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Best Place to Host a Kid's Birthday Party: This Week's Readers' Choice

Give us your tips on kid-friendly venues for birthday celebrations!

You could do it the old-fashioned way: bake a cake, decorate the house, buy ice cream, make a punch, set a festive table and put up a pinata.

But if you have your child's birthday party away from your home, you often can combine good food and a fun activity for a memorable occasion -- not to mention a little less stress for Mom or Dad.

So this week's Readers' Choice wants to know: Where's your favorite place to host a kid's birthday party? A local pizza joint? A kid-friendly gym? What about a tour of the local candy factory or ice cream parlor?

Beginning today -- Sunday, May 27 -- and through 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, we'll be asking for your recommendations for places to have a child's birthday party.

Give us your recommendation in the comments section below. With your help, we'll put together a list of nominees. Then look for our poll on Thursday, May 31 and vote! We'll select a winner at 5 p.m. Friday, June 1 and announce it in a story on Saturday, June 2.

In judging, we'll consider comments, poll votes and reviews in our complete directory of local businesses. Be sure to check out our contest rules in the PDF at right.

Marla Reichert May 27, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Pump it up was a great party. They take care of everything so you can relax and participate!
Jennifer Lowry May 27, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Pump it up Inflatable Insanity Stow Kent Lanes The Natatorium Little Leapers Galt Park (there is a large lodge in case of rain) Riverfront YMCA
rick dietz May 27, 2012 at 03:32 PM
WaterWorks.
John Deike May 27, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Hey folks, thanks for all the nominations so far.
babs May 28, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Akron Aeros game!! Did It last year had an absolute blast. Great price for all the memories. Throw out first pitch. Get a t-shirt with last name and age on the back. Pizza, chips and pop delivered to your party seats. A room to use for opening presents. They also provide cupcakes. Everyone at the party gets a ticket for the fun zone. Best day to have it on is Friday night because they have Fireworks !!!!!
John Deike May 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Good morning Babs, I'm sorry we can only include places within Cuyahoga Falls.
Jennifer Brooks May 28, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I would like to nominate Gone Fishin Inland Charters for the best place to have a kid’s birthday party. Our 9 year old son Danny loves to fish, so we booked a whole boat and invited 15 of my son’s friends to go out. The two guys that ran the boat were Great, they fished with the kids, told jokes, let them drive the boat, in short they created a birthday party that my son will never forget and the cost for 3 hours was left than half of some of the “indoor play places”

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