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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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio January 17-20, 2020, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this Weekend? Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend including Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Don’t miss 25 Free Things to do with Kids in Columbus, Ohio this Winter for more (and affordable) fun around Columbus!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

9:45 AM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

10:00 AM – Seasons and Stories! at Rocky Fork Metro Park – listen to stories by the fire! Ages 1-8. Warm beverages provided.

10:00 AM – Toddler Open Gym at Thompson Recreation Center – drop in for a free Open Gym time at the rec center!

11:00 AM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

12:00 PM – Snapshots of the Family Farm at Gallant Farm – visit Gallant Farm to see a collection of photos from the 1930’s and 40’s. Bring your own pictures of your family farm to add to the collection!

1:00 PM – Building with Blocks at Grove City Library – drop in to build with blocks of all kinds and sizes! All ages welcome.

4:00 PM – Family Night Fridays at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – for $30 enjoy a family pass to the play area and a large 1 tipping pizza and a drink pitcher.

6:00 PM – January Parents Night Out at We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus – drop the kids off for pizza, play, games and a craft! $30 for the first child. Siblings are $20. Call to register.

6:30 PM – Family Friendly Lantern Hike at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – all ages are welcome to take a 1.5 mile lantern-lit hike.

7:00 PM – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

7:00 PM – Friday Nights Unlimited Pizza Skate at Skate Zone 71 – family skate is available from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM for $10/person. That includes admission, skate rental and unlimited cheese pizza!

7:00 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – Roller Skating Lessons at Skate Zone 71 – walk-in for skating lessons for all skill levels! Fisher Price skates are available for kids. Adults are welcome too!

10:00 AM – Preschool Story Time at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature-themed story time for preschoolers!

10:00 AM – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

10:00 AM – Columbus Fairytale Ball at NOAH’S Event Venue – meet your favorite princesses at the ball that includes singing, dancing, crafts, a candy buffet, stories, games and more! Purchase tickets online.

10:00 AM – Saturday Morning Special: Arctic Animals at Granville Public Library – enjoy stories and songs about arctic animals. Ages 3-5 and their siblings welcome.

11:00 AM – Hawaiian Luau at Franklin Park Conservatory – enjoy a tropical oasis and make a Hawaiian lei! The Manivic’s Dance Company will perform at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Included with membership or admission.

12:00 PM – 2020 First Responder Face-Off at The Schottenstein Center – watch an exciting face-off between Columbus Fire Hockey and Columbus Police Hockey! There will be first responder displays, a performance by the Columbus Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, contests and more! 

12:00 PM – Snapshots of the Family Farm at Gallant Farm – visit Gallant Farm to see a collection of photos from the 1930’s and 40’s. Bring your own pictures of your family farm to add to the collection!

1:00 PM – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

1:00 PM – Bon AppéCreek at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – feed the fish in the living stream inside the Nature Center!

1:00 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

2:00 PM – Middle Grade Book Club at Beanbag Books – students in grades 5-8 can join in on a discussion of the book Words on Fire. There will be snacks and an activity.

2:00 PM – Happy Birthday Martin at Martin Luther King Jr. Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library – this birthday celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. will feature storyteller, Lyn Ford.

2:30 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

3:00 PM – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

4:00 PM – Forts, Fire & Fun at Blacklick Woods Metro Park – build a lot and a fire in the natural play area. Ages 4-15.

6:00 PM – Family Movie Night at Pataskala Public Library – this free movie night will feature a screening “Abominable”. There will be free popcorn and drinks. Wear your pajamas!

SUNDAY:

12:00 PM – Snapshots of the Family Farm at Gallant Farm – visit Gallant Farm to see a collection of photos from the 1930’s and 40’s. Bring your own pictures of your family farm to add to the collection!

1:00 PM – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

1:00 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

2:00 PM – Dice and Doughnuts at Community Grounds: Coffee & Meeting House – play a game and enjoy donut specials from Tupelo! Feel free to bring your own game!

2:00 PM – Teeth, Jaws, and Claws at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – Dale Gnidovec from OSU’s Orton Geological Museum will be talking about “The Carnivorous Dinosaurs and Why Birds Are Dinosaurs.” All ages are welcome.

2:00 PM – Tracks and Signs at Blendon Woods Metro Park – take a 2 mile hike to look for animal tracks and signs. All ages.

2:30 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

3:00 PM – Pete The Cat at Abbey Theater At The Dublin Community Recreation Center – watch Pete the Cat as he moves in with the Bibble family! This is a 60 minute show with no intermission. Recommended for PreK and up. There are several performances this weekend.

3:00 PM – Frozen Fun at the Palace at Paulettes Palace & Productions – enjoy a Frozen-themed palace, dress up, singing and dancing, stories, crafts, a grande coronation and more! Ages 3.5 – 7. Register in advance!

MONDAY (Martin Luther King Jr. Day):

9:00 AM – School’s Out Camps at Sunbury Urban Farm – kids Kindergarten and up can spend the day enjoying an outdoor activity, forest free play, snack and more on their day off of school. Register online.

9:30 AM – Calling All Kids: Critter Scene Investigation at Three Creeks Metro Park – investigate and solve wildlife mysteries at Crooked Alley KidSpace.

10:00 AM – Free Admission to the Columbus Zoo – in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, admission to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be free on Monday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Parking is $10 or free for members.

10:00 AM – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Ohio History Center – Ohio History Center will be open for special hours on MLK Jr. Day! Enjoy special programing focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life and legacy from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

11:00 AM – Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration at Worthington United Methodist Church – enjoy a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this community celebration featuring local artists. There will be a luncheon following. Canned food items are being requested to donate to the Worthington Resource Pantry. This is a free event. 

11:00 AM – Calling All Kids: Critter Scene Investigation at Three Creeks Metro Park – investigate and solve wildlife mysteries at Crooked Alley KidSpace.

12:00 PM – MLK Day Open House at the King Arts Center – enjoy musical and live theatrical performances, learn about the civil rights movement, enjoy art activities and more at the King Arts complex. 

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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What Should We Do This Weekend? Columbus, Ohio, January 10-12, 2020

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Looking for things to do in Columbus, Ohio this Weekend? Here are over 30 family-friendly events happening in Columbus, and Central Ohio this weekend!

Don’t miss 25 Free Things to do with Kids in Columbus, Ohio this Winter for more (and affordable) fun around Columbus!

Family Friendly Events in Columbus, Ohio This Weekend:

FRIDAY:

9:45 AM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

10:00 AM – Toddler Open Gym at Thompson Recreation Center – drop in for a free Open Gym time at the rec center!

11:00 AM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

12:00 PM – Snapshots of the Family Farm at Gallant Farm – visit Gallant Farm to see a collection of photos from the 1930’s and 40’s. Bring your own pictures of your family farm to add to the collection!

4:00 PM – Family Night Fridays at Tree of Life Play + Cafe – for $30 enjoy a family pass to the play area and a large 1 tipping pizza and a drink pitcher.

5:00 PM – Full Wolf Moon Hike at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park – take a 4 mile hike through the forest during the full moon. All ages.

6:00 PM – For Families: Owl Hike at Highbanks Metro Park – take a 1 mile hike to look for owls! Ages 6 and up.

7:00 PM – Friday Nights Unlimited Pizza Skate at Skate Zone 71 – family skate is available from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM for $10/person. That includes admission, skate rental and unlimited cheese pizza!

7:00 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

SATURDAY:

9:00 AM – West Gate Lodge Community Breakfast at West Gate Lodge No.623 F&AM – enjoy a large breakfast for $6/adult and $3/child. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics.

9:00 AM – Waffle Bar! at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – the waffle bar is $5/person and includes unlimited toppings, juice and coffee!

9:00 AM – Roller Skating Lessons at Skate Zone 71 – walk-in for skating lessons for all skill levels! Fisher Price skates are available for kids. Adults are welcome too!

10:00 AM – Preschool Story Time at Grange Insurance Audubon Center – enjoy a nature-themed story time for preschoolers!

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz with New Basics Brass Band at Lincoln Theatre – enjoy a family-friendly jazz concert by the New Basics Brass Band. Concerts are $5/person ($20/family) and children receive a PB&J sandwich, juice and cookie. (There is a second session at 11:30 AM.)

11:00 AM – January Grown-Up & Me // Mixed Media Unicorn at Art with Anna – make a unicorn with your child (age 3 and up), come dressed to get messy! $15/couple, $5 for an additional artist.

11:30 AM – PBJ & Jazz with New Basics Brass Band at Lincoln Theatre – enjoy a family-friendly jazz concert by the New Basics Brass Band. Concerts are $5/person ($20/family) and children receive a PB&J sandwich, juice and cookie.

12:00 PM – Snapshots of the Family Farm at Gallant Farm – visit Gallant Farm to see a collection of photos from the 1930’s and 40’s. Bring your own pictures of your family farm to add to the collection!

1:00 PM – Read with the Horses at Stockhands Horses For Healing – all ages can stop in to read with a horse. This is a free event.

1:00 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

2:00 PM – Warm FUZZIES! at Kreation’s Play Café – make 4 warm fuzzies during this winter-themed play time. Stay and play or drop your kids off. See link for pricing and RSVP.

2:30 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

3:00 PM – Kids Day at The Crest – create veggie art, make a terrarium and more! Ages 4-12.

5:00 PM – Howl at the Moon Dog Hike at Highbanks Metro Park – all ages are welcome to bring their dog on a 3.5 mile hike! Dogs must be leashed.

SUNDAY:

9:00 AM – Kids Yoga & Storytime at Cover to Cover Bookstore – join GoYoga for games, storytelling and physical activities. $10/child, ages 5-8.

10:00 AM – January Baby + Art // Mess Free Polar Bear at Art with Anna – bring your kids age 6 months to 3 years for a fun art project. $10/family.

12:00 PM – Snapshots of the Family Farm at Gallant Farm – visit Gallant Farm to see a collection of photos from the 1930’s and 40’s. Bring your own pictures of your family farm to add to the collection!

1:00 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

1:00 PM – Turtle Talk at Deer Haven Park – see turtles up close and help feed them in the Visitor Center!

2:00 PM – 2020 Winter Hike: Prairie Oaks at Prairie Oaks Metro Park – take a 1, 3 or 5 mile hike through the park. Food and drinks will be provided afterwards. Bring personal hygiene products or $5 to donate to Mid-Ohio Foodbank and receive a collectors mug.

2:30 PM – Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Shedd Theater – watch the famous mischievous cat performed by CATCO is Kids! There are 7 showtimes to choose from this weekend!

5:00 PM – Superhero Spaghetti Social at Hosanna Lutheran Childhood Center – dress like a superhero and enjoy a spaghetti and meatball dinner! RSVP online.

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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