Places to Have Children's Birthday Parties in Ohio

By Ronnie Dauber
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Ohio is full of child-friendly party venues that offer birthday party packages to accommodate a wide variety of age groups and group sizes. When planning a party, consider the size of the guest list and check with any potential venue about whether staff members will be available to assist with the party activities for large groups.

Outdoor Entertainment Venue

For a party group full of energy, plan a birthday party at an outdoor entertainment venue in Ohio. At the Magic Mountain Fun Centers in Columbus, Ohio, birthday party guests can ride around in go-karts, play a round of miniature golf or laser tag, ride the bumper boats and play in the KidsGym Climbing Playland or the video arcade. The Memphis Kiddie Park in Brooklyn, Ohio, offers miniature golf, train rides, a carousel and other kiddie rides. Both venues have party packages that include unlimited access to the attractions throughout the party, along with food and beverages for your whole party and a gift for the birthday child.

Science Center or Discovery Museum

For a group of children with inquisitive minds, host a birthday party at a venue that combines learning with entertainment. The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio, includes exhibits,such as the PNC Be Green House, which shows visitors how natural resources can be incorporated into architecture, engineering and construction, and the African Room, with African artifacts and a mummy. The Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio, is home to exhibits with mazes, a hands-on laboratory and Morse code machines. Both centers offer a variety of themed packages to cater the party to the age and size of the group.

Ship Party

For something a bit different, host a birthday party on a ship. Parents can arrange a birthday party for young children aboard the Santa Maria with up to 20 guests. The hour-and-a-half-long pirate party includes a tour of the ship, a felt pirate hat for each guest, pirate-themed birthday cake, party supplies, a treasure hunt, games and loot bags. Children are welcome to explore the ship under the supervision of accompanying adults; on board, they can learn about swabbing decks and climbing ship ladders.

Zoo Party

Consider a birthday party at the zoo for an animal-loving birthday child. Many zoos remain open throughout the year, offering animal exhibits, train rides, simulated safari rides, tropical rainstorms, face painting, carousels and interactive play areas. For children between the ages of two and 12, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo offers two-hour party packages that include a private party area, pizza lunch and a gift for the birthday child. Birthday party packages at the Toledo Zoo include 90 minutes at the zoo, a private party room, pizza and birthday cake, souvenirs for each guest and games led by a staff party host.

About the Author

Ronnie Dauber is a Canadian author with six books published to date, and has been a professional writer online since 2007. She holds three college diplomas in children's and adult literature and one college diploma in business administration and common law.