushy mats, crawl through tunnels and use a parachute that the children can run underneath and pop bubbles on.  The party may also receive a visit from Gymbo the Clown.

Gymboree will give you invitations ahead of time that can be sent out for the party.

The party will include one-and-a-half hours of facility time led by a trained Gymboree teacher.  All the party supplies, such as the napkins, plates, and spoons, will be included as well.  Every child will receive a take-home gift bag, and the birthday child will receive a special gift.

Most parties are able to accommodate up to 20 people.

What are the extra costs?

Food, cake and drinks will be an additional cost to consider.  Gymboree can order the pizza and cake for you at an additional cost.  On average, the birthday cake will cost around $20, while the pizza will cost about $10 each.

Decorations, such as tablecloths, balloons, and streamers, can cost an additional $30 to $40.

Juice boxes can be supplied for $10 to $15 per 40 boxes.

Party favors can cost up to $5 per child.

If you want to bring in additional decorations, fees will apply.

Children over the 20 limit can incur additional charges per child.

If you make a reservation and cancel at the last minute, you may still be charged a portion of the cost.

Tips to know:

The parties are ideal for children ages one to five.

If you are not a member here, have your child try a trial class to see if he or she likes it.  That way, when you do invest in the party, you can be assured that you know they are going to like it.

Since Gymboree will require a membership to go here, some of the children attending the party may not have one.  One of the biggest complaints is that the children that do not go to the facility will not know how to properly use the equipment.  By the time they learn how to play with everything, the party may be over.

Since the time is limited, make sure that the party arrives on time to take full advantage of the play time.

Children over the age of five will be forbidden from playing on the equipment.

Reservations must be made at least a month in advance.

Gymboree stresses that the children must be accompanied by an adult.  Make sure you encourage the parents of each child to stay for the duration of the party.

How can I save money?

Keep your eyes peeled for special coupons or promotions that you may be able to apply toward the party.

Non-members are going to cost more than members.  If you know of someone who is a member, consider asking them to book the party for you.

Consider doing the food and drinks at your home after the party since you will be able to get them a lot cheaper than Gymboree charges.

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Average Reported Cost: $15

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  1. Amy (Irvine,  California) paid $15 and said:

    I paid $15 per child for a party up to 10.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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