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Tired of the same old backyard party? Looking for some fresh ideas to celebrate your teenager’s birthday in and around San Diego? Well, we have done the research. Read on to discover our top 10 party picks sure to make it a birthday your teen will remember.

1. Throw a Pedal Boat Party

So, your teen wants to invite the entire class to their party, and you are wondering how to entertain the whole group. A pedal boat party from Eco Boat Rentals is your answer. Not only will the kids have a blast pedaling around the bay, think of all the energy they will expend! With a large fleet of boats, Eco Boat Rentals can accommodate parties of 35-40 people. There is no age limit, but 2-3 adults per group are required, and children under 13 must wear a provided life jacket.

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A pedal boat party is great for a teenager's birthday party.
Your teen will have a blast at a pedal boat party!

2. Plan a Ballistic Bubble Soccer Game for Your Teenager’s Birthday

What is Ballistic Bubble Soccer? It’s a cross between soccer, sumo wrestling and football. Each player dons a plastic bubble suit and takes to the field trying kick the ball to score a goal. Expect lots of bumping into fellow competitors, rolling on the ground and laughter. The suits come in different sizes to fit all ages. Ballistic Bubble Soccer of San Diego has been in business for over 15 years and is ready to help you plan your teenager’s next birthday party.

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Knock your friends around at a Ballistic Bubble Soccer party.
Knock your friends around playing Ballistic Bubble Soccer.

3. Go on a Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt

For a party geared towards older teens and adults, go on a Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt in Old Town San Diego. Teams of up to six scour the streets of historic Old Town, looking for clues to eliminate suspects and discover whodunnit. Each team has their own separate investigation but will be competing against others. The first gang to solve their mystery, with the least help from headquarters, wins. While there is no age limit, the puzzles are not suitable for those under 12 years old.

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Become Sherlock Holmes on a Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt for your teenager's birthday.
Become Sherlock Holmes for the afternoon on a Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt.

4. Host a Themed Party on a Chartered Sailboat for Your Teenager’s Birthday

For a smaller party, a private chartered sailboat tour is the ticket. Your teen, an adult and up to four more friends or family members can cruise along San Diego Bay aboard a French-built sailing yacht. How about an afternoon tea at sea to celebrate a Sweet 16? Or dress up like pirates and explore the coastal sights. Light snacks and soft drinks are provided, but you are welcome to pack a picnic too. Don’t forget the birthday cupcakes.

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Throw a Titanic themed party for on a private chartered sailboat from Eco Boat Rentals
Throw a Titanic-themed party on a private sailing charter tour.

5. Arrange a Retro Party at Skateworld

If you grew up in the 80’s, then the roller rink was the place to be on a Friday night. Now, your teenager can revel in the same retro fun at Skateworld. Offering several different packages to fit your budget, all you need to do is bring the cake. Their popular Galaxy Deluxe party is ideal for groups of 15-25 and includes pizza, soda and a full VIP experience. All ages can participate.

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Skateworld is the perfect venue for your teenager's birthday party,
Groove under a disco ball at Skateworld.

6. Visit Brainy Actz Escape Rooms for Your Teenager’s Birthday Party

Brainy Actz Escape Rooms in San Diego caters to adults and kids of all ages. With several themed rooms to choose from, your team will follow clues and solve puzzles. You have just 60 minutes to gain your freedom and win the game. Birthday packages are available that include a private room rental, birthday cake and catered food. Other options at Brainy Actz include two Rage Rooms, a Splatter Paint Room and the Slime Lab.

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Brainy Actz Escape Rooms offers a variety of party ideas.
Brainy Actz Escape Rooms offers a variety of party ideas.

7. Try a Glow Boat for a Nighttime Party

Looking for a nighttime activity? A glow boat birthday party is the perfect choice. Each boat is illuminated inside and out with bright, neon lights. Your teen can play their favorite tunes on the provided speaker, and a disco ball completes the festive vibe. Great for a supervised date night for groups of up to 35, including 2-3 adults. The teenagers will have a magical night.

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A glow boat party is great for a coed teenage party.
Make it an 80s night at a glow boat party from Eco Boat Rentals.

8. Rent the Ultimate Game Truck

Is your teenager a gamer? Then, rent the Ultimate Game Truck for your next party. With 14 gaming systems, 9 TV screens, a virtual reality station and a full body racecar simulator, this truck has it all. It is even able to entertain 33 people at once. This family-owned business brings the excitement to you.

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The Ultimate Game Truck comes to you for your teenager's birthday.
The Ultimate Game Truck offers a full body racecar simulator.

9. Pump Up the Adrenaline at K1 Speed

Does your teen have the need for speed? If so, book your next birthday party at K1 Speed. Each kart features a 20 hp electric motor that can get up to speeds of 45 mph on the quarter-mile track. Party packages include a qualifying and final event race, medals for the top 3 winners, pizza, soft drinks and a private room for your celebration. Arcade game cards are available to add-on.

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Race around the track at K1 Speed.
K1 Speed offers an indoor racetrack.

10. Bowl’em Over at Tavern+Bowl

Tavern+Bowl offers three different party packages for teens. Each package includes 2 hours of bowling, shoe rentals, food and unlimited soft drinks. Choose from something simple like cheese pizza or upgrade to a few of their tasty entrees, sides and desserts from the menu. With an upbeat atmosphere, your crowd is guaranteed to have a fantastic time.

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Tavern+Bowl offers a variety of party packages for your teenager's birthday.
Bowling is a fantastic idea for a teenager’s birthday party.

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