Adulting is hard, and sometimes grown ups need to have fun like kids. Sure, cocktail parties and refined outings are great ways to spend time, but sometimes we just want to go out and play games to get in touch with our inner child. Here are five ways to have unique “Big Kid Fun” around town. Hope this inspires you to get out and have some crazy good times!
Board Games at Breweries
Greater Cincinnati is home to numerous craft breweries and each one of them is unique. What they all have in common, in my opinion, is that they are all really fun hangouts. We love to check out breweries in the area and see what beers they have to offer. Some of our favorite hangouts are Braxton Brewing in Covington, MadTree Brewing Company in Oakley and Rhinegeist in Over-the-Rhine. If you and your friends love to play board games, a brewery is a perfect place to kick back and play while sipping from a flight of beers. Some breweries even have games available to borrow. A few of the breweries around town sell food, and many of them allow you to bring food in or have it delivered.
Houdini’s Room Escape
Throw yourself and a group of friends (or family) into a mystery/thriller experience at Houdini's Room Escape. You have one hour to solve the brain teaser problems given to you in order to escape the room in which you have been locked. It's an incredibly fun and exciting experience! There are multiple rooms and levels to choose from, so you can pick an experience that works for your group. Choose from "The Tower" which is a really cool replica of the Observation Deck at Carew Tower, "The Lab" where you can save the world from zombies, or Houdini's very own "Game Room". You can work with up to 12 people, so it's great for large groups. I've heard this is also a great team-building exercise. You really get to know the strengths of your friends when you are locked in a room with them trying to save the world in under an hour!
Houdini's Room Escape is located at 9309 Montgomery Road in Cincinnati.
You don't have to be a child to play Lazer Tag! Every time we take our kids to Lazer Kraze my husband has to get in on the action and play tag with them. Lazer Kraze would be a fun place to meet a bunch of friends and have a lazer tag battle, or even for a date night to shake things up a little bit. After a few rounds of Lazer Tag you can play arcade games or skeeball to earn prize tickets. Don't even tell me you wouldn't love to get a fun eraser or a Chinese finger trap!
Lazer Kraze has two locations in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region.
If you have a need for speed then you need to head to XhilaRacing for high-speed, electric go-kart racing. The Xtreme Karts are electric so it's a lot less noisy and smokey than most go-kart experiences. The karts can go up to 45 miles an hour while they whip around the indoor track. Take your friends and see who wins the race! Afterward, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in Florence, Ky. Our favorite place is the nearby Chuy's Tex Mex on Houston Road. And if your crowd is into comics be sure to stop by Comic Book World on Turfway Road. It's a great place to find comics and games (you could pick up a game to take to a brewery!).
XhilaRacing is located at 24 Spiral Drive in Florence, Kentucky.
16 Bit Bar + Arcade
Do you love playing video games? If so, 16 Bit is the place to be! You test out your skills on old-school arcade games, console video games and pinball. The best part about this place is that it's adults-only (except for one Sunday afternoon each month). You can play for FREE if you purchase a drink at the bar! Make a date night out of it, or get all of your friends together and have some nostalgic fun at the arcade. They have everything from Mortal Combat to Q-bert to Centipede to Tron and many more blasts from the past. You could spend hours here reliving your childhood and drinking creative craft cocktails like the Hulk Hogan, the Bill Nye, the Winnie Cooper or the Molly Ringwald (just to name a few). They don't serve food at 16 Bit, so bring your own with you, or visit one of the fantastic restaurants that are within a block of the arcade. The newly opened Ché is right across the street, and there are many other local favorites around the corner on Vine Street.
16 Bit Bar + Arcade is located at 1331 Walnut Street in Cincinnati