Best of 2012: Best place for a child's birthday party

2012-05-20T00:00:00Z Best of 2012: Best place for a child's birthday party nwitimes.com
May 20, 2012 12:00 am

Deep River Waterpark

9001 E US 30

Crown Point, Ind.

219.947.7850

deepriverwaterpark.com

Birthday parties at Deep River Waterpark made a splash with voters who selected it as the No. 1 place to host a children's birthday party.

General manager Chris Landgrave said it's a popular party site because it's fun and easy.

"We take care of things they'd have to do at home. You don't have to bake cupcakes or clean up. It makes a lot more sense," he said.

The park, hailed as the largest waterpark in the Chicagoland area, also provides the entertainment. With many types of attractions ranging from flowing rivers to plunging slides, the park is suitable for many age groups. Birthday party packages include admission, a reserved party table to keep all day, a lunch and coupons for ice cream treats. Upgrades are available. The park's mascot, Paddles the Otter, also makes an appearance, and the birthday child receives special prizes and surprises.

"I don't think a day goes by with a birthday," Landgrave said.

SECOND PLACE

Bellaboo's

2800 Colorado St

Lake Station, Ind.

219.963.2070

mybellaboos.com

THIRD PLACE

Funflatables

4 locations in Northwest Indiana and Illinois

219.322.5333

funflatables.org

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