Kid’s Castle - Places For Kids

Kid’s Castle

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35145 Newark Blvd
Newark, CA 94560

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(510) 791-2096
5:00 am - 11:00 pm (Mon - Fri)
7:00 am - 8:00 pm (Sat) 
8:00 am - 8:00 pm (Sun)
Free Admission



If it’s an evening of fun for the whole family you are looking for, you have to check out Kid’s Castle. Your little prince or princess will get lost in the excitement and all of the activities this indoor play area has to offer. The fist thing they’ll notice is the towering, brightly colored tunnels and tubes, which are part of a winding climbing structure. Kids can crawl, climb and play away in this maze of tunnels and tubes. When they’re ready for some fresh air, they can come down and try out the various arcade style games, bounce house, kiddie rides and the popular hydraulic, state of the art rides!
What sets this place apart from other indoor playgrounds and arcades is the food...

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1. Use the Kid’s Castle website to preorder your pizza before you arrive.

2. Also check the website for printable coupons for birthday parties and weekly specials.


​Telephone: (510) 791-2096

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Time: 1.5 hours

Party price: $8.95 - $14.95 per person (10+ guests)

Included: Party host, place setting, juice, ice cream, unlimited play time, balloons for the kids, gift for birthday child, clean up, set up, cups, plates, napkins, tokens for guests. 

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Bring Your Own: Present for the birthday kid

Birthday parties at Kid’s Castle are a blast! Parents can choose from three different party packages, depending on their budget and the features that are important to them. Every party package comes with a private party host to make sure everything runs smoothly, tokens so the kids can enjoy the games, decorations for the party area and ice cream for the whole group. Reservations require...

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