Birthday Party Spots in Rochester, New York

by Kent Page McGroarty

Planning a birthday party in Rochester, New York, is a relatively easy task as the city contains numerous venues for nearly every taste. Located in Monroe County, south of Lake Ontario, the Rochester area features several cultural centers, including museums and galleries, as well as a number of restaurant and lounge options that have event spaces.

Arcades and Paintball

Event spaces for birthday parties in Rochester include the Kango Play Center (kangoplay.com), a family entertainment center featuring a jungle gym, rollerskating rink, air bounce unit, games and a snack bar. The center offers several birthday package options, all of which include game credits, private party space, food, drinks, happy birthday announcements and birthday-themed tableware. N'vasion Paintball (nvp-paintball.com) is another option for older children and features assorted party packages, all of which include free rental equipment. Chuck E Cheese's (chuckecheese.com) has two locations in Rochester and features arcade games and party packages for younger kids.

Museums and Galleries

The Rochester Museum and Science Center (rmsc.org) offers several birthday party packages for children with specific themes including dinosaurs, space, butterflies and "science samplers." All packages include full-day admission to the museum for the birthday child and up to 10 guests. The Memorial Art Gallery (mag.rochester.edu) is another option and features meeting spaces for a variety of events, all of which feature gourmet catering services.

Ballrooms and Party Houses

The Rochester Club Ballroom (rochesterclub-ballroom.com) still contains the original crystal chandeliers from when the ballroom was built in 1896. Space is available for all types of events, such as a birthday brunch or dinner. The club also offers off-premises catering should you choose to hold your event elsewhere. The Riverview Ballroom (theriverviewballroom.com) is another option for a more sophisticated birthday event and features a ballroom with a view of downtown Rochester. Kosher and ethnic menus are available upon request. Party house options in Rochester include the Whittier Party House (whittierpartyhouse.com), which offers sit-down and buffet options, as well as free event setup.

Restaurants

One Restaurant and Lounge (www.oneryan.com) offers event spaces on its first and second floors, with the first-floor event space featuring a 26-foot, high-definition video wall that depicts various artwork. The second floor features two outdoor covered decks, both of which have their own bar service. The Historic German House (thegermanhouse.com) is another restaurant option featuring catering services that will design a special menu for your party. Wines from the restaurant's extensive beverage selection also are available. Tapas 177 Lounge (tapas177.com) features a private room with a bar for birthdays and other private events.