Birthday parties are no longer just a backyard or basement affair. Those looking for something different for the next birthday celebration can choose from skating, laser tag, bowling, beading and other activities. Many venues will work with you to make your child’s birthday party unique. Most places require advance reservations and a deposit, so be sure to ask about exact details.
Rolling Thunder Skating & Family Center
2225 Keith Parkway
Those looking for a little roll with their rocking good time can check Rolling Thunder out for their next birthday bash. The facility offers several birthday packages that include private rental of the roller skating rink. The deluxe birthday celebration is $9 per child with a 15-child minimum, and includes decorations, tableware, soft drinks, hot dogs and skate rental. Partygoers can bring in their own birthday cake. The birthday bonanza is $235 for up to 10 children and also includes a party hostess, character cake, Roller Roo visit, party favors and a gift for the birthday child.
Shelton, 3, Savana, 4, of Findlay. (right)
Gold Medal Gymnastics & Cheerleading
1850 Manor Hill Rd.
You don’t need to be a budding Olympian to party at Gold Medal Gymnastics. Three different birthday party packages – bronze, silver or gold – ranging in base price from $150 to $275 for 20 guests, include staff-supervised free play and games in the gym, and time in the upstairs party area. The party area provides a kitchen for food and cake and tables and seating for guests. Partygoers provide food, cake and tableware. The more expensive packages provide themes for the party and some refreshments, as well as staff setup and cleanup. Party packages can be customized with add-ons that include additional gym time.
3420 N. Main St.
Budding ice skaters can have their special day at The Cube. For $120, guests are treated to pizza, soda, 10 ice skating admissions and rentals and a private room during public skate times. The Cube will also keep your cake and ice cream cold while you skate. Other concessions are available
Morgan, 7, Ava, 8, Jayla, 7, of Findlay. (right)
Stevi B’s Pizza
7535 Patriot Dr.
What would a birthday party be without pizza? At Stevi B’s Pizza, you don’t have to worry about the party menu. The kid-friendly restaurant offers birthday packages that include pizza, games and other fun for groups big or small. Packages range from $5.99 to $9.97 per child, with an eight child minimum. All packages include the pizza buffet, salad bar, drinks, decorations and game tokens, but larger packages include more swag and a private room.
DorAnne’s Gifts & Gourmet
327 S. Main St.
Looking for a lower-key celebration? Check out DorAnne’s Gifts & Gourmet! A long time source for wooden Melissa and Doug toys, the store also has an area in the back with room for about half a dozen children. There is no charge for the room, but there is limited availability around the holidays due to store inventory. DorAnne's also offers a Toy Chest Registry. Register your child's name and the store keeps track of purchases. When the total dollar amount reaches $125, the child will receive a $20 gift certificate to use as they please. Call Doris for more info at 419-425-5510.
Splash Bay Resort
1705 Tollgate Dr.
It’s winter, but you can still have a party at the pool! Splash Bay Resort is open for those who might have winter birthdays but still crave summer fun. Various packages exist that include full or half-day swimming, a resort hostess, arcade tokens and some refreshments. The cost varies based on tokens or food provided, but both require a minimum of ten swimmers.
829 Tiffin Ave
Have a creative girly-girl? JuJu Beadz is just the place to celebrate a birthday with close friends. Visitors can use a private room for the celebration, which is $5 per person not including the cost of the bead kits, which range from $3.50 to $10 each. Parents can bring in their own food, cake and tableware. A store employee will help get the beading started and help finish off the jewelry when everyone is finished.
TRENDS! On Main
501 S. Main St.
Another sweet birthday treat can be found at TRENDS! On Main. Several options are available for birthday parties for all age groups. Make It-Take-It includes beading a bracelet and a one hour party, for $8 per person with a three child minimum. Glamour Girls can pick from funky ponytails, nails and makeup stations, and try on fancy dresses and perform a Glamour Girl Fashion Show, for $10 per girl with a four
Pirates Cove Amusement Center
230 E. Front St.
Ready for some laser tag? Birthday parties are a specialty for Pirates Cove Amusement Center, which offers laser tag, an indoor bounce house and an arcade. Birthday parties are $14 per child, and include tokens, laser tag or bounce, pizza and pop and a party room. Extra laser tag games, t-shirts and pirate-themed cakes are available for an extra charge.
Kloe, 6, Morgan, 7, Ava, 8, Jayla, 7, of Findlay. (right)
Virginia Motion Pictures
119 N. Main St.
If movies are more your thing, you can see the latest releases at Virginia Motion Pictures. The movie theater offers three party packages, which range from renting the facility to including movie admission and concessions. You can also opt for a private showing of either the current movie or a movie you bring in. There is a minimum of ten guests, and food and decorations may be brought in.
AMF Sportsman Lanes
616 Trenton Ave.
AMF Sportsman Lanes is another great place to party. For $12.45 per child, the party includes two hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rental, invitations, pizza and drinks. For another dollar per child guests can get a milkshake, and additional food items are available upon request. The birthday boy or girl gets a special bowling pin as a souvenir, and parents are welcome to bring in their own cake.
Miley Ann Eakin, 2, of Findlay. (right)
300 E. Lincoln St.
If flying the party to the Bahamas this winter is out of your league, you can do the next best thing. Treat your birthday guests to a few hours in a heated pool, complete with pool toys and lifeguards. The Y’s pools are large enough for several cavorting youngsters and their adult “guests” and swimming expends energy and increases appetites. The West Pool Lounge is available for before and après’ swim and parents can arrive early to decorate. Party hosts also supply their own cake, party favors and refreshments. Cost varies depending on length of party and number of guests. Call for more information or to reserve a date.