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Celebrate Your Child’s Birthday OUTSIDE!

a group of people standing in front of a buildingAfter living through a pandemic for the last year and dealing with remote learning and Zoom meetings, Cincinnati moms and dads can’t wait to get the kids outside! Thankfully spring is on the horizon so getting out of the house without boots and three layers of clothes is finally a reality. But what about your child’s birthday? If it’s time to plan, do you really want to do the usual birthday sleepover with kids at your house? And the thought of going INSIDE to a movie theater, escape room, or laser tag facility just doesn’t sound that appealing when the sun is shining. No worries! We have put together a list of five ways to celebrate your child’s birthday outdoors in Cincinnati.

  1. Plan a picnic party at one of the Hamilton County parks like Winton Woods or Miami Whitewater Park. A low cost plan is to bring your own food, just find a picnic table, take a hike, go fishing, or play on a playground. Of course, you can upgrade the experience by renting a shelter or opting for another one of the Great Parks Children’s Birthday Parties. For example, you can celebrate at Parky’s Farm and enjoy the play barn, a farm tour, and use of the party room for $160.
  2. Visit the Cincinnati Zoo. General admission prices vary based on day and time, but they usually run about $10 per child for non-members. Food and drink are available for purchase, but you may also bring your own food from home. Just wander the zoo on your own, or choose the Zoo-It-Yourself Birthday Package for 15 non-members for $200.
  3. Take the kids to play Putt-Putt Golf at a location like Eagle Tee in West Chester. At Eagle Tee, miniature golf is about $5 per child and fun for golfers and non-golfers alike. You can make the day more special by renting their Party Pavilion.  Bring your own food and celebrate for up to two hours for only $49. (Drinks must be purchased on-site.)
  4. Host a pool party. If you own your own pool, this is low cost (but high stress). Many other community pools like Greenhills Swimming Pool have relatively low admission prices with picnic tables nearby so you can bring your own food. A few public pools and clubs even allow you to reserve the pool at an additional charge with a certified life guard just for your group.
  5. Celebrate your child’s birthday with a Kids Cake and Ice Cream Party on the Cincinnati streetcar. This just may be the least stressful choice of all. The 2-hour experience includes a visit to Findlay Market, a ride on the streetcar, a special game along the way, playground fun at Washington Park, party favors, and of course cake and ice cream. Everything has been planned by a former elementary school teacher, and the party is hosted by an experienced mom who knows what makes kids smile. This all-inclusive party is a great way to visit downtown and is available for five children and 1 adult chaperone at the flat rate of $150.

It’s never too early to start thinking about your next family birthday. Talk to your child. Suggest a few things. Get feedback from friends. And then choose the least stressful, most memorable way to celebrate your child’s next milestone.