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.
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.
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.