How to Get Free Jeni’s Ice Cream on Your Birthday!

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Birthday freebies
abound but it’s hard to beat a free trio sized ice cream at your local Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams on your birthday!

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Salty Caramel and Dark Chocolate in a cone at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Grandview

My go to: Salty Caramel and Dark Chocolate.

Some people keep a list of all of the birthday freebies and make a point of hitting them all up within the given timeframe. But there is only ONE birthday freebie my family goes out of its way to claim and that’s your free birthday ice cream at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams!

How do you get your free birthday ice cream at Jeni’s?

It’s pretty easy to get your free ice cream BUT it does require a few specific steps! So read on to find out how to enjoy this extra special birthday freebie!

ice cream cone at Jeni's Ice Cream in Columbus, Ohio

Salty Caramel and Dark Chocolate makes another appearance.

1. Show up ON your birthday.

This isn’t one of those birthday freebies that lasts a month or even a week. It must be your EXACT birthday! And yes, you must show proof which leads us to step number two.

2. Show your ID.

In order to prove it is your birthday, you must show an ID with your birthdate! (Otherwise, every day would be my birthday. wink wink.) But “what about the kids?” you ask! Parents can vouch for their children on their birthday. 

That’s it, just two steps and you’re on your way to getting your free birthday ice cream at Jeni’s!

Jeni's Ice Cream in a waffle cone.

For a real treat try the Buttercrisp Waffle Cone – made fresh in shops daily!

What size ice cream can you get on your birthday?

On your birthday you can get a free single, standard or trio sized ice cream in a cup or a cone. Who wouldn’t get the trio?? Seriously, I can’t think of one reason not to! As you can see below, my husband sure did!

man pointing at his free Jeni's ice cream on his birthday in Columbus, Ohio

Oh yeah! He went for the trio.

Where are Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Scoop Shops Located?

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are in 14 cities and counting, but Columbus, Ohio is the home of Jeni’s and we are proud of it!

a bowl of Jeni's Ice Cream at Columbus Commons

Columbus Commons is one of my favorite Jeni’s locations in Columbus!

Jeni’s Ice Cream Scoop Shop locations in Columbus include:

  • North Market (home of the first Jeni’s) – 59 Spruce St., Columbus, OH 43215
  • Grandview Heights – 1281 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212
  • Short North – 714 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
  • Dublin – 1 W. Bridge St., Dublin, OH 43017
  • Clintonville – 4247 N. High St., Clintonville, OH 43214
  • German Village – 900 Mohawk St., Columbus, OH 43206
  • Columbus Commons – 160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215
  • Easton – 3998 Gramercy St., Columbus, OH 43219

And now indulge me for some of my favorite Jeni’s memories like . . .

two women holding ice cream at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Scoop Shop

That time I ran into my friend and birthday twin Erin, (aka the Spiffy Cookie) getting our free birthday ice cream!

Jeni Britton Bauer and Julie Miller at This Week News

And oh yeah, that one time I did a podcast with Jeni herself about ice cream. What?! And yes, I was freaking out inside. You can listen to that podcast here on The Great Food Debate.

If for some sad reason you do not live near a Jeni’s Scoop Shop, you can order online and have it shipped nationwide OR you get one of her recipe books (I have this one) and make it at home! (Yes, you will need an ice cream machine like this adorable pink one.) My parents bought me Jeni’s first book and an ice cream maker for Christmas one year. It was a great gift idea!

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home

Now you know all you need to know so that you don’t miss out on your free birthday ice cream! Happy Birthday to you!

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10 Columbus Bakers Who Make Amazing Custom Birthday Cakes for Kids

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If you’re looking for a custom birthday cake in Columbus, Ohio, check out one of these fabulous home bakers who make some of the best looking (and tasting) celebration cakes in town!

Moms are always on the hunt for the most creative birthday cakes! Whether you aspire to be a Pinterest party planner or you just want to fake it till you make it, check out this list of local bakers who can check one item off of your party planning list!

These home bakers make custom birthday cakes and are located in Columbus, Ohio or the surrounding area! Check out their Instagram pages for ideas and inspiration and contact them directly to order!

Custom Cake Bakers in Columbus, Ohio:

1. Sweet Peas Cakery

IG: @sweetpeascakery614_

“Baker of happiness”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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2. Volk Sweets

IG: @volk.sweets

“Creatively driven. Baking inclined.” 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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3. Just Frost It Desserts

IG: @justfrostit

“Just Frost It Desserts”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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4. Slice of Heaven Bakery

@sliceofheavencbus

“Anything with flour and sugar.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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5. Bon Voyage Bakery

IG: @bonvoyagebakery

“All proceeds help my students travel to France.”

(The shark cakes in the pic at the top of this post were made by Bon Voyage Bakery.)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Nursery Lane Baking Co.

@nurserylanebakingco

“Buttercream cakes & cookies.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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7. Cookie Girl Confections

IG: @cookiegirl_confections

“We specialize in custom cakes.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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8. The Cake & I

IG: @thecakeandicolumbus

“Custom cakes, cupcakes and cookies.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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9. Cakes By Kat Bake Shop

IG: @cakesbykatbakeshop

“1% donated to promote equality”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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10. Sweet and Shiny

IG: @sweetandshiny_columbus

“Sweet and Shiny Bakery”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Need more help planning your child’s birthday party in Columbus? Check out: Affordable Places to Have a Kid’s Birthday Party in Columbus!

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Affordable Places to Have a Kid’s Birthday Party in Columbus

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Parents are always looking for affordable places to have birthday parties for their kids! These rental spaces are available for parties in Columbus and they won’t break the bank!

In the age of Pinterest, having a child’s birthday party can be a stressful event for parents! Some parents love to hand make party favors and fancy food and others would prefer that someone else does all the work! If you’re looking for a space to hold a child’s birthday party in Columbus, this list of ideas is meant to offer some ideas for low-cost party ideas.

On this list is a wide range of options from a simple room for rent to play areas with catered menus. This is not an exhaustive list of birthday party options in Columbus, but a list of ideas that fall on the less expensive end of the scale!

Affordable Birthday Party Ideas for Kids in Columbus, Ohio:

The Naz

Location: 4770 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-875-2551

birthday party space at The Naz

The Naz Play Place Room has a capacity of 35 people. The room is available for rent for birthday parties during the week and on weekends. You can access the play area for your party, but it will also be open to the public. 

At The Naz, you are able to bring in your own food, though no peanut products are allowed, or you can purchase one of their party packages that includes pizza or hot dogs. There are additional menu items you can add on to your party. 

Rentals are for 1.5 hour time slots and you are allowed in 15 min before and 15 min after for set up and tear down. Weekday parties are allowed on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and it is $35 to rent the room on these days. Saturday parties are $75.

The add on packages range from $25-$50 depending on the food you choose and include plates, napkins and cups. 

Graeter’s Scoops and Chutes Playground

Location: 2136 Bethel Road Columbus, OH 43220
Phone: 614-442-7622 

birthday party space at Graeter's on Bethel Road

The Bethel Rd. location of Graeter’s has a free indoor play area. Adjacent to the play area are some party rooms that can be rented. Rental of the party room without the package option is $75. Party packages come with a host and each child can make their own ice cream sundae. Packages are $14/child and there is an 8 child minimum.

Central Park Playland

Location: 471 E. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-682-6472

birthday party space at Central Park Play Place in Westerville, Ohio

The indoor play area is available for rent on Fridays and Saturdays for 2.5 hours (this includes set up and clean up time). You can bring your own food and drinks into the space. There will be a staff person on hand for your event, but that person does not assist with party activities.

The space holds up to 24 children. There is a small refrigerator available. The cost for renting the space is $75.

The Annex at Coffee Connections of Hilliard

Location: 4004 Main St., Hilliard, Ohio 43026
Phone: 614-664-3993

Fill out Rental Inquiry Form

birthday party space at Coffee Connections in Hilliard, Ohio

The Annex can be rented for a 2 hour time slot (12:00 PM – 2:00 PM or 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM) for $150. You also get an additional 30 minutes to set up and 30 minutes to tear down for a total of 3 hours. There is a $25 non-refundable deposit that is required to secure your rental time. 

The space holds up to 60 people and seating includes couches, bar stools and chairs. Folding tables are also available. Renters can bring in outside food and drinks. Upstairs there is a play space for children that is great for young kids.

Coffee is available for purchase for your event and there are also additional ad-on services available such as face painting, a popcorn machine and a snow cone ice shaver. 

Easterseals Central and Southeast Ohio

Location: 3830 Trueman Court, Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-228-5523

Birthday Party space at Easterseals Columbus Ohio

The indoor play area at Easterseals of Central and Southeast Ohio is available for birthday parties. Party time slots are 3 hours and require a $100 non-refundable deposit at the time of booking plus $250. 

The room allows for a maximum of 15 children per party and renters can bring in their own food. There is a play area plus a separate room for eating and opening gifts. The space includes folding tables and chairs for your use.

The Design Refinery

Location: 11 N. Westmoor Ave., Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-407-5019

Fill Out Rental Form

rental space in Columbus, Ohio

This event space is available for rent for parties and events of all kinds. The space holds up to 40 seated and 50 standing room only. You may bring your own food and beverages, a mini fridge and microwave are available. Chairs and tables are provided. Cost is $40/hour.

Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks

Phone: 614-508-8111 

Lodges and shelters at the various Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks can be reserved for full day and half day time slots. Prices range from $100 – $250 depending on the location and time. Prices are more for non-Franklin County residents. 

Reservations can be made online unless your party is less than 14 days away. At that point you may call to make a reservation. Click here for a price list by park.

W.W. Williams Shelter at Wyman Woods

Location: 1515 Goodale Blvd, Grandview Heights, OH 43212
Phone: 614-488-3111 

rental space for parties at Wyman Woods, Columbus, Ohio

W.W. Williams Shelter at Wyman Woods is adjacent to an outdoor playground. The shelter is available April 1 – October 31. Sunday – Thursday rentals are significantly cheaper than weekend rentals ($120 for residents, $240 for non residents). Friday and Saturday rentals are $240 for residents and $400 for non residents.

Residents can begin making reservations on the first business day of January for the coming year. Non-Residents can begin making reservations on the first business day of February.

Worthington Community Center

Phone: 614-436-2743 

The Kid’s Corner at Worthington Community Center is available for rent for $20/hour for residents and $50/hour for non-residents. The Community Room can accommodate up to 80 people and is available for $25/hour for residents and $45/hour for non residents. Other rooms are available thorough the system, click the link for more info!

Use of the leisure pool is also available in conjunction with parties (though not for private use). There is an adjacent room called the Fishbowl that is available for rent. Parties are for 2 hours and include 20 swimming guests and are $140 for residents and $180 for non-residents.  

The Westerville Parks and Recreation Department

Phone: 614-901-6515 

The Westerville Parks and Recreation Department has several options for rental spaces. Many of the shelters are rentable for a refundable $25 deposit. The Little Sprouts Wait Room can be rented for $105 for 2 hours. Residents receive a discounted rate. Indoor and outdoor pool parties are also an option. Visit the website for a lot of options!

Columbus Recreation and Parks

Phone: 614-645-3337

Shelter houses are available for rent by calling the number above . Rooms can be rented by contacting each Community Center location individually. See a list of Community Centers here.

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