10 Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday in the Greater Peoria Area


Samantha Whiting, Guest Writer


No matter how big or small the celebration, if you’re looking for fun ways to make a birthday special, look no further! The Greater Peoria Area is a great place to make your birthday wishes come true. Whether you’re looking to plan a special day for yourself or someone else, for day or for night, here’s a list of 10 ways to celebrate. 

  1. Dine Out

Birthday brunch or celebratory dinner, dining out is a birthday staple. With so many delicious restaurants to choose from, ranging from fine dining experiences to casual eateries, you’re guaranteed to get just what you want for your special day. For a delicious porterhouse, try Alexander’s Steakhouse in Peoria. Don’t forget to make a trip through their famous salad bar! Or for some specialty pizza, try Pizza 150 in Edwards for a chill night out!

  1. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

Need to unwind? A birthday is a perfect opportunity to spend the day at the spa. For classic spa treatments like facials, massages, and more, visit C’est Ally Spa in North Peoria. For a unique spa experience, visit Peoria Himalayan Salt Cave for a dry salt therapy session in a calming environment. You deserve it. 

  1. Grab Some Drinks With Friends

If you’re considering a night out on the town for your birthday bash, the Peoria area offers so many fun bar options to choose from. Consider The 12 Bar Lounge in Peoria Heights, where you can enjoy beautiful views, live music, and a variety of adult beverages. Or make your way to Tres Rojas Winery in Washington for a night of wine tasting.

  1. Challenge Yourself with an Escape Room

Put yourself and your friends to the test with a mind-boggling escape room. Spend an hour solving riddles and racing against time in an immersive and exciting experience. Try out Escape 60 in Peoria, or Escapetown Peoria. If you’re looking for something to get your adrenaline pumping on your special day, this is it!

  1. Sing Your Heart Out at Karaoke 

Who doesn’t love a round of karaoke? Hop on stage and dedicate a song to this special day. For families, enjoy this experience in private karaoke rooms at Round 1 in Peoria. For older celebrations, stop by BG Karaoke Saloon in Bartonville for a night of musical memories. 

  1. Get Your Game on at an Arcade 

Hang out at an arcade for a blast from the past celebration! Enjoy games, food, and lots of fun for all ages at Round 1, or combine classic arcade games with adult beverages at 8 Bit Arcade Bar, both located in Peoria. Pinball, anyone? 

  1. Bounce the Night Away 

For the young and the young at heart, pay a visit to Elevate Trampoline Park at their Peoria or East Peoria location for some bounce-off-the-walls birthday fun. Elevate offers party packages and a variety of fun for all ages. Feel like a kid again with laser tag, pizza, and trampolines!

  1. Keep it Classic at the Bowling Alley

If you’re looking to kick it old school, a bowling alley is a classic birthday bash location. Rent some shoes and a ball and set up camp for a night of friendly competition at Sunset Lanes in Pekin or Landmark Lanes in Peoria. For kids or adults, birthday bowling is a must!

  1. Indulge in a Shopping Spree 

What else are birthdays for? Spoil yourself by shopping small. Enjoy the variety of shopping the Greater Peoria Area has to offer. Whether you hop over to the Peoria Heights area, Junction City in Peoria, or the Historic Square in Washington, you’re bound to find yourself a birthday treat! 

  1. Test Out Your Birthday Luck at a Casino

Hit the jackpot at Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino in East Peoria, where you can spend your birthday testing out your luck at the tables. Enjoy a round of blackjack, craps, or roulette, or bet it all on the slot machines! However you want to play, your birthday will be one to remember! 

  1. Bonus: Snag some Freebies and Coupons on Your Birthday! 

Happy Birthday to you! In between your birthday events, swing by these businesses for a free birthday treat! Sign up for reward programs at places like Buffalo Wild Wings and Firehouse Subs to receive coupons for free wings, or a free medium sub! Or indulge in something sweeter at places like Cold Stone Creamery or Smoothie King, where your birthday freebie is just a tap away by joining the My Cold Stone Club or downloading the Smoothie King app.

Samantha Whiting, Guest Writer
Discover Peoria, IL