Children's Birthday Party Venues in Columbus, Ohio

By Jane Rodda
Make the day memorable for your child.
Make the day memorable for your child.

At the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers you will find the city of Columbus, Ohio, featuring historic bridges and buildings, rolling green landscape and an abundance of kid-friendly attractions. It is the most populous city in the state at about 810,000, providing a variety of birthday spots for kids.

Science and History Venues

Finding an exciting place for a birthday that also is educational may be of interest. The Santa Maria is a full-sized replica of the ship that Christopher Columbus sailed in 1492. It features a pirate-themed birthday party with tours of the ship, pirate hats, games, goody bags and cake. The Center of Science and Industry is a hands-on science museum with party packages for kids. It offers different themes including dinosaur fossil digs, mystery-solving adventures, an astronaut adventure and gross science experiments. Each party includes a private party room, a host guide, cake and decorations.

Creative Space

Kids love to make stuff, so consider a place where kids can get creative during the party. Creation Nation is an art studio that features themed parties for kids; you can have a fused glass art and jewelry making party, a paint-your-own pottery party or an Orange Elephant party especially suited for kids ages 3 to 7. At Build-A-Bear Workshop, each child gets to make a teddy bear to take home during a party featuring a private room and decorations. The Young Chef's Academy offers make-your-own-food parties; choose from a variety of foods to make such as pizza, hot dogs, corn dogs and cupcakes.

Outdoors and Wildlife Places

If you have a summer birthday, consider one of the many outdoor options for a party. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will host your birthday party with a safari adventure theme or an after-hours party at the Grand Carousel. Zoo staff will take care of the decorations, setup and cleanup in your own private room. Antrim Park is a 119-acre green space with a lake for fishing, hiking trails and plenty of open fields for play. It has a shelter house available for reservation. Big Run Park is another possibility featuring wetlands, wooded areas for exploring and a shelter house for your party space.

Fun Centers

Magic Mountain Fun Center features bumper boats, go-karts, mini golf, laser tag, a large arcade and a playground structure. It offers a variety of birthday party packages; staff take care of the planning, setup and cleanup for you. At Galaxy Games and Golf you can have a party package featuring pizza, soda, admission to the mini golf or play gym, decorations, a private party room and arcade tokens for each guest. The facility has a nine-hole animal-themed golf course, an 18-hole course with caves and waterfalls, 3,500-square-foot indoor playground and a video arcade room.

About the Author

Jane Rodda has been a writer since 2004, with articles featured in "Gameday Magazine" and "Urban Family Magazine." She is also the social media director and lead copywriter for a piano instruction website. Rodda holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with a concentration in psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University.