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Wild (Birthday) Child There was a time when planting the feet inclined) cakes. Kids 15 little ones) rents for free. Party costs The Cube of a generic ‘80s cartoon figurine on a looking for the glamour are calculated per child depending on 3420 N. Main St. store-bought cake was enough to leave a without the glue can have the activity planned, and can be as little 419-424-7176 kid beaming on her birthday. a dress-up session instead, as $30 total or as extravagant as $300 www.ci.findlay.oh.us and the party room total (for more That was then. For a (literally) cool party, try putting the (which can con- complicated Post-Y2K babies have, like, standards. tain up to themes). guests on ice. The Cube, part of Findlay’s Their parties will appear in Facebook Sports-Plex, can be host to future Kristi albums, become the fodder for drinking Yamaguchis and ice skating rookies fountain chats, earn possible mention alike, offering a party of ten kids pizza, in a tech-savvy parent’s status update soda, ice skating admissions and rentals, (“Having a blast at Amy’s party!”). and a private party room where they can And Findlay-area businesses ranging enjoy the festivities and food. The pack- from roller-skating rinks to clothing age costs $120, and concession items are boutiques are ready to answer the available upon request. call for cool, providing customized experiences for the birthday boy or Gold Medal Gymnastics & girl and guests. Findlay Area Fam- Cheerleading ily guides you through the venues 1850 Manor Hill Rd. worthy of your tyke (or tween). 419-425-4653 www.goldmedalgymnastics.us Kiya Papaya Boutique Sometimes kids need a more official set- 213 E. Crawford Street ting for their imitations of the summer 419-957-1743 Olympic floor routines than the back- Facebook.com: Kiya Papaya Boutique yard. At Gold Medal Gymnastics and Fashion darlings can try their hand at Cheerleading, birthday guests can design at a Kiya Papaya Boutique birth- cartwheel to their heart’s content. day bash. Kriss Bishop, owner Different party packages (appro- of the children’s cloth- priately named bronze, silver or ing store, sits down gold) range in price from $150 with potential to $275 for 20 guests, and birthday queens include staff-supervised and kings to free play and games in choose the item the gym. The upstairs they’d most party room hosts the like to put budding gymnasts their (crafty) when they’re ready stamp on, like to refuel, but guests tutus, flip flops are responsible for or (for the providing their more culinarily own food, cake and (continues on page 10) Piper Kimberly Pedersen, her 1st birthday Findlay OH www.findlayfamily.com • May 2012 • 9 (continued from page 9) tableware. Pricier packages offer themes, DorAnne’s Gifts & Gourmet refreshments and staff setup and clean- 327 S. Main St. up, and can be customized with add-ons 419-425-5510 like additional gym time. www.shopdorannes.com Toy stores are magical places for Stevi B’s Pizza children, and one of the only shop- 7535 Patriot Dr. ping locations they’ll willingly explore. 419-427-9999 DorAnne’s Gifts & Gourmet brings www.stevibs.com/Findlay.php a touch of that childhood wonder to The phrase “pizza party” connotes parents looking for a more intimate, low- awesome-ness all on its own, but Stevi key birthday gathering. The store has B’s Pizza ups the ante by giving kids a room for a party of a dozen children unlimited access to the cheesy goodness. or less and is free to use, but be sure to Packages there include access to the buf- make arrangements with owner Doris fet of pizzas, salads, desserts and drinks, in advance to reserve the space and and include a range of options for arcade iron out details. DorAnne’s also offers a tokens, games and goodie bags. Prices Toy Chest Registry, an award program range from $7.99 to $9.99 per child (with for tykes that keeps track of purchases, a minimum of eight children), and larger awarding $20 gift certificates for every packages include more swag and a $125 spent on toys. private room. agen, Cohen Levenh who turned 2 from Findlay, Splash Bay Resort JuJu Beadz 1705 Tollgate Dr. 829 Tiffin Ave. Maumee, OH 419-422-4444 419-482-7777 www.jjbeads.com www.splashbayresort.com How about a birthday party where For all those cooler weather birthday EVERYONE goes home with a beauti- babies who dreamed of a hot July pool ful gift they create? The party room at party, Splash Bay Resort offers a chance JUJU BEADZ is available for adults and to smell the chlorine all year long. Lo- children. This is the perfect place for cated in Maumee, the complex is part of your little princess, a girls night out, or a Holiday Inn hotel and tantalizes kids even a team-building event with cowork- with slides that are visible from the out- ers. Decorations are welcome, and a side as the minivans approach. Packages refrigerator and freezer are available for range from half day to full day and from refreshments. You’ll be BeaDazzled! Call $22 to $31 per child depending on the for details and reservations. time spent and pizza eaten, and require a minimum of ten swimmers and seven days advance booking. enjoyed ez, Findlay, Zoey Gutierr d hday at Gol her 6th birt nastics Medal Gym 10 • May 2012 • www.findlayfamily.com Re BI RTH n t o u r Aidyn Levenh DAY R o r h o OOM agen, age 4, from Findlay BEAD s t a -MAK PART ING f or y Y our big e v ne x t ent! ten guests is required, and food and decorations may be brought in. A goldfish- themed Finding Nemo party, anyone? AMF Sportsman Lanes 616 Trenton Ave. 419-422-9757 www.amf.com/sportsmanlanes Give invitations a snappy al- literation (and kids a sporting good time) by hosting a bowling birthday bash. AMF Sportsman Lanes staff helps plan regular Pirates Cove or themed parties, so those who Tues-Sat Amusement Center want to party in a costume don’t 11am - 6pm 230 E. Front St. dresses they have to be born in October. A par- Sun & Mon 419-423-9999 model in a fashion show. It ty for $12.45 per child includes two CLOSED www.piratescovefindlay.com costs $10 to $12 per child (depending hours of unlimited bowling, shoe on how many stations are requested) rental, invitations, pizza and drinks. For 829 Tiffin Ave - Findlay Kids who’ve dreamed of a more intense game of tag than their basement can ac- and can host up to twelve children with a buck extra per child guests can get a 419-422-4444 milkshake, and additional food items are commodate will want to party at Pirates a minimum $60 cost. Other options include the “Make It Take It” package, available upon request. The birthday boy www.jujubeadz.us Cove Amusement Center. The laser tag or girl takes home a special bowling pin center offers the competition of laser where for $14 per child (for $70 mini- mum with a max of a dozen kids) can as a souvenir, and parents are welcome tag or the unfettered fun of an indoor to bring their own cake. bounce house, and an arcade to boot. rotate through nail painting, beading Birthday parties are $14 per child, which bracelets and cookie decorating. Two covers tokens, laser tag or bounce house weeks notice and 50 percent down is re- Rolling Thunder Skating access, pizza, pop and party room. Extra quired for a reservation, and parents are and Family Center rounds of laser tag, t-shirts and pirate- encouraged to bring non-messy treats 2225 Keith Parkway themed cake are available for an extra (and forks). 419-422-7227 charge, but shouting “aargh, me matey” www.rollingthunder-findlay.com in delight is free. Virginia Motion Pictures Let a personal DJ blare pop tunes to the 119 N. Main St. birthday host’s content for their dance Findlay YMCA North Baltimore party on wheels at Rolling Thunder 300 E. Lincoln St. 419-257-4900 Skating and Family Center. The indoor 419-422-4424 www.virginiamotionpictures.com skating rink provides the decorations, www.findlayymca.org Wide-eyed movie fans can enjoy the table settings, a new pair of speed skates The first cannonball of the party is way latest movie releases or an old favorite in for the birthday child, food and shout- less challenging when the water is warm the privacy of their own rented screen- outs over the sound speakers in their and inviting. Kids can compete to be the ing room at Virginia Motion Pictures. $235 “Roller Roos Skates, Cake and Ice biggest splash-maker in the luxury of the Party-planning parents have three pack- Cream Birthday Bonanza” package. The Findlay YMCA’s heated pool, complete ages to choose from, and include private package includes 10 kids (more are ad- with pool toys and lifeguards on watch showings or prices for general admis- mitted at $6 per child), and other party to make sure the festivities stay safe. sion with the crowd. A minimum of packages run from $7.50 to $9 per child. The West Pool Lounge is available for those who want to hang out pre- or post- swim, and can be decorated ahead of time. Party hosts also supply their own cake, favors and drinks.The costs vary depending on the length of the party and number of guests, so call ahead to reserve a date and package. TRENDS! On Main 501 S. Main St. 419-420-1582 www.ilovetrends.com Another option for fashion-forward kids is TRENDS! On Main’s, where a birthday bash becomes a stylish affair. In the “Princess Party” package, kids can experiment at their new facility with sta- tions creating funky ponytails, nails and makeup, and finish it off with fancy www.findlayfamily.com • May 2012 • 11
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