Fun Ideas For Kids – Pizza Party Extraordinaire

By Julie Kertes

CPK Made This Mom a Party Pooper No More

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Party guests are taught to throw like a pro. PHOTOS BY JODYE ALCON

I’ve got to be honest. Throwing birthday parties is a parental duty of which I’m not particularly fond. There’s so much pressure in the planning, the execution and the clean-up. So here’s my set of criteria for planning these annual events. The party must be:

  1. Not. At. My. House.
  2. Enjoyable for both children and parents
  3. Quick, easy and painless
  4. Affordable
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CPK birthday parties are fun for chefs-in-training of all ages.

With these standards in place, my 9-year-old has had a total of four birthday parties – and she doesn’t hesitate to remind me. However, we recently attended a party at California Pizza Kitchen at Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park. Eureka! CPK hits the mark on all four, and more.

This family-friendly restaurant known for its innovative pizzas, pastas and salads – and fun ideas for kids – furnishes all the ingredients you’ll need to throw a memorable birthday party for children ages 4 to 10. Invitation and thank-you card print outs make that part easy for busy and/or creatively challenged parents. At the party, the CPK staff leads the “chefs-in-training” through a two-hour culinary adventure that includes a kitchen tour, a pizza-tossing lesson and the experience of creating their own pies using fresh CPK ingredients.

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Mini pizza makers are offered healthy veggie toppings for their pizzas, along with the standard favorite, pepperoni.

While the pizza is baking, kids decorate to-go boxes, just in case they want to take home a slice or two and save room for the dessert that’s included at the end of the meal.

Each guest goes home with a full tummy and a certificate for a complimentary meal to use on their next visit. But the pièce de résistance is the amazingly cool and authentic chef coat with personalized embroidery that the birthday child receives, compliments of CPK.

The cost is $10 per child (with a maximum of 20 kids), plus parents’ meals ordered off the vast CPK menu.

I know where we’ll be celebrating birthday party number five.

For a location near you, visit

California Pizza Kitchen

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