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

Braxton Brewing Company (photo: Wendy Pramik)
Braxton Brewing Company (photo: Wendy Pramik)

The Cincinnati region 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 the 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

Houdini's Room Escape (photo: Katie Scheper)
Houdini's Room Escape (photo: Katie Scheper)

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 replica of the Observation Deck at Carew Tower – The Lab where you can save the world from zombies, Houdini's very own "Game Room, The Speakeasy or The Oval Office. 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!

Other local escape rooms include Escape the Room Challenge, Cincinnati Escape Room, OTR Escape, Breakout GamesSherlock's Escape Rooms and The Escape Game.

Lazer Kraze

Lazer Kraze (photo: Lazer Kraze)
Lazer Kraze (photo: Lazer Kraze)

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 with some competition. After a few rounds, 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!

Full Throttle Indoor Karting

Full Throttle Indoor Karting (photo: Full Throttle Indoor Karting)
Full Throttle Indoor Karting (photo: Full Throttle Indoor Karting)

If you have a need for speed then you need to head to Full Throttle Indoor Karting for high-speed go-kart racing. Don't worry about smelling like fumes, the karts are designed to reduce gas output and keeps the air clean to breathe. 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!).

16 Bit Bar + Arcade 

16 Bit Bar + Arcade (photo: Katie Scheper)
16 Bit Bar + Arcade (photo: Katie Scheper)

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 can 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. Ché is right across the street, and there are many other local favorites around the corner on Vine Street.

 

Additional edits by Emily Lloyd & Amber Potter.