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March 30, 2023

The Area’s Top 5 Party Spots

Plan a birthday party as special and unique as your child. Celebrate the past year with your family and friends at one of these top party spots — we’re highlighting great places for celebrations so you can make your child’s next birthday one for the record books!

Red Balloon

Your littlest one can enjoy lots of activities at Red Balloon Café + Play.

#1 for Babies

Red Balloon Café + Play

6200 Montgomery Road | 513-620-8328 |

Red Balloon Café and Play has a large play area with a plethora of play options for your child. It is your go-to place for flexible party planning. They offer catering for your child’s special day, but also allow alcohol and outside food. Does your child have a unique sleep schedule? Not a problem! While many places have specified times available for parties, Red Balloon lets you pick the time that works best for your child!  How GREAT is that?

Packages include: The basic party packages includes two hours of exclusive use of the studio with unlimited play for up to 13 kids (you can add on more kids for $5 each), coffee and/or tea for the adults, and Red Balloon staff takes care of the clean up. The deluxe package includes everything in the basic as well as themed decorations, a party coordinator, staff-led activities, snacks, and a craft.

Cost: Basic Party package: $200 – $225, Deluxe Party package: $300 – $325, $75/hr to rent the studio, $100 – $250/hr to rent Family dinning/café

Booking: Red Balloon Café and Play typically books about two months out. Throwing a last-minute party? No worries! Give them a call and they will let you know what is available.

Pogo Play

Little kids can build and have fun at Pogo Play.

#1 for Toddlers

Pogo Play

10870 Kenwood Road | 513-432-5593

Play structures, inflatables, Legos, foam blocks, interactive floors, pretend play areas and more. Pogo Play has something for everyone. The best part about parties at Pogo Play is that kids are not limited on playtime. They can play until they fall asleep in your arms! Pogo Play is also a nut-free facility! They are a perfect party location for kiddos with nut allergies.

Packages include: Private party rooms, private time in inflatable rooms, and unlimited free play in all nine of their play zones. All packages include two party hosts, paper supplies, ice cream cups, and a special birthday tile for guests to sign for the birthday child. Parties may also include drinks, gift bags, food, and cake.

Cost: Party packages range from $260 – $380 and includes gratuity for the two party hosts. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due at the time of booking.  Parties on Monday – Thursday receive a 20 percent discount.

Booking: One to two months in advance is recommended, but not necessary. Gift bags and cake orders require a five-day notice.

#1 for Elementary

Carol Ann’s Carousel

West Mehring Way | 513-381-3756

Create a magical and memorable birthday celebration for your child at Carol Ann’s Carousel. The birthday child and their friends can go around and around on the beautiful carousel with 44 characters that each tells a story about the history of Cincinnati. After your time at the carousel you can head out and enjoy the rest of what Smale Riverfront Park has to offer! Extend the length of your party by letting kids explore and play at the PNC Grow Up Great Adventure Playground. For parties in the warmer months, remind party-goers to pack a swimsuit and towel so you can head over to the spray grounds after riding the carousel.

Packages include: Set up of tables and chairs, printable invitations, and wristbands for kids in the party group for the designated party hours. The birthday child also gets three carousel tokens, a gift, and a crown/tiara and a bracelet. Different packages are available and may include food, a naturalist, and a craft. Paper products are also included with the purchase of food packages.

Cost: $200 for 10 children. Each extra child/attendee is $10 with a max of 15.

Booking: Must be booked two weeks in advance of requested date. Payment is due in full at the time of reservation.

* Keep an eye on the parks website! They have some great specials coming up. They will be offering some FREE family programs at Carol Ann’s this year and they will also celebrate their anniversary on May 16.

#1 for Tweens

Pink Party Palace (pictured at top)

5579 Eureka Drive, Hamilton | 513- 601-8818

The Pink Party Palace is a place designed for girls. Pamper your birthday princess and her friends while having the place to yourselves. Every girl gets personal attention! They offer multiple party packages that will fit any girl’s dreams. Packages range from a party for two up to 12, but you can also add on additional kids if needed. You can also book Mommy and Me trips and add on any DIY package without having to book a party. The Pink Party Palace carries a paraben-free, hypoallergenic, and vegan line of products.

Packages include: Parties at the Pink Party Palace could include manis and pedis, spa robes, a Do-It-Yourself lip gloss station, Do-It-Yourself candy bar, Do-It-Yourself nail polish bar, and facials while bonding with friends.

They also offer themed parties that include: Girly Glam, Tea Party, Rock Star Party, Princess Party, Fashionista Party, Monster High, PJ Party, and Glamping Party.

Cost: Packages range from $99 – $475. You can add on cupcakes, drinks, pizza, party room, and more.  If you add on the party room you can bring your own food!

Booking: One to two weeks in advance.

Lazer Kraze

Make your party glow with fun at Lazer Kraze.

#1 for Teens

Lazer Kraze

7982 Columbia Road, Maineville (Mason) | 513-339-1030
1335 Donaldson Road, Erlanger | 859-371-5729

Lazer Kraze offers the “Best of Both worlds” with trampolines and laser tag for birthday parties. They also have arcades and snack bars. There are many packages available for your next party, but if you are looking to customize your child’s party just give them a call!  They will help customize a party perfect for your child.

Packages include: A party coach, drinks, private party room and a return pass for birthday child are included. Food, tokens, and goodie bags are available to add on to any party package.

Cost: Laser Tag starts at $159, Trampoline starts at $179, Combo party starts at $199, Arcade party starts at $159, and Spa party starting at $229. You can also add the “Glow Party” option to your package or book Lazer Kraze ToGo, where they bring the party to your location for $250 per hour.

Booking: At least two weeks in advance.

Want more party ideas? Check these out!


Blue Cocoon
9361 Montgomery Road, Ste. G
513-791-1089 •
Different party packages available including 10 different themes as part of the Deluxe Party Package. They also offer a Sensory and Play party which is a perfect option for developing minds and bodies.

Little Gym
8201 Arbor Square Drive, Mason
513-204-1400 •
A full service party location designed for kids ages 1 – 12. Party goers participate in all of the gym activities, games, music, Duplos/Legos and more all guided by a Little Gym instructor.

Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center
4244 Hamilton Ave.
513-591-2332 •
With more than a dozen themes to choose from, the CFEC has party packages appropriate for ages up through 8 years, but first year birthdays are a specialty.  CFEC staff will do all the work, including leading the kids in activities, set-up, clean-up, and more.

cincy zoo

Kids enjoy animal encounters during parties at the Cincinnati Zoo.


Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3400 Vine St.
513- 281-4700 •
Perfect for your animal lover! Parties are designed for kids ages 2 – 10 and include two animal encounters, admission tickets to the zoo and more.

EnterTrainment Junction
7379 Squire Court, West Chester
513-898-8000 •
All aboard! Chugga Chugga Choo Choo! EnterTrainment Junction is a perfect party location for all train lovers. There are three different party packages available with additional options available to add on.

Jump ‘n Jacks
7102 Office Park Drive, West Chester
513-779-5867 •
A perfect location for the kids (and parents!) that like to climb, crawl, slide and jump! Private party rooms are available and kids get unlimited playground time during and after the party.

Recreations Outlet
885 St. Rt. 28, Milford
513-831-7383 •
What toddler doesn’t love to swing? Recreations Outlet offers private party rooms and access to all of their swing sets, trampolines, and basketball hoops indoors. Let your birthday child swing all day!


Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy
3635 Woodridge Blvd., Fairfield
513-860-3082 •
Perfect for the kids who love to run, jump, and flip! Parties at CGA get full access to the gym and instructors rotate the party through obstacle courses and through all of the equipment.

Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Ave. • 513-287-7021
Choose from 12 different theme parties designed for children ages 1 – 12. All parties include admission for 25 people to explore the selected museum, a museum staff member to lead your program, and more!

Happen, Inc’s Toy Lab
4203 Hamilton Ave.
513-751-2345 •
Have a creative kiddo? Why not celebrate in a creative way! Happen’s Toy Lab is a perfect location for young minds. Kids ages 6 – 12 will have a great time inventing their one-of-a-kind toy out of upcycled materials.

Mad Potter in Madeira
7754 Camargo Road
513-561-1888 •
Book a private party room for your artist and his/her friends. Party room includes a refrigerator/freezer for your own refreshments. Studio fees are $8 for adults and $6 for 12 and under, plus the cost of the pottery. For parties of 8 or more you can choose from packages that are $12, $15, or $18 per kid.

Pump It Up  
7724 Service Drive, West Chester
513-829-7867 •
Rotate through three private party rooms filled with bounce houses, inflatable slides, obstacle courses, rock walls, a trampoline and more. If parents bring their socks they can join in on the fun too!

Tweens and Teens

1 Levee Way, #2130, Newport
859-581-7529 •
What teen doesn’t like gaming? Gameworks is a great spot for your favorite gamers’ birthday celebration!. They offer food, private/semi private party rooms as well as video and arcade game packages.

Pinot’s Palette
7302 Yankee Road, Liberty Township
513-777-9200 •
Artists ages 6 and older will love a party at Pinot’s Palette. Choose from multiple options of paintings and let a local artist guide your birthday child and their guests step by step though the painting as they create their own masterpiece.

RockQuest Climbing Center
3475 East Kemper Road
513-733-0123 •
Parties at RockQuest are perfect for kids ages 7 and older that crave trying “something new and different.” All party packages include RockQuest staff belayers, climbing and harness rental, and more.

Sky Zone
11745 Commons Drive, Springdale
513-671-1333 •
SkyZone “will make ya Jump Jump!” Your child may not know that Kris Kross song, but they will know how to have a great time celebrating at Sky Zone! There are two different packages available for your next celebration.

About the Author

Tina Pratt

Tina Pratt is the mom of two littles. She is a former PreK- 5 special education teacher that now works as a behavior coach. She enjoys being a tourist in her own town and finding ways to embed lessons into everyday fun!