You don’t have to spend a fortune on your child’s birthday party to make it unforgettable. It’s the thought that counts, especially when you pick something that you know your sons and daughters will love. Here’s our list of some of the best party planning services in Cleveland for throwing a special birthday celebration and creating memories that you and your child will cherish forever.
Jungle Terry’s Traveling Zoo:
If there’s one thing most kids love, it’s petting animals. That’s one reason why Jungle Terry and his animals have been entertaining and educating local families for over 30 years. You’ll be glad to know he’s licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the state of Ohio. Your kids may just like his safari costume and being able to pet the animals, reptiles, and birds he brings with him. Most shows are about 45 minutes to 1 hour with 12 to 15 different species. In addition to birthday parties, Terry performs at schools, baseball parks, and other venues. He loves to do intergenerational gatherings too. (Available 7 days a week year-round, $175 to $194 depending on the event and travel time)
Ohio Station Outlets:
For the child who can’t get enough of trains, don’t miss this unique opportunity for your child to play engineer for a day at this exurban shopping center just about an hour drive from Cleveland. All you have to do is call Guest Services to arrange a day during the birthday week for kids ages 3 to 12. Due to Ohio weather conditions, they can only offer this experience from April through October, but kids with off-season birthdays can come in once a year too during these same months. The trains are special too. They’re called Sophie and Victoria, both from England. Sophie’s the traditional type, and Victoria is a newer electric and more eco-conscious model. Of course, the whole family can also enjoy shopping for bargains at all the national and Ohio based retailers while you’re there. Check the Ohio Station Outlets online calendar too for the many special events they host throughout the year. (Burbank, April through October, free)
School of Rock:
Any child who grows up in the city that’s home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame might want to play the guitar for their birthday. The School of Rock makes it easy for you to give them what they want with 3 locations in the Cleveland area. Plus, School of Rock has been named a top location for children’s birthday parties by Parents.com. Partygoers learn about songwriting and instrument playing through age-appropriate lessons and games courtesy of their professional teaching staff. Costs include instruction, a private party room, pizza, drinks, and more. Your child might be inspired to continue taking more music classes, and you might find out that you both love some of the same oldies. (Cleveland West, Strongsville, Highland Heights; $300 and up depending on location)
Bricks 4 Kidz:
Granted, LEGO parties aren’t exactly a new idea. However, kids love them, and they’re highly educational so let’s just be happy that they keep appealing to one generation after another. Bricks 4 Kidz will customize your birthday party however you like so you can choose from creative LEGO-based games and other related activities. They’ll even provide the party invitations and thank you notes to make your workload easier. Oh, and did we mention that Bricks 4 Kidz was recently awarded Number One Children’s Enrichment Program by Entrepreneur Magazine? All of their units are designed to teach an aspect of STEM learning so kids have fun while strengthening their science, technology, engineering, and math skills. If you want to continue the experience, you can also bring your kids back for camps, preschool classes, and much more. (Cleveland West, Avon, Lakewood; call for prices)
Cuts N Curls:
Do you wish you could make haircuts less stressful for your child? Cuts N Curls is a unique salon that will turn your next appointment into a piece of cake, birthday cake that is. They offer a fun environment for routine visits, field trips, and parties for children and adults. The children’s birthday packages give you the choice of 3 options. The Princess Spa Party and The Royal Treatment include facial tattoos, a red carpet fashion show, and a tiara for the birthday girl. If you’re hosting both boys and girls, you may prefer The Build a Stuffed Animal Party where guests can wear superhero capes or spa robes and bring home their own craft masterpieces. You can add a pizza lunch into all of the party packages, and you will need to bring your own cake. (Solon, price varies by package, $30 to $40 per child)
Have your child’s birthday party at Northeast Ohio’s premier indoor play cafe. If you’re a parent who appreciates healthy food options and physically active play, this may be the kind of community you’ve been looking for. Cafe O’Play is designed for children under 10 and their parents/caregivers. You’ll find a coffee house area and a huge indoor playground that includes the 2 private party rooms. You can choose from 3 packages consisting of a mini party, super party or private party. You can also opt to make it on the go, and they’ll bring everything you need to mingle in your backyard or any venue of your choice. All packages include a trained staff member who’ll be your Party Hero taking care of all the logistics and keeping the kids engaged with customized games and creative play. There’s lots of fun stuff like a climbing structure, a Glow Dance room, a Sports Court, a Gaga Ball Court (it’s a gentler form of dodge ball), and an interactive game floor. (Stow, $199 and up)Contact us at Fred’s Appliance Service to keep your home appliances in top shape for special occasions and everyday life. We take great pride in offering the best possible service in the Cleveland area, including all of Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Portage, Lorain, and Cuyahoga counties.