By Summer Thornsberry and Jennifer Bailey
Birthdays are always a joyous time, surrounded with family, friends and loved ones celebrating another year of life. When it comes to your child, you want the best. Whether you’re planning ahead or getting a late start, the first thing most parents think about is location. Here a 30-plus great spots suggested by our readers to celebrate your childs’ birthday, special family gathering or summer get together with friends.
Zig Zag Play Bouncers
2729 Fort Campbell Blvd., Hopkinsville, KY
Zig Zag Play Bouncers is known for the welcoming environment for kids of all ages to run, play, bounce, and just be kids. You can often find some of your favorite animated characters there as well. With a room full of bouncers, balls, and other children, your child is sure to have a great time. To review Zig Zag’s birthday specials, you can go online or call in-store with all your questions.
Chuck E. Cheese
2821 Wilma Rudolph Blvd., Clarksville, TN
Chuck E. Cheese offers many different party specials, starting with a minimum of eight kiddos.
Packages go for $12.99-$22.99 per child and include tokens for games, the ticket blaster, a party host, pizza, drinks and a special chance to dance with Chuck E. the mouse. Visit chuckecheese.com for more package information.
1230 Skyline Drive, Hopkinsville
The Rollerdome Funplex is a common place in Hopkinsville that you can find plenty of childrens’ smiles.
Whether their skating all night long, or worn out from playing in the playground for hours, your child will likely be begging to go back. Fun games are played throughout the night such as; limbo, four corners, and others. Birthday packages are available, for more information you can call, or visit their website,
Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center
9503 Eagle Way Bypass, Hopkinsville
If it’s a hot summer day and your child is begging for some outdoor fun, Tie Breaker may be the place for a party. With water slides, a lazy river, wave pool and a designated area for kids,youngsters will soak up all the summer fun they can handle.
Parties with a mininum of 15 guests cost $12 per person. You get 15 park admission tickets, hot dogs or pizza, 15 soft drinks and a birthday announcement inside the park. Bring your own cake but candles are provided. The waterpark also hosts after-hours events with a catering menu. Host up to 75 people for $525. Have a BIG party? Host a party over 300 people for $525 + $3 per person. Talk about a big bash with a splash!
525b Alfred Thun Road, Clarksville
Featuring an arcade, bungee trampoline, cannon blaster, hand-powered cards, slides, playgrounds, an infant area and more, Kids-N- Play is the place for children 1-12 to play and play and play, until they can’t play anymore.
Birthday packages are available and include set up/clean up, invitations and a private decorated room.
Pricing starts out at $125 for up to 15 kids. They also provide metallic balloon for birthday child, birthday button for birthday child, two bouquets of helium-filled balloons, paper plates and utensils, a designated party host.
Bring your own cake in the party room, but ice cream is not allowed. For more info visit kidsnplay.com.
2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN
Bounce U in Nashville is a great place to have fun together as a family, with no age limit. Giant inflatables, and bouncers, any and every one is welcome. Not only can you watch your child have fun, you can join in and have fun with them, as you bounce the day away. Bounce U has birthday packages available, which include private bounce, and party rooms, invitations and drinks.
James E. Bruce Convention Center
303 Conference Center Drive, Hopkinsville
If you’re more traditional and want a large space for family and friends to celebrate your child’s’ birthday, the convention center has a lot of space, featuring large rooms, with plenty of options to customize.
Grand Old Gold & Go Karts
2444 Music Valley Drive, Nashville
Grand Old Golf offers many features for children to enjoy such as, go karts, 3 state-themed miniature golf courses, and a huge arcade, as well as many other options for your family to enjoy.
280 Funway Drive, Eddyville, KY
Venture River offers birthday packages as well, including unlimited usage to water park, pizza, hotdogs, and birthday cake. Have some fun as a family, soak up the sun, and make some memories you’ll cherish forever at this great family oriented water park. Slides for young, slides for all, there is surely something there for everyone to love.
3430 Wayne Sullivan Drive, Paducah, KY
Interested in having a private skate party for just your favorites? Kingsway Skateland in Paducah offer public and private parties for a great affordable price. Packages include: cake, drinks, invitations, set up/clean up.
3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville
Wanting something new and fun? Something your child will remember? A fun day at the Nashville Zoo just might do the trick. With so much to do, and see- your child will never get bored, and will be smiling the entire time, which is what every parent wants, right? Birthday packages are available, and include up-close animal visits, electronic invitations, and a special gift for the birthday child.
Magic Wheels Skate Center
1671 Fort Campbell Blvd., Clarksville
Magic Wheels offers private and public sessions, as well as birthday party packages, which include skates for all, invitations, a large pizza and a private party area for four hours.
A private party with five pitchers of soda costs $275 for up to 50 people. You can upgrade to unlimited soda for $50. You can also host a non-private party on Saturday or Sunday. Saturday parties are from 12 to 3 p.m., 4 to 7 p.m., or 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday parties are from 2 to 5 p.m.
Packages start at $99 for 10 people and include a free pass for each guest to return, 2 pitchers of soda, 10 slices of pizza, 10 place settings, 20 invitations, a reserved party area for three hours and a spin of the Birthday Wheel. Visit partywirks.com/store/magic_wheels for more information.
798 Beech Bend Road, Bowling Green
Beech Bend offers fun for the entire family, and is guaranteed to leave your child with a smile. With roller coasters, water slides, toddler rides, petting farms, and unlimited amounts of games and prizes, Beech Bend is a family favorite. Birthday packages include private party room, unlimited rides, unlimited access to Splash Lagoon, live entertainment, gold rush golf, and so much more.
Litchfield Drive, Hopkinsville
If your budget is tight or you prefer to do parties a simpler way, reserve a pavilion at Ruff Park, grill food and let your children run free at the park.
Gear to Go
5702 Tennessee Ave., Fort Campbell
Gear to Go offers chairs, tables, grills, campers, bouncy houses and more that can be rented out by the day or week. They can even deliver bouncy houses to the party for $60-$90. The bouncy houses also come with stakes, but you must have a dig permit to use. Small bouncy houses start at $100 a day, medium at $200 a day, and large at $300 a day. Water inflatables start at $200 a day. Visit http://campbell.armymwr.com/us/campbell/programs/gear-go for a full list of items to rent.
Pinnacle Family Entertainment Center
430 Warfield Blvd., Clarksville
Host a bowling blowout at this family fun center for $60/hour per lane, which will hold up to 5 bowlers. You can add two more people per lane for $10 each. If you need more time, add on $18 per hour. You also get one pizza per lane, one drink per child, one ice cream per child and one free game per child for future use.
You also get access to the party room for an hour, however, it is not a private party room. Bring your own cake, décor and napkins. For more information, visit www.pinnaclebowl.com.
Sports DoctoR Athletics
175 Terminal Road, Clarksville
Sports Doctor has 8,000 sq. ft. of turf for all kinds of group sports, like soccer and flag football. as well as batting cages.
A two-hour birthday party costs $275, but you can add a bounce house for $125. For more info visit sportsdoctorathletics.com.
Cakes & Sweets by CeCe
1685 Fort Campbell Blvd, Clarksville
This charming place has a party room for $125/hour for any event. The basic package includes 30 minutes with a character such as Elsa and 12 cake pops. They can also send their cheery characters off site to your location. For one character, 30 minutes is $60 and 60 minutes is $100. For two characters, 30 minutes is $100 and 60 minutes is $150. If you live outside of Clarksville, add $.46 a mile. For more information, visit facebook.com/cakesandsweetsbycece.
1943 Fort Campbell Blvd., Clarksville
Can you escape on time? This exciting, anxiety-producing problem solving event is recommended for people 12 and older (unless accompanied by an adult). There are four rooms at the Clarksville location and games are $28. Visit excapegames.com for more details.
D&D Blacklight Minigolf
211 Holiday Drive, Clarksville
Bring up to 12 people to this glow-in-the-dark experience. All lights are off and black-lights on as you putt-putt through a maze of colorful golf courses. Be sure to sign the wall at the end.
The classic party package is $150 (or $115 Monday-Thursday) and includes a decorated party room for two hours, admission for each child up to 12 (including the birthday child; $7.50 each additional child), balloon bouquet, paper plates and utensils, and set up and clean up. Pizzas added $12 each and 2-liters for an additional $2. Visit dndminigolf.com for additional party packages.
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Martial Arts Acadamy
211 W. Dunbar Cave Road, Clarksville
Host a karate party, NERF party, or an Ultimate Ninja Warrior party. The karate party is 90 minutes long and $175. This party includes tablecloths, set up and clean up, tables and chairs, candy bags, balloons and other small decorations, plates, forks, and Capri Sun for the kiddos. Even better, they offer one month free classes for new students.
Bring your own food and décor if you choose — just let them know when making the reservation. Children must be age 4+ to participate. Find more info at clarksvillesummercamps.com.
438 Kelly Lane, Clarksville
This tumbling, trampoline and cheerleading facility will open up their amazing gym for one hour for $175. There is also 30 minutes of refreshment time included for you to enjoy your own cake and open gifts. For an extra 30 minutes, add $50. Be sure to wear attire free of buttons, snaps and zippers and no jewelry. Clean socks are also required. For more information, visit clarksvilletumbling.com.
100 Industrial Drive, Clarksville
This gym is open for kiddos age 3 and up. For 15 kids, it’s $150 for one hour of gym time and 30 minutes in the lobby for cake and presents. If you have additional guests, it is $10 per person. You are responsible for cake and refreshments, but chairs, tables and instructors are provided. Parents are not allowed to party (sans those with special needs children) but are allowed to take photos from the doorway. Visit action-gymanstics.com for information.
Horsefeathers Pottery and Woodcraft Studio
94 Franklin St., Clarksville
Here you can paint your own pottery and wood, or take an instructional canvas class. The studio provides streamers, balloons and a birthday shoutout on the chalkboard wall. Bring in any outside food or drink for a $25 party fee. To paint pottery or wood, you get a two-hour block for $12 per person. For an instructional canvas class, you must have a minimum of five people and paint $25 per person. Visit www.myhorsefeathers.com for more information.
Customs House Museum
200 S. Second St., Clarksville
The Customs House Museum has lots of options to host parties, such as the Coca Cola Cafe. In full Coca Cola décor, this venue has a microwave, refrigerator and sink. It seats up to 24 for a two-hour time block and includes museum admission. For more information, visit customshousemuseum.org or call Stacy Keel at 931-648-5780.