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Birthdays are Better in Downtown Kenosha

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Birthdays are Better in Downtown Kenosha

I don’t have children of my own, but I do have an adorable 18-month-old Godson and a friend with a baby on the way. This translates to the fact that I am going to have to start paying attention to what is cool for kids. One thing that I have noticed recently are all the awesome places in Downtown Kenosha that offer kids birthday parties – you know, places much cleaner and more fun than the usual kids play areas that host hokey birthdays with cheesy games and junk for party favors. So this “auntie” is taking notes early so that she can help plan the coolest birthday parties in town in the future. Maybe this information will help you…

b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2016-08-16-at-9.28.13-AM.pngSandy’s Popper
As if we needed one more reason to love Sandy’s Popper (I am a frequent flyer, especially this summer with the Pineapple and Watermelon Sherbets!). On a recent visit to this popcorn and sweet shop, Sandy was playing hostess with the most-est to a little girl’s birthday party. The seating area on the ice cream parlor was blocked off and kids all had games to play, ice cream in hand, and a Sundae cup filled with popcorn and other goodies as a party favor. Sounds like a pretty great outing to me!

b2ap3_thumbnail_Screen-Shot-2016-08-16-at-9.20.19-AM_20160816-142748_1.pngAlpaca Art
There are no little girls in my world, so the opportunity for crafting fun is pretty limited. However, Alpaca Art Pottery Painting offers paint-your-own pieces for boys, girls, kids, adults, and everyone in between. You can bring in your own snacks and beverages and have set pieces for kids to paint, or let them pick from a selection of pieces in the same price range. There is a separate party room that you can completely takeover so there is ample room for you and your guests (no matter what age) to paint, snack, and have fun! With Elsie Mae’s Canning & Pies and Scoops Ice Cream just down the block, there are some great options for treats.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_3182.jpgTop Dog Gaming
I know nothing about video games, but this is another area I suspect I will be learning about as these little boys grow up. Top Dog Gaming now offers birthday party rentals – yup. Rent the entire gaming space for your kid’s next birthday or bring a smaller group and take over a corner of this gaming center. Again, great for kids of all ages, as they offer a number of game systems. No more fighting over the game controllers during parties at your house! Bonus: Robin’s Nest Cakery is right next door, so you have easy access to cupcakes and cookies!

Who am I kidding? One would not need to have kids to enjoy a birthday outing at any of these venues. I know a few adult women who would go crazy for a scoop of ice cream and a craft night, and plenty of guys would enjoy a night out gaming with their buddies. (Perhaps add on a stop at Wine Knot or Sazzy B afterwards, too?) Hopefully my recent observations will help you plan some awesome birthday parties for your friends and family in the year ahead!


Alpaca Art
5813 - 6th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140

Elsie Mae's Canning & Pies
5819 - 6th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140

Robin's Nest Cakery
5607 - 7th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140

Sandy's Popper
5503 - 6th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140

Sazzy B
5623 - 6th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140

Scoops Ice Cream
5819 - 6th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140

Top Dog Gaming
621 - 56th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140

Wine Knot
5611 - 6th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140