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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.

Joe Strailey May 29, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Dreams Party Center on Lakeshore looks like a cool spot. I would love to hear about others!
Mary Stewart McGovern May 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Malley's in Mentor is pretty reasonably priced and everyone has a great time.
Connie Mason May 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Mentor Skateland in Mentor on the Lake Rocks! Very reasonably priced birthday parties. For big events, you can rent the whole rink for your group! Alllllll Skate!
Joe Strailey May 30, 2012 at 12:19 AM
haha, the Allll Skate cracked me up!
Jen Lagania May 30, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Build a Bear is great for the little ones. We've had 3 parties there& love it!
Kelly Orlando May 30, 2012 at 08:27 AM
Freeway Lanes does a great job! We had our son's 6th b-day party there and the kids had a blast! Staff is super nice to them!

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