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July 19, 2024

Celebrations! Best Birthdays for Little Ones

They say the hours are long but the years are short, so celebrate your birthday kids BIG!

One minute you’re a mom zombie and the next it feels like you’re an ultra marathoner running aimlessly at your mobile toddler. Yes, it goes by quickly, but celebrating little ones is super fun when they’re small. As we begin to crawl out of pandemic restrictions, here’s the latest on what your favorite party spots are doing these days to make your child’s special day exciting and memorable.


Abrakadoodle Greater Cincinnati
513-297-5655 |
What’s so cool about Abrakoodle’s Arty Party? The talented art teachers and age-appropriate activities and lessons made specially for your tiny artist! Each kid gets a framed piece of their original art and cool party favors, and they provide the materials and fun. Plus, they bring their Mobile Arty Party to you!

Color Me Mine Crestview
Choose the Kids Ceramic Party for ages 2 – 12 for two hours in the party room, setup and cleanup, a tech to assist, a commemorative signature dinner plate, glazing, firing, materials and instruction. Keep the party to 12 tots or less to meet current health and safety

Dig ‘N Play
513-847-1055 | 9405 Cincinnati Columbus Road #8, West Chester, Oh
Whether you choose to have a private party or semi-private party, the birthday kid will “dig” spending time with his closest circle of friends and family. Each package has its perks that include a private party room and clean up! From their huge custom sand table, to inflatables, and three-story play structure,
this will be a party to remember.

EnterTRAINment Junction
513-898-8000 | 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, Oh
This is a train-lovers dream come true. Featuring a railroad museum, an indoor children’s play area with a maze and funhouse and an outdoor kid’s train ride, your little conductor will have plenty of entertainment plus lots of party packages to choose from. Currently following up-to-date COVID-19 health and safety protocols; party rooms fit up to 30 people, masks can be taken off in the party rooms.

Florence Y’alls
859-594-4487 ext. 22 | 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Ky
Celebrate your little one’s big day with Y’all! He will love being a star for the evening – packages include family section tickets, sodas, wristbands to the Kids
Zone, a special Happy Birthday shout out from his fans during the 5th inning, and to really put the icing on the cake, he will get to throw out a ceremonial first pitch AND keep the autographed baseball, too! Let’s play ball!

Milk and Beans
859-360-0257 | 574 Buttermilk Pike, Crescent Springs, Ky
Four different packages can be semi-private or totally private. Bring your own decorations or add a package for a stress-free celebration. Check out all of the add-ons online and the differences between parties.

Pump It Up of West Chester
513-829-7867 | 7724 Service Center Drive, West Chester, Oh
VIP treatment with your party kid’s own bouncy house arena; a private party room, games, inflatable party playgrounds and the special blow-up birthday throne. Contactless payment options plus increased cleaning and sanitizing in between parties.

Puzzle Pieces – A Sensory Sensation
513-583-1874 | 11912 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Oh
Throw your sensory child a birthday he’ll love. Choose between three packages (Basic; Midsize; or Premiere). Each includes two hours in the sensory room and various amenities. A magician or face painter can be added, too.

Run, Jump, and Play
513-771-7529 5897 | Pfeiffer Road, Suite B, Cincinnati, Oh
An enormous playground and fun inflatables! The new toddler addition lets tots explore with sensory adventures and
educational activities. Parties include a personal party host, a private party room, invitations and paper goods. You bring the cake. They set up and clean up the mess!

Star Glazers
513-474-6364 |
They bring the fun to your birthday kid! A pottery expert brings the supplies and offers booklets and ideas for your masterpiece. Pricing includes the cost of supplies, glazing and firing. No mess and all fun!

Urban Air Trampoline Park Cincinnati
513-322-3130 | 3321 Alamo Ave., Cincinnati, Oh
You choose your party package and Urban Air takes care of the rest – setup, hosting and cleanup – and watch your little birthday kid enjoy all of the indoor play and trampoline fun that their little heart desires. There is something for all ages, too, with a full adventure park loaded with more than just trampolines. Packages include party necessities, balloons, 2 hours of play, socks and more! Masks are required; enhanced cleaning procedures; a sanitation team; limited capacity on attractions; temperature checks when you arrive and more health and safety protocols on their website.

West Chester Academy
513-829-2345 | 8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester, Oh
Birthday party themes for ages 1 and older. Bubbles, dress up, games and more. They supply invites, party supplies, optional party bags; and 90 minutes on Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 or 3 p.m. Lobby is currently closed; you may invite up to 15 party kids (including birthday kids); party participants can choose to wear a mask in the gym; adults required to wear masks to and from the front door and in the party area.


For picnic shelters, call well in advance and ask for pricing.

Cincinnati Nature Center
Krehbiel Pavilion Shelter |
This roomy shelter has eight picnic tables that seat up to 50 people and is located right outside the much-loved Nature PlayScape, perfect for little explorers. Masks are required when inside buildings and during programs but no longer need to be worn on trails.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
513-281-4700 | 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Oh
The “Zoo it Yourself” Birthday Party Package is new this month! Pick up your party package at the Welcome Center and have your own Zoo-It yourself
birthday party. Enhance your party by adding extras!

Gorman Heritage Farm
513-563-6663 | 10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Oh
Little ones love farm animals! Meet animals in an open space and play! For more information, e-mail Caroline at

Great Parks of Hamilton County Picnic Shelters
Great Parks is not hosting parties for the 2021 season, however, they do offer 58 open-sided picnic shelters and two non-sheltered picnic areas that are available to reserve up to a year in advance including Lake Isabella, Sharon Woods and Fernbank Park to name a few.

NKY Picnic Shelters

Tower Park | 900 S Ft. Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas | 859-781-1700
Three sheltered picnic areas that include playgrounds, tennis courts, grills and restrooms.

Highland Hills Park | Mayfield Ave., Fort Thomas | 859-781-1700
A gorgeous location with two picnic shelters that include a grill, electric and plenty of open space for a party.

Rossford Park | 219 Rossford Ave., Fort Thomas | 859-781-1700
A cozy, covered shelter with eight picnic tables equipped with a grill and electric.

Riggs Memorial Park | 859-781-1700 2000 | Memorial Parkway, Fort Thomas, Ky
A smaller shelter but does not require a reservation – it’s first come first serve! Picnic tables, grills, play equipment, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts and seasonal restroom facilities are some amenities you can take advantage of. Bring the snacks, cake, a few simple decorations and let the party begin.

Rent a Bouncy House

Bouncy houses plus your backyard make for a simple party with your closest family and friends. You can find the perfect inflatable of any size and shape (including water slides!). Some offer weekend-long rentals, setup and delivery, too!


P&J’s Bounce House 
513-479-7617 |
A local privately owned rental company located in the Northern Cincinnati area. Delivering bounce houses, water slides and concessions. Providing modern, clean and affordable bounce house. Ask about deep discounts for parties and event booked Mon – Thu and for repeat customers. 

Here’s More: 

The Bounce House Guys | 513-403-4763 |

Cincinnati Inflatables | 513-351-8000 |

Cincinnati Bounce | 513-999-5867 |

Party Go Round Event Rentals | 513-570-5383 |


Maxwell Jump Rentals | 859-750-8837 |

Jumping Jack’s Awesome Inflatables | 859-750-8837 |

Leap’n Lizards  | 859-918-6327 |

About the Author

Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a mom of three with one on the way. If she's not writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.